From the Pastor's Desk:
Dear Family of St. William,
Pope Francis has composed a special prayer (reprinted below)
for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will run from 8 December
2015 to 20 November 2016. In the prayer, the Holy Father entreats
the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so
that the Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring His mercy
to the world. –
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the
heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees
Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze
freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the
repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew
the gift of God!” You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness
and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its
Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would
also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion
for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches
them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the
Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring
good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind. We ask this through the
intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen. —
LISTENING TO THE WORD
Gospel Reflections by Deacon Jason Williams
“He will gather his elect from the four winds.”
There is something of a fascination about when the end of the
world will take place. Even as recently as this past September the
blogosphere was abuzz with predictions of mayhem and doom.
Needless to say, we're still here. Jesus is pretty clear at the end of
this Gospel passage that we know neither the day nor the hour
when the end of the world will come. What's the point he is getting
God's Kingdom will indeed be established. There will be an end
to this world some time in the future, and in his magnificence
God will recreate all things in Christ. In the fullness of eternal
life there will be a new heaven and a new earth, in which everything
will be perfectly united in God. We know little more than
that as far as how it will actually happen practically speaking.
The key for us is to be ready. Christ began his public ministry
with the cry, “Repent and believe in the Gospel! For the Kingdom
of God is at hand!”
Truly the Kingdom is at hand, in Christ himself
. God has become
present among us as one of us; he came to teach us the truth of
our life and to open the way to eternal life for us through his sacrificial
death and resurrection. Through the grace of God we have
been given the time that we have to learn to love, and love is
what really matters. Do we give God permission to love others
through us? It is good for us to consider the words of Saint John
of the Cross, “At the evening of life we will be judged on how
much we have loved.”
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE:
The month of November is dedicated to All Souls.
There is a Book of Remembrance in the
front of church near the communion rail for those who wish to
write in the name of a deceased loved one. These loved ones
listed in our Book of Remembrance will be remembered
(collectively) in our petitions through November.
WHAT IS A “REGIONAL” PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION?
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 email@example.com.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process
the Catholic Church uses to bring people into the faith.
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.
NEW GATHER COMPREHENSIVE HYMNALS ARE HERE!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 211 children in the school, including the
15 children in our Autism scholarship program, and 15 children in our Jon Peterson 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.