Bill Grossman, Pastoral Associate | 703-938-1936

Denise Argote, Secretary | 703-938-1936

Betsy Zolper, Chairperson | 703 -319-1592

With respect to the Lenten tradition or Almsgiving, ST. MARK is providing you with a number of ways to give back to those in great need.

  • Lenten Cross of Mercy in support of the mission of the House of Mercy in Manassas to provide food and clothing for those in need. The Lenten Cross, found in the narthex, provides us with an opportunity to take part in prayer and almsgiving during Lent. It contains a variety of tags, for either spiritual or corporal works of mercy.   Please select one or more tags and help make Christ’s mercy visible for those in need in our community. Return material items to the foot of the cross and monetary items to the office or mail them to the House of Mercy in the envelopes found at the foot of the cross.
  • Catholic Relief Services RICE BOWLS can be found in the Narthex. Please take an empty bowl home with you and fill it up with coins during the Lenten season, to help those in need throughout the world. Please bring back to Administrative Offices anytime during Lent.
  • Matthew 25 food donations are ongoing throughout the year. But, during Lent 2021, we are focusing on food donations to help the homeless in our area, specifically helping restock items at the Lamb Center, a daytime shelter for the homeless. At the same time, we are collecting food for Families in our area in need through our local organization, FamilyPASS.
  • Bishops Lenten Appeal and MARK collections help directly with our areas needs and those throughout the Diocese. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

And may we suggest a specific prayer during Stations of the Cross, this year, to pray for the victims of Human Trafficking:


Alpha Spiritual Series

  1. Following Christ is a seven-week journey that inspires growth in your relationship with Jesus Christ by providing the tools to help us grow in discipleship, including daily personal prayer, hearing God in Scripture, the power of the sacraments, forgiving one another, and spiritual warfare. Following Christ begins on Monday February 15, and will meet from 7:45 to 9:15 on Zoom. The format will be similar to Alpha, with a video presentation and small group discussion. Please email Sarah at to register.


Grief Support Group

Have you lost a loved one? If you, or someone you know, is grieving the loss of a loved one, and would like to join with others to talk about your feelings and your journey, please consider joining a bereavement support group being jointly offered by ST. MARK Catholic Church and OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL Catholic Church.

We expect to meet online via Zoom, but will try to have some safe, in-person social-distance meetings if possible. If you have questions, or wish to sign up, please contact Ms. Sarah Kirk at, or phone/text her at 703-403-3072.

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

Do you need to learn more about the Alzheimers? what are the signs? how can I get help?

Prime Time Single Catholics is sharing Christian fellowship through religious, social, cultural, community, and recreational activities for older single Catholics.

* MOMS with children in college Calendar of Events

* Small Communities of Faith

* Christians in Commerce

* Make a Spiritual Weekend through

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

Marriage Encounter-Making a good marriage better!

Bethesda Retreat Center

* 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 Christians Are Networking
Divorced/Separated Ministry Donut Sunday 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 Pro-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:


  1. Following Christ is a seven-week journey that inspires growth in your relationship with Jesus Christ by providing the tools to help us grow in discipleship, including daily personal prayer, hearing God in Scripture, the power of the sacraments, forgiving one another, and spiritual warfare. Following Christ begins on Monday February 15, and will meet from 7:45 to 9:15 on Zoom. The format will be similar to Alpha, with a video presentation and small group discussion. Please email Sarah at to register.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Spanning eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.  It’s Christian conversation at its best and most meaningful. For more information, contact Jerry Belt at 703-787-0511 or sign up at: https://tryalphastmark.eventbrite.comm//


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,  or Diana Stivison 703-255-9090. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

Mary Purdy | 703-385-9572

Barbara Walsh | 703-620-9314 

Diana Stivison | 703-255-0909

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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. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

Karen Jiron | 703-938-9615

Mary Lou McIntire | 703-938-4276

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Bereavement Group at ST. MARK: See below under “Grief Support”

Ecumenical Bereavement Group at ST. MARK **This Group is on hold until further notice due to the Corina Virus*** Loss of a loved one hurts. To help out, ST. MARK is hosting the Becky Love Foundation and Fairfax Family Counseling to form the Bereavement Group. This will be a FREE monthly gathering in the ST. MARK Christian Formation Center, Room 131, on the 3rd Tuesday evening of every month, from 7:30pm-9pm. This group is intended for adults (16 and over) whose loved one has died. Kelly Manya, LCSW, PLLC, is the group therapist from Fairfax Family Counseling. For more information, please email Kelly,, or call 703-919-1666.


Join in Celebrating the Season of Creation!

