St Pius X Youth E-Date

November 19, 2019

Table of Contents

  1. NEW! Read the Gospel and get ready for the Coming Sunday
  2. Please pray for your NCYC Pilgrims!
  3. UPDATED: NCYC Livestream Info
  4. Eucharistic Holy Hour Nov 21
  5. NEW! Sunday Youth Nite
  6. Service Opportunities
  7. Giving Tree Info
  8. SWEM Basket Ministry - DRIVERS especially needed
  9. NEW! CYO - Values, We Teach It! Basketball Games begin Dec 7th!
  10. Sign Up Now for the March for Life in January
  11. Sign Up Genius Link for Parents Volunteering with Youth Events and Retreats
  12. PDF of Sunday Youth Nite Schedule
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2. What is NCYC?

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship.

NCYC takes place every other year and preparation for this Pilgrimage begins well in advance. Our SPX Pilgrims have been meeting regularly since March 2018. They have prayed together, shared meals, written covenants, done service projects, planned fundraisers, participated in special Pilgrim retreats and now they'll be traveling to Indianapolis for 3 packed days of prayer, music and fantastic friends. We expect to rub elbows with about 23,000 Catholic teens from every state in the US.

We will begin preparation for NCYC 2021 next March! Email Barb Legere now if you're interested!

NCYC 2019 - Teaser
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Introducing the 2019 St Pius X Pilgrims

For NCYC November 20-23, 2019

Teen Pilgrims

Owen: I’m 15 and a sophomore at McQuaid. I have been a parishioner at St. Pius X my entire life and I like that we have a large community that is open and welcoming to people of all ages. I want to go to NCYC because I’ve heard it’s a great faith deepening experience and I believe that life is built on experiences.

Emma: I’m 16 years old and I attended GCHS. I’ve been a member of SPX since I was in kindergarten, and I attended the school until 6th grade. I absolutely love this church because of how close the community is and also because of Father Paul’s homilies. I wish to go to NCYC so that I can strengthen my faith in God and see what all the excitement is about.

Mike: I am 16 years old and I have been a member of Saint Pius my whole life. I am a junior at gates chili high school. I love our churches ability to accept many different people into our family. I cannot wait for Ncyc because I went as a freshman and this year I get to take more of a leadership role!

Mikaela: I am 15 years old and I go to Avon High School. I’ve been going to Saint Pius since 2011. I love the sense of community at SPX and how everyone is so caring and willing to help with anything for anyone. I want to go to NCYC because I want to strengthen my relationship with God and meet other teens who share the same beliefs as me.

Seth: I am 15 years old. I go to Churchville-Chili Senior High. I have been a member of St. Pius Church for 13 years. I am very excited to go and this will be my first trip to NCYC/Indianapolis 19'.

Claire: Hi. My name is Claire. I am a sophomore at Churchville-Chili High School. I have been a parishioner of St. Pius since I was born. I have participated in Faith Formation for a number of years, and I am attending NCYC this year. I hope to have a special experience with my friends and meet new friends. I look forward to all the workshops and activities to strengthen my faith. It has been an exciting pilgrimage so far and I can’t believe it is almost here!

Dominic: I am 16 and have been a member of Saint Pius X from the age of 5. Currently, I am a student at Gates Chili High school. For me, going to church is a cleansing experience from all the evil that I encounter during the week. I feel centered at church and can integrate Father Paul’s homily into my life. I am excited to deepen my faith along with thousands of others at this well anticipated retreat!

Val: is 15 years old and goes to Churchville Chili High School. She has been a parishioner for 6 years. She is very excited to attend NCYC fir the first time. She can’t wait to expand her faith and relationship with God.

Kyleigh: I am 16 years old and I go to Churchville Chili High School. I have been a member of St Pius X Church for 5 years. I love all of the opportunities available to kids my age to be active participants in our faith and our church community in general. I have already been to NCYC once, and I want to go again because it is such an amazing experience and it gives me hope, being surrounded by people of my generation that share the same value for our Catholic faith.

Hannah: I am 15 years old, I am a Sophomore at Aquinas Institute. I graduated from St. Pius Tenth school and have been a parishioner here most of my life. I love being at St. Pius Tenth because of Fr. Bonacci, the parishioners I meet there, and for the youth group. I cannot wait to go to NCYC because I feel I will become closer to God and it will be an experience that my friends and I will always share.

