Ministries

We aren’t just another church on the block. We are the St. Pius family. Our parish community is unique because of the devoted and talented groups of individuals who give of themselves so wholeheartedly for the benefit of our community.

All that we have is a gift from God. What we do with what we have is our gift to God. Sharing our gifts and returning them to God means giving generously of our time, talent, and treasure.

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Peer Ministries

Middle School Ministry

Youth in sixth through eighth grade meet in Homer Crouse Hall for dinner once a month and in the Youth Room in Fitzsimon Center every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year at 3:15 PM. Middle school youth are also invited to participate in the 5:00 PM Youth Mass on the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact Josh Yee, St. Pius Youth Minister at 650-361-1411 extension 113 or josh@pius.org Instagram account: @stpiusym

High School Ministry


Teens meet in Homer Crouse Hall for dinner once a month and in the Youth Room in Fitzsimon Center for other events. High school youth are also invited to participate in the 5:00 PM Youth Mass on the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact Josh Yee at josh@pius.org or (650) 361-1411, ext. 113. The current Leadership Team members are Will Ott '18, Justin Swan '18, Amy Gifford '18, Ty Casey '18, Reece Chang '18, Joanna Hernandez '19, and Luca Schrammel '20.

Young Adults


Adults (age 18 to 40) meet for faith sharing, service, and socials throughout the year. For more information, contact the parish center at (650) 361-1411. Please specify if you are a college student, a young professional, or a parent so that we can better serve you. Facebook page: St. Pius Young Adults

Seniors


Seniors meet every Friday at 10:00 AM in the Senior Room in Homer Crouse Hall. During the school year, the classes at St. Pius School provide lunch and entertainment once a month. For more information, contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411. The current president is Adele Sanchez.

Men's Club

The Men's Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month in Homer Crouse Hall. The cost is $20 ($10 for seniors). Dinner is included. Your first meeting is free. The Men's Club also hosts a golf tournament and retreat every year and sells Christmas trees in our parking lot every December. For more information, contact mensclub@pius.org 

Women's Club


The Women's Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month in Homer Crouse Hall. The cost  in advance is $20 ($15 for seniors) or $25 (20 for seniors) at the door. Your first meeting is free. The Women's Club also hosts socials, a Christmas dinner, and a retreat every year. For more information, contact womensclub@pius.org The current president is Christina Codemo. Facebook page: St. Pius Women's Club

Italian Catholic Federation

The Italian community meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center and hosts a crab cioppino dinner and polenta dinner every year. For more information, contact Jean Tomatis at dtomatis@pacbell.net or call (650) 368-5486.

Filipino Ministry

The Filipino community meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Parish Center and hosts a novena of Masses called Simbang Gabi every December. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116. Facebook page: Catholic Filipino-American Ministry

Hispanic Ministry


The Hispanic community meets for a bible study in Spanish every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center and for prayer ministry in Spanish every Thursday at 7:00 PM in the church. Spanish speakers are also invited to participate in the 10:45 am Mass every Sunday. For more information, contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor at srnorberta@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 115.

Grief Ministry

Grief ministry is a group of lay ministers trained by the Archdiocese of San Francisco to give support to those in our parish community who have lost a loved one. Grief ministry hosts two grief support series every year, one in the spring and one in the fall, and a holiday grief workshop every November or December. For more information, contact griefministry@pius.org or call (650) 361-0655.

Family Ministries

Children's Faith Formation

Religious education classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade are held weekly on Sundays from 10:0 AM-11:00 AM. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are sent forth prior to the Mass readings to discuss the Gospel reading in a way they understand at the 9:00 AM Mass every Sunday. For more information, call (650) 361-1411. 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) & Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)


Religious education classes for adults who would like to become Catholic, learn more about the Catholic faith, or receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation) are offered weekly. Older children who have not yet been baptized go through our RCIC program. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Sunday Pre-K Child Care

Drop-in child care for children ages 2 to 5 is offered during the 9:00 AM Mass every Sunday during the school year in the Community Room in Fitzsimon Center. Children under 2 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Vacation Bible School


A Bible-based summer camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade is most summers in July at Fitzsimon Center. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Young People's Theater

Children in third grade through high school star in a musical production every spring. Our spring 2017 production is The Wizard of Oz. For more information, contact Karen Elmore at kselmore3@comcast.net or call (650) 207-7682. Facebook page: St. Pius Young People's Theater

Baptismal Preparation


Parents and godparents are required attend a baptismal preparation class, offered every first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. Baptismal preparation classes are offered in Spanish every second Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor at srnorberta@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 115.

