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Fr. Paul on Palm Sunday Prayer Teleconference

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from St. Katharine Drexel Parish!  I hope you are doing well.
I am inviting you to join me on Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord for a Prayer Teleconference beginning at 10:15 a.m.  Since we are unable to gather for Sunday Mass, I want us to gather on one accord and pray as a faith community. I am asking you to help me get the word out so that as many parishioners as possible may join us.  Please invite your family to participate in our prayer as well.  I believe in these difficult times we all need prayer and are looking for God to speak to us in some small way.  We can get up to 1000 people on the call, so I am going to convene only one teleconference rather than the two that I had mentioned in earlier emails to parish leaders and my faith sharing group.
The dial-in number is:  (978) 990 – 5000.
The access code is:  883420.
Should you get a busy signal when dialing in, please continue to call back until you are able to join the call!
The times in which we are living may be frightening, but God is calling us to remain faith-filled and committed to him.  Please don’t be led to despair and lose hope.  God is still on the throne!  God has not forgotten us!
As we begin Holy Week this Sunday, let us not forget the great sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf so that we might have eternal life.  In preparation for the prayer service, I ask that you read the scriptures for Palm Sunday found on pages 62-66 of At Home with the Word.”  If you do not have a copy of the book or a Missalette, the Scriptures are:  Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2: 6-11; and Matthew 26: 14 – 27: 66.
I look forward to our time together.  May God bless each of you!  Have a blessed and safe weekend!
Peace,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

An Important Message From Pastor Fr. Paul Whittington

An Important Message From

Pastor Fr. Paul Whittington

Sunday March 22nd, 2020

Dear Deacons, Parish Leaders and Parishioners,

First, I want to say that I miss you terribly!  I hope you and your families are well.  I’ve been thinking of and praying for you.  May God continue to cover you in these trying times!  Remember!  This period of time in which we’re living is temporary.  We’ll get through this eventually!   Know that God is able!  I look forward to the day when our worshipping community will be able to resume.  Until then, let us continue to pray for one another.

Secondly, as I’m sure you know by now, Holy Week and Easter services will not be celebrated at the parish this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Archdiocese will be streaming the liturgies of Holy Week from Holy Name Cathedral for those who wish to view them online.  I’m sure further information will be forthcoming from the Vicar General.  If/when I receive it, I will share it with you.

In a previous communication, I shared that the rectory chapel would be available for private prayer Monday through Friday.  Unfortunately, this is no longer available as a result of the Governor’s “shelter-in-place” mandate that is effective through April 7.  All churches, chapels, schools and other parish buildings must be locked until the order is lifted.  In addition, funerals and wakes must be postponed.  As I say this, two of our parishioners have made their transition in the last 24 hours.  The families will have to work out details with funeral homes.  I do not wish to share the family names without the loved ones’ permission.  There may be a backlog of funerals once this is all over.  Also, the parish office will be closed until Apri7 due to the Governor’s mandate.  You may still call the rectory with any emergencies!

On another note, I had a wonderful teleconference with members of KPC Ladies Auxiliary Court # 181 this afternoon.  I am looking into the possibility of obtaining a free teleconference number so that I may keep in contact with you during this time.  We will have the opportunity to have prayer, emergency meetings, etc., given this capability.  I’ll keep you posted!

Finally, without our in-person gatherings for worship each weekend, we are unable to collect tithes/offerings.  I am asking, if you’re able, to mail in your offering to the parish or drop it in the mail slot at the rectory.  We have to continue to pay bills.  Please do not mail any contributions to the Archdiocese!  It is often difficult for us to get these contributions when we need them for parish use.  I am grateful, as always, for your financial support of the parish!

This Lent is for many of us quite challenging:  physically, mentally, emotionally, and, for some, spiritually.   And yet, I remain confident that “eye has not seen nor ear heard what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2: 9).  As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter, I pray that you remain joyful and hopeful.  The news that we hear or read daily can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, fearful and so on, but I believe that God is preparing each of us for something greater.  We are going to be bolder, stronger, more faith-filled and committed than ever after this pandemic is over.  I am believing God in this!  I encourage you to “hang in there”!  Remain prayed up and don’t forget to look after and remain connected to your family and parish family!  May God bless each of you!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON MASSES

St. Katharine Drexel Parish Week At-A-Glance

Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020, all weekend and daily Masses at our parish and throughout the Archdiocese will be suspended until further notice. 
This was mandated by Cardinal Cupich out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic.  
In addition, the church building will be closed to all activities, meetings, etc. until further notice.
Please inform your organization members and fellow parishioners.  There are no exceptions!
The Cardinal has asked that churches remain open for private prayer.  
Since I cannot monitor the church from my office, the rectory chapel will be available for private prayer, M-F from 9 a.m. until Noon.  
My hope is that we will be able to resume the celebration of Mass and all parish activities in the near future.– Father Paul Whittington
Masses will be live-streamed from Holy Name Cathedral. Visit Archdiocese Live Stream here!

2020 2nd Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent 2020

Pastor’s Notes

  • On Sunday, March 15th, we will celebrate the women of our parish at the 8:00 and 11 a.m. Masses. Sister Anita Baird, DHM, will be the speaker. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us thank God for the many women who have made great contributions to our society and church.
  • Please read my letter regarding the liturgical practices that we will follow going forward due to public health concerns amidst the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. It is important that we all exercise good hygienic practices while at church and elsewhere. These practices will remain in place until the Archdiocese says it is safe for parishes to resume their customary rituals. Please remember to pray for all who have been affected by the Coronavirus and especially the families who loved ones died due to the disease. I ask your understanding and cooperation during this time. May God keep us all healthy and safe from all danger!

