Celebrity Mark Wahlberg: My Faith Is the 'Most Important Part of My Life' The actor-producer often goes to church twice on Sundays By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Sheila Baylis is an Editor for PEOPLE's Health vertical; she contributes to print features and directs the digital Health team on stories ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to body image and women's health. She has a Master's Degree in Gender Studies. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 2, 2020 12:29 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Uri Schanker/Wireimage Mark Wahlberg is upfront when it comes to discussing how his faith plays a central role in his life. “It’s the most important part of my life. I don’t try to push it on anybody and I don’t try to hide it,” the Lone Survivor actor, 42, told Parade. In fact, Wahlberg, who is Irish Catholic, often goes to church twice on Sundays. “If the kids are good, I’ll have doughnuts for them at 6:30 in the morning, and I’ll say, ‘You guys gotta let Mommy sleep in!’ I’ll go to church at 7:30 and everybody will be eating breakfast when I come home,” he said. “Then we’ll go to church again at 10:30, if things aren’t too hectic. Or if one of the kids has a game we’ll watch them play. It’s a nice family day.” Setting a good example for his four children with wife Rhea Durham was the motivation behind Wahlberg’s getting his high-school diploma, which he received in June. “I didn’t want the kids saying, ‘You didn’t do it, so why do I need it?’ They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education,” Wahlberg told PEOPLE.