St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago

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Pastor’s Messages for Week of September 26th, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I am inviting you to join us on Sunday, September 26 at 10:15 a.m., as we celebrate the Mass of the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time​.  Fr. John Breslin will be the celebrant and preacher of this Mass.  A worship aid is LINKED HERE Worship Aid-26th SundayOT-2021 for your convenience.
 
Keep in mind that the church has re-opened to full capacity!  Face coverings are required of all in-person attendees regardless of vaccination status.  You may also participate in the liturgy via Zoom or Facebook Live.

Please send a message on Facebook or email if you need the Zoom links.
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​You may also participate via the livestream on the Parish’s Facebook Page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago, by “clicking” on this link:  ​https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live.
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For those who do not have internet access, you may call the following telephone number using Free Conference Call.  The call-in number is 1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is 883420.
Please share this information with your families, friends and co-workers.  We welcome their participation in our liturgy!

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Please Note:
The Archdiocese urges anyone who has not been vaccinated to please do so for the safety of all.  Approved vaccines are free and easily obtained.

The weekend Mass Schedule is Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

I have attached the flyer for the parish’s Evening of Reflection on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:15 p.m.  At this service, we will reflect on our losses during the pandemic/past year, our hopes for the future, and celebrate our being together as a community once again.  Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P., will be the facilitator for the evening.  For those who registered for a boxed meal, we will begin in the parish hall at 5:15.  ALL parishioners are encouraged to participate in the Evening of Reflection!

The annual Public Square Rosary Crusade will be held in the parish parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 16 beginning at Noon.  Please see the attached flyer for further details.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Peace,
 

Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

Pastor’s Message Sixth Sunday of Easter May 9th, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I am inviting you to join us on Sunday, May 9, as we celebrate the Mass of the Sixth Sunday of Easter and honor all mothers on Mother’s Day.  The Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m.   You may participate in-person or via Zoom or Facebook Live.
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​You may participate via the livestream on the Parish’s Facebook Page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago, by “clicking” on this link:  ​https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live.
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For those who do not have internet access, you may dial the following telephone number using Free Conference Call.  The dial-in number is 1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is 883420.
Please share this information with your families, friends and co-workers.  We welcome their participation in our liturgy!

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As a reminder:

You may register for in-person worship on the Sign-up Genius link, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DAEAB2AA4F58-church, or you may call the parish office.  There are only 50 seats available in the church due to social distancing, so registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Since it is Mother’s Day, the 50-person limit on Mass attendance will be “waived” so that people may be able to worship with their mothers.

 
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!  Have a great weekend!
 
Peace,
 

Fr. Paul, O.P.


 

2021 Stations of the Cross March 19th

Participate in the Stations of the Cross, March 19th, 2021
The Stations will be prayed in-person in the Church at 3:30 p.m. and via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.  If you attend in-person, please wear a face covering, sanitize your hands, and sign-in when you arrive.  For those who participate via Zoom, the link is below.  The script for the evening Stations is “Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism”.  You are encouraged to make these meditations a part of your Lenten journey.

Time: 7:00 PM Central Time
Mar 19, 2021

Click on this link to join Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 882 4995 5594
Passcode: 359570

Dial-in number
1 312 626 6799
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Meeting ID: 882 4995 5594
Passcode: 359570

Sunday Evening Prayer and Praise Service March 21, 2021

Sunday’s Prayer Service will be held via Zoom and Teleconference.  You will be able to either video conference via Zoom or phone into the Service. The instructions are listed below:
  Zoom Video conference
1.  Join Zoom by clicking on the following link:
2.  Go to Zoom.com and click “Join Meeting”
Enter the Meeting ID:  845 7059 7469

Enter the Passcode:    890218


OR
Phone
1)  Call:  1-312-626-6799
2)  Enter the Meeting ID:  845 7059 7469
3)  Enter the Passcode:   890218

 

Please Zoom-in or phone in beginning at 3:50 P.M. so we can begin promptly at 4:00 P.M.  To enhance everyone’s ability to hear the speakers, the entire program will be held in the “Mute” mode; when you dial in, music reflecting a spiritual space will be playing.  Please do not un-mute your line to announce yourself or talk over the music, simply wait for the program to begin.

