church calendar

Holy Days of Obligation



  • Sunday, January 1 – Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
  • Thursday, May 18 – Ascension of the Lord (Forty days after Easter)
  • Tuesday, August 15 – Solemnity of the Assumption
  • Friday, December 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
  • Monday, December 25 – Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord


Church Calendar

Catholic Appeal 2023
Faith in Action, It All Starts With You! 

Click Here for a Catholic Appeal Announcement from Fr. Pratt and link to Catholic Appeal website


St. Katharine Drexel Parish – Fifth Annual Lenten Book Discussion / Reflection

Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience

 Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm by ZOOM
(with possible agreement to talk for 10 to 15 minutes more)

Click Here for Zoom Link

March 5th

Presenter: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor emerita, Boston College, Theologian-in-Residence, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Roxbury

Chapter 1: “Relating Race and Religion: Four Historical Models” written by Dr. Albert J. Raboteau

March 12th

Presenter: Byron Wratee, Ph. D. Candidate, Boston College| Graduate School of Arts & Science

Chapter 11: “Uncommon Faithfulness: The Witness of African American Catholics,” written by (then) Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory

March 19th

Presenter: Chanelle Robinson, Ph. D. Candidate, Boston College| Graduate School of Arts & Science

Chapter 9: “Faith of Our Mothers: Catholic womanist God-Talk,” written by Dr. Diana L. Hayes

March 26th

Presenter: Lauren Warner, Ph. D., Student, Boston College| School of Theology and Ministry

Chapter 8: “Communion Ecclesiology: Implications for Ecclesial and Social Transformation in the Black Catholic Community,” written by Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P.


Begins at 9:00 AM

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Holiday RaffleDrawing

Sunday December 18, 2022 after the 10AM Mass

Congratulations to the Winners!

1st Place $2,000 Sr. Mary Hart Progam
2nd Place $750 Joan Engler
3rd Place $500 Sr. Mary Hart Program

In the spirit of Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Saint Katharine Drexel Parish raised $7,475. 

Our Sincere thanks to all who participated in this Fundraiser Raffle


Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive
December 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Free

A day of reflection to prepare for Congress XIII of the National Black Catholic Congress at the Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center.

The day will include opportunity for prayer, reflection, and discussion about issues of importance to the Black Catholic community.

Sponsored by St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Boston and Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston.

To Register, Click Here

2022 SKD Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, November 10, 2022

St. Katharine Drexel Parish will hold a Fall Parish Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2022 beginning at 6:00pm. Our Town Hall meetings are an important medium for disseminating information as well as hearing from parishioners.


November 12 @ 5:30 pm  9:30 pm
Location: St. Margaret Mary Parish
Address: 845 High Street Westwood MA 02090

Please join us for this year’s Bishop Healy Award Dinner at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Westwood on Saturday, November 12th at 5:30 pm.

The evening will be

  • An opportunity for wonderful fellowship and music
  • A celebration to honor the faith filled leadership of Mrs. Ruth O. Villard
  • An inspiring message by Mr. Robert Gittens
  • Remarks and invocation by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap

Our Honoree: The Archdiocese of Boston Secretariat for Evangelization & Discipleship, Black Catholic Ministries is pleased to announce that Mrs. Ruth O. Villard of St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Boston will receive the 2022 Bishop James A. Healy Award.

Cost of Dinner:  $45 per person

RSVP by November 4th




Parish Town Hall Meeting
Date Change
Thursday, July 14, 2022
7:00 p.m.



Save the Date!!





Save The Date!!!


Sister Mary Hart Summer Camp

Ages 6-10, from July 6 – August 5, 2022

Click Here for More Information


SKD Fourth Annual Lenten Book Discussion / Reflection

March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Click Here to View the Discussion Chapters

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Service

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Fall RaffleDrawing

Saturday December 18, 2021 @ 7pm
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish
517 Blue Hill Ave

Congratulations to the Winners!

1st Place $2,000 Alma Cuffy Edwards
2nd Place $750 Katrina Horwitz
3rd Place $500 Regina Ward

Our Sincere thanks to all who participated in this Fundraiser Raffle

Save the Date!!
Bishop James Augustine Healy Prayer Service and Celebration

Our very own,
Sr. Mary Henrietta Domingo, EHJ of the
Nigeran Catholic Community
Will be the Healy Award Recipient

Saturday, November 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Cathedral of the Holy Cross


“Can We Talk”
Pop–up Crisis Health Clinic

For anyone experiencing any type of trauma.
Sponsored By Liz Walker
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Parking lot at St. Katharine Drexel Parish
517 Blue Hill Avenue
10:30 am—11:30 am
Please come and take part in this community event.


Coping and Hoping with the Help of Jeremiah  

Thursday, September 30 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm 

Coping and Hoping with the Help of Jeremiah      

Coping and Hoping with the Help of Jeremiah

Attend in person (space is limited, masks required) or virtually! 

