Give the gift of blood this holiday season and be a holiday hero!
Dick’s 22nd Blood Drive is coming up on Saturday, December 28th from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm in the cafeteria here at St. Pius X. You can make an appointment online by going to www.bit.ly/Dicks22 or by calling Mary Serrano at 414-915-4147.
A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to all attempting donors and their guests, and every attempting donor will receive both a Milwaukee Admirals ticket and a $10 eGift card, which can be used at 70 different online stores!
Blood supplies always run low over the holidays, so please consider giving the most precious gift of all!
Welcome to the students from Wauwatosa Catholic, who will perform their annual Christmas pageant in our church at 6:15 Tuesday evening. All are welcome to come and experience their joy and enthusiasm!
I recently read an editorial that I thought gave a balanced view of the papacy of Pope Francis. I would recommend reading it. Simply enter “if a little Catholic confusion exists” in your browser, and it should come up.
This past Friday our staff celebrated Christmas, and at the same time thanked Marlyn Blonien for her years of ministry to our community. We wish Marlyn all the best in her retirement and accompany her in our prayers. Our new Office Manager/Communications Coordinator, Terese Neureuther, is adjusting well.
As we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, we are halfway through this season of preparation for celebrating the Birth of our Savior. Our readings remind us that we are called to live out in deeds the faith that we profess.
The Gospel presents the prisoner John the Baptist sending his disciples to ask Jesus if He is “the One”. Jesus’ answer has three parts: first, He points to His actions, which fulfill the prophecy we heard in the first reading from Isaiah: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Jesus is saying, “My deeds show that I am.”
Next, Jesus talks about John the Baptist, quoting scripture to show that John was the messenger sent to announce Jesus’ coming. Finally, in the last part of His answer, He addresses the crowd, in effect saying that, as great as John was, those who bring about the Kingdom of Heaven are even greater.
The message to us is that, like John, we are to prepare the way of the Lord, we are to live in such a way as to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to fruition.
A very specific way of doing that is presented to us in our reading from the letter of James: Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another. Evidently, the human tendency to complain about others was so rampant in the early Church that James felt the need to call it out. Nothing is more disruptive to a family or community than gossiping, complaining, and criticizing others. Much of the unhappiness and stress that we experience comes from this.
Reflection for this week: how am I in controlling my tongue? How much of my speech is negative? How much do I listen to negative talking? How can I do better at making sure that conversations that I participate in are uplifting and positive?
As it turns out, Mom was right: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. One of the best ways we can help bring about the Kingdom is by refusing to be a part of destructive talking, either as the speaker or as a listener. Let us support each other in prayer, as we struggle to control our tongues and what we listen to.
During Advent, we are called to prepare the way of the Lord, to watch and wait with joyful expectation not only for the Nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem, but also for all the ways God chooses to take flesh in us every day. Here at St. Pius X we have a long tradition of reaching out to those in need during Advent.
The third Sunday of Advent is Food Sunday. Please bring in food donations to any Mass on December 14th and December 15th. These donations give the hungry in our community the opportunity to have joyful and nourishing holiday meals.
Yoga is missed at St. Pius, but there are multiple options made available through the Wauwatosa Rec Department. Sign up quick, classes begin the week of January 6th!
The starting age is 13 for Yoga Basics/Fundamentals, Hatha Yoga and Fusion Yoga Level Two. For those 50+ there is Chair Yoga on Mondays at 12:45pm and four yoga classes, Mondays at 8:30am, Tuesdays at 10:00am, Wednesdays at 8:15 am, and Fridays at 8:30 am, at Hart Park.
All fitness classes, fees and registrations (T’ai Chi, Zumba, PiYo, Muscle Conditioning, Aerobics, and etc.) are listed in the Winter-Spring 2020 Activity Guide mailed to your home, online at www.tosarec.com or call 414-773-2900.
Active Older Adults 50+ can also mail, fax, in person or sign up on site at Hart Park Senior Center.
Non-residents are welcome.
St Pius X Health Ministry
We are grateful for your support of St. Pius X. Our Parish is very active and continues to grow. Parishioners receive pastoral care, our committees, organizations and all volunteers are busy keeping our Parish running efficiently. It’s important to keep your donations coming in on a regular basis.