Pastor’s Message November 20th, 2020

The feast of Christ the King, celebrated the Sunday prior to the beginning of Advent, is observed Nov. 22 this year. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Greetings!  I hope you are doing well.
I am inviting you to participate in the Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday in the liturgical year.  The Mass will be live-streamed at 10:15 a.m. on the parish’s Facebook page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago.  “Click” on the following blue link that takes you directly to our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live.
If you do not have internet access, you may participate in the Mass by dialing our toll-free teleconference number:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is 883420.
At the Mass this Sunday, Ms. Lucille Dobbins will make her profession of faith as she completes her passage in the RCIA program allowing her to become a fully-fledged member of the Catholic Church.  We welcome Lucille with open arms and thank her for joining our faith community.
Please forward this information to your ministry partners, family, and friends who may be looking for a community to worship with on Sunday.  I welcome their participation in our liturgy!
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Reminders:

Registration for next weekend’s Masses, Nov. 28-29, opens on Monday at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Please register on the sign-up genius, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DAEAB2AA4F58-church, or you may call the parish office.  There are only 47-50 seats due to social distancing, so registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We cannot register you in advance for the following weekend’s Masses!  It is not too late to register for this weekend’s Masses if you wish to attend!
You may also register for the Thanksgiving Day Mass on the sign-up genius or by calling the rectory.  Mass on Thanksgiving Day is at 10 a.m. and it will be live-streamed on Facebook.  For those attending in-person, you will have an opportunity to write on a piece of paper what you are grateful for this year.  For those viewing the service via Facebook Live, you may respond in the “comments” section.  This has been a difficult year for all of us, so my hope is that we all can find something to thank God for at this time of year.

The Parish Office will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through the end of the week.  We will resume our regular part-time hours on Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:00.  Reminder!  The office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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The Midweek Prayer and Praise Service going forward is now held on Zoom every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.  An “update” on Zoom information will be sent on Monday, Nov. 23.  We are still experiencing some difficulty in connecting.  I apologize to those who were unable to join this week’s service.  We are working to get things set up correctly.  I appreciate your patience.  Remember!  The teleconference phone number that was previously used on Wednesday evenings will not work with Zoom.  Please use the telephone number that I will send for Wednesday evening Zoom services.
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Don’t forget!  The Fresh Moves Mobile Market will not be at the parish on Thursday, November 26 due to Thanksgiving.  The Mobile Market will return on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10-11:30 a.m.  Remember to bring your mask!
Have a great day!  Remember to stay safe out there and to keep one another in prayer!

Peace,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

Pastor’s Message September 24, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings!  I hope you are doing well.  Last weekend we officially opened the church for in-person worship after being closed for several months due to the pandemic.  We had a good crowd.  Thank you to all who worshiped with us.
I am inviting you to participate in the Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Mass will be live-streamed at 10:15 a.m. on the parish’s Facebook page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago.  Just “click” on the following blue/purple link that takes you directly to our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live.
If you do not have internet access, you may participate in the Mass by dialing our toll-free teleconference number:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is 883420.
Please forward this information to your ministry partners, family and friends who may be looking for a community to worship with on Sunday.  I welcome their participation in our liturgy!
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Reminders / Announcements:
 
Registration for next weekend’s Masses, Oct. 3-4, opens on Monday at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Please register on the sign-up genius, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DAEAB2AA4F58-church, or you may call the parish office.  There are only 47-50 seats due to social distancing, so registration is on a first-come, first serve basis.
 
The Parish Office has re-opened for business on a part-time basis.  The office is open on the following days and times:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Should you need to contact us, please do so.  These hours are in effect through the end of October.
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If you have a new address, telephone number or email address, please let us know asap.  This will help us greatly as we continue to update our records.
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Daily Mass (Mon-Fri) will begin in the church on Monday, September 28 at 8:30 a.m. for social distancing purposes.  You do not have to register in advance.  A sign-up sheet will be available for you to sign your name and phone number.
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Our Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference has resumed.  Join us on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:45 p.m.  The call-in number is the same as the telephone number listed above for the Sunday Mass.
 
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Let us continue to pray for one another in these difficult times.  Know that Fr. Herb and I keep you in our daily prayers!
Peace,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

2020 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am inviting you to participate in the Mass for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.  There is a “word” from the Lord tomorrow!  The Mass will be live-streamed at 10:15 a.m. on the parish’s Facebook page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago.  Remember!  You do not have to subscribe to Facebook in order to celebrate with us.  Just “click” on the following link that takes you directly to our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live.

