Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Attending or visiting a new church can be intimidating. We understand the many thoughts that can come and we want you to feel comfortable and welcome. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

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.

Where should I park?

The entrance to the main parking lot is located on Naples St. and on Cuyamaca Ave. The entrance to the special needs parking lot is also on Cuyamaca Ave. There is plenty of nearby parking on the streets around the parish neighborhood.

Where do my children go?

Bring your children to church! If we don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement, and you’re starting off your children’s lives as you should.

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 congregation. However, we do have Missals located in each pew that provide you with the order of the mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer.

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. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. If you would like to receive a blessing, you are invited to come forward with your hands crossed over their chest.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?

You are NOT expected to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you wish, you may make an offertory donation in support of our parish mission. If you consider St. Pius X your parish home, prayerfully consider registering and tithing on a regular basis founded upon the principle of “equal sacrifice”, not “equal giving”. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for auto-enrollment with online giving here.

I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?

Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, the ushers can assist in connecting your hearing aid to our system.