INTRODUCING FATHER JORGE AGUERA

Dear parishioners at St Pius X:

With both joy and apprehension I embrace this new assignment as pastor, which our Archbishop has entrusted to my care. And I do it providentially when we celebrate the Solemnity of the real presence of Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, traditionally called by his Latin name: Corpus Christi. It is precisely from this most amazing Sacrament that the Lord builds his Body, the Church. He is the true Pastor, the Head of his Church. In the Monstrance and in the Tabernacle the Heart of the Son of the living God is beating for love of you. And his blood, his Spirit, is being infused in us from this Heart, feeding and nourishing all the members of the Body, the Church. I pray to Our Lady, the Mother of the Eucharist, that the community of St Pius X be mustered, built and grown around this Sacred mystery of divine Love.

Many of you are grieving for the loss of your beloved pastor Fr. Steve Adams. We thank God for the years he lovingly and patiently devoted to the care of this community. May Our Lady continue to bless him and accompany him in whatever task the Church may require from him.

Also, many of you are wondering: “Who is this new priest?” I want to briefly introducemyself for you to know a little bit about me. I was born in May 13, 1970 in Burgos (Spain), a medium-size town on the way to St James of Compostela. I was raised in Valladolid, capital of Castile and former capital of Spain. After serving in the Army, I entered at the age of 20 in the religious congregation of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and I was ordained a priest in Cuenca (Spain), on March 22, 1997. I hold both a STB (ecclesiastical equivalent of a BA in Theology and Philosophy) and a STL (ecclesiastical equivalent of a MA) in Moral Theology by the “San Dámaso” Theological College, Madrid. I served as a priest in Madrid for 6 years, ministering  to College and High School youth, as well as to families. Then I spent a year in Rome to finish my studies on Moral Theology. In the Fall of 2004 I was assigned to a community in Falls Church, Northern Virginia. For five years I served the Spanish-speaking immigrant communities at three different parishes in the DC metropolitan area. In the summer of 2009 I was assigned to Denver. I served first at St Mary’s parish, Littleton, and then as Chaplain and teacher at Bishop Machebeuf High School. In the summer of 2011 I began to serve as a diocesan priest, first at Ascension parish, and then from the summer of 2012 at Queen of Peace parish, my last assignment.  In my 17 years as a priest I have undertaken a wide variety of ministries, from ministering to College youth to accompanying married couples, from spiritual assistance to religious communities to ministering to immigrants, from preaching the spiritual exercises to serving as teacher and spiritual counselor at schools. I pray that my experience will serve you well here at St Pius X parish.

Do please pray for me.

 

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My dear Brothers and Sisters,

I don’t often find myself at a loss for words but it has been difficult to figure out how to say good-bye and thank you.  I am overwhelmed by your generosity, not just from last weekend’s festivities, but also from 12 years of witnessing your amazing ability to share and to give of yourselves.

You have opened up to new cultures, whether Latin, African or  American.  I know it was not easy, but you still did it.  You have recognized each other and the unique gifts each brings.  You have reached out to the poor and vulnerable, whether homeless, impoverished or unborn.  You have taken on new ministries with the arrival of the hospitals at Fitzsimmons.  You continue to meet the challenges of new growth and changing demographics.  Any one of these things could be enough to set a community back on their heels, but you have embraced them all and have thrived in them and with them.  I am so proud to have been a part of all of that and to have been able to walk with you during all of that growth.

You have taught me patience.  You have taught me how to let myself sit with feeling uncomfortable until God shows a way to respond.  And, probably most important, you have taught me that the world doesn’t fall apart if things don’t  happen like I thought they should.

I am so very grateful for having been allowed to walk with so many of you during significant moments of your lives, through baptisms and weddings, confirmations and quinceañeras, funerals and grief.  It is a great gift that you give me when you allow me to be a part of such personal and vulnerable moments.  I will take with memany deep relationships and friendships and I will carry you all in my heart.

I will also be praying for you that you may have the same openness to Fr. Jorge as you did with me.  I pray that he will find the great generosity of St. Pius X Parish and will know the unique Spirit that God has sent to shape this community of faith in north Aurora.

May the peace of Our Lord Jesus be with you always, Fr. Steve

 

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NEW CLASS ON SPIRITUAL GROWTH

We will be starting a new year long adult program called Catching Fire/Becoming Flame here at the parish beginning on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.  We will be using Fr. Albert Haase’s, (OFM) spiritual transformation program and materials to help us each individually grow “to become a little Christ sent to respond lovingly in service to the present moment.”  The cost is only $15 which just covers the cost of the book.  We will  meet every week on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Call Jay at the office for more details. 

 

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SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM: Begins on June 2nd

For the second year in a row our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be hosting the neighborhood kids this summer for games, crafts and lunch.  To host 40-50 kids a day we will need lots of volunteer help from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.  The summer lunch program will begin at St. Pius on June 2nd and will run until August 1st.  All volunteers need to have completed the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program.  To volunteer or to get more information on the Safe Environment program please contact Jay at the parish office.

To help us with our June 2-August 1 Summer Lunch Program, we will need donations of new or gently used craft supplies, playground equipment and other toys.  You may bring your donations to the church Narthex.  Thank you, we appreciate your generosity!

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RCIA The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Ever thought of becoming Catholic?  Already Catholic but never got a chance to make your 1st Communion or Confirmation?  Then the RCIA Program is for you!   Our program is a year-long from the time you enter.  We will give you an outstanding, adult-level understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith and help you begin or grow in your relationship to our great Lord, Jesus Christ.  If you are interested, please contact Jay at 303-364-7435.

 

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education registrations for next year have begun.   Please bring a copy of the child’s Baptism Certificate when you come to register if they need to receive First Communion or Confirmation.       This program prepares Catholic children for their First Reconciliation,  First Communion and Confirmation.  We start the classes in the September for all those who are interested in growing in their faith as well as for those who are interested in preparing for First Communion and Confirmation.  Register early to get a lesser fee, cost will go up in August.  Children must  be in the second grade or older to receive their First Communion and at least 13 years old to receive Confirmation.  If you have any questions please talk to the RE director, Martha Jones, at the parish office. 

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BAPTISM PREPARATION

Preparing for baptism is an important part of the sacrament of baptism. Our Deacon will offer a baptism preparation class in English on the First Saturday of each month in the Family Life Center. If you are planning on a baptism in the near future please plan on attending this class. The class is required for parents and godparents.

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ST. PIUS IS COLLECTING INFANT SUPPLIES FOR THE NEW GABRIEL HOUSE AT QUEEN OF PEACE

Our parish Respect Life Ministry collects infant supplies like diapers, wipes, bottles and formulas, clothes and toiletries for the new Aurora Gabriel House located on the Queen of Peace campus. Gabriel House is a ministry aimed at helping new mothers and mothers-to-be deliver and raise healthy babies. These items can be left in the new playpen in the Narthex.

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Faith Direct

Can’t find your checkbook or envelope on Sunday morning? Join the parishioners who are using Faith Direct for automated giving to Saint Pius X Parish. It is secure, convenient and Faith Direct will provide you an offertory card to place in the basket during the collections. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. Sign up today by visiting www.faithdirect.net, our parish code is CO462.

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