Liturgical Ministries

St. Pius X Parish has a rich liturgical life. Active participation by parishioners enhances this experience for us all.

There are many Liturgical Ministries in which parish members can be involved: playing a musical instrument, singing in a choir, or cantoring, reading the Word of God, being an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, ushering, greeting, or being a server at Mass.

We welcome your input and interest in these ministries. No experience is needed, and training is provided if necessary. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact by phone or email the person listed on the ministry’s page.

In any case, come and celebrate with us!  

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to homebound parishioners. Ministers are appointed after speaking with the pastor, completing an application and receiving training. This ministry is open to men and women 18 years and older, known for a good Catholic manner of living and for service to the parish and community.

For more information, contact the parish office at 570.374.4113 or


Acolytes are called by God to play an important part in the life of the parish by helping the parish worship. They must be responsible, prayerful and knowledgeable about the Mass and participate in the prayers and singing at Mass. Servers need to remember that people are counting and depending on them. This ministry is open to young men and women in grade three and beyond.

For more information, contact Mark or Rita Filohoski at 570.374.3933.

Children’s Choir

The choir rehearses on most Wednesday evenings and sings at one Mass per month throughout the school year. The choir is open to any student and new members are always warmly welcomed!

For more information, please contact Chelsey Davis at or 570.809.2400.

Adult Choir

The St Pius X Parish Choir rehearses most every week from September through May. The Parish Choir sings as a group at Mass once a month, on Christmas Eve, throughout Holy Week and for other special church services. New members are always welcome.

For further information contact the parish office.


Readers enrich the Liturgy at Masses and special liturgical celebrations by proclaiming the word of God. This ministry is open to all high school students and adults. To become involved, contact William Houser at 570.374.9563.

Ministers of Hospitality

Ministers of Hospitality welcome and greet all who enter the church for liturgy. They assist at liturgies with collection, procession and seating. This ministry is open to all high school students and beyond. To become involved contact, Ron Butkera at 570.743.8241.

Youth Ministry – Lifeteen

Life Teen is an international Catholic ministry, founded in Mesa, AZ, in 1985. Since then, it has spread to 31 countries, and 1,646 parishes. It is a comprehensive youth ministry program based on, focused on, and directed toward the Eucharist. Each week teens gather at a Life Night program to experience fully the greatest gift we have as a Catholic Church. While 100% Catholic, Life Teen is open to teens of any faith in grades 9 – 12.

The Life Night follows the 5pm Mass at 5:45PM, with dinner served immediately following Mass. The nights conclude at approximately 7:15PM.

Life Teen is for high school teens. Parents interested in observing a program are asked to contact the director of Religious Education, Diane Shamory at 570.374.4113 (ask for extension 117).

Our goal is to lead teens closer to Christ. Check out Life Teen!

Other Ministries and Organizations

Basic Christian Community Group

The Basic Christian Community Group is a set of small parishioner groups with eight to ten members each who are working on becoming (better) Intentional Disciples of Christ. These small groups focus on learning more and talking about the Catholic faith in an interactive speaking environment, so they become (more) comfortable discussing the Catholic faith with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers when religion becomes a topic of discussion or when attempting to evangelize others. Existing small groups are open to new members, and we are always trying to help new groups to form. For more information call Paul or Carol Parowski at 570.539.4283 or email at or

Breakfast Buddies

Breakfast Buddies meet on the second Monday of each month at 9 am at the Pepper Tree Restaurant. The Pepper Tree Restaurant is located on Route 522, 1.7 miles from 18th Street, on the left-hand side of the highway going toward Middleburg. Everyone is welcome to attend. Breakfast is ordered from the menu. Everyone is invited to join fellow parishioners for this social gathering. For more information, please contact Clara Kovacs at 570.743.7702.

Cleaning Angels

The cleaning angels help to clean the interior of the church. Small groups vacuum, mop, polish and dust the pews, woodwork, and altar. They work in teams with set schedules that require only one or two hours of cleaning a month. If you are interested in helping, please contact Beth Kapsar at OR 570.847.1620

Council of Catholic Women

The Council of Catholic Women is open to all women, 18 and older, who want to meet the needs of parish and community members. It meets the first Sunday of each month after the 11am Mass in the parish social hall located in the lower level. For additional information contact the parish office.

