St. Katharine Drexel Parish June 2017 e-Newsletter
In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 17th
Parish Men's Group (Gathering Space)
7:30-9 a.m.

Saturday, June 17th
Rosary Rally at  John & Cindy Dougherty's,
46508 267th St.,
SFSD from  6-9 p.m.
June 19th-22nd
High School D-Camp
Broom Tree Retreat Center
Monday, June 26th
Serve breakfast at
The Banquet
5:30-8 a.m.
Tuesday, June 27th
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4th
Parish Office closed

Tuesday, July 4th
Serve lunch at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House 
11:15 a.m.-12: 15 p.m.

Friday, July 7th  
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration  from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. in our Chapel
Sunday, July 9th
Knights of Columbus Meeting (Room 203)
7-8:30 p.m.
July 9th-12th
High School D-Camp
Broom Tree Retreat Center

Thursday, July 13th
Baptismal Planning Class 6:30 p.m. (Room 203)
July 13th-16th
Jr. High School D-Camp
Broom Tree Retreat Center

Saturday, July 15th
Parish Men's Group meeting  7:30-9 a.m. (Gathering Space)
July 21st-25th
Youth Mission Trip to The Abbey of the Hills
Friday, July 21st
Serve supper at the 
St. Francis House
5-7:30 p.m.
July 24th-27th
Totus Tuus, Grades 1-6
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25th
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30-7:15 p.m.
July 28th-30th
Youth to Steubenville North (St. Paul, MN)
Monday, July 31st
Serve lunch at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Friday, August 4th  
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration  from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. in our Chapel

Thursday, August 10th
Baptismal Planning Class 6:30 p.m. (Room 203)

Sunday, August 13th
Knights of Columbus Meeting (Room 203)
7-8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 18th
Serve supper at the
St. Francis House
5-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 19th  
Parish Men's Group (Gathering Space)
7:30-9 a.m.
Monday, August 21st
First day of school, SFCS
Sunday, August 27th
Parish Picnic at Sertoma Park from  5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29th
Serve lunch at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29th
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30-7:15 p.m.

For more events, visit our parish calendar, where you can automatically add events to your personal calendar!

The Catholic Tradition of Sunday Mass
At a recent meeting of our Parish Council, we began a discussion concerning the primacy of evangelization in our parish. Evangelization is sort of a current word that refers to the spread of the Gospel to those who have not yet heard the good news, and the deepening life of the Gospel in those who are already Christians. Recent popes have reminded us that the Church exists precisely for the spread of the Gospel.
From the beginning of the Church, one of the principal ways in which the Gospel was spread was through the Sunday liturgy. At the Last Supper, Jesus said, "Do this in memory of Me," and the Church has always gathered on the Lord's Day to fulfill Jesus' command. The Letter to the Hebrews encouraged its readers, "Do not absent yourselves from the assembly." (10:25)
It was in the weekly gathering where Christians became more deeply immersed in the Word of God as a standard of life, where they were bonded together as members of the Body of Christ, and where they renewed their covenant with God in the Body and the Blood of Christ. In this renewal of the covenant, they were strengthened to live as Christians in the world for the next 7 days until they would gather once again.
From the beginning, there was a conviction that the Holy Eucharist was so central to the life of discipleship that the weekly celebration was a necessity of faith. Without the regular renewal of the covenant, Christians would rather quickly drift from the Body and forget their identity.
In recent decades, we have seen an erosion of the "Catholic obligation" to participate at Mass each and every weekend. At our parish, we probably have a higher percentage of Mass attendance than many places, but still we could do better. I am particularly concerned that our children and young people be formed in the faith of the Church.
Our world is changing so rapidly that many young people have a hard time finding a still point as a solid reference. Regular participation in the liturgy of the Church will give them a home base which will be a still point even when their world spins wildly. The Book of Proverbs reminds us, "Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it." (22:6)
Visitors to our parish often comment that our parish is very child-friendly. Even small children are very welcome, and gradually they become accustomed to the rhythm of the Mass. Even when they don't seem to be paying attention, they are gaining a foundation in the faith.
I am always pleased when I see visiting sports teams at weekend Masses. With many of our families following their children's activities, I'm always hopeful that they are finding parishes for weekend Mass, too. That is one of the beauties of belonging to the universal Church.
So many people in our parish work hard to make our weekend liturgies a prayerful experience of the gathered community. I am grateful to all those who perform the many liturgical ministries with fidelity and with reverence. Visitors to our parish often comment about the welcoming atmosphere they experience in our parish and the prayerfulness that is evident.
The Gospels tell us that Jesus had the habit of praying in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Even though He was in regular communion with the Father, He still found this weekly gathering with the community of the faithful to be an essential part of His life on earth. I hope that more and more we will find inspiration in the example of Jesus to remain faithful to the gathering of the faithful each weekend.
As our parish continues to reflect on the necessity of the Eucharist in the life of Catholics, we will also be reflecting how we might renew our commitment to this ancient practice. 
Father Gregory Tschakert
St. Katharine Drexel Parish

Parish Rosary Rally - Mark Your Calendars!     
Our Parish Activities Committee will host a Rosary Rally at John and Cindy Dougherty's place on Saturday, June 17th, starting at 6 p.m. EVERYONE is invited! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. You are asked to bring a dish to share, drinks for you and your family, and lawn chairs. There will be a bouncy castle for the kids and a fire pit for everyone. 

"For many centuries now, the Rosary has been a staple of Catholic devotional life. It is a very quiet prayer that invites us into meditation on the mysteries of the Incarnation and the life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother. In that way, the Rosary invites us to live in imitation of Jesus and His Mother." (June 4, 2017, St. Katharine Drexel Bulletin)

Plan now to join us for this great evening of prayer, food, fun, and fellowship!

