This Week

The most Holy Body & Blood of christ
05 29 2016
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Reverend Father Harry W. Ringenberger, 1943-2016

Fr. Harry W. Ringenberger passed away last Monday (May 23). He served St. Pius X as parochial vicar from 1990 until 2014, then lived here in active retirement. Fr. Harry celebrated what turned out to be his last Mass here on Easter Sunday. He was born Apr. 16, 1943 in Indianapolis and moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale as a teenager, graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (then called Central Catholic). He entered the seminary immediately after graduation, and was in the second class to graduate from Florida’s seminaries. On May 24, 1969 he was ordained by Archbishop Carroll (our first bishop) in the Cathedral. He taught at Archbishop Curley H.S. and served as supervising principal at Monsignor Pace H.S., both in Miami. Fr. Harry even served as the Miami Dolphins’ team chaplain.

Father Harry lived and served at St. Clement (Wilton Manors), St. Mary Cathedral, Our Lady of the Lakes (Miami Lakes), St. Catherine of Siena (Miami), and St. Bartholomew (Miramar), then was assigned to be the founding pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Pembroke Pines (1983). A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated here for Fr. Harry on Friday, with a wake the evening before in the Church. He will be interred at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery at a later date. We mourn the loss of a dedicated priest and a good man, and we celebrate his entrance into eternal life. Please keep Fr. Harry’s family in your prayers. Notes to the family sent to the Parish Office will be forwarded.

The Body & Blood of Christ Explained

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.

At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.

Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin Mary

By Saint Pius X

O most holy Virgin who didst find favor in God’s sight and hast become His Mother; O Virgin, immaculate in body and soul, in thy faith and in thy love, look down with pity on the wretched who in our need seek thy powerful protection.

The evil serpent on whom was cast the primal curse continues, alas, to attack and ensnare the poor children of Eve. But thou, our Blessed Mother, our Queen and our Advocate, thou who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of this cruel enemy, receive our prayers. United to thee with one heart, we beseech thee to present them before the throne of God.

May we never be caught in the snares around us, but rather may we all reach the harbor of salvation. Despite the awesome perils which threaten, may God’s Church and all Christian society sing out once again the hymn of deliverance, of victory and of peace. Amen.


Congratulations to the eight parish youth who completed their First Communion, here at St. Pius X on May 1st: Josie Gomez, Elektra K. Meyers, Vincenze Amson, Nicholas McVay, Guilherme Demello, Masino Mancini, Giovarnni Amson, and Sayuri Ranci.

Needs Volunteers

Ushers Serve as greeters and take up collections on weekends.

Lectors Take turns reading at all Masses.

Altar Servers Assist the priest in the celebration of weekend Masses.

Eucharistic Ministers Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist take turns distributing Holy Communion at Masses. Some also bring Communion to the homebound.

Choir The Parish Choir enhances our Sunday 11AM Masses, and usually rehearse immediately after. They take a break in the Summer months.

Bingo Volunteers are always needed for Thursday Night Bingo. Games begin at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. They take a break in the Summer months.

Adoration Volunteers are always needed to keep the Lord company at the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, held on Thursdays between 9AM and 9PM in the Chapel.

Altar Society Cleans the altar linens, vestments, and maintains flowers in the Church. They meet on Saturday mornings.

Social Club The Social Club plans parish events.

Knights of Columbus Our Knights raise funds for local charities, as part of the world’s largest Catholic fraternity.

Religious Education We are looking for more teachers for the CCD program to work with our parish’s youth.

Office Volunteers We can always use help in the Parish Office. Volunteers staff the office on Sunday mornings.

Contact the Parish Office to get involved.

ABCD 2016

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Please turn in your pledge envelopes for the Archbishop’s Charities & Development Campaign. We still have a ways to go before reaching our goal!

