St. Katharine Drexel Parish Week At-A-Glance

SUNDAY APRIL 5th, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Prayer Teleconference

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!
Join Fr. Paul Whittington and fellow St. Katherine Drexel Parish parishioners as we gather on one accord and pray as a faith community.
Please help 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.
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.
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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

Pastor’s Notes 03/08/2020

  • 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!

Pastor’s Notes 03/01/2020

  • 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.

Pastor’s Notes 02/23/2020

  • 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.

Pastor’s Notes 02/16/2020

  • 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 is 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.

Pastor’s Notes 02/09/2020

  • 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.

Pastor’s Notes 02/02/2020

  • 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

Pastor’s Notes 01/26/2020

Remember! 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.
  • Join us immediately after Mass on January 26th for the Winter Bash!

Pastor’s Notes 01/19/2020

  • 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.

Pastor’s Notes 01/05/2020

  • Happy New Year! I hope you had 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.

Pastor’s Notes 12/29/2019

  • This feast day of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph marks the first-year anniversary of our parish coming together under one roof. I know there is still sadness among some individuals, but I am grateful to you for “hanging in” there and allowing God to shepherd you in the most difficult times. We have accomplished a lot in our first year and we will continue to do so as we move forward together. Please continue to pray for our well-being as a parish community. May the good Lord bless each of you! Have a happy and blessed New Year! Remember to be safe in all that you do!
  • The Parish Office will close at Noon on New Year’s Eve and will remain closed through January 2nd. The office will resume regular business hours on Friday, Jan. 3rd.
  • Faith Sharing on the Sunday Scriptures will resume on Wednesday, January 8th! Enjoy your holidays!

Pastor’s Notes 12/22/2019

  • Thanks to all of you who made someone else happy through your participation in the Giving Tree exchange. So many people and organizations rely on the kindness of others at this time of year. I am grateful that the people of St. Katharine Drexel are able to be a blessing to others. Thanks for all that you do to help build up our parish community as well as the community at large. May each of you have a very Merry Christmas!
  • Following the Mass on Sunday, December 29th, we will celebrate Kwanzaa in the Parish Hall. We are in need of food items! The Parish will provide the meat. Please donate side items to help complete the meal. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex. If you are able to donate an item, please sign-up. Thanks in advance for your contribution.
  • The Parish Office will close at Noon on Christmas Eve and remain closed for the rest of the week in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, December 30th. In the case of an emergency, please call the office as usual and let the phone attendant know this and I will then be notified.

Pastor’s Notes 12/15/2019

  • The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary Junior Daughters—Court # 181 is sponsoring a Christmas Bazaar, Bake Sale and Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15th in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The donation is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 7 years old. Vendors are welcome to participate! Please see the flyer in the bulletin for further information. The proceeds of this event help to defray the costs for our Junior Knights and Daughters to attend their annual conference and convention. Please support them in this fundraising endeavor!
  • Following the Mass on Sunday, December 29th, we will celebrate Kwanzaa in the Parish Hall. We are in need of food items! The Parish will provide the meat. Please donate side items to help complete the meal. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex. If you are able to donate an item, please sign-up. Thanks in advance for your contribution.
  • The Parish Office will close at Noon on Christmas Eve and remain closed for the rest of the week in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, December 30th. In the case of an emergency, please call the office as usual and let the phone attendant know this and I will then be notified.

Pastor’s Notes 12/01/2019

  • The Catholic Campaign for Human Development second collection will be taken at all Masses the weekend of November 23-24. CCHD is the anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Church. Please support organizations throughout the Archdiocese that are committed to robust community and economic development for those living on the margins.
  • Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 10 a.m. Please join us as we gather to thank our loving and generous God for the blessings we have received this past year. Daily Mass will not be celebrated in the rectory chapel on Friday, November 29th.
  • The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is December 9th this year due to the Second Sunday of Advent falling on December 8th. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. in the church. This year, the holy day of obligation is suspended.
  • On Thursday, December 12th, there will be an Advent Evening of Prayer in the church at 7 p.m. Sr. Ann Willits, O.P. and Fr. Don Goergen, O.P. will be the preachers.
  • As we prepare our hearts and lives for Christ’s coming, let us gather together to welcome Christ’s presence among us.

Pastor’s Notes 11/24/2019

  • The Catholic Campaign for Human Development second collection will be taken at all Masses the weekend of November 23-24. CCHD is the anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Church. Please support organizations throughout the Archdiocese that are committed to robust community and economic development for those living on the margins.
  • Please join us for the Parish Tree Trimming Gathering on Saturday, December 7th following the 5:00 Mass. We will gather in the parking lot entrance of the church to trim the tree. Please read the flyer in the bulletin for further details. Come out and enjoy an evening of fellowship as we gather for this festive event!
  • The Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at all Masses the weekend of December 6-7. Please bring your ill or infirmed family members to church so that they may receive the graces of the sacrament.

Pastor’s Notes 11/17/2019

  • The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated the weekend of November 23-24. This feast concludes the liturgical year, Cycle “C.” On December 1st, we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. Our Sunday Scriptures will come from Cycle “A” and the weekday Scriptures from Year II. The parish will provide copies of the Book, At Home with the Word that contains the Sunday Scriptures. Copies are limited!
  • The Catholic Campaign for Human Development second collection will be taken at all Masses the weekend of November 23-24. CCHD is the anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Church. Please support organizations throughout the Archdiocese that are committed to robust community and economic development for those living on the margins.
  • Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 10 a.m. Please join us as we gather to thank our loving and generous God for the blessings we have received this past year. Daily Mass will not be celebrated in the rectory chapel on Friday, November 29th.

