Note: Our Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule is 7:00am, 8:30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm


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FATHER SAM’S MESSAGE

 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

St. Peter’s words to Jesus in today’s Gospel strike a powerful chord in my heart. “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  In awe of the miracle Jesus has performed, in awe of the power of God on display before his eyes, Peter recognizes his own unworthiness, his own sinfulness, his own smallness compared to God’s grandeur.   Notice what Jesus does and does not do.  He does call Peter.  Jesus does not dispute the fact that Peter is, in his own words, “a sinful man.”  So it is with us.  Jesus calls us, sinners though we are - he does not dispute our unworthiness, but instead, by his merciful grace, enables us to receive his Eucharistic presence. 
In this last week before we begin the holy season of Lent, it is good for us to be reminded of our own unworthiness before the great gift of mercy that is present in the Eucharist.  Jesus is truly here in sacramental form, awaiting us every day.   How can we better prepare to receive Jesus?  The best way is by celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation, or confession.  When we confess our sins, we echo Peter’s confession, and when we are absolved, we hear Jesus say to us, “I will make you fishers of men.”  We should make it a point to go to confession often and to examine our consciences well. In the Year of Mercy, I urge you to take advantage of the sacrament and to make a habit of receiving the graces available in confession.  Here at St. Pius, confessions will be heard on Thursday evenings from 7 pm - 8:30 pm beginning on Feb. 11.  Priests from the area will be here, in addition to our own parish clergy.  Additionally, we have confessions on Saturdays from 4 pm - 4:45 pm. Peter asks Jesus to depart from him.  But Jesus invites Peter to stay with Him and to learn the true meaning of mercy.  May our celebration of the Year of Mercy, our reception of the Eucharist, our confession of sin, be for us a lesson in mercy and a source of grace!

Peace

Fr. Sam

ST. PIUS X CHOIR NEWS

Our Parish Choir is open to anyone from high school age on up!!
The St. Pius X Parish Choir leads the liturgical music at the 10:30am Sunday liturgy and at various Hold Days Throughout the year.

Please consider using your voice for this ministry that is important aspect of our parish life. Rehearsals for 2015-16 resume in the church on Wednesday, September 16th from 7:30-9:30pm.

Contact Mike Lantowski via email mikestro@ymail.com or come up to the choir loft after any Mass. Flexible scheduling accommodates today's hectic pace and affords the opportunity for seasonal participation.


Hand Bells
Our newest musical group is the Hand Bell Ensemble. We currently are looking for 3 more ringers (grades 8 & above) to join our current group of 8 members so that we can use our complete 3-octave set of bells. Rehearsals will commence in late September. The practice schedule is determined by the availability of all participants.  Please visit our Music Ministry page for more information


St. Pius X Prayer Line

Petitions and thanksgivings may be emailed at any time to StPiusXPrayerLn@aol.com . Prayer line partners commit to daily prayer in any length, form or fashion for daily intentions that are received.


Rosary for Healing and Peace

Every Friday at 9:00am

Join us in thanksgiving and petition for personal intentions and for the various needs of the Church and of the world.  


PARISH OUTREACH….DID YOU KNOW

St. Pius X Parishioners bring non perishable food to the church and leave it in the wooden boxes in the usher’s room in the front foyer.  Parish volunteers deliver the food to Blessed Sacrament and St. Charles Parishes in Bridgeport as well as The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and Operation Hope in Fairfield.  If you would like to participate in this ministry, then please bring your food donations at anytime and it will be delivered weekly.  Thank you for caring and sharing!

FOOD MINISTRY
Every day local Fairfield churches provide community meals to Operation Hope on a rotating schedule.  St. Pius X is assigned the 2nd Tuesday of the month and WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue this tradition.  Meals could be prepared at home or with a group inthe St. Pius X Faith Center kitchen.  Let's help support Fairfield Only Shelter!  Call or email Terri Carron to learn more about this ministry, (203) 256-1055 or mtmcgraw@optonline.net.