Our ministries are a work-in-progress during the COVID-19 safety restrictions. Please see below for a sampling of the ministries offered in the past. See the bulletins for updated information (click here for bulletin archive), or use the "Contact Us" link (click here to use contact us) to send a message or questions.
(Ministries with current information will have: This information is current as of date)
Worship & Liturgy
Assist the priest at all Masses. Young people may begin this ministry in 5th grade. Training is scheduled as needed.
Ambassadors, Ministry of Welcome
Ambassadors welcome parishioners at weekend Masses and call on new members of our parish. They provide a visible presence to all visitors of St. Pius V, particularly those attending for the first time. Ambassadors serve as a link to parish activities and support services.
Eucharist to the Home-bound
Some parish members are unable to attend Mass due to temporary or long-term illness. Eucharistic Ministers are needed to take the Eucharist to home-bound members on a weekly or occasional basis.
Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers
Lectors proclaim the Word at liturgical celebrations and usually serve once every four to six weeks. They prepare beforehand with prayer and study of the scriptures. Eucharistic Ministers help distribute Holy Communion at Mass and carry the Eucharist to the homebound or hospitalized. Contact Marie Andrews 776-3912.
Music Ministry, Choir, Cantors, Instrumentalists
Provides a variety of music that encourages everyone to fully participate in the liturgy through song. Adults or children, grade 5 or older, are invited to join. There are no auditions and the ability to read music is not required. From September to May, the 10:00am choir rehearses at 9:00am on Sunday and on Monday evenings. During the summer, rehearsal is on Sunday only. Contact Ruth Ehresman, Choir Director for Sunday 10:00 AM Mass, 771-9036. Contact Kevin Wells, Coordinator for Sunday 8:00 AM Mass, 776-4958.
These sacristans assist in keeping the church orderly and ready for worship, and maintaining and enhancing our worship spaces. Contact Joe Roach, 497-7104 or Michael Lane, 701-5378.
The Commission works to improve and enhance our church environment and is also responsible for planning and arranging weekly and seasonal celebrations in our worship space. Contact Fr. Paul Niemann 772-1525, Ext. 207.
Funeral Hospitality Ministry
The goal of this ministry is to be able to offer a luncheon in Singler Hall for family and friends of deceased St. Pius V parishioners after their funeral. It is a ministry that provides fellowship and kindness at a time of great personal loss. We need volunteers who will be able to provide salads, casseroles and desserts and/or also volunteers who will be able to work at the luncheon.
Provides dinners annually for the major holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter to the homebound and the elderly. The meals are prepared in the kitchen in Singler Hall the day before the holiday by a group of faithful volunteers. Volunteer drivers then deliver the meals on the holiday.
Ministry to Immigrants & Refugees
Welcomes, assists and advocates for refugees and immigrants who are settling in the neighborhoods around St. Pius. One event sponsored by the IRM is the annual Migration Mass. The Mass is a joyful gathering of the community that celebrates the beautiful diversity of our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Care and the love of knitting (and crocheting) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace for those undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss, during bereavement; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing; nursing a baby; during an illness and recovery. There are endless possibilities! Many blessings are knitted into every shawl --the knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient and Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed, it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.
Parish Nurse Ministry
Provides pastoral and nursing services for the sick and homebound. Visits include follow-up after hospitalizations, routine wellness, and Holy Communion. The Parish Nurse provides education about general health, monitoring of chronic illness, and the Church's ministry to the sick and dying. The Parish Nurse represents the parish to the South Grand Senior Ministry.
Parking Lot Committee
Researches ways to green our parking lot to create a beautiful, environmentally sustainable lot with efficient parking opportunities. Contact Marie Andrews 314-776-3912 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect for Life Apostolate
The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) addresses the entire range of issues touching upon the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person. Special emphasis is placed on the dissemination of information pertaining to the various threats to innocent life: abortion, infanticide, human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Other special concerns are the ministry to women who have had an abortion, support for mothers in difficult circumstances who have chosen to bring their babies into the world, and health care issues across the board, but especially for the very young and the elderly. Contact Dave Murphy 664-6068.
St. Patrick Center Casserole Program
Provides home-cooked chicken casseroles monthly to the shelter for the homeless. Volunteers prepare the dishes in their own homes and deliver them to a collection point in the parish. Contact Kathy Wywrich 773-6535.
St. Vincent de Paul Society & Food Pantry
The St. Pius V chapter of this worldwide Catholic service organization operates a food pantry and provides material and spiritual assistance to people in need right in our own community.
The food pantry is open every Tuesday (2:00 – 3:30) and Saturday (10:00 – 11:30).
Contact us at (314) 772-1525, ext. 213 for more information or if you would like to volunteer.
(This information is current as of January 28, 2021)
St. Pius V offers hospitality on certain nights when the temperature drops to 20 degrees or below. The unhoused are offered a warm safe space to spend the night and enjoy a hot dinner and breakfast. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, meal prep, cook, greeters, overnight staff, clean-up, and laundry. Contact Marie Andrews, email@example.com or Peggy Stein, 776-4033. Click here to download donation suggestions.
Stewardship & Development
Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
This yearly Archdiocesan fundraising endeavor supports ministry and charitable works across the St. Louis area. The St. Pius V ACA committee oversees the parish’s efforts to achieve its portion of the overall goal. Contact the Parish Office, 772-1525.
Coffee & Conversation
Coffee and donuts are served every Sunday after the 10:00AM Mass, from fall through spring, providing an opportunity for stewardship and fellowship for our parishioners and friends. Volunteers are invited to host this function one Sunday morning every 2-3 months. Duties of host: pick up donuts, milk, and Orange Juice, Make & serve coffee, and clean up. Contact Ann Auer, 772-4673.
Lenten Fish Fry
St. Pius V fish fries are one of the most popular in the City. Every Friday during Lent from 4-7:00pm, except Good Friday. Volunteers are needed for food preparation on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, and Fridays for food preparation and service anytime from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Contact Mark & Jennifer Croke 397-9309.
The Oktoberfest is one of our parish’s major fundraisers offering great stewardship and fellowship opportunities. Held in October each year, it features great food, music, raffles and fun for all ages. It takes a whole parish to make a successful event, so watch for the announcements in our Bulletin. Contact Chip & Kate Mettlach 606-8066.
Sales are held in the Spring and Fall on the parking lot. This mini-flea market and concession stand raises funds for the parish while providing motivation to clean out your garage or basement. Contact Peggy Stein 776-4033.