The various ministries of St. Katharine Drexel's parish provide you with a wide variety of ways of connecting with the community. Through these ministries you can learn and grow as an individual, meet others who share your values, and reach out to serve the parish and the city. We hope there's something for everyone here.
Share with Jesus in prayer: This is a personal invitation from Jesus to you!!! – Our Chapel is open for adoration 24/7. Jesus awaits for you in this Sacrament of his love.If you are interested in sharing an hour with Jesus you may register by writing to: email@example.com or contacting:
An altar server assists the priest at Mass by preparing the altar and acting as server during Mass. Ages 9 and up after they receive First Communion, are allowed to serve. You are required to attend training for this ministry.
This ministry was created for parents and families who have unfortunately suffered the loss of a child. It is led by parents who have first hand experience with this loss. The group meets at the Church depending on the need, and in a simple and loving way listens to those who want to be heard or may want to hear how others have learned to cope.
While carefully protecting Jesus’ teaching of the sacredness of marriage, the Church also is obliged to provide justice for anyone whose marriage has failed when it can be shown, with moral certainty, that the marriage lacked from its onset some essential elements for a true sacramental bond.
This ministry offers young children an opportunity to experience the Word in a way that engages them at their level. This ministry occurs during the Liturgy of the Word at the 10 AM and 12 Noon Sunday Mass. Children ages 5 to 10 that have not received the First Communion are dismissed after the Opening Prayer to read and discuss the Gospel in a way that is meaningful to them. Children return to Mass after the General Intercessions. Volunteers assist the children with activities and responses that allow them to really participate in the liturgy.
Prepare children to actively participate during Mass as lectors, servers of the altar, music ministry, etc. Children Mass is held the first Sunday of the month, alternating one month in English during the 10:00 am Mass and the following month during the 12:00 pm Spanish Mass during the school year. This ministry works closely with the music ministry.
Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation, Inc., is a Catholic organization intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the services of the Kingdom of God.
Offer a prayer service in the jails as an opportunity to help inmates grow in their relationship with God. To qualify you must be interviewed, and then go through training through the Archdiocese. Once trained, you join a team that visits jails once a month. You provide spiritual opportunities for inmates and support fellow ministers.
This ministry holds “separate” spiritual retreats for men and women. Which brings you to a closer, more personal relationship with Jesus.
Contact and more information at www.skdemmaus.org
Courses for parents and mothers in the parish to promote the strengthening of families through the education of fathers and mothers, on issues of communication and family life, education of children in their capacity to love, the use of freedom, and sexuality. Stimulates the improvement of relationships between parents and children.
Assists with distribution of the Eucharist during mass and brings the Eucharist to the homebound. It makes few demands on your time beyond a planned attendance at Mass. 21 and up. Interview approval by pastor and 1/2 day workshop is required.
Catholic men’s fraternal organization open to men who are Catholic and at least 18 years of age. This service organization embraces the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Our local council is looking for good men, dedicated to their faith, who want to support their church, youth, families, and community. (www.skdknights.org)
Couples meet to strengthen the bonds of marriage and family. Counseling for ‘Individual Couples’ can also be provided when needed. Meeting will be announced in the bulletin. Also holds an Annual Retreat.
Adults: Available in English or Spanish. This requires an ability to sing, a weekly commitment of 1.5 hour for rehearsal, and weekly attendance at mass (10:00 am English or 12 Noon Spanish). There are additional rehearsals and masses for Lent, Easter, and Christmas.
Children: Grades 2nd – 8th. This requires an ability to sing, a weekly commitment of 1 hour 15 minute rehearsal, and attendance at children Mass. There are additional rehearsals and masses for Lent, Easter, and Christmas.
Saint John Paul II defined the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times, a catechumenate at the service of the Bishop to implement in the parishes the Christian initiation and an ongoing education in faith, since, as the catechism of the catholic church states, “By its very nature infant Baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate. There is a need not only for instruction after baptism, but also for the necessary flowering of baptismal grace in personal growth”.
In particular, the Parish Community collaborates with Hope Outreach Pantry on a quarterly basis. We hold a BackPack Drive which includes school supplies in August and we host an “Angel Tree” at Christmas. The Parish also contributes to help the community of Zabo in Haiti.
RCIA – Adults: For all those interested in becoming Catholic and for adult Catholics who have never received the Eucharist or been Confirmed. Sessions are held weekly, every Monday (September through Easter).” Registrations during summer months.
Children: Share your faith with young children and teens who are preparing to receive their sacraments and increase their knowledge of the catholic faith. Classes meet weekly during the school year for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Bible Study: Our Bible study is on-going and requires no previous experience. Parishioners are welcome to join at any time. All that is needed is the desire to grow spiritually by studying God’s Holy Word with others. Sessions are held every Monday at 8:00 pm.
They are Catholic spiritual retreats for men and women over 35 years of age, focused on the responses we give to the situations or needs that life poses, which seek to create a space for reflection and encounter with oneself, with others and with God.
Schoenstatt is an International Movement within the Catholic Church. It is a place of grace, a movement of holiness, and a way of life. Schoenstatt’s goal is to aid in the moral and religious renewal of the individual and family life through a lived Covenant of Love partnership with the Blessed mother.
Parish evangelizing ministry which is scripture based. Small groups meet to enrich your relationship with Jesus, share Jesus with others, minister to others, give and receive support, and deepen catholic identity. Most groups meet weekly for 1 hour 30 minutes in the home.
Lay, Catholic organization dedicated to works of charity for the poor and needy. The focus of its work is to identify the needy within our parish and offer them assistance. www.svdpskdrexel.org, www.opportunityweston.com
Smile and warmly welcome and assist parishioners as they enter the parish; handout missals and song sheets; direct parishioners to open seating; pass the baskets for the collection; direct parishioners to communion; collect missals and song sheets; and distribute weekly bulletin.
We will invite one family each Sunday to take the Vocational Cup and the Pilgrim Virgin Mary home. We request that they pray first in thanksgiving for the gift of the Blessed Eucharist, secondly for the gift of the sacramental priesthood, especially our pastor and thirdly that God would call many men from our parish to serve the Church as priests and that those whom He calls will respond with generosity. Each family will receive the cup at Sunday Mass and return it the next week at Sunday Mass.
Women of Faith is a ministry where every woman gets to experience the loving presence of God through one another and become a beacon of Christ’s light in the world. We promote Catholic standards of daily living within our community and facilitate and support spiritual, service, and social growth among women through active participation in our Parish Life.
Open to middle school, high school and young adults up to 25 years old. Meetings are both social and religion based. The groups meet in the church every week during the school year. Events include acts of service to the parish and the communities.