St. Katharine Drexel Parish September 2019 e-Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

Wed., September 4th
Saints Across the Centuries Weekly Study (Room 203)  6:30 a.m.
Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke) Weekly Study (Room 203)  8:50 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5th
Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke) Weekly Study (Room 203)  8:40 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5th
Adult Choir practices begin (Room 204) 7 p.m.
Friday, September 6th
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration  (Chapel) 
6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, September 8th
Sunday 1-6 RE Classes begin (Nave) 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10th
Serve breakfast at The Banquet  5:30-8 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11th
Wednesday RE Classes begin (Nave) 5:30 p.m. (grades 1-6) and 6:45 p.m. (grades 7-9)

The Messengers (grades 7-12) practices begin (Room 204) 5:30 p.m.

Children's Choir (grades 2-6) practices begin (Room 204) 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12th
Baptismal Planning Class (Parish Office Conference Room) 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 15th
1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting (Chapel) 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18th
1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting (Chapel) 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20th
Serve supper at the St. Francis House 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21st
Men's Group (Gathering Space) 7:30-9 a.m.
Sunday, September 22nd
Youth Pancake Breakfast
(MPR) 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Confirmation Class (MPR) 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 24
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30 p.m.
Theology on Tap
"Whispers of the Divine"
Ellen Bauman, guest speaker  (Luciano's North, 431 N. Phillips Avenue) 
7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26th
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) begins (Room 203) 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 29th
No RE classes
Monday, Sept. 30th-Thursday, October 3rd
No daily Masses or confessions  (Fr. Tschakert will be attending Clergy Days.)

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd
No RE classes
Friday, October 4th
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration  (Chapel) 
6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, October 6th
No RE classes
Sioux Empire Life Chain
(along 41st Street from Sertoma-Kiwanis Avenues) 2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9th
No RE classes
Thursday, October 10th
Serve breakfast at The Banquet  5:30-8 a.m.

Baptismal Planning Class
(Parish Office Conference Room) 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 13th
Youth Pancake Breakfast
(MPR) 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rosary Coast to Coast
(St. Joseph Cathedral) 
3 p.m.

Confirmation class (MPR)
6-8 p.m.

Friday, October 18th
Serve supper at St. Francis House 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19th
Men's Group  (Gathering Space) 7:30-9 a.m.
Trunk or Treat (MPR)
6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22nd
Theology on Tap
"The Soul as a Sanctuary"
Zach Krueger, guest speaker (Luciano's North, 431 N. Phillips Avenue)
7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Spiritual Adoption Baby Shower (Gathering Space) following Masses

Sunday, October 27th
St. Katharine Drexel Parish prays at Planned Parenthood (across from Roosevelt HS on 41st Street) 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29th
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30 p.m. 
Friday, November 1st
Solemnity of All Saints
Masses 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration  (Chapel)
6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, November 8th
Serve breakfast at The Banquet 5:30-8 a.m.

Saturday, November 9th
Diocesan Youth Conference (Swiftel Center--Brookings) all day
Sunday, November 10th
No RE classes

Turkey Bingo (MPR)
4-7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14th
Baptismal Planning Class (Parish Office Conference Room) 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 15th
Serve supper at the St. Francis House 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16th
Men's Group (Gathering Space) 7:30-9 a.m.

First Reconciliation Retreat (Gathering Space, Nave, classrooms) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 17th
Confirmation class (MPR) 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19th
Youth serve supper at The Banquet West 4:30-8 p.m.

Theology on Tap
"From Powerlessness to Peace"  Fr. John Rutten, guest speaker (Luciano's North, 431 N. Phillips Avenue 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26
Anointing Mass (Nave)
6:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, Nov. 27th
Thanksgiving Eve Mass
6:30 p.m. (Nave)

No RE classes

Thursday & Friday, 
Nov. 28th & 29th
Parish Office closed for Thanksgiving

Check out upcoming
Grief Programs
Check out one or three-day silent retreats for men & women, couples, inner healing, and Marian retreats and Days of Recollection at
(605) 263-1040