Pastor’s Notes 11/10/2019

  • The Youth on the Move “Masquerade Gala” is Sunday, November 10th, at 4 p.m., at Tuscany Fall Banquets, 9425 W. 191st Street, in Mokena, IL. Remember! The proceeds of this Gala will help to fund the youth mission trip to New Orleans in July 2020. Donations are gratefully accepted if you cannot participate. I look forward to seeing you there!
  • The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. The office will resume regular business hours on Tuesday. The daily Mass will be held in the church as usual on Monday with the school children.
  • There will be a youth Mass on Sunday, November 17th at 1:00 a.m. Our youth will be in charge of the ministries. Please come and support our youth as they share their gifts with us!
  • Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 10 a.m. Please join us as we gather to thank our loving and generous God for the blessings we have received this past year.

Pastor’s Notes 11/03/2019

  • Remember! There is only one Mass on Sunday, November 10th at 10 a.m. Please mark your calendar! Everyone is encouraged to support our Youth by attending the Masquerade Gala that same afternoon at 4 p.m. The proceeds from the Gala will be used to assist our Youth as they travel to New Orleans next summer for a service project. If you cannot attend, donations are gratefully accepted!
  • Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 10 a.m. Please join us as we gather to thank our loving and generous God for the blessings we have received this past year.
  • “Thank You” to all who were faithful in attending one of the Masses each weekend during the month of October. The average attendance for our parish was considerably down, given the fact that we are now under one roof. As I’ve stated before, these counts are very important. I encourage you to make every effort to be in church on the weekend. God misses you when you’re away, and so do we!

Pastor’s Notes 10/27/2019

  • Friday, November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated with the school children at 8:30 a.m. ALL are welcome to attend!

  • Join us on Saturday, November 2nd as we celebrate the Feast of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by brunch in the parish hall. We will remember all parishioners who have died since November 2018.

  • Make a Note! Daylight Saving time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. remember to set your clocks back before going to bed!

  • Remember! There is only one Mass on Sunday, November 10th at 10 a.m. Please mark your calendar! Everyone is encourage to support our Youth by attending the Masquerade Gala that same afternoon at 4 p.m. The proceeds from the Gala will be used to assist our Youth as they travel to New Orleans next summer for a service project. If you cannot attend, donations are gratefully accepted!

October 13th, 2019 St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago Welcomes 

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

 

Pastor’s Notes 10/13/2019

  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Buses will leave St. Katharine Drexel at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.
  • The Junior Knights and Daughters of Peter Claver from the Chicago area will gather for a Unity Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. next Sunday, October 20th. We welcome the young men and women as they gather for this annual event. Be advised that seating may be tight in the church, so please be on time!
  • Thank you to Idella Dorsey, Kathy Wallace, and the volunteers who helped to plan our Family Fun Night on Friday, Oct. 4th. A good time was had by all! We will do this again in the new year so that more families may participate! We’re getting together Jus-B-Cuz!
  • A second collection will be taken at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 19-20 as we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please be generous.
  • The Sunday School program has begun! If your child is in need of one of the sacraments, he/she should be enrolled in Sunday School. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for further information.
  • The Pilgrim Virgin Rosary Group will recite the rosary in the church daily at 1 p.m., (Monday-Friday), throughout the month of October. ALL are welcome to participate!

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Pastor’s Notes 10/06/2019

  • Reminder! Mass on Sunday, October 13th is at 10 a.m. Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Perry will be here with us for a pastoral visit. Please be on time!
  • Reminder! The October Count has begun. ALL parishioners are asked to be present at one of the weekend Masses so that you may be counted. Thanks for your cooperation.
  • The Sunday School program has begun! If your child is in need of one of the sacraments, he/she should be enrolled in Sunday School. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for further information.
  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Buses will leave St. Katharine Drexel at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.
  • The Pilgrim Virgin Rosary Group will recite the rosary in the church daily at 1 p.m., (Monday- Friday), throughout the month of October. ALL are welcome to participate!
  • A second collection will be taken at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 19-20 as we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please be generous.

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Pastor’s Notes 09/29/2019

  • Mark your Calendar! Family Fun Night is Friday, October 4th beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be movies, games, food and lots of fun for the entire family. Please come and join in on the fun! We’re gathering Jus B-Cuz!
  • It’s that time again! Sunday School and the RCIA are getting ready to begin. Our education as Catholics is important. Parents, please enroll your children in the Sunday School program especially if they do not attend a Catholic school. See the flyers in the bulletin for further information.
  • The Pilgrim Virgin Rosary Group will recite the rosary in the church daily at 1 p.m., (Monday-Friday), throughout the month of October. ALL are welcome to participate!
  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking.

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Pastor’s Notes 09/22/2019

  • It’s that time again! Sunday School and the RCIA are getting ready to begin. Our education as Catholics is important. Parents, please enroll your children in the Sunday School program especially if they do not attend a Catholic school. See the flyers in the bulletin for further information.
  • Mark your Calendar! Family Fun Night is Friday, October 4th beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be movies, games, food and lots of fun for the entire family. Please come and join in on the fun! We’re gathering Jus B-Cuz!
  • The Pilgrim Virgin Rosary Group will recite the rosary in the church daily at 1 p.m., (Monday-Friday), throughout the month of October. ALL are welcome to participate!
  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking.

