News and Events

Holiday Crafts for Haiti

This year we will not be able to have our Holiday Crafts for Haiti in the Narthex because of the virus. However, you can still purchase Fall and Christmas crafts, as well as teacup candles and arrangements, through a new website that was created for this purpose. Visit the “Fruits of the Spirit” website and scroll through the categories of crafts.

Contact Jodi Traub at 630-882-9000 or, or Layla Groleau at 630-673-1762 or,  to make a purchase. Your Holiday crafts will be delivered to your door with a smile. All of the proceeds from purchases by SKD parishioners will go to Hope for Haitians. Due to increased mitigations from the State of Illinois, the Nov. 29 open house has been CANCELLED.

Imago Dei
“The Image of God Within”

A Virtual Advent Mini Retreat
Monday, Dec 14th | 6:30–8:15pm
Presented by Jack Rigert of the
John Paul II Renewal Center

A unique opportunity to experience a Mini Advent Retreat based on reflections shared by Saint John Paul II during spiritual retreats and in Saint Peter’s Square.

This event will be livestreamed and recorded for your viewing throughout Advent.

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.

Spiritual Resources During the Pandemic

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.

Prayer Service for Mass at Home