Year-round giving can be made easier by signing up for electronic payment. This allows you to make contributions without having to worry about writing checks or making cash donations.
For more information and to sign up for electronic payment please call Dean Weyer, Director of Administrative Services, 453-3875 x 16, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of St. Pius X Parish and its many worthwhile programs.
Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Monday, December 9th at 8:00 am & 7:00 pm
St. Pius X
Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm
St. Pius X
There will be several priests available for individual confession. Confessions are also heard from 4:00 to 4:30 pm every Saturday in the Reconciliation Room in the Chapel.
Anointing of the Sick
December 14th at 5:00 pm & December 15th at 8:00 am & 10:30 am (During Masses)
St. Pius X
If you know of someone who would benefit from this sacrament, please invite them to worship with us that weekend.
Welcome to the Salvatorian Family, which joins us this weekend at our 5 pm Saturday Mass, celebrating its Foundation Day. Fr. Francis Jordan founded the Apostolic Teaching Society in Rome on December 8, 1881. That community is now the three branches of the Salvatorian Family: religious men, religious women, and lay. St. Pius X has been Salvatorian from its inception. Please remember our Salvatorian family in your prayers and consider joining one of our three branches. Ask me or another SDS for more information.
I thank those who took advantage of our Advent reflection Tuesday evening. Hopefully, the evening will be a help to a spiritually fulfilling Advent. Another reflection will be offered at the beginning of Lent.
Our Gospel this weekend introduces us to John the Baptist and his offer of a baptism of repentance. John was pretty harsh with the Scribes and Pharisees who came to partake in his baptism. He told them having “Abraham as their father” was not enough; they had to show their repentance by their deeds.
This is a good warning to us that we have to do more than say, “Jesus is Lord.” We have to show by our deeds that we are His followers. And once again, Isaiah helps us understand what God wants: there shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain. Do I lose my temper when I am driving? Do I get angry talking with others and call them names? Do I speak badly about others? Is there someone I won’t speak to? All of these are examples of how we bring discord and unhappiness into the world and they are not acceptable for followers of Jesus. We are to be preparing the way of the Lord, that is, preparing the way for his Kingdom of peace, justice, and love. In one sense, it is a return to the ideal of the Garden of Eden.
As we continue our journey through Advent, I invite us to reflect on the Baptist’s call to repentance, a call to change our lives to be more effective agents of peace and love, agents of Christ’s Kingdom. And let us support each other in prayer, as we strive to do so.
Bring your gifts to church this weekend, December 7th and 8th.
The gifts will be distributed to:
St. Pius X families in need, St. Vincent de Paul, Casa Maria Hospitality House, Hope Network, and La Causa Crisis Nursery & Prevention Program
Gift Sunday is a long-standing (40+ years) tradition at St. Pius X. It offers the opportunity to give traditional gifts for individuals as well as to give "alternative gifts or items"*. Both help meet needs as expressed by the above programs. The organizations are all contacted and the list is updated annually (there were significant changes this year). The following Gift Guide provides suggestions for ideas of items most needed, including gift cards. The needs are as great as ever and they appreciate your generosity.
PLEASE WRAP AND LABEL THE PACKAGE WITH THE ITEM/SIZE AND AGE GROUP (i.e. boy/girl basketball 10 yrs. +, 4T boy blue shirt and pants, woman’s Med black gloves, Teen-loop earrings)
NOTE: Gift cards may be purchased in the back of church through St. Pius’ Scrip program, placed in an envelope and labeled - see suggestions below. There will be a box for gift cards in front of the alter.
ALL AGE GROUPS: Mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, age appropriate clothing, back packs, gym bags
INFANTS – TODDLERS (Birth – 3): Warm sleepers, crib items, pull toys, sturdy age-appropriate books and infant toys
PRE-SCHOOLERS (3-5 years): Fischer Price, Playschool and creative play toys, puzzles, trucks and cars, brown and white dolls, books and beginner games, riding toys
CHILDREN (6-12 years): Jump ropes, sports equipment, games, and art supplies, books, Legos, educational and popular, but non-violent toys. Used bikes, ready to ride, in good condition have always found a home!
