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 11/23/2014
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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May the blessings of the Lord be with you.  My prayer for you and your family is: Lord, I ask you to give every family the graces they need to celebrate the gift of family in thanksgiving to you who loved us first. Protect those who travel, feed the hungry, remember the sources of our graces, and give forgiveness for our faults, as we give forgiveness to others.

  • Say the Grace Before Meals at your Thanksgiving Dinner: “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Bless those who are less fortunate. Amen.”
  • After the meal, pray: “We give thee thanks for the benefits received and may the souls of all our faithful departed rest in peace. For all blessings make us truly thankful. Amen.

Thanksgiving Day Mass: 9:00AM.  All are invited. The collection benefits the needs of those assisted by our St. Vincent DePaul Society. There will be a breakfast for all in Father Curran Hall after Mass. Someone once said: Every good football game begins with Mass!

Parish Christmas Bazaar: NEW AND IMPROVED! December 5th and 6th. All are invited. Don’t be saying on the 7th, “I’m sorry I missed it.”

BUY SCRIP: It’s easy, and you help without spending more than the purchase of the gift cards. Get your gift cards for Black Friday shopping. And remember to Collect Box tops for Education!

Plan now: The Pope is coming to Philadelphia for WMOF.

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

 

Living Your Faith

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King.  Remember that Jesus is a King who serves, and jesus-christ-king we are called to follow His example. The gospel teaches us loyal and royal children of His Father, however it is easy to see the meaning of the gospel through our actions toward those we love. Never in true thirst or hunger would we deny them, and if they were sick or cold we would take care of them ourselves or see to it that someone helped us. It’s taking this gospel to the next level that will help us see the meaning of love through example. Not only will others witness love through our loving actions toward our loved ones, but there will be many opportunities along the way to invite others to share in the actions of love. By doing so we share in the Kingdom!

 

 

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Our Love of the Church Suffering
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Let us remember that those we have loved on earth are always living, that we will soon join holy-soulsthem and they will be our companions for eternity. If we have forgotten them, we will have proved the proverb “out of sight out of mind” — and how we shall blush to meet them. Let us spare ourselves these humiliations. But if we have not forgotten them, our reunion will be without a shadow. It will be one of thankfulness.

Then there are strong bonds of gratitude and obligation which bind us to our dear ones: a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a wife, a husband, children dearly loved. How can we forget them when they have passed to the next life?

And let us not forget the bond of spiritual charity that exists between the priest and us. It is the priest that allows us to be born into Christ and receive the sacraments, the first of which is Baptism which makes us one with the Christian family, and heirs to the kingdom of God.

 

 

Religious Formation News

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RITE OF CHISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS

Christian Initiation involves a process through which a person who seeks full initiation into the Catholic Church enters.  The individual prepares for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist within the Catholic Community who supports in prayer and inclusion in parish life.  If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Father Connors or Sister Mary Catherine (215-657-0252).

Come Join Us for a Homemade Pancake Breakfast!

Saturday, December 6, 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Tickets for the breakfast must be purchased in advance: $7 per adult, $6 per child, children under 1 free.

Santa Claus will be arriving at 9:00!

santabreakfastHave your picture taken with Santa! Several packages will be available for purchase and may be paid for at the breakfast.

For  more information or to reserve tickets, please call Danielle (215) 328-9581.

Queen of Angels School Open House

Wednesday December 3rd

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Come and visit Queen of Angels on Wed, Dec 3 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in our lower school building located next to St. David Rectory, 314 N Easton Road, Willow Grove. Tours will QueenOfAngels258x447follow the presentation. Please call the school at 215-659-6393 or e-mail Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, our principal at smadams@qoaschool.org if you are able to attend.

 

Donate Items for Our Military in Afghanistan

care_package350_002Rep. Tom Murt will be collecting supplies for our military in Afghanistan from now through December 1st.

Items collected would be unscented toiletries, personal items, candy,  snacks, holiday decorations, drink mix, socks, flipflops, individually wrapped toilet paper and towels, etc. For more detailed list call the district office 215-674-8802.

 

St. David Fall Blood Drive

Monday Nov 24: 

Our Fall Blood Drive is on Monday, November 24!  Support our parish and the community during the holiday seagivebloodson when the blood supply typically drops to critically low levels.

You are generally eligible to donate if you are 17 years of age or older (16 years of age if accompanied with a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and your last donation was before September 29th.

To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, select “Find a blood drive near you”, enter sponsor code St. David and select your preferred appointment time; or contact Joanne Waltrich (cnjwalt@gmail.com; 215 658-0418) directly. Thank you!

St. David Parish Christmas Craft Fair

Fri Dec 5 6:30PM – 9:30PM and Sat Dec 6 9:00AM – 3:00PM

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COME ONE, COME ALL! Our Christmas Craft Fair is just around the corner.

