St. Katharine Drexel’s joyful spirit invites us to a deeper appreciation of Christ’s love for us and our need to respond as one of His disciples, fostering a welcoming, caring, and faithful Catholic community.

Welcome to our picturesque parish in the country …
Join us to see our faith community in action!

Welcome to St. Katharine Drexel-Sugar Grove, Ill. We hope you find our website an informative and engaging tool to assist you in growing in your faith. Take some time and explore the different links and pages of this site for all the various ministries and areas of SKD. Websites and social media are ever-growing, ever-changing mediums so visit us often to see updates and exciting news!

We value your presence in our faith community and strive to serve all our members in the best way we can. God’s Blessings to you all!

Animal Blessing — October 3rd – 1pm

Feast of St. Francis – Deacon Mark will be holding an animal blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis on Saturday, Oct. 3rd at 1pm in front of the main entrance to the church. Bring your pets (properly leashed if applicable) and receive a special blessing for them! Keep watch on our Facebook page for a live stream of this blessing.

Flu Shots — October 25, 2020

Flu shots will be offered at St. Katharine Drexel this year, but due to Covid we can only take those that pre-register by October 7th by calling the Parish Office at 630-466-0303.
  • They will be offered on Sunday, October 25th from 8 – 11am in Room 103.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.  No Children!
  • $20.00 payable by cash, check, Medicare Part B (bring card). This year credit/debit cards will not be accepted.
  • Provided by Amita Health Mercy Medical Center, Health Institute

Respect Life Activities Coming in October

Join fellow parishioners on Saturday mornings at 8:45am (after the 8:00am Mass) to PRAY THE ROSARY FOR AMERICA asking for the intercession of our Lady of Fatima.
And coming in October…there are many opportunities to become involved with our pro life ministry.
  • Be a HERO for Life throughout the month of October!  Since we cannot have our normal baby bottle collection to support Waterleaf, we will participate in their Virtual Baby Bottles for Life Team Challenge. Our team page link is: 1 “bottle” holds $30; 2 hold $60; and 3 hold $90.  How many “bottles” can we fill? The Virtual Campaign runs from October 1 through November 15, 2020.  Join us today and be a hero for life!
  • “Unplanned” on Saturday, Oct. 3rd following our 4:30pm Mass in the lower level. Bring your own “picnic” dinner and beverage. Register to attend at
  • Join us back on Sunday, Oct. 4th for the annual Life Chain, a public witness of prayer for the elimination of abortion. Gather in front of the church at 12:45pm and witness along Dugan Rd from 1-2pm.
  • Sign up to participate in our 12-hour 40 Days for Life vigil on October 30th. Email Sherry Miksa at if you want to participate.

Coming in October …
“The Universal Christ”

An invitation to join Fr. Dan Peters to discuss “The Universal Christ”, a New York Times best selling book by Fr. Richard Rohr, on October 8, 15, 22, 29 from 7:00-8:30pm. Lori Dressel, parishioner and operator of LaSalle Manor in Plano, will be leading attendees in contemplative prayer in addition to the discussions led by Fr. Dan. Registration can be made via Sign Up Genius under the special events tab. Livestream will also be available for those who cannot attend in person via our You Tube channel. To purchase the book in advance of these seminar dates, click the amazon link in the next paragraph.

The popularity of “The Universal Christ” has spread with over nine million copies sold on Amazon and made it on the Oprah Winfrey Book List. While on the Oprah show, Fr. Rohr explained “How a forgotten reality can change everything we see, hope for, and believe.” He argues that we unfortunately began with Genesis chapter 3 – The Fall: Original Sin. This has resulted in a negative, fearful image of God (Fr. Dan: Houston-We Have a Problem). Fr. Rohr suggests that we return to our roots and bein with Genesis Chapter 1 – The Creation Story – Original Blessing! This changes everything! From this fresh and new approach, we can discover a God who simply desires to our out His love and life in us. A God who we can finally fall in love with.

On a personal note from Fr. Dan: “I first met Fr. Richard as a student over 33 years ago. I have followed his work-teachings, retreats, seminars, books, tapes (cassettes back then!). Since you have come to know me over the past 12 years helping Fr. Bob at SKD Parish, you have heard me share many, many, many fish stories that were TRUE! (I am still the greatest fisherman/priest in the Rockford Diocese) Since we have built up this incredible trust, I am going to ask you one more time to trust me when I tell you that Fr. Richard’s book, “The Universal Christ”, is the GREATEST CATCH, KEEPER, and TROPHY! Come, Let’s have some fun!”

