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Title: Saint Mark the Evangelist A Catholic Community 2005 Annual Report

Saint Mark the EvangelistA Catholic
Community2005 Annual Report
  • Norman, Oklahoma

2005 Annual ReportPastors Introduction My
dear friends at Saint Mark Parish This report
reflects only a part of our lives together here
at the Community of Saint Mark Parish. In some
ways, it is simply a list of numbers and a record
of activities. Yet it is a reflection of faith in
action and an ever growing desire to live the
Gospel, walk in the foot steps of Jesus, and
respond to the Spirits call to be good stewards,
to serve, to love, and to bear one anothers
burdens. There is no way to reflect the
spiritual dimension of a disciples life except
to observe what that disciple does because words
without deeds are nothing at all. This report is
then about deeds. It is about things done in
faith by a people who recognize their gifts, and
use those gifts as intended by God, the source of
those gifts. These deeds are ultimately about
glory, about praise, and about thanksgiving. What
you will find here is a reflection of the faith
lived by hundreds of volunteers who know that
communion in the church is about giving not about
taking. They know that being a Catholic, Baptized
in Christ means belonging to and sharing in
ministry and service in the name of the risen
Christ. Each of the Parish Organizations have
provided their report in this presentation. I
invite you to study this report carefully. Pause
the program from time to time to absorb the
details. At the conclusion, following the
financial statement I shall present a summary of
highlights from 2005 inviting you to renew your
commitment to Christ and His Church.

Father Tom Boyer
2005 Parish Statistics
St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St.
    Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization,
    leads women and men to join together to grow
    spiritually by offering person-to-person service
    to those who are needy and suffering in the
    tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric
    Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Mark
Conference formed 2004

  • Delivers donated groceries weekly, purchases
    fresh bread milk weekly, and assists parish
    families when there is need.
  • In addition, Daily Bread is a major contributor
    to the Norman Food Pantry, Aging Services, and
    the Veterans Center of Norman.

  • Lenten Food Drive Food Pantry
  • Thanksgiving Food Baskets Food Pantry
  • Advent Tree for Birth Choice, Aging Services and
    Veterans Center
  • Assist Parish families in need

Food pantry Report - 2005
  • Daily Pantry - 2,800 visits involving 6,800
  • Meal requests 2,000 serving 5,002 people.
  • Christmas Baskets 756 families assisted.

Rite of Christian Initiation
  • With a core-team of ten we led 4 to the new life
    through the Waters of Baptism
  • 12 made a Profession of Faith and were Confirmed
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • 4 Children were brought to the Holy

High School Youth Ministry in 2005
  • A team of 4-8 adults volunteered each Sunday
  • Topics ranged from Catholic Social Teaching
    Why be CatholicOld Testament Characters to self
  • An average of 30 youth attended each Sunday

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Lori Hoehner,
366-7676 Tue-Fri
High School Youth Ministry
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Relay for Life
  • Created VBS Hippo Room
  • 10 Ushers at Centennial Mass
  • 8 helped at Villa Teresa Halloween Carnival
  • Christmas Shopping for kids off of the Heupel
    Tree at Wal-Mart
  • 2 Youth Masses
  • Pilgrimage to Sacred Heart Mission
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Summer Camp
  • 10 attended the National Catholic Youth
    Conference in Atlanta
  • 22 attend the Archdiocesan Youth Rally

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Lori Hoehner,
366-7676 Tue-Fri
High School Youth MinistryFUNDRAISERSSki Trip
National Youth Conference
  • Chili Supper - 560
  • Taco Cabana Nights - 535
  • Fiesta Dinner - 1100
  • Oktoberfest Carnival - 540
  • Christmas Cards - 570
  • Thank You for Your Support

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Lori Hoehner,
366-7676 Tue-Fri
Middle School Youth Ministry
  • The Middle School Youth meet on the 2nd 4th
    Fridays of the month. This time is predominantly
    social time, allowing the youth from the
    different schools a safe and fun environment to
    hang out on Friday Nights.

