St. Pius Elementary School

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In the year 2000, Monsignor Richard von Paul Mouton, then pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church, noted the number of churches burying time capsules.  He reflected on the mission of St. Pius X Church which states: Continue reading »

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Parish Pastoral Council

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Through Baptism and Confirmation, all are called to exercise both their right and responsibility to participate fully in the life and mission of the Parish and the universal Catholic Church.  The Parish Pastoral Council carries out this role by serving as the official advisory council providing knowledge and expertise on issues related to the pastoral operations of the Parish.  Continue reading »

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Spreading the Cure for Discouragement

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Father Bartunek concluded his Cure for Discouragement Retreat Guide with the parable about Lazarus, which is timely to this Sunday’s Gospel.  More of Father Bartunek’s retreat quides can be found at: http://rcspirituality.org/retreat-guides/

We all remember the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.  Lazarus was a homeless man, covered with sores, who lay at the gate of a rich man’s estate, hoping that the rich man would give him some leftovers from his sumptuous table. He was so wretched that dogs would come and lick his sores. But he waited in vain. The rich man never paid any attention to him, and continued to enjoy his wealth without any thought for the beggar at his door. When they both died, the rich man went to a place of suffering, and poor Lazarus went to a place of comfort. Abraham appears to the rich man in his suffering state, and explains: Continue reading »

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9 Ways to Open God’s Will for You

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The following article by Father Michael Scanlan is

reprinted with permission from www.vocationnetwork.org

 

After meeting regularly with people of all ages and walks of life and understanding that every person and situation is different, I’ve discovered nine basic steps that can keep us moving toward positive and faithful life decisions.  I try to assure people who bring a difficult decision to me that they will be able to know, in their deepest being, in their heart of hearts, what God is calling them to do. Many people are not sure they will ever know God’s will or, if they do, that this knowledge will necessarily bring them peace. We can begin by praying to the Holy Spirit asking him to inspire us and lead us to true wisdom. Continue reading »

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Eucharistic Ministers (Homebound, Hospitals, Nursing Homes)

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St. Pius X Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers continue Jesus’ mission to love and care for the sick by bringing the Eucharist, embodying His redeeming love and healing, to parishioners right where they are.  Whether at home, at a hospital or nursing home, Eucharistic Ministers bring Christ to those who wouldn’t be able to receive the Eucharist otherwise.  Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper before his death and resurrection to remind us of His everlasting love, our salvation and our eternal life with Him. Continue reading »

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Mission Club

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The Mission Club at St. Pius X allows people from all walks of life to participate in making charitable donations to those in need. During the hours of our most challenging moments, this ministry gives back to the community with a whole heart. No need is overlooked. Through Mission Club funds, this ministry helps to provide something as simple as a bag of groceries or help with a utility bill. Continue reading »

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Call to Serve – Father of Mercies

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The following article and the corresponding Action Step into Discipleship were adapted from Father John Bartunek’s Retreat Guide, “Father of Mercies.” It, and other guides, can be found by visiting: http://rcspirituality.org/retreat-guides/

 

The parable of the Prodigal Son has three main characters –a father and his two sons. The younger son rebels against his father, demands to receive his inheritance, then abandons his family to waste it away. The older son stays faithful to his father and to the family, obediently helping his father take care of their estate. But when his younger brother repents of his sins and humbly returns home asking for forgiveness, he doesn’t join the celebration.  He stays outside, angry and resentful revealing that all of his obedience and faithfulness flowed from a desire to earn his father’s appreciation. Both of the sons rejected their father.

 

Most of us can relate to both brothers. We have had our moments of obvious rebellion and more subtle ones as well. In both cases, the real root of the brothers’ sins can be traced back to a distorted idea of their father. Neither one of them really understood their father’s heart. And it was only through the father’s reaction to their rebellions that they discovered it. The father never stopped loving his son. Even his son’s insulting, violent rebellion couldn’t obstruct that love. This is a portrait of mercy, of a father whose love is not calculating and conditional, but abundant, redeeming, and unstoppable.  The father’s reaction to the older son’s rebellion is similar.  Once again the father takes the initiative to reach out to an alienated son. He doesn’t care that his son is acting selfishly and harshly—he can’t stand to be separated from him, so he goes out to meet him, to plead with him.  The father tries to make his oldest son understand that he didn’t have to earn his love and appreciation—in fact, nothing he could do would win or lose that love.

