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LENT 2024

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

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14th. Mass at 7 AM, 10 AM, and 6 PM. This is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.

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Lenten Penance Services at Emmaus

Thursday, March 21 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. "Blessed are the Merciful:  Conforming our Hearts to the Heart of the Savior," our Speaker Series, begins at 6:00 PM.

Our dates and speakers

February 16: “Understanding the Works of Mercy”

Faith Pawl, PhD


February 23: “Works of Mercy in the Law and Prophets”

Paul Niskanen, PhD


March 1: “Mercy and Devotion to the Sacred Heart”

Fr. David Hottinger, P.E.S


March 8: “The Spirit of Mercy in the Early Church”

Fr. Austin Litke, O.P., PhD


March 15: “Mercy in the New Testament”

Colin Miller, PhD

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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.

Fish Fry

Friday, March 22nd in the School Cafeteria (5:00 - 7:00 PM). Lent is penitential, but that doesn't mean it's joyless. Join your parish family for great food and fellowship.

40 Days for Life

St Mark’s, along with Nativity of Our Lord, is adopting two days of prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood (Feb. 28 and Mar. 23) during the Lenten Season as part of the national 40 Days for Life campaign. Our priests will be leading an hour of prayer at Planned Parenthood, 1:00 PM on Mar. 3.


Sign up for an hour here.


The kick-off dinner (Tuesday February 13th, 6 - 8:00 PM) will be held at Davanni's in St. Paul on White Bear Avenue. Attend and please lend your support  by contacting Karen McCann at 612-964-4522 or email at

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Small Groups During Lent

They're not Lenten Small Groups, but we are having small groups during Lent! There's a group for all adults in the parish, which is fitting because the vision we are striving toward is every Catholic in a small group!

Learn more here!

Feel like you're on a Lenten pilgrimage!

Looking to engage with a pilgrim's journey through the Masses of Lent? Check out Exodus & Exile, from the St. Paul Center! Two titans of theology, Scott Hahn and John Bergsma, will walk you through, via daily videos, the Sunday and daily readings, respectively!

Learn more here!

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