St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Memorial Day 2019

Sixth Sunday of Easter

A Time to Honor America’s Heroes

Pastor’s Notes

  • 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.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter 2019 – Mother’s Day

4th Sunday of Easter

Pastor’s Notes

  • 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.

3rd Sunday of Easter 2019

Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” – John 21:19b

Pastor’s Notes

  • 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.

2nd Sunday of Easter 2019

Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand put it into my side and do not be unbelieving but believe.” – John 20:27

Pastor’s Message

  • 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.

Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019

He is risen! And we are alive in Christ.

Pastor’s Notes

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.

You Are Witnesses of These Things

Third Sunday of Easter

Lord, You Know That I Love You!

Where do you expect to find Jesus? Where and to whom does he appear?

We continue to hear today from the “Resurrection Stories,” the scriptural accounts of the appearances of the Risen Christ. He continues to surprise his followers, appearing sometimes when they least expect him. “It is the Lord!”

Today’s passage from John tells the story of Jesus preparing breakfast for his followers on the shore. It includes a miraculous catch of fish, which they can barely haul ashore. The passage concludes with the encounter between Peter and Jesus: “Peter, do you love me more than these?” He is asked three times, and three times responds, “Lord, you know that I love you.” And Jesus challenged him to “feed my Sheep!” We are asked the same question and given the same challenge as Peter: “Follow me!”

Christ Is Risen!

Easter Sunday

Rise from the Dead! What does it really mean to RISE FROM THE DEAD?

While the answer seems so obvious, the reality is almost beyond belief! Many times when Jesus would predict his passion and death, AND RISING FROM THE DEAD, his disciples would wonder and discuss among themselves what this might mean.

We profess to believe in the RESSURECTION FROM THE DEAD, a rising to a new and never-ending life with a perfect body that is beyond all imagining! As the Gospel Resurrection stories attest, it would take awhile before his followers would grasp the reality of the Resurrection and allow it to change their lives. Once it did, they lost fear and began to go out to spread the Good News of Jesus!

Have we yet grasped what the Resurrection fully means? Once we do, we too will be able to lose our fear to go out and Spread the Good News of Jesus! This is what New Life and Easter Joy are all about! 

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