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Lori Hoehner,
366-7676 Tue-Fri
Religious Education
  • 179 Families
  • 267 students
  • 33 Catechists

Youth of St. Mark begin the 2-year preparation
process for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the
beginning of their sophomore year.
  • 25 Candidates were sealed with the Holy Spirit in
    the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 25, 2005
  • 32 Students have been preparing since fall of
    2004 for their Confirmation on May 8, 2006
  • 15 Students began preparation in the fall of 2005
    for their Confirmation in spring 2007

Confirmation Class of 2006 Retreat
Confirmation Class of 2005 Retreat
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Lori Hoehner,
366-7676 Tue-Fri
Religious Education
  • The home is the first center of all religious
  • We assist families in fulfilling this
    responsibility by providing resources and by
    parent sessions especially with First Confession
    and First Communion.

1st Reconciliation Session assisting
Parents preparing Students
Religious Education
  • 2005 Vacation Bible School
  • Summer Safari
  • 87 Students
  • 24 Catechists

  • Marilyn McReynolds

St. Marks Catechist of the Year
Honored as an Outstanding Archdiocesan
Young Adult Ministry 2005
St. Mark's Young Adult group holds its formal
meeting once a month to plan community service
projects, social events, and grow in our faith
through bible study and group discussions.
1. Faith Building Archdiocesan Mass with
Archbishop Beltran Archdiocesan Young Adult Day
of Reflection Discussion Guides Twelve Tough
Issues and More Character
Young Adult Ministry 2005
  • 2. Service
  • Christmas Caroling at the Veterans Center
  • Distributed Valentine cards at the VA hospital in
  • Served a Lenten Meal for the St. Mark Parish
  • Served lunch to families at Ronald
    McDonald House
  • Purchased two keys for new church

12-Hr Relay for life at Norman H.S
Young Adult Ministry 2005
  • 3. Social
  • Game Nights
  • Volleyball BBQ

Monthly Lunch After Mass
  • Bowling
  • Movie Nights

Camping in the Wichita Mountains
Knights of Columbus Council 12108 The Knights
of Columbus is the largest Catholic Fraternal
Family Organization in the World. Established in
1882 in New Haven, Connecticut by Fr. Michael J.
McGivney and a handful of men has grown to 1.7
million men in over 13,000 Councils. They have
over 50 Billion dollars in life insurance in
effect and are rated one of the best insurance
programs on the market. Council 12108, at St.
Marks, was established in 1995. We meet on the
1st Wednesday of each month. We have a potluck
dinner and pray the rosary before each meeting
where families are invited. This get together
provides a great time to get to know your fellow
Knights and families. We are one of 70
Councils and 7000 men who are Knights in
Oklahoma. This Council along with the Ladies
Auxiliary is very active. Knights of Columbus are
a dynamic way for Catholic men to exercise their
faith through fellowship and service to the
Church, Youth, Community, Council and Family. We
invite all men of the Parish to consider joining

Tasks and Goals of the Knights
  • Support the Parish in everything from painting
    and pruning shrubs to helping in the various
  • Support church activities (Picnic - Oktoberfest -
  • Pancake Breakfast held on months with 5 Sundays
    with profits going to various organizations (St
    Vincent de Paul - Birth choice - Boy Scouts -
  • Road clean-up accomplished 4 times a year on the
    street in front of St. Mark.
  • Support Birth Choice both financially and
  • Support St Gregorys with scholarships
  • Support Seminarians
  • Carnival for J.D. McCarty Center held twice a
  • Hold six 1st Degree Exemplifications per year for
    all councils in the district
  • Hold Free Throw Contest for the youth of the
    community to compete for awards from the local
    through the national levels
  • Tootsie Roll Drive held once a year to raise
    funds for Center of Family Love and the J.D.
    McCarty Center
  • Valentines Dinner and Garage Sale are held as
    fund raisers to support various projects

