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Saint Pius X Catholic Church


500 West Marquette Street ~ Appleton, Wisconsin 54911

PHONE: 920-733-0575     FAX: 920-749-8056

Rev. Thomas Farrell, Pastor ~ Rev. William Van Dynhoven, Associate Pastor

Rev.  Mr. Rick Simon, Deacon

We, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Pius X,

are dedicated to continue the mission of Jesus Christ through the sacraments,

with the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith, enriched by prayer, education, and service.






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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


The message for this week comes shortly after the Vatican’s release of Poope Francis’ latest Encyclical, Laudato Si. That means, “Praise to you, my Lord.” Our Holy Pontiff emphasizes a “care for our common home” and the right for Quality of life. As part of God’s creation with infinite dignity, “we need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family with no frontiers or barriers behind which we can hide.” (#52) This message was echoed from our most recent Pope, Benedict XVI: “We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries.”


The whole document seems to be written in the spirit of Pope Francis’ namesake, and the patron Saint of Ecology, Francis of Assisi. Out of all the recognized Church Saints, St. Francis “is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically...he was particularly concerned for God’s creation, for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, generous self-giving, and openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature, and with himself.” (#10) Francis of Assisi referred to all forms of God’s creation as brother or sister. The world is not all about us, as we have plenty of life around us that make up an entire cosmic framework. All of humanity has a responsibility and a personal role to be faithful stewards in the world. In other words, nature is never meant to be turned into something for us to manipulate.


Certainly our world as we know it is drastically differetn from the teime of St. Francis of Assisi. However, the importance of building holy and healthy relationships and promoting a healthy “common home” environment has not changed. On our pilgrim mission to become saints, we discover that, “certain influences can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply, and to love generously.” (#47) I encourage each of us to read the Holy Father’s Encyclical in its entirety.



Fr. William

The Adoration Chapel will remain open Friday, July 3, 2015

Father Tom’s Homily, June 28, 2015

I would like to begin my homily by first addressing the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage. No court can redefine what God has already defined  

Our opening prayer for this Sunday reads: 


                      O God… who chose us to be “Children of light” grant we 

                      pray that we “may not be wrapped in darkness of error,”

                      but always be seen “to stand in the bright light of truth”   


This is precisely what you and I are called to do: “to stand in the bright light of truth.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church: states: “The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. 

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Thank you St. Pius X Parishioners for your support with the Habitat for Humanity CATHOLIC BUILD. We have one half-day left on Saturday, July 11th, but there is need only for the three persons who have been contacted to work. We have also volunteered to assist with a different Habitat Home in Appleton on Thursday, July 23rd. We are scheduled to do siding. We will be contacting parishioners who did not get a chance to work on the CATHOLIC BUILD to work on this home.

Follow the build on Facebook for the latest news and photos.       

Mass Intentions


You may remember your deceased loved ones through a Mass Intention. We begin accepting Mass Intentions for 2016 on July 1, 2015. Because we have more than 1,900 families in our Parish, each family may request no more than three (3) Masses per year. For weekend Masses, if you are interested in bringing up the gifts, we ask that you indicate that at the time you make the intention. Please contact the Parish Office to make these arrangements. The offering/stipend for a Mass is $10.00.

St. Pius X Summer Retreat


This year the Retreat will be held on Wednesday, July 15, at The Jesuit Retreat Center in Oshkosh, with Fr. Tom and Fr. William. The cost is $45.00. There is limited seating, please sign up in the Parish Office.

We invite you to spend some time here, learning about our faith and to obtain news about our parish.


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This site was last updated: June 30, 2015

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