Welcome to Saint David Roman Catholic Church

We welcome all Catholics moving into the Willow Grove, PA area to our Parish community. Please call the Rectory at 215-657-0252 to make an appointment to register. You can click this link to download the Parish Registration form in advance of your appointment.

Interested in the Catholic Faith?
Do you know someone who does not have a church family and would like to belong to one, or who is not baptized and desires to be?  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process into which an individual can enter in order to gain a relational experience with Jesus as well as with the community He joins. At St. David, RCIA sessions are held on Thursday evenings at 6:45PM-8:15PM in Rectory.  The process is a “come and see” approach to learning about the Catholic Faith.  Contact Sister Mary St. Mark or call the Rectory for more information regarding RCIA (215-657-0252) or learn more about the RCIA process.

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Quick Reference Schedule:
Vigil Mass: Saturday Night 5:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM
Daily Weekday Mass: 6:30 AM (Chapel)
Holy Day: 5:30 PM Vigil Mass, 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM (except Christmas and New Years)
Confessions: Saturday (excluding Holy Saturday): 12:30 PM-1:00 PM and 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel): Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (except National Holidays)
Miraculous Medal Novena: Every Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass

From the Pastor’s Desk 06/26/2016
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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I hope your summer is going well now that it is almost over — just kidding! I am always going to get so much more done — yeah right. Just a reminder since we are air conditioned for all Masses, you are asked to dress properly for Mass throughout the summer months. Your thoughtfulness in this regard is greatly appreciated.

Remember that we are limited in the ways we have to raise additional needed funds for our parish. That is why we ask you to participate in our Baseball Mania chances. Obtain some for yourself and sell one (or more) to your friends. Its easy and fun. It is better than the daily number! Proceed benefits you — if you win with cash, and if you do not win, the proceeds benefit the needs of the parish. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has not already taken part in our SCRIP program to do so. This program provides the school and the parish with much needed funds. Even if you do not have children in the school, you will be able to assist those who do by purchasing SCRIP. Everyone should be using SCRIP. SCRIP allows you to contribute without adding a single cent to the value of each dollar of SCRIP that you purchase. For example: I purchase gift cards for GIANT. For each dollar of SCRIP, 5% goes to the school or parish. You can begin to save on tuition cost even before your child is enrolled in our school. There are additional stores available for which to obtain for SCRIP. Another example is Miller’s Ale House: they give 20% of each dollar of SCRIP purchased. You buy the SCRIP at whatever value you need and purchase the gift card for that amount. The store then gives us the predetermined percentage. Check out the SCRIP purchase schedule in the Scrip post below.

Collect BOX TOPS and labels for Education too! Thanks!

God Bless You and your Families,
Rev. Richard P. Connors

Take Action: Oppose Unfair Retroactive Statutes of Limitation Amendments

A bill is currently pending in our state senate, HB 1947. This bill poses serious danger for all of our local parishes and for the ministries, charities and school of our archdiocesan Church.

This bill proposes a prejudicial solution regarding retroactive statutes of limitations covering sexual abuse cases. State lawmakers are considering legislation that would retroactively nullify the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit alleging childhood sexual abuse – but only for the Catholic Church. It would force parishes, dioceses, schools, and charities to defend cases that are 20, 30, or 40 years old, long after the perpetrator and possible witnesses have died or clear evidence is gone. It could lead to the closure of parishes, schools, and ministries of today’s Catholics, who are in no way responsible for abuse that occurred decades ago.

The nullification of the statute of limitations would not apply to public schools or government agencies, only to the Catholic Church. Public entities, supported by your tax dollars, would be able to claim immunity from lawsuits. Sexual abuse is a serious crime that affects every institution and community in Pennsylvania, public and private. Because of its gravity, sexual abuse needs to be dealt with comprehensively and fairly. Any discussion of a legislative remedy must protect all children, not simply penalize some institutions.

Everyone who values our parishes, schools and charitable organizations must urge their state lawmakers to oppose unfair changes to the civil statute of limitations. Please go to http://www.pacatholic.org, or click here: “Take Action: Oppose Unfair Retroactive Statutes of Limitation Amendments” link. You will also see a link where you can send a message to Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor Mike Stack III and Senator Stewart Greenleaf asking them to oppose this blatantly unfair and prejudicial legislation.

