COMMUNITY GROWTH COMMISSION

Bill Grossman, Pastoral Associate | 703-938-1936bgrossman@stmark.org

Denise Argote, Secretary | 703-938-1936dargote@stmark.org

Cris Revaz, Chairperson | 703 -938-7448 | crisr1959@gmail.com

What ST. MARK group, or event, can I join to assist me in my faith journey with Christ?

* MOMS with children in college Calendar of Events

* Senior’s Group (the M&M’s) 2017 Spring/Summer Schedule of events

* Small Communities of Faith

Bereavement Support Group at OLGC

* Christians in Commerce

* Make a Spiritual Weekend through

Catholic Diocese of Arlington 2017 CURSILLO Weekends helping you with your spiritual growth!

Marriage Encounter-Making a good marriage better!

Bethesda Retreat Center

* Grief Workshops at St. John Neumann, OLGC and Haven of Northern Va.

* Maybe you would like to start a new group not offered at ST. MARK!

* And many, many others below!!! Please come and join us!!

ST. MARK Ministries

Always Our Children Bakers for Funeral Receptions Bereavement Support Group
Care for our Common Home CHOICES Christians Are Networking
Divorced/Separated Ministry Funeral Receptions Committee Le Cercle Francais
Lord, Teach Me to Pray M&M’s Moms with Children in College
Movie Nights Newcomers Committee Pastoral Care Team (PACT)
Peace and Justice Committee Prayer Shawl Ministry Prayer Vigil for Peace
Respect-Life Committee Remembrance Ministry Seniors Ministry (M&M’s)
Small Communities of Faith Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children Welcome and Info Desk

Diocesan Recognized Groups

Christians in Commerce Cursillos in Christianity Knights of Columbus
Teams of Our Lady Worldwide Marriage Encounter

ST. MARK Ministries:


ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN

A loving support group to assist parents who have gay and lesbian children. We meet several times a year in a non-judgmental and compassionate setting.

“Always Our Children” – This ST. MARK ministry is a support group for those with gay and lesbian children/friends.  Please join us for fellowship and conversation that helps foster compassion and understanding of gay and lesbian issues.  All are welcome!  For further information or questions, please, call Mary Purdy 703-385-9572, Barbara Walsh 703-620-9314 or Diana Stivison 703-255-9090.

Mary Purdy | 703-385-9572 | mcpurdyva@yahoo.com

Barbara Walsh | 703-620-9314 | bawplus7@gmail.com

Diana Stivison|703-255-0909dianastivison@verizon.net

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BAKERS FOR FUNERAL RECEPTIONS

Like to bake? Freshly made items needed for funeral receptions: cakes, pies, cookies, bar cookies, whatever you wish to create. This ministry is a wonderful expression of our caring community to families grieving the loss of their loved one. You will be called 48 hours before reception.

Karen Jiron | 703-938-9615 |Karenjiron3@gmail.com

Mary Lou McIntire | 703 -938-4276mary_lou_mcintire@yahoo.com

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BEREAVEMENT AT OLGC

Our Lady of Good Council (OLGC) Ministry of Compassion is a bereavement support group to help those who have lost loved ones.  Our program offers participants caring support, understanding, and a safe, non-judgmental environment, all of which promotes healing after losing a loved one.  Our Fall Session will run from Sept 25th – Nov 13th, meeting each Monday at OLGC. If you have recently lost a loved one, please consider joining our Ministry of Compassion to embrace your journey more serenely. All religious affiliations are welcome.   We welcome new volunteers who would enjoy participating as Facilitators at our weekly meetings.

For more information, please contact Pete Stahl at peter.stahl@oracle.com; Brad Frison at frison@verizon.net, or Sr. Janice Urbanec at 703-938-2828, or adultfaith@olgcva.org;

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Please join us in our efforts to learn more about how our faith calls us to care for our common home. The goal of our ministry is to gather ideas for future projects from individuals and parish groups. All are welcome to join our ministry. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 10 am in C-102. For more information, contact Betsy Zolper, betsyzolper@verizon.net. As Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’, “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”

The Care for Our Common Home ministry works to promote the teachings of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ through:

  • Prayer and Reflection on the connectedness of all of God’s creation;
  • Education on Church statements on the environment;
  • Action to create a sustainable environment in the St. Mark community;
  • Advocacy for policies that will protect the earth and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.

