May 31, 2020
The past nights I have watched in great personal pain as the pent-up anger of our people caught fire across our country. I saw the city where I was born, the cities where I have lived, the city I pastor now, catch embers from the city where I was educated and burn. Was I horrified at the violence? Yes. But was I surprised? No.

As the saying goes, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. What did we expect when we learned that in Minneapolis, a city often hailed as a model of inclusivity, the price of a black life is a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill? When we added another name to the list of those murdered for being black or for caring about the marginalized?
I will not pretend to speak with any authority about the challenges people of color experience in our society. I do not share the fear they put on when they and their children leave their homes every day. I do not know what it means to be “other.” But I know there is a way to fix it. And the fix begins when we stop talking about the proportionality of “their” response and start talking about the proportionality of “ours.” Surely a nation that could put a man in space, his safety assured by the brilliance of black women, can create a fair legal system, equitable education and employment opportunities and ready access to health care. Laws do not solve problems, but they create a system where racism in all its forms is punished and playing fields are leveled.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a great equalizer. It has been even more a great revealer of societal cancers as deadly as the virus. As others have pointed out, health insecurity kills, and poverty is poison. We can and must make a society that views the soaring of a child’s potential with more joy than the soaring of a rocket.

I stand ready to join religious, civic, labor and business leaders in coming together to launch a new effort to bring about recovery and reconciliation in our city. We do not need a study of the causes and effects. Those answers can be found on the shelves of government offices and academic institutions across our burning nation. No, we need to take up the hard work of healing the deep wound that has afflicted our people since the first slave ships docked on this continent. And we need to start today.


Please see other important statements from Cardinal Cupich in response to the death of George Floyd and the events that have swelled up from this pain. Look for more information in the days and weeks to come on how we, as the Church, can stand up for reconciliation and recovery in the face of the sin of racism. (https://www.archchicago.org/)


Fr. Tony has announced that St. Pius X is moving into Phase II of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s plan to reopen our churches.
1.Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.
2.Our utmost concern is for the safety of all, therefore, through ongoing discussions with pastors, health care professionals and civil authorities, there will be a review of the Plan and adjustments may be made according with new data


JUNE 6, 2020, Saturday—3:15 p.m. for Reconciliation
4:00 p.m. for Saturday Vigil Mass ( limit to 50 people)

JUNE 7, 2020, Sunday— 8:00 a.m. Mass (limit 50 people)
10:30 a.m. Mass (limit 50 people)

myeofferingDue to the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis - and going forward in the future - we would like you to consider participating in a our new online Giving Program, myEoffering, designed to simplify weekly giving in our parish.

Electronic giving will enable every household or individual to make their church offering using electronic funds transfer or credit card. You may already be using online bill pay for your mortgage, car payment, or insurance premium through an automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. Many of you also have used your credit cards to purchase goods online through Amazon, eBay, or a number of other sites.


Join Fr. Tony for Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. live streamed on our Facebook page until further notice: https://www.facebook.com/StPiusXStickney
Visit St. Pius X webpage to be linked to all resources listed above including access to our online Giving Program.http://www.stpiusxstickney.org/
Visit: https://www.archchicago.org/ for latest updates from the Archdiocese of Chicago.


The last class for Religious Education at St. Pius X would have been April 26, 2020. Once “Stay in Place” was implemented to protect others due to the Pandemic we were directed to suspend religious education which included the postponement of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Our last class for religious education was March 8, 2020 with classes being canceled March 15, 2020. We missed 6 classes for the 2019-2020 school year. We want to reassure all of the children and young candidates for Confirmation that we will schedule for the reception of First Holy Communion and Confirmation once we are free to do so.


Dear Religious Education Families and Parishioners
We are encouraging the Parents and Guardians to teach their children to pray. We have provided the prayers to be memorized from Kindergarten through eighth grades. These prayers are to be learned and practiced at home.


