Service and Outreach

Being part of one of the service groups at St Pius X means that you are also serving Christ and the Church! You are welcome to join our vibrant community! Please fill out our Ministry Sign Up online form to register with one of the Ministries and Groups.

 

Pastoral Health Care
Catholic Women’s League
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Rita’s Ladies Group
Knights of Columbus
Grocery Cards Program
Manna Ministry
Funeral Details and Receptions

Pastoral Health Care

Members of the Pastoral Health Care bring Sunday communion to residents at Bethany Care Centre, after 9:00 am Sunday Mass. They visit the sick and elderly in their homes. Members also assist at Bethany Care Centre on Thursday morning by bringing residents from rooms to 10:30 am Mass.

Catholic Women’s League

We welcome every woman over the age of 16 in St. Pius X Parish to join the largest national organization of Catholic women in Canada with a tradition of service to others as expressed in the motto “For God and Canada”. The League is a united voice for Catholic women contributing to life and vitality in the church, family and community.

For more information, please contact our Membership Convenor, Jane Wu, at: (403) 764-3536, or our President, Marjorie Robinson, at: (403) 282-8130

Our Council meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. While attending meetings is important, we realize that in this busy world it may not always be possible for you to attend. Your support is as important as your attendance!

Our aim is to be Christ-centred in faith and action. To do this our League focuses on these principle ministries:
– Spiritual Development
– Promoting Christian values
– Advocacy
– Seeking social justice
– Supporting women

For a ride to and/or from any CWL event call: Marjorie: (403) 282-8130 or Lionnette Williams: (403) 282-7153

St. Pius X CWL $1000 Scholarship

Each year our council presents a post-secondary scholarship to a female member of our parish who is planning to attend local, post-secondary institution and has filled out a scholarship application. This award is made at our September General Meeting each year.

To raise funds for this project, we have connected with Vecova, a charitable, recycling depot run by persons with disabilities. We bring in our bags of recyclables marked with the words: St. Pius X CWL Scholarship Fund. There is no need to wait in the line because we have an account with them and the items will be counted when the depot is not busy. A receipt is made out for you and the money accumulated is sent by cheque to our CWL council.

Please let your friends and family know about this project as we would welcome donations from anyone who would like to contribute. If anyone would like to have their recyclables picked up from their home, please call Linda Mulrain at (403) 274-5281.

Vecova is located at 3304 33 St NW, Calgary, AB T2L 2A6 (403) 289-5651.

You Can Support Our Foster Child, Sasha

Dear St. Pius X CWL,

I’m your goddaughter Sasha Lencin, and I’m very glad to write to you again. I would like you to know that I passed the course; now I will be in 5th grade. This year I studied very hard and did really well. My favourite subject is music. I like to sing with my friends, Camila and Susan. I danced Saya on MotherÕs Day at my school. My older sisters, Wara and Clara and Issai moved and now live with their respective partners and husbands because they need to initiate their lives as a family. Now I live with my three older siblings, Lessing, Alba and Ofson. I want to thank you for all the support that you have provided me, like the jackets, meals, and school supplies. They mean a lot to me.

With LOVE
Sasha Delgadillo Aviles

The weekend before CWL General Meetings, there will be a gift basket for raffle in the church foyer. For a loonie you can buy a chance to win the gift basket and support Sasha and her family in Bolivia. The winner is drawn at the meeting.

Pennies for the Poor and other Missions

A special jar located in the Marian corner in the church sanctuary is where we collect pennies (and other donations) for Sister Maria Goretti and her special projects in Burundi, Africa. We also collect stamps and greeting cards for other mission projects. Just label your items in a bag and drop them off at the Parish office. These donation will assist Sr. Cecily Graves with her Mission Council work for the Diocese of Calgary.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is “to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy”.

St. Pius X parish has a very active St. Vincent de Paul ministry! We are a relatively small group with about 20 members. We meet twice a month for an hour and we take turns being “on-call” for one week. During that week we retrieve the voice messages from the St. Vincent de Paul phone line, call the people back, and see what their situation is. Often people need a small food hamper or bus tickets. We buy the food at the Co-Op store and deliver it to the people’s homes. Sometimes we buy used clothing and bedding at Goodwill or Value Village. Occasionally, we provide emergency rental assistance. We always work in pairs.

