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LENT 2023

Here's what's on the horizon for this holy season.

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22nd. Mass at 7 AM, 10 AM, and 7 PM. This is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.

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Lenten Penance Services at Emmaus

Thursday, March 3 at 7 PM in the Church. Held during our Parish Holy Hour. Prepare your heart for Easter during these evenings of Adoration, Confession, Benediction, and Song.

Friday Soup Suppers & Speaker Series

Soup Suppers begin at 5:30 PM in Carolyn Hall. "The Works of Penance and the Spirituality of Lent," our Speaker Series, begins at 6:00 PM.

Our dates and speakers

February 24: “The Three Works of Penance: What Are They and Why?”

Professor Bill Stevenson, Saint Paul Seminary 


March 3: “Prayer: A Broken and Contrite Heart”

Fr. David Hottinger, P.E.S.


March 10: “Fasting: Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness”

Fr. Joe Barron, P.E.S


March 17: “Almsgiving: You Did It For Me”

Professor Peter Distelzweig, Philosophy, University of St. Thomas


March 24: “Embracing the Cross: Stations and Veneration”

Sr. Maddie Shogren, P.E.S.

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross and Confessions are held in the Church every Friday at 7 PM.


CRS Rice Bowls

This Lent, the greater St. Mark's community is being invited to participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Pray and offer sacrifices as families along with the greater St. Mark's family for an outsized way to bring everyone into a more rich and fruitful Lent.

Learn more! Grab a bowl!

Fish Fry

Friday, March 31st in the School Cafeteria. Lent is penitential, but that doesn't mean it's joyless. Join your parish family for great food and fellowship.

Volunteer or reserve your meal!

40 Days for Life

St Mark’s, along with Nativity of Our Lord, is adopting two days of prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood during the Lenten Season as part of the national 40 Days for Life campaign. Our days are Tuesday, March 7th and Wednesday, March 22nd. To get involved, please visit and/or get in touch with Emilee Wondra, our parish coordinator, at

The kick-off dinner (Tuesday February 21st, 6 - 8:30 PM) will be held at Nativity. Attend and please lend your support — and RSVP by February 19th — by contacting Karen McCann at 612-964-4522 or email at

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Spring Bible Study

Note that the Bible Study that has been frequently offered during Lent will now be offered during Easter! From April 11th to May 16th, parishioners are invited to attend as we delve into Scott Hahn's "Holy is His Name"

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