“Rejoice in the Lord! That doesn’t seem very hard for us to do today,” said Bishop Michael Olson at St. Mark Church’s new Denton location during the Rite of Blessing and Dedication of the new church building’s altar Sunday, Dec. 7. The Dedication and Rite of Blessing was held in St. Mark’s new multi-purpose parish activity center, which totals 20,800 square feet and sits on 26.7 acres of land. The Spanish mission-style building includes a church for Mass, a chapel, a full-service kitchen, several office and meeting spaces, and a cry room. Other features of the main sanctuary include an altar made and donated by parishioners Ken and Jewell Lively, and a large hand-carved and painted crucifix from Italy.
Father Jim Miller, founding pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Arlington, passed away at the age of 83. Fr. Miller was retired and residing at St. Francis Village.
Deacon William Patrick Beaton, 82, known as “Deacon Bill,” of St. Mark Parish in Denton, died Tuesday, Nov. 25. “He really believed in life and believed in the Lord. He would call it the way he saw it, too,” said Deacon Jim Galbraith, who served with Dcn. Beaton at St. Mark. “‘Semper Fi!’ He would always use that slogan from the Marine Corps. He would always close any conversation with Semper Fi — always faithful.”