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10/22/2018 Update: Bishop’s Letter

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Alleluia!  Christ is risen from the dead!  Today’s readings remind us that this acclamation is about more than looking back.  They also anticipate the time when our lives will be united with Christ in glory.

In today’s First Reading, Peter gives a speech at the home of Cornelius, a Roman centurion, and proselyte to Judaism who had been prompted in a vision to call Peter to his household.  When Peter arrives, he testifies about Jesus’ deeds and about how he died and was raised by God.  The phrase “hanging him on a tree” refers to the Crucifixion and likely reminds its readers of Deuteronomy 21:22, which says the crucified one is cursed by God.  Yet this is not the end.  Peter declares, “Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins in his name.”

The Second Reading addresses the impact of Christ’s Resurrection for all of us.  Our life is hidden now in Christ, but when he returns we, too, will appear with him in glory.  Alleluia! At Home With The Word.

In His love and mine, Fr. Ken


In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.



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