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 08/30/2015
The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Has the summer really come and gone? Every year I say “this summer will be different. I will get so much done”. But– I can dream can’t I?

School begins at Queen of Angels on Monday because of the days that school will be closed for the Papal visit. So to all students, teachers, staff, administration and parents, welcome back! We have a great School!! Thank you.

We also extend our continued prayers to Sister Margaret Rose IHM, our principal, for her swift and healthy return. We are looking forward to your return Sister, but ask that you take the time you need for your full recovery.

Also, to all our students who are starting school in the days ahead, be sure to use the gifts God has given you to the fullest. Students of our School of Religion need to pick up their envelopes for classes as soon as possible in Father Curran Hall.

This weekend, a second collection for the Marianist Missions will be taken. Father Patrick Tomey spoke to us two weeks ago, however due to lack of full information the necessary collection was not taken at that time. Please be so kind as to be generous.

I continue to be impressed and grateful to all of you for you many kindnesses to the appeals we present. Thank you too for your continued support to the parish in your weekly contributions.

Please take time to read and consider the excerpts from a letter from Archbishop Chaput encouraging our participation in the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Mass found in the post below.

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

 

A Letter from Our Archbishop

Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,

. . . I have one main concern (regarding the WMoF and the Papal Visit) and I need your help in overcoming it. The only thing standing between an enormously successful World Meeting of Families and one that is “merely” successful is us, ourselves–and I mean the whole Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic community. We can defeat ourselves by NOT registering for the congress, and by giving into the anxieties and worries that go along with any major effort like this. The media have been wonderful and positive in covering this event. We are grateful for their help. But as we get closer to the dates involved there is always a temptation to focus on possible problems in security, logistics and transportation. And when this happens, people begin to wonder if the effort of coming to Center City is worth the time and energy. I promise you that it is. This is a moment of grace. Nothing will stop that. Memories will be made. And the World Meeting of Families will be spectacular.

(My editor comment: Getting to Center City for the Papal Mass is easier than traveling 8 to 10 hours and waiting in long lines of security at the airports and be crushed into small seats of a plane, making connections and waiting two hours to see the Pope in Rome and it is a lot less expensive too.) The Archbishop continues:

I ask you –I urge all of you–to personally register for and attend the family congress, and especially the papal events on the weekend of September 26-27. You example is vitally important for your children, for the Church and for the wider community.

Your personal involvement is crucial for the success of the efforts so many people have made on behalf of the Gospel over the past 36 months. … I look forward eagerly to seeing all of you at the World Meeting of Families and the Mass on the Parkway with Pope Francis, our Pope.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Important Mass Schedule Information!

The current Mass schedule for St. David Parish will continue into September and  going forward. We hope this will not inconvenience anyone, but it is necessary due to personnel availability and shifting Mass attendance.

Mass Schedule:
5:00 P.M. (Saturday Evening Vigil)
7:00 A.M.
9:00 A.M.
11:30 A.M.

 

Liturgy of the Word for Children Teachers Needed

We are looking for 2 teachers to participate in  our 9:00 Mass Program for Children. You would teach from a guidebook for the Children’s Liturgy for approximately 15 minutes in Father Curran Hall, and then return to Mass.Children's Liturgy of The Word

The children are 4-8 years old. You would only teach 9 times, or once a month for 9 months.  If you are interested, please contact Deacon Bill Eliason at 215-675-4752 or call the rectory.

St. David CYO Dance

Open to all 7th & 8th Grade Students!

danceSt. David CYO will have its first dance of the year on Friday September 11 – 7:30-10:00. Cost is $5 per student. The dance will be held at Queen of Angels School Gym. You need a school I.D. or a parent will need to sign you in at the door. Call 215-534-5378 with any questions. Appropriate dress is required.

Living Your Faith

On the weekend of the Papal Visit there will be a 70 inch television in Fr. Curran Hall showing 70tv-popefrancisthe events on the Parkway. On Saturday the television will be on continuously for anyone who wishes to watch the events in a large screen format. There is no registration required for this, and you may come and go as you wish. The events will not be shown during the celebration of the 5:00PM Mass.

On Sunday Sep 27 the regular Mass schedule will be in effect, which is 7:00AM, 9:00AM and 11:30AM. After the last Mass, the television will be tuned to the Papal visit events.

