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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From the Pastor’s Desk 02/07/2016
The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Thank you for your prayers and concern for my recent visit to the hospital for the treatment of bronchitis. Thank you to the rectory staff, Msgr. Bolger and Deacon Don for covering the parish and the Masses during my illness. Thanks too to all the school children of Queen of Angles for their special and personal notes of get well. I read every one of them with delight and appreciation.

The completion of Catholic Schools Week I hope has drawn attention to the excellent education in our school. I ask all parents to truly investigate the advantages of a Catholic School education at Q of A. We need your support in sending your child to our school. Do not let tuition or other concerns stop you from talking to Sister Margaret Rose IHM about your child attending Queen of Angels school. Information is helpful in making the decision of your child’s faith and intellectual needs.

Thank you to Father White for sharing his concern for the poor with his visit last weekend. I know many of you will respond generously as you so often do to the needs of others.

Ash Wednesday is February 10th. The distribution of Ashes will take place during the Masses held at 6:30 AM; 9:00 AM; and 7:00 PM. There will also be prayer services with the distribution of Ashes at 12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM. Please note: Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation.

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

Valentine’s Get-Together

February 13th – The parish will host a Valentine get-together in Father Curran Hall beginning at 6:30 valentines-day-heart-imagePM.

Anyone interested in attending MUST pre-register by Thursday, February 11th at the rectory. Please call 215-657-0252 and leave your name as your registration.

Considering Adoption?

The Rose Garden is a new group created for those interested in joining other adoptive parents for support, fellowship and prayer. If you are considering adoption, or if you are already blessed by adoption and interested in joining our local group, join us for a meeting on February 11, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. Please call Amy at 215-767-0871.

Did You Know?

Confession, Sacrament of Mercy

“Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace…”

Each time the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is celebrated, the priest begins the formula of absolution with these words. They express the profound reality that is taking place. First, there is the recognition that the Church mediates God’s loving activity of forgiveness of sins. Jesus intentionally created the Church to extend his victory over sin. Second, this Sacrament, like all the others, begins with God’s initiative. Long before we recognize our need for God’s mercy, he is already calling us to him, extending his offer of grace.

That, of course, is what the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is all about: God’s love which overcomes even our sins. There is nothing that we can do in life that will cause God not to love us.

As Pope Francis has said so well, it is not God who tires of forgiving us; rather, it is we ourselves who tire of asking for forgiveness! But we never should give up on our desire for holiness. God will forgive us if we approach the Sacrament with sincere contrition. There is no need to be afraid!

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called on the Church to throw open the doors of mercy, to show the vultus misericordiae – the face of mercy – to all those who need it. Whether one receives this Sacrament regularly (a commendable practice), or has not been to Confession for many years, let this Year of Mercy be a time in which we take advantage of this generous offer of “pardon and peace.”
–Eric Banecker, Seminarian, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Next special order will be due no later than 11:00 AM on Feb. 5th – don’t miss out!

 

 

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: Through the 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

EPIC Youth Group

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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!

 

Sun Feb 14: 
Life Night at OLHC at 6:00 pm. Bring a song (secular or Christian) and tell us how God is speaking through the song. Be ready to share.

Looking Ahead:
Sun Feb 21:

Feed the Poor service project

Sat Feb 27:
Generation Phaith Teen Rally

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

Queen of Angels School provides the 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 7th and 8th grade have a 1:1 Tablet Program and a new Bring Your Own Device program was just instituted for our 6th graders. The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all.

Our next Visit QoA Day will be held on Wednesday, February 17th from 10:00- 11:30 in our Lower School. Formal presentation and tours to follow. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or kodoherty@qoaschool.org.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

 

Valentine Remembrance and Dinner Reception
Sat Feb 13
The parish will host a Valentine get-together n Curran Hall beginning at 6:30 PM. Anyone interested in attending MUST pre-register by Thursday, February 11th at the rectory. Please call 215-657-0252 and leave your name as your registration.

Time away to reconnect on a Marriage Encounter Weekend
Feb 12-14
Rediscover the romance in your marriage as you improve communication and get to know each other at a deeper level.   What you learn on the Weekend offers positive and lasting benefits for your family. The next Weekend in this area is February 12-14 at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: www.wwme-philly.org. You can also contact Al & Mary Liz Heumann at Applications@wwme-philly.org or call 610-449-1859.

St. Francis Inn Annual Mass and Benefit
Feb 22
St. David Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Queen of Angels School will host our annual benefit for the St. Francis Inn with Mass on Monday February 22 at 7:30 P.M. Fr. Michael Duffy and the Franciscans from Philadelphia’s lower Kensington section will be with us. We share their ministry by collecting food and by giving our Mass collection. This year OLHC Prayer Group will double all the money collected for the Franciscans. Donations can be taken to Father Curran Hall from February 13th to February 22nd until 8:00 P.M. This is the 2nd Monday of Lent. Please start preparing non-perishable food, diapers, baby formula, blankets, toiletries, shoes and financial sacrifice. PLEASE— NO CLOTHING DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. Pray for our outreach, the poor and the Franciscan Priests, Brothers, Sisters and the young adults who give one or more years of their lives to help others.

Poor Man’s Supper
Mar 18

Remembrance Bricks
While bricks for our Prayer Garden can be obtained at any time, those wishing to have bricks installed before the ground becomes too hard to install them are asked to call the rectory without delay to place their orders. 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/archbishopchaput/homilies/index.htm. 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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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.