St. Katharine Drexel Parish June 2018 e-Newsletter
In This Issue


Upcoming Events

 
Saturday, June 9th
Rosary Rally at John & Cindy Dougherty's home,
46508 267th St., SF
(see map)
6-10 p.m.   
 
Tuesday, June 12th
St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting (Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.
 
Thursday, June 14th
Baptismal Planning Class (Parish Office Conference Room) 
6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 15th
Serve supper at
St. Francis House
5:00-7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 16th
Men's Group 
(Gathering Space)
7:30-9 a.m.
 
Monday, June 18th   
Parish Council Meeting
(Room 203)
5:30-6:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, June 19th
Serve supper at
The Banquet West
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 24th
Knights of Columbus meeting (Room 203)
7-8 p.m.
 
Tuesday, June 26th   
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30-7:15 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting
(Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.
 
Wednesday, July 4th
Parish Office closed
 
Friday, July 6th      
6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Sunday, July 8th  
Knights of Columbus meeting (Room 203)
7-8 p.m.
 
Monday, July 9th
Serve breakfast at
The Banquet
5:30-8:15 a.m.
 
Tuesday, July 10th
St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting
(Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 12th
Baptismal Planning Class (Parish Office Conference Room)
6:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, July 15th- Thursday, July 19th
Vacation Bible School, grades 1-6 (MPR)
6-8 p.m.
 
Monday, July 16th  
Parish Council Meeting
(Room 203)
5:30-6:30 p.m.
 
Friday, July 20th
Serve supper at
St. Francis House
5:00-7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 21st
Men's Group 
(Gathering Space)
7:30-9 a.m.

Tuesday, July 24th 
St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting
(Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31st
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30-7:15 p.m.

Friday, August 3rd     
6 a.m.-7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, August 7th  
Serve breakfast at 
The Banquet
5:30-8:15 a.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting
(Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 9th
Baptismal Planning Class
(Parish Office Conference Room)
6:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 12th 
Knights of Columbus meeting (Room 203)
7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14th
Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM
(Nave) 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15th
Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM (Nave) 
8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

State of the Parish Meeting (MPR) 7 p.m.
 
Friday, August 17th
Serve supper at
St. Francis House
5:00-7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 18th
Men's Group
(Gathering Space)
7:30-9 a.m.

Sunday, August 19th
State of the Parish Meeting (MPR) 
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, August 20th    
Parish Council Meeting
(Room 203)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

SFCS--1st day of school
 
Tuesday, August 21st  
Serve supper at
The Banquet West
4:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Conference Meeting
(Gathering Space)
7:15-8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23rd
SFPS--1st day of school

Saturday, Aug. 25th
Parish Picnic (MPR & parish grounds) 6 p.m.
 
Tuesday, August 28th    
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!

"State of Parish" Meetings Planned 
 
Over the past months, our Parish Council has been discussing a number of items that will be addressed at parish meetings in August. The main focus of the Parish Council this year has been evangelization, how to deepen the faith of those who are already faithful, and how to reach out to those who have grown tepid in the practice of their faith.
 
While our local statistics on Catholic practice are more encouraging than national trends, we want to be proactive in our evangelization efforts. At our meetings we will be talking about our own parish growth and sacramental activity.
 
During this past year, we have also frequently discussed our efforts to form our young people in faith and how parents can be actively involved in these efforts. At our meetings we want to reflect on the importance of passing our faith to the next generation and how we do this through our parish school, our Religious Education program, and our Youth Ministry program.
 
We would like to report on the many opportunities that our parish offers for spiritual formation through adult education. We will also report on the numerous activities that are sponsored by our Parish Activities Committee and our parish Social Ministries Committee.
 
Finally, we will be reflecting on the fiscal needs of our parish as we continue to retire our debt, achieve ordinary financial stability, and look to future needs. So many people have worked very hard to establish a vibrant parish in a rather short amount of time. The current state of our parish is a huge accomplishment for which we are grateful. And yet there will always be more to do.
 
Each week our parish mission statement is printed on the front of our weekend bulletin, briefly stating our purpose and goals. This statement helps us keep our focus as we deal with the day to day activities and interruptions. This statement will also help us focus the agenda of these meetings.
 
We are providing three different meeting times to accommodate as many schedules as we can and to encourage a high participation rate. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th after the holy day Mass, and Sunday, August 19th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. I hope these meetings will be a great opportunity to report on the state of our parish and to seek input on what more could be accomplished.  
     
Father Gregory Tschakert
St. Katharine Drexel Parish

Society
All Parish Rosary & Potluck Picnic        

Our Parish Activities Committee will host a Rosary Rally at John & Cindy Dougherty's place on Saturday, June 9th, starting at 6 p.m. EVERYONE is invited! We'll pray the Rosary at 6:30 p.m., then follow with a potluck. Bring a side dish or dessert to share and drinks for your family. The main dish of hot dogs and pulled pork will be provided. There will be activities for the kids, including a bouncy house.
And new this year: Fireworks at dusk, donated by the Fireworkz Store . Oh, and don't forget your lawn chairs!
 

"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." 
(St. Katharine Drexel Bulletin, 6.4.2017)

Curious about the history of the Rosary? Two helpful sources:
Plan now to join us for this great evening of prayer, food, fun, and fellowship!
  • When: Saturday, June 9th, 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: 46508 267th St., Sioux Falls (see map)

  • Directions: Head west on 41st Street (towards Wild Water West), approximately 4 miles

 
Faith--Family--Fun
 
SharingOurGifts
St. Vincent de Paul Rummage Sale/Vendor Fair 

Gather up all your unneeded/unwanted housewares, clothing, books, and more! Our St. Vincent de Paul Conference will host a Rummage Sale/ Vendor Fair on Friday & Saturday, July 27th & 28th, in the St. Katharine Drexel Parish Multipurpose Room. Proceeds will be used to assist individuals and families in our community with their rent, utilities, food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and bus passes.

