St. Mark Roman Catholic Church celebrates its 125th anniversary with masses on Friday and Sunday

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St. Mark Roman Catholic Church is celebrating its 125thAnniversary this weekend with a Mass of Remembrance on Friday evening (9/28), and it will culminate in a Mass on Sunday (9/30) afternoon with dedication of the new bell tower and walkway.    As part of the celebration, a horse and buggy will carry the pastor, Father Jerry Francik and Archbishop Lori to the Church for the Anniversary Mass at 2:45 pm, as would have happened 125 years ago.

Here are some details the church sent along about its history:

In November 1886, the pastor of Saint John’s in Hydes, a native of Harford County, Ebenezer Maynadier, purchased enough property to plan for the building of a church in the Fallston community.  In March 1887, the first Mass was said for the mission parish of Saint Mark at Moore brother’s hall in “downtown” Fallston.  After Mass, a meeting was held to discuss plans to build the new church.  The cornerstone for the church was laid in November 1887 and the new Church was completed in 1889.   In June 1968, the parish mission of Saint Mark separated from the Mother parish of Saint John’s Hydes, to stand on its own.

January 2012 began the year of the 125th Anniversary of Saint Mark.  In the past year, the parish has been abounding with activity.  At the present time, Saint Mark Roman Catholic Church consists of 1621 families, with over 50 committees and organizations active in Parish and community activities.

Saint Mark Roman Catholic Church celebrates these 125 years as a Parish, continuing the tradition of knowing Jesus and making Him known to our Parish family and the Fallston community.  Join us as we celebrate this unique piece of history for Harford County and the Catholic Church.  For all event details visit www.saintmarkfallston.org.