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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
This Sunday, we are honored to welcome our Diocesan Shepherd, Bishop Paul Swain, to our
parish for the celebration of Confirmation. The presence of the Bishop to celebrate the
Sacrament of the Holy Spirit extends to the earliest centuries of the Church. Even when
Baptism was delegated to local pastors, the invocation of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation was
always reserved to the Bishop, except in unusual circumstances.
In the Creed, we profess our belief in a Church that is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In the
presence of the local Bishop, we are especially reminded of the oneness of the Church and its
apostolic origins. We are not the “church of what's happening now,” but the Church that
traces its origins all the way back to the Apostles, and remains a sign of unity even as the
world around us splinters into interest groups.
Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting individually with each
candidate for Confirmation. They leave me with several very positive impressions. First, they
all showed up in a timely manner and presented themselves with courtesy. They answered
my questions with openness and asked some good questions. Second, nearly all of them had
an age-appropriate grasp of what they are doing in celebrating Confirmation. Third, a number
of them spoke about the impact of “Y Disciple” and their Steubenville retreats. Many of them
also spoke very positively about our parish youth activities.
This week marks the anniversary of the day when the legality of abortion was extended to the
entire USA through the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. It wasn't
long after abortion was legalized that it also became acceptable in the minds of many. Re-
introducing reverence for human life has been a long, slow slog for many people who have
continued to believe in the sanctity of life at every stage. This week we join hand across
denominational lines to pray for an end to the tragedy of abortion and a greater commitment
reverence for all humans. On Thursday at 7 p.m., we will gather at the First Assembly of God
for prayer and then join in a prayerful walk to Planned Parenthood.
This week on Tuesday at 7 p.m., our parish young adults group will gather in our Youth Room
for continued reflection on the Holy Eucharist, utilizing a DVD by Fr. Robert Barron. At our first
meeting, there were 15 participants from around the city. We are hoping that this group will
become a gathering point for young Catholics who can support each other on the journey of
faith. This gathering is for single Catholics between ages 21 and 39. Please help extend the
Financial Report: Last weekend it was a real joy to see so many people at Mass. Then, as the
Collection Counters finished their work, we were pleased to find $ 6,303 in the envelope
offering, $1,358.76 in the loose collection and another $7,795.25 given through online gifts.
Thanks so much for your generosity!
A Stewardship Testimonial: "Receiving the Eucharist makes me want to share what I have."
Ecumenical Prayer Service & Walk for Life Thursday, Jan. 22nd at 7 p.m. at 1st
Assembly of God (6300 W. 41st Street): All are welcome to attend this program
remembering the unborn children of Roe vs. Wade. Join others in an ecumenical,
non-denominational prayer service followed by an optional prayer walk to Planned
Parenthood. Warm drinks and treats will be served. Please call 361-3500 for more