St. Marcus began in 1888 with 18 families and we are now a community of 430 families. We are twinned with St. Lawrence Parish of Duelm.
We welcome all visitors to share in our times of prayer. Maybe you would like to join us for one of our liturgies, through our religious education program, possibly through one of our social events? Or might you be in need of one of our many services that we provide? Our helpful staff and many volunteers are here to make your experience at St. Marcus one that characterizes our small town personality, warm, friendly and welcoming.
To see more of of the history of St. Marcus, please click on the Community tab above.
NOTICE: WE ARE NOT TAKING HALL RENTAL APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.
HALL RENTAL FORM LINKS:
REOPENING GUIDELINES (Posted May 2020)
Voting for judges seems strange, and I don’t know for whom to vote. I feel like I might be guessing.
What should I do?
Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State Website to see a sample ballot for the upcoming election. (Click link below)
Here you can review candidate names, search for websites that tell you more about the judicial candidates and their reasons for running.You can review their stories and endorsements, and look for linked content from those sites. Also consider following candidates of interest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get a feel for how a judicial candidate thinks and feels about issues related to justice today.
FR. JOE’S PASTORAL NATURE NOTES
CLEARWATER & CLEAR LAKE EMERGENCY FOODSHELF
is located at: 1100 County Road 75 in Clearwater - in the brown Lions Park Building. Even if you've never been to the food shelf before, we are offering food to anyone on the following days:
Mondays: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tuesdays: 9:00am to 11:00am and again at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
They have an 24/7 answering service.
Please call: 320-558-2954.
Electronic Giving to St. Marcus:
You can give electronically on (or about) the 15th of every month. Simply fill out the form below and return to the office with a blank check, from the account you want the money drawn out of. Thank you.
FAITH FORMATION NEWS:
UPDATED, NOVEMBER 29. 2020
Bishop Kettler and the St. Cloud Diocecse Released the Following Notice:
"Faith Formation, youth gatherings, retreats and related activities. From now until the end of the year, these in-person gatherings must be suspended and shifted to on-line meetings or conducted at home."
We are in challenging times. We want to stay connected and be there for our youth and parents in our Faith Formation Program.
Link for 7th, 8th & 9th Grades
Link for 9th, 10th & 11th Grades
First Sunday of Advent
If you are new to the St. Marcus Faith Formation Program, registration forms can be found in the faith formation rack near the handicap accessible door. The same information can also be viewed by clicking Faith Formation in the menu bar above. Questions? Please call Peggy in the Faith Formation office.
MASKS....are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor
spaces and businesses, unless you are alone.
BAPTISMS, FUNERALS, MARRIAGE: Please call Fr. Joe at
320-743-2481, Extension 2.
Our Diocesan televised Mass reaches nearly all households in our diocese through network programming on KSTC-45 at 11:00am each Sunday morning. Featuring local priests, musicians, and lectors, this Mass is a wonderful opportunity for our homebound parishioners to enjoy their faith with the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Those who can’t watch the Mass on television are invited to view it online below.
CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS
Spirit 92.9 and K-yes on AM 1180 or 93.5 FM
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Welcome to St. Marcus Church
Fr. Joseph Backowski, Pastor
Welcome, and thank you for visiting the St. Marcus Catholic Parish website. Located in Clear Lake, Minnesota, we are faith community rich in history and tradition.
Dear Parishioners, Advent blessing to you! As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we must take into consideration the conditions we are living with. The Bishop has given us permission to celebrate more Masses, so we will be offering more Masses. As a result, the Christmas Mass schedule will be different this year. In order to attend Christmas Mass, you will need to have a reservation. This ensures that we have approporate attendance levels and can safely come together to celebrate.
St. Marcus reservations should be made by emailing St. Marcus. St. Lawrence reservations should be made by emailing St. Lawrence.
Please follow the reservation guidelines here.
CONFESSION SCHEDULE FOR ADVENT
December 7: 8-8:45pm at St. Lawrence in person
December 8: 9am at St. Marcus in person
December 9: 8-8:45pm at St. Marcus Drive Up
December 14: 7-7:45pm at St. Lawrence in person
December 15: 7-7:45pm at St. Marcus in person
December 16: 7-7:45pm at St. Lawrence Drive Up
December 21: 7-7:45pm at St. Lawrence in person
December 22: 10am at St. Lawrence in person
December 22: 7-7:45pm at St. Marcus Drive Up