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 Saint William Parish website. More importantly, I welcome you to Saint William Parish. Our parish is located in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia. Currently we serve about 1,600 households comprising 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 three 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
The Holy Father has announced that there will be a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015 and concluding on November 20, 2016. He said this in his Announcement:
"This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.
"I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God."
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is asking all of us to commit to praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy each day of the Holy Year. There will be more about this later.
A program to promote vocations to the priesthood will begin in our parish next weekend.
Parishioners are encouraged to consider who in our midst might serve well as a priest and submit their names during weekend liturgies. There are many good prospective priests who are simply waiting to be asked.
Please pray for vocations.
God of gracious love, You gathered us first at the waters of baptism,
and you lead us through life with faithfulness.
Raise up from among our parish family, leaders to serve your people as priests.
To those whom You call, give grace and courage to discern how they may best serve you.
To all of us, give us good hearts so we might encourage them along the way.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, and with your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
It is that time of year again when we are asked to remember the needs of the poor and disadvantaged among us. This is a very important campaign in that the money raised directly assists the people of the Archdiocese as well as our own parishioners.
Our goal for last year was $15,545. I am happy to report that Saint William donated $14,374. We achieved 92% of our goal. I am sorry that we did not make it to 100% but we can shoot for that this year.
Once again, our goal for this year is the same as last year, $15,545. I hope that we can make it to that amount. Like we did last year, Saint William Parish has donated the first $545 which makes our goal an even $15,000.
This year, Monsignor Mortimer is featured prominently in the Catholic Charities Appeal video. You may have already noticed his picture on the two posters in the back of the church. Another proud moment for Saint William parish!
Please Support the 2015 Catholic Charities Appeal!
6200 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
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.)
Confessions: Saturday 4:00-4:45PM
Thursdays before First Fridays:
Following the daily Noon Mass
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