Beloved St Pius X Family,

Here is our October parish report. 

PARISH SCHEDULE

We continue to keep our parish open for limited attendance as we follow all the safety guidelines put together by our Archbishop, especially the use of a mask at all times inside our parish building.  Our daily and Sunday Mass schedule continues to be the same.  We have temporarily added a new Sunday Spanish Mass at 3:00pm.  Archbishop Hartmayer has extended the dispensation to miss Sunday Mass because of health issues or concerns until further notice.  We encourage everyone who does not have health issues or concerns to start coming back to Sunday or daily Mass.  We also continue to livestream on Facebook and Youtube daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Spanish, and Sunday Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. Other news from St. Pius X can be found each week in the parish bulletin, the SPX website, the Parish App and on the SPX Facebook page. We want you to know that we miss you and pray for you and your families. Confessions are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30pm, and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Offices continue to be closed to the public but we are taking phone calls and emails. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Program 2020-2021 has already started. Please stay connected to our Facebook page and website to keep up with our activities. Classes are online until further notice.  Please be patient and follow all instruction to sign in your virtual classrooms to get to the section.  If you have any issues signing up for your classes, do not hesitate to contact us.  

MINISTRIES AND PARISH GROUPS

I encourage all our ministry and parish group leaders to keep in contact by phone or email with all the members of your ministry/group to keep them informed about what changes are shared with the leaders and to pray together. 

PARISH FINANCES

We continue to experience a deficit in our offertory most weeks.  In order to keep our parish running, I have made some decisions regarding our staff to lower our payroll expenses.  The positions of pastoral assistance, coordinator of religious education activities, and kitchen director have been eliminated.  All our full time staff members received a salary cut and some of our part time staff members’ hours were reduced to the minimum. These decisions were not easy to make but I hope they ease the financial situation of our parish during these trying times.  I thank from my heart all our staff members for their hard work and service to the parish.  Again, I thanks all of our parishioners for your love and support of our parish.

I pray you take comfort in knowing that you all are loved and prayed for by your priests and parish community, and we ask you to pray for us as well.

Love and blessings,

Fr. Juan Areiza

Pastor


Parish Report September

Beloved St Pius X Family,

Here is our September parish report. 

PARISH SCHEDULE

We continue to keep our parish open for limited attendance as we follow all the safety guidelines put together by our Archbishop, especially the use of a mask at all times inside our parish building.  Our daily and Sunday Mass schedule continues to be the same.  We have temporarily added a new Sunday Spanish Mass at 3:00pm.  Archbishop Hartmayer has extended the dispensation to miss Sunday Mass because of health issues or concerns until further notice.  We encourage everyone who does not have health issues or concerns to start coming back to Sunday or daily Mass.  We also continue to livestream on Facebook and Youtube daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Spanish, and Sunday Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. Other news from St. Pius X can be found each week in the parish bulletin, the SPX website, the Parish App and on the SPX Facebook page.  For those who cannot come to Mass yet, we want you to know that we miss you and pray for you and your families. Confessions are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30pm, and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Offices continue to be closed to the public but we are taking phone calls and emails. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Registrations for our Religious Education Program 2020-2021 is now closed.  Classes will begin in mid September.  Please stay connected to our Facebook page and website to keep up with our activities. Classes will be online until further notice.  Please be patient and follow all instruction to sign in your virtual classrooms to get to the section.  

MINISTRIES AND PARISH GROUPS

We have opened three rooms for parish ministries and groups to be able to have in-person meetings starting October 1st.  All the leaders of groups and ministries have received a letter with the information and guidelines to be able to use those spaces. If you need more information about it, please contact the office.  I encourage all our ministry and parish group leaders to keep in contact by phone or email with all the members of your ministry/group to keep them informed about what changes are shared with the leaders and to pray together. 

PARISH FINANCES

We continue to experience a deficit in our offertory most weeks.  The financial annual parish report will be given during the beginning of October.  Again, I thank you all for your love and support of our parish during these hard times.  

I pray you take comfort in knowing that you all are loved and prayed for by your priests and parish community, and we ask you to pray for us as well.

Love and blessings,

Fr. Juan Areiza

Pastor


Parish Report August

August 31, 2020

Beloved St Pius X Family,

Here is our August parish report. 

PARISH SCHEDULE

We continue to do our best to keep our parish open for limited attendance as we follow all the safety guidelines put together by our Archbishop, especially the use of a mask at all times inside our parish building.  We are now celebrating the regular daily and Sunday Mass schedule.  Archbishop Hartmayer has extended the dispensation to miss mass because of health issues or concerns through September.  In his message, the Archbishop stated “we still need to be extremely cautious and practice proper protocol.  I suspect more of us can return to Sunday or weekday Mass than are currently attending…please continue to be safe”.   We continue to livestream, on Facebook and YouTube, daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Spanish, and Sunday Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. Other news from St. Pius X can be found each week in the parish bulletin, the SPX website, the Parish App and on the SPX Facebook page.  For those who cannot come to Mass yet, we want you to know that we miss you and pray for you and your families. Confessions are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30pm, and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Offices continue to be closed to the public but we are here to assist you through phone calls and emails. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We have been able to celebrate the sacraments for all our Religious Education groups 2019-2020.  Please visit our Facebook page to see the pictures of those beautiful liturgies.  Registrations for our Religious Education Program 2020-2021 is now closed.  Classes will begin in mid September.  Please stay connected to our Facebook page and website to keep up with our activities. 

