One of the 5 Commitments we ask parishioners to make is to get involved in Mission. Here at SPX, Mission is service outside of the parish. Christ's example in the Gospels of meeting not just their spiritual but also their physical needs challenges we who call ourselves disciples to do the same. It could be helping those in need, supporting causes through charitable donations, or helping advocate for change. There are opportunities for people are of all ages, abilities, and stages of life. Take a look at the various programs below and see how you
can serve in Mission here at SPX.
Warm Nights Program-
This is an opportunity for you, your family or your group (scouts,school class, bridge club, prayer group, etc.) to help others during this cold season. Interested in helping with Warm Nights Program? Click here.
Families Helping Families-
One of the many mission opportunities here at SPX. This program helps provide Thanksgiving Dinner to those in need. There are many ways to serve and donate to help bless families this Thanksgiving. For more information please click HERE.
Honduras Medical Mission-
St. Pius is partnering with St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Damascus Maryland to support a medical mission clinic in Honduras. Every winter and spring parishioners donate supplies and volunteers from the parish travel to Honduras for a week of service. Our next mission trip will be July 10-17, 2019. To sign up to GO on a Mission Trip to Honduras click here.
St. Pius Parishioners are an active part of the ministry of So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) in Washington, DC. Once a month a group of parishioners brings a nourishing, ample breakfast to the S.O.M.E. District Facility and serves it to over 300 men, women, and children. Parishioners also participate in the ministry through providing bagged lunches once a month to guests at S.O.M.E. For more information on serving with this ministry please click here.
Adult Mission Group-
Adults 18+ are invited to join their fellow parishioners in long (week) and short (day) mission trips to help communities in need. No previous experience is necessary. New opportunities are always available. Our next trip is scheduled for October 11-13, 2018 with Habitat for Humanity. For more information click here.
The Helping Hands Ministry assists fellow parishioners with short term, non-financial needs during times of crisis. This ministry performs tasks such as cooking and delivering meals, taking a parishioner to Mass or to a doctor’s appointment, sitting with a home bound person while their caregiver runs an errand, helping with grocery shopping, light housework (such as doing a load of laundry, sweeping, doing the dishes), walking or feeding a pet, light yard work or shoveling a walkway. All requests and information are confidential. To request assistance from Helping Hands or to serve with this ministry, please click here.
The Sharing Pantry stores and distributes food and food coupons to the needy in our community, as well as Assumption Parish in the District, on an ongoing basis. All requests for assistance are confidential. If you would like to request assistance or would like to serve with the Sharing Pantry please click here. For a list of items needed for the sharing pantry click here.
Ministry to the Homebound-
Our priests and trained parish members visit members that are home bound in homes, nursing facilities and hospitals to pray together and bring Holy Communion. For more information, click here.
HOPE (Helping Out People with Emergencies)-
HOPE at St. Pius X performs works of charity including referrals, resources and disbursement of funds to those in financial need. We meet twice monthly to discuss the services performed by individual members. Help is provided by a team of two. These teams rotate on a weekly basis and make personal contact with those in need in their own homes. For more information, please click here.
The Green Team is a group of parishioners involved with raising awareness of environmental concerns within our community and throughout the world, and working on local projects which will improve the area. We pick up trash along Rt. 450 four times a year, sponsor gardening workshops, plant and help maintain an organic vegetable garden on City of Bowie property then donate all produce to the Bowie Interfaith Pantry, write monthly articles about the environment for the Sunday bulletin. To get involved with these efforts please click here. To sign up for September 2018, click here.
Personal Care Ministry- The Personal Care Ministry prepares and distributes small bags of personal toiletry items and other supplies to help the homeless. A list of the items needed are available here.
This ministry serves the sick and shut-ins of our Parish as well as others by knitting and crocheting shawls for them. We meet in the Rectory on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month after the 9 am Daily Mass. For more information please click here.
Gabriel Network is a Christian ministry of loving service to women and families challenged with a crisis pregnancy. They've been helping women and children in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for more than twenty years, including families in Bowie. For more information or to volunteer click here.