Welcome to Saint David Parish 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 Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.  The process is a “come and see” approach to learning about the Catholic Faith.  Contact Sister Mary Catherine for more information regarding RCIA (215-657-0252) or learn more about the RCIA process.

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From the Pastor’s Desk 8/24/2014
Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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I wish it were the end of June and not the end of August, because then I would still have time to do all the catch up I was going to get done by the time school opened again. I guess we all achieve more than we realize, but it still feels like we should be ahead of things by now. Did you ever notice that the Lord does not check your calendar as he makes plans? Nevertheless ( I have wanted to use that phase for a long time–it is so esoteric), I hope you have had a refreshing and spiritually renewing summer.

Today I would like to bring you up to date on our Remembrance Prayer Garden. There has been sufficient interest in obtaining bricks, so in the September 7th bulletin there will be more information on how to obtain a brick and what information is needed for the brick itself. Someone asked if they could have two bricks next to each other, and I think that is the right thing to do if requested. I have not had a chance to figure out the appropriateness of a larger brick such as a 8″ x 8″ brick.  It depends on the advice of the landscaper regarding the overall appearance of the garden. Another possibility is that could they be separate.

For now it is sufficient to know that we will begin taking orders on September 7th. The details and designs will be worked out shortly. In order to have the bricks available for an opening prayer service on November 2, 2014 all orders must be submitted by Thursday, September 25, 2014. The requested donation is $100.00 a brick.

I want to thank you very much for all the kindness and patience you have shown to me, and your staying the course. Let us pray that we can get all Catholics back to celebrating the mystery of the Eucharist and God’s presence in the world and in our lives.

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

Religious Formation News

Jouney into Faith RCIADo you know someone who does not have a church family and would like to belong to one or who is not celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, or First Eucharist and desires to do so? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which this individual can enter.

At St. David, RCIA sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.  The process is a “come and see” approach to learning about the Catholic Faith.  Contact Sister Mary Catherine for more information regarding RCIA (215-657-0252) or go to the parish website www.stdavidparish.org/rcia.

Living Your Faith

In the gospel, Peter named Jesus as the Messiah. Later Jesus named Peter as the foundation of the earthly Church and gave him the keys of power. Peter was to be like the steward of a palace making decisions for the Church community. God promised to stand behind Peter’s decisions.
Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.Take the opportunity to learn more about our pope. Find photographs of the Pope, where he lives, who helps him and information suitable to the ages of all family members. Help each person understand that our pope has followed Peter as leader and decision-maker for the Catholic Church. While all people are human and capable of error, God promises to be with us in our responsibilities. And think about this:  There are people who have authority over me. I pray for them that they…

Did You Know?

What is the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)?

Do you know anybody who is attracted to Catholicism or has been seeking answers to the restlessness in their heart, grappling with the most important questions like “Why am I here?” and “What is the purpose of my life?”  Are you a non-catholic spouse or friend of a Catholic and have ever considered becoming Catholic?  Were you baptized or received First Holy Communion but never celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation?

The RCIA addresses the fundamental question that arise from the human experience while providing an introduction to the Catholic faith for person inquiring about or desiring to become Catholic.  The process involves the individual’s growing relationship with Christ and the People of God.  Since our Christian life is based on Gospel living each session is meant to be formational in learning through Scripture how Jesus called us to live by following Him and living according to His teachings.  Since Mass is the culmination of worship, individuals learn the importance of celebrating with the Christian community and follow the directive that Christ mandates:  “Go and spread the Good News”.

Sessions for children 12 to 16  years of age (Children’s Catechumenate)  are held on Thursday afternoons 3:30pm to 6pmin the lower school of Queen of Angels School.  Adult RCIA sessions are held on Wednesday evenings in the rectory (7pm – 8:30pm).  Questions or inquiries can be directed to Father Connors or Sister Mary Catherine (215-657-0225) or stdavidparish@comcast.net.

Salute To Our Youth

Our Salute to Youth takes a different tone this week.  Let us remember to pray for all the JesusAndChildyoung people who are on the “margin” of life: those who suffer as a result of violence, persecution, or war.