Pastor’s Notes 09/15/2019

  • There will be an adult-only Cabaret on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 6:30 until 11 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The guest DJ is Mr. Leon Rogers of WGCI, 107.5 FM ”The Morning Show”. The event is B.Y.O.B. Set-ups will be sold. Invite your family and friends to join you at your table. We are gathering “Jus B- Cuz!”
  • It’s that time again! Sunday School and the RCIA are getting ready to begin. Our education as Catholics is important. Parents, please enroll your children in the Sunday School program especially if they do not attend a Catholic school. See the flyers in the bulletin for further information.
  • A second collection will be taken at all Masses the weekend of September 21-22. This collection will support the ministry of Mundelein Seminary as it educates seminarians for the Archdiocese. Please be generous!
  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking.

Pastor’s Notes 09/08/2019

  • RCIA is getting ready to begin. Our education as Catholics is important. Parents, please enroll your children in the Sunday School program especially if they do not attend a Catholic school. See the flyers in the bulletin for further information.
  • There will be an adult-only Cabaret on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 6:30 until 11p.m. in the Parish Hall. The guest DJ is Mr. Leon Rogers of WGCI, 107.5 FM-”The Morning Show”. The event is B.Y.O.B. Set-ups will be sold. Invite your family and friends to join you at your table. We are gathering “Jus BCuz!”
  • You are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich in commemoration of Fr. Augustus Tolton being named “Venerable” on Monday, October 14, at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking.
  • A second collection will be taken at all Masses the weekend of September 21-22. This collection will support the ministry of Mundelein Seminary as it educates seminarians for the Archdiocese. Please be generous!

Pastor’s Notes 09/01/2019

  • Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th. ALL grandparents will receive a blessing at each Mass. Please come to church with your grandparents!
  • Don’t forget about the Hunger Walk next weekend at Jackson Park! Buses will be available at the church to take participants to the park. If you are unable to participate as previously planned, please cancel so that our Emergency Food Pantry will not be penalized for “no shows.” Contact Mabel Wayne or Hortense Moody for further information.
  • It’s that time again! Sunday School and the RCIA are getting ready to begin. Our education as Catholics is important. Parents, please enroll your children in the Sunday School program especially if they do not attend a Catholic school. See the flyers in the bulletin for further information.
  • Ailbe School registration is currently underway. If you are interested in enrolling your child or children, please contact the school office. Classes begin on Monday, August 19th.

Pastor’s Notes 08/25/2019

  • “Thank You” to Idella Dorsey and the hospitality Ministry for coordinating the “end of Summer Bash” last Sunday. It was a great celebration! I forgot to thank you all for wearing white for the day! The liturgy was very beautiful…thanks to our liturgical ministers, ushers, choir, and many of you expressed gratitude for having Sr. Anita Baird with us. It was an “awesome” event! Thanks to all who stayed for the fun. Let’s plan for another celebration! What do you think?
  • Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th. ALL grandparents will receive a blessing at each Mass. Please come to church with your grandparents!
  • Ailbe School registration is currently underway. If you are interested in enrolling your child or children, please contact the school office. Classes begin on Monday, August 19th.
  • “Faith Sharing” has resumed! We meet on Wednesday in the Imani Room at 10:00 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate.
  • Please join the Emergency Food Pantry volunteers for the annual “Hunger Walk” in Jackson Park on Saturday, September 7th.

Readings for the week of August 25, 2019

  • Sunday: I s 66 :1 8-21/Ps 117:1-2,/Heb 12:5-7, 11-13/Lk 13:22-30
  • Monday:1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10/Ps 149:1b-6a,  9b/Mt 23:13-22
  • Tuesday:1 Thes 2:1-8/Ps 139:1-3, 4-6/Mt 23:23-26
  • Wednesday:1 Thes 2:9-13/Ps 139:7-12b/Mt 23:27-32
  • Thursday:1 Thes 3:7-13/Ps 90:3-5a, 12-14, 17 Mk 6:17-29
  • Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8/Ps 97:1, 2b, 5-6, 10-12/Mt 25:1-13
  • Saturday:1 Thes 4:9-11/Ps 98:1, 7-9/Mt 25:14-30
  • Next Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Ps 68:4-7, 10-11/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Lk 14:1, 7-

Pastor’s Notes 08/18/2019

  • “Thank You” to Kathy Wallace and the many volunteers who helped to make Family Fun Day a wonderful success! A lot of hard work went into preparing the day, but in the end, it was very enjoyable. I am grateful to all who came out to fellowship and who brought family and friends to the gathering. We look forward to making the event even more spectacular next year! Stay tuned for next summer’s date!
  • Ailbe School registration is currently underway. If you are interested in enrolling your child or children, please contact the school office. Classes begin on Monday, August 19th.
  • “Faith Sharing” has resumed! We meet on Wednesday in the Imani Room at 10:00 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate.
  • Please join the Emergency Food Pantry volunteers for the annual “Hunger Walk” in Jackson Park on Saturday, September 7th. More information will be forthcoming.

FAMILY FUN DAY Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Pastor’s Notes 08/11/2019

  • The Solemnity of the Assumption is Thursday, August 15th. It is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. in the church. Please mark your calendar!
  • An “End of Summer Bash” will be held on Sunday, August 18th. Only one Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Following the Mass there will be a reception under the tents. Everyone is encouraged to wear white for the event!
  • Ailbe School registration is currently underway. If you are interested in enrolling your child or children, please contact the school office. Classes begin on Monday, August 19th.
  • “Faith Sharing” has resumed! We meet on Wednesday in the Imani Room at 10:00 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate.
  • Please join the Emergency Food Pantry volunteers for the annual “Hunger Walk” in Jackson Park on Saturday, September 7th. More information will be forthcoming

Pastor’s Notes 07/28/2019

  • “Faith Sharing” on the Sunday Scriptures will not be held during the month of July. Sessions will resume on Wednesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars! Family Fun Day is Sunday, August 11th! Only one Mass will be celebrated that day at 10 a.m. The festivities will begin immediately following the Mass. There will be something for everyone! Please join us for this annual event!
  • An “End of Summer Bash” will be held on Sunday, August 18th. Only one Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Following the Mass there will be a reception under the tents. Everyone is encouraged to wear white for the event!
  • Please join the Emergency Food Pantry volunteers for the annual “Hunger Walk” in Jackson Park on Saturday, September 7th. More information will be forthcoming.