What is the Season of Creation? The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion and commitment together.  During the Season, we join with Christians around the world in prayer and action for our common home.  And it is happening from Atlanta to Australia, from Paris to Pittsburgh!

When did this begin? In 1989 Patriarch Dimitrios 1 proclaimed 1 September as a day of prayer for creation for the Orthodox.  This was embraced by other major Christian churches and by Pope Francis in 2015. The day of prayer was extended to a Season of Creation through the month of September culminating on October 4 with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.  Now tens of thousands of Christians around the world organize celebrations in their communities, ranging from prayer services to litter cleanups to advocacy actions.  This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the covid pandemic.

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 second Wednesday of each month via Zoom. For more information, contact Betsy Zolper, 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

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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 (703)860-6149.

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I’m sure that you’ve seen or participated in (eaten) a donut or two at one of our monthly Donut Sunday events in the Cassidy Activities Center. Would you like to help? Each event is sponsored by one of the many ST. MARK ministries/groups under the guidance of our leader, Ann Brinkmann. Some groups don’t have enough volunteers to handle the event and call on other volunteers to pitch in. Please consider raising your hand to help in this easy and fun event. Contact Ann for more details. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted.

Ann Brinkmann | 703-281-2322

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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. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936

Denise Argote | 703-938-1936 

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Grief Support Group

Have you lost a loved one? If you, or someone you know, is grieving the loss of a loved one, and would like to join with others to talk about your feelings and your journey, please consider joining a bereavement support group being jointly offered by ST. MARK Catholic Church and OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL Catholic Church.

We expect to meet online via Zoom, but will try to have some safe, in-person social-distance meetings if possible. If you have questions, or wish to sign up, please contact Ms. Sarah Kirk at, or phone/text her at 703-403-3072.


Voudriez-vous parler français 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 grocery 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. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

Donna Deeley | 703-938-0986


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M&M’s – See Senior’s Ministry

Moms of ST. MARK! –  Our ministry encourages its members in the myriad of ways that we serve God – as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, co-workers, and friends.  We are bonded by our vocation and our faith, and we come together to share the joys and struggles of motherhood. Join our Facebook group at to start engaging with other Moms of ST. MARK today!  Contact Katie Gruters at with any questions.


MOMS with children in college Calendar of Events


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 via Zoom. This is an opportunity to talk with other mom’s and share experiences. MOMS with Children of College Age Students

Contact Christina Matthews at 609-405-1632 for more information!! Please come join us!!

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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! This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

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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. This program is on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted

Jessica Osvarek | 703-242-1998

Peggy Kelly | 703-281-6662
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Pastoral Assistants Care Team  (PACT) is an outreach ministry  to ST. MARK Parishioners who are experiencing chronic and/or serious illness, or a temporary physical set back such as a hip or knee replacement.  PACT Ministers have had training as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and receive additional training one-on-one with our more experienced PACT Ministers, as an observer on Home Visits. Most Home Visits occur on the weekend, but some happen during the week. The PACT Minister visits and brings Eucharist once per week to an assigned parishioner but may minister to other family members, as well.  Time commitment varies as each arrangement is unique to the needs of the Homebound Parishioner

Bill Grossman | 703-938-1936

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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.

Paul Braun | 703-620-3651

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Blanket Sets for Babies – ST. MARK parishioner Judy Buchino displays handiwork of the ST. MARK Prayer Shawl Ministry destined for a crisis pregnancy center.  The mission of the shawl ministry is to make use of their needlework skills to provide knitted and crocheted blankets to those in need of comfort.  For several years they have contributed beautiful blanket sets to families who would benefit from financial and emotional support through “A Woman’s Choice” in Herndon, Virginia. During the month of October the St. Mark Pro Life Committee hosted a “virtual” baby shower for clients of this facility.

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
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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

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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 2nd Tuesday of most months at 7:00pm. Visit our website for more information.

Maureen Barrett | 703-251-0447

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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

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Spring 2020 Activities

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

M&M's november 27 2012

The Seniors Ministry, also known as the “M&M’s” (Maturing Matters) 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 | 703-938-9049

Barbara Walsh | 703-620-9314 

Bill McCarthy | 703-938-7208

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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

Celeste Sichenze | 703-938-3774

Tom Christie  | 703-281-2584 

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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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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!

Sue Heard or Cathy Wright – 703-281-9103
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DIOCESAN RECOGNIZED GROUPS(NON-PARISH BASED) in which many ST. MARK parishioners are involved


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 CURSILLO Weekends helping you with your spiritual growth!

Jean Lupinacci | 703-281-1948

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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 

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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 |

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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 |1 800 470 2230 or 703-351-7211|



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 

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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 |

Tom Nassief

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