 

The father’s reaction in both these instances is a portrait of merciful love, of love that doesn’t calculate and grudgingly measure itself out in little doses—it is abundant, redeeming, unstoppable. That is the father’s heart. And if either son had been able to recognize it, they could have avoided all their misery and suffering, all their dissatisfaction and resentment; they could have lived constantly in the joy of intimate union with their father and of the prosperity of his household.  The father’s heart in the parable is a portrait of God’s heart, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our God too is a father of mercies. In telling us this parable, Jesus wants to convince us of that. Will we let him?

 

Christian joy is the possession of the one good thing that can fully satisfy our hearts – as it is the one good thing that will never change, never wear out, never break, and never go away. Christian joy is possible because of God’s mercy, his loving attention and unconditional, unlimited commitment to us. God is always paying attention to us. He can’t stop thinking about each one of us. And because God is all-knowing and all-loving, while he pays attention to us he is knowing us and loving us, through and through—no matter what; regardless of whether we deserve it or not; his merciful love for us never wears out and never stops, just like the father with his two sons in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

 

Most of us, if we’re honest, have to admit that life’s troubles often seem to obscure our joy instead of giving it a chance to shine. If that’s the case, we need to refresh our friendship with Christ, the source of Christian joy. And the best way to do that is to renew our experience of God’s mercy, of his unbreakable love for us.  For that, we may need to face up to the uncomfortable fact that we have not always been so unbreakably faithful to him, ask forgiveness, and renew our commitment to be more faithful in the future.  Since Christ’s love for us is personal and total, even our small infidelities sadden him. Whenever we ignore the teaching of his Church, whenever we ignore the voice of conscience, whenever we fail to forgive, whenever we fail to love our neighbor as ourselves, we sadden our Friend, Christ, who only wants the best for us. We put distance between him and us, just as the two sons in the parable put distance between themselves and their father. That distance can suffocate our experience of Christian joy. There is an easy way to come back to the Father’s house, to take that distance away and make a fresh start in our friendship with Christ. And it’s something we can do as many times as we need to. We can go to him in the sacrament of confession, the sacrament of rediscovered joy.

 

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Sodality of Mary Immaculate (for children)

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Sodality of Mary Immaculate is a ministry that seeks to foster extraordinary love and devotion for the Blessed Mother among children. When placed under the protection of the Holy Virgin, we can trust that she will lead us to a complete union with her Son. Continue reading »

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Pro-Life Ministry

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St. Pius’ Pro-Life Ministry is a branch of the Diocese of Lafayette’s Office of Pro-Life Apostolate. The Mission of the Office of Pro-Life Apostolate is to respect, protect, and serve life from conception to natural death through public education, pastoral care, state and national legislation, prayer, and worship.  This Office works with issues of crisis pregnancy, abortion, post-abortion healing, bereavement support, bioethics/infertility issues, chastity,  the death penalty, euthanasia & assisted suicide, human cloning, human trafficking, religious liberty, social ills of pornography, and state & national legislation that affect Christian principles. Continue reading »

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Call to Prayer: A User’s Guide on Ways to Pray

 

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Living our lives as disciples begins with the renewal of our hearts and minds – a new way of thinking and change in attitude. The Call to Prayer phase of the 2016 Call to Discipleship series reminds us that time was created by God, for our world.  It is limited – it has a beginning and an end.  It’s hard for us to recognize time as a gift because we tend to: live in the past encountering guilt, shame and regret; live in the future worrying and fearing the unknown; or live in the “here and now” getting caught up in the secular notions like “time is money” where time seems like a curse and not the blessing that it is meant to be.  Peace and serenity in life is found in the present moment when we are in the presence of God – in prayer. Continue reading »

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