It is being held in Monsignor Baum Auditorium (Queen of Angels School) and there will be many crafters, food, and fun for the whole family.

In addition, we are selling chances for a variety of prizes. The chance drawing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 Chance tickets will be sold during the Craft Fair.  Contact Jenny Mars for information at marsfam1@gmail.com

Queen of Angels School News

QOA Students Qualified for Special Bands

Congratulations to Mr. Darrohn and our band students who were accepted into special archdiocesan bands.

  • Festival Band: Jane Murphy-Clarinet
  • Honor Band: Alex Whelan-Clarinet, Ryan O’Doherty-Trumpet, Lily Swider-Bells.

The students will participate in concerts next year!

Virtue: Acceptance

For the month of October, the teachers observed their classes closely looking for the student who displayed the virtue of acceptance. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Alex Forss
  • Ryan Kimble
  • John Stelacio
  • Michael Foley
  • Georgia Waltrich
  • Abbey Hagstotz
  • Natasha Moore
  • Chrissy DiCriscio
  • Evan Grimaldi
  • Sean McHugh

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order is due Dec. 12th –  don’t miss out! No scrip will be sold this Friday, November 28th!

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 Nov. 23: No regular meeting. Pro-Life Dinner & Awards for those previously signed up
  • Sat Dec 6: “A Gift to You”. St. Luke’s Parish Hall — 11 am to 4 pm.  Assist St. Luke’s with this service project.
  • Sun Dec. 7: Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass with Youth. OLHC @ 5:30 pm. Does not fulfill Sunday obligation.
  • Sun Dec. 14: Life Night OLHC 6 to 8 pm

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

Good News You Can Use

Mon Nov 24: St. David Fall Blood Drive
Our Fall Blood Drive is on Monday, November 24!  Support our parish and the community during the holiday season when the blood supply typically drops to critically low levels. You are generally eligible to donate if you are 17 years of age or older (16 years of age if accompanied with a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and your last donation was before September 29th. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, select “Find a blood drive near you”, enter sponsor code St. David and select your preferred appointment time; or contact Joanne Waltrich (cnjwalt@gmail.com; 215 658-0418) directly. Thank you!

Black Friday Leaf Raking – November 28th
Anyone in need of Leaf Raking? Some of our youth have offered to help those parishioners who need help raking their leaves. If you are one of them, please contact Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 and we will arrange a time.  If you are interested in helping out with this project, please call Jenn Falsone.

November is National Adoption Month!
November is National Adoption Month!  Please take a few moments to remember in your prayers those whose lives have been touched by adoption in some way, including biological parents who are facing, or have faced in the past, the difficult decision of making an adoption plan for their child. Please also give thanks for the blessings the Lord has bestowed on those parents and children who have been brought together through adoption, creating their “forever” families.

Wed Dec 3: Queen of Angels School Open House
Are you looking for a quality Catholic Education for your child? Come and visit Queen of Angels on Wed, Dec 3 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in our lower school building located next to St. David Rectory, 314 N Easton Road, Willow Grove. Tours will follow the presentation. Please call the school at 215-659-6393 or e-mail Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, our principal at smadams@qoaschool.org if you are able to attend.

Official Confirmation: Pope Francis will Attend World Meeting in Philadelphia
We are excited to share that we received official confirmation that the Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming Pope Francis not only to Philadelphia for the first time, but to the U.S! We hope to see you in Philadelphia for this joyous event! Learn more about the World Meeting and registration by visiting http://www.worldmeeting2015.org.

Percussionist Needed
The choir is looking for a percussionist. Must have mallet skills (orchestra bells) and be available on Christmas Eve. Please reply to Steve Kowalchik at kowalsp@verizon.net or 215-579-0355.

World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 News

Prepare for the World Meeting of Families! Special Advent Mass & Holy Hour for the Family

On the First Sunday of Advent, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will bless and distribute small replicas of the official World Meeting of Families Holy Family iconic painting to every household in attendance. Mass begins at 6:30pm and will be preceded by a Holy Hour for the Family and Confessions at 5:30pm. All families and households are invited!  Sunday, November 30, 2014, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.  For more information, visit PhillyEvang.org/wmof.


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.

 

Upcoming Kairos Retreats

We are excited to announce the 2nd and 3rd Regional Kairos retreats for public school and homeschooled high school juniors and seniors that will take place December 26-29, 2014 and February 12-15, 2015.kairos

Kairos is a 4 day, 3 night retreat helping high school aged kids to grow deeper in their faith. The price for this retreat is usually $300 but with the Philadelphia Education Fund grant, we are able to offer is for $60.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please visit our website, http://paregionalkairos.weebly.com or email us at paregionalkairos@gmail.com.

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.