Parish Life and Stewardship

Stewardship calls us to recognize that all of creation is a gift from God. As stewards, we recognize God as the source of all that we are and all we possess. Therefore, we are responsible to use the gifts that God has entrusted to us in gratitude to God in everything we do. When we apply stewardship principles to everything we do in our daily lives, we put our faith into practice. We participate in God’s Kingdom here on earth and help carry out Jesus’ work.

When you participate in your parish, you are helping to build the Kingdom of God here on earth starting right in your own neighborhood. You help build the Kingdom by joining a parish organization, volunteering with ministries operated by the parish, enrolling in an educational program or giving financially to meet the needs of the parish. As you give, you join with others in your parish doing the work of the Church and ministering to those in your community and beyond. God wants each of us to do our part.

Be an active part of the faith that enriches your life each and every day. Get involved and help others build their faith while renewing yours! Stewardship is your way of showing gratitude for all God has given you.

Organizations

Adult Bible Study classes are held weekly in the Father Weber Center to provide personal inspiration and continuing education for adults by means of studying the Word of God. The Tuesday morning session meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to ponder the weekly readings in order to gain a better understanding of the Scriptures which are read at Sunday Mass. Adults and teens who wish to become more familiar with the Scriptures can participate; simply join us or call the Parish Office at 688-9143 for more information.

The Adult Choir at St. Pius X is proud of its well-deserved reputation as the centerpiece of a very musical parish. Our group of dedicated singers has been serving the parish for many years, and several of its singers have been with the choir for decades! With such experience and enthusiasm, it is no wonder that the choir is constantly learning and perfecting new repertoire to add to the musical experience of the congregation. If you've ever sat in the congregation and longed to be singing along with us, we would love to have you! We are always thrilled to welcome new members into our "choir family". Musical experience is helpful, but by no means required. If you're interested, please feel free to contact our director - Jim Trimper Sr. 689-6996.

Altar Servers work with the priest and others to make the liturgical celebration (sacrifice of the Mass) as reverent and focused as possible. They do this by performing the duties with dignity, reflecting the true presence of Christ at the Mass. For more information on joining, contact the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Altar & Rosary Society provides care for linens, vestments and furnishings used for Mass and other liturgical services; to perform special works as assigned by the Reverend Pastor; to pray for members who are ill or confined; and to pray the Rosary at a member’s wake to promote greater devotion to Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary; and to support other parish organizations. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month with the exception of January and February when there are no meetings scheduled. Meetings begin with the recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by a business meeting in the Fr. Weber Center. We sponsor a needy family at Christmastime; make charitable donations to the Nicaraguan Mission, the Erie County Home and area soup kitchens; make rosaries for shut-ins and prison inmate. A member retreat is held annually at the St. Columbian Center and dinner socials are held periodically throughout the year. For more information, visit our web page – click here.

The Daughters of Our Lady focuses on prayer, faith-sharing and community service. We have chosen the Blessed Mother as our model and wear the Miraculous Medal as part of our identity. Our motto is "Prayer, Holiness and Service" The Daughters encourage all ladies of the parish, regardless of age, to become a member. For more information, please click here.

Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist at scheduled Masses. This ministry is open to all confirmed members of the parish. Please note that formal training is required. Call the Parish Office at 688-9143. You will be notified when the next training course is offered. If you are a trained Eucharistic Minister, please contact the Parish secretary, 688-9143, and complete the Special Minister of Holy Communion questionnaire. This information is forwarded to the Coordinator for Mass scheduling.

Faith Formation Teachers (catechists) make up a community of lifelong learners who model the Church and are committed to the Catholic faith. The word "catechist" comes from the Greek, meaning one who "echoes down the teaching." There were many great "catechists" in the early Church, including St. Clement of Alexandria, leader of the catechetical school of Alexandria. In the Diocese of Buffalo, catechists are expected to complete at least 5 hours of catechist formation per year, with new catechists completing at least Intro to Theology / Catechist as Minister. Contact the religious education office at 688-5417 for more information.

