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Synod 2021 – 2023

The Synod on Synodality kicked off globally this past Fall, each diocese and parish is being asked to provide input on specific concerns impacting them.

At the diocesan level, the Diocese of Harrisburg has 10 themes for which you are asked to provide input.  Submit one response under each theme either in writing or by attaching a document like artwork representing what the theme means to you. This themes will be explored during small group meetings at the parish level. The Diocese of Harrisburg Virtual Auditorium for adding your response to their 10 themes is here.

At Saint Katharine Drexel Church,  8 themes will be explored in a small group setting.

The Schedule for the Small Group Synod Meetings at our church is listed below.

What is a Synodal Church?

Being a Synodal Church means the conversations lead to conversion to Christ and commitment to active participation in the mission given by Christ – Communion.

The people of God talk with one another and listen to one another about questions that matter – Participation.

The communion exists for a common purpose; mission flows naturally from the experience of communion – Mission.

What are the requirements of a Synod?

Synodal Requirements

  • Addressing the basic questions together
  • Listening to the Holy Spirit
  • Remaining open to the perspectives of other people
  • “Progressively maturing” the fruits of the Holy Spirit over time


How is Saint Katharine Drexel Church getting involved?

Saint Katharine Drexel Church held the Opening Mass for the Synod over the weekend of February 26 & 27.

The Training of Facilitators for the Synod occurs on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. in the lower level chapel.

There are small group Synod Meetings scheduled representing the active membership of our parish. The schedule is below.  You are encouraged to attend the meeting time that best fits your schedule if you are unable to attend the time assigned for your group.

After the small group sessions, a Closing Mass on May 1st at 11:00 a.m. and a final report from our parish will be sent on to Philadelphia, Washington and then onto the Vatican. In 2023, the Bishops will meet in Rome.

Small Parish Group Synod Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Parish Group Meeting Location Meeting Time Facilitator(s)
Mon. March 21 Parish Council, Finance Council, Parish Staff BSRR 6:30 PM Father Ken
Mon. March 21


Cursillo & Eucharistic Adoration Teams Classroom 1 7:00 PM Bill & Joan Benning
Wed. March 23 Knights of Columbus Classroom 5 6:30 PM Father Ken

GK Paul Bowers

Sat. March 26 TMIY BSRR 8:00 AM Father Ken

Greg Suter

Sun. April 3 General Parish Church 9:30 AM Father Ken
Sun. April 3 Faith Formation Catechists BSRR 12:15 PM Deacon Scott
Mon. April 4 PCCW BSRR 7:00 PM Stella Kulp
Sun. April 9 General Parish Church 5:30 PM Father Ken
Sun. April 24 Catholic School Families, Faith Formation Families (K-8) BSRR 9:40 AM Deacon Scott & Seminarian Dozie


The 8 Parish Themes

  • High School Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

What should we be doin for this age group and their parents and families in the area of faith formation and ministry? Where are these families and how do we reach them and encounter them and listen to their needs?

  • Youth Adult Ministry (Ages 18 to 35)

Deanery responds with a monthly group – Theology on Tap and Harrisburg Young Adults, but what does the parish do? How do we respond to their unique concerns and challenges?

  • Parent Based Faith Formation

We have shifted from a classroom, religious education, catechist, student model to a parent – family faith based formation model which involves the entire family and see parents as the first educators of their children in the way of faith. How do we invite and involve parents?

  • Liturgy and Worship Participation

We have 950 households, 3000 members. Our weekend attendance for Mass is 500. What to do? Less than one third. Where are members of our parish family? Covid?

Cumberland/Perry Deanery has 10 parishes, 12 priests, 10 weekday Masses, 32 weekend Masses and Sunday evening Masses

Dauphin Deanery has 7 parishes, 9 priests, 7 weekday Masses, 26 weekend Masses

Total Deanery has 17 parishes, 21 priests, 17 weekday Masses, 58 weekend Masses

  • Groupings
  • Vocations
  • Culture
  • Ministry & Service

How do we invite more members to engage with each other and with other members of the parish to serve in various capacities?

  • Ministry Fairs
  • Ministry Highlight
  • Personal Invitations
  • Stewardship of Time, Talent & Treasure (Tithing)

Does the average Catholic really understand their responsibility of operating a parish? Do our people really understand the spirituality of tithing and stewardship?

  • Sacramental Preparation for our children and their parents and families

Grades 1-2 and 7-8

How do we engage parents?


  • Evangelism and Evangelization

What is it? How well do we do it? How can we communicate the gospel better?


There is a story about an old man who went on a journey and built a bridge from one side of a large crevice to the other side. He did not need to go across this way again and someone asked, “why bother?”.  He said he did not build the bridge for himself but for those who come after him.

Let us be bridge builders for the future generations of the Catholic faith. Let us pass on the torch of love, light and truth as taught by Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

As a thank you, please come and get a SKD t-shirt that was designed especially for our Welcome Back Weekend this past September.



Diocese of Harrisburg Virtual Auditorium

SKD Parish 8 Themes of Prayer and Concern  PDF

SKD Small Group Synod Meeting Schedule PDF

⇒SKD Summary of Parish Meetings | May 2022 Report


  • Mass Times

  • Saturday Vigil:  4:30 p.m.
    Sunday:  8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (live stream)

  • Monday: No Mass
    Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.
    Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday: 9:00 a.m.
    Friday: 9:00 a.m.

  • Click Here for Live Stream Link for Sunday Mass

  • Sacrament of Penance/ReconciliationWednesdays: 6:00 p.m.

  • Fridays: 8:00 a.m.
    Saturdays: 3:30 p.m.
    Anytime by appointment or request

  • Holy Days of Obligation
    Please check Bulletin for Mass Schedule

  • Mass & Confession Times

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