Faithful Citizenship

To help Catholics prepare for the upcoming November election of the President of the United States, the Diocese of Rockford is suggesting that all Catholics familiarize themselves with the “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” document issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. To access the additional resources listed below for your parish, religious education programs and for your bulletins and social media follow this link:

Top Forming Consciences Resources

  • Listening and Witness Pastoral Aid – April 26th, 2020
  • Adult Education and Small Faith Community Sharing
  • Novena for Faithful Citizenship
  • Do’s and Don’ts Guidelines During Election Season
  • Questions for Reflection and Discussion of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship



A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate?

As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.

When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities.  As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.

Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.

Take the pledge as an individual, family, or community by visiting Anyone and everyone can commit together to honoring human dignity through civil conversation.

How can we be social in a time of social distancing?

That is the ambition of “Operation Embrace”, the first initiative of a brand new ministry at St. Katharine Drexel.  The Enriching Lives Ministry is looking for parishioner volunteers to send notes and cards to members of our faith community. Are you interested in being a ray of sunshine?  Sign up below or call the parish office for more details.

Latest Covid News and Updates

Parish Office Hours — For the summer months the parish office is open Mon.-Thurs. from 8am-4pm and Fri. from 8am-Noon
Pastoral Emergencies — If you are experiencing a pastoral emergency and are in need of a priest outside of the parish office hours, please call the rectory at 630-448-4035.
Eucharistic Adoration — We are holding Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 8am-6pm. Please enter the parish office entrance to be screened and told where to sit.
Adjusted Weekend Mass Times — In order to allow more time to sanitize the church after each Mass, we have temporarily adjusted our weekend Mass schedule.
Saturdays – 4:30pm
Sundays – 7:00am, 9:15am, 11:30am

Parish Reopening Plan — We continue to follow the plan created for safely returning back to Mass and our online sign up to limit ourselves to no more than 75 parishioners per Mass. PLEASE take the time to read through our reopening plan so you know what to expect if you decide to sign up to attend Mass. We are grateful to Mary Rudnicki, RN and parishioner, and Mary Stola, RN and Faith Community Nurse for their assistance and guidance throughout this process. If anyone has questions or concerns, you are encouraged to call or email the parish office or any staff member and we will do our best to answer you.

How to Register to attend Mass — As we continue to make our way Back in His Presence with public Masses, we have considered many options for Mass sign-up in an effort to find a system that will be equitable to everyone. Thank you for your patience and kind consideration of others as we work through this process. We will be using Sign Up Genius, with which many of you are familiar and may already have an account. An account is NOT required. You can access the program on the internet at or download an app on your smart phone or computer at

    1. YOU MUST SIGN UP EACH AND EVERY FAMILY MEMBER WHO PLANS TO ATTEND. This is a vital part for our diocesan directives that every person in attendance be listed for tracking purposes.
    2. PLEASE – call the office or remove your name from the list if you are not feeling well or know you will not be filling the spot.  If the demand is there, we don’t want any spots to go unfilled.

What you can do when staying at home:

  • Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
  • Call your elderly neighbors
  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Follow along with updates from the CDC and WHO
  • Avoid Fear and Panic. We are a people of trust

Do you need help? — We have had some inquiries from our younger parishioners asking if there is anyone who is elderly or immune compromised and unable to leave their home who find themselves in need of help with groceries or medicine pick up. Please call the parish office, 630-466-0303, and let a staff member know of your need. If there is no answer, please leave a message. We will get it and assist you! If you need assistance through the St. Vincent dePaul Society, call and leave a message at 630-466-8833 or visit their website,

Ways to Watch Mass (not at SKD) if you are staying home 

  • Watch Mass daily on EWTN at 11am (check your cable provider for channel)
  • Watch Mass on Sunday morning at 9:30am via WGN-TV
  • Listen to Mass on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM 129 or Relevant Radio station 930AM. You can also live stream Mass at noon from the Relevant Radio HERE
  • If you are computer savvy, join Bishop Barron for daily Mass at


Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily. Click on the .pdf below if you’d like to have a whole prayer service from home courtesy of the Diocese of Elphin in Ireland.

Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

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The issue of systemic racism in our country is an upsetting tragedy that is still occurring. Our faith tells us that all persons are equal in the eyes of God. Jesus often had to remind his own apostles to not judge others. This is the gospel message that we as Catholics are challenged to live. If you want to read more about what the Catholic faith says about Human Life and Dignity and Racism, please visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops webpage:

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