TEENS (13-18 years): Items REALLY NEEDED for this age! Certificates for movies, headsets, teen games, basketballs, makeup, perfume and personal care items, jewelry and gift cards (please mark “teen”)
ADULTS: Warm nightwear, slippers, robes, cosmetics and personal items, jewelry, household items such as clocks and radios (to get up on time for work etc.) Items really needed for men.
ELDERLY: Gift cards to food stores (please mark “for elderly”)
*SPECIAL NEED ITEMS
Label with name of agency – please do not wrap
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – Crossroads Meal Program – Healing Shower: soaps and other bathing toiletries including hotel size (unopened)
CASA MARIA: canned goods, infant and toddler new or like new clothing, new adult women larger sized under garments and clothing, like new winter jackets & coats all sizes, like new or new double bed blankets & bed sheets, towels, hair gel and other products for African American women, travel toiletries from hotels
HOPE NETWORK: Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer, Kohl’s (please mark “for Hope Network”), layette items, diapers & *wipes (really need), bottles, pampers, baby blankets, baby toiletries, hooded/towels, fleece blankets and infant books, new and used children’s books
LA CAUSA CRISIS NUSERY AND PREVENTION PROGRAM, (birth to 12): baby bottles, Sippy cups, diapers (lg & extra lg) and pull ups, new underwear, pajamas and socks, pants and tops, combs & brushes, shoes, baby powder, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sweat suits, sweat pants, pajamas for larger children equal to small adult sizes, hand held games, craft supplies, pencils and paper, coloring books, batteries, laundry detergent, school supplies ****new or like new children’s hats and coats ****
Questions? Call Pat Bruce (C) 534-5554 (H) 771-8926 or Bernie Bates 453-4071
Please note: All gifts are distributed after the 10:30 Mass on December 8th. If you are unable to attend that weekend please drop off your donation to the office or call Pat or Bernie prior to December 8th.
Who are the organizations that receive the gifts from St Pius? (New information is bolded.)
St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) – Several small chapters of St. Vincent de Paul who struggle to find ways to meet the needs of people in their areas will receive items for families with whom they are working. SVdP really needs items for teens and men.
The SVdP Crossroads Meal Program began offering showers to assist with street ministry. Toiletries cannot be shared.
Hope Network is a grass roots support system that has helped families headed by single mothers in Greater Milwaukee since 1982. No agency does what we do; including providing a free newspaper, free cribs and scholarships for post-secondary education. HOPE seeks to include the child and empower the mother: 262-251-7333.
La Causa Crisis Nursery & Prevention Program - La Causa's Crisis Nursery and Respite Center is a 12-bed facility for sheltering children ages newborn to 12 years in times of family emergency/crisis or when a highly-stressed parent needs respite care, a "time out" to prevent the possibility of child abuse and/or neglect. The bilingual staff provides a safe, nurturing and homelike environment for the children until the family situation is stabilized. Meanwhile, crisis management, support, information and referrals are provided to the parents. They are southeastern Wisconsin's only 24-hour Crisis Nursery, open 365 days a year. To access their services call 414-647-5990. LaCausa is located at 522 W. Walker, Milwaukee, (04)
Casa Maria Hospitality House – is a Catholic Worker House, which provides emergency shelter to families and single women. Casa Maria is completely volunteer run, receives no government funding and is supported by individual contributions and a few churches. Casa Maria is also involved in justice and peace issues such as anti-war and pro-union issues. Casa Maria began in 1966. For the last few years Casa Maria has supplied us with a list of the ages, genders and sizes of those who most likely will be with them on Christmas. We select a donated gift per person. They thank you very much.
You are always welcome to stay after the 10:30 AM Mass to help sort the gifts.
Thank you for your generosity!
Welcome to Advent and a new Church year. This past year we read the Gospel of Luke; this year our Gospels will come from Mark.
Tuesday evening, December 3rd, our Advent reflection will be held from 7 to 8 pm in the church. I will share some thoughts on Distractions to a Lifestyle as a Disciple, followed by some quiet time for reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Please take advantage of this opportunity to enter into the spiritual season of Advent, preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior. And elsewhere in this bulletin, see the information on the adult and children Advent/Christmas literature available in church or the parish office.