In 2016, our Vincentians delivered 233 food hampers throughout the year and 112 Christmas hampers.  They assisted 491 adults and 400 children.

Our funding comes from donations from parishioners, some corporate sponsors and from parking fees collected during the football games.

If you are interested in helping out, we can always use more volunteers! Please contact the Parish Office Thank you!

St. Rita’s Ladies Group

Mission Statement

St. Rita’s Ladies Group expresses our love of Christ through service at St. Pius X Parish by volunteering our time, talents and resources for funeral receptions and fund raisers for various projects and charities while enjoying the fun and fellowship of our members.

Vision Statement

Express our love of Christ by donating comfort items and financial support to organizations helping those enduring impossible situations in their lives.

Charities

Monetary – Varies but has included the following:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank
  • Veterans Food Bank
  • Mary Dover House
  • The Community Kitchen
  • The Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund
  • Rosedale Hospice for Children

Comfort and Support

  • Y.W.C.A. – Sheriff King Home – Worry Buddy Dolls, crocheted or knitted security lap blankets used by children and mothers for therapy at the home. These are made and donated by members and friends. Donated clothing is also among items given to the home.
  • Baby Layettes are given to Kara Centre and St. Vincent de Paul Society to be given out as required. Each layette includes a Baby Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets, 2 Sleepers, 2 Onesies, 1 Towel, 2 Bibs, 2 pairs of Socks, 2 Wash cloths and a Toy.
  • Manna Ministry – 50 Loaves of sandwiches are made by members and donated twice per year.

We also provide assistance to other charitable or worthwhile projects in our church or as the need arises through special request.

Projects

  • Funerals – We will host and provide food and beverages for funeral receptions. There is a recommended donation per person depending on the service required (please click the link for more details)
  • Pies made by the members and sold twice yearly

New members are welcome. Please contact our Leader, Margaret Anne at (403) 274-1433.

Knights of Columbus

Catholic Men’s group called to Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We meet once per month. Please contact Gary Fiselier for more information!

Grocery Cards Program

St. Pius X is a participant in the grocery card program offered by local grocery stores.

By participating in the program, we can all help fundraise for the parish.  Key questions regarding the program are listed below.

1. What is the Grocery Card Program?

The Grocery Card Program is a fundraiser, based on “volume buying” whereby a percentage of each card comes back to St. Pius as earnings.

2. How does it work?  

When you purchase the card at St Pius, you receive the full face value of the card, PLUS from every card, St Pius X Parish receives:

  • CO-OP – 9 %
  • Safeway/Sobeys – 5%, with an increase to 8% effective Oct –Dec.
  • Superstore – 5%

3. Can I use these Cards for fuel and transit passes?

You can use your cards for fuel at CO-OP and Superstore Gas Bars only (not Safeway).  Transit passes can be purchased at any of these stores where this service is available.

4. What other supermarkets will accept my grocery card?

Across the country, you can use your cards at:

  • Safeway/Sobeys: Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, Freshco, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drugs, Needs
  • Superstore: Loblaws companies
  • Co-op: participating Co-op locations

5. Can I ‘re-fill’ my Grocery Card?

Yes, you can ‘re-fill’ your card, however your ‘re-fill’ will not benefit St Pius.  If you wish St Pius to continue to receive the fundraiser benefit, you need to purchase a new card every time.

6. Do I still get my REWARDS?

Absolutely YES!!! Your CO-OP number, Air Miles, and PC Optimum points all apply.

7. Do the Grocery cards expire?

No, the grocery cards never expire.

8. How can I pay for my Grocery Cards?

We take cash, cheques (preferable), Debit, VISA and Mastercard.

9. How much does it cost the Parish for debit and credit transactions?

For each debit transaction (regardless of the amount), it costs the Parish $0.05, while it costs the Parish 2.2% per credit card transaction.

10. What denominations are being sold?

Grocery cards are $100 each.

