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 7:00 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

Appropriate Dress for Mass: Two factors should motivate the way we dress when coming to Mass: The respect we have for God and the sacred liturgy, and the respect we have for our neighbor who sits near us at Mass. This is an instance when love of God and neighbor are placed before our own comfort.  We thank you for your outward display of respect for the real, divine presence of Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as shown by your respectful attire.

Get Ready to Be Transformed!

Join us starting on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:45PM in Father Curran Hall for 12 weeks that could transform your life!

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the Sacraments. This 12-part study, The Sacraments, The Second Pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Churchwill open your eyes to the power and purpose of the Sacraments, and discover how these fonts of inexhaustible grace can transform your life, providing strength, healing, and hope.

Sacraments are signs established by Christ that cause what they signify. They heal us from sin and plant, nourish or restore the life of grace in us.

The Sacraments are so important because they make the power of the Paschal mystery of Jesus present to us for the sake of salvation. By these seven channels of grace, God makes us his adopted children and increases his life of grace within us.

Don’t miss this important study that will surely enhance your spiritual and faith life!

 

Come Celebrate!

Come celebrate Monsignor Bolger’s 80th birthday! Please join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the 5:00PM Mass followed by a light dinner in the Father Curran Hall. In order to prepare for the amount of food needed, please fill out the information form found in the bulletin and return to the rectory by September 29th.

RCIA Program at St. David

If you or any one you know would like to hear more about what the Catholic Faith teaches
about who Jesus is, we invite you to call us to inquire.

This inquiry gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic Faith and helps you to know if God is calling you to a deeper awareness about what God has fully revealed.

If you were not baptized, baptized into another faith denomination, or baptized Catholic, but have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation, you are invited to please call the rectory at 215-657-0252 and speak with Father Connors, or call the Religious Ed. Office at 215-659-4059 and speak with Sister Mary St. Mark.

 

St. David Parish Mission

“Prayer is For Everyone” on October 15-17

Most Catholics would agree that praying is an important part of a person’s spirituality, but many people hesitate to pray as often as they should or could, for many reasons. During this parish mission, we will examine some of these reasons and discuss why prayer is not something to ignore or avoid but something to embrace (and it’s not as hard as we think!) if we desire a deeper relationship with God, ourselves and others. Hopefully, we will discover that prayer is, indeed, for EVERYONE!

The hour will consist of: Evening Prayer, Talk, Benediction.
Some of the topics will include: Definitions of Prayer, The Framework of Prayer, Traditional Catholic Prayer, Methods of Prayer, Praying with Scripture.

 

Choir Rehearsal

St. David’s Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday morning, October 1st at 10:00 in the Upper Room. The choir will sing the 11:30 Mass following rehearsal.

The choir is always looking for new members. You do not need to know how to read music, but must be able to sing on pitch. High school students are welcome. Please contact Steve at 215-579-0355 or Barbara at 215-343-4445 or via email at baughtmon@comcast.net for more information.

 

St. David Parish Flea Market

The families that will be attending the family retreat this year are having a Flea Market on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and Sunday, September 24th. Any items that you would like to donate would be greatly appreciated.

All proceeds from the Flea Market will help offset the cost for the families to attend.

Items can be dropped off starting Sunday, September 17th thru Friday, September 22nd.

Any families interested in going on the Family Retreat in October are asked to contact Matt and Gloria Sproehnle at 215-657-6556.

Living Your Faith

Many men are searching for meaning and direction in life; our faith can deliver. For our faith to help, we need to give it more than an hour a week.

That Man Is You helps men become better fathers and husbands by strengthening their faith and relationship with God. Our goal is to get to heaven, to do that we need to have a relationship with the Lord. TMIY is an opportunity to strengthen that relationship.

That Man Is You has been around for 13 years and is in 600 parishes nationwide, participants give it 9.4 satisfaction rate because it honestly confronts the issue men face in our world.

That Man Is You meetings will start on Sunday, September 17th at 7:40 AM in Father Curran Hall and will consist of light breakfast, video on topic of day followed by discussion.

For information call Mike Stelacio 267 738 7224 or Dave Dombrowski 215 500 6840.

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

EPIC Youth Group

EPIC logo

 

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

 

EPIC is a Roman Catholic ministry program for teens in grades 8 through 12. We are supported by St. Luke, St. David, and Our Lady Help of Christians. EPIC strives to make teens excited about
their faith, experience the Eucharist more fully and become true Disciples of Christ. By better
understanding, “Everything Possible in Christ”, teens will learn to rely on God’s graces when
they struggle with all of life’s difficulties. Encourage the teens in your life to attend an EPIC ministry event, social event or service project.

Sunday Sept 24th: OLHC at 6:30 p.m.
EPIC Game Night


We extend an EPIC thank you to all who have supported us with your prayers and financial contributions during this year! Our name is our prayer for you EPIC: Everything Possible in Christ.

Parents: EPIC Youth Group is open to all students 8th through 12 grades at St. David, St. Luke and Our Lady Help of Christians parishes. Your teen is always welcome to any of our events. Please encourage your son or daughter to check us out!

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

Queen of Angels School News

School is off to a great start at QOA!

QOA’s Angels on the Run/Family Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, October 15th at Alverthorpe Park from 9am-1pm. Join us for Mass in the park, the fun run/walk and then food and games!!! Admission will be $10 per person and walk up registrations will be accepted. If you
would like to guarantee a T-Shirt size, please send in your registration by 9/25!