Thanks to Visiting Priests

We are blessed to have many retired priests, and members of religious orders, here in our area. Thanks to those who have recently celebrated Mass for us:

Fr. James Nero, OFM (Franciscan & Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital), Msgr. James Dixon (Archdiocese for the Military), Fr. Jeremiah Singleton (Arch. of Miami), Fr. Medard Laz (Arch. of Chicago), Fr. Pedro Lleo (Arch. of Miami), Fr. Richard Moran (Arch. of Boston), Fr. Robert Richardson (Arch. of Washington), Fr. John Callan, Sch.P. (Piarist Father & Cardinal Gibbons H.S. Teacher), Fr. Thomas Foudy (Arch. of Miami), Fr. Ronald Brohammer (Arch. of Miami), Fr. Gary Weismann (Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica), our priest in residence Fr. Harry, and Fr. Michael Kane (Eparchy of Passaic-Eastern Rite/Ruthenian-Byzantine).

Prayer Request

Richard Handley, Miriam Handley, Patricia Dunford, Elizabeth Whalen, Kenny Suppa, Lou D’Ambrosio, Michael Leon, Andrea Diefenderfer, Dora Nespole, Mike Atto, Jean Hlavaty, Jas Slaughter, Steve Whalen, Ofigi Lagiese, Olivia, Celeste Dooley, Florence Valas, Patrick Oser, Dori Hepp, Jaime Bartolome Sanchez Onofre, Ann Vella, Jim Riccuti, Daniel Connolly, Fr. Harry Ringenberger, Donald Roberge, Thomas Li, Mary Jo Metzger, Pat Anello.

Headsets Available

We offer headsets at weekend Masses for those wishing to hear the Mass better. See our musicians, with an ID, to check them out.

Parking Lot Reminder

The construction workers building the Auberge Beach Residence & Spa are using the North side of our parking lot for the next couple of years on weekdays between 6 am and 6 pm. Please do not park there.

Parish Support

May 21 - May 22

1st Collection: $4,199.40.
2nd Collection: $1,171.50.
Votive Candles: $290.54.

Brick Garden News

Looking for an anniversary present?

Want to help remember your family or friends?

St. Pius X brick garden is a beautiful way to mark a special occasion or leave a lasting memory of a loved one.

For more information you may come to the church office or call Barbara Scerbo at (954) 563-3735.

Parish Pastoral & Finance Councils

The following parishioners serve on the Parish Pastoral Council:
  • Fr. Biju Vells (Chairman),
  • Leo Senesi (Vice Chairman),
  • Eileen Helfer (Secretary),
  • Joseph Miele,
  • Mark Taravella,
  • Nancy Taravella,
  • Barry Stephens,
  • Beverly Mullen.
The following serve on the Parish Finance Council with Fr. Biju:
  • Joseph Scerbo (Chairman),
  • Barbara Scerbo (Secretary),
  • Joseph Metevier,
  • Betty Metzger,
  • Margret Newell,
  • Richard Pisano

Patriot Corner

We pray for the living and deceased members of our armed forces:

Living Troops:
  • David Auman
  • Brad Andre
  • Timothy and Patrick Donahue
  • William Demison
  • Joseph Cornely
  • Scott Knight, Jr.
  • Matthew Swiergosz
Deceased Troops:
  • Jonathan Schmidt
  • Donald Colburn
  • Robert Herlihy
  • Andrew Stevens
  • Kevin Kennedy

Scripture Reflections

Luke is reminding his readers that in this miracle Jesus is doing more than feeding hungry people as God did for the Israelites and the prophet Elisha did as well.

The bread he gives is his body, which he will continue to give as often as the community breaks bread in remembrance of him in the Eucharist.

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Readings for the Week of May 29, 2016

Sunday The Body & Blood of Christ
Gn 14:18-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11-17
Monday 2 Pt 1:2-7; Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday Visitation of the Bl. Virgin Mary
Zep 3:14-18; Lk 1:39-56
Wednesday Saint Justin, Martyr
2 Tm 1:1-12; Mk 12:18-27
Thursday 2 Tm 2:8-15; Mk 12:28-34
Friday The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Ez 34:11-16; Rom 5:5-11; Lk 15:3-7
Saturday Immaculate Heart of the Bl. V. Mary
2 Tm 4:1-8; Lk 2:41-51
Sunday 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 17:17-24; Gal 1:11-19; Lk 7:11-17