The Domestic Church: Forming Families of Intentional Disciples

The Catechism states that parents “have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule.” Thus, they create a home “well suited for education in the virtues” (CCC 2223). They have the “privilege” of evangelizing their children and should educate them in the faith from the children’s “earliest years” (CCC 2225-2226). (from "Becoming 'The First Educators of Our Children'")

The Catechism outlines the tall order given to parents and families raising children in the faith. As a community, none of us are alone in this mission. God gives each of us the grace to persevere in our calling and mission as parents, catechists, and mentors. Let us know how we can best assist you and your family on this Church-wide pilgrimage to the Father's House.

Ministry Update for Fall 2019

Dear families,

We’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of our ministry here at St. Mark the Evangelist Youth Ministry. After much discernment, and in consultation with Father Kevin and the Pastoral Staff, we are thrilled to announce that we have decided to host Middle School and High School Youth Ministry together on Sunday nights from 6:15pm-8:30pm, starting this Fall.

This change will allow us to allocate more resources to each Youth Ministry night, raising the quality and effectiveness of our ministry.

This would also give our younger students an opportunity to see the witness and example of the high school students. Finally, this transition will free up Monday nights for things like volunteer training, student outreach, Bible studies, and teen Discipleship Groups, to name a few.

At the start of each night, both Middle School and High School will check in together Sundays at 6:15pm (after the 5:00 pm Mass) in the Community Center Gym for dinner and fellowship. After that, the groups will split to different locations in the parish buildings for age-appropriate content and small group discussion with their peers (when necessary).

We can’t wait to see how God continues to work in the lives of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (210) 494-1959.

To Jesus through Mary,

SME Youth Ministry Staff

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