Outreach Commission (OC)
“Called by Catholic Social Teaching, we work for justice and feed the hungry, care for the sick and those in need.”
Seven Themes of Social Catholic Teachings
• Life and Dignity of the Human Person
• Call to Family, Community and Participation
• Rights and Responsibilities
• Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
• The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
• Care for God’s Creation
The Corporal Works of Mercy
• Feed the hungry
• Give drink to the thirsty
• Clothe the naked
• Shelter the homeless
• Visit the sick
• Visit those in prison
• Bury the dead
The team mission is to assist St. Pius X Parish in becoming a community of "welcome and inclusion" for parishioners with disabilities and their families, and to provide accommodation and access for parishioners with disabilities to enable their ful participation in the life of the Church. We coordinate awareness education, accessibility modification, and an Adaptive Liturgy Mass the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:45 p.m.
Contact: Mary Ann Hassold, email
Contact: Fran Hanchek, email
A community outreach ministry that provides assistance to mothers and their young children who are in need. We serve these families by helping to supply some of the essential items to care for the children -- clothing, blankets, diapers and hygiene items, and other baby gear. Donations are always welcome and very appreciated.
Contact: St. Pius X Frontdesk at 503-644-5264
Our parish community reaches out to those made vulnerable by the death of a loved one. The Bereavement Committee lends aid in grief support and comfort to members of the parish and their families during the loss of a loved one. The committee hosts a Remembrance Mass each May for all parishioners in honor of their deceased loved ones and hosts workshops related to grief, loss, and funeral planning. The team meets the first Wednesday of every other month - February, April, June, October, and December.
Contact: Joyce Bergstrom, email
Two teams make up this ministry. The first team comprises over 100 parishioners who rotate in providing precooked casseroles, fruit, milk, bread, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The second is composed of 4-5 members who meet at the Church Hall to prepare donated foods and deliver and serve food to the homeless men living at the Transition Projects Shelter located at 4th and Glisan and to the homeless women living at Jean's Place located on 11th and Sandy Boulevard. The teams meet year-round on the second Thursday of each month in the Church Hall kitchen from 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Contact: Rebecca Gaerlan, email
This is a new ministry which is getting ready to launch. It will offer respite care to those who are caregivers for their family members.
Faith Café is dedicated to serving those in Washington County who are hungry, seeking community and a sense of belonging. There are eight different churches that participate and every eighth Sunday is St. Pius X's turn. The Knights of Columbus cook the wonderful meals. Backup cooks are needed as well as donations of money, desserts, and containers for leftovers. Volunteers are needed for preparing the dining room for guests and for serving/clean-up. We open the doors at 5:00 pm for guests. Over 100 people from the local community participate each week.
Contact: Joan Wells, email
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry with approximately 160 leaders and volunteers dedicated to providing adequate housing worldwide,
One family at a time.
Our mission is to facilitate the parish in sponsoring and building Habitat for Humanity homes through the Willamette West affiliate.
Assist in the mission of providing safe, affordable housing to qualifying and deserving families in Washington County.
Educate the parish on the many faces of homelessness and accordingly expand our outreach ministry in response to peace and justice concerns.
Contact: Patrick Wheeler, email
A team of parishioners brings Communion to those who are homebound, on a weekly basis.
Contact: Lana Stachlowski, email
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.
We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.
Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home, and fellow Knight. The Knights of Columbus offers its members the opportunity to grow in their faith through living the example of a charity that evangelizes and personifying what it means to be a Catholic gentleman through the practicing of good works.
Make a stand among them, and you can discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others.
Contact: Mike Haney, Grand Knight, email
Contact: Bob Weisend, Membership Director, email
Loaves and Fishes
Meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Elsie Stuhr Center located at 5550 SW Hall Boulevard in Beaverton from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers package meals for delivery by Meals on Wheels and then facilitate meal service for seniors at the Elsie Stuhr Center Dining Room.