Zach: I am 16 years old and am a junior at Gates Chili High School. I have been a parishioner of St. Pius all my life. I am involved with the Boy Scout Troop and the Varsity CYO basketball team at St. Pius. I love the feeling of community within St. Pius and am looking forward to that same feeling at NCYC.

Salomón: I'm currently 15 and I attend Churchville-Chili Senior High School. I like our parish (St. Pius X) because we have a very strong sense of community and have the ability to heal ourselves after very tough situations (like our church fire in 2015). It gives me hope and gratitude to be part of such a wonderful community like this. I want to go to NCYC because I want to obtain a 1-on-1 relationship with God and really begin to find my faith in me and in Him. And of course, hanging out with my friends :)

Betsy: I am sixteen years old, and I go to Churchville-Chili High School. I have been a parishioner at St. Pius X for eight years, and I love the supportive community we have here. I want to go to NCYC because I believe it will be an enlivening experience and that it will help me develop my person prayer life.

Adult Pilgrims

Kathleen: My family has been involved with St. Pius for more than 5 years. I have watched my husband shepherd groups and return energized and alive with the spirit.

I look forward to experiencing the energy, excitement and reconnection with our Lord through the programs, music and our teens. I love watching the them open up, become enthusiastic and tuning into the to the power and love of our God. I look forward to watching each one of them grow in their faith on this journey.

Mary: I am very excited to be attending NCYC this year with my daughter Claire. We have grown in faith together and are looking forward to the experience together. I love being with all the teens and taking in their energy and devotion. This comes at a much needed time in my life and I am blessed to have been called by God to do so!!!

Barb: Director of Youth Ministry for St Pius X I love it because it is a joy to watch faith grow! I’m looking forward to seeing the always amazing ability of young people to go from rowdy, raucous singing to supreme silence in prayer. This is my Every NCYC is different because each group of young people is different – and each has a new and different experience of the Holy Wow – the conversion of heart, mind & spirit that NCYC brings!

Sr. Laurie – I have been a parishioner at SPX for 10 months. I have been given the honor to journey with this wonderful group of pilgrims as they prepare for their trip to NCYC. I have been to many conferences over the years and I am so excited for this group to experience the larger church and deepen their relationship with Jesus. Though my new ministry will not allow me to attend with them, my students and I will be with them in spirit and prayer.

Mary Ellen: I have been a parishioner at St. Pius Tenth nearly my entire life. I graduated from St. Pius Tenth school and was so proud that my daughter did as well. When my daughter then wanted to attend NCYC, I thought it was a fabulous idea!! I feel so privileged to be able to accompany so many great teens from this parish to NCYC. I am looking forward to seeing their faith grow as we experience this phenomenal pilgrimage together.

This year we were excited to do our Pilgrim Formation and our NCYC Retreat with the SouthEast Rochester Catholic Community! #SPX&SERRC@NCYC2019


This year we are having a blast partnering with the Pilgrims from the SouthEast Rochester Catholic Community (Blessed Sacrament, St Boniface & St Mary's)! The photo below is of our whole group on our retreat earlier this month!

SPX Pilgrims depart Rochester at 6:20 AM from Guardian Angels Parish

SERCC Pilgrims depart Rochester at 3:45 PM from St Mark's Parish

Both groups will board the bus to return to Rochester after the Closing Mass Saturday night and will travel through the night to return about 8:00 AM Sunday morning.

The SERCC Pilgrims are: Jackson, Patrick, William, James, John, Zoe, Henry and adult Pilgrims Deanna, Cory and Blair!

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3. NCYC Live Streaming

Do you WISH you had signed up for NCYC all those months ago? Do you wish you were a teen again so you could experience all the awesomeness contained in one NCYC??

If you can't Be There ~ Go HERE!

Welcome to the NCYC Live Stream

We are so excited to offer this opportunity for parents, parish leadership and teens to experience NCYC Live 2019! We will be streaming Conference General Session with amazing music, prayer experiences and keynote speakers to inspire us in the Love of Jesus. Be Connected, Be Inspired. We will also Live Stream the Parent Sessions all day Friday and Saturday. Take the opportunity to look at the schedule below and join us in this amazing experience!

The 2019 Theme

The 2019 NCYC theme is Blessed + Broken + Given/Bendito + Partido + Entregado. This theme is rooted in the scriptural account of Jesus meeting the two disciples on their way to Emmaus after the resurrection (Luke 24:13-35).

Where to Watch NCYC LIVE!

