Faith Formation

Catechists
If you have a deep love for your faith and desire to share it with others, consider being a catechist. Don’t be afraid that you do not know enough about your faith – when one teaches, two learn! Meeting Time: PSR classes Sundays or Wednesdays.

Liturgy of the Word for Children
At the 10:45 am Mass, children ages 4-9 hear the Word of God at their level. After the opening prayer, they are dismissed to the Day Chapel with a team of adults. The children return to their families during the Procession of the Gifts Meeting Time: One Sunday per month during 10:45 am Mass

EDGE -Adult Volunteer
A Catholic middle school youth ministry for early adolescents. It is designed to meet the catechetical, educational, spiritual, emotional and social needs of young adolescents. Meeting Time: Wednesdays 7:00 pm

RCIA/Catholic Inquiry Team
This ongoing process prepares and supports adults for initiation into full communion with the Catholic Church. Volunteers are needed for sponsors, hospitality, room preparation, and spiritual retreats. Meeting Time: Sunday 9:00 -10:30 am Sept. thru May

Life Teen – Adult Volunteer
An international Catholic movement that serves the young Church by leading teens closer to Christ. Meeting Time: Every Sunday at 5:00 pm

Cursillo
A cursillo is a three-day short course in Christianity held at the Monastery, which begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. This weekend is an opportunity to strengthen your faith. It provides that opportunity through shared prayer, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and gift of God’s love given freely and unconditionally. Meeting Time: One weekend retreat encouraged – Spring or Fall.


Liturgical Ministries

Altar Care/Sacristans
A service by parish women who prepare the church for daily liturgies, funerals and baptisms. They also maintain the altar linens and supplies. Come join us and be part of adorning the Table of the Lord.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion to the Homebound
Following certification, these special Ministers are entrusted with the Eucharist and are sent forth with blessings from the priest and our faith community at the end of Mass, to bring the Body of Christ to St. Pius X parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. Come join us in serving Jesus by serving the homebound.

St. Lazarus Ministry
These dedicated individuals serve at funeral liturgies to welcome bereaved families and their guests. As on Sundays, they meet people at our doors, pass out funeral programs, answer questions, extend hospitality regarding our physical plant and help guests find seating. They serve as the need arises.

Altar Servers
Serve at the altar of Christ! The Altar Servers important role requires that they have made their First Communion, are at least 10 years old, and attend all scheduled training classes to learn more about the Mass and their faith.

Greeters
Welcoming people to the House of the Lord is a true sign of our church’s hospitality. Your friendly ways of opening the doors before Masses and special events, answering questions, and assisting those in need is a wonderful, faithful service.

Ushers
Ushers assist during Mass with a friendly greeting, seat parishioners, take up and secure the monetary collection, and distribute weekly bulletins.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at all Masses. All candidates must be registered at St. Pius, be at least 16 years old, confirmed and must complete a parish training course to be certified for a three-year period. Training is offered in the Spring and Fall on dates and times to be announced.

Lectors
This is a very rewarding ministry that gives you the opportunity to proclaim the Word of the Lord. Lectors devote time and preparation to understanding the Word of the God so that all may hear and be open to God transforming their lives. Lectors require good reading and speaking skills. Training is provided.


Music Ministries

Cantors
Cantors lead and encourage the congregation to sing at weekend Masses and other liturgies.

Folk Choir
The Folk Choir is a diversified group of musicians and singers celebrating at the 8:00 am Sunday Mass. All instruments and voices are welcome. There are no regular practices except for holiday preparation.

St. Cecilia Choir
The regular choir that sings at weekly 10:45 am Sunday Mass. This choir will focus on traditional hymns and Mass ordinaries. It will be introduced to polyphonic singing and simple Gregorian Chant. Choral experience is helpful, but not required. Come join this great choir if you are high school age or “up.” Practice Time: Thursday 7:00 pm; Mass Sunday 10:45 am Special Projects: Advent and Lent Concerts.

Children’s Choir
Through the beautiful voices of the children, this choir will lead the congregation to worship God. Vocal and other musical technique will be taught in rehearsal. Children from 7-15 are welcome to join. Practice Time: Every Thursday, 6:30 pm; Mass-Last Sunday of the month10:45 am.

Resurrection Choir
“Where charity and love prevail,” you will find this choir providing support to bereaved families in our community by singing for funerals and memorial services.

Contemporary Ensemble
This group of singers and instrumentalists plays for the 5:00 pm Sunday Mass and other special liturgies. Come help us put the music together for this joyful celebration! Total time requirement is about 2 hours per week. Practice Time: Sunday at 4:00 pm (Prior to the 5:00 pm Mass). Special Projects: Confirmation Mass/ PSR Opening and Closing Masses/ other special liturgies as requested.

Scholas (Men and Women)
Choirs for more advanced singers and will be responsible for chanting the Mass Propers. These choirs will also be specializing in Renaissance and Modern Polyphonies. Basic choir skills and music theory is required.


Enrichment Groups

Legion of Mary
Join Mary’s Army! With the Blessed Mother as role model and inspiration, this ministry is dedicated to prayer, especially the Rosary, and evangelization through good works and visits to shut-ins. Meeting Time: Every Friday at 7:30pm Special Projects: Marian consecration, pilgrim statue visitations, home Enthronements, nursing home visitations, annual retreats in the South Atlanta Area, and Acies.

Order of St. Luke
This group emphasizes the healing ministry of Jesus. This is done through training in and practice of intercessory prayer, sponsoring healing Masses and retreats, prayer chain and a prayer shawl ministry. Meeting Time: 7:15 PM on the first Monday of each month. Special Projects: Used Book sale, healing Masses, prayers for healing after select Masses each weekend.

