St. Mark is a vibrant and dynamic learning community, serving central west-end junior high students in the Westmount area of Edmonton. At St. Mark we strive to maintain a standard of excellence in all our programs and to provide a variety of learning opportunities for all students. Our students experience a diverse, safe and caring Catholic learning environment, where each individual is valued and respected.
We realize that junior high school will provide the educational basis for our students’ future. We will ensure that each student at St. Mark has the opportunity to engage in a quality educational program, which serves to develop his/her full academic, social, physical and spiritual potential. It is expected that students of St. Mark will develop important life skills and take ownership of their education.
The author of the second Gospel in the New Testament is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.
St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.
St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles.
His feast day is April 25 and he is the patron saint of notaries.