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Pastor’s Message Sixth Sunday of Easter May 9th, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I am inviting you to join us on Sunday, May 9, as we celebrate the Mass of the Sixth Sunday of Easter and honor all mothers on Mother’s Day.  The Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m.   You may participate in-person or via Zoom or Facebook Live.
​You may participate via the livestream on the Parish’s Facebook Page, St. Katharine Drexel Parish of Chicago, by “clicking” on this link:  ​
For those who do not have internet access, you may dial the following telephone number using Free Conference Call.  The dial-in number is 1 (978) 990-5000.  The access code is 883420.
Please share this information with your families, friends and co-workers.  We welcome their participation in our liturgy!

As a reminder:

You may register for in-person worship on the Sign-up Genius link,, or you may call the parish office.  There are only 50 seats available in the church due to social distancing, so registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Since it is Mother’s Day, the 50-person limit on Mass attendance will be “waived” so that people may be able to worship with their mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!  Have a great weekend!

Fr. Paul, O.P.


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

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.


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!”

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