Open: Monday ~ Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 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
I would imagine that for a large part of our parish population Sister Rachel is unknown. However, to our Hispanic parishioners she is very much loved and respected. Sister has worked tirelessly for the people of Saint William Parish since her arrival fourteen years ago. Now at 93 years of age, Sister's IHM Community, and she herself, realize that it is time to rest. It is with a great sense of gratitude (and sadness) that we say farewell to Sister Rachel.
For the past five years I have been so very thankful that Sister Rachel was here to take care of our Hispanic Community. I had hoped that my Spanish would be much further along at this point but I always knew that Sister Rachel was just a phone call away. Very often when a Spanish-speaking person arrived at the rectory, I would call Sister Rachel and she would come right over and translate for me.
Every Sunday morning, Sister walked in the doors of the church at 10 AM for the 10:30 AM Spanish Mass. She always arrived with a smile and she would set up shop at the back table in the church. Right up until the beginning of Mass I would watch the people go to her with their questions or concerns and she would handle them all. These needs included everything from setting up a baptism to writing letters to Immigration and Customs to help our parishioners with their immigration status.
Sister Rachel has been a blessing to the people of this parish and to me personally. It is with a grateful heart that we, as a parish community, say good-bye and God bless! There is a biography of Sister Rachel at the doors of the church. It is printed in both English and Spanish. I invite you to take one with you and to pray for Sister Rachel as she makes her transition from Saint William to Camilla Hall.
Vaya con Dios, Hermana Rachel!