Welcome

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. If you are new to our parish, a long-time member, or an interested visitor, we invite you to browse our site. You will find information about our history and mission, our dynamic faith community, our various parish ministries, and our focus on worship, service, and Catholic education, as well as current parish and Church news. We take St. Pius X’s call to holiness by “renewing all things in Christ” as our mission and thus offer a wide array of activities, ministries, organizations, and opportunities to grow in the knowledge and love of God and in service to others. We hope you will find our web site informative and interesting. In the spirit of hospitality and  gratitude, we invite you to explore all that we have to offer as an engaged, loving faith family. We hope you enjoy your visit, and we welcome your comments and questions.

 

Mission

As a parish family of Roman Catholic believers inspired by the motto of St. Pius X, “to renew all things in Christ,” we answer this call to holiness through knowing, loving, and serving God and one another.

 

History

St. Pius X Parish includes territory that was originally part of three parishes:  Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Dominic, and St. Frances Cabrini.  During the period of time between 1950 to early 1953, the Most Reverend Abel Caillouet, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans and pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, began celebrating Mass each Sunday in the Lake Vista Community Center.  The Lake Vista area was a mission of Holy Rosary Parish.  The Lakeshore area, which was part of St. Dominic Parish, and the Lake Terrace area, which was a part of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, were added to Lake Vista to comprise St. Pius X Parish.  With donated funds, the first Church-School-Rectory building was constructed and dedicated on August 16, 1953.  Father Michael Killoughey served as our first pastor, and the Sisters of St. Joseph were placed in charge of the school.

In August 1953, the school began classes for kindergarten through sixth grade students and gradually added to its enrollment as the parish grew.  The parish was originally named after Blessed Pius X and was not officially called St. Pius X Parish until May, 1954 after his canonization.  As pope, he had taken as his motto, “to renew all things in Christ,” which has become the central mission of
the parish.

In early 1955, the initial parish rectory was completed.  To further advance educational opportunities, the parish constructed a new school building adding fifteen classrooms and a cafeteria in time for the reopening of school in August, 1957.  Father Killoughey was succeeded as pastor by Monsignor Arthur T. Screen in 1963.

The permanent church, designed in 1963, has been noted for its striking roof which rises in orchestrated planes from almost ground level to more than seventy-five feet above the church floor.  The new church was an example of a church in the round with a seating capacity of 800, all within sixty feet of a central altar.  The church was dedicated by Philip M. Hannan, Archbishop of New Orleans, in 1966.

As enrollment continued to increase, new programs were introduced and additional space was required.  In the fall of 1983, the new rectory, parish administration, school administration, and multi-purpose buildings were dedicated.  This addition provided administrative facilities for our school, along with a large new library, computer labs, art room, and science lab.  The parish also gained the use of two meeting rooms, which could be combined to accommodate larger gatherings.  The new rectory provided administrative office space, and generous living facilities, to meet the present and future needs of the parish.

In the summer of 1991, Monsignor Clinton J. Doskey was appointed pastor.  He inherited Fr. Screen’s dream of building a gymnasium on the school campus , and in 1997, the new Fr. A. T. Screen Gymnasium was dedicated.  Extensive renovations were done to convert existing facilities into new space for the school.

In 2005, the city of New Orleans and its surrounding areas were devastated by the flood waters and winds of Hurricane Katrina.  St. Pius X Church and School were blessed not to have flooded; however the church’s copper roof was peeled open by the strong winds of the storm.  During the period immediately following the storm, the St. Pius X campus served as the hub of activity for many of the first responders in the area.  The Massachusetts National Guard made the gymnasium, cafeteria, courtyard, and volleyball courts their home for several months.  Immediately following their departure, the New Orleans Fire Department, and several fire engines from around the country, were stationed at St. Pius offering fire protection to the entire city.

In January of the following year, our school reopened.  That semester, parents, teachers, and students joined together to undergo accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The school received official accreditation by the nationally recognized association in the fall of 2006.  St. Pius X School also was recognized as a No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007.

In March 2007, following the Easter celebration, the church was closed for repairs.  Services were held in the school’s cafeteria, the original site of the church.  In December 2007, the church was reopened in time for Christmas Eve Masses.  Most Reverend Philip M. Hannan, the Eleventh Archbishop of New Orleans, returned to rededicate and bless our church as he did for its original dedication in 1966.

During Msgr. Doskey’s twenty years as pastor of St. Pius X Parish.  He directed an increase in parish ministries and created the Blessed Seelos Adoration Chapel located in our parish home.  The Very Reverend Patrick J. Williams was appointed Parochial Vicar in August 2007 following his role as Rector at Notre Dame Seminary.  Fr. Pat Williams was appointed Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in July 2009.