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FATHER SAM’S MESSAGE

 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
   You are well acquainted with the wonderful music we experience on a regular basis here at St. Pius X.  With the changing of liturgical seasons, it is customary at for us to use different musical settings of the Mass.  This means that, depending on the season, we sing a different melody for the “Gloria,” “Holy, Holy,” and “Lamb of God.”  This Lenten season will see the introduction of a new (for us) Mass setting – though the setting is far from new.
   During Lent, we will sing the “Holy, Holy” and “Lamb of God” in Latin using a simple Gregorian chant tone.  The idea to do this comes from two primary sources – our parish patron saint, St. Pius X, and the Vatican II document on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.
   In 1903, Pope St. Pius X wrote, "In order that the faithful may more actively participate in the sacred liturgy, let them be once again made to sing Gregorian Chant as a congregation."  Vatican II stated that “care must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 54).  This was again echoed in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, which states in paragraph 41 “it is fitting that they [the faithful] know how to sing together at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin…”
   In response to these words, I have asked our director of music, Mike Lantowski, to help us, as a congregation, learn to sing these two Mass parts in Latin.  I hope that this practice will connect us to the long tradition of the Catholic Church and equip us with a “Catholic life skill.”  Since Gregorian chant is meant to be a simple way of singing and praying, I also hope that using these Mass parts during Lent (a season of simplicity and penance) will help us to enter deeply into the graces of the season.

Peace

Fr. Sam

St. Pius X Lenten Schedule

Stations of the Cross- Every Friday 7PM – (Chapel)

Monday, February 29 – Wednesday, March 2 –
                     LENTEN MISSION

Our Parish Lenten Mission will be led by Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, foundress of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, a new religious community of women in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

Sunday, March 20 – PALM SUNDAY (Church)

Solemn Compline with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – the St. Cecilia Consort will chant the office of Compline, the Church’s night prayer. 
Adoration will begin at 7 PM.  All are invited to begin Holy Week in prayer!

Monday, March 21 – 7 PM – (Church)
Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater – A Lenten Musical Reflection performed by the St. Cecilia Consort
Composed in 1735, the Stabat Mater is one of Pergolesi's most celebrated pieces. The 45-minute work is a musical setting of the 13th Century Stabat Mater sequence, which meditates on the suffering of Mary, Jesus' mother, during His crucifixion.

Tuesday, March 22 (Church)
Tenebrae Service – 7 PM 
This ancient prayer of the Church is a Scripture-based reflection on the psalms and prophecies about the Passion of Jesus Christ. 
The progressive extinguishing of candles symbolizes the darkness of the Passion and helps fill the hearts of the faithful with a longing for the light of Easter.

Thursday, March 24 – HOLY THURSDAY
 8:30 AM – Morning Prayer – (Chapel)
 Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30 PM (Church)
 Adoration at the altar of repose for visits and prayer until 11 PM.

Friday, March 25 – GOOD FRIDAY

 8:30 AM – Morning Prayer – (Chapel)
 3 PM – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Church)
 7 PM – Stations of the Cross (Church)

Saturday, March 26 – HOLY SATURDAY
 8:30 AM – Morning Prayer – (Chapel)
10 AM – Blessing of Easter Food – bring your Easter basket for a special blessing  - (Chapel)
 2 PM – 4 PM - Confession
7:30 PM – Easter Vigil – the most important liturgy of the Church’s year.  During this unique Mass, those men and women who have prepared to become Catholic will be received into the Church.

Sunday, March 27 - EASTER SUNDAY MASSES
7:30 AM, 9:00AM, 10:30 AM & Noon

Confession during Lent
For the Year of Mercy, several parishes around the Diocese of Bridgeport have been designated as Centers of Mercy.  There are two Centers of Mercy in Fairfield, hearing confessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Tuesdays (Feb. 16 – Nov. 15) 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield

Thursdays (Feb. 11 – Nov. 17) 7 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Pius X Chapel
834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield


Parishes will also observe their regular confession schedule.  At St. Pius, confessions are also heard on Saturday from 4 – 4:45 PM.
This schedule is subject to change.  Changes or additions to the schedule will be announced in the parish bulletin, on the parish website, and on the parish Facebook page

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.