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St. Katharine Drexel Parish

Nature and Purpose 
St. Katharine Drexel Parish, located in lower Roxbury, has a history of over a century of service to the people, and to the neighborhood, in which this Church is located. Over the years the services have changed as the people and their needs have changed. Our parish is committed to serving the people of this community irrespective of their religious affiliation. We are primarily identified with struggling people and wish to reach out to them in their needs with no strings attached. Besides the after school program, our parish has a summer camp, a leadership training program, programs for teens, large food distribution programs, religious education programs, hospital visitation, outreach to the sick and to the elderly, and job opportunities for older adolescents and adults.

St. Katharine Drexel's after school program enrolls approximately 75 neighborhood children ages 5-14. The people we serve are mostly African-American and immigrant families. We also serve a divergent cultural population whose forebears came from Africa. We provide a good program to struggling families, which allows children a safe environment to come to play with one another, to get their homework done, to improve their reading and math skills, and to explore their creative talents. It is sponsored by the church but staffed by neighborhood people who have been involved in our ongoing leadership training program over the years. The after school program, which will begin its twenty-eighth year of operation, is now a tradition in the neighborhood.


  • PULSE students would be involved in individual tutoring as well as small academic help groups for children ages 5-14.
  • Helping children with school projects.
  • Directing activities in sports, art, music, table games, etc. for children ages 5-14.
  • Working with children in the large computer room.
  • Reading to young children in small groups ages 5-9.
  • Planning and executing group activities for children ages 5-9.
  • The PULSE students will be encouraged to share their talents with our children and to come to a deep appreciation of the beauty and giftedness of each child. Friday is a free day and we would like help in creating a day of pure enjoyment with cooking, dance, art, etc.
  • We would like at least 16 PULSE students: 8 for children ages 5-6 and 8 for youngsters ages 7-14.

Time Requirements
2 shifts per week between 2:00-5:30PM, Monday - Friday.

One hour meeting with the supervisor per week.

Sr. Mary Hart, R.G.S.
Fr. Oscar Pratt 

175 Ruggles Street 
Roxbury, MA 02120 
(617) 445-8915 x17

Council Member

Ben Applegate