Want to sell stuff at the rummage sale? $10 will get you a 10 ft. space at the sale, which includes a table for displaying your items. Space will be limited so reserve your table now by contacting Vicky Kirby at vickyk@svdpsd.org or 929-5254.

Want to buy stuff at the rummage sale?
Admission fee is a personal hygiene product or a food item for our Parish Food Pantry.

If you have any questions about the Rummage Sale, please contact Vicky Kirby at vickyk@svdpsd.org or 929-5254.

In April, through your gifts totaling $2,015, our St. Vincent de Paul Conference assisted 9 families with food, rent, and other bills.  God bless you!

Did you know that you can donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference through our St. Katharine Drexel Parish online giving site? It's so easy to give online to our parish and its many ministries. And you can take a load off of your busy schedule be setting up online giving. Find out more about online giving at our St. Katharine Drexel Parish website.
  
Welcoming
Odds and Ends 

Mark your calendars now and prepare to be "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus!"
Our summer Vacation Bible School program will be Sunday-Thursday, July 15th-19th, from 6-8 p.m. each evening. Students going into grades 1-6 are welcome to join us! To register, please pick up a form from the table by the Parish Office or visit the Education page of our parish website. If you have any questions, please contact Erin at 275-6870 x205 or erin.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com. Registration deadline is Friday, June 15th.
 
Parish Directory time again! This summer our parish will work with Lifetouch to publish a parish directory. Picture dates are scheduled for July 23rd-28th, August 8th-11th, and August 13th-17th. Our scheduling portal will open in late June -- more details to come. If you would like to help with checking in families or be a part of the team that assists the Parish Office, please contact Tonia in the Parish Office at 275-6870.
 
Do you struggle to hear or understand what's being said during Mass? We recently installed a hearing assistance system to our sound board and have portable receivers. Please see Fr. Tschakert or Jennifer before Mass if you'd like to try out this new device.
 
Catholic Family Sharing Appeal update: So far 42% of our parish members have participated in CFSA 2018. Moreover, we have reached our assessment from the diocese! Anything we collect above our assessment will be used for our Building Fund that supports capital improvements to our building and property. If you have not yet had the opportunity to share through CFSA, either through prayer or a monetary gift, please consider doing so. Each and every gift matters!
 
Did you know that you can stream hundreds of hours of inspiring movies and video series, read bestselling Catholic ebooks, and listen to audio presentations from the Church's most compelling speakers, all at Formed.org? And all are available from virtually any device, anytime, anywhere! Our parish code is 12fdd -- just create your own personal account. Once you've created your account, you don't need our code, you will use the password you created. Please contact the Parish Office at 275-6870 with any questions.
Youth
Led to Shine: Megan's Story 

At 23 years old, I found myself single and expecting. I never thought I would experience something like this and so soon. As a young Christian already struggling to learn so many things about being an adult, I knew I had to get my financial situation in order. I had nowhere to turn and no idea how I was going to pay for a new baby. I had heard about the Sioux Falls Diocese Mother Teresa Endowment Fund, and although I had not considered an abortion, I wanted to talk to them. That was such a great decision! They paid over $3,000 of my medical expenses and gave me two large boxes of baby supplies-clothes, bottles, and more!



On January 25, 1999, Brandon was born happy and healthy. I went through some very hard times as a new mother, but I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as He whispered the words, "shine on." Those words stayed with me.



Fast forward to 2017. Not long before Brandon graduated from high school in May of that year, I heard about a company called LED Nation . 100% of the company's profits go to charities. When I learned what LED stood for -- Love Every Day -- and the meaning behind it, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of the faith and love this company displayed. So, I contributed my idea and design for the Led to Shine women's wear with the LED to™ logo . 100% of the profits on the Led to Shine design go to the Mother Teresa Endowment Fund.

And there's a little more to the story. While I was preparing for Brandon's graduation, I ran across my paperwork from the Mother Teresa Endowment Fund. I had saved it for 19 years! That was my "ah-ha" moment. It was clear to me that the Lord planned for me to pay it forward.

Life is so precious. My son has grown into an amazing young man, serving our country and protecting our families in the United States Air Force Fire Protection. How ironic, given the flame in the Led to Shine design, which is surrounded by the words, "This little light of mine"!

"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope" - Jeremiah 29:11 NASB

Please consider helping single moms Love Every Day to Shine . Again, 100% of the profits on the Led to Shine design go to the Sioux Falls Diocese Mother Teresa Endowment Fund.

Thank you!
Megan Ringling
 
St. Katharine Drexel Parish on the Web   
 
  Mass Schedule, Calendar, Online Giving, Readings, and much more. Our Parish Web page has been updated and redesigned. Check it out!

 
 Have you "liked" St. Katharine Drexel Parish yet? It's a great way to stay up-to-date on Parish events. Visit www.fb.me/stkatharinedrexelsfsd.

Log on to our Flickr site to see photos of our beautiful Sanctuary and Nave as well as our stained glass windows. Want to help us? Contact Carol Deering (212-5218/ tom.carol@vastbb.net) of the Communications Committee.

Our Parish YouTube page includes eight videos. Do you have an idea for a video on our channel? Talk with Fr. Tschakert (275-6870/
gtschakert@sfcatholic.org) or Carol Deering of the 
Communications Committee ( 212-5218/ tom.carol@vastbb.net).