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FATHER SAM’S MESSAGE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
        For the next few weeks, we will meditate on the Gospel of John, chapter 6. I encourage you to read this powerful chapter in your own private prayer at home, as well.  In this beautiful chapter, Jesus speaks about the Bread of Life, his Body and Blood, and prepares us for the gift of the Eucharist.
      The Gospel of John includes this discourse on the Eucharist relatively early in the Gospel.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke, on the other hand, place almost all references to the Eucharist in the Last Supper accounts.  Why does John differ?  It helps to know that Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written within a few years of each other, albeit to unique audiences and communities.  John’s Gospel, on the other hand, was likely written a few decades later.  This means that the people who would hear and read John’s account were already very familiar with the story of the Gospel and knew about the life of Jesus.  This is one reason that John’s Gospel is more reflective, full of philosophical ideas and theological insight.  The Gospel of John dives into some of the mysteries contained in the stories recounted by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. 
     And so this sixth chapter of John is a meditation on the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  We will be reminded that, if we desire eternal life, we must eat this true Bread from Heaven.  We will hear Jesus tell us that his flesh is true food, his blood is true drink.  We will remember, as these words are proclaimed, that Jesus stays with us, truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist.  What we receive at Holy Communion is no mere symbol.  Rather, it is Jesus Christ Himself!               
      St. Pius X was known as the Pope of the Eucharist, both because of his encouragement of frequent reception of Communion, as well as his efforts to enhance the Church’s liturgy.  When we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we do so under his patronage. May the intercession of St. Pius X accompany us as we meditate on John 6, and help us to understand more perfectly the gift, the mystery, the sacrament of the Eucharist.

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 2014-15 resume in the church on Thursday, September 11th 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.