Fire It Up!

The purpose of the committee is to bring relevant, fun opportunities to St Pius X to educate, re-energize and provide moments of evangelization to the people in our parish, the Susquehanna Valley and beyond. Contact Mel Purdy at for additional information

Flower Gardens Committee

Our flower garden committee maintains and adds to the beauty of the landscape of the church grounds. If you like to plant flowers, pull weeds, spread mulch or help in anyway with the parish landscape, please call Maureen Pagana at 570.850.0785.

Funeral Luncheon Team

As a service to the bereaved, the committee will provide a luncheon following a funeral Mass. The luncheon is held in the social hall located on the lower level of the Church. Team members on a rotating basis are called to provide covered dishes for the meal, and/or to assist with set-up or clean-up. To volunteer, please contact the parish office.

G.I.F.T. Program (Growing in Faith Together)

The GIFT program’s goal is to help adults expand the understanding of the Catholic faith and the desire to live it. There are a variety of adult educational programs offered each year which include Roman Catholic based Bible studies, discussions of theology and Catholic Church doctrine, review of movies and books, sharing prayer approaches and experiences, participation in days of reflection and retreats, as well as other educational activities deemed to meet the adult educational needs of the parish. For more information contact Carol or Paul Parowski at 570.539.4283.

Greeting Card Ministry

The greeting card ministry sends cards of sympathy, get well wishes and birthday greetings to parishioners from the parish. Each volunteer sends card for a designated month. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Agnes Janas at 570.473.3690.

Kitchen Team

The kitchen team is responsible for keeping the kitchen and pantry in clean, working condition. Any group wishing to use the kitchen should leave it in good clean condition. If you are interested in helping the team clean the kitchen, please contact the parish office.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus were founded by Fr. Michael McGivney (1852-1890) to provide for the well-being of Catholic men and aid their families in the event of the man’s death. Membership in the Knights is available to men, 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics. All potential members must accept the authority of the Church on matters of faith and morals and be in good standing in the Church. Knights of Columbus, Council 3780, meet once a month in the Knights of Columbus room in the lower level of the church. The Knights participate in activities and projects that support our church, vocations, parishioners and community.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serves the Church and their neighbors on a voluntary basis. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. If you are interested in joining the Legion or just interested in learning more about the ministry, please contact Heather Effinger at 570.541.6061.


The Lydyan is responsible for the diligent care of altar linens and cloths used during liturgies and celebration of the Holy Eucharist. For additional information please contact Rita Filohoski at

Mary’s Visitors

Mary’s Visitors is a ministry where we visit anyone who is in need of a friendly smile and a little company. If you would like to join us, please call Ann Reibsame at 570.374.3492. If you know anyone who would like a visit, please let us know.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry brings prayers and comfort to the sick of our parish and community and to those with special needs through the work of our hands. We knit, crochet and sew lap covers and other items. We also make rosaries. This is a good project for anyone who does not knit or crochet. Donations of yarn and other supplies are always accepted and welcomed.

Beginners are encouraged to come learn from other members who can teach you the basics. Our group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6-8pm in the parish conference room on the main level. If you are interested in joining, please attend one of our meetings. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kathy Dalius at 570.374.9883.

Prison Ministry Team

The prison ministry team visits the Snyder County weekly to conduct a communion service. They also visit the Allenwood Federal Penitentiary once a month to interact with prisoners who have little or no contact with the outside world.  For information, please contact Chris Heckman.

Pro-Life Team

The goal of the Pro-Life team is to increase the knowledge of the parishioners about pro-life issues. We provide educational pro-life literature which is located in the book and magazine rack in the Narthex. We present a cross and crib medal to all baptized infants. In January, we attend the National Pro-Life March in Washington D.C. The St. Pius X Pro-Life Team is committed to all aspects of life issues including the elderly and family life in today’s world. We pray for new members and if you have any further questions, you may contact Joyce Seno at 570.259.0136.

