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ADULT EDUCATION MUSIC MINISTRY

LIGHTS, CAMERA … FAITH!

We are living in a movie culture! Whether we go to the movie theater, see a movie on television, videocassette, DVD, or download a film from the Internet, movies and their themes are part of our daily lives.

In the words of one playwright and movie-watcher, several of whose plays have been turned into movies:

“People created in the image and likeness of God are naturally called to peace and harmony with God, with others, with ourselves, and with all creation. The cinema can become an interpreter of this natural propensity and strive to be a place of reflection, a call to values, an invitation to dialogue and communion.

“The cinema enjoys a wealth of languages, a multiplicity of styles, and a truly great variety of narrative forms: from realism to fairy tales, from history to science fiction, from adventure to tragedy, from comedy to news, from cartoons to documentaries. It can contribute to bringing people closer, to reconciling enemies, to favoring an ever more respectful dialogue between diverse cultures.”

[John Paul II, Address to the Festival for the Third Millennium, December 1999]

The essence of the Pope’s message was simple: faith and cinema can be connected! After all, the Church uses sacraments that reach all of the senses; it uses drama to catechize, and the visual beauty of stained glass and sculpture (see our unique Trinity Sculpture under the Parish tab), and the power of music to tell its story. So why not the movies?

Anyone who watches movies can explore spiritual meaning not only through the movies as literature, but also through storytelling entertainment. The resulting dialogue not only leads to greater discernment in our movie viewing, but also a keener understanding of the Gospel--our measure of modern-day parables.

With Lights, Camera…Faith! we can take our encounter with the Sunday Scriptures to the movies. They become a way of bridging the gap between our Catholic beliefs and our modern Kenosha culture. The question is not whether we should watch movies, but how to relate the movies we do watch to our religious convictions.

Tickets are free!

Every First Friday, a new movie is shown in the Strenski Parish Center, 7101 13th Ave., Movies begin at 6:30 p.m. after a short introduction explaining the movie's relationship to our current Sunday Gospel. Please join us in this new and entertaining wave of discovery and dialogue within our community of Christian disciples.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN SOCIETY

TThe Christian Women Society is an organization open to all women of the parish. It meets following the 9:30 am Mass on the first Sunday of October, November, December, March, April, and May in the Strenski Center, when a light brunch is served. Most of the funds raised by the Society is given to St. Mark, including funds for the purchase of altar supplies, food pantry replenishment, and others. The Society holds a sweet bread sale in November, and occasionally another in April. The Society also holds mornings and evenings of reflection, and these are open to everyone. New members and guests are welcome. They also sponsor a Prayer Chain, Honor Guards at funerals for deceased Christian Women, and Funeral Dessert Outreach - they provide a dessert for a family having a funeral at St. Mark. To view the Christian Women's Society constitution, click here.

For more information, contact Karin McCarville (262)515-2604 pkmccarville@gmail.com

ST. MARK PARISH VOCATIONS COMMITTEE

The Vocations Committee works to create a parish environment that supports persons seeking to recognize and understand God's call--to priesthood, to religious life as a sister or brother, to marriage or single life, to lay ministry, or the diaconate. It believes our Church needs persons dedicated and committed to serving God and His people. As its goal, the Vocations Committee works to assist our pastor in animating the threefold ministry of vocation awareness, vocation education, and vocation identification.

Click here for a description of the way of life and service of a priest and of a deacon.

Awareness: The Vocations Committee promotes the distribution of information on vocations within our parish.

Education: The Vocations Committee takes responsibility for educating itself on the trends, challenges, and signs of hope for each vocation. It seeks creative ways of distributing information and advocating for opportunities to receive education on vocations among parishioners.

Identification: The Vocations Committee recognizes the importance of the discernment process for persons seeking to understand how God is calling them. To that end, the committee learns about discernment, supports diocesan efforts inviting discernment, and prays for those discerning their vocation.

All are invited to learn more by attending the Vocations Committee's monthly meetings.

If you believe that God is calling you to His service, contact our parish secretary at (262) 656-7373. She can provide you with contact information for our Vocations Committee. You may also visit the Vocation Ministers of the Milwaukee Archdiocese at www.HowDoIKnow.org for additional information.

VISITORS TO THE HOMEBOUND

Many people in our parish are limited in their ability to participate in the ongoing life of the church due to age or illness. It is important that they know of the parish's continuing love and care. The time commitment is dependent upon the particular needs of the person being visited. Visitors to the homebound develop a concept of ministry, including listening to, empathizing with, and accepting our homebound parishioners. Contact Karen Metallo for more information metallok@archmil.org

NURSING HOME MINISTRY

St. Mark supports many local nursing homes and assited care facilities by offering Communion Services to their residents. Volunteers are needed to escort the residents to the meeting room and participate in the Service. Contact Karen Metallo for more information metallok@archmil.org

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Through personal contact, this group ministers to parishioners who have suffered the loss of loved ones. It also sponsors an annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died.

HUMAN CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas are an important part of St. Mark's continuous sharing with the local community. The Human Concerns Committee invites members of our parish to contribute to and nurture a giving spirit. Whether it is a gift of time to put the baskets together or to deliver them, or donations of food, a ready-made basket, or a monetary contribution, everyone can share in the spirit of giving at these special times of the year. Click here for a list of Human Concern Projects. For more information on how you can help, please contact Brenda Vite at 694-1580 or Nora Brandt at 694-7528.

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