Pastor’s Notes 07/14/2019

  • Don’t forget the picnic (Ravinia at St. Katharine Drexel) on the rectory lawn on Sunday! We will gather from 2 p.m. until for all who show up. Bring your grill, a lawn chair, a blanket, and a favorite dish to share with others. We’re getting together JUS’ B-CUZ!
  • “Faith Sharing” on the Sunday Scriptures will not be held during the month of July. Sessions will resume on Wednesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars! Family Fun Day is Sunday, August 11th! Only one Mass will be celebrated that day at 10 a.m. The festivities will begin immediately following the Mass. There will be something for everyone! Please join us for this annual event!
  • An “End of Summer Bash” will be held on Sunday, August 18th. Only one Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Following the Mass there will be a reception under the tents. Everyone is encouraged to wear white for the event!

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 07/07/2019

  • A picnic will be held on the rectory grounds on Sunday, July 14th from 2 p.m. onward for anyone who wants to celebrate. Please bring a favorite dish to share. We have two bar-b-que pits in the garage and you are welcome to bring your own. The Parish will provide some of the meat and drinks. Please bring your lawn chair. Let’s come together, “Jus b-cuz!”
  • Thank you to Alida Wallace, Mabel Wayne, Tanya Woods and Idella Dorsey for spearheading the initiative to get the 90th to 91st street block of Harper Avenue named in honor of Fr. Larry Duris.
  • Faith Sharing on the Sunday Scriptures will not meet during the month of July. We will resume on Wednesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 06/30/2019

  • The Parish Office will be closed from July 4-5 in observance of Independence day. Mass on July 4th will be celebrated in the Church and on Friday, July 5th, there is no Mass.
  • Congratulations to all 2019 Graduates. May God Bless you as you pursue the next phase of your life.
  • Thank you to Alida Wallace, Mabel Wayne, Tanya Woods and Idella Dorsey for spear heading the initiative to get the 90th to 91st street block of Harper Avenue named in honor of Fr. Larry Duris.
  • Faith Sharing on the Sunday Scriptures will not meet during the month of July. We will resume on Wednesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • A picnic will be held on the rectory grounds on Sunday, July 14th from 2 p.m. onward for anyone who wants to celebrate. Please bring a favorite dish to share. We have two bar-b-que pits in the garage and you are welcome to bring your own. The Parish will provide some of the meat and drinks. Please bring your lawn chair. Let’s come together, “Jus b-cuz!”

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 06/23/2019

  • Congratulations to the children who are celebrating the reception of their first holy communion today! May our Lord bless you abundantly as you live your life of faith!
  • Next Sunday, June 30th, only one Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., as we celebrate all 2019 graduates and honor Fr. Larry Duris with a memorial street sign. An ice cream social will follow in the parish hall. The Saturday evening Mass on June 29th will occur at its usual time.
  • The Parish Office will be closed from July 4-5 in observance of Independence Day. Mass on July 4th will be celebrated on Friday, July 5th.
  • Faith Sharing on the Sunday Scriptures will not meet during the month of July. We will resume on Wednesday, August 7th at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • A picnic will be held on the rectory grounds on Sunday, July 14th from 2 p.m. onward for anyone who wants to celebrate. Please bring a favorite dish to share. We have two bar-b-que pits in the garage. You are welcome to bring your own. Let’s come together, “Jus b-cuz!”

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 06/16/2019

  • Happy Father’s Day to all fathers! Thank you for taking your role seriously and for helping to mentor and inspire your children to become the best human beings possible. May the Lord bless you in a mighty way today and always! Have a great day!
  • We celebrate Fr. Patrick Wangai this weekend at all the Masses thanking him for his service to the former St. Ailbe Parish and our new parish of St. Katharine Drexel. We wish Fr. Patrick well as he takes up his new priestly assignment.
  • Every Friday through August 16th, the Parish Office will close at Noon. Please keep this in mind especially if you need to speak with someone in the office.
  • Sunday, June 30th there will only be one Mass at 10:00 am. Also, dedication for street sign in honor of Father Larry Duris and an ice cream social will be held in the Church Hall after the celebration. Alderman Michelle Harris will be with us for the celebration.
  • Mark your calendar for the Men’s Emmaus Retreat, October 18th-20th, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sidney Davis, (708) 712-2988 or Bob Watkins, (773) 935-6804

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 06/09/2019

Pastor’s Notes

  • Father’s Day is right around the corner! We will celebrate all Fathers at the Masses on June 15-16. We will also thank Fr. Patrick for his service to our community that same weekend.
  • Beginning Friday, June 14th, the Parish Office will close at Noon on Fridays through August 16th. Please mark your calendars!
  • Sunday, June 30th there will only be one Mass at 10:00 am. Also, dedication for street sign in honor of Father Larry Duris and an ice cream social will be held in the Church Hall after the celebration. Alderman Michelle Harris will be with us for the celebration.
  • Mark your calendar! Men’s Emmaus Retreat, October 18th-20th, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sidney Davis, (708) 712-2988 or Bob Watkins, (773) 935-6804.

