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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
Our parish is happy to welcome Annamarie Trevvett as our new parish youth minister.
Annamarie is a member of our parish who recently returned to us after finishing studies at
SDSU where she was very involved at the Newman Center. She will continue to build on the
wonderful foundations of youth ministry that were laid by Mary Jo Gallagher and her team of
volunteers. I am confident that Annamarie will also make a big impact on the faith journey of
our young people.
This week the priests and deacons of our Diocese will gather with Bishop Swain for Clergy
Days, our annual convocation. This is the meeting in which we recognize those who have
reached particular anniversaries of service, listen to presentations on various theological
topics, dialogue with Bishop Swain and renew our bonds of fraternity. There will be no Mass
in our parish on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The Tuesday evening meeting for young
adults and the Wednesday morning adult education meetings are canceled for this week.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been urging people to sign up for getting their family
photos in our new parish pictorial directory. I am certainly grateful to those who have already
committed to this activity. I have always found these directories quite helpful when it comes
to building a parish identity. I often look up pictures to identify people, and I know others use
the directory in the same way. With a parish that is often in flux with people moving in or out,
a directory is an especially valuable tool. If you haven't yet committed to a family photo,
please do help us out soon.
This past month, our parish experienced a huge increase in our demand for food and diapers.
We distributed 112 bags of groceries and 218 bags of diapers to those who came to our door.
Because of your generosity, we were able to meet the need. Thanks so very much for your
This week on Wednesday, the Church celebrates Our Lady of the Rosary, a feast that was
instituted after the Christian forces defeated the Moslems at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The
victory was attributed to the sailors praying the Rosary.
For most of my life the Rosary has been a mainstay of my prayer. When I was a very small
child, the Diocese of Sioux Falls participated in a Rosary crusade, led by Fr. Patrick Peyton. His
theme was "The family that prays together stays together." Along with lots of other families,
my family pledged to pray the Rosary every day. That was one of my early memories of prayer
that has stayed with me all these years. I've participated in many prayer forms, but the Rosary
has been the most consistent for private devotion.
At St. Katharine Drexel Parish, we have the wonderful tradition of our Rosary Clubs that
gather in homes to pray the Rosary and to support one another in their daily lives and in the
life of faith. The groups are quite simple in their organization but amazing in their function of
gathering people together for mutual support. If you would like to join a Rosary Club, please
contact the Parish Office at 275-6870.
The Rosary originated among monks who were illiterate. Those who could read read the
Psalms each day. The Rosary could be memorized, and the 150 Hail Marys corresponded the
150 Psalms. Later the Hail Marys were divided into groupings of 10 with a mystery of Christ's
life, death and resurrection added for meditation.
In the 13th century, St. Dominic promoted the recitation of the Rosary as a way of combating a
heresy that denied the humanity of Jesus. It was simply way of teaching people the basic
truths of our faith.
The Rosary is still a wonderful personal prayer and also good for families. We don't have to be
praying for some great miracle like defeating the Turkish Armada. We might just be hoping to
experience closeness to Jesus and His Blessed Mother. Through the repetitions of the Rosary,
we are like a child rocking in its mother's arms, allowing the love of God to seep into our souls.
Financial Report: This past weekend we found $5,684.50 in envelope offerings and another
$1,157.63 in the loose offering, added to the $6,978.30 which we received online. We are
grateful that this was sufficient to total $62,000 for the month, with $59,000 budgeted.
Thanks so much for your generosity!
A Stewardship Testimonial: "God has been good to me. I like to do my share as a way of
returning something to God."