1980’s

St. Pius Tenth was assigned another new pastor, Fr. Jerry Glahn, in 1981. After ten years, bingo was discontinued and the gym was completed and dedicated to Sr. Mary Mercy. The gym was the site for many basketball and volleyball games each year. It was also used for many school and youth group activities. Also, during the 1980's, the parish Cooking Team began to receive recognition when it started competing at the Owensboro Barbecue Festival. In the fall of 1981, Frs. Glahn and Lauzon, the associate pastor, conducted several parish renewal weekends which helped to promote spiritual growth in the parish.

The church celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1982 and a door-to-door census was also  conducted that year. Fr. Glahn began the custom of having a St. Pius Tenth Parish Day in 1983. It is held in August, close to the feast of St. Pius X. There is usually an outdoor Mass, a meal, activities or entertainment, and lots of time to visit with friends. Fr. Jerry celebrated the 25th anniversary of his  ordination in 1984 and in the fall of that year the first season of Renew began. Over 500 parishioners were involved in this program.

The first lay principal, Mary Kennedy, was hired for the school in 1985 and, in the fall of that year, a major renovation of the church began. All liturgies and services were moved to the gym during that time and, as work on the church preceded under the direction of the Renovation Committee, many men and women of the parish donated their time and talents in order to keep cost to a minimum. On Palm Sunday, 1986, the renovation of the church being complete, a Rededication Mass was celebrated by Bishop John McRaith. The first baptisms in the new baptistery took place on Easter. During Advent that year, the first parish Christmas party was held. Each family was asked to make an ornament for the Christmas tree in the sanctuary and these ornaments are used every year. In 1989, Fr. Bruce Fogle  became the new pastor. That year also saw the beginning of the Owensboro Catholic School System. St. Pius Tenth closed its doors in May and, when it reopened in August, it was called Bishop Francis R. Cotton School. Its students were members of St. Pius Tenth and Sts. Joseph and Paul parishes. Bishop Cotton holds classes for Kindergarten through 6th grades, and the 7th and 8th grade classes attend Owensboro Catholic Middle School.


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