Through Faith Direct you can make all of your contributions to St. William Parish via automatic payment from your checking account or credit card – just as you may do now with your mortgage, household bills, and other monthly payments. This is a great way to simplify your giving – and it’s the most cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way for us to receive your gifts.
You may also enroll by TEXTING (248)621-8822 and type the amount you would like to give in the message box.
Faith Direct also has a convenient app that can be added to your phone for free from your app store.
The highly acclaimed SHROUD ENCOUNTER will be coming to St William Parish!
The event is scheduled for both Saturday, Feb 25 at 6:00 PM and Sunday, Feb 26 at 3:00 PM.
Tickets will be limited to 500 Adult tickets each day. We expect this event to sell out, so please buy tickets early.
Admission: $10.00/adult-- children ages 12 - 17 are free.
Please note: Due to the technical/academic nature of the presentation, children under 12 are not recommended.
SHROUD ENCOUNTER is a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault. The presentation is a fast moving, big-screen experience using over 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research.
Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, History Channel EWTN and Discovery. He has been interviewed for Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight and was a consultant for CNN’s Finding Jesus series. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and many others. See www.ShroudEncounter.com for more info.
Watch the video trailer: PROMO
The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world yet remains a mystery. The 14-foot long linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5'10" bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The historical trail tracks back through Italy, France, Asia Minor (Turkey) and may have originated in the Middle East according to botanical evidence.
A team of nearly 40 scientists in 1981 concluded it was not the work of an artist. They found no visible trace of paint, pigment, dye or other artistic substances on the cloth. The blood is type AB with human male DNA as determined in 1995. Skeptics have mounted numerous attempts to show how a medieval artist could have produced the image, but all have been inadequate to fully explain how it was formed.
The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 showed that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge may not have been part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample may have been part of a section that was repaired sometime during the Middle Ages. Many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive.
Adding more doubt to the carbon dating tests, as published in 2013 by scientists with Padua University in Italy, new chemical and mechanical analysis performed on a dozen other linen samples up to 5,000 years old indicate a comparative date range for the Shroud of 280 BC to 220 AD.
The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times." SHROUD ENCOUNTER will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.
St. William Marriage Appreciation Evening
Spnsored by the St. WIlliam of Vercelli Knights of Columbus Council 4064
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Couples celebrating their 1st - 5th , 10th, 15th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th,
45th, 50th or more Wedding Anniversary in 2023 are invited!
The evening starts out with 4:30 pm Mass at St. WIlliam followed by
dinner for celebrants and family.
RSVP required to:
Photographer, DJ, Gifts and Door Prizes!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US REACH OUR CSA GOAL FOR THIS YEAR!
Our goal this year was $125,292 and with your help, we have reached $129,689!!!
As soon as the remaining pledges are paid, the parish should receive $4,397.00 as a refund.
Any additional pledges would be refunded as well, so if you did not make a pledge, please know that ALL refunds come back directly to St. William.
To donate to CSA 2022, please click BELOW. The link will take you directly to the CSA donation page at the Archdiocese of Detroit where you can either set up a pledge (you must sign up for a new account) or make a QUICK GIVE for one-time payments to CSA.
CSA Explanation from the Parish Office
Whenever anyone wants to know where it is best to give to benefit the parish, or asks about giving to Christmas, or wants direction when giving an IRA or RMD, we would like to share this:
CSA is a bill the parish must pay!
1. If a donor gives $100 to offertory, then $7 is assessed by the Archdiocese and it raises next year's CSA target.
2. If a donor gives $100 to Christmas collection, $0 is assessed but it raises next year's CSA target
3. When a donor gives $100 to CSA, there is no assessment and no increase in next year's CSA.
4. In dioceses where there is no annnual appeal, the assessment is typically well over 20%.
New pastoral letter from our Archbishop,
Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron,
The Beauty of Truth
"The world today is flooded with words, yet we thirst for truth."
FORMED is finally here! What is FORMED? It’s the Catholic “NETFLIX” and more, and we’re making it FREE to all parishioners!
Follow these steps to access tons of online Catholic programs, movies, books, and audiobooks:
Unleash the Gospel Resources can be found by clicking here. You will be re-directed to the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Families of Parishes
The Archdiocese is launching a new initiative called "Families of Parishes", and is the next stop in our efforts to Unleash the Gospel. Because all parishes are going to be involved,
it has the potential for creating significant changes in how parishes operate and interact.
For a series of articles about Families of Parishes, written by Fr. Michael in August, 2020,
I hope that by browsing this site you will begin to appreciate the dynamism
of our parish community!
It’s always a challenge to keep our Website updated, because our parish continues to
evolve. We have many, many active organizations, and I suspect that there's
something here for everybody, whether you have a special interest in school, religious
education, youth, adult education, Christian Service opportunities and outreach, or
social activities. First and foremost, of course, is prayer and worship.
The parish is located in the heart of Walled Lake, near Pontiac Trail and Maple (15 Mile). Our parish boundaries incorporate approximately 45 square miles, including all of Walled Lake and Wixom-and parts of West Bloomfield, Commerce, and Novi. The parish is comprised of some 1900 registered families.
New members consistently report how welcomed they feel as they join our community. Contact the parish office for registration information. The office phone number is (248) 624-1421. Periodically there are opportunities to register new parishioners after Mass.
God bless you!
Rev. Michael G. Savickas Pastor