Posted by: resparish | May 2, 2013

Rev. Mark Catalana, 1963 – 2013

Fr.Mark_CatalanaFather Mark Catalana died this morning, May 2, 2013, of an apparent heart attack, following his recent surgery for injuries sustained in an accident.

Mark Michael Catalana was born in San Jose on July 15, 1963, one of six children of Frank (deceased) and Wanda Catalana. He graduated from Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Los Gatos, in 1978 and Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, in 1982.  He was a graduate of Saint Joseph College Seminary, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.  After attending Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University, where he obtained a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master’s Degree in Theology, Bishop Pierre DuMaine ordained Father Catalana on May 18, 1991, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph.

Father Mark’s assignments in the Diocese of San Jose were as Parochial Vicar at Saint Lucy Parish, Campbell, and Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish, Cupertino.  For ten years, he served as Diocesan Director of Vocations.  On July 1, 2010, he became Pastor of Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish, San Jose.

Father Catalana will be remembered for his love for the Church, his generosity, and his dedication to the work of fostering priestly vocations.  Many of the priests currently serving in the Diocese of San Jose found great encouragement in Father Catalana’s ministry in the Office of Vocations.

The Vigil Service for Father Mark will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Los Gatos.  His Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, May 8th, at 10:00 am.  A reception will follow the Mass on Wednesday.

Please keep Father Mark in your prayers.