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 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 4/12/2015
The Feast of the Divine Mercy

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Today is Divine Mercy Sunday when we celebrate the Divine Mercy of God given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. In union with Easter, it is a call to conversion of heart and life to God by the forgiveness of sin. Every person is in need of divine mercy, but divine mercy is never to be taken for granted, but valued and shared. As we have been forgiven so we must forgive. The greater our awareness of forgiveness (mercy), the greater our willingness to forgive others. Note the words you pray every time you recite the Our Father.

The Holy Week and Easter Masses and services are over but not forgotten, especially by those who attended. For the work and talent provided to help us celebrate, I am particularly appreciative. The beautiful music of the choir at Mass and at the Good Friday evening service was wonderful, as always. Our choir’s performances are not to be missed, so make a point to attend next year! The work of those who decorated the church so beautifully for the days of Holy Week is also appreciated. Great, as always.

Things move swiftly in a parish as alive and active as ours. Now we move on to the events of Spring and the last months of the school year. We are always planning ahead! Before we know it, it will be First Communion Day on May 2nd. Mother’s and Father’s Days, while not religious holy days, are important days for families to attend church together. Plan now to attend church with your parents on these special days.

Baseball Mania, our Spring fund raiser, is coming. Information will be in future bulletins. I hope you will purchase a ticket and sell a ticket to help meet our parish needs.

Recently you received a letter and envelope in the mail called the Increased Offertory Appeal. This is not a new request. It is placed before the members of the parish to see IF they are able to increase their offering in light of how inflation has affected our parish expenses. It is not intended to be stressful or a burden to anyone, especially those on fixed incomes. Additionally it is an attempt to reach less active parish members in order to increase their involvement in their giving, especially if their personal attendance at Mass is limited because of commitments to work or children. Please continue to do what you have so generously been doing, or increase as you find possible. Every contribution helps.

The convenience of Electronic Giving is here if you would prefer to do your weekly or monthly giving online! For information on Electronic Giving, check the parish website. More information about Electronic Giving will be coming.

As always, thanks for reading these letters. I hope they help to keep you informed and involved in the life of Jesus Christ as we make his presence present among us in faith and form.

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

Living Your Faith

The Divine Mercy Message

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

The icon of the Divine Mercy (Vilnius image) © Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.

The icon of the Divine Mercy (Vilnius image)
© Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.

- Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

- Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

~from thedivinemercy.org

Did You Know?

The Feast of Faith

Which season is longer, Christmas or Easter? Well, Easter Sunday is just one day, while there are 12 days of Christmas, right? Well, yes and no.

The Christmas season actually lasts 40 days, from Christmas Day until Candlemas, the Feast of A Happy Eastertide Be Yoursthe Presentation, on February 2. The 12 days of Christmas refer to the most festive part of the season, from Christmas Day until Epiphany.

Similarly, the period from Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday), also known as the Octave (or eighth day) of Easter, is an especially joyful time. But the Easter season doesn’t end there: Because Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar—even more important than Christmas—the Easter season continues on for 50 days, through the Ascension of Our Lord to Pentecost Sunday. (Indeed, for the purpose of fulfilling our Easter Duty, the Easter season extends until Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost!)

So keep on celebrating and wishing your friends a happy Easter! As St. John Chrysostom reminds us in his famous Easter homily, read in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches on Easter, Christ has destroyed death, and now is the “feast of faith.”

~from catholicism.about.com

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order is due no later than 11:00AM Sunday Apr 12 in FCH – don’t miss 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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Sun April 12th:
Life Night 6 p.m. @ OLHC
Mandatory Parent Meeting for Steubenville
$125 due for Steubenville

Sun April 19th:
Mass @ OLHC 10:30 a.m.
Skyzone 12:30

Sat-Sun April 25th-26th:
Overnight NET Retreat: All 8th grade and high school teens invited. St. Rose of Lima Church. Cost is $30, sign up by April 12th. Questions? Contact David Dombrowski 215-500-6840.

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

Middle School Youth Group

The Middle School Youth Group is for boys and girls grades 5-7.
All are welcome.

Friday, April 17th: Father Curran Hall 7:00-8:30PM
Topic:  Actions=Words (Integrity)

Saturday, May 9th: Mary Retreat

Friday, May 15th: Movie Night

Saturday, May 16th: Special Olympics

To participate in any events or for questions, please call Jenn 215-582-9072 or email jfalsone@comcast.net

All are welcome!  Bring a friend!

Queen of Angels School News

 Queen of Angels School Update

Thank you to our seventh grade for their rendition of the Living Stations. They worked very livingstationshard, coming to many practices after school on a Friday. Thank you to our fifth grade choir and cantors who, by their singing, really added to the performance. Thank you Mrs. Weatherford for your work with the choir. Thank you to Mrs. Rebuck who coordinated the program with help from Mrs. Catonguay, Mrs. Schwarz, and Mrs. Lutzow and Mrs. Nancy DeLucas for the beautiful costumes and assistance.

seder-plateMrs. Kleinbrahm and the third grade class presented a traditional Seder meal during Holy Week.  Fr. Janton, Sister Margaret Rose, Mrs. Rebuck and her sixth grade class all attended and appreciated their hard work and preparation.