Rosary Before Mass Group

The rosary is recited by parishioners before Saturday and early Sunday Masses. If you are interested in leading the rosary, please contact Clara C. Kovacs at 570.743.7702 to be placed on the schedule.

Rosary Prayer Group

The rosary prayer group meets every Tuesday from 7-8pm in the Adoration Chapel to pray the rosary. We pray the rosary for priestly, permanent diaconate and religious vocations. Everyone is invited to join the group for all or part of this hour as your schedule allows. If you have any questions, please call Karol Scartelli at 570.374.9954.

St. Camillus Ministry~Communion to Homebound or Nursing Home Residents

This ministry provides Communion to Catholics who are homebound, in local nursing homes or assisted living facilities who desire to receive the Eucharist. Anyone who is homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion or any Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who wishes to volunteer for this ministry may contact the parish office at 570.374.4113.

St. Joseph of Arimathea

This is a Christian ministry devoted to the caring and spending of time, during their final hours, with parishioners who are terminally ill. In particular, this ministry is for those who have no one close by or are completely alone. It also is a benefit to those who have children, other family members, or loved ones who are not immediately available to be there.

Companions of St Joseph ministry will graciously offer prayers, conversation and companionship during the final days and hours of those in need. For additional information, please contact the parish office.

St. Michael’s Guard

St. Michael’s Guard is an ecclesial movement of men throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg devoted to serving our Lord as altar servers at Mass. The Guard strives to provide the highest level of discipline, reverence, and humility as we assist our priests at the liturgy, with fervent study and practice of the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. We have a great devotion to the Eucharist, and we take as our patrons Mary and St. Michael the Archangel. We emphasize reverence, brotherhood, humility, and fidelity (both to the Church and to our respective vocations).

Membership: St. Michael’s Guard is open to Catholic men 18 years and older with a desire to serve our Lord in the liturgy. No prior experience as an altar server is required.
For more information, please contact Mark Filohoski, Acting Contingent Director at St. Pius X Church. – 570.374.3933.

Susquehanna University Campus Ministry

Selinsgrove Center Christmas Party Committee

The Selinsgrove Center Christmas party is scheduled in early December. Our committee sponsors one group of approximately 20 adult men who live at the Center with a party, gifts, and a visit from Santa. Cookies are provided along with singing from the 7th and 8th grade religious education students. A fun time is had by all. If you are interested in helping with the festivities, please contact Clara C. Kovacs at 570.743.7702.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a ministry to feed the hungry. We connect people with extra food with those who can use help with some basics. A big part our mission is to take donated food and work in our parish kitchen weekly, cooking and baking to turn those donations into delicious and nutritious meals. We usually freeze these items so that we can hand them out on the last Thursday of the month here at St. Pius X, and at various food distribution opportunities, as well as calls to our church for assistance. We also partner with Martha’s Table at All Saints Episcopal Church on Market Street to help with their community meals on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and cook and serve the meal there on the fifth Wednesday of the month. We are expanding to provide a Thanksgiving dinner open to the community and look to find other ways to serve the hungry in our community. Shepherd’s Pie is a group of volunteers who enjoy working and serving together. If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Sandy Corrigan at 570.743.3373.


(TMIY) is an interactive men’s program here at Saint Pius X focused on the development of male leadership in the modern world.  It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and greater society. The group meets on Saturday mornings from 6:30am-8am in the lower level of the Church.

Please reach out to Craig DeFazio 570.898.4478 or Jeff Ettinger 570.850.7003 if you are interested or wish to learn more about the program.

Transportation Team

The transportation team provides rides, as needed by parishioners to Mass, appointments, drug stores and grocery stores. We also take you to see your loved ones in the hospital or nursing home. If you can’t drive, no longer drive or don’t have anyone who can provide transportation, we will try to help you. To volunteer to drive or to ask for a ride, please contact the parish office.

Welcoming Committee

The welcoming committee provides new parishioners with all pertinent information they need to get involved in the parish community. We want to make them feel welcome and a part of the parish. If you want to be a member of the welcoming committee, please contact Dianne Hartman at 570.898.4548.