A series of resources created by The Rev. Jennifer McNally, priest at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church and convener of dinner church Table 229, St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore, Associate for Family Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, and author of the picture books “Today Is a Baptism Day” and “We Gather at This Table.” Please share freely!

January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany. To celebrate Epiphany consider participating in an ancient tradition known as “Chalking the Door.” This practice consists of marking a blessing in chalk in a specific pattern of letters and numbers, to invite God’s blessing on a home, church, or other entryway, and on all who enter its doors during the year. All you need is chalk and a doorway. Prayers and guidance are attached here. 

Chalk will also be blessed at the 7:30 p.m. Epiphany Service. You can pick up the chalk and an Epiphany Blessing between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. January 7, 8 and 10. They will be in bags outside the office doors at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. They will also be mailed to families with children and teenagers at home.  

Share your photos of chalking your doors here with Saint Mark’s and consider posting them on social media. By uploading your photos to the link, you are giving Saint Mark’s permission to use them in an Epiphany door display on our social media channels and website. 

Candlemas and the Feast of the Purification, celebrated on February 2, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, forty days after Christmas and his birth in accordance with Jewish practices. Celebration of Candlemas began in Jerusalem in the 4th century, where it included the blessing of candles which were used in the church and in homes throughout the year. Candles were carried in in procession, blessed and lit, and then brought out to symbolize bringing the light of Christ into the world. Saint Mark’s Cathedral will be blessing candles during Holy Eucharist on Sunday, January 31. The candles will be mailed to the family ministry list and available for pick up outside of the office doors 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. February 15. 

If you would also like to have your family’s candles blessed on January 31, please drop them off at office door at Saint Mark’s 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. January 2529. Put the candles you want blessed in a paper bag and label the bag boldly with your last name. After the candles are blessed, they will be put outside the office doors for pick-up at the same time as the other candles. 



Watch this space for information on virtual and in person gatherings.


The Moms’ Retreat is a time for moms with children and teens at home to take a deep breath, reflect and connect with yourself, your spirituality, and other moms in a beautiful setting. We share meals, fellowship, and activities together. All participants have their own room and abundant alone time.


Mom’s Night Out is a time for the moms of St. Mark’s with children and teens at home to connect and enjoy fellowship with each other often while enjoying food.


Families with a child/children age two and under gather in July and January to connect with other parents of young children. It’s a time to be fed, share similar experiences, and be supported by St. Mark’s aunts and uncles, whose ministry is to support young families.

For questions concerning family ministries or to get involved, please contact The Reverend Anna Ostenso-Moore.



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