Father Mark’s Video Messages

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for September 18, 2020: Maturity vs Immaturity

Father Mark talks about maturity and immaturity in both adults and children, with 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, as a starting point.

“When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for September 12, 2020

Are you angry? Wondering what you can do with your anger? Father Mark looks at anger from a Christian point of view – and how you can process anger using Christian principles.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for September 11, 2020: Children’s Edition

Father Mark reads more letters from kids to Pope Francis along with the Holy Father’s responses. From the New York Times best selling book, “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for September 4, 2020: Moving Forward

Have you been feeling “stuck” these last few months, particularly when it comes to discerning God’s presence in your life? Father Mark has been feeling that way, too, and reflects on ways we can all start “moving forward.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for September 4, 2020: Children’s Edition

Father Mark reads the responses from Pope Francis to letters from that the Holy Father has received from children around the world. From the New York Times best selling book, “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for August 29, 2020

How do we go about uncovering the moments of God’s presence in our lives?

Father Mark reflects on that idea in this edition of Connecting with Spiritual Purpose, as he continues his reflection on the writings of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s “The Joy of Full Surrender.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for for August 28, 2020

Father Mark reads, “The Gifts of the Enemy,” by Trudy Ludwig. It recounts the story of Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, and the mysterious woman who gave him hope during some of his darkest days.

Author Trudy Ludwig’s skillful writing provides historic perspective without overwhelming or frightening readers or listeners.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for August 21, 2020: “Thy Will Be Done”

Father Mark Suslenko reflects on the writings of Jean-Pierre Caussade, whose most famous book “The Joy of Full Surrender,” asks us to simply let God’s will be done, and live in the moment. It is more difficult than one might think!

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for August 21, 2020

Father Mark reads “One Green Apple,” by Eve Bunting, which covers the topics of acceptance and tolerance for those who look or sound different from ourselves.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for August 14, 2020

Father Mark returns with all new books for the kids, including this week’s selection: “Miss Rumpius,” by Barbara Cooney.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for August 14, 2020

Father Mark Suslenko is back! He kicks off the latest series of video messages with a reflection on growth, darkness, and faith.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for July 11, 2020

Have you ever considered the question of what gives your life meaning? Father Mark tackles that topic (with a little help from Pope Benedict XVI) in this week’s chat.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for July 10, 2020

Father Mark reads “This Little Prayer of Mine,” by Anthony DeStefano.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: June 27, 2020

Father Mark welcomes parishioners back in advance of the re-launch of weekend Masses on Independence Day weekend.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for June 26, 2020

Father Mark displays a picture drawn by a viewer, and reads “The Weight of the Mass: A Tale of Faith,” by Josephine Nobisso.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for June 20, 2020

Father Mark reads another is a series of children’s books by Anthony DeStefano: “The Sheep That No One Could Find.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for June 19, 2020

Father Mark’s expanded homily for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is now available as his weekly message. In it, he emphasizes the idea of taking Christ’s teaching into the world with us wherever we go, and whatever we face, and sharing it with others.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for June 12, 2020

Father Mark reflects on how the recent months of pandemic have effected the community, and what we can do moving forward in the new COVID-19 paradigm in which we find ourselves.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for June 12, 2020

Father Mark shares a young viewer’s artwork, and reads “The Miracle of the Bread, the Fish and the Boy,” by Anthony DeStefano.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose for June 6, 2020: Welcome Back!

Father Mark provides practical information on the restart of daily Mass at SS. Isidore and Maria Parish, including protocols for receiving the Holy Eucharist, and an announcement about the resumption of the sacrament of reconciliation.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for June 5, 2020

Father Mark reads “The Puppy That No One Wanted,” by Anthony DeStefano, with illustrations by Richard Cowdrey.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for May 30, 2020

Father Mark answers viewers’ questions, and reads “The Donkey That No One Could Ride.”

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: May 29, 2020

Now that the Archdiocese of Hartford has provided direction for parishes to reopen churches for public worship, we are busy behind the scenes preparing a parish reopening plan. Daily Mass resumes at SS. Isidore and Maria Parish on Monday, June 8 at 7:30 AM at St. Paul Church. Father Mark has more information in today’s video, along with a reflection from St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: May 22, 2020

When we seek the voice of God, what are we listening for? Father Mark Suslenko shares his insights, with an emphasis on three important virtues: faith, hope and love.

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for May 23, 2020

Father Mark answers a doozy of a question from a viewer, and shares prayers Jesus would have learned. 

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: May 15, 2020 – Feast of SS. Isidore and Maria

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for May 8, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for May 9, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Children’s Edition for May 2, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for May 1, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: Kid’s Edition for April 24, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for April 24, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for April 17, 2020

Good Friday: Finding Grace in Simplicity
A Message from Father Mark for April 10, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for April 3, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Message from Father Mark for March 27, 2020

Connecting with Spiritual Purpose: A Video Message from Father Mark for March 21, 2020