First Reconciliation Preparation

Sacramental preparation through our Children's Faith Formation program is a two-year process that prepares students for both First Reconciliation and First Communion. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

First Communion Preparation


Sacramental preparation through our Children's Faith Formation program is a two-year process that prepares students for both First Reconciliation and First Communion. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Confirmation Preparation


Preparation for the Sacrament of a Confirmation is a one-year program that usually begins in the fall of your freshman or sophomore year of high school. For more information, contact Sabrina Harper at sabrina@stmatthiasparish.org or call (650) 366-9544.

Marriage Preparation


Couples are required to meet with a priest to begin the marriage preparation process. For more information, contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411 at least six months prior to the date of your wedding.

Mass Ministries

Altar Servers


Children in sixth through eighth grade assist at Mass. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

Altar Society & Environment


The Altar Society cleans the vessels used during Mass and cares for all of the altar linens and vestments used in the church. We also help decorate and beautify the church for Holy Days and special occasions. For more information, contact Tina Zanoni at tinazanoni@aol.com or call (650) 361-8203.

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion administer the Eucharist at Mass. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

Greeters

Greeters welcome parishioners and guests as they enter the church for Mass on Sundays and distribute the bulletin after Mass. For more information, call (650) 361-1411.

Lectors


Lectors proclaim the word of God to the congregation at Mass. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee meets once a month to plan for each liturgical season. Members are asked to join. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

9:00 AM Contemporary Choir


An SATB choir sings at the 9:00 AM Mass every Sunday, accompanied by a pianist and guitarist. Practices are held on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Music Room in the church. For more information, contact Beverly Hilliard at beverly@pius.org.

9:00 AM Children's Choir

Children in second through eighth grade sing at the 9:00 AM Mass once a month, accompanied by a pianist. Practices are held on Tuesdays during the school year at 6:00 PM in the Community Room in Fitzsimon Center. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

11:15 AM Spanish Choir


A choir sings at the 11:15 AM Mass every Sunday, accompanied by a keyboardist, electric guitarists, and violinists. Practices are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Music Room in the church. For more information, contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor at srnorberta@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 115.

5:00 PM Vigil Mass Traditional Choir

A cantor and choir sing at the 5:00 PM Mass every Saturday, accompanied by an organist. Practices are held on Tuesdays at 6:45 PM in the church. For more information, contact Kathleen Martin at kvmartin@sbcglobal.net.

5:00 pm Youth & Young Adult Choir

A choir sings at the 5:00 PM Mass on the first Sunday of the month, accompanied by a pianist, electric guitarist, and drummer. Practices are held before each Youth Mass at 4:00 PM in the church. The Youth & Young Adult Choir also hosts praise nights throughout the year. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

Prayer Ministries

Bible Study


Parishioners meet to study and discuss the Bible every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Fr. Paul Rossi at frpaul@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 117.

Book Club

Parishioners meet to discuss Christian literature every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Fr. Paul Rossi at frpaul@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 117.

Centering Prayer

Parishioners meet for centering prayer every Tuesday and Friday at 8:45 AM in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Mary McCourt at (650) 365-1082.

Interfaith Spiritual Dialogue

Parishioners meet for interfaith spiritual dialogue every Saturday at 8:30 AM in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Mary McCourt at (650) 365-1082.

Liturgy of the Hours

Parishioners meet to pray the Liturgy of the Hours on Mondays through Saturdays at 7:15 AM and Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the church. For more information, contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411.

Rosary Group


Parishioners meet to pray the Rosary on Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 AM in the church. For more information, contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411.

Spanish Bible Study

The Hispanic community meets to study and discuss the Bible in Spanish every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. For more information, contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor at srnorberta@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 115.

Spanish Prayer Ministry

The Hispanic community meets to pray with and for each other every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the church. For more information, contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor at srnorberta@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 115.

Outreach Ministries

Faith In Action

Faith In Action offers various service opportunities throughout our local community. For more information, contact Joe Krauss at joe.krauss@comcast.net.

