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 Covid-19 Antibody Screenings at Church Parking Lot 07-17 and 07-24

On Fridays, July 17 and 24, there will be Covid-19 antibody screenings performed in the church parking lot from 1-5 p.m.

Parishioner, Dr. Richard Watson, MD, and his Team will perform the screenings.

There is no out-of-pocket expense if you have Medicare or some other form of insurance, otherwise, you will need to pay $51.00.  For further information, or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Watson directly at (312) 206-1064.

Link to register in advance

3rd Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter will again be live-streamed on the St. Katharine Drexel parish’s

Facebook page

beginning at

10:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2020

If you have an account with Facebook, please join us.  If you do not have a Facebook account but would like to participate in the Mass, please “click on” the following link which will take you directly to our Facebook page where you can view the Mass:

If you do not have internet accessibility, you may participate in the Mass at 10:15 a.m. via teleconference.
Call the following number:
1 (978) 990-5000 and enter the access code: 883420.
Should you get a busy signal or experience technical difficulties, please continue dialing in until you get connected.
Last Sunday, we experienced some technical difficulties with the live-streaming.  My hope is that this Sunday, everything will flow smoothly.  Thank you for your thoughtful comments about our services and for your financial support during these weeks of exile.  Know that God is doing a good work among us!
Let us continue to pray for one another, especially those on our sick list.   Please also remember Charlotte Martin (RIP) and her sister, Toni Flippin, who mourns her, as well as Mae Ruth Stewart, (RIP), a former member of St. Joachim Parish, who joined our new parish following the mergers.  May the Lord give them both eternal rest and comfort the members of their families during their time of bereavement.  Know that I pray for you daily!
Sincerely yours in the Risen Christ,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.

2nd Sunday of Easter 2020 – Divine Mercy Sunday LiveStream

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Catholic Church throughout the world continues to celebrate the Octave of Easter.  The Easter celebration concludes on Sunday, April 19, the Second Sunday of Easter, also referred to as Divine Mercy Sunday.  The Scriptures for Sunday are:  Acts 2: 42-47; 1 Peter 1: 3-9; and John 20: 19-31. (Please read and reflect on them in advance if you have a chance.)

My purpose in writing is to remind you that the Mass for Sunday, April 19, will again be live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago at 10:15 a.m.  You must have Facebook in order to comment during the Mass.
If you do not have internet accessibility, you may participate via teleconference by calling our toll-free number.  The number is: 1 – (978) 990-5000.  The access code is:  883420.  Should you get a busy signal or a message saying there are technical difficulties, please continue dialing back until you get connected.
I look forward to this opportunity to once again connect with you!  Thank you for the words of encouragement or expressions of gratitude for bringing the Word of God home to you through our media ministry.  I am delighted that we were able to reach so many at Easter!  Please continue to share with your family and friends that St. Katharine Drexel is alive and well!
May God continue to bless each of you as we “shelter-in-place”!  In your prayers, please remember all who are ill from the COVID-19 virus, those who are struggling with other illnesses,  all healthcare workers and medical technicians, all first responders, foodcare workers, truck drivers and all who are assisting us through this crisis.  Let us remember those who have lost their jobs and are experiencing difficulty paying bills; let us pray for our young people, especially students who are adjusting to a new way of learning and being; let us pray for the faithful departed, especially our loved ones and friends and all who mourn their loss, and finally, let us pray for all who feel alone and/or abandoned, especially those whom society make us think are unimportant.  May they experience the abiding presence of God this day.
Let us pray:  Our  Father and our God, we thank you for this day for the many blessings that You have given us.  Hear the prayers that we offer in your Name.  Bless us and all whom we commend to You.  We know that you are aware of what is already on our hearts and minds.  We lift these our prayers to You.  Give us peace, compassion and an understanding heart so that we may have the courage to face all people and situations that come our way.  We bless and praise You for You are God all by Yourself!  We make this prayer in your Name.  Amen.
Have a blessed weekend!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.


Easter Mass LIVESTREAMED at 10:15 a.m. C.S.T.


He Is Risen, Celebrate the Savior

Access the Easter Mass LIVESTREAM here

Fr. Paul on Palm Sunday Prayer Teleconference

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

2019 Lenten Revival

Sunday March 24th, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. Fr. Michael Trail

Monday March 25th, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. Fr. Gerard Jordan

Tuesday March 26th, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. Fr. Matt O’Donnell

125th Anniversary of St. Ailbe

2017  marks the 125th Anniversary of St. Ailbe Parish since it was founded in 1892.

Please stay tuned to this page for more details about events, memorabilia and more!

  • 125th Anniversary Ad Book
  • 125th Anniversary Cookbook
  • Family Fun Day
  • 125th Gala Celebration

2017 Lenten Evening of Reflection Event

St. Ailbe, St. Felicitas & St. Joachim

6:00 pm Buffet Supper in Church Hall
7:00 pm Evening of Reflection in Church
For all liturgical ministers.
How We Work Together to Enhance the Spirituality of our Communities.
  • How can our Liturgical Ministry together draw our whole community more deeply into the Body of Christ?
  • As we approach Holy Week, how can we more effectively witness to the power of the Passion and Resurrection?
Featuring guest speaker: Mr. Todd Williamson, Director Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • Liturgy Team Members
  • Ushers and Greeters
  • Liturgical Lectors
  • Ministers of Communion
  • Parish Choir Members
  • Senior Altar Servers
  • Praise Dancers
  • Seniors’ Transportation
  • All Interested Parishioners

Parish Directory Photograph Sitting Schedule

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2016 Parish Pictorial Directory

Sign up for your portrait session THIS WEEKEND (before November 1st) and you will be entered in the drawing for a $100 gift certificate!! This certificate entitles the winner to $100.00 off the purchase of any Lifetouch Portrait product.


Sign-up days/dates for the 2016 St. Ailbe Pictorial Directory are:
Tuesday, November 8th 1:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9th 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10th 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, November 11th Noon – 6:50 p.m.
Saturday, November 12th 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Monday, November 21st 2:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22nd 2:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
Friday, November 25th 12:00 Noon – 6:50 p.m.
Saturday, November 26th 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Revival 2016

Revival is coming. Mark you calendar. It begins with the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. masses held on Sunday September 18th, 2016. On Monday, September 19th Revival will continue at St. Ailbe Catholic Church beginning at 7:00p.m.

We pray that God’s blessings allow you to join us for this invigorating worship service.

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