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Mission Statement

The A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Community, Theology, Service) Retreat, as offered through St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, is one visible sign of this community living out its mission “to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all God’s people through work and action.” This evangelization retreat experience is intended to be a doorway through which individuals gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be an active, conscious, participating member of St Mark the Evangelist parish and the larger Catholic Church. The primary purpose of A.C.T.S. is to strengthen this parish as a Eucharistic Catholic Community, through renewed participation in worship, fellowship and service.

A.C.T.S. Schedule

June 15-18:  Men in Recovery

June 29-July 2:  Men

July 13-16:  Men (Spanish)

July 13-16:  Teen ACTS – Disciple Oaks, Gonzales TX

August 24-27:  Women (Spanish)

September 7-10:  Women

November 16-19:  Women in Recovery

December 7-10:  Men in Recovery

 All adult retreats will be held at the Cordi Marian Retreat Center, San Antonio.

A.C.T.S. Core Team Philosophy

The A.C.T.S. Core Team recognizes the call to help the parish family attain a deeper relationship with the Lord and with fellow parishioners through Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service.  Under the direction of the pastor, the A.C.T.S. Core Team seeks to support, direct and guide the A.C.T.S. community in its evangelization efforts.

A.C.T.S. Core Team Goals 

  • Evangelize as many parish members as possible to a communal faith experience.

  • Coordinate diverse prayer opportunities that are meaningful and representative of the liturgical celebrations of St. Mark the Evangelist parish.

  • Help participants understand Vatican II teachings about the Catholic faith.

  • Facilitates participant's discernment of their personal gifts after their retreat experience.

  • Encourage them to use their gifts in building up the Kingdom of God.

  • Develop a love of the Sacred Scriptures as they are used in the day-to-day liturgies of the Church.

  • Increase awareness of the variety of ministries that are part of the St. Mark parish community.

For more information on A.C.T.S. please contact Jonathan Bassett at

Registration for the Men's  ACTS Retreat June 29 may be completed by clicking on this link:


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