News and Updates

Lent at St. Catherine’s:

Stations of the Cross:

Fridays at 1:45 p.m. with the school children
Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

March 27th: School of Religion Stations of the Cross

Shadow Stations presented by the Teen Club: Palm Sunday, March 29th at 4:30 p.m.

Weekday Evening Mass:

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Fish Fry:

Friday–March 27th
5:00-7:30 p.m. in Alexandria Center

click here for more information about the Fish Frys

Lenten Reconciliation Service with Individual Confessions:

Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Individual Confessions:

Saturday, March 28th 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Good Friday, April 3rd 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Church Cleaning for Easter:

Saturday, March 28th at 9:15 a.m.

This is the major Church Spring Cleaning for Easter.  The pews will be washed as well as the floors under the pews.  This is a great opportunity for high school students looking for service hours.  Our small crew can really also use additional adult help.

Palm Weaving:

Saturday, March 28th at 9:15 a.m. in Kane Hall

Men’s Club Palm Sunday Food Drive for Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Sunday, March 29th

The Men’s Club annual Palm Sunday food drive is taking place again this year.  Please drop off any non-perishable food items or paper products to the vestibule before or after all the Masses.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Thank you for your generosity.

Lenten Library:

Provided for parishioners who are looking for spiritual reading during Lent.  It is located in off the vestibule.  There are many books, CD’s, and DVD’s.  To borrow a resource, simply sign your name on the card provided and place it in the box on the table.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – March 29th
  • Masses: Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Sunday at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Palm branches will be blessed and distributed at all Masses
  • 4:30 p.m.–Teen Shadow Stations in Church
Monday of Holy Week – March 30th

8:30 a.m. Mass

Tuesday of Holy Week – March 31st

8:30 a.m. Mass

Wednesday of Holy Week – April 1st

8:30 a.m. Mass

Holy Thursday – April 2nd
  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
  • 7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of Feet
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight with 11:45 p.m. Night Prayer
Good Friday – April 3rd
  • A day of abstinence from meat for all 14 years and older, and a day of fast, one large meal and two small meals for those between 18-59
  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
  • Noon-3:30 p.m. – Church open for quiet prayer
  • 3:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
  • 4:00 p.m. – Confessions until 5:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, with Veneration of the Cross
Holy Saturday – April 4th
  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
  • 1:00 p.m. – Blessing of Easter Baskets in Church
  • 7:00 p.m. – Easter Vigil Mass (No 4:00 p.m. Mass)
Easter Sunday – April 5th
  • Easter Masses at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 a.m. (Bus Service will be available for the 9:00 a.m. Mass)
  • No 6:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday

Our 8th graders prayerfully presented the Living Stations of the Cross:


Verizon App Challenge Regional Winners

Click here to view their video

So much wonderful publicity!  Click each one to read the stories.

Under the direction of teachers, Mrs. Carolyn Anderson and Mr. Sean Haneberg, two teams of 6th graders participated in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. They were tasked with developing an original concept for a mobile app that incorporated STEM principles and must address a real need or problem in their school or community.
The students worked after school with Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Haneberg developing their ideas and creating a video to submit. It was just announced that one of the teams won Best in State from over 1,000 entries in Illinois! We are so proud of them! The team members are: Isabelle Arquilla, Molly Fineran, Annie Gainer, Clare Murphy, Bridget Murphy, Ellen Murphy, and Autumn Stanke.
Their app is called Remember Me. With this app, people with Alzheimer’s can recognize their family, friends, caregivers, loved ones and four-legged friends. You would take a picture of a person and it would automatically tell you the person’s name, how old they are, and show any videos or pictures you have taken with them.
 The team will now be eligible for consideration as Best in Region. Good luck from the SCA community!
UPDATE: January 16, 2015
The team won Best in Region!!!  The school will receive a $5,000 grant to be used to advance STEM education at SCA.  The girls are 1 of 12 middle school winners.  Four winners will be chosen for the final prize of Best in Nation.  Once again, good luck from the SCA community!!!  You have already made us all proud of you!
UPDATE: February 4, 2015
We were contacted by Verizon, and unfortunately the girls did not win the National level.  We are still so very proud of them for their accomplishment!  Thanks to the girls’ innovation and creativity, the school now has $5,000 to spend to enhance our STEM programs.  Awesome work girls!!!