Confirmation Meeting for parents has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00pm in the Music Room.

From the Pastor's Desk:

Dear Family of St. William,

I thought the following “Ministry Reflection” on the differences between a ministry and a job would be of interest to you. May our Lord bless us all with an unending and enduring sense of Love for each other and for Him. — God bless, Fr. Mike

Some people have a job in the Church.
Others invite themselves into a ministry. The difference between the two is clear.
If you work just because no one else will, it’s a job. It you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.
If you quit because someone criticized you, it’s a job. If you keep on serving, it’s a ministry.
If you’ll do it as long as it does not interfere with your other activities, it’s a job. If you are committed to staying even if it means letting go of other things, it’s a ministry.
If you quit because no one thanked you or praised you, it’s a job. If you stick with it even though no one recognized your efforts, it’s a ministry.
It’s hard to get excited about a job. It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry.
If your concern is success, it’s a job. If your concern is faithfulness and service, it’s a ministry.
Life calls us to jobs. GOD calls us to ministry.

God Bless,

Fr. Mike


Gospel Reflections by Deacon Jason Williams

“You are the Christ...the Son of Man must suffer greatly.”

Peter makes an incredible act of faith in the beginning of this Gospel passage. This man who has become his friend, the Jewish teacher whom he follows, he has declared to be the long-awaited Messiah. It is genuine faith, inspired not from Peter's thinking alone but by the grace of the Father. However, that fades quickly into the background once Jesus begins to explain what the true mission of the Messiah is to be. Peter couldn't accept the fact that Jesus would have to suffer. The Messiah was supposed to reign in triumph over the enemies of Israel Those who follow the Messiah and his teachings were supposed to reign victoriously with him, not suffer under the weight of the Cross.
From our point in time, we have an advantage over Peter: we can share in the faith of the Church that the Cross was not the end for Jesus. Even so, when we encounter the Cross in our lives it is difficult and often causes us to waver in our faith. It is the way of the disciple, though, and we can learn from our master, who himself suffered and died on the Cross, that it is the way to life. Only God's love can triumph over the suffering caused by sin. Our experience of the Cross in our own lives is always an opportunity to enter into the mystery of that Love. Like Jesus, we are called to trust fully in the Father, losing ourselves – not into nothingness but into the purifying fire of his Heart, the source of all life.


The commitment of our parishes to the religious education of our children is evident in the many programs offered for the youngest members of the Church. As we begin a new era of greater collaboration as a Pastoral Region, the children of St. William and St. Teresa parishes who do not attend our elementary schools will have the opportunity to learn the truth of our Catholic faith and the life giving beauty of the sacraments through our new regional Parish School of Religion (P.S.R.). Even though the classes will combine students of both parishes and be taught at St. Teresa, each child will celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation in his or her home parish. Two programs are offered. Sunday morning classes for children ages 3 and 4, kindergarten and grade one take place at 9:30am and last about an hour. Monday evening’s classes for grades 2-8 are from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. Both programs begin during the third week of September. Registration forms and class schedules are in St. William’s parish office. If you have questions, call Deacon Gregg Rose at 921-9200, ext. 117 or email


The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process the Catholic Church uses to bring people into the faith. Our formal process, which will be a collaborative effort with our sister parish, St. Teresa of Avila, will begin on Monday, September 21 at St. Teresa. Anyone interested in RCIA, please call the Parish Center at 921-0247 and speak with Marti Barnes, Pastoral Associate, or Deacon George Bruce to set up a time to meet and explore your interest in the Catholic Church.


The Blue Gather Hymnal Books are now placed in each pew. We are asking for memorial donations to cover the costs of these books ($15.00). A memorial plate will be placed in the hymnals remembering our parishioners loved ones who have gone before us. Please send your donation to the St. William Parish Center, 4108 West Eighth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45205, or drop it in the collection basket along with the coupon, below. Please note: Many of you donated for the St. Michael Hymnals that were placed in the pews last fall. Your donations will carry over to the new Gather Comprehensive hymnals.

CHRIST RENEWS HIS REGION: Fr. Bidwell would like to start a “Christ Renews His Region” inviting people from St. William and St. Teresa of Avila parishes to join together in this endeavor. We hope to have people from both parishes work together as one to create the first team. We would rotate meetings between both churches. We want to build an Advisory Board and then start putting this together. If you would be interested in participating in this new adventure, contact Sandy Motz at 471-2042 or email

St. William Church directions and bulletins are available here.

St. William is a Roman Catholic parish located on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our parish has approximately 700 families and 215 children in the school, including the 20 children in our Autism scholarship program. From 1910, when it was established, until the present day, St. William has been known as an institution of spiritual and academic excellence, bringing Jesus' message of love and forgiveness to those around us, welcoming any who want to join us, and sharing generously the gifts talents, and blessings that God has given us. While St. William has long been recognized throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for both its spiritual and academic excellence, one of our greatest sources of renown and pride is our music ministry.

St William Church 4108 W. Eighth St. Cincinnati, OH 45205 - 513-921-0247