2005 Income and Expenses
Ladies Auxiliary The Ladies Auxiliary is an
extension of our Parish Knights of Columbus
Council 12108 and was formed in January 2002 with
10 members. Meetings are held on the first
Wednesday of each month at 600 p.m. with a
potluck dinner, followed by a rosary at 700 p.m.
and the business meeting at 730 p.m. Childcare
is provided for children under 9 years of age
during the business meeting. All Catholic women
of the parish are invited to participate.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Accomplishments and Goals
  • Quilting for Fun
  • Made and distributed 1700 quilts and blankets
    since 2003 to
  • Sooner Dialysis
  • Norman Veterans Center
  • The Mary Abbot House Children's Center
  • Birth Choice
  • Sister Barbara for distribution to the homeless.
  • On the second Wednesday of alternate months
    prepared and served food for 120 at Food and
    Shelter for Friends in Norman.
  • Provided a cross and rosary set to the newly
    baptized Babies in our parish.
  • Hosted and honored parish Catechists on
    Catechetical Sunday with brunch.
  • Participate in all Parish Ministries and

Ladies Auxiliary - Financial Summary

Friends of Birth Choice
  • Purpose
  • Friends of Birth Choice offers support to the
    mission of Birth Choice of Oklahoma, Inc.,
    particularly the Norman Office.
  • Friends accept gifts from parishioners and make
    them available to the Norman Office. These gifts
    include maternity and baby clothing, diapers,
    infant bedding, formula, baby food, and any other
    items necessary for a newborn. Parish Friends
    also provide cleaning supplies and other needs to
    cover the overhead of the office.

Friends of Birth Choice
  • Projects
  • The Friends bassinet provided
  • Maternity and baby clothing
  • Diapers
  • Baby wash
  • Pacifiers
  • Blankets quilts
  • Receiving blankets
  • And many other items
  • Hundreds of moms and babies
  • benefited from these loving gifts.
  • Friends decorated the kindergarten room for
    Vacation Bible School 2005. The jungle theme was
    interspersed with scripture and prayers.

Food For Friends Ministry
  • Est. January 2005
  • Food and Shelter for Friends, in Norman, provides
    a hot breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Friday to
    anyone who wishes to visit. Several organizations
    have adopted a day each month to provide the
    hot lunch.
  • On the second Tuesday of each month
  • 22 ministry members alternate to
  • 160 Delicious Grilled Chicken Alfredo Meals
  • 12 Dozen Home Baked Desserts
  • For an average cost of 93
  • Thats .58 a serving!

Mothers Day Out
Opened late in 2004, Mothers Day Out is open
in the Parish Nursery Monday through Thursday
from 830 until 200.
  • Opened late in 2004, Mothers Day Out is open
    in the Parish Nursery Monday through Thursday
    from 830 until 200.
  • Presently 48 children are enrolled
  • 15 in the three and four year-old group
  • 17 in the two-year old group
  • 15 in the ten-months to one-year old group.
  • 2004 Receipts 47,650
  • 2004 Expenses 48,253

All Saints Catholic School
FY05 Revenues and Expenditures
Tuition and Fees 1,125,023 Parish
Subsidies 138,556 Fundraising Income
85,784 After School Program
65,129 Other Income 35,914 Total
Revenue 1,450,406
Salaries 965,750 Benefits/Taxes 204,591
Building/Utilities 116,503 Classroom/Equipment
50,255 Contract Labor 56,143
Administrative 38,426 Staff Development
8,013 After School Program 2,494 Total
Expenditures 1,442,175
All Saints Catholic School
Enrollment Analysis- 2005-06
Total Enrollment- 388
Males- 189 (49) Females- 199 (51)
Ethnic Backgrounds
Catholic- 332 (86)
Non-Catholic- 56 (14)
White- 72 African American- 3 Hispanic-
12 Asian- 9 Native American-
2 Multi-Racial- 2
St. Marks- 204 St. Josephs- 71
St. Thomas More- 42 St. Andrews- 8
St. Charles- 1 St.
Francis- 1 St. Francis Xavier- 1
St. James- 1 Holy Name- 1
Immaculate Conception-1 Our Lady of Victory-1
Assembly of God- 2 Baptist- 20 Episcopal- 5
Hindu- 2 Lutheran-
1 Methodist- 8
Non-Denom- 6 Orthodox- 1 Pentecostal- 2
Presbyterian- 1 Other- 8
Grade Levels
Pre-K- 44 Kindergarten- 49 Grade 1- 40 Grade
2- 39 Grade 3- 48 Grade 4- 38
Grade 5- 44 Grade 6- 29 Grade 7- 27
Grade 8- 30
All Saints Catholic School
Annual Tuition Rates
All Saints Catholic School exists to teach
children to know, love and serve God through
academic pursuits and service to others.
Choir 2005
  • Membership
  • 43 Adult Choir Members
  • 20 Childrens Choir Members
  • Service to the Parish
  • Provided music at all
  • Weekend Masses
  • Holy Day Masses
  • Confirmation
  • First Communion
  • Funerals
  • Prepared served a Lenten meal
  • Decorated a room for Vacation Bible School