Nicole Hediger, Izzy McCormick, Emily DeMarshall, and Cara Hughes of the future-cityFuture City Team were invited to show the Future City model and answer questions at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) banquet at the Union League in Philadelphia. The students had a wonderful time representing Queen of Angels.

Thanks to Mr. Trainor for taking the time to give them a tour of the building.

OPEN HOUSE

open-houseWednesday, April 15, 2015 from 10:00AM-11:30AM and 7:00PM (by reservation only). Contact Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM at 215-659-6393 or email smadams@qoaschool.org.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Kathleen McCarthy Guest Speaker
April 13
Kathleen McCarthy will be a guest speaker at Our Lady Help of Christians Prayer Group on Monday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.  Kathleen is a well known retreat leader in the United States, is President of “In His Sign” radio, and the mother of 12 children and grandmother of many.  She is a gifted speaker who motivates many hearts to experience the “Living Jesus.”  For more information, call Gail Ziring at 215-659-4233.

Springtime in Paris
April 18
The Marion Bolger Recreational Program, a Spiritual Mission of St. David Parish, will be hosting their annual fundraiser event, Springtime in Paris, on Saturday, April 18 in Monsignor Baum auditorium. Doors open at 6:30PM, event is 7PM-11PM. Join us for an enjoyable evening of dinner, music and a limited bar. There are many chances to win prizes. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Please order by April 11. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This is the only event that we have to help us meet our financial needs, as we do not receive funding from any other sources. For information, please contact Shirley Meyer at 215-518-5352.

Parish Men’s Retreat Weekend June 26-28
Mark Your Calendars Now!
St. David Men of Malvern, each year we look forward to the Our Lady of Lourdes retreat at Malvern. Plan now on spending this special time with God in 2015. For over 100 years, the Malvern Retreat House has been providing opportunities for men, women and families to engage in a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is through this retreat experience that a person is refreshed and renewed to heed the gospel message. A retreat provides the necessary sacred space and time for God to transform us into living authentic discipleship.  Join the men of St. David Parish for the weekend of June 26th to 28nd for their Malvern retreat. To learn more, call Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913 or send him an email at gwarnalis@comcast.net

Statues for Our Adoration Chapel
For some time I have been attempting to place statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph in our Adoration Chapel. If any one is interested in donating money towards acquiring these statues, please contact Father Connors at the rectory. A dedication plaque will be placed on the statue(s) of those wishing it. The cost depends on what we receive in part or in whole. Thank you!

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.

The Knights of Columbus is offering Disneyworld packages in March and April of 2015: 4 and 5 day trips are available starting at $2999.00 for a family of four. Contact number: 610-892-1166.

Basilian Spirituality Center: Icon Writing Workshops
May 19 and 26, 2015 Cost: $425.00.
For information call 215-780-1227.

Archbishop Wood High School: Registrations for Class of 2019
Are being accepted now. Contact Patricia Roschetz at 215-672-5050 ext. 268 or orproschetz@archwood.org

Help Wanted
Regina Coeli Residence for Priests (located on the grounds of Archbishop Wood High School) is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Please contact Msgr. Flood at 215-441-4642.

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Seventh grade girls are invited to experience life at the Mount. Join us for a morning visit. Visitations will continue through May. To arrange a visit, have a parent call the Admission Office at 215-233-9133. Visit our website at www.msjacad.org for more information.

Saint Basil Academy
2015 Summer Academic Enrichment, Fun Camps, and Sports Camps. Enrichment Camps are open to girls currently in 6th through 8th grades. Fun Summer Camps are open to girls and boys currently in 4th through 8th grades. For information about all camps, please visit our website at www.stbasilacademy.org, or call our office at 215-885-3771 ext.13 for details. Saint Basil Academy is located at 711 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA..

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.

The Holy Father is coming to the World Meeting of Families! Are you?
We are excited that the Holy Father will be joining us this September for the World Meeting of Families -Philadelphia 2015. As the thrill from this great news ripples across the world, we hope you and your family can join us for the largest gathering of families ever orchestrated. Register today at http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/register/

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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World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 News

Host Families Needed

Many families are traveling long distances to reach the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015. As an affordable alternative to hotel accommodations and to support the volume of people coming to the Philadelphia area, we are offering families of St David to host a family from St. Benedict’s of Deluth MN.

Host Families can host visitors in a spare bedroom or any amenable facility. Visitors can then search the Host Family database to find hosts to be matched to. When registering as a Host Family, you will include information on your hosting situation (bedrooms, family hobbies, pets, allergies, access to public transportation, etc.). Additionally, each visiting family will pay a nightly fee to the Host Family. The Host Family can use that money to offset costs, buy breakfast each day, donate to the visiting family, or in any other way desired. Your role, as a Host Family, is pivotal in enabling many families to make this trip safe and affordable. View a video about it below.

If you would like to open your home to a World Meeting of Families Visitor, you can register at https://worldmeeting2015.homestaymanager.com/host/sign_up or email WMOF at host@WorldMeeting2015.org.

Any questions on hosting or World Meeting of Families can be referred to Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913.

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.