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 8/17/2014
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Last week it was announced that the Mass schedule will return to the regular Sunday schedule BEGINING SEPTEMBER 7TH. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00PM and the Masses for Sunday are 7:00AM; 9:00AM; 11:00AM; and 12:30PM. Baptisms will be at 1:30PM on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The present schedule with the 11:30AM will continue until the last Sunday of August. Please spread the word. Thank you to all who took part in the survey. The factors in deciding the Mass times for Mass were several. Because of the limited number of priests in today’s church, changes will need to occur as we make our decisions for the future, taking this fact into account.

footballmaniaAlso last week you saw the introduction of our special fundraiser: Football Mania.  It is a ten week football pool for $20.00 a ticket, with lots of winners. We hope you will obtain at least one ticket, because the prizes are many. Also, you can obtain tickets for friends and relatives as you become a “salesperson.”  This should be fun. All details are available elsewhere in the bulletin or by contacting the rectory or Gary Warnalis.

As school approaches I would like to offer you THE PARENTS’ CREED: If a child lives with criticism, they learn t condemn. If a child lives with hostility, they learn to fight.  If a child lives with ridicule, they learn to be shy. If a child lives with shame they learn to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, they learn to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, they learn confidence. If a child lives with praise, they learn to appreciate.   If a child lives with security, they learn to have faith. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find LOVE in the world and in Christ and his Church.

This weekend the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette will follow the call to Christ to LaSalette“preach everywhere.”  Our Lady appeared in 1846 in France and said, “Well, my children you will make this known to all my people.”  Thus was founded the LaSalette Congregation and that has missions in 27 countries especially among the poor in Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Myanmar, and the Philippines.  Once again we call upon you to be generous in supporting their work and their mission.  The Congregation and the poor thank you.


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?

When you enter a church, you might find a holy water font (or “stoup”) attached to the wall at one or both sides of each door, or you might find a free-standing font. Simply dip the tips of the fingers of your right hand into the water and cross yourself while mentally contemplating the words, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Don’t rush through this; make it meaningful, remembering the meaning of your Baptism and mentally expressing your gratitude to God. Many Catholics repeat this process upon leaving the church, too.

Holy water is also used by the priest to sprinkle the people before the beginning of Mass. He will have a pail-like vessel called an “aspersory” to hold the holy water, and into this he will dip a stick called an “aspergillum” (or an “aspergill”). The aspergillum has holes in it to catch droplets of the water (it can also be replaced by green branches), and the priest’s swinging it toward the congregation causes the drops of water to fly out. This blessing of the congregation before Mass is called “Aspérges”.


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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.


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:

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


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!


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
  • Sun. Aug. 17: Pizza Social Night
    Meet at Guiseppe’s Pizza, York and Terwood Rds 6:30 pm. Cost 8.00.
  • 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

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Looking 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).

Basic Evangelization Training

 Save the Date! – September 26-27, 2014

Do you want to learn how to share your faith in a non-confrontational joyous way? Join the team from St. Paul Street Evangelization on September 26-27, 2014 at St. Martin of Tours Parish (5450 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19124) for a two day training event. All participants receive basic certification. Friday 7-10 PM & Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Mass Saturday morning at 8:15am. Optional dinner, and evangelization opportunity Saturday night. For more information & to register, visit: phillyevang.org/training