Betsy Zolper |703-319-1592|betsyzolper@verizon.net

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CHOICES is a Basic Life Skills program to help people become aware of their potential and make better choices in their lives, enabling and helping them to afford the basic necessities in life including affordable housing. Catholics for Housing owns the program materials and provides the training at a cost to cover their expenses. Several Parishes in the Diocese of Arlington are currently running these programs. POC is Karen DeVito: 703-221-4510

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CAN, Christians Are Networking, is an all-volunteer ministry operated by Catholic Charities. The ministry meets weekly and supports job seekers in many critical ways. They offer encouragement, emotional support, and the tools the successfully find meaningful employment. This ministry has been in operation for 4 years and has helped over 110 people get jobs!  All are invited to any weekly meeting held every Thursday evening from 7-9pm at the Saint Martin dePorres Senior Center in Alexandria, VA. POC is Bill Hummel: 703-830-5467

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Divorced or Separated Ministry at St. John Neumann

We would like to invite separated or divorced members of ST. MARK to join our small group at Saint John Neumann as we gather in support of those in need of this healing.   We have many members of our faith community who are not sure how their status affects their relationship with the Catholic community. Please consider coming to find out more about what our Catholic faith has to say regarding divorce? We will meet at Saint John Neumann on Wednesday evenings, twice a month.  If you are interested in more information regarding this ministry or in joining us please contact Jo Ann Dugan at jduggan@saintjn.org or (703)860-6149.

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FUNERAL RECEPTIONS COMMITTEE

This special service is offered to parishioners so they can gather family and friends together for a meal after a funeral. Volunteers host a catered luncheon in the Activities Center. Set up, serve and clean up; mostly daytime, occasional evening; training and fellowship provided. 2-3 hour commitment per funeral reception. Most volunteers average volunteering for a reception 3 or 4 times per year. Please consider this most valuable ministry.

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936bgrossman@stmark.org

Denise Argote | 703-938-1936 | dargote@stmark.org

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LE CERCLE FRANCAIS

Voudruez-vouz parler francais ensemble?  Would you be interested in getting together for 1-2 hours once a week or once a month to speak everyday conversational French?  If YES, please join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am in the basement of ST. MARK Church.  The purpose of this group is to relax and talk about ordinary events, the weather, news, interesting (or not!) things that occurred at home, in the crockery store, etc.  Prerequisite:  ability to speak minimal French and to laugh at all the mistakes we’ll make.  Please contact Donna Deeley if you have an interest in pursuing such a gathering.

Donna Deeley | 703-938-0986 | DEDeeley@aol.com

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LORD TEACH ME TO PRAY

“Lord Teach Me To Pray” (LTMTP) is a three-part prayer series for women, rooted in Ignatian spirituality. This new group recently formed at ST. MARK and will reconvene in the Spring 0f 2015.  Please contact Barbara if you are interested!!

Barbara Saladino |703-281-0362 | saladino.barbara@gmail.com

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M&M’s – See Senior’s Ministry


MOMS WITH CHILDREN OF COLLEGE AGE STUDENTS

MOMS with children in college Calendar of Events

Posterboard

Whether this is your first or last child off to college, all mom’s have feelings that are hard to explain as our children embark upon a new journey. The intent of this group is to better understand how we can support our children in their college years by using our spirituality, to support one another, and to create care packages to send to our children. We will be using Stormie Omaritians Praying Series-The Power of a Praying Parent to help guide us in the correct direction. The group  meets once a month on the second Tuesday of every month at ST. MARK Catholic Church in Room C103 at 10:00am which allows you to attend the 9:15am daily mass if you would like. AND WE’VE JUST ADDED A NIGHT TIME GATHERING ON THE SAME 2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH BUT AT 7:30PM!!! This is an opportunity to talk with other mom’s and share experiences. MOMS with Children of College Age Students

Contact Laurel for more information!!! Please come join us!!

Laurel Howanitz | 703-759-2094 | howanitz@aol.com

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Movie Night for Parishioners
Watch the bulletin for details about our monthly movie nights held on third Fridays from Sept to June. We mainly present movies for families, and occasionally for adults.
Children enjoy ice cream during the family movie nights, and we serve wine and cheese for the adult evenings. All are welcome.
We have food, fun and fellowship. No charge. Come make a new friend!

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NEWCOMERS COMMITTEE

This ministry is a fun way to work with fellow parishioners to greet and welcome newly registered parishioners to ST. MARK.  Gatherings are 2 times per year-the spring and fall. This committee coordinates all the details for these two events, from sending out invitations, collecting RSVPs, determining the theme, menu selection to hosting the event.  It’s fun and a GREAT way to welcome newcomers to the ST. MARK  parish family. Requires approximately 3 hours per event.

