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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

2020 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pastor’s Notes

  • The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Next Sunday, January 26th there is only one Mass at 10 a.m. The celebrant is Redemptorist Fr. Maurice Nutt. Following the Mass, there will be a “Winter Blast” in the parish hall. This is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate as a community. There will be food, dancing and fellowship. St. Ailbe School is also hosting an Open House that day, so I hope you will walk through our school and meet the teachers and Administration. Please consider registering your child or children for Academic year ’20-’21. The day will be busy, so come and have a good time!
  • A second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend to support the Church in Latin America. Please be generous

2020 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2020

Pastor’s Notes

  • The Christmas season ends today with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. With this feast, Jesus’ public ministry begins. In regards to the liturgical year, the Church returns to “Ordinary Time” until Lent begins. The questions for us become: “How do I immerse myself more deeply in the mystery of God’s love for us? What can I do to express that love for others? Is there something more that God is asking of me that I am not seeing at this moment in time?” As we have just begun a new year and a new decade, let us not be afraid to ask the important questions about our faith. God wants us to go deeper! Are we willing to take the risk? It’s something for us to think about. Have a blessed week!

 

  • At the 11:00 Mass next Sunday, we will celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a special way. You are invited to worship with us that day.

 

  • The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 21st.

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