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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.
Image courtesy of the
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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Archives of the Sisters of
the Blessed Sacrament.
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Prayer for Religious Liberty
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.
                                                               WHAT DO YOU KNOW, FR. JOE?                                        
                                             
             CANONIZATION OF TWO POPES
I have never known anyone who has been canonized. It seems those canonized are people
who lived long ago and far away. We have a rare opportunity next Sunday, April 27th, to be
part of history as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized.  
I am somewhat familiar with the life of Pope John XXIII, but I feel very familiar with the life of
Pope John Paul II.  In a way it is like seeing a good friend recognized by God, the Church and
the world.
There are so many great resources to learn about their lives and their ministry.  I believe that
the EWTN (EWTN.com) website is a very reliable resource.  Read up on their lives because you
will be asked by non-Catholic friends what made them so great. Most of all, ask them to pray
for you, your family and your friends and our world.  


THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!
Many thanks to all those who make our Holy Week liturgies so prayerful and inspiring. Thanks
to all those who have cleaned and decorated and make our worship space so inspiring. Special
thanks to Jennifer Hartmann and all our musicians. As always, the time spent at rehearsals is
much more than most of us know.  May God bless each and everyone of you.  Have a blessed
Easter!
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this weekend at Mass? Listen to
it here:
Bishop Swain 2014 CFSA Message
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, April 21st.