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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".
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1800 S. Katie Ave. Suite #1 (Click here for map)
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone - (605) 275-6870
Fax - (605) 275-6998
E-mail - church.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com
St. Katharine Drexel Parish
1800 S. Katie Ave. Suite #1
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone - (605) 275-6870
Fax - (605) 275-6998
E-mail - church.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com
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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
eternity.”
St. Katharine Drexel
This mural can be seen
in the Sacred Heart
Chapel at
St. Joseph
Cathedral in Sioux Falls.
Please click on the image to read a biography.
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Archives of the Sisters of
the Blessed Sacrament.
“Peacefully do at each
moment what at that
moment ought to be
done.”
St. Katharine Drexel
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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
do it.

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                                        

Over the past couple of weeks, it's been a great pleasure to meet with
families of First
Communion candidates
in their homes. It's also been great meeting their many pets and
learning about children's activities. Second graders are busy with softball, baseball, soccer,
dance, cheer, gymnastics, Cub Scouts, swim-ming, music lessons, and simple play. Until now, I
didn't even know that girls also engage with Legos! Another thing that I noticed is that the
candidates who have been reading stories from their Children's Bibles already know a great
deal about Jesus and are gaining a good foundation for a life of faith.


Today our parish welcomes 52 children to their First Communion. They are a great sign of life
in our parish family. They encourage each of us to reflect on the value of Communion in our
lives
.

I am grateful for a team of volunteers who will be making
follow-up CFSA calls today. Over
half our parish members have returned their pledge cards, but we still have quite a few calls to
make. Besides soliciting support for the Bishop's fund drive, this annual activity is another
way that our parish tries to maintain contact with our membership. Sometimes we discover
that addresses have changed, members are sick or they have joined another church. The CFSA
is always a reminder that the Catholic Church is not simply local start-up church of like-minded
individuals. The Catholic Church has immense diversity and is bonded together through the
Holy Spirit. Our local Bishop is the sign of our unity and is responsible for many facets of
Church life. At every liturgy we pray for “Paul, our Bishop,” and through the CFSA we make a
concrete commitment to our local Church.


So far we have received pledges for $98,000 toward our parish assessment of $84,000. Over
the past few years, we have de-pended on the extra margin to fund some of our parish needs
too.

Financial Report: Last weekend many member of our parish were traveling for 1st
Communions, so our crowds were on the light side. It was real blessing that our weekend
collection did not come in on the light side. We found $6,161 in envelope offerings, $2,539.11 in
the loose offering and received another $7,113.90 through online giving. Thanks so much for
your generosity!

A Stewardship Testimonial: "At times like this I am so grateful for my faith."
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"Annie, Jr." will be presented by our St. Katharine Drexel School 4th-6th grade students at
1 & 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23rd, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26th in the Multipurpose
Room. A freewill offering will be taken at the door.

Olive Wood Religious Items Sale in our Gathering Space on April 25th & 26th after
Masses