12 July 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

This weekend we welcome Fr. Marty Moran to preside at all weekend Masses while I am away.  Fr. Moran is a priest of the diocese of Harrisburg PA, and is currently the University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg (a position I left 24 years ago this summer!)  He has previously served in campus ministry at Wilson College and Bucknell University and served as the executive director of the Campus Ministry Association and a member of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.  Earlier he ministered in several parishes and high schools in his home diocese.  Even though it is more challenging with all the COVID-19 restrictions, please extend our usual SKD warm welcome to him.      

            The bulletin this week contains a copy of a letter from Archbishop Lori announcing the appointment of Redemptorist Fr. Bruce Lewandowski as a new auxiliary bishop of Baltimore.  Fr. Bruce has been serving as our coordinator of Hispanic ministry, and so he brings a wonderful sense of inclusivity to his new role.  He is a parish priest dedicated to his ministry, and typifies the kind of bishop often being appointed by Pope Francis—someone “who smells like the sheep.”  We welcome his ministry among us! 

            The Catholic Bishops of Maryland have issued a letter on racial justice entitled “Building Bridges of Understanding and Hope.” We have re-printed it as an insert in the bulletin for personal reflection.  The continued public protests across our country attest to the deeper understanding and behavioral change that are still needed for true racial healing to occur in our country.  Other resources, including pastoral letters by the U.S. Bishops, may be accessed at www.archbalt.org/racism,

Fr. Keith

P.S.  Please take a moment to review other information concerning our parish and it’s gradual re-opening by clicking here for the weekly bulletin.

UPCOMING Zoom sessions:

Coffee and Zoom

Available every Sunday at 12:00. Contact Brian McCrohan for a link to join.

Centering Prayer – now on Zoom!

We will be resuming our weekly Centering Prayer group beginning on Sunday July 12th at 4:30 on zoom.  This opportunity for prayer focus on the practice of Christian silent centering prayer, to deepen our relationship with God and one another.  In a time when our lives have been disrupted in a number of ways and anxiety is high, this is a great opportunity to experience some peace and benefit from some stillness.  For more information contact Amy Kulesa at askulesa@gmail.com.

Film Discussion “13th”

The documentary film “13th” which is available on Netflix provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.  To continue our parish conversation on the issues of race and racism we encourage you to watch the film on your own and then join us for a discussion on Tuesday July 21st at 7:00 PM.  For more information contact me at bmccrohan@saintdrexel.org.

Book study on “Reaching Out” by Henri Nouwen

Wednesday July 22nd at 7:00PM on zoom will see a new book study launched online for “Reaching Out” by Henri Nouwen.  Nouwen views our spiritual “ascent” as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God.  The book can be ordered through Amazon and other online retailers.  For more information contact Pat O’Connor Pat.OConnor@saintdrexel.org.

Scripture Study

Beginning Thursday July 23rd at 7:00PM we will begin offering a weekly scripture study through zoom focusing on the readings for the upcoming weekend.  This type of scripture study gives us the chance to unpack and reflect upon the readings before we arrive at Mass, thus allowing us to benefit even more from our experience of hearing God’s Word.  For more information contact Deacon Kevin Kulesa at kkulesa68@gmail.com.

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