This Week

Fifth Sunday of Lent
03 18 2018
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Holy Week 2018

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – March 25

Distribution of Palms at all Masses

  • Saturday: 4:30pm.
  • Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Confessions to follow the 8:30am mass.

Triduum (The Three Holy Days)

Holy Thursday – March 29

No Morning Mass

  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 5:30pm.
  • Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    until 9:00pm, (in the Chapel next to the Rectory).

Good Friday – March 30

No Morning Mass

Stations of the Cross at 12:00 (noon), and every Friday at 9:30am, during Lent Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 5:30pm.

Holy Saturday – March 31

No Morning Mass, No Confession, No 4:30pm. Mass

  • Solemn Easter Vigil: 7:30pm.
  • Includes Blessing of new Fire and Water.

Easter Sunday – April 1

  • Mass: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am.

A Reflection of Lenten Fasting

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

In the words of Pope Francis:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressure and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Hope And Fasting - “Fasting of the body is food for the soul.”- Saint John Chrysostom

During Lent Catholics are called to days of fasting from food and abstinence from meat as we refocus our discipleship. The goal of fasting is to improve our relationship with Christ as we experience sacrifice in honor of his sacrifice for us. Fasting can help us feel connected with Christ and solidarity with the poor. Many Catholics also traditionally “give up” something for Lent.

Here are some ideas to make your Lenten sacrifice a hope-building exercise:

  • Refrain from negative or hopeless comments; try saying things only in positive ways.
  • Avoid watching television or movies with negative messages or dialogue.
  • Give away items that are burdening you with clutter; find new homes for them with a charity donation.
  • Trade the time you usually spend on screens or sports viewing to take walks with family or friends.
  • Skip buying desserts or treats and use the money you save to purchase flowers for someone who needs a day-brightener.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are celebrated after all of Friday morning Masses during Lent.

Fasting and Abstinence Rules for Lent

Fast and abstinence: The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.

Lent is a forty day period before Easter.

Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, March 30th, are days of abstinence from meat for all who are 14 years and older.

They are also days of fast (one full meal and two small meals, with nothing eaten between the meals) for adults from 18 to 59 years of age. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat (other than fish) for those 14 years and older (anyone who is sick does not fast or abstain). We fast and abstain in order to be in solidarity with one another as we remember the sacrifice of our Lord.

Virtus Compliance Alert

If you are a volunteer, please contact the Parish Office to ensure that you are Virtus compliant, as per the Archdiocese of Miami.

Compliance includes having your fingerprints taken every five years and reading the monthly Virtus training bulletins online. You may visit Virtus training at, to find out your online training status.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.


Please respond to the Pledge letter from the Archbishop’s Charities & Development Campaign (ABCD).

  • Our goal is $86,459.00.

Let’s strive to meet this goal!

Archbishops Charities and Development Drive

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The ABCD drive is an excellent way for us Catholics to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy all through the year. ABCD supports the many charitable, educational and social ministries and programs of the Archdiocese of Miami year-round.

Please return your pledge envelopes in the offertory baskets during Mass or at the office during the week. We sincerely thank all who have already pledged; and for the love you express for all God’s children and, especially those in need.

Parish Support

March 10 - 11, 2018

  • 1st Collection: $6,835.72
  • 2nd Collection: $1,379.57
  • Votive Candles: $ 589.44

Brick Garden News

  • Are you looking for an anniversary present?
  • Would you like 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, contact the Parish Office or call Barbara Scerbo at (954) 563-3735.

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,
  • Mark R. Martino.

Deceased Troops:

  • Jonathan Schmidt,
  • Donald Colburn,
  • Robert Herlihy,
  • Andrew Stevens,
  • Kevin Kennedy

Readings for the Week of March 18, 2018

Sunday Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33
Monday Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Tuesday Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; Jn 8:31-42
Thursday Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Jn 8:51-59
Friday Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7; Jn 10:31-42
Saturday Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13; Jn 11:45-56