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 05/26/2019

  • A meeting is scheduled for ALL Ministry Team Leaders and Heads of Organizations on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Imani Room. Please bring your calendars and be on time.
  • The Parish Office will close at Noon on Friday, May 24th and will remain closed through May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. The parish office will resume its regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28th.
  • Mass on Memorial Day, May 27th will be held in the church at 8:30 a.m. We will remember all those who lost their lives in service to our country. All are welcome to worship with us!
  • As we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday and the official beginning of summer, let us thank God for the many women and men who have served in the military and especially those who lost their lives in that service. I am always mindful of my grandfather, Dad, and oldest sister who gave several years of their lives in service to our country. Although they returned home safely, I am aware that others did not. As we remember our deceased service women and men, let us also remember to pray for their families who continue to mourn their loss. May our good and gracious God comfort and bless them in abundance.

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 05/12/2019

  • Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, foster mothers, godmothers, and all women who have nurtured the young along the way. We appreciate your love, generosity, and faithfulness that have brought many, if not most of us, to the place where we are in life. May our loving God bless you in abundance this day with His love, peace and joy! May you enjoy good health and peace of mind and body!
  • The Faith Community of St. Katharine Drexel extends a warm welcome to Sr. Anita Baird, D.H.M., and Mr. “Russoul” Pike, guest preacher and guest soloist respectively at Sunday’s Masses. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us! Thank you also to the women who will share their testimonies on “motherhood” with us. Thank you for representing all the mothers in our community! May you be blessed in a special way this day!
  • The Catholic Charities Mother’s Day second collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Please be generous.

Pastor’s Notes Sunday 05/05/2019

  • The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother. At our Masses this weekend, we celebrate the “Crowning of the Virgin Mary” as Queen of Heaven and earth. Let us invoke Mary’s intercession for our world, our faith community, and our families. May Mary intercede on our behalf with her Son, so that we may each experience the fullness of Easter joy! God bless you.
  • The rosary is being prayed Monday through Friday in the church at 1:00 p.m. through the end of May. ALL are welcome to participate.
  • Mother’s Day is next weekend! There will be a guest speaker and guest soloist at the 8:00 and 11:00 Masses. Please bring your mothers to church to celebrate this special day!
  • Don’t forget the clothing and household item fundraiser on Saturday, May 11th! Your donations of clothing and household items help to support the Emergency Food Pantry. A truck will be here in the parking lot to receive your donations from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Pastor’s Message Sunday 04/28/2019

  • Thank you to all of you who assisted me in any way during Lent, the Triduum and Holy Week! I am also grateful to the Liturgy Committee, the Arts and Environment Committee, the Inspirational Choir, the Praise Dancers, the Altar Servers, the Hospitality Ministry, the Horizons Ministry, the Ushers, and all who were involved in the Living Stations for your generous commitment of time and talent to the parish in the past months. Finally, thank you to all who worshipped with us during Holy Week and Easter. May our Risen Savior bless each of you really good! Let us continue to pray for one another.
  • Scripture study with faith sharing will resume on May 1st. ALL are encouraged to participate. We meet at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Imani Room.
  • Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Please invite your mothers to join us for the liturgies.

Pastor’s Message Easter Sunday 04/21/2019

Happy Easter to all of you! On behalf of Fathers Patrick, Tom and the Staff I wish you God blessings as we celebrate the joy of Christ’s victory over death. Know of my prayers for you this day and throughout the Easter season. Thank you to all for your support of the parish and its activities during Lent and Holy Week. I appreciate your faithfulness to the parish!

Just a few reminders:

Daily Mass will not be celebrated in the rectory chapel this week from April 22-24. Mass will resume in the chapel on April 25th. NO funerals will likewise be held on these days.

Scripture study with faith sharing will resume on May 1st. ALL are encouraged to participate. We meet at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Imani Room.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Please invite your mothers to join us for the liturgies.

Pastor’s Notes Palm Sunday 04/14/2019

As we begin Holy Week today, I wish to remind you of the following parish activities this week:

Holy Thursday, April 18th: Potluck Super in the parish hall at 5 p.m. Please join us for food and fellowship before we gather around the altar to celebrate the Last Supper with the washing of feet at 7 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19th: The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross with Holy Communion at 3:00 p.m. The Living Stations of the Cross will be presented at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 20th: Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. We will welcome Christopher Ware into full communion in the Catholic Church at this liturgy.

I look forward to seeing you throughout the week!

May the Lord bless each of you!

Pastor’s Notes 04/07/2019

  • The Living Stations of the Cross will be presented in the Church on Friday, April 12th and Good Friday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Living Stations’ cast is hard at work practicing for these presentations. Please plan to join us on these two evenings as we meditate and reflect on Jesus’ final hours of earthly life.
  • There will be only one Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14th as we begin Holy Week. The blessing of palms will take place in the parish hall and we will process into the church afterwards. Please make a special effort to be on time for this liturgy as we anticipate a full church! You are encouraged to wear red this day! See the Flyer in the bulletin for the Holy Week schedule!
  • On Holy Thursday, April 18th, there will be a Pot Luck Supper at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall prior to the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. We are in need of food donations! If you are able and willing to assist us, please sign up on the sheets on the table in the vestibule. The parish will provide the meat entrée. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Pastor’s Notes 3/31/2019

  • The Living Stations of the Cross will be presented in the Church on Friday, April 12th and Good Friday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Living Stations’ cast is hard at work practicing for these presentations. Please plan to join us on these two evenings as we meditate and reflect on Jesus’ final hours of earthly life.
  • There will be only one Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14th as we begin Holy Week. The blessing of palms will take place in the parish hall and we will process into the church afterwards. Please make a special effort to be on time for this liturgy as we anticipate a full church! You are encouraged to wear red this day! See the Flyer in the bulletin for the Holy Week schedule!
  • On Holy Thursday, April 18th, there will be a Pot Luck Supper at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall prior to the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. We are in need of food donations! If you are able and willing to assist us, please sign up on the sheets on the table in the vestibule. The parish will provide the meat entrees. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Pastor’s Notes 3/17/2019

