Change is all around us. We encounter change in our work lives, our families and also in our faith. Our Catholic Formation Team at St. Katharine Drexel has been working hard over the last several years to keep up to date with all the changes in the lives of our families, our youth in particular and the way that the New Evangelization in the Church is calling us to present the teachings of our faith to our parish family. The United States Catholic Bishops, in their landmark document entitled Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry laid out recommendations for Catholic Parishes to develop formation with youth that will:
Empower young people to live as Disciples of Christ.
Draw young people to participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Faith community.
Foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Our Catholic Formation Team is very excited about our new and innovative approach to high school formation that will be implemented in the fall of 2016. A brief explanation of our new program for high school faith formation is outlined below. Please see the Catholic Formation Calendar for grade specific times and dates.
High School Formation Sessions will be held on select Sunday evenings beginning in the September 2016.
Sunday evening format for high school sessions is as follows:
+ 5pm - Mass - open to the public as well as our high school youth and families. + 6pm - Light Supper and Social +6:30 - 8:00 pm - Formation Session.
Grade level retreats are also scheduled, please take note of these in the schedule.
With the move to Sunday evening formation for high school youth, there will no longer be mini-sessions offered during summer and the course of the year.
All youth will need to bring a Composition Notebook, pen, a Catholic Bible, and bible highlighters to the sessions.
We will organize a group bible purchase in July. Watch for future email on that purchase.
Jeff Kacala Director of Catholic Formation 766-5997
March for Life 2016
Peace and greetings to you all from the pilgrims of the March for Life! As many of you know the pilgrimage that we took to Washington D.C. for the March for Life did not go exactly as planned. However, by the grace of God, we received so many blessings from this trip. You can truly be proud of our students, Mason Dreger, Rachel Hietpas, Katie Voet and Gina Vandenberg. They showed what it really means to be pro-life not just something you do once a year but every day. As we were stuck on the Pennsylvania turnpike, I had some time to reflect over the trip and wanted to share with you three things that stood out to me. The first is the power of prayer. This was demonstrated time and again leading up to the trip, during the trip and even now when the dust has settled and we have recovered. All of your prayers made this trip a successful trip. They gave us the strength to face the challenges that we met on this trip both in D.C., on the March, and during our travels. We could have ended up being stuck for another 24 hours had it not been for the power of prayer. The second thing that stuck me was the beauty of the Church as Christ’s body. We could feel the support of our family, the Church, and knew you were lifting us up in your prayers as well as the financial support you gave us that made this experience possible. During the trip, we heard St. Paul’s writing about how we each person has an important role to play and how that truly testifies to the sacredness of life. Each person is important and each person is needed no matter what their state in life is. We each have something to give and no one is a burden. The last thing that was very clearly demonstrated to me is how Christ is always with us. We met him in the mass in beautiful cathedrals and also in a bus. The mass is the most beautiful connection we have to Christ and it was amazing to have the chance to be stuck on a bus in Pennsylvania and have to opportunity to meet Jesus in the Eucharist on that bus. We could feel His presence and most of all His love. He continually meets us where we are at and wants to be with us. I could see Him reaching out to our teens and touching their hearts. That is a treasure that you all can share because you were with us in spirit the entire time. Thank you all for your support and love. God Bless
Elizabeth Verges Disciple Apprentice Coordinator St. Katharine Drexel
Do you want to paint a snowman?
Saturday, November 14th was a creative day here at St. Katharine Drexel.
SAVE THE DATE: JULY 24th - 29th VBS2016: CAVE QUEST
Mark your calendar for a fun and faith filled week of Vacation Bible School. See what we have in store for you below...