Rectory Office: 215-745-1389
Rectory Fax: 215-342-4783
Open: Monday ~ Friday
9:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M
(Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.)
Adoration Chapel Is Open 24/7
(Please obtain access code from the Rectory.)
Confessions: Saturday 4:00-4:45PM
Thursdays before First Fridays:
Following the daily Noon Mass
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.)
Watch a selection of informative and inspirational video commentaries by Fr. Robert Barron. Founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, Fr. Barron is a renowned author, speaker, and theologian. He 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.
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
Today the Church begins one of its most holy and sacred times, Holy Week. Beginning with the Passion today and carrying throughout the week, the Church journeys with Jesus through his Passion, Death and Resurrection. I invite our parishioners to attend as many of our Holy Week services as possible.
The priests of the Archdiocese will gather at the Cathedral on Holy Thursday Morning to celebrate the Chrism Mass. In this Mass we renew our priestly promises and receive the new holy oils for use in the parish in the coming year.
At 5:00 PM, the Pakistani community will have the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Lower Church. At 7:00 PM the English, Spanish, and Haitian communities will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Upper Church.
At 11:00 PM, we will have Night Prayer in English concluding with Eucharistic Adoration in the Upper Church.
On Good Friday we will begin with Morning Prayer in English at 9:00 AM in the Lower Church. The Passion will be celebrated in English at Noon, in Urdu at 2:00 PM in the Lower Church and in Creole at 2:00 PM in the Upper Church. The Spanish community will celebrate the Passion at 7:00 PM in the Upper Church.
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated in English at 7:00 PM in the Lower Church.
Holy Saturday ~ Easter Vigil
On Holy Saturday we will begin with Morning Prayer in English at 9:00 AM in the Lower Church.
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated once by all communities (English, Spanish, Haitian, Pakistani) in the parish. It will begin at 7:00 PM outside with the blessing of the fire.
We will celebrate the Lord's Resurrection in English at 7:30 AM in the Lower Church, at 9:00 AM in the Lower Church, and at 12:00 PM in the Upper Church.
We will also celebrate Easter Mass in English at 8:00 PM in the Upper Church.
We will celebrate in Spanish at 10:30 AM in the Lower Church, in Urdu at 1:00 PM in the Lower Church, and in Creole at 5:30 PM in the Upper Church.
May You Have a Blessed and Prayer Filled Holy Week.