  • The parish’s Lenten revival is scheduled for March 24-26. This revival is an opportunity to renew our spiritual selves as we journey through Lent. The first night is dedicated to youth and young adults. Please plan to participate in the revival and spread the word to your friends and family. See the flyer in the bulletin for further information.
  • The Living Stations of the Cross will be presented in the Church on Friday, April 12th and Good Friday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Living Stations’ cast is hard at work practicing for these presentations. Please plan to join us on these two evenings as we meditate and reflect on Jesus’ final hours of earthly life.
  • If you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please complete the flyer in the bulletin! Classes will be forming soon.
  • Checks may now be written payable to St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Thank you for your patience during this transition!

Pastor’s Notes 3/10/2019

  • Women’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, March 17th. Please invite all women who are important to you to join us at the 8:00 or 11:00 a.m. masses as we celebrate the wonderful women of our parish. Dr. Kimberly Lymore of St. Sabina will be the guest speaker. ·
  • The parish’s Lenten revival is scheduled for March 24-26. This revival is an opportunity to renew our spiritual selves as we journey through Lent. The first night is dedicated to youth and young adults. Please plan to participate in the revival and spread the word to your friends and family. See the flyer in the bulletin for further information.
  • Checks may now be written payable to St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Thank you for your patience during this transition!
  • If you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please complete the flyer in the bulletin! Classes will be forming soon.
  • Ladies, please consider participating in the Emmaus retreat weekend in October. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for further information.

Pastor’s Notes 3/03/2019

  • The parish’s Lenten revival is scheduled for March 24-25. This revival is an opportunity to renew our spiritual selves as we journey through Lent. The first night is dedicated to youth and young adults. Please plan to participate in the revival and spread the word to your friends and family. See the flyer in the bulletin for further information.
  • Checks may now be written payable to St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Thank you for your patience during this transition!
  • Women’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, March 17th. Please invite all women who are important to you to join us at the 8:00 or 11:00 a.m. Masses as we celebrate the wonderful women of our parish. Dr. Kimberly Lymore of St. Sabina will be the guest speaker.
  • If you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please complete the flyer in the bulletin! Classes will be forming soon.
  • Ladies, please consider participating in the Emmaus retreat weekend in October. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for further information.

Pastor’s Notes 2/17/2019

  • The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day. The office will resume its usual business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.
  • A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 19th as we observe the first anniversary of Fr. Duris’ death. The mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!
  • Sunday, March 3rd is the Solemnity of St. Katharine Drexel. There will be only one Mass that day at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Jane Nesmith, will be our guest speaker. A potluck luncheon will follow in the parish hall immediately after the Mass. Please mark your calendars!
  • The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Masses with the distribution of ashes will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the church and at 7:00 p.m. Further information will be forthcoming regarding Lenten activities at our parish. Stay Tuned!

Pastor’s Notes 2/10/2019

  • Sunday, March 3rd is the Solemnity of St. Katharine Drexel. There will be only one Mass that day at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Jane Nesmith, will be our guest speaker. A potluck luncheon will follow in the parish hall immediately after the Mass. Please mark your calendars!
  • Youth on the Move is back with its highly anticipated Motown Live Fundraiser on Sunday, February 17th at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event will be sold in the vestibule immediately following the Masses this weekend.
  • The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day. The office will resume its usual business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.
  • A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 19th as we observe the first anniversary of Fr. Duris’ death. The mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

Pastor’s Notes 2/03/2019

  • Sunday, February 10th is World Marriage Day! At all Masses that weekend, married couples are invited and encouraged to renew their wedding vows and receive a special blessing. If you wish to dress formally for the event, please do so. Hospitality will be provided after each Mass!
  • Youth on the Move is back with its highly anticipated Motown Live Fundraiser on Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event will be sold in the vestibule immediately following the Masses this weekend.
  • The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day. The office will resume its usual business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.
  • A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 19th as we observe the first anniversary of Fr. Duris’ death. The mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Pastor’s Notes 1/27/2019

  • Black History Month begins on Friday, February 1st! Next weekend the elders in the parish will receive a special blessing at all Masses. Make sure to bring your parents and grandparents to church with you! Afrocentric attire is appropriate to be worn at Masses throughout the month of February.
  • Sunday, February 10th is World Marriage Day! At all Masses that weekend, married couples are invited and encouraged to renew their wedding vows and receive a special blessing. If you wish to dress formally for the event, please do so. Hospitality will be provided after each Mass!
  • Youth on the Move is back with its highly anticipated Motown Live Fundraiser on Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event will be sold in the vestibule immediately following the Masses this weekend.

Pastor’s Notes 1/20/2019

  • Youth on the Move is back with its highly anticipated Motown Live Fundraiser on Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event will be sold in the vestibule immediately following the Masses this weekend. 
  • The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 22nd. 
  • Please listen to Chicago Catholic Radio, 750 am WNDZ every Tuesday from 8:008:30 a.m., when our deacon, John Cook, hosts a weekly program that highlights the Black Catholic community of Chicago. This past week, Fr. Paul was the guest speaking about our parish, St. Katharine Drexel. Listen live or see archives @ http://legacy.archchicago.org/radioTV/ Programs/BlackCatholicInitiative/.