Sometimes, negative opinions build against them resulting in harsh judgments, or they are viewed only as problems that need to be resolved.

Today, some children are trapped in so much turmoil. They are being killed on our streets, caught in warzones, sent off from their homeland, sold into slavery… and being pushed to the limit.  It takes great courage to be a child today. Let us pray that all children have the opportunity to have dreams that are profitable and positive, rather than exist in a deluge of nightmares.

Opening Dates for the Parish School of Religion 2014-2015

The St. David Parish School of Religion begins its 2014-2015 year!

Thursday Afternoon, September 4, 2014, 4:30PM to 6:00PM.
First Grade through Seventh Grade Students (inclusive).
Location: Lower School, Our Lady of Confidence and Father Curran Hall.

Thursday Evening, September 4, 2014, 6:45 to 8:15PM.                                                               First Grade through Seventh Grade Students (inclusive).
Location: Upper School Only.

Thursday Evening, September 11th, Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00PM.
All Special Education Students
Location: Upper School, Rooms:   O.L.C Area and Conference Room

Thursday Afternoon, September 11th, Time : 4:30PM to 6:00PM.                                               Kindergarten

All registered students may pick up their admittance cards and other information regarding the opening day of school from the stage in Father Curran Hall the weekend of August 23rd and 24th, after the Masses and the days and evenings following. These admittance cards will be removed from Father Curran Hall, Tuesday evening, September 2nd 2014.

All students must present their admittance card to their teacher as they assemble for class on the opening days of school. Please know that we will not be in a position to help you with registration on the opening days of school. If you need to register for the coming school year, or should you need additional information please call the Religious Education Office at 215-659-4059. We will be more than happy to help you.

CYO Dance Schedule 2014-2015

St David CYO Dance Schedule for 2014-2015:

Friday September 19, 2014
Friday November 21, 2014
Friday January 9, 2015
Friday February 20, 2015
Friday April 10, 2015
Friday May 8, 2015 (Hello/Goodbye Dance 6th grade invited)

St David CYO is hosting the First Dance of the Year on Friday September 19, 2014 from 7:30-10:00pm. The dance is being held in the Queen of Angels Upper School Gym. Students will need to present their student ID or have a parent sign them in at the door. Any questions Please contact: Laura Forrest at PRForrest@aol.com

St. David Triton Swim Team

stdavidtritonsRegistration September 8, 2014, 6:00PM to 7:30PM at Queen of Angels gym. Students ages 5 through 14 who belong to St. David, Our Lady Help of Christians, St John Bosco Parish or attend Queen of Angels School are eligible to participate.

Visit our new team website at www.stdavidtritons.com for registration forms & team information. Additional questions, please email us at stdavidtritons@gmail.com.

Ascension Press is Hiring!

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Executive Assistant to the President

Ascension Press is seeking a highly experienced Executive Assistant to the President for our suburban Philadelphia offices in Exton, PA. This key administrative position will assist the president in all ways, performing various administrative tasks, organizing his calendar and work flow, while keeping him informed of actions taken and next steps required. A high level of professionalism, discretion, highly organized, with a keen attention to detail, and the ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment are key requirements for this position. Learn More

Executive Administrative Office Assistant

The Executive Administrative Office Assistant is a full-time position and requires excellent attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple administrative tasks for several executive team members in a faith-filled, collegial, fast-paced, and deadline driven environment. Learn More

Marketing Assistant, Online Content Coordinator

The Online Content Coordinator is a full-time position that will be responsible for content creation, scheduling, and marketing for a portfolio of online platforms. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and will work closely with other departments. Learn More

Inside Sales and Study Consultant 

Join our established, innovative and rapidly growing company dedicated to Catholic Faith Formation and excellence in service to Catholic parishes, schools, and individuals. We offer a vibrant team environment and represent some of the best-selling and fastest-growing programs and resources in the Church. Positions available in our suburban Philadelphia and Wisconsin offices. Learn More