When: Saturday, June 17th, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 46508 267th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57106 
Directions: From St. Katharine Drexel Parish, take the Tea/Ellis Road south to 41st Street, then go west on  41st Street approximately 4 miles.
New Project for Our Social Ministries Committee    

When our Social Ministries Committee heard that the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House (BDHH) needed a group to host a lunch on 6 different dates throughout 2017, this very active committee did not hesitate to volunteer! They served their first lunch meal at BDHH on Monday, January 30th. One of the kitchen staff relayed to the committee that chili dogs are a guest favorite, so that became the main entrée of the planned lunches. Baked beans, Doritos, and ice cream bars round out the menu. A generous benefactor donated 10 pounds of hamburger to make the chili on Monday, May 29th when the committee served approximately 106 guests. As Julie Dickes expressed, "It was very rewarding to see the delight on the guests' faces when they realized that chili dogs were being served. But even more so, we experienced their gratitude for our parish serving this lunch."
Would you like to help prepare and/or serve a lunch at the BDHH?  Six volunteers are needed to serve lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., so the time commitment is about one hour. The next dates Social Ministries will be serving:
  • Tuesday, July 4th
  • Monday, July 31st
  • Tuesday, August 29th
  • Monday, October 30th
If you are interested in helping in any way on one or more of these dates, please contact Julie Dickes at 254-3553.


BDHH Fast Facts:
Some 600+ men, women, children in Sioux Falls have no home. The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House is a safe, loving place that can help the poor in our community start their way back to a stable life.
  • Emergency shelter for homeless and vulnerable
  • Overnight services can assist 80 men, 20 women, 7 families, in separate areas
  • Lunch served Monday - Friday
  • Computer and phone access to assist guests with securing employment
  • Mental health counseling (provided by outside agency)
  • Addiction counseling (provided by outside agency)
Building and Grounds Committee

Have you noticed the lights above our altar? They're brighter, much brighter. I thought lights had been added, but no, Jim Cannon tells me, he and a host of volunteers simply replaced failing lights this past month. Not only that, they replaced the old bulbs with the LED variety, which should not only provide cleaner, brighter light, but also last a whole lot longer than the old ones.
What a pleasure I had chatting with Jim about the Building and Grounds (B & G) Committee! He speaks so warmly, so appreciatively of all those who volunteer to keep our church up-to-speed and looking good, inside and out. And my goodness, they do it all! Need a chair rail installed? Call B & G. Oh look, those electrical outlets need to be replaced. Call B & G. Gee, I wish I had more shelves in my storeroom! Call B & G. You name it, and B & G has probably tackled it. Our  "inside" crew, which Jim oversees, repairs, replaces, refreshes all those big and small things that keep the inside of our church and school humming, from carpet repair to fence repair to door hinge adjustment to vent cleaning, and so much more.


Another Jim, Jim Lammers, oversees our "outside" crew, the grounds crew, the volunteers who take care of our grass, trees, shrubs, and snow removal. In the spring and summer months, they apply fertilizer and weed control. They cut the grass and prune the shrubs and trees. And they plant trees. Have you noticed the new smaller trees on our grounds? And more will soon go up on the west side of our church, to block the wailing winds from the northwest that make blustery winter days difficult across the parking lot. The "outside" crew also works snow removal on our sidewalks and at the entrance to our church. Crews are divided into four teams, with each team working one week a month.
We talked about the parish dollars saved because of the work performed by B & G volunteers, likely tens of thousands of dollars each year, said Jim Cannon. But more important, when we as parishioners tend to the needs of our parish, we take ownership. The parish becomes "my parish, our parish." At the recent light changing, time was set aside for coffee and cinnamon rolls and fellowship. And this time set aside for conversation and fellowship builds community," Jim's wife, Donna,  explained. Fellowship touches that human need to be part of something, to be a community.
The Building and Grounds Committee is a parish committee, yes, but they don't meet regularly. The committee is more of a network. When carpet repair was needed in the school, Jim called his carpet repairman. When one of the altar steps needed repair, he got in touch with a volunteer who knew something about floor repair. "We're just volunteers coming forward, helping out," says Jim Cannon.
B & G is a well-oiled machine. But one thing they would like to see: more younger guys involved. "We need some more young blood to learn the ropes and eventually take the lead."
If you would like to help the B & G volunteers, give Jim Cannon a call at 271-3700, or give Jim Lammers a call at 321-3481. "All hands are welcome!"
Did You Know?
You can register your grades 1-6 children for Totus Tuus,  which will be in session Monday-Thursday, July 24th - 27th, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day. Registration forms are available on the table by the Parish Office or on the Education page  of our parish website. Totus TuusLatin for "totally Yours," is a Catholic youth summer program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. And of course, lots of fun and fellowship will be woven into the instruction!
Our annual Parish Picnic is Sunday, August 27th at Sertoma Park, from 5-8 p.m. Mark your calendars now!
On our  parish website , which by the way is optimized for your mobile device, you can:
  • view the bulletin 
  • hear Father's homily
  • check ministry schedules
  • submit your prayer requests
  • and much, much more!
One young man and one young woman from our parish have answered the call to serve God in the priesthood and religious life. Eric Wuebben is at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Erin Bechtel has been accepted at The Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará in MD. Please keep Eric and Erin in your prayers.
Fr. Joe Vogel is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, June 18th, from 4-9 p.m. at 6504 W. Cheyenne Drive. Snacks will be provided-please bring a dish to share. And of course there will be games and fun for kids and adults! Stop by to say "hello" and help Fr. Joe celebrate!
St. Katharine Drexel Parish on the Web   
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