Jessica Osvarek | 703-242-1998 | Jess0725@verizon.net

Peggy Kelly | 703-281-6662mmlk418@verizon.net

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PASTORAL CARE TEAM (PACT)

Pastoral Assistants Care Team  (PACT) is an outreach ministry  to parishioners who are experiencing chronic and/or serious illness.  PACT Ministers have had training as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and receive ongoing training and support at group meetings. Participants must have some free daytime during the week as visits are completed during this time.  The PACT Minister visits and brings Eucharist once per week to an assigned parishioner but ministers to other family members as well.  Time commitment is 4 hours per month plus 2 hours ever other month for morning meetings.

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936bgrossman@stmark.org

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PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE

The Peace and Justice Committee is engaged in two ways:

1)  Education:  Through bulletin articles, speaker series, etc. committee works to educate parish members on the principals of Catholic Social Teaching and engage parishioners to consider how they can work for a more just society;

2)  Advocacy:  ST. MARK has formed an advocacy email distribution list to advocate for changes at local, state and national level that will promote a more just, peaceful community.

New members are invited to participate who are willing to attend monthly evening meetings and assist in implementing education/advocacy needs of the team in the spirit of peace and justice.

Ann Ramish| 703-242-4253 | ramishteam@outlook.com

Paul Braun | 703-620-3651 | Paul.braun@verizon.net

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Prayer Shawl Ministry, meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1pm in C103 at               ST. MARK Catholic Church. ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • The first photo shows us (Fr. O'Hare and Sr. Gracia) arriving at the top of the mountain before we descend into the valley and cross a river for Mass and a community meeting in the community of La Yamaya.

Pictures of Sundresses made by ministry members and their journey to a remote village in the Dominican Republic!

Prayer Shawl helpers working and praying!

The ministry’s message of caring is simple and enduring. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. Upon completion of a knitted or crocheted shawl a final blessing is offered and the shawl is sent on its way with prayers to give comfort to those in need. The prayer shawl ministry meets on the second Tuesday of every month. One group meets from 1pm-3pm, the second group meets in the evening from 7pm-9pm.

Barbara K. Johnson | 703-620-3382 | pb.johnson1@verizon.net

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Prayer Vigil for Peace

ST. MARK Parish has joined two nearby parishes, St. John Neumann and Christ the Redeemer, in holding a monthly Prayer Vigil for Peace on the second Saturday of each month, preceding the 5:30 vigil Mass.  Each of the three parishes hold its own vigil, but they coordinate to the extent desired on themes and resources and draw encouragement from praying together for peace.  The vigils include a Scriptural Rosary for Peace and Justice, readings from Scripture, and prayers.  All are welcome.

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936 |bgrossman@stmark.org

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RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE

The Respect-Life Committee actively promotes a renewed respect for human life by helping to make our parish a center where parishioners will pray for, witness to, and understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable. These especially include mothers and their unborn children, the elderly or disabled at risk for euthanasia, and those on death row who proclaim innocence. We need parishioners to help with activities such as the spiritual adoption program, organizing our trip to the March for Life, organizing a presence at the Forty days for Life Campaign. We also need help in promoting educational materials and programming with speakers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the every month (except December) at 7:30pm.

Maureen Barrett | 703-251-0447 | mbarrett25@gmail.com

Shari Fronzaglia | 703-648-9235fronzbob@verizon.net 

Mary Finegan | 703-242-1643

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REMEMBRANCE MINISTRY

The Remembrance Ministry is an outreach to families who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. We contact the bereaved families through sympathy notes and by telephone. We share community resources and assure them that the thoughts and prayers of our ST. MARK community are with them. This ministry assists with the planning of the Mass of Remembrance.  Training is provided. New members are very welcome! Commitment: 1-2 hours/month.

Kathy Kelmelis | 703-281-0838 | j.k.kelm@cox.net

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SENIORS MINISTRY (M&M’S)

Senior’s Group (the M&M’s) 2017 Spring/Summer Schedule of events

Senior’s Group (the M&M’s) on a recent Field Trip

11 health and safety resources for our seniors

Greetings from the National Harbor!

Greetings from the National Harbor!

M&M Coffee 2 April 2013

M&M Coffee

M&M's november 27 2012

The Seniors Ministry, also known as the “M&M’s” (Maturing Matters) is entering its 5th year at ST. MARK, and is looking for anyone over 55 to join them.  Senior parishioners would be gathering for social events, spiritual enrichment or other opportunities as the group evolves.  One opportunity would be to meet your fellow parishioners.  If you think you would enjoy participating in such events please contact us!