Service to the Archdiocese 4 members sang in
the choir at the Archdiocesan Centennial Mass

Choir 2005
  • Workshops Conventions
  • National Pastoral Musicians Convention in
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Gospel Workshop at Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    in OKC
  • Choir Workshop at St. Mark given by Michael Scott
    from St. Charles Borromeo
  • Social Activities
  • Ice Cream Social
  • John Michael
  • Talbot Concert
  • Christmas Party

Womens Club
  • Offers ALL women of the parish fun, fellowship
    and service opportunities
  • Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Service Fund-raising at parish functions
for Birth Choice Daily Bread Prepared and
served the Choir Appreciation dinner
Mens Club 2005
  • Activities
  • Annual Mardi Gras Party for the parish
  • Wednesday morning Mens Prayer Breakfast at
    Panera Bread
  • Finance
  • 1,236.41 Net Revenue for 2005 -
  • Donates to various parish groups
  • Official sponsor for Boy Scout Troop 217 (has not
    been able to financially contribute in 2005 for
    lack of fundraising since 2004)

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Highlights of 2005 in summary
  • It was our 14th year as a parish having grown
    from the 300 families who gathered in Norman
    hotel ballroom to the 1,077 who now consider this
    their home parish. With a budget that now exceeds
    one million dollars and a Catholic School that is
    celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding
    as a project of the four parishes in Cleveland
    County, our ministries reach wide and deep into
    the lives of many. What you have seen in this
    report is testimony of faith and stewardship. The
    efforts and commitment of the leadership in Saint
    Mark Parish is reflected here and as pastor I
    salute their accomplishments. It was a year of
    grace and opportunity. God has provided us with
  • Lost in all these statistics are a few
    opportunities and projects that are worth
  • We have grown now into a true leadership role in
    the Archdiocese with regard to Catholic Charities
    and the Archdiocesan Development Fund. Now more
    than ever before these ministries rely up on us.
  • In one week we contributed more than 36,000 to
    the relief of suffering in the Gulf States caused
    by Katrina. In addition, we embraced a family who
    sought refuge among us giving so much assistance
    that others were helped as well.
  • The MOMS program blossomed in 2005 with a
    Mothers Retreat and the growth of the program
    with three more groups.
  • The Mothers Day Out Program with a small
    beginning the year before is now an on-going
    service with a long waiting list limited simply
    by the space available.
  • In less than one month we gathered the funds
    needed to purchase the first organ for our five
    year old church.
  • The gift of a big screen projector has improved
    our educational programs as well as given us an
    opportunity to gather for fellowship and
  • Summer Safari brought many of our children
    together for the first Vacation Bible School
    program held in our facilities. It was a
    cooperative effort of many parish organizations.
  • In the Parish Office, computer upgrades have
    facilitated communication, accountability, and
    facility management.

Goals and Projects for 2006
  • Seal and Stripe Parking Lot
  • Founders Hall improvements including Sound
    System, Lighting, Interior painting, and kitchen
  • Playground
  • Phone Tree software for the Office
  • Exterior sign
  • Retreat for Fathers in style of MOMS
  • Parish Mission
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