Saint Pius X Parish is a Catholic faith community of worship, prayer and thanksgiving, serving the world through outreach and action. Realizing our baptismal call, we envision ourselves serving the Kingdom of God through:
- vibrant and nourishing liturgies
- knowledge of the faith and personal spiritual growth
- social justice and responsibility
- responsible stewardship of time, talent and treasure
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Message from Archbishop Jackels
A message from Archbishop Jackels: Reopening of parishes in the Archdiocese of Dubuque
I am happy to announce that starting 30-31 May 2020, Pentecost Sunday, the parishes in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are able to gather for outreach to the poor, for faith formation programs, and for the public celebration of Mass and Sacraments - Thanks be to God!
We’re not yet out of the woods; the coronavirus is still with us. If we’re not careful, it could come back with a vengeance. We will continue to monitor the data.
Our policy remains: err on the side of caution. That’s why, at any gathering for outreach to the poor, faith formation, and worship we’ll be asked to do things like wear a mask, practice social distancing, and at Mass, for Holy Communion, receive only the Host, and in the hand.
Also, if we’re sick, or frail due to advanced age, or have an underlying medical condition, or nervous about getting COVID-19, we shouldn’t be gathering together for any reason.
With regard to gathering for a liturgy or a devotional in church, on account of social distancing, there will only be room for a smaller number of people to attend.
But not to worry, because everyone will still remain dispensed from the law to participate in Mass on Sundays and holy days, until further notice, probably when a vaccine is available. Those who want to receive Holy Communion can satisfy that desire at a weekday Mass.
Gathering for faith formation programs, and for public celebration of Mass and Sacraments are important practices of our holy Catholic Faith. But so is charity, inspiring our care for the poor, and our devotion to the common good, which inspires the precautions we’re taking.
We eventually want the pews filled, and programs well-attended, it just might take some time. Prayers for the end of the pandemic’s threat, as well as patience and cooperation are what’s needed most right now. May God bless us all.
Sunday - 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Monday - none
Tuesday - 9:00 am
Wednesday - 9:00 am
Thursday - 9:00 am
Friday - 9:00 am
Mass times are as of May 30, 2020 and are subject to change.
Please call to make an appointment with the staff member you wish to see.
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A Word from our Pastor
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Governor Reynolds issued a new crackdown on large gatherings of people, in response to the alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the State. While not closing churches, she did prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people indoors, or 100 people outdoors, at social, community, recreational, or sporting gatherings, unless all people over the age of 2 wear a mask.
Groups of individuals attending these events are limited to 8 people unless they are from the same household and must maintain social distancing from other groups. This goes for bars and restaurants as well.
The Governor also asked Iowans to avoid social gatherings including wedding receptions, funerals, bridal and baby showers, and birthday and holiday parties.
While we still intend to celebrate Mass at St. Pius, we do encourage you to take seriously these recommendations of the Governor, and if you feel unsafe in large crowds, please consider staying home from Mass for a while.
Our parish office will be operating on very limited staff and hours. Please be sure to call ahead to make sure someone is here if you need to stop by.
WEAR A MASK. PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. SANITIZE YOUR HANDS.
Pray for an end to this pandemic. Pray for the timely release of an effective vaccine. May our Lady of Lourdes, patron of the sick, pray for us.
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Prayer of the Faithful
Prayer of the Faithful
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 14-15, 2020
Presider Called to be faithful stewards, alert and ready for the coming of God’s Kingdom, we strive to accomplish the will of the Father in all that we say and do. Let us lift our prayers in confident hope.
- For believers who suffer persecution, and for non-believers seeking truth. We pray to the Lord…
- For those who yearn to understand how God is calling them, whether to marriage, ordained ministry, religious life, or life as a single person, and for those who mentor them in this process. We pray to the Lord…
- For a world filled with peace and security, prosperity and hope, freedom and justice.. We pray to the Lord…
- For the poor – that world leaders and citizens will act to end human hunger and impoverished living conditions, provide adequate education, and ensure that all people have the necessities of life. We pray to the Lord…
- For married couples. May their love remain forever strong like the bond between Christ and his Church. We pray to the Lord…
- For the sick, especially all who are isolated or hospitalized because of the coronavirus; and for their doctors, nurses, and caregivers. We pray to the Lord….
