St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago

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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.

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 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.

2020 Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord

  • Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday celebrations with family and friends. Our liturgies were absolutely beautiful! Thank you to all who came out to worship with us. I would like to extend my thanks to all who helped to enhance our liturgies: the Inspirational Choir and musicians, altar servers, lectors, ushers, Praise Dancers, Sisters in Spirit, Roderick Whitfield and the Environment Team, our deacons, and, of course, you! We could not be a beacon of hope here at the corner of 91st and Stony Island Avenue without you and your wonderful support of our parish and its ministries. As we enter this new year, let us do so with hearts full of gratitude for all that God has done for us and for what God will do. He keeps on blessing us! Let us be blessings one to another!
  • “Faith Sharing” on the Sunday Scriptures will be held in the Imani Room on Wednesday, Jan. 8th at 10 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. We’re using the text, At Home with the Word.

 

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