Joyce Kerrigan | 703-938-9049joycenk22@gmail.com

Barbara Walsh | 703-620-9314 | bawplus7@gmail.com

Bill McCarthy | 703-938-7208 | billmccarthy1944@gmail.com

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SMALL COMMUNITIES OF FAITH (SCoF)

Small groups meet in homes (with a trained facilitator) to read the Scriptures, pray, and discuss sacred readings emphasizing “What the Scriptures are saying, TODAY, in the 21st century.” Members share their faith and become better grounded in Catholic values. SCoFs build community and participants feel more connected to the larger parish. SCoF groups typically meet once or twice a month-fall through spring. Many groups meet weekly in Lent and Advent.

Jean Lupinacci | 703-938-1948 | JLupinacci@stmark.org

Celeste Sichenze | 703-938-3774Cmsichenze@verizon.net

Tom Christie  | 703-281-2584 | tchristie34@verizon.net

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SUPPORT GROUP for PARENTS of SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Are you the parent of a special needs child? Would you like to meet with other parents of children with special needs for support in a confidential and spiritual environment? We have started a new Parent Support Group, open to parents and guardians of those with any disability of any age. Currently, we are communicating with one another through Facebook and other Social Media means with the hope of “getting together” on occasion for support. Please contact John or Lynn, if interested!

John or Lynn Kuchenbrod | jkuchen1@gmail.com, or lkuchen13@gmail.com

also, please check out this support group for families of ADULTS with Special Needs at our nearby Parish of St. Mary of Sorrows: Support Group for Families Of Adults with Special Needs
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WELCOME AND INFORMATION DESK

Be the big smile in the Narthex behind the beautiful Information Desk. Greet people before and after Mass and assist those who need Welcome Packets. Quickest ministry there is – only 20 minutes once a month or every other month (10 minutes before Mass and 10 minutes afterwards). This is a great family activity – small children make wonderful greeters!

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936 | bgrossman@stmark.org

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DIOCESAN RECOGNIZED GROUPS(NON-PARISH BASED) in which many St. Mark parishioners are involved


CURSILLOS IN CHRISTIANITY

Cursillo is a ministry that began in the Roman Catholic Church and has since spread to other Christian denominations. It was founded in Majorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944, while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage leaders. It has since been adapted by numerous other Christian denominations, some of which have retained the name “cursillo” while others have given the program a different name. The Cursillo method focuses on training lay people to become effective leaders over the course of a three-day weekend. The weekend includes fifteen talks, some given by priests and some by lay people. One emphasis of the weekend is on preparing those undergoing it to take the movement’s methods back into the world, on what they call the “fourth day”. Upcoming weekends can be found at Catholic Diocese of Arlington 2016 CURSILLO Weekends helping you with your spiritual growth!

Jean Lupinacci | 703-281-9100 | jlupinacci@stmark.org

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TEAMS OF OUR LADY

Teams of Our Lady is an international movement of married couples whose purposes in the Movement and in Team life are growth in the spiritual life of the couple and family through a program of prayer and study, a growth in communication between husband and wife with a developing intimacy through shared prayer and regular in-depth talks, and a way of life designed to make their Christian faith a daily living experience. Each Team is made up of 5 to 7 couples and a Spiritual Counselor.

Mark and Barbara Morneau | 703-620-5101 | mark.morneau@gmail.com

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WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It’s a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It’s a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship.

John and Loretta Scali | 703-631-5289 | www.wwme-nova.org

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RETROUVAILLE

Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and rebuild loving relationships. Retrouvaille, pronounced re-tro-vi, is a French word meaning “rediscovery.” If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then let Retrouvaille help you. Please call the 800 number below, visit our website below, or email Kim and Chris Kargas at the email below.

Kim and Chris Kargas | chris.kim.kargas@gmail.com

1 800 470 2230 or 703-351-7211| www.helpourmarriage.com


CHRISTIANS IN COMMERCE

MEETINGS TAKE PLACE HERE AT ST. MARK EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM 6:45-8AM IN ROOM C-103. PLEASE COME JOIN US!!!!

Christians in Commerce is men and women working to bring change to their workplaces. We are young and old, Catholics and Protestants, owners and employees, blue collar and white collar, management and front line workers. Our purpose is to transform where we work – offices, schools, factories and hospitals – into places where the love and power of Christ is present and we produce goods and services with excellence. We support each other in living the life of Christ and building the Kingdom of God. We are eager to draw others into the life and work of Christ. All is done in Christ Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of our Father.

Bill Dalgetty | 703-938-5247 | dalgetty@cox.net

Jon Cassady | 703-938-3385 | jcassady@cox.net

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. there are more than 1.8 million members in 14,000 councils, with nearly 200 councils on college campuses. Membership is limited to “practicing Catholic” men aged 18 or older. the Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

Jon Engel | 703-319-4285 | jon.engel@live.com

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