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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!
Click on the image above
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 weekend our parish welcomes Father Don Glover, Maryknoll Missionary. I'm sure you will
give him our best parish welcome as he brings a message from the U.S. foreign missionary
This past week three young men from our parish left for their first year of seminary
formation. Eric Wuebben, Bailey Lauret, and Thomas Bennett are all enrolled at St. John
Vianney Seminary in St. Paul. If you would like to drop them a note of encouragement, their
address is 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Please do remember these men in your
prayers as they continue their formation and discernment.
On the Wednesday after Labor Day, our early morning faith formation group will begin a new
study. This group has been meeting at 6:30 a.m. for quite a long time and utilizes a variety of
Bible study aids to study topics of interest. All are welcome to join for this spiritually-enriching
As mentioned last week, it will soon be time for the R.C.I.A. to begin a new cycle of faith
formation for those who wish to join the Catholic Church. Several people have indicated that
they are will be present, and we are eager to welcome all those who have an interest in
Catholic teachings and practices. Please spread the word that R.C.I.A. is beginning.
For the past year and a half, a group of men and women from our parish have been
participating in a discipleship formation group, following a program given them by our
diocesan office. They are ready now to spread the good news through additional groups and
are seeking men and women who would be interested in being involved in this formation
One group would possibly meet in the early morning, and others would meet on various
evenings. We anticipate that meetings will be twice monthly. If you are interested in such a
group, please give me a call, and I will try to give you a little more specific information.
It will soon be time for a new year of religious education for the children of our parish. Many
years ago when I was a child, this would have been true for almost all children in our town.
Nearly all people were practicing Christians in a variety of denominations, and we had a more
or less common moral basis. Much of our faith formation focused on what made Catholics
unique. We were proud to be Catholics and knew that we stood out a little from the crowd.
Today the religious landscape in our country has changed significantly. Many, perhaps even a
majority of children, grow up in homes with little or no faith formation. Sunday church
attendance is certainly a minority option these days in all major denominations. Our children
are growing up in a world where they do not receive religious formation in the context of
community life; in fact, they receive quite the opposite from the media and the world around
All this is to imply that if we want our children to grow up as faithful Catholic Christians, we
need to be much more intentional about our efforts than we were in the past. We cannot
presume that our children will inhale the lessons of faith that will sustain them over a lifetime.
We need to work very hard to ensure that they know the essentials of our faith, the basics of
Christian morality and the basics of how to pray. As we prepare for this new year of religious
education, I am grateful for all those who have volunteered to assist in our parish program
and look forward to working with you.
At the same time, I am more and more conscious that parents truly are the first teachers of
their children in the ways of faith. What your children see and experience in their family homes
will, in many ways, be embeded in their souls and continue to guide them throughout their
Financial Report: It was just wonderful seeing so many people at Mass last weekend! It was
also wonderful to receive the Collection Counters' report with $11,585 in the envelope
offerings, $1,682 in the loose offering and another $7,770 from online giving. Thanks so much
to all for your generosity. We are especially grateful to those who brought an extra envelope,
after being gone the previous weekend.
A Stewardship Testimonial: "I can tell when I'm praying. My life is just more peaceful and
1st Friday Eucharistic Adoration on Sept. 4th from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. in our Chapel; Please
sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Space to take an hour.
1st Saturday Mass on Sept. 5th at 9 a.m. in our Chapel; We'll pray the Rosary at 8:30 a.m.