Pastor’s Messages 1/13/2019

  • In today’s bulletin, there are inserts regarding the St. Felicitas “Recognition and Thank You Luncheon” to be held in May 2019. Please read the information and follow the instructions as listed on the handouts. A box to put completed response forms is on the table in the vestibule. Today is the last day to respond! 
  • Youth on the Move is back with its highly anticipated Motown Live Fundraiser on Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event will be sold in the vestibule immediately following the Masses this weekend. 
  • The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Pastor’s Messages 12/30/2018

Here we are about to begin a new year! So many things have happened in the parish and in our families, some good and some not so good, some of which we would rather forget. But God is still on the throne! Those aspects of our lives that were not so good in 2018, we leave behind and move forward into 2019.

Today, as we come together as a parish family under one roof, I thank God for the blessings that He has given us. The “Renew My Church” initiative continues as we move into the final phase: evangelization. Each of us is being called to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. If the Church is to be relevant in our day and time we need to be about taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ seriously. I will be speaking more about this in the coming months.

I pray that each of you will have a blessed and prosperous New Year! Let us keep one another in prayer. May God bless you!

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Pastor’s Messages 12/23/2018

  • Please be mindful of the Christmas Mass schedule that is found in today’s Parish Bulletin! The times for Masses for the next two weeks are located on the schedule. Please invite your family and friends to join us in celebrating Christmas and the various feasts that follow.
  • Next weekend, December 30th, we will come together permanently under one roof. After months of prayer, fellowship, and planning, St. Katharine Drexel parishioners will now worship together. I recognize the anger, disappointment, sadness and other emotions that are present among some, but I am also aware of the hope and even the joy that some people exude at the thought of what God is about to do for us as a new faith community. We, the People of God, are the Church! May God bless us one and all! Let the Church say, Amen!
  • ALL families will receive a special blessing as we gather for the Unification Mass at the St. Ailbe worship-site at 10:00 a.m. on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 30th. Families are strongly encouraged to worship together on that day.

Pastor’s Message 12/16/2018

  • On Sunday, December 23rd, we will celebrate a Unity Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Ailbe worship-site. Mass will not be celebrated at the St. Felicitas worship-site. Please mark your calendars! The 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 22nd will be celebrated as usual.
  • ALL families will receive a special blessing as we gather for the Unification Mass at the St. Ailbe worship-site at 10:00 a.m. on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 30th. Families are strongly encouraged to worship together on that day.

Pastor’s Message 12/09/2018

  • On Saturday, December 15th, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Felicitas worship-site to honor the memory of the Most Rev. Dominic Carmon, retired Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans who died on November 11th. Bishop Carmon served as Pastor of St. Elizabeth and Our Lady of the Garden Parishes here in the Archdiocese for many years. All are welcome to attend!
  • On Sunday, December 23rd, we will celebrate a Unity Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Ailbe worship-site. Mass will not be celebrated at the St. Felicitas worship-site. Please mark your calendars! The 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 22nd will be celebrated as usual.
  • ALL families will receive a special blessing as we gather for the Unification Mass at the St. Ailbe worship-site at 10:00 a.m. on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 30th. Families are strongly encouraged to worship together on that day.

Pastor’s Message 12/02/2018

  • There will be a second collection next weekend, December 8-9, at all Masses to support the Religious Retirement Fund. This annual collection helps to support the many consecrated women and men who taught in our schools, worked in hospitals and parishes all for a meager wage. As fewer women and men are entering religious life and because of a lack of able-bodied professed members to support them, their finances are now in jeopardy. Your financial assistance helps to support these women and men who have given their lives to the Church. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
  • On Saturday, December 15th, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Felicitas worship-site to honor the memory of the Most Rev. Dominic Carmon, retired Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans who died on November 11th. Bishop Carmon served as Pastor of St. Elizabeth and Our Lady of the Garden Parishes here in the Archdiocese for many years. All are welcome to attend!

Pastor’s Message 11/25/2018

    • Saturday, December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our country. It is a holy day of obligation! Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in the church at the St. Ailbe worship-site. Please mark your calendars! Note: This Mass does not count for your attendance at Sunday Mass!
  • Baptisms will take place at the St. Ailbe worship-site on Sunday, December 2nd and at the St. Felicitas worship-site on Sunday, December 9th. Please contact the respective parish office to register your child. Parents and/or guardians must be registered members of the parish and at least one godparent must be a practicing Catholic. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Paul.

Pastor’s Message 11/18/2018

    • The Parish Offices at our three worship sites will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 21st and will remain closed through November 25th. The offices will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, November 26th. Please make a note of this!
    • Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, will be celebrated at the St. Ailbe worship-site at 10:00 a.m. All parishioners are encouraged to join us as we thank God for blessings received during the past year.
    • Daily Mass on Friday, November 23rd, will not be celebrated in the rectory chapel. The daily Mass will resume on Monday, November 26th.
  • Saturday, December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our country. It is a holy day of obligation! Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in the church at the St. Ailbe worship-site. Please mark your calendars! Note: This Mass does not count for your attendance at Sunday Mass!

Pastor’s Notes 11/11/2018

  • There will be a second collection the weekend of November 17th-18th for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection helps to build up the church through the growth of small businesses while the same time providing jobs and other resources for local communities. Please be generous!
  • The Parish Offices at our three worship sites will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 21st and will remain closed through November 25th. The offices will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, November 26th. Please make a note of this!
  • Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, will be celebrated at the St. Ailbe worship site at 10:00 a.m. All parishioners are encouraged to join us as we thank God for blessings received during the past year.

