St. Pius is an active community always looking for ways to serve and love our neighbor as well as gathering together as a parish.  In addition to our ministries we have special once a year events that we invite you to get involved in.

Parish Picnic – Held in September, volunteers serve on the planning committee and work on the day of the event. Contact Josie Pienkosz at

Host for Haiti – Held in October, volunteers help with this fundraising evening which begins with a cocktail reception at Siena followed by dinner in host homes to raise money for the St. Francis Xavier Haitian Orphanage in Haiti. Contact Matt Rucinski at

Judy A Ranalli Memorial Clothing Drive – Held in November, volunteers help to collect, sort and deliver clothing to an area in need. Contact Ann Smith at 465-8068 or

Fall Cleanup Day at Sunnyside Child Development Center in Troy, NY – 2016 Date TBA. Volunteers work between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on the grounds of Sunnyside Child Development Center to help out with fall cleaning. Bring a bagged lunch, rake, your work gloves and bags. Contact Liz Jelstrom at 462-1336, ext 2010 or

Christmas Giving Tree – Parishioners take a tag off our Christmas tree at the end of November and early December that lists a need in our parish or greater community. Gifts need to be wrapped, labeled, and placed under the tree for distribution before Christmas. Contact Ellie Peterson at 785-1591 or

Lighting the Advent Wreath – Families are invited to light the wreath at the beginning of all weekend Masses during Advent.  If your family would like to participate, please contact Liz Jelstrom at 462-1336, ext 2035 or at  She will need to following information: name (names), phone number, email and preferred Mass time.

Super Freeze Committee – Volunteers meet once a month from December to February with the concluding social event on Super Bowl Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00pm in Parish Center. Contact Maureen O’Hagan at 522-1483 or Joe O’Hagan at 522-1485 or

Ash Wednesday Simple Supper – Volunteers organize and share in this community event.  Contact Sue Krosky at or Ellie Peterson at 785-1591 or

Mercy Tree – Parishioners are invited to take tags off of our tree during Lent.  Each tag lists a need in our greater community.  Items are then returned to collection bins, unwrapped, and distributed to area organizations in conjunction with our Annual Service Day.

Service Day – Volunteers gather together for one day to serve the needs of the Greater Capital Region.  Our older parishioners, grade 6 – adult, serve off-site and our younger folks, grades K – 5, complete on-site projects.  Please plan to join us for our next Service Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  For additional information please contact Liz Jelstrom at 518-462-1336, ext 2010 or at

Holy Thursday Dinner – Volunteers organize and share in this community event. Contact Terry Mason at 458-2811.

Change for Change – Volunteers hand out and collect coin containers to parishioners and area businesses to raise money for the St. Francis Xavier Haitian Orphanage in Haiti. Contact Gayle Bouchard 462-1336, ext 2010 or

St. Catherine’s Home for Children – Redecorate a room for the children at Hubbard House and get involved in the Spring Clean-up day. Contact Liz Jelstrom at 462-133,6 ext 2010 or