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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.


Sunday, June 28, 2015 – A Message from Father Ken

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings and the Lord’s Peace!

Please know how thrilled I am to be your Pastor and the “Father” of this community of faith and parish family!

It is an honor and privilege to love and serve you as we love and serve our God and each other.

My sincere thanks to Fr. Michael for his pastoral and spiritual leadership service over this past year.

We wish him well and keep him in  prayer with every grace and blessing in his new assignment at St. Peter’s in Columbia!

Please reserve Wednesday eve July 8 at 7PM to come and celebrate my Installation Mass and reception as we begin this new adventure.

Please pray for me as I pray for you.

The Word of God for this weekend  reminds us to have faith and trust in the God of LIFE.

May we be like Jesus, our Divine Physician and Healer in the face of life and death. May we be a comforting presence and a good listener.

May we be a source of comfort and healing for others.

Let us remember and celebrate Independence Day with Mass, prayerful remembrance and thanks for our gifts of freedom. Let us lift up in prayer all those who lost their earthly for lives for the sake of future generations and pray also for understanding and peace among all nations and peoples.

“Life is all about giving what we have received as gift from God”

Source – “At Home with the Word”

In His Love and mine,

Fr. Ken

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 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Saint Katharine Drexel
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