2020 1st Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent

Pastor’s Notes

  • We welcome Bishop Perry to our parish today! I am grateful to Bishop Perry for his support of our parish and for all of his efforts on behalf of the people of African descent on the south side. We appreciate you, Bishop, and wish you well in your ministry to the People of God.
  • Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary and the Junior Daughters of the Knights of Peter Claver, Court # 181 for such a wonderful celebration last Sunday at Georgios Banquets. Congratulations once again to the men from our parish who were honored and to all parishioners who supported them by purchasing tickets or making a donation to support the event. It was good to be with all of you!
  • On Sunday, March 15th, we will celebrate the women of our parish at the 8:00 and 11 a.m. Masses. Sister Anita Baird, DHM, will be the speaker. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us thank God for the many women who have made great contributions to our society and church.

 

2020 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Celebrate Black History Month

Honor, Remember, Inspire

Pastor’s Notes

  • The season of Lent is quickly approaching with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Mass with distribution of ashes will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. with our school children and at 7:00 p.m. Ashes will not be available outside of these times. If you cannot make it here for Mass, please consider going to a church near you. Remember! Ash Wednesday if a day of fast and abstinence. Please see the Lenten guidelines in today’s bulletin.
  • Next Sunday, March 1st, there is only one Mass at 10 a.m. Bishop Joseph Perry is the celebrant and homilist for the day. Following the Mass, we will gather for a reception in the Parish Hall to celebrate Mrs. Loma Dagley’s 100th birthday and Sr. Evelyn who will be leaving our community to minister in the Philippines. Please join us for Mass and the reception!
  • The SKD Inspirational Choir will be singing at St. Benedict the African Parish, (corner of 66th St. and Stewart), on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for their “On Time God” revival. Sr. Jane Nesmith, SBS, is the revival preacher. Please come out and support our choir and worship with our sister parish in Englewood.

2020 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pastor’s Notes

  • The season of Lent is quickly approaching with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Mass with distribution of ashes will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. with our school children and at 7:00 p.m. Ashes will not be available outside of these times. If you cannot make it here for Mass, please consider going to a church near you. Remember! Ash Wednesday if a day of fast and abstinence. Please see the Lenten guidelines in today’s bulletin.
  • The First Sunday of Lent is March 1st. There is only one Mass that day at 10 a.m. Bishop Joseph Perry is the celebrant and preacher for the day. Please mark your calendar!
  • Congratulations to the following honorees of this year’s Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Awards: Al Davis, Deacon Roscoe Dixon, Roland Royal, Jean Voltaire and college scholarship recipients: Nicholas Amuh, Andre Johnson and Elijah Pierre Toussaint. These men will receive their awards on Sunday, February 23rd at a 2 p.m. luncheon at Georgios Banquets. The ticket donation is $50. Please support the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Court #181 in their annual fundraiser. See any of the honorees or Dedra Delaney to purchase tickets.

 

2020 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – World Marriage Day

Pastor’s Notes

  • Leaders of all parish ministries are asked to attend a meeting with Fr. Paul on Tuesday, February 11th at 7 pm. In the Imani Room. There are several important matters that need to be discussed. Please be on time!
  • Congratulations to the following honorees of this year’s Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Awards: Al Davis, Deacon Roscoe Dixon, Roland Royal, Jean Voltaire and college scholarship recipients: Nicholas Amuh, Andre Johnson and Elijah Pierre-Toussaint. These men will receive their awards on Sunday, February 23rd at a 2 p.m. luncheon at Georgios Banquets. The ticket donation is $50. Please support the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Court #181 in their annual fundraiser. See any of the honorees or Dedra Delaney to purchase tickets.
  • The First Sunday of Lent is March 1st. There is only one Mass that day at 10 a.m. Bishop Joseph Perry is the celebrant and preacher for the day. Please mark your calendar!
  • The Annual Catholic Appeal is about to begin. This is the fundraising activity that the Archdiocese sponsors annually to support its various ministries. All parishioners are asked to make a financial commitment in support of this effort. The commitment weekend is Feb. 15-16. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

2020 Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord

“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel.” – Luke 2:34A

Pastor’s Notes

  • Mark your calendar! On Saturday, February 8th, the parish is hosting a “Love Fest Cabaret” from 6:30 p.m. until midnight in the parish hall. This is an adult-only, B.Y.O.B. event! Invite your family and friends and come out and enjoy this pre-Valentine’s Day event! We’re gathering “Jus’ B-Cuz!”
  • The First Sunday of Lent is March 1st. There is only one Mass that day at 10 a.m. Bishop Joseph Perry is the celebrant and preacher for the day. Please mark your calendar!
  • The Annual Catholic Appeal is about to begin. This is the fundraising activity that the Archdiocese sponsors annually to support its various ministries. All parishioners are asked to make a financial commitment in support of this effort. The commitment weekend is Feb. 15-16. Thanks in advance for your generosity

2020 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Follow me and I will make you Fishers of Men

Pastor’s Notes

Remember! There will be only one Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 26th.

  • Open House – St. Ailbe School, Sunday, Jan. 26th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Early registration will also take place. A Book Fair is being held from 9-10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Please stop by and check out the wonderful things that are happening in our school.
  • Next weekend at all Masses, we will celebrate our elders. As we begin Black History Month, please join us as we honor the elders of our parish community. At the 11:00 Mass, the Youth will be responsible for all ministries. Please bring your parents and grandparents with you. You are also encouraged to wear Afrocentric attire throughout the month.
  • World Marriage Day is Sunday, February 9th. All couples are encouraged to renew your marriage vows. Couples that have been married 60 years-plus will receive a special gift. Complete the form in the bulletin and give to Fr. Paul.
  • Winter Bash immediately following Mass on Sunday, January 26th, 2020

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