Community Fellowship Ministries

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The Community Fellowship Commission seeks to provide opportunities for all members of the parish to build a true community of faith outside of the liturgy. Sometimes they do this by facilitating social events of food, fellowship, and fun to enrich the community. Sometimes they do this by comforting the sorrowful at a funeral reception. Ultimately, whatever brings us together as a community of life and love, we ask these ministries to coordinate. 

The Following Ministries Make up the
Community Fellowship Ministries

 

Catholic Youth Organization
  • Parish students in grades 1-8 participate in a variety of sports such as swimming, volleyball and basketball. Parents serve as coaches. For more information, please visit CYO & Camp Howard websites.

  • Coordinator:

 

Coffee & Donuts Fellowship
  • Gathering for fellowship after the morning Masses on most Sundays in the ‘Community Centre’, this ministry allows both new and old friends to gather over a simple breakfast meal. Our volunteers serve coffee, tea, juice alongside donuts, bagels, and bread.

  • Volunteer hosts and servers are needed. Training provided. This is a ministry in which the whole family can get involved.

  • Coordinator: Jo Cooper

 

Filipino Community
  • This ministry allows the Filipino community to gather together to celebrate traditional events from their heritage and to educate and celebrate these events with the wider community of St. Pius X Parish. 

  • Participant’s use their skills and resources to organize community fellowship activities that would entice friends and neighbors to gather, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. 

  • The community hosts an annual Kids Christmas Concert, Filipino Fiesta and Family Bingo Night.

  • Coordinator: Melliza Palazo.

 

Funeral Ministry
  • Provides an opportunity after a funeral service for family and friends to gather for support and sharing. 

  • Hosted by St. Pius X parishioners who serve lunch or coffee and dessert depending on time of service. Volunteer bakers prepare and donate desserts. Set-up, serving and clean-up helpers are also needed to work 1-4-hour shifts on the day of the reception.

  • Coordinator:

 

Knights of Columbus
  • The Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 to aid Catholic men to remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement, to promote fraternity among them, to provide financial assistance for their widows and orphans, and to promote the knightly ideals of spirituality and service to Church, country and fellow man. Their principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

  • The St. Pius X Council embraces the foregoing as its mission in promoting peace and justice, and is also focused on fellowship, faith, and works. 

  • Coordinators: Mike Haney, Joe Pulito, and Bob Weisend.

 

Latino Ministry
  • This ministry allows the Latino community to gather together to celebrate traditional events from their heritage and to educate and celebrate these events with the wider community of St. Pius X Parish. 

  • Participant’s use their skills and resources to organize community fellowship activities that would entice friends and neighbours to gather, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. 

  • The community hosts an annual “Our Lady of Guadalupe” reception in the Community Centre. Day of the Dead Altar. Etc. 

  • Coordinator:

 

Lenten Soup Suppers
  • Served on Friday evenings in Lent so parishioners can share a simple meal of soup and bread. The supper is designed to be in between the Friday Stations of the Cross. Hosts and soup chefs are needed. 

  • Coordinator:

 

Newcomer (Welcome) Fellowship
  • This ministry maintains the ‘Newcomer Welcome Letter.’ In addition they reach out to newcomers to introduce them to the ministries that they may be interested in joining. Conversely, they also make newcomer information available to select ministries to allow them to reach out to newcomers to foster fellowship and community. 

  • Examples would be the various dinners that occur on campus. Allowing the coordinators of these dinners a chance to invite the newcomers and perhaps pair them with parishioners in similar circumstances of life, so as to foster friendship and community at an event where they may not know many people. 

 

Parish Nurse Ministry
  • All Registered Nurses and qualified volunteers are invited to participate in the Parish Nurse Ministry dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our Parish community.

  • Activities include health education, topical lectures, counselling, and liaison with community resources.

  • Health and wellness notes are posted in the Sunday Bulletin monthly. Parish Nurses offer blood pressure screenings on the third weekend of each month after all Masses and after the Healing Mass on the first Friday of each month. Other activities include a free loaner program for assistive devices, plus home visits and referrals.

  • Coordinator: Fran Breiling.

 

Parish Picnic
  • Plan the parish picnic. Organize food donations, volunteers, band, etc. Work with the parish staff to coordinate set-up and tear-down. 

  • Coordinator:

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • This ministry helps those in need of comfort due to serious illness, loss of a loved one or those with a critical condition. A prayer shawl is knitted or crocheted by ministry members. The shawl and included prayer reflect the giver’s wish to comfort those in pain and to remind them of God’s promise to be with us – always. 

  • This ministry is open to anyone with knitting or crocheting talents. Meetings are held as needed. Making prayer shawls available for those who need them. 

  • Coordinator: Geneal Kanalz.

 

Sacramental Receptions
  • Follows the Sacrament of 1st Eucharist and Confirmation so students and their families may enjoy a simple celebration of cake and punch with the larger parish community. Coordinators and servers are needed.

  • Coordinator:

 

Spaghetti Diners
  • Plan, recruit, and pull off a wonderful Italian Dinner night for the Parish.

  • Coordinator: Michelle Rask

Special Needs Ministry
  • This ministry assists the parish in becoming a community of “welcome and inclusion” for parishioners of differing abilities.

  • They seek to provide accommodation and access for all people including those with physical and developmental disabilities and illnesses. Every effort is made to accommodate the inclusion and participation of each person. 

  • Coordinator: Mary Ann Hassold. 

 

SPX CARES Caregiver Ministry
  • CARES (Companionship-Assessment-Respite-Encouragement-Support)

  • The CARES Ministry offers respite for caregivers by trained Saint Pius X volunteers. This ministry provides no hands-on care but does support family members with companionship, conversation or just a quiet presence for a caregiver to take a respite break.

  • Coordinator: Fran Breiling.

 

Vocation Committee
  • The Vocation Committee strives to create a culture of vocations in our parish that promotes and affirms vocations for not only the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life, but also for those called to married and family life, as well as single people. After all, we all strive for holiness. 

  • This ministry supports a vocations prayer bag and vocational prayer after the Monday morning Mass. A volunteer uses the prayer bag to pray for an increase of vocations during the week.

  • In addition, they support various activities during: National Priesthood Sunday, National Vocation Awareness Week, Day of Consecrated Life and World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

  • Coordinator:

Widow's Support Group
  • All widows of St. Pius X Parish are invited to join the “Widows of Wisdom” group.

  • Coordinators: Marilyn Fullmer and Barbara Anctil.

 

Wine & Cheese Social
  • Gathering for fellowship after the first Saturday Evening Mass, this ministry allows both new and old friends to gather over simple hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Typically, this includes things like crackers and cheese, dips, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Volunteer hosts and servers are needed. Training provided.

  • Coordinator: Michelle Rask

 

Women's Club
  • Women of the parish gather once a month for a presentation on a topic of interest, discussion, prayer, faith-sharing and fellowship. 

  • In addition, a half-day Advent retreat and Lenten weekend retreat are held once a year. Program planners, retreat leaders/helpers, and hospitality volunteers are needed. 

  • Coordinator: Tricia Sipowicz

Young Adult Group
  • We currently offer Young Adult Ministry to those ages 21-35. The group meets weekly for a variety of social and spiritual gatherings. The group also partners in parish events such as Lenten Small Groups

  • Coordinator:

Commissioned by the Pastoral Council

 

Pastoral Council Representative:

  • TBD

  • TBD

Parish Leadership Team Contact:

  • Sean Baba


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Volunteer for any of our Community Fellowship Ministries


Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X


Woman's Club at St. Pius X