11. When can I purchase my Grocery Card?

Grocery Cards are on sale in the Church vestibule after every Mass and throughout the week from the Parish office during office hours.

12. What are the benefits of buying grocery cards?

  • Funds are used towards retirement of Parish debt, operating/maintenance projects and special projects as per the policy established by the Parish Council.
  • You will be making a difference, just by doing what you always do—-buying groceries, and fuel.
  • These Grocery Cards are also most beneficial, for gift giving, such as students in University, Christmas giving, or any other occasion that arises.
  • Plus you still get your rewards.

Your active involvement will connect all of us as a part of a responsible, loving, faith community.

13. Who do I contact should I need more information or to assist with sales?

Mirka Saraceni: (403) 875-4716 or email her!

Ron Parisien: email Ron.

Manna Ministry

WHAT IS MANNA MINISTRY

It’s a vital and special Ministry of St. Pius X Parish whose MISSION is TO CONTINUE TO FEED “GOD’S CHOSEN”, NAMELY, THE NEEDY.

It’s a parish project in which parishioners get involved by the hundreds. They are excited and ready to serve and share with the needy! They prepare and serve food for the homeless; they make sandwiches the first weekend of each month for the needy; they contribute necessary items to the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) the last two (2) weekends of January;

How did this come about? Read on!

HISTORY

St. Pius X Manna Ministry Committee was established in 1997. It was an “offshoot” of the “Feed the Hungry” Committee (1995) with a goal to serve more needy people each year rather than the one meal per year at St. Mary’s Cathedral. MANNA is the biblical term referring to the feeding of God’s chosen people in the desert; our MINISTRY is to continue to feed God’s chosen people, namely, the needy. Our goal is to involve as many parishioners as possible in sharing their food and time to such community agencies as: Mustard Seed Ministry, Calgary Drop-in Centre, Avenue 15, as well as contributing to the Calgary Urban Project Society.

Presently, the Manna Ministry Committee has Nine members who meet approximately three (3) times a year in September, January and June. The members are: Bradley Baldwin, Michael Morand, Sonia Mueller, Michele Nowak, Gerry Pampalon, Kathy Walsh, Al & Tina Roach, Rosemary Sinclair.

If you wish to know more about this Ministry and/or how you can participate, please contact Tina Roach via email or phone (403) 239-2509.

November 18th – Manna Ministry Mustard Seed – Foothills Shelter Supper (more details here)

Funeral Details and Receptions

Details

Please fill out our Funeral Registration Form to send Fr. Bill all the details about the funeral.

For details about Prayer of the Faithful, visit Funeral Liturgy.

For Music during the funeral, please contact our musicians for more details and their rates:

  • Gavin Caldwell, by email or phone number: (403) 815-9203
  • Al Roach, by email or phone number: (403) 239-2509

St. Rita’s Ladies Group offers to host and cater Funeral Receptions at St. Pius X Church Hall for parishioners, with a choice of two packages:

Package #1

Suggested donation of $6.00 per person

  • Sandwiches, triple decker. Fillings in each triple sandwich are Ham/Egg salad, Salmon/Egg salad and Tuna/Cheez whiz. The platter of sandwiches is garnished with parsley and grape tomatoes.
  • Dill Pickles
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Deserts (cookies and squares)
  • Tea, coffee and juice

Package #2

Suggested donation of $9.00 per person

  • Sandwiches, triple decker. Fillings in each triple sandwich are Ham/Egg salad, Salmon/ Egg salad and Tuna/Cheez whiz. The platter of sandwiches is garnished with parsley and grape tomatoes.
  • Dill Pickles
  • Carrot and Celery sticks, Broccoli and Cauliflower flowerettes, Bell Pepper strips, Cucumber and dip.
  • Fruit platter – Grapes, Watermellon, Cantelope, Honey Dew Melon, Strawberries, Pinneapple and/or whatever fruit is in season.
  • Deserts (cookies and squares)
  • Tea, coffee and Juice

To book the Reception, please contact:

Margaret Anne Quinn at (403) 274-1433 or by email

Mary Jakubowski at (403) 289-7912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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