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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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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?                                        
                                               THIS IS HOLY WEEK
: WILL IT BE HOLY FOR YOU?
As we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we enter the holiest week of our Church
year. Twice this week we proclaim the Passion of Jesus Christ, we hear again about the Last
Supper, we celebrate the Easter Vigil where we baptize and confirm people into the Catholic
faith, and we witness the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It doesn’t get any better than
this!
Once again we can truly say that God has done it all and He is just waiting for our response.  
How will you spend this best week ever? Most likely if you do nothing, you will get nothing
out of it. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, read the account of the Passion of Jesus
Christ from one of the Gospels, attend as many of our awesome liturgies as you can, and
thank God that Jesus destroyed the power of death and offers us the resurrection.  
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Did you miss Bishop Swain's 2014 CFSA
message
this weekend at Mass? Listen to
it here:
Bishop Swain 2014 CFSA Message
Holy Week liturgies: Wednesday, April 16th: Living Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.;
Thursday, April 17th: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m.; Friday, April 18th: Living
Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m., The Passion of the Lord at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, April 19th:
Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m.;
Sunday, April 20th: Easter Sunday Masses at 8:30 a.m. &
10:30 a.m.
Confessions: Please see our "Mass Schedule" page for a list of communal & individual
confession times.