Please read Archbishop Chaput's urgent letter on
Pennsylvania House Bill 1947.
The proposed legislation "poses serious dangers for all of our local parishes and for the ministries, charities and schools of our archdiocesan Church."
Senate hearings will begin on or around June 13.
Please act now by reading below, contacting your senator, and remaining in prayer for our Church and for all victims of sexual abuse.
What is House Bill 1947?
House Bill 1947 is a proposed law that would extend
the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse from age 30 to age 50.
It would also allow civil lawsuits to be filed retroactively for cases in which
the victim is now between 30 and 50 years old.
Why does HB 1947 pose serious dangers to the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania?
The bill's provision only applies to private or nonprofit organizations
like the Catholic Church.
Government institutions, such as public schools, are exempt.
The bill therefore unfairly targets churches, charities, and other nonprofits.
By permitting unlimited liability for civil damages, the bill threatens
to bankrupt dioceses, close parishes and schools, and shut down charities.
At the same time, the bill actually excludes most victims of sexual abuse from recovering damages, since public institutions would be exempt.
What can you do to help?
Please read the full text of the Archbishop's letter by clicking on the image below.
A copy of the Archbishop's letter is also available in Spanish.
Please contact your senator and the Senate Judiciary Committee via
and urge them to oppose HB 1947.
Read the Archdiocese's fact sheet on House Bill 1947 for more information.
Rev. Alfonso J. Concha
Father Al Concha was born in Ecuador and graduated from St. Peter Pasqual High School. He attended the Catholic University of Ecuador and obtained a Certificate in Philosophy.
In 1972, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1974) and a Master's of Divinity (1976). Father Al was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 15, 1976.
His additional education includes graduate studies in counseling at Villanova University (1976-1977), graduate studies in pastoral counseling at the University of San Diego (1994-1995), United States military training (1991-2011) and chaplain’s school education (2008-2010).
He also attended general studies at the University of Maryland's Sigonella (Italy) campus. In 2010, Fr. Al began theological studies for an STL in Spirituality at the S. Paul School of Catania, Italy. Read more...
Once again it is time for the Catholic Charities Appeal.
Last year we had a goal of $15,545 and we raised $13,865, or 89% of our goal.
This year the goal is the same as last year, $15,545. As in the last few years, Saint William Parish will give the first $545 to the campaign, which brings our goal to an even $15,000.
Many of you would have received information in your homes, but for those of you who are recently registered in our parish or not registered at all, you will not get the direct mailing. Please visit the CCA website, Catholiccharitiesappeal.org to make your pledge.
Also, you can put your Catholic Charities donation in the collection basket in church and we will get it to the Archdiocese for you. Please be sure that it is clearly marked for Catholic Charities.
Thank you for helping us to reach our goal this year!
Adoration Chapel Is Open 24/7
(Please obtain access code from the Rectory.)
Saturday 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Thursdays before First Fridays
Following the daily 12:00 pm Mass
Confesiones en español
Domingo, 10:00 am - 10:20 am