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 has been 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.)
On October 26, we celebrated the feast of El Señor de los Milagros with Mass, a Procession, and a Fiesta.
This devotion, which is reverently celebrated by our Peruvian parishioners, honors an image from a mural depicting the suffering of the crucified Christ, painted by an African slave in the 17th century. The original mural adorned the wall of a hermitage, in Lima, Peru.
The painting is known to have miraculously survived a number of earthquakes and even misguided human attempts to destroy it. Our lower church contains a replica of this image, located behind the baptismal font.
The devotion to the “Lord of the Miracles” is a powerful reminder that God has not abandoned us and that our Lord is ever with us even in the midst of chaos and calamity.
Below are scenes from our celebration, taken and arranged by Sr. Rose.
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
All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) are two special days in the liturgical year. They are reminders of what we are called to do and what we are called to become.
All Saints Day gives us the example of the men and women who have gone before us and lived the Christian life in such a way that we believe they are now in heaven with our God. From their place in heaven, they act as intercessors, taking our prayers to God on our behalf. They also serve as excellent role models on how to live the Christian life.
All Souls Day reminds us that the people whom we loved in this life and who have gone before us are not forgotten. At the Noon Mass on All Souls Day, we read the names of everyone whose funeral was celebrated in our parish since last All Souls Day. Candles with the names of each beloved deceased were lit during Mass. These candles will be used in our Adoration Chapel throughout the coming year to keep alive the memory of our parish family members who have gone before us.
Our parish Book of the Dead includes the names of all the loved ones we have lost this past year. The book will remain before the altar during the month of November as we continue to pray for our beloved deceased.
Jesus says that "This is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day" (John 6:40).
Remember all those who have died. Believe that their lives are changed, not ended, and pray that they have inherited the gift promised to us all - the gift of eternal life!
"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them."
On November 8, we came together as a parish family for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship.
Over 300 people enjoyed more than 100 dishes that represented many different cultures and ethnic
backgrounds, all joining as one parish.
We look forward to sharing another wonderful evening with you soon!
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.