December 8, 201​7 - Weekly Update

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

In this issue:
- Celebrate Christmas with Saint Mark's
- Saint Mark's Choir Caroling
- The Lion's Den
- Christmas Break
- Hat and Mitten Drive
- Mass of Gratitude
- CDH Winter Baseball Clinics
- Middle School Camp
- Swim Team
- The Roar

Celebrate Christmas With Saint Mark's!
Please join us for the annual Christmas Boutique and Cookie Sale from December 15th to the 17th in Carolyn Hall. Hours for the sale are being finalized and will be sent out this coming week. We will also be celebrating A Child's True Christmas on December 16th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the School Cafeteria. Here, you can enjoy soup and mac and cheese for lunch and buy "allowance friendly" gifts in our Children Only Store. A $1.00 donation will go to Heifer International. For information on volunteering for our Christmas events or donating cookies to our sale, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

Saint Mark's Choir Caroling
Saint Mark's Choir will be putting on a caroling event on December 15th from 7:30-7:50 in the morning before school. Come join us in celebrating the Christmas season!

The Lion's Den
Merchandise from the Lion's Den is available both in school and online! Please check out our online store to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Christmas Break
The last day of school is Wednesday, December 20th. School will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.

Hat And Mitten Drive
The Hat and Mitten Drive is coming up soon! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Mass Of Gratitude
Parishioners LOVED seeing so many students at Mass in uniform a couple of weeks ago for the Mass of Gratitude Weekend. We are asking that kids come to Mass in uniform again on December 16-17 to help usher. Ms. Overhaug and Mr. Zeckser will be there and will reward participants on Monday with Out of Uniform passes. Please sign up with this form. Thank you for your participation!

CDH Winter Baseball Clinics
Cretin-Derhan Hall is hosting two winter baseball clinics this year! Children grades 1-9 can participate. Please see this flier for more information.

Middle School Camp
This coming summer all middle school students from Saint Marks will have the opportunity to be part of EXTREME FAITH CAMP! This is a Catholic week-long camp that has taken place for the past 5 years in this diocese. This year, Saint Mark's has a spot in the camp! Along with all the fun activities from a normal camp, the kids have the opportunity to attend daily Mass, Adoration, Confession and each day they receive a faith-centered mini talk! All of these elements make this camp a powerful experience and a great opportunity to encounter the Lord!

This will take place on June 25th to the 29th, 2018 at Camp Courage in Maple Lake. The cost of the camp is $375, but we will have a couple of fundraising activities to lower that cost or help those who want to attend but can't afford it.

During the camp, the housing accommodation is done by the parish. There will be boys and girls in different areas of the camp and each parish is required to bring at least two adults (volunteer parents) as chaperones. High school students will also be there to help with the small groups. In our case, some sisters and brothers will also be attending.

Click HERE to watch the promo video!

If you have any questions please contact Sr. Fabiola or Br. Cesar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swim Team
- Boys and girls, 1st through 8th grade
- All skill levels welcome
- Season starts Jan 18 and ends the first week of April (the practice schedule is available from Greg Neary or Patrick Bowlin).
- Practices will take place twice a week at the Hamline University pool
For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Roar
Check out this week's episode of The Roar!
Episode 005
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News And Upcoming Events

Hat and Mitten Drive, Dec 10-12

Saint Mark's Choir caroling, Dec 15

Mass of Gratitude Weekend, Dec 16 and 17

Christmas break, Dec 21-Jan 3

Christmas Boutique and Cookie Sale, Dec 15-17

A Child's True Christmas, Dec 16

Open gym, Fridays 4-6:30

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