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The mission of St. Katharine Drexel Parish is to gather together as a
community of faith, sharing the Word of God with all of our neighbors
through our words and example. We emphasize the sanctity of the
Eucharist in our daily lives and encourage good stewardship and
lifelong Catholic Christian education. Our consistent message is
"Come home to Christ".
Are you new to our parish? We would love to have you become an active part of our
faith community. Please stop after Mass and introduce yourself to Fr. Tschakert. He will give
you a card of introduction to fill out. Or, you can request more information, ask a question,
or have someone contact you by filling out the simple form here. Welcome!
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to read a biography.
Born: November 26, 1858
Died: March 3, 1955
(Parish Feast Day)
Canonized a Saint:
October 1, 2000
“If I can say of an action: ‘I
did it out of love of God,’
there is something about
it that will last through all
St. Katharine Drexel
Image courtesy of the
Archives of the Sisters of
the Blessed Sacrament.
“Peacefully do at each
moment what at that
moment ought to be
St. Katharine Drexel
Image courtesy of the
Archives of the Sisters of
the Blessed Sacrament.
O GOD OUR CREATOR,
From Your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as Your people and given us the right and the duty to worship You,
the only true God, and Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of Your Holy Spirit, You call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask You to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of Your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all Your sons and daughters gathered in Your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the
sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—
This great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WHY CONSCIENCE IS IMPORTANT
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Americans shone the light of the Gospel on a dark
history of slavery, segregation, and racial bigotry. The civil rights movement was an essentially religious
movement, a call to awaken consciences.
In his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. boldly said, “The goal of
America is freedom.” As a Christian pastor, he argued that to call America to the full measure of that
freedom was the specific contribution Christians are obliged to make. He rooted his legal and constitutional
arguments about justice in the long Christian tradition: “I would agree with Saint Augustine that ‘An unjust
law is no law at all.’… A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An
unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”
Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be
justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of
conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.
The church does not ask for special treatment, simply the rights of religious freedom for all citizens. Rev.
King also explained that the church is neither the master nor the servant of the state, but its conscience,
guide, and critic.
Catholics and many other Americans have strongly criticized the recent Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) mandate requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception, sterilization and
abortion-inducing drugs. For the first time in our history, the federal government will force religious
institutions to fund and facilitate coverage of a drug or procedure contrary to their moral teaching, and
purport to define which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit an exemption. This is a matter
of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide such coverage
even when it violates our consciences.
What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live out our teaching. This right
is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can
make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to
do, without having to compromise that very same faith? Without religious liberty properly understood, all
Americans suffer, deprived of the essential contribution in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil
rights, and social services that religious Americans make every day.
What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or
whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to
What can you do to ensure the protection of conscience rights?
The U.S. Bishops have called us to get informed, pray and advocate. To send your message to HHS and
Congress telling them to uphold religious liberty and conscience rights, go to www.usccb.org/conscience
today! Thank you for joining the effort to end this unprecedented government coercion.
FROM FR. TSCHAKERT
Next weekend, our parish will hold our annual Stewardship Fair. At this time, we are inviting
all members of our parish to recommit to involvement in the life of our parish or to sign on for
some new participation. It is my experience that those who become actively involved in the life
of the Church also grow in their commitment to discipleship and become more energized to
live a full life in this world.
In many ways, our parish is built on stewardship. It is one of the blessings of not having
resources to hire extensively that more people are invited to give of their time to keep our
parish vibrant. Each person who steps up to volunteer for some position, big or small,
expresses his or her faith in Jesus and in His Church.
This week, please pray and ask God what He would like to do through you for the good of His
Church. Then next weekend, fill out your stewardship card. After Mass, make your way down
to the Multipurpose Room and discover more ways that you can be active in the life of St.
Katharine Drexel Parish.
Very soon we will start our annual R.C.I.A., the process by which baptized non-Catholics join
the Catholic Church in Full Communion, and non-baptized persons prepare for baptism.
Several people have already indicated they will join this process each Thursday evening, and
we certainly have room for more. It’s always good to have a few seasoned Catholics in the
group also who can serve as witnesses of the Catholic way of life and help new members enter
into the life of our parish. If you are interested in being a part of RCIA, please let me know.
Another wonderful opportunity for adult faith formation will be our fall series by Robert
Barron. This six-week DVD series will be conducted on Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. and again
after the school Mass, beginning September 24th. It will also be conducted on Sundays at 6:30
p.m. and again on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Our parish Faith Formation Committee will show a
preview at our Stewardship Fair next weekend.
This weekend, I feel like I’m sort of on vacation since Deacon Denny is giving the homily at all
Masses. This is one of those years when the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross falls on a
Sunday and replaces the ordinary Lectionary selections. Usually, this feast is on a weekday
and doesn’t get so much attention. It falls about halfway between last Easter and next Easter
and in some areas of the world is referred to as the “Little Easter.”
Even though the feast invites us to reflect on the mystery of the Cross, its focus is on the
Triumph of Jesus over death.
Very often in our lives, we are asked to “Take up your cross and come after Me.” These
crosses come in the form of sickness, loss, disappointment, failure, addiction, and all forms of
suffering. Suffering is simply part of life. The feast of Jesus’ triumph reminds us that no
darkness can last forever for those who carry their crosses with Jesus. Jesus suffered the
incomprehensible pain of His passion and crucifixion, taking upon Himself all the darkness of
the world. However, He did not stay dead. On the third day, He rose in triumph from the
grave, and so will all those who walk with Jesus along the way.
The victory of Jesus inspires the gift of hope in those who follow Jesus. Hope is different than
optimism. Optimism is based on data that says things are going to get better. Hope is a gift
from God that comes to us precisely when there is no reason for optimism. Hope comes in the
middle of darkness; it is an energy that pulls us along until the Light of the World returns.
Often when there seems no way out of some darkness, I suggest that people pray simply for
the kind of hope that cannot be manufactured or willed. Hope comes as a gift from God.
Even though our world is a dangerous place with violence and conflict on the rise, and even
though our personal lives are sometimes messy too, there is always room for hope. The One
who rose again on the third day can still do something great in our world and in our personal
Financial Report: Last weekend there were lots of people in our pews who expressed their
faith through prayer. We found further evidence of their faith when the collection was
counted. We found $1,157 in the loose offering, $9,055 in the envelopes, and another $6,089
was donated through online giving. Thanks also to those who have responded to our appeal
for tuition assistance. We are grateful to everyone who helps keep our parish afloat through
their prayers, their work and their generosity.
A Stewardship Testimonial: “About 20 years ago, our life changed when we heard a couple
speak in church about stewardship. Until that point, we had always given to the church, but
usually what we thought we could afford in any given month. After hearing that talk, we
began to budget our charitable donations and gradually increased our giving until we reached
a level that reflected how much we love God and rely on the help of His Church.”
WOOH! Group Thrill & Grill Sunday, Sept. 21st, starting at 6 p.m. at 6504 W. Cheyenne
Drive; All young adults (ages 21-39, single/married, with/without children) are invited to join
us for a great night of food, fun and faith! Food, drinks and games are provided, and Anna,
Elsa & Olaf from "Frozen" will make a special appearance for the kiddos! Questions or
special dietary needs? Please contact Lance at email@example.com.