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 07/24/2016
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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THE QUIETING REFLEX
In time of stress or worry: Focus on stress or worry.  Smile inwardly, smile with your eyes– two times.  Take a deep breath.  Say to yourself as you inhale. “Calm body–Alert mind.”  Exhale slowly.  Relax your forehead, jaw shoulders, arms and hands.  Say your own private prayer, e.g. “Lord come into my heart, Lord you are my Shepherd” etc. Repeat often!

The Secret Life of Pets: Take a lesson from a dog:  Dogs teach us many things about being a better person, that people don’t teach;  Some the greatest historical and artistic treasures we place in a museums; others we take for a walk’  Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.  My goal in life is to be as good as my dog already thinks I am. Now let’s hear it for the cat:  Cats make us laugh. They are silly sometimes. But then so are we.  Cats accept us without us needing to be better.  A cat person is a person who already knows they are loved by God and do not need added affection.  Cats rule, just do not tell the dogs!

I hope you are having a summer time that is refreshing to you both in body and soul. Spiritual life is all around us, you just have to know how to read what is all around us.

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

Encountering the Word with Jeff Cavins

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

Jeff Cavins reflects on Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah and on the Lord’s Prayer, encouraging us to be persistent when we pray. This Sunday’s readings are:

First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

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

BoyleFamilyThe Boyle family, who suffered the loss of their family home in a fire several months ago, is still not in a new residence and their home is still far from being ready to be returned to. On behalf the Boyle family, I respectfully request that anyone one who would like to donate to the Boyle family is asked to do so by making your donation to the rectory (or collection basket), clearly marked with the Boyle name on the envelope. Any monies collected will go directly to the family with their appreciation. You may identify yourself or make anonymous donations. Also, you may make a donation through this GoFundMe link. Thank you for your help!

 

Did You Know?

Living In The World, But Not Of The World
St. John Vianney

I think, brethren, that you would like to know what is the state of the lukewarm soul. Well, this is it. A lukewarm soul is not yet quite dead in the eyes of God because the faith, the hope, and the charity which are its spiritual life are not altogether extinct. But it is a faith without zeal, a hope without resolution, a charity without ardour….

See, before God, my brethren, on what side you are. On the side of the sinners, who have abandoned everything and plunge themselves into sin without remorse? On the side of the just souls, who seek but God alone? Or are you of the number of these slack, tepid, and indifferent souls such as we have just been depicting for you? Down which road are you travelling?

Let us ask God with all our hearts, if we are in this state, to give us the grace to get out of it, so that we may take the route that all the saints have taken and arrive at the happiness that they are enjoying.

Here, then, is a subject for our examination of conscience. We must overlook nothing, spare nothing, search the innermost corners of our heart… And, having made a thorough search, let us beg God to bring His own light to bear on the dark corners of our soul, making our interior dispositions clear to us, constraining us to refuse Him nothing, and using all His authority to take from us what we should never have sought and ask Him to purify our intentions and give us true charity and zeal.

~excerpted from http://www.catholicapologetics.info/ catholicteaching/virtue/loveof.htm

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

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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!

 

Wednesday Hour of Power
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug 3, 10
Adoration with Reflections on the New Life in the Spirit 7:45 pm St. David Chapel

Sun Jul 17- Sat 23:
Catholic Heart Work Camp

Sat Jul 23 & Sat Jul 30:
Host Youth Group from Massachusetts OLHC Parish; Attend 5:00 pm Mass followed by dinner, games and ministry.

Mon Aug 15 – Fri Aug 19:
Beach Retreat: “Fruits of the Spirit”. High School students: Join Corpus Christi & EPIC Youth Groups for 5 days of faith and fun in Ocean City NJ. $20 deposit and registration is due now; total cost $150. Spaces are filling fast. Contact Dave Dombrowski 215-500-6840, Tricia Holler 267-495-6933 or EPIC email. See our website for the Parental Permission Form.

Mon Aug 22 & Tue Aug 23:
Service Project Serve dinner at St. Francis Inn 3:30 to 7:00 pm

Looking ahead:

Sat Sep 24:
Abbey Fest Sat

Oct 22:
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

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 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.

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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