Below you will find copies of the letters and information sheets handed out at the Masses:

Encountering the Word with Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Focusing on the connection between this Sunday’s Old Testament and New Testament readings, Jeff Cavins discusses how we must put Christ before all else if we choose to follow him.

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62

RCIA Program at St. David

Prospective converts to Catholicism who have never been baptized and who are above the age of infant baptism, are introduced to Catholic beliefs and practices through the process known as The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Also, those who have been baptized but who Jouney into Faith RCIAhave never completed the remaining Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist) are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through the RCIA program.

Perhaps you were baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Confirmation and Eucharist, and now feel called complete your catechesis and come into full communion. Maybe you were baptized into another faith family and feel called to “come home” to the Catholic Church.

Wherever you may be on your faith journey, the RCIA team at St. David Parish is ready to help you to find “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding”. Look for more information in upcoming bulletins, or contact Father Connors at (215-657-0252) or Sister Mary St. Mark at (215-659-4059).

 

Living Your Faith

Hour of Prayerful Presence

As our nation celebrates the 4th of July and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we encourage your presence in the name of the unborn who by abortion will never see and enjoy the gift of life and the freedom which we enjoy. Date: Sunday, July 3rd Place: Abington Hospital (York Road) Time: 2:00-3:00 PM.

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Did You Know?

Sometimes life isn’t fair. Bad things happen to good people and there’s nothing you can do about it – or is there?

Maintaining a positive attitude is primarily about perspective. Those with brighter outlooks tend to exhibit more positive attitudes, while those who only see the negative tend to reflect their circumstances in their words and behavior.

When you have only negative things to say and constantly complain about things outside your control – or worse, within your control – you create a toxic environment others notice and avoid. Are you ready to change the atmosphere? Just follow these five simple tips to reach a positive attitude – and to keep it.

  • Stop holding grudges: There are several ways to let go of a grudge – the easiest is through forgiveness. Evaluate grudges logically, rather than emotionally, and suddenly forgiveness won’t seem so inconceivable.
  • Pray: By praying, you are allowing God to intervene and help you calm down before speaking. Even if it is something minor – like stress from driving in traffic – praying for peace should be part of everyone’s daily routine.
  • Be thankful: Nothing creates a more positive attitude than being thankful. Perhaps you woke up on the wrong side of the bed – but at least you woke up and you have a bed. Humans take everything for granted – the trick is recognizing how very blessed you really are.
  • Set goals: For those of you who really struggle with positive thinking and actions, set a personal goal to think of one positive thing every day.
  • Take action: It is important to recognize that you are in control of your actions and are responsible for your reaction to certain events. Use this opportunity to pray for a solution, think about the situation logically and come up with a positive response.

God didn’t create us to be stressed and angry. We are meant to enjoy the lives bestowed upon us – so have fun by searching for the silver lining and making time for a bit of introspection.

Read the whole article at: http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/ story.php?id=68679 

Queen of Angels School News

Classes are filling quickly for our PreK program! Don’t wait until September to register! Enroll now! Contact the Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or send an email to kodoherty@qoaschool.org for more info.

Last call to advertise in our 2016-2017 Family Directory. Reach over 200 families! Contact the Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or send an email to kodoherty@qoaschool.org for various advertisement opportunities!

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! 

 


Scrip Sales:
Sundays: 10:00AM to 11:15AM in Father Curran Hall.
Mondays: Thru backpacks only on FULL school days.
Tuesday: 7:00PM to 7:30PM in the Rectory.
Fridays: 9:30AM to 10:00AM in the Rectory.

Note: Scrip is sold through backpacks every Monday and Friday only when school is a full day.

We also carry many ‘specialty stores’ in the box so stop by and check us out.

Even if you don’t have children attending Catholic school, you can still purchase scrip. You can earmark the credit you earn and put  it towards a neighbor, friend or simply indicate “needy family”. Call Carol if you have any questions (215-784-9384).

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

EPIC Youth Group

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We invite all 8th through 12th grade students to attend any of our events.  Come see what we are all about!

