Pope Francis has declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. In addition to the prayers and studies offered, we are also very excited to to announce that the parish has commissioned a statue of St. Joseph, holding the child Jesus, for the chapel. This will complete our Holy Family and be a beautiful companion to our Blessed Mother.
We anxiously await the arrival of this new statue in late summer, but were thrilled to receive this update from Inspired Artisans during Holy Week, 2021.
THANK YOU to everyone for their generous contributions towards this project. We are happy to report that we’ve collected the total cost of the statue!!
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.
What you can do when staying at home:
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, www.svdp-skd.org.
Ways to Watch Mass (not at SKD) if you are staying home
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.