- For our beloved dead, especially those whose names are inscribed in our Book of the Names of the Dead. May they be at peace in the loving arms of Christ. We pray to the Lord…
- For all members of Saint Pius on this Stewardship weekend. May we answer the call to develop our talents and use them to build up the body of Christ, engage in works of charity, spread the Gospel, and serve the Mission of Christ. We pray to the Lord…
- For the prayers we hold in our hearts. (pause) We pray to the Lord…
Presider Lord of the harvest, you call us to use wisely the gifts you provide so that your Kingdom may come in its fullness. Keep us “alert and sober,” always ready for your Son’s coming. May the prayers we offer be a sign of our love for you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Martha's Meals connects parishioners with families who could use the extra help by having meals prepared for them. Please use this form (click above photo) to recommend a family and the Pastoral Associate will contact the family for further coordination. If you wish to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Michael Becker at [email protected]
Prayer Intention Requests
Letter from Pope Frances
From the LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE FAITHFUL MAY 2020
...I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you.
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If you are interested in joining our parish family or learning more about the parish, please fill out our online form. We will be in touch with you once the form is received! We look forward to having you join St. Pius X.
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Are you looking to help out at your parish? Click here for service opportunities that are updated frequently.
God asks everyone to become invested in their faith life. We can all do this by sharing in prayer, sharing our talents, and sharing financially. You are invited to plan your gift to God, giving back a fair and generous percentage of the blessings God has bestowed on you.
Metro Catholic Outreach
Metro Catholic Outreach is a collaborative project of the eleven Catholic Parishes of the Cedar Rapids Metro area. This outreach provides a food pantry, call center for referrals and assistance and emergency financial assistance to those in need in our area.
GET MORE INVOLVED AT MASS!
Are you young, old, male, female, middle or high school,........... anyone looking for a way to be more involved at St. Pius? Try volunteering as an usher! We need friendly, helpful people who are willing to assist with the collection and communion at our weekend liturgies. No training is required; we let you “shadow” an usher once or twice to get the hang of it. After that, we’ll schedule you as often as you’d like at whichever Mass you prefer! (Our greatest needs are for the 4:30 and 10:30 Masses.) If you feel that God is calling you to serve your parish through this ministry, please contact Micaela in the Liturgy Office at 393-4445 or [email protected]. Team up with your husband/wife, son/daughter, mom/dad, Confirmation sponsor, friend, etc., and make this a fun way to share your time and talent!
Adults enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA. Those who have not received baptism look forward to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We share Baptism with many other Christian traditions. In their case, preparation leads to Confirmation and Eucharist as they enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. Baptized Catholics who have not yet received Confirmation and First Communion may also prepare for these Sacraments through this process.
Here at St. Pius X, the process of study, prayer, and reflection will be on Sundays this fall, beginning in September 2020 and concluding after Easter. A parish companion will attend the sessions with you.
Inquirers will attend Sunday Mass as their faith journey occurs within a small, supportive group of other searching adults. On behalf of all the parish community, each individual will have a parish companion who attends and accompanies the candidate during religious rites important to the RCIA journey.
At the end of this process, the candidate will celebrate with the Parish upon receiving Baptism, Confirmation and Communion on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday with their families as recognized members of the Catholic Church.
In addition, we are always looking for those interested in helping RCIA candidates along this journey home to the Catholic Faith. Whether speaking, hospitality, or mentoring, your living example of Catholicism is truly valued. Even if you are unable to join us for this ministry, know that your presence in the Faith can create a welcoming atmosphere to every parishioner.
If you would like to register, have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, please call Tony Lavorata at 393-4445x112 or send an email to [email protected].
Pope Francis Reflection
Please click here to read a striking reflection drawn from the Gospel passage on the apostles’ fear in a storm-tossed boat, this is the English text of the Pope’s message at tonight’s rite.
- Father Philip Thompson, Pastor
- Deacon Al Scharosch, Deacon
- Deacon Paul Zimmerman, Deacon
- Deacon Ron Ridder, Deacon
- Deacon Scott Zogg, Deacon
- Deacon John Kaufmann, Deacon
- Mary Swiderski, Secretary
- Melanie Martin-Trainor, Business Administrator
- Sandra Pickart, Director of Liturgy
- Michael Becker, Pastoral Associate
- Micaela Andrews, Liturgy Assistant
- Anthony Lavorata, Director of Faith Formation
- Cyndy Logue, Social Justice & Stewardship Coordinator
- Micaela Andrews, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation
- Barb Miller, Catechetical Associate