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
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 email@example.com.
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 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 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.