MINISTRIES AND PARISH GROUPS

We are open for liturgical celebrations only.  I encourage all our ministry and parish group leaders to keep in contact by phone or email with all the members of your ministry/group to keep them informed about what happens in the parish and to pray together. 

PARISH FINANCES

We continue to experience a deficit in our offertory every week.  Our finance council and finance administrator are putting together our Parish Financial Report which will be given to all members of our parish during the month of September.  Again, I thank you all for your love and support of our parish during these hard times.  

I pray you take comfort in knowing that you all are loved and prayed for by your priests and parish community, and we ask you to pray for us as well.

Love and blessings,

Fr. Juan Areiza

Pastor


Parish Report July

July 31, 2020

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

Here is our first parish report I will be sharing with all of you at the end of each month until we all may be able to be together again.

PARISH SCHEDULE

We continue to do our best to keep our parish open for limited attendance as we follow all the safety guidelines put together by our Archbishop, especially the use of a mask at all times inside our parish building.  We are now celebrating the regular daily and Sunday Mass schedule.  Archbishop Hartmayer has extended the dispensation to miss mass because of health issues or concerns until August 30th.  We continue to livestream on facebook and Youtube daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Spanish, and Sunday Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. Other activities and news from St. Pius X can be found each week in the parish bulletin, the SPX website, the Parish App and on the SPX Facebook page.  For those who cannot come to Mass yet, we want you to know that we miss you and pray for all of you and your families every day.  We hope to see you soon. Confessions are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30pm, and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Offices continue to be closed to the public but we are taking phone calls and emails. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Online registrations are open for our 2020-2021 Religious Education sections.  Please visit https://spxconyers.com/religious-education/ to register your children for our program.  If you need any help with the online registration process or have any questions about it do not hesitate to call the office. We will be ready to help you. 

MINISTRIES AND PARISH GROUPS

We are open for liturgical celebrations only.  I encourage all our ministry and parish group leaders to keep in contact by phone or email with all the members of your ministry/group to keep them informed about what happens in the parish and to pray together. 

PARISH FINANCES

We closed our 2019-2020 fiscal year with an offertory deficit due to being closed for about three months.  However, we were benefited by the Payroll Protection Program offered by the government a few months ago.  We are working hard to get all the paper work needed for us to be able to receive that money.  More details and specific numbers will come out when the Parish Finance Council and our Finance Administrator write the Annual Parish Report for all of us to see. I want to thank you all for your love and support of our parish during these hard times.  

I pray you take comfort in knowing that you all are loved and prayed for by your parish community, and we ask you to pray for us as well.

Love and blessings,

Fr. Juan Areiza

Pastor


Parish Report 07/20/20

July 20, 2020
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
It has brought Fr. Adam and I great joy to see those of you who have been back to Masses in
person. It is a blessing to see and hear our community worship together. We know that many
of you are unable to return right now, and we want you to know we pray for all of our families
every day and cannot wait to see you when you can return.
I am pleased to share with you that we are completing the Sacraments for our children, teens
and adults who were in our Faith Formation preparation programs last school year. Three
weeks ago, we welcomed several children into the Catholic Church through Baptism, and last
weekend we celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation for our young people. Our First
Communion Masses are scheduled for August 8th and 15th. Our adults from the RCIA
program will also receive their sacraments on August 15th
.
In other news. Barb Roberts, our Parish Secretary, retired last week. We were sad to see her
go, but happy for her as she starts her next adventure! Although the parish offices are closed
to in-person assistance, we are available by telephone or email to help you in any way we can.
We also said good bye to Denise who worked in the rectory for 31+ years and retired this past
week.
We are livestreaming daily Mass Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., and Sunday Masses at
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. The Masses are available on the St. Pius X Facebook
page and on our Youtube channel. Other activities and news from St. Pius X can be found
each week in the parish bulletin, the SPX website, the Parish App and on the SPX Facebook
page.
If you are not able to return to Mass in person yet and would like the bulletin sent directly to
your email address every week, please contact the office and we can help make that happen. If
you do not use any of the above methods of communication, please call the office and we will
put you on a mailing list to receive the bulletin by mail.
I want to thank you all for your love and support of our parish. Many of our parishioners have
been constant in making sure that their offertory gets to the parish every week, and I cannot be
more grateful for their commitment and consistency. May the Lord reward you a hundredfold.
The last four months have been challenging for everyone in so many ways. I pray you take
comfort in knowing that you are loved and prayed for by your parish community, and we ask
you to pray for us as well.
Love and blessings,
Fr. Juan Areiza
Pastor