The Mary's Pantry program provides a positive influence to a segment of our society who is down and out, and providing a continuing source of nutritional food and toiletries. The program includes two annual food drives, one in the spring and one in the fall. Volunteers are busy for three weeks. The food is collected in the Youth Center the following two weeks and then it is sorted and taken to the Downtown Chapel for distribution.
Contact: Mike and Nan Fey, email
Meals on Wheels
Meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Elsie Stuhr Center located at 5550 SW Hall Boulevard in Beaverton from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteer drivers deliver meals to shut-ins living in the Beaverton area.
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, counseling, liaison with community resources and collaboration with Parish Promotores de Salud volunteers. 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.
Contact: Fran Breiling,RN, email
Parish Vocation Team
The team initiated the “Prayer Cross” to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. St. Pius X has five Prayer Crosses; daily Mass participants, the Knights, small faith groups, the Latino community and youth. We schedule one Sunday each year focusing the homily on vocations and provide a prayer card to parishioners. Each spring, the team escorts the 8th grade school children to Mt. Angel for a tour. Team members assist local parishes in the formation of a Vocation Team.
Contact: Dan Jones, email
Peace, Justice and Life
Our goal is to inform and provide parishioners opportunities for action and programs relating to social concerns following Gospel values as summarized in the 7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Our events involve parishioners of all ages and follow campaigns led by the Archdiocese and the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Locally, we support or organize many events such as the Good Friday Walk of the Cross and Operation Rice Bowl. Sanctity of Life educates through a parish bulletin column, pamphlets in the church vestibule, speakers and movies, to promote a pro-life environment. We also provide information at election time so that parishioners can make judgments based on Catholic Social Teachings.
Contact: Chris Kondrat, email
When someone asks for a prayer request, an email is sent to members of the Prayer Chain, for them to pray for that person or situation.
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 problem. A prayer shawl, knitted or crocheted by ministry members, is given to the one in serious need. 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 always with us. This ministry is open to anyone with knitting or crocheting talents.
Contact: Geneal Kanalz, gmail
Sanctity of Life
Sanctity of Life educates through a parish bulletin column, pamphlets in the church vestibule, speakers and movies, to promote a pro-life environment. We also provide information at election time so that parishioners can make judgments based on Catholic Social Teachings.
Additional information: Respect Life
Serra Club / Vocation
The club promotes vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Meetings are held in Old St. Patrick’s Church the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Sponsored activities include a priest appreciation dinner, a sister’s brunch and social activities with seminarians.
Each Friday of Lent we offer a simple meal, and a guest speaker addresses a Social Justice theme. Rice Bowl boxes are on each table, for people to donate to the needs of our world through Catholic Relief Services.
St. Francis Dining Hall
Meals are served to the homeless Sunday through Friday at St. Francis Dining Hall located at 330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland. Individuals, families and youth volunteers are welcome. The St. Pius X team assists at St. Francis Dining Hall the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
Contact: Debra DiPaola, email
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic voluntary lay international organization working with poor and disadvantaged people. Inspired by our principle founder, Frederic Ozanam, and our patron, St Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those in need: “I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25). No work of charity is foreign to the Society. The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Pius X, with the support of time, talents, and treasure from the parish community, is able to offer the following services:
Provide a grocery market allowing people to shop for food
Provide rent and utility assistance
Supply backpacks with food to children in need at a local school
Provide assistance and support to a domestic violence shelter
Sort and deliver second-hand clothing to several agencies
Fill bags with basic necessities to hand out to the homeless
Organize the annual Christmas program, which provides food boxes and gifts for over 100 families through a food drive and Giving Tree
Meeting dates, time and location are listed in the Sunday bulletin.
Contact: Chris Greiveldinger
The Women’s Club gathers women together in partnership with parish leadership to further the spiritual, material and social enrichment of the parish. As active parish stewards, the Club’s mission is to inspire women through spiritual renewal, charitable service and development of social relationships while encouraging individual interests and talents. The club meets monthly, September through May. Meeting notices are published in the Bulletin and membership brochures are available in the church vestibule.
Contact: Nancy Pulito, President, email