The book of Jeremiah is set during a period of instability and impending exile, highlighting many of the difficulties surrounding war and destruction. However, there are also reflections on hope, restoration, and renewal. In this presentation, Dr. Jaime L. Waters, Associate Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University, explores Jeremiah in light of the complex challenges of the past year, revealing ways that the book offers insights for responding to and persevering through difficult circumstances.

Sponsored by STM.


 Theology and Ministry Library, Auditorium – Room 113
Boston College – Brighton Campus, 117 Lake Street, Boston, MA 02135, USA

SAVE THE DATE! 11/13/2021

Annual Archdiocesan Convocation
Theme: “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”
A Virtual Gathering on
10 am to 12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker Austen Ivereigh,
official biographer for Pope Francis, with whom he
collaborated on this book.

Click Here For More Information

St. Katharine Drexel Parish’s
6:30-7:30 pm.


12th Annual Mary of Magdala Celebration

Run, Sister, Run: The Figure of Mary Magdalene in the Negro Spiritual

Friday, July 23, 12:00-1:00pm

Free Virtual Event – Register Here 

This lecture presented by M. Shawn Copeland, Professor Emerita, Boston College Department of Theology, explores the figure of Mary Magdalene as interpreted through Negro or African American Spirituals.  Special focus is given to resurrection narratives in the Gospels.

We invite the entire parish community to submit names for anyone who graduated or completed a program in 2020 or in 2021.

The church will recognize all our graduates at the  10 am and 1 pm Masses on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Please complete the form below.   

The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2021


Public Presentation on June 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm via Zoom

Located in a critically important area of Nubian Square, Drexel Village will create a new gateway to Nubian Square that builds on the history of St. Katharine Drexel Parish’s service to the community and brings together affordable and mixed-income housing, commercial, educational and cultural services in a mixed-use development that will improve and enrich the neighborhood, and provide new and enhanced community amenities, such as expansive public open space areas, that will benefit residents and the broader community.  By bringing together these varied uses in a coordinated and integrated manner, and combining both the Crescent Parcel and the St. Katharine Drexel/Archdiocese Parcel, Drexel Village will become a central place for people to reside, recreate and engage with each other in a meaningful way.

The Boston Planning and Development Agency issued an RFP to ground lease the Crescent Parcel to a selected development team.  The Planning Office for Urban Affairs and J. Garland Enterprises responded to this RFP, and they have proposed to develop Drexel Village.  In addition to the Drexel Village proposal, BPDA received two other proposals that they will be considering.  All three development teams will present their proposals in a public presentation on June 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  In order to make Drexel Village a reality, we need neighborhood and community residents to voice their support for Drexel Village.

Attend the Zoom public presentation and voice your support in the chat function of the presentation.


Register for the meeting by clicking here.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish
Parish Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:00 p.m.
“Drexel Village” Update


Most Recent Highlights and Presentation Materials:
April 21st – Proposal submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency
May 11th – Development Team’s Presentation to St. Katharine Drexel’s Parish Finance and Parish Pastoral Councils – Click Here to View Drexel Village Presentation
May 20th – Bay State Banner’s article, “Proposals for Crescent Parcel center Black and Women-owned Businesses” – Click Here to View Article

Town Hall Presentation
“Drexel Village” – A New Gateway to Nubian Square
Presenters – Developers – Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and J. Garland Enterprises (JCE) – Mr. William Grogan and Mr. Jonathan Garland

Coordinating Partner, St. Katharine Drexel Parish St. KD’s co-workers include – Carolyn Caveny, Bob Credle, Monica Dean, Joe-Ann Fergus, Bob Gittens, and Fr. Oscar Pratt

  • Development of the Crescent Parcel and the Archdiocese of Boston Parcel (St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center – adjacent property)
  • Building on a Legacy of Community Service – St. Katharine’s long history and legacy of community service in the Nubian Square Community

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in the spirit of Collective Work and Responsibility is counting on your presence!

Save the Date!

COVID Vaccine Pop Up Clinic at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish

Saturday May 22, 2021 10am – 2pm  
Location:  517 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121

No appointment needed but we would like to know if you are coming so that we can secure enough vaccines.  

** The clinic will be using the Pfizer vaccine – that makes it possible for us to include kids 12 and above with parental consent.

Did you miss the SKD COVID and Vaccine Question and Answer Session with Health and Community Professionals held on May 16, 2021?
View the recording of the question and answer session here:

To Join on zoom Click Here



St. Katharine Drexel Parish Town Hall Zoom Meeting.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:00 pm.

Zoom information to be sent via e-mail. 

Free Virtual Lectures

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Rev. James Martin, S.J.

America Magazine

Building a Bridge: Reaching out to LGBTQ Catholics

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Catherine Mooney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Church History, Boston College

Catholic Women on Racial, Environmental and Gender Justice

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Nichole Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Art of Solidarity

36th Annual MLK Breakfast – Monday, January 18, 2021

We would like to share the Zoom Recording of our virtual breakfast event.  To view, click here.