Happy TGIF (to those for whom it makes any difference).
Yesterday, there was a ZOOM meeting of all the pastors/parish directors in our Northwest Deanery (a deanery is a division of a diocese). I was pleased to see that we are conducting our liturgies very well, following state and diocesan safety guidelines. I thank all the ministers who make it possible.
Please remember to sign up, if you will be attending Mass in person this weekend. The dispensation from attending will expire on Monday, for those who do not have a good reason for not attending. The Mass will be on our website and Facebook by 5:00 pm tomorrow.
Lastly, because of the pandemic we were not able to have the Holy Land collection on Good Friday, so we will be having it starting tomorrow through September 17th. The support is needed more than ever now as they do not have income from tourists during this time. Please be generous.
We ask that you label your donation “Holy Land collection” and return it in the collection box in church, at the parish office (there is a black mailbox to the right of the main door), in the mail or donate online at bit.ly/StPiusXDonations. Checks can be made out to St. Pius X Parish Community. Thank you.
Have a good weekend. Be safe. The next update will be Monday, the feast of the Holy Cross.
1 Cor 9:16-19, 22B-27
Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12
The Formation and Evangelization Commission met last night by ZOOM. Efforts will be made to contact those who were participating in The 99 Experience, which was interrupted in March, to see who is comfortable starting up again with strict safety measures and who is more comfortable with virtual meetings.
The commission also started studying the results of the Disciple Maker Index Survey to aid in planning formation events for the future.
Please remember to call the parish office to sign up for Mass, if you are attending in person this weekend.
God bless and stay safe.
1 COR 8:1B-7, 11-13
PS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 23-24
At its weekly meeting yesterday morning, the Leadership Team decided to open the parish office, with the following safeguards in place:
The Leadership Team also discussed how we will take up our sister parish collection, which is scheduled for September 26th & 27th. Envelopes will be included in the bulletin this coming weekend. Those who are not able to attend Mass are asked to donate
online or by mailing/dropping off a donation. I am hoping that PACT (Pius Parishioners Always Come Through) will be as true as always. Please be as generous as you can.
Have a good day and stay safe. God bless.
I hope you had an enjoyable, safe holiday weekend.
The Parish Leadership Team meets this morning to continue planning for when the obligation to attend Mass resumes, which is after this coming weekend. Please keep us in your prayers.
Some staff members have been getting scam e-mails, purportedly from me, asking for help. If you look closely at the e-mail address, you will see it isn’t mine (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be careful not to open suspicious e-mails and please let me know if you get any.
Have a good day and stay safe. God bless.
We joyfully received the news early this morning that the founder of the Salvatorian Family, Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, will be beatified in Rome on May 15th, 2021. I thank all who have been praying for this. We will certainly have a celebration here, for his charism of universality and inclusivity have been a part of Pius from the beginning.
Please watch for information in the next weeks for our sister parish collection, which will be taken up the weekend of September 26th-27th.
Please remember to register for Mass if you are attending in person this weekend. The Mass will be on our website by 5:00 pm tomorrow.
Mass will be held, as usual on Monday, Labor Day. The office will be closed and there will be no update, so the next update will be on Tuesday.
Have a good holiday weekend and be safe. God bless.
The Pastoral Council met last night and reviewed the Disciple Maker Index Survey report that is included in The Parish Press (new name for The Invitation) that you should receive this week.
The good news is that our current goal is addressing the challenges and opportunities that surfaced in the survey. Ideas were shared on possible ways to address issues. Pastoral Council members will bring the challenges and opportunities to the committees to whom they are liaisons for discussion and action.
Please keep the growth of each one of us as followers of Jesus, who share the Good News with others, in your prayers. Have a good day and be safe. God bless.
Yesterday, the Parish Leadership Team reviewed our procedures, making sure that we are prepared for after the obligation to attend Mass is back in place on September 14th. It will become more important than ever to call in to register for Mass as attendance increases, especially to avoid a back-up as people arrive for Mass, since all safety measures will remain in place. We will also be urging people not to arrive at the last minute. The team will continue the discussion at our next meeting.
The Pastoral Council meets tonight and will have a preliminary discussion on the results of the Disciple Maker Index survey, discussing how we can move forward with planning based on the results. Please keep our Pastoral Council in your prayers.
September 1st through October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, is called the “Season of Creation.” We are invited to reflect on God’s marvelous creation and commit ourselves to doing our part to protect it, both through prayer and action. One example of how we can be involved is the River Clean-up project, sponsored by our Justice and Peace Commission. Information about that will be in the bulletin in this weekend.
The Parish Leadership Team meets this morning and one agenda item is to make sure we are ready for weekend Masses, once the obligation to attend Mass is reinstated on September 14th.
God bless and have a good day. Be safe.
Our parish newsletter, “The Invitation,” has been renamed “The Parish Press” and has an attractive new format. It is being mailed today. It is longer than normal, but has a lot of important information.
Please note a report on the results of the Disciple Maker Index survey, our annual financial report to the parish, and the “Love One Another” letter from the bishop concerning the resumption of the obligation to attend Mass beginning September 14th. I thank Terese, our communications expert, for her excellent work on redesigning the newsletter.
Have a good week and stay safe.
Please remember to call the office to register for Mass, if you are attending in person this weekend. The Mass will be on our website and Facebook by 5:00 pm Saturday.
The next update will be Monday morning. Have a good weekend and be safe. God bless.