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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
On Tuesday, March 10th, Alan Ames will return to our parish. Many are already familiar with
Alan's story of conversion and the unique gifts for preaching and healing that he has been
given. Others are currently reading some of his books that will whet their appetites to see
Alan in person. Alan travels widely throughout the world and has brought a message of hope
and healing to thousands upon thousands of people. He was well received in our parish last
year, and I am confident that his visit will again be a conduit of God's grace for many this year.
On March 10th, the rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Alan's talk will
begin after Mass and will be followed by the healing service and confessions. You are invited
to join in this time of prayer and spiritual renewal. Since this expression of the Church is more
appealing to some than to others, please invite your friends who might appreciate the
The experience of healing has always been present in the life of the Church, beginning with
the Acts of the Apostles. Throughout history, the Church has always had a special concern for
those who are sick. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is mentioned already in the Letter
of St. James. The great network of hospitals and other health care facilities that are under
Catholic auspices are also a sign of the Church's compassion for those in failing health.
In recent years I have become more conscious of the many people who are in need of healing
at a deeper place in their hearts. Just before Communion at each Mass we pray "only say the
word and my soul will be healed." Often our most pressing need for healing is at the level of
the soul, more than the body.
Sometimes when people are reacting to some event or expressing their feelings about
something, their expression has far more energy than the event merits. Some little thing can
provoke great pain or even rage, or some minor mishap might cause us to lash out at another
person. When that happens, I often wonder what the underlying issue might be. Often it is
some unresolved wound that needs healing.
During this holy season of Lent, we have a great opportunity to take a long, loving look into
our own hearts to see what's going on in there. We continue to pray for health of soul so that
we can live the fullness of life to which God calls us. The visit of Alan Ames to our parish will
help us focus on the inner healing that help lead us to a fuller life.
By this time in Lent the bottoms of our Rice Bowls should be covered with coins that will assist
us in providing necessities to those in need. The fathers of the Church often spoke about the
virtue of generosity to the poor, especially during the season of Lent. They reflected that
generosity has little to do with how much we give, but the attitude with which we give. When
our hearts are stretched in compassion for the poor, we are the first recipients of our own
generosity. A generous heart is already a blessing even before it shares what it has.
Several months ago our parish participated in a process by which we attempted to increase
our level of financial commitment to our parish by emphasizing the concept of stewardship.
With the renewed awareness of stewardship in the Church these past several years, most of
us are becoming more aware that our giving begins with thanksgiving for what we have
already received. At the same time, we are aware of the fiscal pressures that exist in any active
parish such as ours.
I am sure you have noticed an increase in our offertory each week, along with an increase in
online giving. I am very grateful for your renewed commitment to the fiscal well-being of our
parish. As even more people follow up on their stated commitments, I am confident that we
will complete our fiscal year in a positive manner.
Financial Report:On the first weekend of Lent, we had really good crowds at our Masses, and
we were pleased to also find $6,371 in envelope offerings, $1,922.38 in the loose offering and
another $7,802.25 from online giving. We have received a total of $55,840 in CFSA
commitments from 180 pledge cards. Thanks so much for your generosity!
A Stewardship Testimonial: "I notice that I always feel more positive about life when I am able
to help someone in need."
Happy Feast of St. Katharine Drexel! Mass tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. in the Nave every Friday in Lent, followed by a KC
Fish Dinner in the Multipurpose Room
"Priest, Prophet and King," a new DVD & discussion series by Fr. Robert Barron will be
offered on Sundays at 6:30 p.m., Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m., and
Wednesdays after morning Mass during Lent. There is no cost to participate, and you can
come to whatever session best fits your schedule each week.