St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish
The Transition to a One-Priest Parish
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On August 22, 2016, Bishop Jaime Soto issued a directive to consolidate the weekend Mass schedule of St. Katharine Drexel Parish so that one priest can manage it. Download the letter by clicking here.

In compliance with this directive, Fr. Larry formed a Pastoral Plan Ad-hoc Committee to help develop a plan. The committee submitted its recommendations to the Pastoral Council. After deliberation, the Council finalized two alternative Mass schedules, which Fr. Larry submitted to Bishop Soto on March 10.


April 23, 2017

Bishop Soto's decision was received on April 5, and implementation of the final weekend Mass schedule will begin July 1, 2017. Click here to read Bishop Soto's response to Father Larry. The new Mass schedule will be as follows:

  5:00 PM St. Katharine Drexel, Martell
  8:00 AM Sacred Heart, Ione
  9:30 AM St. Katharine Drexel, Martell
  11:30 AM Our Lady of the Pines, Pioneer
  2:00 PM St. Katharine Drexel, Martell (Spanish)
  Note: Religious Formation classes follow Sunday Masses at Sacred Heart, St. Katharine Drexel, and Our Lady of the Pines. Classes precede Spanish Mass.


With Bishop Soto's authorization, there will be a TRIAL weekday Mass schedule, which will enable us to provide weekday Masses at outlying churches that do not have Sunday Mass. Effective the week of July 2, the weekday Mass schedule will be as follows:

  8:00 AM St. Katharine Drexel, Martell
Eucharistic Adoration follows Friday Mass
WEDNESDAY (1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays)
  9:30 AM * St. Bernard, Volcano, followed by Eucharistic Adoration
WEDNESDAY (2nd and 4th Wednesdays)
  9:30 AM * St. Mary of the Mountains, Plymouth

Note: The weekday Mass schedule is on a trial basis, based on parishioners' ongoing response and feedback.

* Wednesday Masses have been adjusted from the originally scheduled 9 AM to 9:30 AM.

Weekday Masses will continue at Sacred Heart Church, contingent on Fr. Relihan's availability, Monday through Friday, at 8 AM.



Please read the complete announcement from Fr. Larry, which includes a map of Amador County illustrating the parish's statistical information. Click here to download the announcement.