Nov 292010

Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent, also known as Bible Sunday.  Join us at 10 am for Mass.  We will have a guest speaker SundayMr. Michael Ardito, a Gideon, will share the work of the Gideons with us.

Remember, please, the Clean-up Day this Saturday at St Mark’s Church at 9:30 am.  As we clean the church for the season, we also prepare for the Coming of the Lord by cleaning up our temples, disgarding those things that keep us from a full relationship with God, by prayer and confession. 

 Bible Study tomorrow (Tuesday) 6:30 pm at Peet’s Novato and Morning Prayer Thursday at 10 am at the church.

Luncheon and Marin Oratorio is on December 12th.

Nov 232010

There are no midweek services or studies this week. Remember that we are entering Advent next Sunday. This is a time for quieting down, preparing for Christ’s coming both again and celebrating His first coming, His Nativity.

Join us for the cleaning day at the Church on December 4th; on December 5th, we will have a special guest speaker from the Gideons, Mr. Mike Ardito; On December 9th, we will have a Quiet Day; and on Rose Sunday, December 12, we have our luncheon and Concert at College of Marin.

Nov 092010


Bible Study tonight at Peet’s in the Hamilton Marketplace, Nave Drive, Novato at 6:30 pm.  Thursday’s Morning Prayer at the Church at 10 am.  Sunday’s Mass is of the 24th Sunday after Trinity and is at 10 am at the Church. 

The First Sunday of Advent (The beginning of the Church Year) is November 28.  Join us as we prepare for The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord during Advent.  Advent is a time for preparation, inward reflection, an expectant time for the Church.  It is a good time to “be still” and listen for the “still, small voice.”  There is spring cleaning before Easter and there is a time of cleaning out of the old year’s stuff during Advent.  Those wishing to have Sacramental Confession during Advent, please make an appointment with your priest.

Mark your calendars for:

 Clean-up Day at the Church:       12/4 (Saturday)        9:30 – 10:00 a.m. and beyond

Quiet day (Morning)                       12/9 (Thursday)        from 9:00 to 12:00 noon

Marin Oratorio/Luncheon            12/12 (Sunday)        After Mass

Grace be unto you!

Nov 032010

What is a mini-retreat or Quiet day?

On Sunday, it was proposed that we have a day of spiritual preparation during Advent as a help for the upcoming, great feast of the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus.  Sunday’s informal, impromptu meeting may have left some with misconceptions about the day.  As we hope all will join us, I hope this note will clear up some possible questions.

On December 9, 2010, St Mark’s Church will be the location of a day of preparation.  We will have some structure and some free time in order to consider.  A quiet day is not a day for the preacher to fill you with the preacher’s thoughts and ideas.  It is a time for some words, followed by free time, which is quiet in nature, to consider the words, to pray, and most importantly to be receptive of our Lord.  We can prepare for His coming, by listening to Him, in prayer.  We can only receive Him when we are still.  “Be still and know that I am God!”  Our liturgy is there to help us each Sunday to prepare for receiving Him. 

Being quiet means turning off distractions, cell phones, computers, not filling space with words, music, thoughts of what you need to do, planning and the like.  This is in opposition to the frenetic nature of the world, as seen during the “pre-Christmas” season, we call Advent.  If we focus on His coming in quietness, we shall be blessed.

There is a certain structured part of the day.  We start with Morning Prayer, a brief talk, followed by free, quiet time, wherein you may sit in the church, if you wish.  You may walk down the street and contemplate and pray.  You are not confined to space or time for awhile.  Should anybody wish to receive the Sacrament of Confession during this time, there will be time.  We will then come together for Mass or Holy Communion and some again brief comments. We will conclude at Noon and those interested could lunch together.

Quiet Day Schedule:

9:00 am           Morning Prayer

9:20 am           First Talk

9:30 am           Quiet time for prayer, meditation, contemplation, while sitting, standing or                         walking, inside the church, on the street or even to the lagoon

10:30 am         Re Gather for Mass, Second Talk for a sermon

11:30 am         A Time for sharing

Noon               For those who wish, lunch at a nearby restaurant

It has long been the church’s practice to fast and abstain from the world, from excessive chatter, indulgent eating, looking inward so that the upcoming feast is more blessed.  This is the goal for the day.  For those who are new to the practice, it may be daunting.  Let us take a small step this year and see what this mini-retreat is all about.

Fr. Prudhomme+

Nov 012010

Ordo Kalendars have arrived.  If you ordered one, pick it up at the church. 

Tomorrow we will have Bible Study at 6:30 pm, at Peet’s, Hamilton Marketplace, Novato.  We will look at Christ the King, All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, along with Acts.  Come join us.

Thursday, we have Morning Prayer at the church at 10 am.

Sunday Mass is at 10 am.

Our Church Secretary wrote recently, Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

Dear Fellow Parishioners,
     As you know, the Advent season is almost upon us, and of course there
will be some special times at our church, all of which are scheduled so as
to make the preparations for Christmas more meaningful. Here are the
pertinent dates:

         Saturday, December 4 – 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. and beyond – Our church
           building needs some attention – rug cleaning, washing windows,
           polishing our brass candlesticks and vases, etc. Plan to come
           and help out. Many hands make light work, and it’s fun to do
           it together. A genuine tribute to the spirit of the season.

         Thursday, December 9 –  from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – a
           “mini-retreat,” with Morning Prayer followed by some time to
            meditate and leading up to a service of Holy Communion. An
            opportunity for peaceful contemplation and prayer.

         Sunday, December 12 – Following the regular service, one of our
           wonderful pot luck meals at Leila Delger’s lovely home, and
           then a trip to the College of Marin to hear the Marin Oratory,
           always an inspiring performance. For those who do not want to
           go to the performance, come to the pot luck anyway. We always
           have a great time at these events.

      Do join us for any or all of these occasions. They constitute a real
enrichment of our spiritual life.

                                         Faithfully yours,

                                               Marion Blau, Church sec’y