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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
Each year in the month of October, the Church gathers a collection for world missions. The
money collected is distributed to missionaries all over the world who work among the poorest
of the poor. This money allows missionaries to fulfill the command of Jesus to feed the
hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless and preach the Good News to the poor.
The people of our parish have an amazing record of caring for local people in need on a daily
basis. The collection for world missions is to assist those who live in other parts of the world,
often in places where the gospel is in its initial stages of proclamation. If you would like to help
with this great work of charity, please use one of the envelopes that you will find in the
This weekend members of our parish are being asked to recommit to financial support of our
parish. As a relative newcomer to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, I am awed by what has already
been accomplished in a mere 10 years. At the same time, I am very aware of the great fiscal
obligations our parish faces each week. Fiscal solvency in our parish is within our sights, and
when many people do just a little more, we will achieve a balanced budget.
I must admit that when I noticed the directive for the pastor to be among those filling out a
pledge card, I was a little startled. I’ve generally given a fair amount of money to parishes,
schools, and special collections over the years, especially for causes that appealed to me. With
this new push for regular stewardship for ordinary parish needs, I’m rethinking how much I
could budget each month. I hope you will join me in prayerfully considering your level of
commitment toward making our parish financially stable.
In a few short weeks our parish will celebrate the season of autumn with our annual Turkey
Bingo. This event has become quite important in the yearly cycle of happenings at St.
Katharine Drexel Parish. It provides a great opportunity for socializing and getting to know
other members of our parish, and it provides some needed income for the fiscal stability of our
parish. This year, funds raised will be used to furnish the new addition to our Education
Center, which includes an adult education room. Ten percent will be given for local charity
Turkey Bingo is scheduled for Sunday, November 9th. We are looking for donations for the
Silent Auction, and of course we will need lots of turkeys and hams to give away as prizes. I’ve
been making a few calls to solicit donations and have been greeted by the most pleasant
responses. Sign-up sheets to assist with Turkey Bingo will soon appear in the Gathering
Space. We will also be looking for sales of raffle tickets and all the good will you can muster.
Be sure to invite your friends and relatives.
When you thinking about a donation for the Silent Auction, you might have some nice items
on hand that you thought you would use but never did. Or, you might think about offering
some service that you could provide, like a day’s labor. Or maybe you have access to some
tickets for a major sporting event or a day of hunting at a game farm. We need all kinds of
items, standard as well as creative.
This week I will be at Broom Tree for my annual priest retreat. Bishop Joseph Charron, the
retired bishop of Des Moines will be leading the retreat. I am grateful to Fr. Pierce and Fr.
Nicholas for covering our parish weekday Masses.
Financial Report: Last weekend our Mass crowds were on the light side, which was also
reflected in our weekend collections. We found $4,250 in the envelopes, $1,599 in the loose
offering and $6,710 in the online giving. Thanks so much to all those who support our parish
A Stewardship Testimonial: “God has been good to me and to my family. I try to give back
with a sense that I’m making a return to the Lord.”
TURKEY BINGO is coming up Sunday, Nov. 9th beginning at 4 p.m. in the MPR. There are
many ways you can help:
1) Donate a turkey or ham for a Bingo prize.
2) Donate an item for our Silent Auction (forms are available in the Parish Office).
3) Buy/sell raffle tickets. Prizes include a pool/pizza party at the Ramkota, $500 cash, and a
3 night/4-day stay at a beautiful home in the Black Hills. Tickets are $5/each or $10/3.
4) Volunteer to help with the Silent Auction, Bingo card sales, the kids' area, etc. Please
call the Parish Office if you'd like to help with the event.