When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 317-255-4534 or talk with an usher when you visit.
When are services?
- Saturday – 5:00 p.m. and 8:15 a.m. (1st Saturday of the month)
- Sunday – 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Monday – 8:15 a.m.
- Tuesday – 6:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday – 8:15 a.m.
- Thursday – 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Friday – 6:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.
** We will have a Burmese Mass on the following dates: Sunday, June 25th at 10:00 am in Ross Hall, and Sunday, July 30th at 10:00 am in Ross Hall. All are welcome to attend!
**We will have a 9:00 am mass on Tuesday, July 4th. There will be no other communion service or mass that day.**
When is confession available?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is typically offered every Saturday, with additional times available in Lent and Advent. Confessions are also available by appointment. Every Saturday from 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. the 1st Saturday of the month.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
How do I get to St. Pius?
St. Pius X Catholic Church is located at 7200 Sarto Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Here is a Google map.
Where should I park?
We have three main parking lots on the north, center and east sides of the campus. The main church entrance is on the east side of the church. You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the ample handicapped-accessible spots in the center parking lot. We ask that you never park in fire lines or on the grass.
Where do my children go?
At St. Pius, we believe it is important for children of all ages to attend mass with their families. At the 11:00 a.m. mass, we do offer children’s liturgy of the word (CLOW) to our young parish members, age four to seven.
Families who do not attend St. Pius School typically attend Sunday Religious Education, which is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. during the school year. We ask that in addition to attending Sunday Religious Education all children attend mass with their families as well.
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the St. Pius parishioners. The Sunday's Word is a book of readings and responses that can be found next to the hearing devices in the back of church. The Sunday's Word can be used in conjunction with a hymnal.
I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Low Gluten Hosts are available from any of the ministers of the Body of Christ near the altar. Simply state your need as you approach for communion. If you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious Blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider St. Pius your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to St. Pius on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for electronic contributions.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume. If you think this would be beneficial to you, please ask one of the ushers located at the back of the church to provide you with a headset.