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. Yes, we prepare to celebrate Christmas, His first coming, but it is a call to remember that we have to prepare the way for His Kingdom, for His second coming. Notice the opening words of the prophet in our first reading: in days to come… Our readings in this season are oriented toward the fullness of the Kingdom. Notice the images that Isaiah uses in our reading: all nations shall stream towards God’s holy mountain. In other words, divisions and hostility will cease and all will be united in the Lord. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. In other words, weapons of war will become agricultural tools, used for life-giving productivity rather than destruction and death.
The Kingdom is about caring for each other and the earth and attracting all people to “the mountain of God.” Advent invites to reflect on this goal, to have a change of heart, and to rededicate ourselves to living in such a way as to bring about the Kingdom. The more we can do this, the more our celebration of Christmas will be alive and vital, not just sentimental memories and feelings. And it fits in so well with our parish goal to become better disciples.
I invite us to take advantage of this special season of the Church year and the opportunities presented by this community: use the reflection books provided, come to the December 3rd reflection, and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our communal service on December 10 or at some other time. Then we will be ready to walk in the Light of Christ as we celebrate His birth. My prayers are with each of you that you may have an Advent of spiritual growth.
In the back of church and the parish office you can pick up a copy of The Little Blue Book: six minute reflections on the Sunday Gospels. Each day of the week there is a reflection on a line from the previous Sunday’s Gospel. This book goes from December 1 through January 12, covering both Advent and Christmas. Please take one and use it. There is also an Advent calendar for children. Take one for your children or grandchildren and use it with them. At Christmas, God Bless Us, Every One, a sticker book revealing Jesus as the true Spirit of Christmas, will be available for children.
Please remember to save the evening of Tuesday, December 3rd, for our Advent reflection from 7 to 8 pm in the church. I will share some thoughts on Distractions to a Lifestyle as a Disciple, followed by some quiet time for reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Please take advantage of this opportunity to enter into the spiritual season of preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior.
This Thursday our country celebrates Thanksgiving. For some it is a day to relax, eat, and enjoy football. I hope for us it is a day to give thanks to God for all the many blessings He has given us. I invite you to bring your family to our 9 am Eucharist. “Eucharist” literally means “to give thanks” and there is no better way to start our celebration of this day than by giving thanks to the One who has given us all that we are and have. After Eucharist, we can settle down for the food and football. I
wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It also marks the end of a Church year, a year in which we have been reading the Gospel of Luke.
A major emphasis in Luke, as we have seen over and over, is that Jesus came not just for the Jews, but for ALL people. Luke includes many stories and parables that present an outsider, a non-Jew, having strong faith. The Feast of Christ the King is a fitting end to this year of Luke, for we believe that Christ is King over ALL people, over all creation.
We live in a time when division, fear, name calling, bigotry, hate, etc., etc., seem to be more and more prevalent. There is no place for these things in the life of a true follower of Jesus. Jesus did not close in on Himself or on those most like Him, but reached out to others, especially those oppressed or rejected.
Recently there was an article in the Journal-Sentinel about the increase in the use of hate language and bigotry in schools in the area and administrators discussing how to deal with it. To me that increase is not surprising, given the example our young people are receiving as they hear on social media and the news the words and actions of people in leadership.
As a community which professes to be following Christ the King, we need to make sure we are modeling to our children true Gospel values. Christ clearly modeled for us that each person is made in the image of God and that we cannot dismiss anyone, especially those most in need.
Reflection for the week: when young people listen to what I say or watch what I do, do they see Gospel values of compassion, acceptance, and mercy? How can I do better? Let us pray for each other, and for all Christians, that we grow in our ability to model Gospel values to others.
We also pray in a special way today for the community of Christ King Parish, with whom we work so closely. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen them as they strive to become more and more vibrant disciples, bringing others to Christ.
Bring your Christmas cards next weekend to remember our parishioners who are homebound or in care facilities this Christmas season. See the bulletin or call the parish office for a full list of names. Please note that a short message inside the card is always appreciated and only the names need to be on the envelopes. Volunteers will deliver the cards along with a small Poinsettia plant.
December 3 - 7 pm - in church
Join us for a night of quiet reflection at the start of the Advent Seasion as Fr. Paul will share some thoughts on Distractions to a Lifestyle as a Disciple, followed by some quiet time for reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to enter into the spiritual season of preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior.