From the Pastor's Desk:

Dear Family of St. William,

Welcome back from summer vacation! Our students have returned to the classroom, our parish commissions have started meeting again and our regular, busy and hectic schedules are returning. But before we surrender summer completely, we have one more fun gathering to attend. On Friday, September 4th at Stricker’s Grove from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, our parish family of St. William and St. Teresa along with St. Catherine will hold our annual Parish Picnic. This is a wonderful evening of friends and good food as we say goodbye to summer until next year. Have a wonderful week and may our Lord bless us all with an unending and enduring sense of Love for each other and for Him!

God Bless,

Fr. Mike

LISTENING TO THE WORD

Gospel Reflections by Deacon Jason Williams “You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition.”

In pointing out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who make sure they follow the external laws of purification but don't practice charity, Jesus is doing more than wanting us to know that he thought there were some needed reforms among the Jews. God's commandment still applies to us, and, unfortunately, like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, we too can disregard it.
Practicing charity – loving one another as Jesus has loved us – should be the distinguishing mark of Christians. Even so each of us can admit that keeping up with the externals is easier than doing some of the things which charity would ask of us. We can all agree that it's easier to go to Mass every Sunday than to be patient and supportive with every person we meet throughout the week. Likewise it's easier to be involved in any of the various ministries of our parish and school than it is to reject all the temptations that the world constantly throws at us. The externals of our Christian life are not bad, but our relationship with God is really strengthened when it is internalized.
God created us to live in community – not alone. By his example of charity, Jesus taught us how to live for others. Today we live in a society that is growing more and more individualistic; therefore, we should increasingly strive for true charity, living not to serve ourselves – which is routine and seemingly innocent – but to serve Christ in those around us – which demands giving all.


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 grose@stteresa-avila.org.

RCIA NEWS:

If you know someone who may be interested in the Catholic Faith, please consider sending an invitation via email or note to them. The wording could be something like:

I would like to invite you to a gathering to explore faith in Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church. I would be happy to accompany you if you have any interest. The gathering will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Parish Center at St. William.

There will also be a Welcome Mass on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00am, followed by an Open House with coffee and donuts. All are welcome to these events!

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.

NEW GATHER COMPREHENSIVE HYMNALS ARE COMING

With the advent of the Pastoral Region between St. Teresa of Avila and St. William Parishes, it has been decided that it would be best for both parishes to use the same hymnal. This would mean more consistency in our music and both parishes would be familiar with these books. 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 slmotz@fuse.net.


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