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St. Mark Emporium Church
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All public Masses in the Diocese of Erie
suspended until further notice

A letter of encouragement from Bishop Persico to the Faithful

Welcome to St. Mark - St. James Parish

Passion (Palm) Sunday
The Passion of Jesus
Today's liturgy teaches us "to welcome our suffering,"
to bear witness to God by following Christ's example of suffering.
We pray that the world "united with Him in His suffering on the cross
may share His resurrection and new life."

Due to new government restrictions on gatherings and to comply with social distancing,
St. Mark will not have Holy Hour or Stations of the Cross until further notice.

Confession can be requested by appointment
by calling the rectory at 486-0569 ext 105.

The Heart of The Liturgical Year

April 9th - Holy Thursday

5:00 pm - Live-Streaming

Imagine our Catholic Faith without the Eucharist.  Imagine Christianity without loving service.  
Had Jesus not gathered with friends in that Upper Room before his death, our faith would be much different.

♥  Please don't forget to drop off envelopes for The Rice Bowl Collection.

♥  Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose will not occur.

April 10th - Good Friday

Veneration of The Cross - 12 to 3 pm

The church will be open for prayer.  The Cross will be available for veneration.
In this time of Covid-19, we must avoid people touching the Cross; please us social distancing practices.

♥  We will be streaming Stations of The Cross between 12 noon and 3 pm.
You may watch this at anytime you'd like on Facebook and the St. Mark YouTube link.

♥  Please don't forget to drop off envelopes for Holy Land Collection.

April 11th - Holy Saturday

The high point of our Triduum.  Here the whole Mystery of the Presence of God
fills our souls at St. Mark/St. James and throughout the whole world!

April 12th - EASTER SUNDAY
Live-Streaming  9 am

Alleluia!  The Truth of the Risen Christ is fully

realized with a great celebration of joy!



In an effort to create a sense of unity and to help Christians observe some of the holiest days of the year appropriately while unable to attend church, the Diocese of Erie has launched #HolyWeekAtHome.
The campaign begins by asking people to hang greens on their front doors on Sunday, April 5, in observance of Palm Sunday.

The ideas presented by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation can be accessed atwww.ErieRCD.org/HolyWeekAtHome.html. A door decoration, prayer, short video and activity are listed for each of the following days:

April 5, Palm Sunday April 9, Holy Thursday April 10, Good Friday April 11, Holy Saturday April 12, Easter Sunday.

The initiative grew from a social media posting by the Oregon-based Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, whose idea to hang branches on

doors to mark Palm Sunday has caught on across the country.

In addition, the diocese has published Celebrating the Easter Season at Home, the first digital-only edition of its flagship publication, Faith magazine. The publication can be viewed at www.ErieRCD.org. PDFs of individual articles featuring ideas ranging from a recipe for Resurrection Rollsto staying close to God and others during this time of isolation can be downloaded and shared from www.ErieRCD.org/inspiration.html.

The magazine also includes an Easter message from the Most Rev. Lawrence Persico, bishop of Erie.

Many pastors in the diocese are livestreaming Masses from their parishes each Sunday. The Diocese of Erie will livestream Holy Week events with the bishop as follows:

Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m.: Palm Sunday Mass with Bishop Persico

Monday, April 6, 1 p.m.: Chrism Mass (holy oils for all parishes to use throughout the year will be blessed by Bishop Persico)

Wednesday, April 8, noon: Stations of the Cross devotion


Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.: Friday, April 10, 3 p.m.: Sat, April 11, 8:30 p.m.:

Holy Thursday Mass with Bishop Persico Good Friday Service with Bishop Persico The Easter Vigil Mass with Bishop Persico

Events may be found on the diocesan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/eriercd or

on the diocesan website: www.ErieRCD.org/livestream.html

The campaign and livestreamed events are designed so that individuals and families can make Holy Week and the Easter season meaningful, given the fact that communities cannot gather to worship during the current pandemic.

Be sure to watch our live-streaming of Masses on 
Saturdays at 4:30 PM; Sundays at 9:00 AM
and daily mass at 8:15 AM 
on our
Facebook page,

St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium....
just like 👍our page to view,

AND you can find 
the Masses on YOUTUBE.COM
at this link:

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