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From the Pastor's Desk:

Dear Family of St. William,

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, our traditional exit from the Christmas season and our beginning of Ordinary Time! Our celebration today marks the Lord’s beginning of His ministry on Earth — a moment upon which the Father singled Christ out to herald that this was His Son in whom He is well pleased.
What a wonderful omission of God our Creator; to look upon His Son who was just beginning His work on Earth; realizing all that was to come and knowing that without Him all of creation might lie in darkness. The Father is well pleased in Christ because Christ picked up the mantle of His responsibility and dedicated His life to drawing closer to the Father and gathering all who would listen to hear the invitation of God to follow the Gospel; live lives of faith and love; and witness to something greater than themselves and eventually sacrifice all that He was for all that we might become!

Dear friends, please hear this invitation in your own lives of faith and rededicate yourselves to the baptismal promises made on your behalf or that you yourselves made. Live for God, for the unconditional love, which He so generously bestows upon us, which is the hallmark of our redemption. Always remember, our actions define if we truly hear the Creator’s omission for all of us — that WE ARE HIS CHILDREN IN WHOM HE IS WELL PLEASED!

Have a wonderful beginning to the New Year and may our gracious God bless all of you, His family of St. William, with an unending and enduring sense of love for each other and for Him. — Fr. Mike


LISTENING TO THE WORD

Gospel Reflections by Deacon Jason Williams

“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Our transition from the season of Christmas back into ordinary time is marked by today's feast of the Baptism of the Lord. As Jesus comes up from the waters, we read that the heavens were torn open. God is continuing the same movement of love that he began in the Incarnation. In Jesus heaven touches earth; God dwells among us to teach us, and, loving us, to die in expiation for our sins.
Our thoughts turn to our own baptism. Through this sacrament we are offered the grace of salvation won by Christ and made sharers in the divine life of God. Eternal life is available to us, and we are made capable of living our lives in unceasing union with God, worshiping him in all we do. Indeed, so closely does God unite our lives to his in baptism that the same words the Father spoke to Jesus at his baptism he speaks to us: “You are my beloved son.” “You are my beloved daughter.” Pause for a moment and listen to God saying that to you. What a gift! How much we benefit from the grace of living with and loving God when we choose to do those things that please our Father – his commandments of faithful love of him, our Father in heaven.



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:

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 slmotz@fuse.net.


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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.

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