If you do not have internet access, you may participate in the Mass by dialing our toll-free teleconference number:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is:  883420.
Please forward this information to your ministry partners, family and friends who may be looking for a community to worship with on Sunday.  I welcome their participation in our liturgy!
Reminders / Announcements:
 
The Parish Office has reopened for business on a part-time basis.  The office is open on the following days and times:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Should you need to contact us, please do so.  These hours are in effect through the end of September.  Of course, the office will be closed on Labor Day, September 7 and will reopen for business on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
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If you have a new address, telephone number or email address, please let us know asap.  Likewise, if you wish to have your name deleted from the parish database, please let us know that as well.  This will help us greatly as we continue to update our records.
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We will resume our Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:45 p.m.  The call-in number is the same as the telephone number listed above for the Sunday Mass.  Another reminder will be sent on Tuesday.
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Let us continue to pray for one another in these difficult times.  Prayer does work!  I leave you with the following prayer: “Loving God, hear the prayers of your people who turn to You in these difficult times seeking Your guidance, love, mercy and peace.  Hear our prayers we pray.  Keep us close to You for we know that You are always with us.  Guide and direct our every step this day for we make our prayer in Your Name. Amen.”
Have a blessed, happy and safe Labor Day weekend!  Know that Fr. Herb and I keep you in our daily prayers!
Peace,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

August 12th Update from Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you’re having a good week and that this communication finds you in good health!  Below, I share with you information about our weekly prayer service as well as other information and reminders.  Please be attentive to the information.
Please join me tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, at 6:45 p.m., for our Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference as we prepare to celebrate the liturgy for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Scripture readings are found in the text, At Home with the Word, on pages 112-113.  If you do not have the text, the Scriptures are:  Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7; Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32; and Matthew 15: 21-28.  Please read the Scriptures in advance if you have a chance.
The dial-in number is:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is:  883420.
I look forward to your participation in our service!
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After submission of paperwork to reopen the church for Phase 1, we have been certified to reopen.  This means that funerals, weddings and baptisms may now be celebrated in the church for a limited number of attendees.  At the present time, there are no baptisms or weddings scheduled, but funerals of parishioners may now take place.  Please remember to call the church first before making arrangements with a funeral home, especially if you intend the service to be held in the church.  Parishioners will be informed when we are certified for Phase 2 which allows for attendance at Mass on Sundays and weekdays.
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St. Ailbe School is now registering students for the 2020/21 academic year.  As of this writing, the year begins with in-person classes.  Parents may also opt for remote learning.  The school office is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 12 noon if you wish to speak with a school representative.  The academic year begins on Tuesday, September 8.  Please call (773) 734-1386 for further information.
Also, the school roof will be replaced in the next few weeks.  After several years of water entering the building, the Archdiocese and Big Shoulders are footing the bill to cover the bulk of the masonry and roofing expenses.  I am happy to say that SKD Parish was able to contribute $25,000 to this project.  I thank God that we were able to assist in some small way!  By the way, the church roof will receive an aluminum coating seal designed to prevent the minor leaks that we have in our building.  This will take place after the school roof is completed.
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Dr. Richard Watson and the EmergeMed Team will conduct Covid-19 antibody screenings in the church parking lot on Friday, Aug. 14 from 1-5 pm and on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 am-1 pm.  For further information, please contact Dr. Watson at (312) 206-1064.  I will attach a separate flyer as Dr. Watson will be speaking live on the parish’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 pm.  You are welcome to tune in.
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Finally, I have two public service announcements.  Make sure you complete the 2020 Census and if you are not registered to vote, please do so!  Both of these issues are important to our community.  Please make sure that you are counted and that your voice is heard!
Enough said for now!  Have a wonderful evening!

Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

 Covid-19 Antibody Screenings at Church Parking Lot 07-17 and 07-24

On Fridays, July 17 and 24, there will be Covid-19 antibody screenings performed in the church parking lot from 1-5 p.m.

Parishioner, Dr. Richard Watson, MD, and his Team will perform the screenings.

There is no out-of-pocket expense if you have Medicare or some other form of insurance, otherwise, you will need to pay $51.00.  For further information, or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Watson directly at (312) 206-1064.

Link to register in advance

Weekly Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference

This Wednesday, June 24, at 6:45 p.m., and every Wednesday join us for our Midweek Prayer and Praise Service via teleconference as we prepare for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Scripture readings are found in the text, At Home with the Word, on pages 98-99.  If you do not have the text, the Scriptures are:  2 Kings 4: 8-11, 14-16a; Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11; and Matthew 10: 37-42.  Please read the Scriptures in advance if you have a chance.
The dial-in number is:  1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is:  883420.
I look forward to your participation in our service!  Have a blessed evening!
Peace,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

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