Thursday Links:

YouTube: @NFCYM
Facebook Live: @NCYCofficial

Friday Links:

YouTube: @NFCYM
Facebook Live: @NCYCofficial

Saturday Links:

YouTube: @NFCYM
Facebook Live: @NCYCofficial

4. Eucharistic Holy Hour Thursday, November 21

As a follow up to the parish mission, on Thursday, November 21, there will be a Eucharistic holy hour (like Tuesday night of the mission) from 6:30 to 7:30. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and time of praise and worship. We will also be welcoming a parishioner to give witness to the Holy Spirit working in his life.

5. Sunday Youth Nite November 24

Yes, we still have Sunday Youth Nite! The Adult Leaders have great lessons on Scripture: God’s Love Letter to Us! Learn how does God’s still communicate to us today! PLUS Teens will find out their new Learning Groups this week! This Sunday 6-8 pm!

6. SWEM Christmas Food Baskets

Social Ministry Committee will be accepting and then delivering Christmas food baskets to SWEM (Southwest Ecumenical Ministry) again this year.

To get the list of items needed please go to the food pantry cabinets in the Narthex of the Church. All the information you will need is right there.

All baskets can be dropped off next to the food pantry cupboards at Masses December 7th and December 8th. Please do not return your basket before December 7th. Volunteers will deliver the baskets to SWEM. We were very short on DRIVERS last year. Could you spare an hour to help on December 7th? Please email Barb if you are able to help with this!

Again, thank you for your continued generous support of this ministry.

7. Christmas Giving Tree Nov 30th


Our parish Christmas Giving Tree will be up and decorated next weekend,

November 30th. We have approximately 515 tags on the tree this year. The color and shape of the gift tag identifies the agency.

The organizations and tags (color, shape) are:

  • Catholic Charities Community Services (red churches),
  • Family Services of Rochester (pink stockings),
  • Foster Grandparents Program (yellow snowman),
  • Monroe Community Hospital (white angels),
  • Coldwater Rd. Women/Children Residential Home (brown gingerbread man),
  • Hope Hall (green trees), and
  • St. Mary’s Adult Day Care Program (purple bells).

This list will also be posted next to the Giving Tree.

Each tag will have a list of 3 suggested items to purchase. Only one gift needs to be purchased. (However, you may take as many tags as you wish).

Please wrap the gift, securely attach the tag, and return the gift to the giving tree. (Please put any gift cards into a box before wrapping).

All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 15th, as the agencies will be picking them up.

Thank you again for your continued generosity and support for our “Christmas Giving”. All of the agencies involved are extremely grateful for your help

SPX CYO - Sports Medicine for the Soul: Character We Teach It

This year we’re excited to bring back a program designed to be used from a systems approach for our sports teams. It is a simple and systematic guide with 5 minute scripted discussions. Every 2 weeks our coaches will focus on a scripture verse and related character trait. Everyone hears and teaches the same valuable lesson...This is your opportunity to cultivate character traits such as respect, integrity, character, confidence, mental strength, healthy choices...and more.

We see Coaches as "Facilitators of Faith" Athletics provide our youth a positive environment in which to grow physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. The responsibility of fostering an environment in which athletes can mature in these areas often rests with the coach. Coaches are presented a unique opportunity to use the playing field as a mission field—to be a "Facilitator of Faith" in developing and furthering athletes’ Christian character and values.

Find out More

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St John’s in Spencerport and Our Mother of Sorrows (MOS) are partnering up to charter a bus to Washington DC for the Pro-Life March January 23-24.

The bus departs from MOS the evening of Jan 23rd (Thurs.) and arrive in DC Friday morning the 24th. There will be a Mass before the March, then we walk down Constitution Avenue at noon until about 3 with a break for food afterward.

The bus will leave DC at around 4pm to head back to Rochester. An expected arrival back here will be about midnight.

Seth Edwards, a teen representative on St John's Spencerport Pastoral Council, spoke at Masses last week and said, "[this is a] unique opportunity to put our faith into action. Since Roe v. Wade was decided 47 years ago over 45 million lives have been lost to abortion. Just think of all the potential that was lost with those lives; future doctors, lawyers, priests, presidents, never given a chance as their lives were cut off in the womb…Our faith compels us to fight for each life, because every individual has potential and value.”

Barb here: I grew up in Virginia and attended the March for Life annually for about 8 years. It's a wonderful, positive experience. I'd be delighted if we can revive the SPX commitment and send a group to the March this year!
Please email me, <> if you are interested in attending!

St Pius Tenth Youth Ministry

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12