 

Thu Jul 14- Sat Jul 23: Catholic Heart Work Camp

Looking Ahead:
Mon Aug 15- Fri Aug 19: Beach Retreat

Sat Sep 24: Abbey Fest

Sun Oct 23: Teen Leadership Conference 

EPIC Youth Group is seeking teens and young adults who can play instruments (especially guitar and percussion) and/or sing for Youth Group events. Email EPIC Youth Group for more info or if you are interested.

Email:  E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com
Website:  EPICinform.blogspot.com

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Christian Appalachian Project
The Mohan and Robinson families will be volunteering with the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in rural Kentucky again this summer. CAP is in desperate need of new underwear for their school readiness program. Sizes needed are 2T/3T, 4T; Boys & Girls: XS(2-4), S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14-16), XL (18-20), OR you may make a financial donation marked with CAP on the envelope and we will purchase the underwear. Items may be dropped off in the CAP box at the back of church by June 26th. Contact Sue (215-956-9249; szrobinson@aol.com) if you have any questions. Thank you for your generosity.

The 29th Burrs at the Beach
Sun Jun 26
In union with West Catholic High School, on June 26 from 1PM to 7PM at Westy Irish Pub North Wildwood: supports Catholic Education. Contact Mike McHale at 609-263-3331.

T.O.D.A.Y. Show Program
Volunteers needed to help put on a variety show that will be held at Archbishop Wood in September. We will meet to practice every other Tuesday starting on June 28th. If interested please contact Jenn Falsone at jfalsone@comcast.net or Jenny Mars at marsfam1@verizon.net for more details!

Holy Communion for the Sick and Homebound
If you are unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Father Connors or Maureen Mahon at the rectory (215-657-0252).

Holy Redeemer Health Care
Holy Redeemer is a non-profit hospice provider serving patients and families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. We seek caring and compassionate people with daytime availability to server as hospice volunteers. Please contact Portia Tatlonghari at 215-698-3737 or email ptatlonghari@holyredeemer.com.

Remembrance Bricks
Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to consider get-ting a paver in remembrance of your family and loved ones. We continue to add pavers to our Prayer Garden. Our goal is to add more pavers every three to four months, as we collect new requests. There are forms on our website and in the rectory office for your convenience. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved ones. Details and information can be obtained by calling the rectory and asking for Maureen. Cost is $110 for a four by eight inch brick and $200.00 for an eight by eight brick.

Sponsor-A-Student
You can assist a family in the meeting of the tuition of a Queen of Angels School Student. You may do so in part or in whole. Please consider making a one time or an ongoing contribution to assist a family who desires a Catholic Education for their child but can use extra help.

Catholic Charities:
Families or individuals in need can seek help at Catholic Charity Family Service Centers. Service centers provide the needy and low income with a number of services. A sampling of what is offered includes very limited rent or utility bill assistance, food pantries and clothing cupboards, housing referrals, and case management services. Some of the self-sufficiency and personal development resources include job placement assistance, ESL classes, GED preparation, and employment training.  Catholic Charity Family Services is located at  227 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 854-7000.

Donate and Save at the Same Time!
With each scrip gift card you purchase through School or Church, a percentage of the amount purchased is donated back to our School or our Church. Please check out information about hours and locations for scrip purchase above. I thank you, Father Connors.

Giant Food Stores Reward Card
Please go online to GIANT Food Stores/A-plus and register your Giant’s card designating Queen of Angels School ID#23872 as the recipient of your rewards. Please tell your family and friends to help out too. Last year 228 families registered and QOA received a check for $4200.00. Registering your card does not add or reduce your value of your bonus card.

Listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Sunday Homilies
Listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Sunday homilies anytime at http://archphila.org/archbishopchaput/homilies/index.htm. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.

Special Prayers

pray-2There are many evils in the world and growing concern no-Mass-Mosulfor many, especially for Christians in the Middle East. I ask you to take this threat seriously.

Please offer prayers, especially your daily prayers and rosaries, for the protection of all people but now especially for our brother and sister Christians who are being attacked by violent “religious” extremist groups. Thank you.

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