Today, the Church marks the Memorial of Pope St. Pisu X. Read in great detail about him in the Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent
A few highlights:
The College Chapel at the Josephinum, where I did my undergraduate studies, is dedicated to St. Pius X. Sadly, it was whitewashed at some point in the 70’s or 80’s, but has been restored to the best of ability, beginning under the leadership of Msgr. Frank Lane, Vice-Rector in my senior year. It was great, about midweek, a note appears on the board: “Work Party, Chapel, 9:00 AM Saturday, wear work clothes” That’s it. We show up, he’s there and obviously ready to work. The shutters over the windows came down, fresh paint was applied, and things started changing. Oh, what a happy day!
Oh, for all those preparing for First Communion (or having just celebrated), you can thank Pope Pius X for moving the age of communion to the age of reason at 7 years old (commonly second grade here in the States.) However, for you ultra-traditionalists out there, this changed the order of the Sacraments of Initiation, as First Communion moved prior to Confirmation, leading to the question of why do we give our most precious gift of the Eucharist to less than fully initiated members? Something to discuss in the combox, and there is no easy answer!
Finally, trivia! Who was the last pope prior to Pius X to be declared a Saint? (No cheating! Pius IX is still on beatified, not canonized, although it may happen soon!)