Queen of Peace Healing Ministry is committed to praying with those in need of God's healing and peace in churches and convents. The ministry is based here at St. Pius X. Tony Cubello, a lay person whom God has called to be an instrument of His healing power, ministers to God's people through prayer and the laying on of hands. The fruits of this ministry have been reflected in many reported spiritual, physical and emotional healings and the ever present gifts of the Holy Spirit, including His special gift of inner peace received by almost all. At all Queen of Peace healing services a priest is available to hear confessions before mass. Each healing service is preceded by the recitation of the Rosary. For more information and a schedule of masses click here.

The Holy Name Society is an organization whose objectives are to foster reverence and love for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ; to defend the name of Jesus for being used in blasphemy, perjury, profanity and obscene speech. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month (Sept - May) beginning with a service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel, a business meeting following at 7:15 p.m and a social after the meeting. The Holy Name sponsors bi-annual pancake breakfasts, awards and scholarships; provides support and equipment/resources for the Religious Education and Youth Ministry and facilitates a wide variety of parish projects for the pastor. To join, come to a meeting. For more information, visit the Holy Name web page - click here.

Knights of Columbus (K of C) are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today. Charitable contributions (support of seminarians and indigent members of the parish); participation/organization of religious events (Living Rosary, color guard at special Masses, sponsoring social events (chicken barbecue, golf tournament, theme basket raffle, adult and children’s parties). If you are interested in being a member, visit the K of C web page – click here.

The Ladies of Charity conduct monthly food collections (4th Sunday) and distribution to needy families in the parish; purchase and wrapping of Christmas gifts for inner city children; preparation of Baptismal bibs; Easter baskets for needy; Baby Shower for needy newborns. The Ladies of Charity were founded by St. Vincent de Paul in 1617 with the motto "to serve rather than to be served." The Ladies of Charity serve the spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and financially poor. Contact the Parish Office at 688-9143 for more information.

The Ministry to the Sick provides emotional and spiritual support to members of the parish who are suffering from short or long term illnesses and/or disabilities which prevent them from coming to Church, participating at Mass and/or receiving the Sacraments. Home visits are available on a weekly basis to parishioners residing in their own homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, or hospice. The Eucharist is provided upon request. All parishioners with short or long term illnesses and/or disabilities, which prevent them from coming to Church, participating at Mass and/or receiving the Sacraments are eligible for help. Call the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Ministers of the Word are instruments through which God reaches out to His people and conveys His message of love and salvation through the proclamation of His Word. This ministry demands openness to the Spirit of God, insight, careful preparation and skills of interpretation and communication. All fully initiated Catholics who are members of the parish can participate; call the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Padres Softball is organized by our Youth Ministry. They compete in co-ed softball games each summer against other teams in the Buffalo Diocese. For more information contact the Religious Ed Office at 688-5417.

The Pre Cana Ministry assists an engaged couple in their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage through the Marriage Preparation Program. Pre Cana must be completed by all engaged couples three to six months PRIOR to the marriage. It is recommended that engaged couples review programs being offered to better choose the program that will best fit their particular needs and circumstances. If you are interested in the Programs offered by the Diocese, contact the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Buffalo - telephone (716) 847-2210. If you are interested in the Sponsor / Engaged Couple Program through St. Pius X, contact the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Respect Life Ministry advocates for the sacredness of all human life from conception until natural death, and respond to any threats to life such as abortion and euthanasia. It is our hope to build a "culture of life" that respects and protects all life, particularly the most vulnerable among us: the unborn, disabled, elderly and terminally ill. We seek to accomplish our goal of a truly life affirming society by implementing the objectives of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. A Respect Life Fair is held once a year to bring the parish up-to-date on life issues and to encourage parishioner to be proactive about Pro-Life. To participate contact the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Senior Citizens at St. Pius X foster and promote friendship, love and a spirit of helpfulness through a variety of recreational and educational activities, which are socially enjoyable and/or spiritually inspiring. The group meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, September to June, in the Fr. Weber Center. We have guest speakers, communion breakfasts, luncheons, picnics, and arranged trips. Any member of the parish who is over 55 years of age can participate; come to a meeting or call the Parish Office at 688-9143.

Youth Ministry helps young people learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to live as his disciples today, empowering them to serve others and to work toward a world built on the vision and values of the reign of God. Catechesis is an essential component of youth ministry and one that needs renewed emphasis. If we are to succeed, we must offer young people a spiritually challenging and world-shaping vision that meets their hunger for the chance to participate in a worthy adventure. Come to a meeting or call the Religious Ed Office at 688-5417.