QOA 2nd Annual Monte Carlo Night Auction is scheduled for Saturday November 11 at
QOA’s Gym from 7-11pm. Mark your calendar for this wonderful event today!

Support QOA while you do your school shopping!
Before you make your next purchase from from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. Once you register Queen of Angels School, your Amazon account will reflect QOA as your charity selection. This site is exactly the same as amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be designated to our school. Please bookmark the site – smile.amazon.com, so that all of your Amazon purchases benefit our school.

Save the dates for these upcoming events! More info to follow but mark your calendars today!

  • 3rd Annual QOA Golf Outing – Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Bucks Club.

Queen of Angels School provides children with a quality Catholic education that includes all the regular subjects enhanced with art, computer, gym, library, music, and Spanish for all grades. Grades 5- 8 also have an honors math class. The children make regular use of iPads, and Surface tablets to enhance their learning. Our 4th- 8th grade have a 1:1 Tablet Program.

The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all with -full and half day options for 3 & 4 year-olds. Only a few spots remain in our PreK 4 program so don’t delay registration!!!

Before and After Care is available from 7am-6pm!

Scholarships! Our 25 eighth grade students have earned over $175,000 dollars so far in academic scholarships to various high schools! Come see first hand all the wonderful things we have to offer for students in grades PreK3-8 during a private tour.

Please contact Kim O’Doherty at 215-309-4028 or kodoherty@qoaschool.org to set up a time convenient to you!

Looking for a preschool program for your 3 or 4 year old? Is it time to transition your child from daycare? Queen of Angels preschool program surpass es all in terms of value and quality. We offer full and half day programs for your child. Students are introduced to pre-reading, math and handwriting skills while also having religion, small group work and of course lots of fun. Our preschool students also have gym, computers, art, Spanish, library and music class once a week in addition to various class projects. We offer Before Care starting as early as 7am and After Care until 6pm. If you are looking for a place where a love of learning will be fostered in your child in a nurturing and happy environment, Queen of Angels is the place for you.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! Start buying scrip today to save on next year’s tuition.

Scrip through the backpacks will begin on Sept 11th. The first special
order will be due by Sept 22nd.

Scrip Schedule:
Mondays and Fridays through the backpacks
Fridays from 9:30-10 in the Rectory
Sunday, Sept 17th from 10-11:15 in FCH
Starting in October, we will be selling scrip two Sundays a month.

Feel free to call or text Jen Koch at 215-514-4395 or email Sharon Cartridge at Cartlidge5@verizon.net.

Feel free to leave your order in the scrip mailbox in the Rectory and it will be filled that Friday. 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”.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Family Retreat Fundraiser at Applebee’s
Date: Saturday, September 16th

The AbbeyFest: Faith, Music, and Family Festival
Date: Saturday, September 16
Place: Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA
AbbeyFest is the premier celebration of family, friends, and contemporary Catholic/Christian music in the greater Philadelphia area. Over 3,000 kids, teens, and parents attended last year. This year’s musical headliners are Matt Maher and Mandisa, along with many other Christian musicians! For more info & tickets, go to theabbeyfest.com.

Parish Flea Market
Date: Saturday, September 23rd & 24th

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
Saturday, September 30th & October 1st

Abington Life Chain
Sunday, October 1st
2-3 PM Old York Road and Horace Avenue

Greendrop Shoe, Coat and Clothing Collection
October 1st to October 8th

Designer Bag Bingo
Date: Friday, October 6th

Msgr. Bolger’s 80th Birthday Celebration
Date: Saturday, October 7th

Retreat for Adults with Disabilities
Date: October 10, 11, & 12
Place: Malvern Retreat Center
Our Lady of Confidence Christian Retreat for Persons with Disabilities: A three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House has been scheduled for for adults with disabilities. The retreat
directors are Fr. Michael Speziale and Fr. John Nordeman. The retreat is geared for adults with intellectual, physical or emotional disabilities. If you or someone you know would enjoy a three day retreat that includes having your faith in God refreshed and strengthened please email OLCRetreat@gmail.com or call Malvern Retreat Center at 610-644-0400 for a brochure and
registration form. The registration form is on line at www.opdarchphilly.org . If you would like to be a volunteer companion on this retreat contact Ed Seiders at OLCRretreat@gmail.com.

Parish Mission
Date: Sunday, October 15th-17th

Family Retreat
Date: October 20-22
Malvern Retreat House will hold the second of two family retreats this fall – the Our Lady of the Rosary & St. David’s Family Retreat from October 20-22. These retreats will give families the opportunity to renew their relationship with God and their loved ones. These retreats include activities for children, family meals, special liturgies and much more. All families are welcome, including those who would like to attend with young children, teens and grandparents. For more information on St. David Parish Family retreat or to register, please call Matt Sproehnle at 215-657-6556.

Bereavement Support Group
The St. David monthly bereavement support is for all persons grieving the death of a loved one. This is a peer support group facilitated by parishioners Rose Mueller, RN, BSN and Marge Polinski, MS. This provides an opportunity for people to share in an environment of understanding and empathy.
The group will meet the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 AM in the rectory. Please call
Rose Mueller at 215-657-4423 or Marge Polinski at 215-674-3690.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast Buffet
First of each month
Knights of Columbus Flaherty Council invites you to a first of the each month breakfast buffet plus omelette station from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at 235 Limeklin Pike Glenside.
Adults: $9.00 children $5.00. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Holy Communion for the Sick and Home-bound
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 getting 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/category/homily/. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.