Come Join us for Dia de los Muertos: We will celebrate the Day of the Dead, Saturday, November 1st at 6 pm. Everyone Welcome. Please bring pictures and names of deceased family members or loved ones. There will be a display in the back of the church for these items. Plan to stay for the reception following the service.
All Saints Day Service: Sunday, November 2nd we will be celebrating All Saints Day at one Bilingual Service at 10 am. The service will be followed by our annual Ministry Fair and potluck in Knight Hall.
St. Mark’s to Welcome a new Vicar in coming weeks. In mid-November, Fr. Gerardo Brambila will be assuming the full time duties of Vicar:
Fr. Gerardo and his wife Viviana were both born and raised in Mexico, in the middle of very traditional Roman Catholic families. They have been married for 11 years and have two children, Bruno (10) and Viviana Geraldyne (5).
Fr. Gerardo felt the call to ministry since a very early stage of his life, around the age of five, but in Mexico it was impossible to achieve his lifetime vocation and be married, within the walls of a RC church and tradition.
In 1985, Fr. Gerardo came to the USA, via Nogales, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona, going back and forth to Mexico for almost 5 years. After that in 1990, living in Los Angeles, California, he was invited to join the Episcopal Church and he found “home”. Fr. Gerardo’s first career was in banking and security, then after a long road, he graduated in 2001 from ETSS, The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin Texas, and he was ordained as a transitional Deacon and later to the priesthood, in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Fr. Gerardo brings to St. Mark’s more than 24 years of experience in ministry, 10 years as a lay minister and 14 as an ordained priest. He has served in different capacities and churches in two Dioceses, Los Angeles and Colorado, before accepting the call to St. Mark’s in Mesa, Arizona. He is fully bilingual, English, Spanish, and also Italian, and has served in several multicultural congregations. He has years of experience in peace and social justice ministries, immigration advocacy, and 501c3 non-profit organizations. Fr. Gerardo loves Arizona, and comes back to this part of our country to have the opportunity to “give back” to this land that opened its arms for the first time to him in our great nation.
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