Let us all pray the Hail Mary for the protection from the COVID-19 pandemic especially for those in Healthcare, First Responders, Food Service and other job essential workers. Pray for those affected by COVID-19 or facing quarantine and those who have died. Pray for our family and friends for our health and safety.

As of April 10, 2020
St. Mary’s has tallied 11,561 Hail Marys.

Together we can pray 1,000,000 Hail Marys.

Send in your count to Michelle Brown at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to be added to the challenge. Please keep praying!


The Annual Catholic Appeal is an invitation for every Catholic family to respond with a generous heart. Your gift will provide inspiration, education and services to the less fortunate in our Archdiocese and throughout the world. You have embraced God's call to never forget those in spiritual and material need. For this we are truly grateful. EVERY GIFT MATTERS!


Did you know that St. Pius X sponsors a parish site for a SPRED Program?
SPRED (Special Religious Development) in an agency of the Archdiocese and is a unique program designed to guide persons living with developmental and intellectual disabilitries to grow in faith and prepare for full participation in the saceramental life of the parish.

Click here for details...


fooddrive We are continuing to service our parish and community families during this critical time. Because the church is closed and we are following the “Stay at Home” directive, we are asking, if you are able, to support the Family Assistance Ministry with monetary donations at this time. You may mail your donation to the parish office (4300 S. Oak Park Ave., Stickney, IL 60402), you may also drop it off in the church mail slot by the front doors of the church or donate through our online myEoffering program (myEoffering.com). You will need to set up an account. I thank all of you who have been able to continue supporting the Family Assistance Ministry with your monetary gifts and gift cards to Jewel and/or Aldi’s.

Your generosity and support are overwhelming. For information or assistance, please call the parish office: 708-484-7951. Praying that you and your families will remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. St. Pius X Family Assistance Ministry Roberta Birmingham-Coordinator

givingtree01There are openings for yearlong vigil lights at the shrines. For a donation a vigil light will burn for one year. Intentions can be for a person living or deceased, special intention, anniversary, etc.

For information call the parish office, 708-484-7951.

50/50 Tickets or 50/50 raffle are available after all Masses. Try your luck!
Thank you for supporting this St. Pius X fundraiser.

volunteersneededVolunteers are welcome and needed for our St. Pius X Ministries.
Have you considered volunteering to be a Lector, a Eucharist Minister, or a Greeter or other? Pick up a ministry brochure in the church narthex. Review the ministry listing and make your selection.
Those willing to serve in a ministries will participate in a brief training session prior to being scheduled. Call the parish office: (708) 484-7951.

lionsclubThe Stickney–Forest View Lions will be happy to recycle holiday light sets along with gently used eyeglasses, hearing aids; ink cartridges, cell phones/chargers, metal keys, and soda can tabs.
All the funds from the sale of their recycling efforts help to financially support the many valuable programs of the Lions of Illinois foundation. These programs assist the visually and hearing impaired in our local communities and throughout our state. Exhausted holiday lights can be place in the collection box in the narthex. For additional information contact Dan at 708-749-2433

Renew My Church
is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s call for renewal. Through Renew My Church, the archdiocese is working to strengthen parish vitality and better align its resources and its mission.

All 344 archdiocesan parishes are divided into 97 groupings, which will meet over the next few years. St. Pius X, as you know, is grouped with St. Hugh in Lyons, St. Mary in Riverside and Mater Christ in North Riverside.


For the past 13 years St. Pius X parishioners have supported our Religious Education “Sponsor a Student” Scholarship Program. Since its inception, we have received an overwhelming 90 scholarships. Fr. Tony Markus and The Religious Education Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity. We ask for your continued support during the 2019-2020 School Year.
A $180.00 Sponsorship covers the tuition for one student for the school year. If you would like to be a sponsor or have any questions, feel free to contact Jim Donahue or Adrian Gonzalez by calling the RE Office at 708-788-6090 or by E-Mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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