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In order to prepare and sanitize for 1st Communion and Confirmation, the church building will be closed to the public during these times:
Please hold in prayer those who will be receiving First Communion this weekend:
Please click here to view a Youtube message from Fr. Rob containing important information about this weekend's First Communion Masses.
El Paso's Bishop Mark Seitz: Black lives matter
Jesus said, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." El Paso's Bishop, Mark Seitz, quotes Jesus' words in the attached National Catholic Reporter article. Click here to read this worthwhile article.
Reader Tributes to Coronavirus Victims
St. Joseph - St. Pius X Online
Mass Live, every Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Mass is Live Streamed on Facebook Tuesday evenings for anyone who'd like to join online. If you'd like to experience Mass online, but are not sure how to create a Facebook account, please visit this link to learn how to create an account. Once you have a Facebook account you'll be able to join Fr. Rob every Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM for weekly Mass!
Mass On Demand, replayed on Facebook or YouTube
Great news, everyone! St. Joseph-St. Pius X now has its own YouTube Channel. All of the Masses that were live-streamed or archived on Facebook can now be seen on the YouTube Channel whenever you want to watch them. We hope this helps you to stay in touch, even if you cannot attend the live-streamed services. Click here for the St. Joseph-St. Pius X YouTube Channel!
A Message From Fr. Rob
Hello again everyone,
I love the serenity Prayer. It does not ask God to give us wealth, health or any material good, bit it simply asks for the gifts we need to cope with our daily life. It was written by a Christian minister in the early 1930’s at a time when, not unlike today, the world was in upheaval. For those of you who do not remember their history it was the height of the Great Depression. FDR had just been elected President and the “New Deal” was just a dream, bread lines were blocks long and Germany, Italy and Japan were rattling their swords threatening the world. In short there was much to be uncertain about and much to worry about. Sound familiar? From the midst of that chaos came the Serenity Prayer. Reinhold Niebuhr , a Protestant theologian and Minister wrote it for his congregation. Since then it has become one of the most beloved prayers of the world. It is one I first came to know in the chaos of my early days of recovery. It was prayed at almost all of the AA meetings I attended and I used it frequently throughout those early days, weeks and months. In fact, I still use it today. Today I am not white-knuckled holding onto a cliff edge praying not to drink (although I do still pray not to drink), but it is a mantra I use as I sit in meditation to begin each day. It enables me to enter the presence of God in peace. I also find myself reciting it throughout the day as I am forced to deal with things I cannot control or that I do not understand. It gives me the calmness of mind to be present in each moment and not be overwhelmed by it. I have even found myself praying with it at times when I am overwhelmed with joy. It allows me to be more aware of God’s grace in my life and the life of those I love.
I want to encourage all of us to be not afraid to pray with the serenity prayer during this time. It was a gift to people in suffering in another generation, and it can be one to each of us as we suffer through this time now.
God Grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change
The Courage to Change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to Know the difference.
Peace and God Bless,
Hello again to all,
I have a few updates for you as we continue our exile from our daily routines. While we still cannot celebrate mass together publicly it does not mean that we cannot still celebrate the Eucharist. With that in mind I will be celebrating mass on Sunday morning at 9:00 am and all of us will be able to attend via Facebook. Michelle Herbert will film it live from the Mother Saint John House Chapel. Since the Bishop has suspended all public celebrations of the Eucharist at this time we cannot invite you to attend in person, so we will do the next best thing a virtual mass. While we may not be able to recreate all that occurs at our weekly mass i.e. music and reception of the Sacrament, we can still celebrate as a community together praying for our Parish and for our world as it goes through this time.
In a related matter I have decided to open the church of Saint Pius X each day from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you would like to stop in and sit and pray in the presence of the Tabernacle please do so. I would only remind you of the mandates for social distancing and 25 or fewer people in one place at one time. If you do come to the church to pray I would also ask that you do your prayer silently and in a manner that respects those who might be around you.
Finally, in this time of Pandemic the Bishop has asked that we be very careful with our visitations to parishioners. This is due to the fact that we ministers might possibly be infected and that we could also be carriers of the virus. As a result, I am going to forego all visits to parishioners during this time with the exception of calls for what we frequently call “the Last Rites” or the celebration of Viaticum and Sacrament of the Sick. I also have been locked out of local Hospitals and Nursing Homes. If you are a worker at a local Nursing Home and would like to bring communion to the catholic residents please contact me at 774 262-6562 and we will work it out. If you are in the hospital and would like to receive the Sacraments please contact the Pastoral Care Department of the hospital.
Please stay healthy and safe and pray for me and our parish.
God Bless you,
Hello everyone from Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X Parish,
I just want to remind you that while our church may not currently be celebrating the mass each weekend it does not mean that we are less in need of your weekly donations during this time of crisis. We have cut our staff hours some to try to ease the hit we will take, but I do not believe that the parish staff should be the only people that have to pay to support our parish in these difficult times. I know we are all challenged in this time, but I also know that the bill collectors are still at the doors of our parish. We will do everything we can to meet our minimal obligations. I am also asking you as members of our Parish community to continue supporting your parish financially in this time. You can easily mail your contributions to the Parish, drop them off at the parish office or click on the We Share link and register to donate on line.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Good Health and God Bless You,
Hello to all,
This week I have some sad news to share with you. After many years of devoted service to our parish through the Leicester Food Pantry, the New to You Thrift Store and Deja New, Cheryl Cooney is stepping down. Cheryl’s dedication to all of those ministries will stand as a great example for us all to strive towards. Donna Jyringi will serve as our New to You Thrift Store Director. No one has been named to replace her at the Food Pantry or Deja New as of yet.
I want to take a few words to express the gratitude that our parish feels for Cheryl’s entire good ministry here at Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X. Her dedication to and love for the patrons of the Food Pantry showed itself in the many hours she spent shopping at Worcester County Food Bank and all of the area grocery stores to ensure that there was always a good selection of excellent foods for them. She would also spend much time writing grants and stocking and restocking the Food Pantry. This sense of service was so great that it poured out into her starting a thrift store here at Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X. This thrift store served two purposes; one was to raise money for the parish and the other was to provide quality products at a very affordable rate for those who are most in need in our parish and the surrounding communities. She would spend many hours and miles gathering these quality products as well. Her most recent endeavour has been to form and open the Deja New specialty thrift store. It to serve a charitable purpose, the proceeds go towards the funding of Hearts for Heat, Leicester Food Pantry and Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X Parish. Again the number of hours she would devote to gather furniture and other goods for sale there was immense. Her service here at our Parish will be missed. I know that it’s not enough, but it must be said: THANK YOU CHERYL! GOD BLESS YOU!
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Weekly Mass Times
Online Tuesday: 6:00 PM Streamed Live on Facebook
Saturday- St. Pius X: 4:00 pm
Sunday- St. Pius X: 9:00 am
Daily M-Th - MSJ House: 8:30 am
Grade K-8 - 10:00 - 10:00 am
Teen Mass - 4:30 - 5:15 pm
Grade 9-10 - 5:15 - 6:15 pm
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If Leicester schools are delayed or closed due to snow or holidays, there is no 8:30 AM Mass celebrated at the Mother St. John House.
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Daily Golden Verse
| and [lest] thou say in thy heart, My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth.  But thou shalt remember Jehovah thy God, for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as at this day.|
- Fr. Rob
Dear Jesus, please open my mind, my heart, and my soul to all the ways you will bless me today.