The Advent season is upon us. What a great time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Baby Jesus! Come to Mass. Something wonderful is going to happen!
Prayer for Vocations
God, our Father
You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire those in our Diocese whom You are calling to the priesthood to courageously follow Your will. Send laborers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer to St. William
God our father, in Saint William, your bishop, you gave a light to your faithful people. You made him a pastor of the church to feed your sheep with his word and to teach them by his example. Help us by his prayers to keep the faith he taught and follow the way of life he showed us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Do you know someone who might be interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Each year in late August / early September, we start our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes for those interested in looking at the Catholic Church. Have them call or see either Deacon Mike or Father Hils.
Hey Kids (and adults who feel like kids)! Check the link below to find your way to word puzzles, word searches, mazes, and much more!
How well do you know your Faith? Take the Monthly challenge and see!
Adult Bible Study!! –We have come to the end of this Bible study. Our next Adult bible Study will be here in January! Please think about joining us as we grow in understanding and love in our Faith. There is so much value in having a group together to find we are not alone in our questions about Catholicism, and hearing other views helps to bring a better understanding. Please join us!
St. William Church and St. John Mission
Welcome to St. William Church and St. John Mission’s Website. Here you can find out the latest that’s going on at St. William Church and St. John Mission. We hope that God blesses you all and that you will decide to join us for church services sometime or even become part of our blessed family under the Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome New Members We would like to offer our congratulations and a big welcome to all those who are new to not only our local parish but to all those new to the catholic way of life.
December is the Month to focus on The Immaculate Conception!
Mary’s Immaculate Conception
by Father William G. Most
In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God’s own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.
St. John Mission
If you wish to join on Sunday before 8:00 am Mass, we pray the Rosary at St John Mission. What a fantastic way to start a Sunday!! We also pray the Rosary at 6:00 pm Thursdays. What better way could you wrap a Thursday up then to spend a few minutes with the wonderful people of St John Mission, praying to the Blessed Mother!
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What would the Blessed Virgin say…
by Fr. Joseph Sergott, OP
It seems to me that the Blessed Virgin would know a thing or two about prayer. No doubt she recalled the words of Jesus when he taught his disciples, “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:6)
Many people don’t know how to pray to God (Cf. Rom 8:26) and so they pray only Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s. But I assure you that the Lord hears your prayers in any bumbling attempt and through any sincere effort you make to reach him. He hears the simple prayers of a child at the bedside, the feeble prayers of the dying and everything in between. St Thérèse said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” (Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r)
The imagery of Psalm 1 comes to mind when I visualize the Virgin Mary in prayer: “[She] delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night. [She] is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade.”
Praying to God means communicating with him through our own thoughts or words. There are many kinds of prayer. For those who don’t know where to begin, perhaps a “holy hour” is the best way. (You can do it!)
Commence with offering thanksgiving to God by recalling the blessings you have received (5 minutes). Include intercessory prayer, by praying for the Church, the world, your own country, and for those in need (10 minutes). Lectio Divina is where you read the Sacred Scriptures; stop and meditate on them, and then make related petitions to God (20 minutes). Contemplative prayer is where you quiet yourself—even empty yourself—with the objective of allowing Jesus to fill you with his love; this is best done when sitting before the Lord in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (like the tree planted near flowing streams) (15 minutes). Finally, finish with praise of God—perhaps the one style of prayer the devil hates the most—and not one to be neglected. You can praise God by praying the psalms or by way of litany by praising his name while acknowledging his various attributes (10 minutes). And of course, earlier or later in the day, pray the rosary which contains all of the above-mentioned elements.
Imagine the impact on your life if you spent one hour each day in conscious prayer with the Lord. If so, you might echo the words, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
Celebration of the Sacraments
Celebration of The Eucharist
St. William Daily Mass: 8:30 am -Tuesday thru Friday
Mass is not celebrated on Monday
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Friday 9:00 – 10:00 am (after 8:30 am Mass) & Thursdays 5 pm-7 pm
Weekends: 4:30 pm – Saturday 10:30 am – Sunday
St. John Mission 8:00 am – Sunday
Clergy & Staff Rev. Damian Hils 859-824-5381 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Michael T. Lyman 1-859-806-4440 email@example.com
Coordinator of Religious Education Suzie Noel 859-760-1376
St. Vincent de Paul Society 859-341-3219, 10 am-3 pm M-F
Knights of Columbus 859-801-5338 David White
Prayer Line 859-824-4198 Roberta Poole
Bulletin Joyce Lyman 859-816-8646 firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday at NOON
Penance: Confessions heard each Thursday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They are also available before the Saturday Vigil Mass 4:00 to 4:20 pm. Confession is available anytime upon request.
Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick : Please contact the Rectory.
Marriage: Please contact the Rectory at least six months in advance.
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Important! The Messenger- each family registered in the parish should be receiving The Messenger. If you have not been receiving it, please give your name to Carol Rector or Deacon Mike.
Our Saint Vincent dePaul 10th annual Turkeyfoot 5K run/walk on November 11, 2017 was a success! Thanks to all who participated! Our SVdP chapter will be grateful for your contributions and efforts so they may reach out to those in need.
Times are hard, but we will survive,
help those in need to feel alive.
In their true need, there Jesus lives,
and in the heart of one who gives.
When we help to fill the shelves,
we then also help ourselves.
Please don’t forget our St. Vincent dePaul pantry.
“God does not love me because I am good. He loves me because He is good.” St. Thomas Aquinas