2 March 2022

To our fellow parishioners,

It is so easy to feel helpless as we watch events unfold in Ukraine.  The staff of Saint Katharine Drexel, wanted to let you know that there are ways that you can make a difference for the people of Ukraine during this time of crisis.

Monetary Donations

Archbishop Lori announced yesterday that the collection taken at Ash Wednesday Masses today, which are designated for Eastern Europe, will be used to support relief efforts for those victims of the war in Ukraine.

If you are unable to attend Mass, you may mail in your donation or donate via Faith Direct by clicking here.

Every donation can make a difference for a family in Ukraine.

Pray for Peace

Pope Francis invites us to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine.  We encourage you to pray with your families in solidarity with the Catholic family worldwide.  The Pope has provided the following prayer for peace in Ukraine and throughout the world.

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war!’; ‘With war everything is lost’. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words ‘division’, ‘hatred’ and ‘war’ be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be ‘brother’, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!  Amen.


SKD Staff




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