Open: Monday ~ Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Adoration Chapel Is Open 24/7
(Please obtain access code from the Rectory.)
On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27, 2014), the Catholic Church celebrated a truly historical moment with the canonization of two modern Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. Click on the above image to read various reflections--written by scholars, theologians, and media personnel--on the lives of our newest saints.
Fr. Robert Barron, founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, provides a dynamic Catholic perspective on timely issues and events. A renowned author, speaker, and theologian, Fr. Barron is the creator and host of the acclaimed documentary series CATHOLICISM, which has been broadcast on PBS and EWTN, and which was presented during our Lenten "Soup and Catholicism" series.
Sister Cristina Scuccia, an Ursuline nun from Sicily, Italy, uses her God-given musical gifts to lead others to the joy she has found in Christ. Listen to her recent audition on Italy's "The Voice," featuring a conversation with the judges in which she explains her calling. (For best results, please choose the full screen option and select the "CC" closed captioned option to view English subtitles.)
We are a Roman Catholic community serving the Lawncrest Community of Northeast Philadelphia.
We welcome all those seeking a true home in the love of Jesus Christ - a place where you are not just a number, but a member of the family - our family.
We are glad that you have found us online, and we look forward to seeing you in church!
Dear Friends in Christ,
I welcome you to our new Saint William Parish website. More importantly, I welcome you to Saint William Parish. Our parish is located in the Lawn-Crest section of Northeast Philadelphia. Currently we serve about 1,600 households comprising of about 4,500 people.
I have the distinct honor of being assigned as pastor to the parish where I grew up. This is my old neighborhood and much has changed since I was raised and went to school here. However, the heart and soul of Saint William Parish remains the same. The names and faces are different. the numbers are fewer than years ago, but at our core, we are a Catholic parish who strive to serve Jesus Christ by serving his people.
There are four priests living in our parish who serve the needs of the various communities that worship in Saint William Church. We celebrate Mass in the English, Spanish, Urdu (Pakistani), and Haitian Creole languages. We also have many other cultures that are represented in the people who attend Mass here. We are a diverse community with one thing in common - we are all members of the Saint William Parish family.
I invite you to come and visit with us on a Sunday or weekday for Mass. Please let me know you are visiting Saint William for the first time so I can properly welcome you. I also invite you to grow in your relationship with Jesus by visiting our adoration chapel. Finally, I invite you to grow in your call as a Disciple of Jesus Christ.
May God bless you,
Rev. Joseph G. Watson
Over the past few weeks of the summer, we have said good-bye and God bless to the IHM Sisters who served our parish over the last several years. Now we take this opportunity as a parish community to welcome the three new sisters who have been missioned to Saint William Convent.
First we welcome S. Doris Marie Kane who will live with the sisters in the convent and teach in the IHM Literacy Center which is now located at Saint Bernard’s Parish. Several of the sisters in the convent live here and worship here but work at the Literacy Center.
Secondly, we welcome S. M. Rose Patrice Kuhn. Sister Rose is going to serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Hispanic Community. Sister Rose has spent many years in Peru and she brings that knowledge and experience to Saint William Parish. Just as I did with Sister Rachel, I will count on Sr. Rose to help me serve the Spanish-speaking people of our parish.
Thirdly, we welcome S. Marie Bernadette Taraschi who is our new Director of Religious Education. Sister Bernadette is coming to Saint William with a lot of energy for this work. She will also be working with the R.C.I.A. Program in our parish. A few weeks ago we asked for volunteers to help as catechists in our programs, especially in the Religious Ed Program for our children as well as the RCIA Program for the adults. Please consider helping Sister Bernadette by volunteering for one of these great programs. Call the Religious Education Office to volunteer.
Having the IHM Sisters is a blessing in our parish. So many parishes no longer have the presence of Religious Women who serve the needs of the parish and provide a great example of Christian witness in the community. We are lucky to be able to continue the long relationship between Saint William Parish and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
we gathered for the Blessing of the Animals,
which was led by Deacon Bill Moser.
Several dogs and cats were blessed, along with two turtles and a fish!
Enjoy the photos below, which were taken and beautifully arranged by Sr. Rose.
The St. William Christmas Tree, planted by Monsignor James E. Mortimer, represented a long and proud tradition in our parish. Every year, we gathered shortly before Christmas to light the tree and to sing carols celebrating Our Savior's birth. In recent years, the tree fell prey to disease and had to be cut down. After it was removed, the tree revealed the long-hidden St. William's Time Capsule, which was buried in 1995. Watch as the tree is felled, and visit our Time Capsule Photo Album (above) to see the mementos we uncovered.