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St. Mark is a Christian community committed to Spiritual growth through the Word of God, the Bread of Life, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are dedicated to celebrating the Eucharist and to the continued development of our historically strong Christian education and outreach.  We welcome and encourage participation of all members of St. Mark Parish through shared responsibility in worship, prayer, study, communication and service to our community .



From Fr. John

A new gym floor is on the way.  After a few years of planning, I am happy to report that we are finally replacing the gym floor.  Why you ask?  The present floor has been there since the building was built.  It is a synthetic floor that is rolled out in pieces and then “welded” together with a hard plastic weld.  In the years that have passed, the floor has shrunk and the seams have opened up in some places.  We have had the floor repaired several times with new welds, but some of the spaces are so wide that the welds no longer hold and can’t fill in the gaps safely, resulting in what is a tripping hazard.  Another aspect is that the floor is so worn that it can no longer be sufficiently cleaned.  So after a couple of years of research, discussing our options, and several estimates by different companies, we are ready to replace the floor.  The company is SPEC Athletic and we have been impressed by their thoroughness, kindness, faith, and willingness to work with us on every detail.  It will be replaced by another type of synthetic floor, but one that is poured and seamless.  It is a step up from what we have but a step down from a wooden floor, which was just too cost prohibitive.  We saw different places with the same floor (one that was even ten years old and looked brand new), and we were very pleased by what we saw; and the basketball bounce wasn’t bad either.  The other advantage to this new floor is the cushion that is underneath will help absorb some of the impact to players on the court.  The project will take place over a two-week period from October 19th to October 30th.  It is a small window of opportunity after volleyball but before basketball is in full swing.  Day school physical education classes will be outside, weather permitting, as well as some classroom instruction in the area of health.  It was decided to try and get the project done before our annual basketball tournament, which is our Athletic Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  The whole project will include the removal and disposal of the old floor, leveling of the concrete if needed, removing and replacing the bleachers, adding a wooden floor underneath the bleachers when in the closed position, putting down the new floor and striping of the courts.  The total cost is near $70,000.  I am pleased to let you know that $50,000 of that has come from the annual basketball tournaments over the past few years, the biannual rummage sales, volleyball and basketball games and rental of the gym by CYO for basketball and volleyball games, and a very generous donation of $10,000 from a former student.  As of now the parish/school would pay for the outstanding balance but I am expecting another generous donation from another former student and another from a former family of the parish.  You are most welcome to contribute towards the floor.  Any income from the next basketball tournament, basketball and volleyball games, CYO rentals and rummage sale will go back into the gym fund to help with maintenance costs and upkeep and improvements of the gym.  Since the annual basketball tournament is such a large fundraiser for the Athletic Association, I cannot encourage you enough, that all of you, no matter what your sport is, volunteer for the tournament, in that it benefits us all.  I could not be prouder of what we have been able to accomplish without placing a burden on the parish or the school.  The Athletic Association, as well as the school Parent Club, both do so much for the parish and school and for that I am extremely grateful.  Thanks to everyone for their kindness and generosity and I look forward to many years ahead of great competition and sportsmanship and plain old fun! Hope & peace.



Parish Staff

Rev. John P. Miceli
Deacon Howard Masony
Business Manager
  Deacon Dave Lundeen
Mrs. Karen Cocita
Mrs. Linda Cap
Pastoral Minister
  Mrs. Pam Adams Youth Minister
Mrs. Terri Prokop
Director of Music Ministry
  Mrs. Judy Ghazoul Hilow Director of Advancement


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