If you intend to join us for the broadcast of the Papal Mass beginning at 4:00PM,  there will be a SPECIAL MASS in the church at 3:45PM (so you do not have to come over twice) , after which you may go to Fr. Curran Hall to view the Mass on the Parkway. However, you must have signed up the Sunday prior – Sep 20th. The sign up sheet will be in church. There is no fee required or expected, we only ask that you bring something to be shared after Mass as a way of having shared a meal and a sharing of your experience together.

More details will be forthcoming each weekend.

Annual Parish Flea Market

fleamarketClean out your attic, basement, garage, kids’ rooms and/or closets for our annual FLEA MARKET on October 10th &11th.  Bring all items to Father Curran Hall the week of October 4th for set-up.

Remember your contributions help offset the cost of the Parish Family Retreat in the Fall.

 

 

Did You Know?

Have You Signed Up for Electronic Giving?

Recently our parish has added electronic giving to provide an easy way for parishioners to manage their contributions to St. David.

Perhaps you occasionally attend another church for Sunday Mass and although St. David is the parish of our registration, you miss the opportunity to contribute, or due to a schedule conflict you may miss the opportunity to contribute as you would if you were able to attend. Parishioners are only required to contribute to their home parish church.

Although the place of attendance at weekly Mass may change from week to week, electronic giving enables you to consistently contribute weekly or monthly. To set up your electronic giving, click on the Parish Giving button in the top of the sidebar to the right to begin setting up your electronic payment account. It is easy, safe and secure, and is a great way to provide consistent support of your home parish.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Next special order willbe due Sep 18th – don’t miss out!

 


Scrip Sales:
Sunday: 10:00AM – 11:15AM in FCH
Tuesday: 7:00PM – 7:30PM in Rectory
Friday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM in the Rectory (and in backpacks on FULL school days only)

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!

 

Mon Aug 31:
Adoration at St. David’s Chapel 8:00PM to 9:00PM

Fri or Sat Sep 11 or 12:
TODAY Theatre @ Archbishop Wood H.S. 7:15PM

Sat Sep19:
Abbey Fest @ Daylesford Abbey

Sun Sep 20:
Mass with Youth @OLHC 6:30 pm

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

School Opens on September 1st!
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, Netbooks and Surface tablets to enhance their learning. We offer Full and Half Day PreK3 and PreK4 programs. The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all. Before Care and After Care is offered daily from 7:00AM to 6:00PM.  If you would like more information about our school or to make an appointment to register, please contact us at 215-659-6393.  In the meantime, check out our virtual tour at www.qoaschool.org.

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School 1st Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, October 2, 2015, Time: 9:00 am, $125 per golfer. Registration 10:00 am Shotgun Start at Limekiln Golf Club, 1176 Limekiln Pike Ambler, PA. Sponsorship Opportunities available. For more information please contact George Hartman at gjhartman3@gmail.com. For sponsorship and golfer registration forms visit:www.qoaschool.org. Check out our Facebook page: Queen of Angels Golf Outing

Angels on the Run 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun
Sunday, October 18, 2015. Join us for Mass, the run/walk and an afternoon of food, fun and friendship!!!

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

New Bible Study Coming!
Information will be coming regarding new Bible Series starting Tuesday, September 8th.  It is called “The Prophets – Messengers of God”. More information to follow.

Cooking for Our Sisters
Our St. David Convent is looking for someone to share their cooking talents. The Sisters’ busy schedule has created a need for a cook to prepare a simple family style meal, Monday thru Thursday, and to do some clean up after the meal, for three hours a day. If you are interested call Sister Maryanne at 215-360-1455. The Sisters thank you and will always appreciate your time and talent.

CYO Fall Sports Registration
St David CYO Fall Sports Registration is now open:

  • Cross Country (K thru 8)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (5/6 and 7/8)
  • Soccer (boys and girls, 3 thru 8)

Go to www.stdavidcyo.org for registration link and school code or visit www.orgsonline.com

“Joy to T.O.D.A.Y.” Annual Show
Friday September 11 & Saturday September 12
(Transforming Opportunities with Disabled Adults & Youth) Annual Show on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th at 7:15 PM at Archbishop Wood High School.  Our theater participants have been practicing all summer to make this their best theater presentation yet!  Tickets are on sale by contacting Saint Timothy Rectory at 215-624-6188.  We hope to see you there!