Pastor’s Notes 10/28/2018

  • Remember, next Saturday, November 3rd is the Pastor’s Installation at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
  • Mass for All Saints Day, November 1st, will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Church. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be no evening Mass for that feast, due to choir rehearsal.
  • Mass for All Souls Day, November 2nd, will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Church. There will be an All Souls Day prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in the church. Remember and Pray for your special loved ones.
  • On Sunday, November 4th, we will celebrate a Unity Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Katherine Drexel Parish – St. Ailbe site. Masses will not be celebrated at the St. Felicitas or St. Joachim worship sites that day. Our guest celebrant and preacher is Redemptorist Fr. Maurice Nutt. All parishioners are strongly encouraged to attend this unity liturgy. Please invite your family and friends to join us!

Pastor’s Notes 10/21/2018

  • Mass for All Saint Day, November 1st, will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Church. It is a HolyDay of Obligation. There will be no eveningMass for that feast, due to choir rehearsal.
  • Mass for All Souls Day, November 2nd, will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Church. There will be an All Souls Day prayer service at6:30 p.m. in the church. Remember andPray for your special loved ones.
  • On Sunday, November 4th, we will celebrate a Unity Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St.Katherine Drexel Parish – St. Ailbe site.Masses will not be celebrated at the St. Felicitas or St. Joachim worship sites that day. Our guest celebrant and preacher is Redemptorist Fr. Maurice Nutt. All parishioners are strongly encouraged to attend this unity liturgy. Please invite your family and friends to join us!

Pastor’s Notes 10/07/2018

  • The October counts will go through the entire month of October. Please make sure that you are present in Church so that you can be counted.
  • The parish office will be closed at each worship site on Monday, Oct. 8th in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Mass will be celebrated in the rectory chapel on Oct. 8th.
  • We will celebrate Family and Friends’ Day at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 20th and 21st. Please invite your family and friends to join you for worship!

  • Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Pastor’s Notes

·  October is fast approaching so be mindful that the October counts begin the weekend of October 6th and 7th. Please make sure that you are present in Church, so that you can be counted.

·  Fathers Paul and Patrick will be attending the Renew My Church Summit in Rosemont from Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 13. Instead of daily Mass, Sr. Judy and Sr. Kate will conduct a Communion Service in the rectory chapel. Daily Mass will resume on Thursday, Oct. 4th.

·  The parish office will be closed at each worship site on Monday, Oct. 8th in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Mass will be celebrated in the rectory chapel on Oct. 8th.

·  We will celebrate Family and Friends’ Day at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 20th and 21st. Please invite your family and friends to join you for worship.

    • The Angelic Choir will rehearse Sunday, September 23rd.
    • September 27: Healing Service, 7:00 p.m. at St. Ailbe Parish. (Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P. and Sr. Ann Willits, O.P. will conduct a healing service for all parish sites as we release and let go of the pain, hurt, feelings of loss, etc., as we continue our transition as a new faith community – This is not a sacramental anointing service!)
    • Family Fun Day is scheduled for September 30th, 2018
  • October is fast approaching so be mindful that the October counts begin the weekend of October 6th and 7th. Please make sure that you are present in Church, so that you can be counted.

    • The Angelic Choir will rehearse Sundays, September 9th, 16th and 23rd.
    • September 27: Healing Service, 7:00 p.m. at St. Ailbe Church. (Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P. and Sr. Ann Willits, O.P. will conduct a healing service for parishioners of all parish sites as we release and let go of the pain, hurt, feelings of loss, etc., as we continue our transition as a new faith community – This is not a sacramental anointing service!)
  • Please plan to attend St. Columbanus Parish exciting tent revival with Father Maurice Nutt. The revival will take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 10th & 11th at 7:00 p.m. St. Ailbe Inspirational has been invited to sing on Tuesday, September 11th

If you are submitting an insert for the Sunday bulletin, please only submit a black and white original, which produces a much sharper image. Failure to honor this request will delay our ability to include your flyer in the bulletin.

As of August 19, 2018, we have 169 registered walkers, who prayerfully will show up and step across the entrance line. Donations are a delight! At present, we are $14,000 short of the $15,000 monetary goal. October 8, 2018 is deadline for Hunger Walk donations to benefit St. Ailbe A01307.

The St. Ailbe Team Page is located here: https://www.classy.org/team/176391

Wednesday, August 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation. Masses will only be celebrated at St. Ailbe Church at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Please spread the word!

The Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago are hosting a Sunrise Mass to pray for non-violence in our hearts, families, schools and streets on Saturday, August 25th at Oakwood Beach, 41st St. and Lakeshore Drive, beginning at 6:30 a.m. In the event of heavy rain, the Mass will be moved to Holy Angels Church at 615 East Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL. All are invited to participate!

Daily Mass will not be celebrated in the St. Ailbe rectory chapel from July 30 through August 2. The priests and two of the deacon couples will be in New Orleans, La., attending the Joint Conference of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, the National Black Catholic Sisters Conference, the National Association of African American Catholic Deacons, and the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association. Daily Mass will resume on Friday, August 3 at its usual time.

Upcoming Event

Youth on the Move is having a Youth Retreat!!! Available slots are limited

If you have a youth who is interested in a retreat experience of a lifetime, please contact ministry leader, Kianda Boyd at st.accforyouth@gmail.com.

Click to download the April 2018 Calendar

Second Sunday of Easter
Domestic violence ministry forum
Join Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and the st. ailbe choir for an ecumenical service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
EASTER SUNDAY

Holy WEEK – A journey to new life for all of us

PALM SUNDAY

FifTH Sunday OF LENT

FOURTH Sunday OF LENT

THIRD Sunday OF LENT

MARCH 2018 CALENDAR (Click to download a copy)

SECOND Sunday OF LENT

FIRST Sunday OF LENT

February 14th, 2018 – Ash Wednesday

The Season of Lent Begins

Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

SIXth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIFth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FEBRUARY 2018 CALENDAR (Click to download)