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FATHER SAM’S MESSAGE

 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
     Celebration has been on my mind the last few weeks. How do we celebrate different events, and how do our celebrations reflect the reality we are celebrating? Memorial Day, I believe, is a wonderful example. How do we celebrate Memorial Day, and how does our celebration reflect the reality we are celebrating?  The reality of Memorial Day is a remembrance of those who gave their lives defending our country.  Do our celebrations reflect that we are remembering?  Does the cook-out, flag t-shirt, etc. really point to a solemn remembrance?  Do we pause during the day to consider those who we celebrate?  Now don’t get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with a good cook-out and some extra fun with friends and family on Memorial Day! Those are good things, and we celebrate special occasions with those good things!  But sometimes, the good things we do can distract us from the reality we celebrate.  This Memorial Day, then, let us be conscientious and deliberate in remembering those who have given their lives for our freedom, and offer a special prayer in thanksgiving.
     The great Feast of Corpus Christi which we celebrate today is another illustration of this point.  How often do we mark Sunday by all kinds of activities and Mass (hopefully) squeezed into the schedule?  We have many good things to do, good activities for our families.  But the best activity, the best thing we can do, the best place we can be, the best gift we can give to our families, is the Eucharist received on Sunday at Mass.  Corpus Christi reminds us of the treasure we hold in the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  The Eucharist draws us together, marks us as one Body, and feeds us so that we can face the spiritual challenges ever present in our lives.  On this feast of Corpus Christi, let us remember the gift of the Eucharist and give Jesus that rightful pride of place in our hearts, lives, activities, and families!

Peace

Fr. Sam

60th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT:

A Concert celebrating the Sacred and Sublime featuring our cantor Krista Adams Santilli and the Parish Choir, soloists and cantors of Saint Pius X will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 @4:00pm featuring violin, guitar, trumpet, cello, organ and piano.  A light reception will follow in the Faith Center.  The proceeds from the concert will benefit the music program and the ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Suggested donations are $20.00 per person and children 12 and under are free.  Bakers needed to provide baked items for the event, please contact Diane Capasso, dcappaso@optonline.net Please see Mike Lantowski after any of the Masses to sign up as a volunteer or contact him via email: mikestro@ymail.com or through the Parish website. More details to follow.  Save the date!

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.