Adult Formation Opportunities

Throughout my 38 years of ministry, one of my favorite activities has always been adult education. Preparing for classes and dialoguing with participants has helped me immensely in my own journey to faith. I hope that some of our fall offerings will entice even greater participation at St. Katharine Drexel Parish.
For a number of years, a group of faithful have gathered each Wednesday morning for an hour to hear a teaching and to share life stories over coffee. Several of these people have been the core while others have come and gone or come and stayed. Anyone from our parish is more than welcome to join us.
This year I am going to give a presentation each week on the saints across the centuries. I prepared these talks during the Year of Faith and look forward to visiting these saints again. Classes will begin Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 a.m.
On that same day, we will begin a new study on the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). We will be using the latest edition of The New American Bible. A short amount of reading will be assigned between classes. This class will begin right after the school Mass, or about 8:50 a.m.  
The same class will be taught on Thursdays after Mass, starting around 8:40 a.m. I try to keep the classes interchangeable.
At the end of Religious Education classes last spring, a survey of parents indicated they would be interested in adult education while their children are attending classes.  In response to this request, we are preparing several classes that should promote great discussion and a deepened faith commitment.  
We would like to offer at least 5 or 6 adult classes each semester, and the time would coincide with children's classes. By the time we start the new Religious Ed. year, we will have a calendar of adult classes in place too. Of course, all members of the parish will be welcome.
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, we also offer adult education presentations and discussions. Often these are on Sunday afternoons.
Another opportunity for adult formation is the annual R.C.I.A. When people of other faith traditions are exploring Catholics beliefs and practices, it is really helpful to have some Catholic witnesses to accompany them. Each year these Catholics tell me how much they enjoyed the experience.
Over the years I have often heard people mention that they are not confident in describing their own faith or explaining the teachings of the Church. They especially say they feel inadequate when approaching the study of Scripture. Actually, I've seen great progress in this regard over my many years, but I also know that group study helps the progress.  
I find it spiritually uplifting to join with fellow travelers as we study together and discern God's will for our lives. I hope that many of you will join with one or more of the formation activities we have planned for this fall. I'm confident that you will also be enriched in your understanding and your commitment.
Father Gregory Tschakert
St. Katharine Drexel Parish
Faith Formation for Our Youth
Jon Konz is our new parish Religious Formation Director. He comes with the experience of seven years as the Director of Campus Ministry at O'Gorman High School and two years as the Director of Faith Formation at a parish in Chicago.
Jon shared his goals and aspirations for the upcoming season of faith formation.  "My work as DRE is to partner with Fr. Tschakert, parents, and catechists to help our parish encounter the truth that God is real, He loves you, and He desires a life-changing relationship with you. This year we will be using a curriculum from Sadlier to set the classroom pace. Beyond that, we will be bringing all the students together to get to know Jesus in the Church through music, Scripture, and personal witness. Something new this year will be an effort to provide faith-sharing opportunities for parents of our RE students. While students are in class, parents will be invited to attend a concurrent adult faith-sharing session in the Gathering Space. 
My hope for this year is to engage our parish in a dynamic dialogue. The Holy Spirit is moving in a powerful way here at St. Katharine Drexel Parish! The more we share the good work that Christ is doing in our hearts and in our homes, the more concrete, vibrant, and visible our faith becomes to us. If you have a story to share about how God has impacted your life, I want to hear about it! Send me an e-mail or call the Parish Office. Let's find a time to meet."

Youth Group 

The summer months brought a new Youth Coordinator to St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Although not new to our parish or our youth program, Curt Lauret, through the encouragement of Fr. Tschakert and other adult volunteers, accepted the position in May. Hitting the ground running, Curt's first task was planning the annual Steubenville North Youth Conference. Thanks to  the  generosity of all those who supported our Youth Ministry Program in 2018-2019 by enjoying a pancake breakfast, purchasing holiday goodies at the Youth Bake Sale, or enjoying the concession area during our Turkey  Bingo event, our Youth Ministry Program was able to send 27 students to the Steubenville North Conference in Rochester, MN in July. Twelve chaperones also attended, providing spiritual assistance as all 39 experienced the love, grace, and mercy of being a beloved child of God. Our students represented St. Katharine Drexel Parish very well.

Returning from Steubenville North, the next order of business was to plan the upcoming fall months. Sunday Night Youth Group (SNYG) has been very popular during the summer months and we hope to carry that into the school year. SNYG is open to all junior high and high school students, both private and public, on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thanks to our wonderful adult volunteers who allow us to continue to provide this activity to help engage our youth in faith, fun, and fellowship. In addition to SNYG, we also have been accepting registrations for our Y-Disciple Groups. Our youth are looking for ways to expand their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Y-Disciple is just one of the opportunities, in addition to other diocesan events such as SEARCH and Going Deeper weekends scheduled this fall. All this would not be possible if it were not for our parishioners, adult volunteers and especially the youth looking for more--the need to be understood, to belong, to be transparent, to be engaged in critical thinking, and to be mentored.

There will be many opportunities to see our youth in action and support them as we start planning our 2020 mission and conference weekends. Our youth will be hosting a free-will Pancake Breakfast in September and October, providing concessions once again at our annual Turkey Bingo event in November, and don't forget about our Youth Bake Sale in December. Thank you in advance for your continued and appreciated support! 
The St. Katharine Drexel 6th Grade Class of 2018-2019 graduates
And a new school year begins...
There are 188 students enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year at St. Katharine Drexel School representing 103 families. This is Mrs. Stacy Charron's 5th year as principal.
The expression "It takes a village to raise a child" is the belief all individuals connected to our St. Katharine Drexel School community operate on each day. This mindset has been an instrumental factor in our school's success. Staff, parents, and parish community members are fully committed to the common goal of raising our children in an environment conducive to academic excellence and Gospel values. It is understood that students are children of God and there is a responsibility to guide them into becoming an upstanding member of the school community and in society.

At St. Katharine Drexel School, education does not just begin and end at the classroom door. The staff, regardless of their role in the school, routinely collaborates and communicates in order to build relationships with students. Through authentic relationships between staff and students, and a buy-in from all parties involved, students are being educated for success today and into the future.  
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