Reopening Letter 05/20/2020

Dear Saint Pius X Family,

We are very excited to once again be able to open our doors for public mass and prayers. As we reopen our doors there will be new guidelines put forth by our bishops in order to ensure public safety and the ability to continue gathering in our parishes.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses for everyone in the Archdiocese of Atlanta remains in effect until June 28th. Because of this, those wishing to participate in the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week. This will help our communities manage the number of attendees for Mass during weekends. Everyone who is sick, whether it is a chronic illness or just a fever, is encouraged to stay at home and continue to participate in a televised or live-streamed celebration of the Holy Eucharist. With these cautions in mind, here at St. Pius X we are excited to begin welcoming you back into our sanctuary every day of the week beginning on Monday May 25th. We can’t wait for you to join us as we all follow the recommendations made by our Bishops so that we can once again come together around the altar of our Lord while ensuring everyone’s safety. In person Masses will look a little different than you’re accustomed to in the coming weeks. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared.

Everyone must wear a mask to enter the building at all times. Please be prepared and bring your own mask, as we do not have an abundance available to give away. In addition, we will be providing hand sanitizer at the main entrance for everyone to use each time you enter the building.

Monday through Saturday, the Main Sanctuary will be open for private prayer beginning at 10am. You may bring in your own personal prayer resources such as a journal, rosary, or a spiritual book, however you MUST take them with you when you leave. Materials you leave behind will be thrown away during the daily sanitizing of the Sanctuary.

We will be offering daily Masses Monday through Friday only at 6:30pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, Mass will be bilingual.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the Sanctuary before weekday masses Monday through Friday, from 5:30pm to 6:25pm. Reconciliation will take place during Adoration in the Cana Room from 5:30 pm to 6:15pm next to the sanctuary to allow us to keep social distance, while maintaining privacy.

We will resume our normal Sunday Mass schedule with limited seating available on a first come first served system. The schedule begins with a 5pm Saturday vigil Mass and ends with 5pm Sunday evening Mass. You will be asked to sanitize your hands when you arrive, and we encourage you to bring your own sanitizer to also allow you to sanitize before and after receiving communion. You may begin arriving for Mass 30 minutes before it is scheduled to start. When you arrive, please use the marked lines to help maintain 6 feet of distance between your family and others. Wait to be escorted to the best available seat by one of our volunteer ushers. In accordance with the recommendations from the Archdiocese and local health officials we have removed all hymnals and missalettes from the pews. We encourage you to bring your own worship aids or download an app to follow along with the Mass. Apps like Laudate and iBreviary make this easy. If you bring printed worship aids, please remember to take them with you and do not leave them in the pews when you exit.

Because the clergy will be the only ones distributing Holy Communion, we ask that you remain in your pew until an usher directs you to communion. We strongly urge you to receive Communion in your hands with due reverence and respect.

At the end of mass, please remain in your pew until an usher directs you out of the building. We will be leaving by sections.

We want to extend our sincere gratitude and a huge thank you to the many parishioners who have continued to offer their gifts, talents, and treasure to our parish during these last few difficult months. Many have helped us to keep contact with our parishioners. Many parishioners have mailed in their offertory donations or signed up for our online giving system, and it is because of your generosity that we are able to continue to serve you. As we begin to reopen, you are welcome to give using the baskets that will be by the doors of the Sanctuary on Sundays or in the secured box in the narthex during the week. You may also sign up for online giving using the link on our website.

We expect seating at Sunday masses to be very limited, and you are encouraged to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist on any day of the week. In the event that you arrive for a Sunday Mass after all available seats are filled, you are welcome to live stream outside or in your car and receive the Holy Eucharist after the church has been emptied. You are also welcome to come back for a Mass later in the day or during the week. We will continue to live stream Sunday Masses at 11am in English and 1:00pm in Spanish as well as all of our weekday Masses.

We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to keep our community safe. We will be spraying to sanitize the sanctuary daily and between each Sunday Mass. Throughout each day, we are also diligently cleaning all surfaces you may come in contact with. Please pay attention to the marked signs and do not enter areas of the church property that are currently closed such as downstairs classrooms or the parish hall.

Lastly, for those who want to receive Holy Communion but are not comfortable coming inside the Sanctuary yet, we will offer outdoor, drive-in Adoration followed by the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-10am in the back parking lot by the community garden beginning Monday May 25th. To receive communion, you must be wearing a mask and you will be asked to step out of your car.

Once again, we are very excited to reopen our doors and to have the opportunity to worship together around the altar of our Lord. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for you. May God bless you and keep you safe. Love and Blessings,

Fr. Juan and Father Adam.