Sandwiches on Sunday


Sandwiches On Sunday meets every Saturday at 8:00 AM to make bag lunches for about 80 adults and 10 children weekly. On Sundays, the bag lunches are taken to the Fair Oaks Community Center to be distributed to the people who gather there for a bag lunch and a hot meal, which is provided from 11:45 AM-1:00 PM. For more information, contact Maryann Barry at maryann.barry@hhs.sccgov.org or call (408) 687-8313.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides spiritual and material assistance to needy families and individuals within parish boundaries. For more information, contact the Parish Center at (650) 361-1411. The current president is Rick Boitano.

If you need help... Call (650) 361-1411 during office hours and a member of our parish staff can take down your contact information for Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers. Please be specific about what you need (i.e. food, clothing, furniture, diapers). A volunteer will call you and visit your home between 3:00-5:00 PM.

Parish Leadership

Finance Council

The Finance Council advises the pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Members are asked to join. For more information, contact Fr. Paul Rossi at frpaul@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 117.

Futuring Team & Commissions

In fall 2015, over 300 parishioners met over the course of 3 parish-wide planning retreats and discussed their vision for the future of St. Pius Church as we approached our 65th anniversary in 2016. A group of 20 parishioners and staff were selected to represent the parish-at-large in this parish planning process. Under the leadership of our pastor Fr. Paul Rossi, our futuring team helped discern what's next for St. Pius Church and created a five-year plan with goals, objectives, and action steps for implementation in 2016-2020. 7 commissions of 10-15 parishioners each were formed to implement these goals. For more information, contact Cathy Yee at cathy@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 116.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council advises the pastor on matters of parish life and pastoral ministries. Our Pastoral Council consists of the 2 co-chairs from each of the 7 commissions, which correspond to the goals laid out in our Parish Plan. For more information, contact Fr. Paul Rossi at frpaul@pius.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 117.

Parish Festival


The festival is held on the first weekend of June every year. Our 2017 dates are June 2-4, 2017. For more information, call (650) 361-1411. Facebook page: St. Pius Festival


St. Pius offers a well-rounded, comprehensive elementary Catholic education, from preschool through eighth grade. St. Pius School was founded by Msgr. Michael Fitzsimon and the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1953 and is noted for its excellence in teaching the Catholic faith and promoting Catholic identity. Applications are available in the school office and online.

St. Pius School


St. Pius School provides a challenging, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Subject areas include math, science, literature, art, music, technology, physical education, and Spanish. Students consistently score well above the national average on standardized tests, and graduates have remarkable success in getting accepted to the Catholic high school of their choice. For more information, visit stpiusschool.org or contact the school office at (650) 368-8327.

St. Pius Preschool


Founded on Montessori principles and infused with Catholic values, St. Pius Preschool provides a holistic, child-centered, and exploratory curriculum for children ages 3 to 5. Interest areas include math, science, literacy, art, music, cooking, block play, outdoor play, and foreign languages. Half-day and full-day programs are offered, with extended care available from 7:30-8:00 AM and 3:00-6:00 PM. For more information, contact Lauri Hill at preschool@stpiusschool.org or call (650) 361-1411, ext. 127.

 

Our Parish

No matter who you are,
there's a place for you at St. Pius...


Find your place.

Peer Ministries
Middle School Ministry
High School Ministry
Young Adults (age 18-40)
Seniors (age 65 & over)
Men's Club
Women's Club
Italian Catholic Federation
Filipino Ministry
Hispanic Ministry
Grief Ministry
Family Ministries
Children's Faith Formation
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
Sacramental Preparation
Baptism
First Reconciliation
First Communion
Confirmation
Marriage
Sunday Pre-K Child Care
Vacation Bible School
Young People's Theater
Mass Ministries
Altar Servers
Altar Society & Environment
Eucharistic Ministers
Greeters
Lectors
Liturgy Committee
Music Ministry
9:00 AM Contemporary Choir
9:00 AM Children's Choir
11:15 AM Spanish Choir
5:00 PM Vigil Mass Traditional Choir
5:00 PM Youth & Young Adult Choir
Prayer Ministries
Bible Study
Book Club
Centering Prayer
Interfaith Spiritual Dialogue
Liturgy of the Hours
Rosary Group
Spanish Bible Study
Spanish Prayer Ministry
Outreach Ministries
Faith In Action
Sandwiches on Sunday
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Leadership
Finance Council
Futuring Team & Commissions
Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Festival

 

Required Training for Volunteers


All teens and adults must complete Shield the Vulnerable training in order to volunteer at St. Pius Church. Training is completed online at shieldthevulnerable.org.