Msgr. Otellini has asked me to write a little about myself. First, I should say that I really don't like talking or writing about myself. I would rather hear about you and your stories since I already know all about me. Nevertheless, if there is some interest in my history then I am willing to share with you a bit about myself.

  I was born on March 7, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the third of the five children of Anthony and Sylvia Mazza. My Father's parents were Italian immigrants born and raised in Serrastretta in Calabria, proud of their heritage; whereas my Mother's parents were from what is now Slovakia, and also proud of their heritage. My parents had known each other from high school days, but then came World War II. During the war my dad served in the air force. My dad once told my Uncle Greg that after the war was over he would propose to my mother and get married and start a family, which they did in 1948. Yes, I admit, I am a Baby-Boomer.

  I spent a happy childhood in West Mifflin, PA., near to Pittsburgh, close to many relatives on both sides of the family. In 1967, as the American steel industry began to go through many challenges, our family moved to Indiana. My dad was a metallurgist. Eventually, we settled in Munster, Indiana and built a house, where my older brother still lives. Both of my parents are deceased. May they rest in peace. They loved me and the Catholic faith with all their hearts. I attended Catholic grade schools and then went to the public high school in town, from which I graduated in 1972. After high school I then decided to pursue my desire to become a priest, which had entered my heart from the time of my First Holy Communion. Studying for the Diocese of Gary, I was admitted to St. Meinrad College Seminary in the fall of 1972. Yes, that was forty-three years ago! I graduated in 1976 with a B.A. in Philosophy. From there I was appointed to the North American College in Rome, where I first studied at the Jesuit University the Gregorianum, and then at the Redemptorist Alphonsianum, where I specialized in moral theology. As I have mentioned at Mass, I first met your pastor Msgr. Otellini in the fall of 1976 at the North American College. I would never have imagined then that we would be at the same parish almost forty years later. I was ordained a priest in my home parish, St. Thomas More, Munster, Indiana on October 2, 1980 by Bishop Andrew G. Grutka. I will always remember that most wonderful day.

  After serving as a curate, assistant pastor, associate pastor, and then pastor over a period of twenty-two years, I came to California for a sabbatical. I attended the Vatican II Institute at St. Patrick Seminary for three months. I fell in love with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and its good people. Since there was no shortage of priests in my home diocese, I was given permission to apply for excardination from the Diocese of Gary and request incardination into the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This lengthy process began with my first assignment at St. Gabriel Parish in San Francisco in January of 2003. January 2106 marks for me thirteen years in the Archdiocese. My official incardination took place after the Chrism Mass right before Easter in 2010, while administrator at St. Peter Parish in Pacifica. I then was named pastor of the same parish.

  On July 1, 2012, I was appointed pastor of Star of the Sea parish on Geary Boulevard and 8th Avenue in San Francisco. In 2014, the Archbishop decided to replace me with the Oratorians of St. Philip that he had invited into the archdiocese. In August 2014, I went on a medical sabbatical. In February 2015, I was appointed parochial vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Ross, California. As you know I am now officially appointed as the parochial vicar at your wonderful parish here at Nativity to work under your pastor Msgr. Otellini. I am looking forward to the time the Lord gives me to be one of your priests at Nativity Church. I hope to get to know you and work with you as time goes by. I want to be on friendly terms with all - young and old and everyone in between. Please pray for me and know that you and your loved ones are in my daily prayers. God bless you! Mary love you! Father Mark G. Mazza



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