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.)
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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
We thank the IHM Sisters for their presence and ministry in our parish. The IHMs have been here since the school opened in 1924, and they have remained even following the closing of the school three years ago.. The IHM Sisters provide a beautiful witness of dedicated service to the Church as well as our community.
At this time of year, we say thank you and farewell to some of the sisters who are leaving us to begin their new apostolates at Camilla Hall.
Sister Celeste Marie has been a tremendous help and presence at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, where we celebrate Mass every Thursday for the home's Catholic residents. Sister Celeste has faithfully ministered to the residents, talking with them, helping them to the chapel, and advising us if anyone needed the Sacrament of the Sick or Confession.
Sister Marita Christi and Sister Lucia Maria have worked in the IHM Literacy Program for the last several years. Although they did not work directly for the parish, their presence at daily and Sunday Mass provided a great witness to our community of the dedication and prayerfulness of religious sisters. They gave us all an example of living their vocation as consecrated religious.
Consecrated life is not as attractive to our young people these days, but these three woman have shown us the joy and fulfillment that can come from a life of service to God's people. May God bless these three sisters as they assume their new mission at Camilla Hall.
On June 27, almost 50 members of our parish family visited the shrines of
Our Lady of Czestochowa and St. Gianna Beretta Molla.
St. Gianna is one of the patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families,
along with St. John Paul II, who is also honored at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Below are several images from our pilgrimage, which included tours of the shrines, Mass, and confession. We hope that you will be able to join us for our next pilgrimage!
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 will donate the first $545 which makes our goal an even $15,000.
At each of the Masses this weekend, the Catholic Charities video will be shown. This year, Monsignor Mortimer is featured prominently in the 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!