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The Regional Sales Representative is a full-time position requiring an experienced and strong self-starter with excellent people and sales skills, an attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. Learn More

Internships Available with Ascension Press

Take advantage of our year round internship opportunities in various departments and special projects, affording you an opportunity and learning environment from our seasoned team of professionals. Train and mentor with hands-on work in all aspects of a faith-filled Catholic business. Learn More

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Our mailing address is: Ascension Press P.O. Box 1990 West Chester, PA 19380

St. Vincent de Paul Society 7th Annual Walk for the Poor

Sat Sept 27 - St. David conference will join with Our Lady Help of Christians conference at their parish church at 10AM. Please sponsor a walker for this important fundraising event which benefits our Client Assistance Program. All funds collected will stay in our parish geograsvdp-walkphical boundaries. Those unable to join in the Walk may place their donation in the Sunday collection marked “SVDP Walk for the Poor”. Thank you, and God bless you for your Christian charity.

Backpacks Wanted

Contributions to St. John Hospice of used backpacks along with small toiletries (deodorant, mouthwash, socks, combs, etc.) can be placed in a labeled bin in Father Curran Hall until the end of August.  Contact person:  Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072.

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Spiritual Motherhood 

spritualmotherhoodBecome a Spiritual Mother-Adopt a Philadelphia Priest Today! With the permission of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. and the cooperation of Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy and the Blessed Virgin Mary as our model, we are working to provide each priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with a Spiritual Mother, who will commit to anonymously adopt him and pray for him and his vocation as long as she lives. There is no financial commitment attached. Spiritual motherhood can be practiced by a woman of mature faith of any age and in any position in life who is willing to make the lifelong commitment to prayer. To adopt a priest in Philadelphia, go to:
http://archphila.org/spiritualmotherhood/spiritualmotherhood.php.

Scroll down on the event bar, print the Spiritual Mother Commitment Form and mail it to the address listed on the form. If you have any questions after visiting the web page please contact: Rosemary Doyle: rdoylerd@comcast.net ~ 215-368-5875 or Maria Richards: marichar@comcast.net ~ 215-721-0199.

 

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

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Do you find it easy to pray? For most of us, prayer becomes a source of frustration as we struggle to calm our minds and to find even a few minutes to pray.  In our busy lives, prayer is seen as a luxury, when in reality it is the foundation of a healthy spiritual life.

The good news is that you can overcome your difficulties with prayer, and it is easier than you might think. Over the course of eight weeks the Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life.

In Oremus you will:

  • Become aware of God’s presence in your life
  • Discover the simple yet profound steps of catholic prayer
  • Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer

… and much more!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Where:  Father Curran Hall
Cost/Registration:  $20 (Register no later than Sept 1, 2014)
When:  Tuesday, September 16  – Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Questions/Contact: Sister Mary Catherine Chamberlain, IHM

To register, download the registration form here and return it by Sept 1 with your payment to the rectory.

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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EPIC H.S. Youth Group

  • Hour of Power – Teen Adoration
    Every Tuesday, 8-9:15 p.m. St David Chapel
  • Sat. Aug. 23: Divine Providence Service
    Play games, crafts and socialize with Special Needs adults.
    Please RSVP to jfalsone@comcast.net
  • Sun. Aug. 24: Life Teen Night @OLHC 7:00 pm 
  • Fri./Sat., Sep. 5 & 6 – T.O.D.A.Y. Theater Performance
    Archbishop Wood H.S. Cost $10.00
  • Sat. Sep. 20: Abbey Faith & Music Fest
    We have a limited number of tickets available for this event so let us know ASAP if you’re interested in attending. Cost is $21.50 for the ticket. Check out the website for more details. http://www.theabbeyfest.com/
  • Sun, Oct. 19: Generation Life @ OLHC 7:00 pm
    Topic: Chastity

     

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

scripLooking ahead: no scrip will be sold on Sunday, Aug. 31st – mark your calendars! Scrip will be sold through the backpacks beginning Monday, September 8th! 

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).