Secular Order of Franciscans
We are a community of 3rd Order Franciscans, an official vocation of the Church; married, single and clergy. We strive to live the Gospel life in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. For a deeper spiritual journey, come and see! Meeting Time: 3rd Sunday of the month 12:00-4:00 Special Projects: Blessing of the animals, Transitus service


Community Building

Cancer Pad Sewing Ministry
This ministry prepares personal care disposable pads/washcloths from gently used bed sheets for the Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough. Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday at 10:30 am.

Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW)
The objectives of St. Pius X PCCW are to provide innumerable activities for Women, to support the Pastor and the Parish with activities, as well as fund raisers, and local servie projects. Meeting Time: Varies Special Projects: Yard Sale, Bake sales, collections for Women’s Prison Ministry, Advent by Candlelight.

Knights of Columbus
A service and leadership organization for Catholic men dedicated to serving our parish, supporting charitable causes, and encouraging the spirituality of its members. Prospective members must first meet with the K of C Admission Committee. Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm Special Projects: Sponsors the Memorial Garden for the Unborn, Trivia Nights, Fish Fries, Pancake Breakfast, Valentine’s Dance and other special events.

Prayer Chain
Members of the Prayer Chain are committed to pray every day for the needs of our parish members and their families. The Prayer Chain receives requests for prayer from parish members and these are sent through the phone or email prayer chain. These requests may be for healing in body, mind or spirit. Many requests are for upcoming surgical or diagnostic procedures. Some requests are for emergency health needs or family crises

Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary
The Ladies’ Auxiliary has a twofold purpose: growth and Christian fellowship among members and the support of the St Pius X Council. A Catholic wife, mother, widow, sister or daughter of a Knight of Columbus is eligible to join. Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm

Ultreya
The monthly gathering of Cursillistas, (those who have attended a Cursillo), and others who are seeking to make Jesus a part of their everyday life. It is a place to reconnect with others and share experiences of prayer, study and action. Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday after the 5:00 pm Mass. Special Projects: Help at monastery during Cursillo weekend, Leader School opportunity, feed homeless in downtown Atlanta.


Outreach Ministries

Family Dinner Hospitality Team
Come join our family dinner team and be a part of the food preparation, set-up and clean-up. These dinners are usually held once each month at the church Parish Hall from September to May. Meeting Time: Normally 2nd Wednesday of the month – 5:00-6:30 pm.

Lakeview Community
Volunteers with various skills are needed to help reach out to the members of Lakeview Community in an effort to evangelize those members of our Hispanic community who cannot attend St. Pius X. You can volunteer by taking Communion to the home bound, teaching various classes such as citizenship preparation, ESOL, NFP, Continuing Adult Education, or by assisting during Mass at the Community Center Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

Senior Citizen’s Club
Senior Citizen parishioners (55+) meet for fellowship and faith sharing beginning with the Rosary, Mass and a covered-dish luncheon on the first Friday of the month. Occasional day trips and special events are also part of this active group’s schedule. Meeting Time: First Friday of each month at 12:00 pm; September thru May.

Garden Ministry
The Garden Ministry is dedicated to the upkeep of the landscaping at St. Pius X. Set your own schedule and work in an area of your choice. This is an opportunity to use your time and talent doing God’s work. Special Projects: Growing vegetables for the food pantry.

Men’s Jail and Prison Ministry
St. Pius X Men’s Jail Ministry presently entails weekly Saturday afternoon bible study for the Rockdale jail. In addition to prayer & bible study, there are from time to time mentoring opportunities.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The SVDP Society, St. Pius X Conference, provides families and individuals with financial assistance, food and spiritual support. Volunteer members serve these clients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 12 pm in the SVDP office. Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 am Special Projects: Bingo once a month at 4 assisted living centers and sponsorship of the Angel Tree Christmas project.

Haiti Twinning
This ministry assists our sister parish, Our Lady of the Presentation in Los Palis, Haiti. We focus on the medical and educational needs of the parish community offering financial aid and medical missions. Meeting Time: First Monday of every month at 7:00 pm

Right to Life
These active supporters of the Right to Life movement utilize prayer support, education campaigns, and volunteers to support the unborn and all life, from the womb to the tomb. Join the hands and voice of Christ for the unborn and those who need our prayers and protection. Special Projects: Baby Bottle Campaign, Pro-Life Prayer Chain.

Women’s Jail and Prison Ministry
The Women’s Jail and Prison Ministry is an outreach Ministry that supports the Rockdale County Jail Chaplaincy’s ecumenical program by mentoring jailed women residents. Through Kairos, the Ministry sponsors prison residents for spiritual retreats, and is developing a program to work with women released from jail and prison in transitional housing. Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday at 7 pm, September through June. Special Projects: Christmas sock drive forBibles and gifts for resident’s children; annual clothing drive; Book Drive; and a Food Pantry.


Parish Needs

Consolation Ministry
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, or are experiencing life altering medical events, a separation or divorce or are struggling with other losses, please visit our support group. Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Wedding Coordinator
Wedding Coordinators assist the bride and groom in the planning of their ceremony, and are present at the church for the rehearsal and on the wedding day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
The ministry consists of members of St. Pius X parish. Our mission is the promotion of the values and principles taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through annual programs, and service projects that foster social justice. Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month except July and August. Special Projects: MLK Memorial celebration, food drives, Thanksgiving dinners, and scholarships to high school graduating students of St. Pius X.

St. Joseph’s Guild
Join a group of caring and dedicated parishioners who prepare and donate a food dish for receptions following a funeral.