Abbey Faith & Music Fest
Saturday September 19
Last year approx. 2000 people of all ages attended!  This year promises to be just as nurturing for our souls. Held at the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli (near the Malvern Retreat Center), it is an all day event with music, confession, Mass and adoration outside on the grounds of the Abbey.  EPIC Youth Group will be attending this awesome spiritual event again this September. Come and be with other Catholics alive in their faith!  Any person or family interested in attending (you don’t need to be a teen) can pre-order tickets through EPIC. Group tickets are $25; or at the gate $40.Contact: Monica at 215-657-8126 or email E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com. For more info visit epicinform.blogspot.com or theabbeyfest.com.

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School 1st Annual Golf Tournament
October 2
Friday, October 2, 2015, 9:00AM Registration, 10:00AM Shotgun Start at the Limekiln Golf Club, 1176 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA. $125 per golfer. Register by June 30 and receive a $25 discount. Sponsorship Opportunities available. For more information please contact George Hartman at gjhartman3@gmail.com. For sponsorship and golfer registration forms visit www.qoaschool.org.

Our Lady of Confidence Christian Retreat for Persons with Disabilities
October 13, 14 & 15
A three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House is scheduled for October 13, 14, & 15 for adults with disabilities. The retreat is geared for adults with intellectual, physical or emotional disabilities.  If you or someone you know would enjoy a three day retreat that includes having your faith in God refreshed and strengthened please email OLCRetreat@gmail.com or call Malvern Retreat Center at 610-644-0400 for a brochure and registration form. The registration form is on line at www.archphila.org/evangelization/resplife/pepd/retreat.htm. If you would like to be a volunteer companion on this retreat contact Ed Seiders at OLCRetreat@gmail.com.

Fall and Winter Retreats
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center located at 3501 Solly Ave. in Philadelphia holds retreats of many varieties. For a flyer and details contact www.msbt.org/nbsc.htm,  or email mberetreat@nsbt.org or call 267-350-1831.

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.

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.

World Meeting of Families Youth Congress
Did you know that the World Meeting of Families Youth Congress is for young people ages 6-17, taking place from Sept 22-25 at the PA Convention Center? Activities include Making Pope Puppets, Bowling with the Bishops, Shooting Hoops with the Seminarians and a Teen Café! Learn more about what’s happening in the Youth Congress and how to register at: WorldMeeting2015.org.

World Meeting of Family Transportation
If you plan on attending the WMOF Adult / Youth Congress in September or any of the weekend events with the Pope,  be reminded that public transportation is encouraged as the best way to get to the Convention Center or the Benjamin Franklin Parkway events.  There will be virtually no automobile parking in Center City Philadelphia during the week of Sept 21st. Charter buses will be parked in areas with substantial walking distances anticipated. Hop aboard SEPTA, the region’s public transit system, for an easy and convenient way to get to downtown Philly by bus, trolley, subway or regional rail. Base cash fare for SEPTA bus, trolley, and subway is $2.25; transfers cost $1.00. Tokens are available for purchase and cost $3.60 for a two pack. Regional Rail fares vary by distance traveled. One Day passes, TrailPasses, and TransPasses (weekly and monthly) are also available if you plan a multiple-day visit to World Meeting of Family events.

Called to Participate, Called to Celebrate
Whether you’d like to increase your visibility as a 2015 sponsor, want to offer your time and talent as a volunteer at the event, or are simply looking to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with your family, we invite you to participate. Explore the many ways in which you can partake in bringing this vibrant, global event to fruition. We all have a role to play. Together we can make 2015 the most successful World Meeting of Families ever! Go to www.workmeeting2015.org/get-involved.

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/

World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015 Announces Launch of Volunteer Registration

 

The World Meeting of Families announced that its highly anticipated online volunteer registration is now officially open to the public. With more than 10,000 volunteers needed for the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22-25) and Papal Visit (September 26- 27), individuals 18 years of age and older can now register at  http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ for the opportunity to play a crucial role in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Currently at launch, there are more than 100 volunteer opportunities throughout the week of the World Meeting of Families, including opportunities related to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass. More volunteer options will likely be added upon the announcement of a formal itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia by the Vatican. That announcement is anticipated in early summer.

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.