Wait! What is a deacon? "Deacon" comes from a Greek word which means "service." Permanent deacons receive the sacrament of Holy Orders to assist the bishop and priests in serving the Church.

More specifically, deacons act in service of the sacraments, the Gospel, and ministries of charity. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, preside over funerals, and perform special tasks at Mass like proclaiming the Gospel and preaching. Unlike bishops and priests, a deacon can be married when he is ordained (though he cannot remarry if his wife should die).

With host Michael Rubbelke, we will be answering the question: what kind of men are called to serve the Church as permanent deacons? Meet the four men who are in formation to become deacons and their wives: Mike and Tracey Plenzler, James and Wendy Summers, Harry and Joanne Verhiley, and Phil and Claire Hayes. We will also get to know our very own Deacon Lou Giovannini and his wife Lori. Listen as they share their experiences of being called and formed to become deacons, how their ministry affects their family life, and how deacons serve our Church today. Meet a new couple each week!

This week, we meet parishioners Joanne and Harry Verhiley. We thank them for sharing their interesting story of what led Harry to formation to become a deacon. Did you know Harry was once in the seminary? Watch them share their story below.

God bless them!
Remember to visit the parish website to access links to all of the outreach efforts Saint Pius X has offered during the coronavirus pandemic:

The events on Facebook and the website continue!

EVERY DAY 3:00 p.m. Where will the Rosary be prayed each day? Join us to find out and pray!


MONDAY-FRIDAY 11:55 a.m., Pray the Angelus with us!

WEDNESDAYS 3:00 p.m. following the Rosary, Jeremy plays your favorite sacred music on request.

WEDNESDAYS 6:00 p.m. with Seminarian Sam on guitar and Brittany Tull, Director of Youth Ministry on vocals.

THURSDAYS Join Fr. Bill, Sally Flask, and Jimmy Flask for Bible Study live following the 8:45 a.m. Mass. Ask your questions in the comment box!

Saint Pius X has been assigned the Holy Cross Mission by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend this year, to support their important work around the world.

What is the Holy Cross Mission Center (HCMC)?
HCMC serves as a support and bridge between ministries, lay colleagues, and religious across the continents and throughout the Congregation. Holy Cross missions work in outreach and social justice initiatives to share the Good News without impediment by socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, and other barriers.

Where does the Holy Cross Mission Serve?
Globally, HCMC supports the international mission work and worldwide efforts of the Congregation of Holy Cross, spanning 16 countries on five continents. HCMC helps coordinate special mission initiatives, like relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and assists other Holy Cross districts, provinces, and the general administration.

Who does the Holy Cross Mission Center Serve? Our Holy Cross priests and brothers strive to bring the Good News of the Gospel for those they serve throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. From parishes in large urban settings to rural ones, in schools, clinics, and centers for the aged and ill, as well as for children who are orphaned and abandoned, Holy Cross does so across 16 countries.

Thank you for supporting this appeal by making a donation!

Click HERE to donate online.


The following prayer will replace the parish stewardship prayer at Mass until further notice.

Mother of Divine Love, we entrust to you our nation and world, our families and loved ones, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

In this time of trial and testing, hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful.

For those already afflicted, obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

For those working to help the sick and bring an end to this crisis, obtain the strength to continue their work.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, conform us to the will of the Father, remind us always of the love of your Son, Jesus, and bring his peace to our land and to our hearts.

Saint Rocco, protector against the plague and all contagious diseases, pray for us!

Saint Pius X Catholic Parish, dedicated to renewing all things in Christ, is committed to evangelization through prayer, service, sacrificial giving, faith formation, and community.
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