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"To restore all things in Christ..." - Pope St. Pius XPope St. Pius X (1835-1914), pope (1903-1914)
"I was born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor."

This great pope's name was Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, born in Riese, Italy, the second of eight surviving children from a poor peasant home.  He was educated in the college at Castelfranco and the seminary at Padua.  After he was ordained a priest in 1858, Father Sarto labored for the people in poor parishes, giving away literally everything he owned, even the shirt off his back.  In 1903, while cardinal-patriarch of Venice, he was elected pope when Pope Leo XIII died.  Pope Pius changed the rules regarding the Eucharist.  He allowed children to make their First Holy Communion at seven years of age instead of thirteen or fourteen.  He advocated daily communion and returned Gregorian Chant to the liturgy.  Pope Pius died in Vatican City on August 20, 1914 of bronchitis.  Many people recognized him as a very holy man.  Others claimed that through their prayers to him after his death, many miracles had been worked.  It was because of this that on May 29, 1954 Pope St. Pius X was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius XII.  Pope St. Pius X's feast day is August 21st.


Pius X Alma Mater

All through the years we have a guide   Oh Pius X,
A hope a light which in us doth abide   In your steps we strive to follow
To thee we sing   Through the path of life's tomorrow
Alma mater alma mater dear   Our dear alma mater still will stand
With thee share our joys share our tears   To guide the way
To thee we pledge our loyalty.   Though others may stray,
Our hearts so true to thy loved memory   Pius X show us the way

First melody and words.  Author of lyrics is unknown.
Submitted by Tony Golda, Class of 1960

Go Pius ever onward,   We hail you Alma Mater,
Go Pius all the way;   We pledge ourselves to you;
Your praise we sing,   You show your might,
Your glory ring,   The red and white,
May your spirit win the day.   In your victories old and new.
Go Warriors strong in battle,   Go Warriors strong in battle,
Go Warriors brave and true;   Go Warriors brave and true;
Our cheers ring out with mighty shout,   Our cheers ring out with mighty shout,
For Pius hail to you!   For Pius hail to you!

Words written by Rev. James W. Keefe, former principal of Pius X from 1967 to 1975.
Submitted by Mary Oliva, Class of 1974

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Pius X School Hymn

Adaptation of Etude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E Major - Chords by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Adaptation of Etude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E Major - Notes and Lyrics courtesy of Tony Golda, Pius X Class of 1960

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St. MatthiasSt. Matthias (b. unknown, d. 80 A.D.)

From the Acts of the Apostles, we know that St. Matthias was with Christ from the time of His baptism until the time of His ascension.  When St. Peter announced that they must choose a successor for Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:15-21), two were selected, Joseph called Barsabbas who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias who was selected by lot after group prayer to the Lord.  After his selection, Matthias was always numbered among the twelve apostles.  He received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost with the other eleven.  St. Matthias preached the Gospel for over 30 years in Judea, Cappadocia (now countries of Greece and Turkey), Egypt, and Ethiopia.  He suffered martyrdom in Colchis, a district of Asia Minor, situated on the shores of the Black Sea, south of the Caucasus Mountains.  It is believed his body was brought to Rome by St. Helena.  St. Matthias' feast day is May 14th.


St. Matthias Alma Mater

We sing of you, beloved St. Matthias,   Your colors -- blue, the blue of Mary's mantle,
Our school so cherished for your spirit true,   And gleaming gold, the love of God and man --
We sing our love for you, dear Alma Mater,   Oh, may these always be an inspiration
A song of loyalty and lasting love;   To fill our hearts with purity and love.
Your shining light, your standards high and noble,   God grant each girl may be Your consolidation,
Have ever lifted us to higher goals.   Dear Alma Mater, Saint Matthias High.


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