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 1/25/2015
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Today begins Catholic Schools Week. It is a week to both celebrate our schools with their excellent faculty and students, and invite our parish communities to actively support our Catholic Schools and encourage enrollment.

The Catholic School tradition began in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to help new people arriving in America protect the traditions of their important Catholic Faith. Our American Saints, St John Neumann and Katherine Drexel, saw that Catholic education and faith values were the creative way to preserve faith and contribute to America.

Education has changed over the years. Now more than ever, we need our Catholic Schools and our Catholic School of Religious Education to stand against the secularization in society and the low involvement of many families in their faith.

Our Lady of Angels school offers a complete education: mind, body and soul. You may want to consider our Queen of Angels School for your family’s educational needs. Do not be quick to think that you cannot afford it. Check us out!

I ask ALL to support Catholic Schools. The purchase of SCRIP is an excellent way to help keep cost down. The more SCRIP purchased by everyone helps, regardless of where a student attends school, i.e. private or public, or by those who do not have children of grade school age. SCRIP cost you nothing but the purchase of gift cards to use instead of cash. PLEASE, EVERYONE PARTICiPATE IN OUR SCRIP PROGRAM! Also, remember that BOX TOPS provide money to our school also.

I thank you reading these letters. I appreciate it.

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

Living Your Faith

Sometimes when things seem to be falling apart, they are actually falling into place…

What is God asking you to entrust to His care? It can be very difficult and painful when the Lordtrusting doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Did You Know?

The Bible is a Catholic Book

Did you ever wonder how the Bible came into being?  A little known but easily documented fact is that the books of the Bible were compiled by the Catholic Church.

For many years after Christ ascended into Heaven, there was debate about which scriptural bible_studywritings were inspired by God. The canon of Scripture (the books of the Bible) was first formally decided at the Synod of Rome in 382. This decision was upheld at the Councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397). At these Catholic Church councils, the same 46 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books that appear in today’s Catholic Bibles were declared to be inspired by God.

As a side note, approximately 1200 years after this decision was made, Martin Luther and the Protestant reformers removed 7 books from the Old Testament.  As a result, most Protestant Bibles are still missing these 7 books. (from CatholicExchange.com)

Saint David Parish Night at the Races

Saturday, February 21st 6:00 p.m. at Queen of Angels Upper School Gym.nightatraces
Tickets $25 includes Buffet, Drinks and DJ and 3 fee waging tickets.
Sponsor a Horse for $10, 1 in 10 chance to win $50.
Proceeds benefit CYO and Tritons swim team.
This is always a great time for a great cause as we strive to keep costs down for our children’s sports programs.

Contacts:
Pete Fayette, peterfayette@gmail.com
Claire Toner cat102@comcast.net 267-634-7341

NATR 2015 Flyer

NATR Race Sponsor Form 2015

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NATR Ticket Order Form

Queen of Angels School News

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Celebrates Catholic Schools Week January 25 – February 1, 2015

Sunday January 25th – Opening Mass and Open House

  • Saint David Church 9:00AM
  • Queen of Angels School Open House from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Monday January 26th - Open House and Bowl Day

  • Queen of Angels School: Open House 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Lower School: Celebrate Our Faith Presentation 10:30 AM Father Curran Hall
  • 1:00PM Geography Bowl (Grades 4-8) followed by Religion Bowl (Grades 2 to 8)

Tuesday January 27th - Assembly
Assembly 1:00 PM: Fused with Peter Nestler

Wednesday January 28th - Wacky Wednesday/Thank You Faculty and Staff

  • Wacky Wednesday: Student Council Crazy Hat and Socks Day. Wear and Share: Students may wear crazy socks and hats and are encouraged to bring in a new pair of socks or a hat to be donated to Project HOME.
  • Get Up and Move: Dance music will be played at various times throughout morning.
  • Queen of Angels School will celebrate their wonderful teachers! The Home and School will provide the teachers with lunch.

Thursday January 29th – Service Day
Students will thank community members for the service they provide to our school.
(Emphasis will be on First Responders in Willow Grove, Hatboro, and Abington)

Friday January 30th – Blue and White Day
1:15 PM Second Annual QofA Bowl grades 2-8. Trivia questions asked about the school with physical activities included. Pizza lunch for all students compliments of our Home and School.

Sunday February 1st
 10:30AM Closing Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order is Feb. 6th – 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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Upcoming Events:

  • Sun Jan 25: Movie Night 6:00 pm @ the Dombrowski’s
    Showing:  God’s Not Dead
  • Sun Feb 1: Super Bowl Hoagies on Sale at all Masses
    No Meeting — Enjoy the game with family & friends
  • Sun Feb 8: Mass with Teens. St. Luke’s Parish 5:00 pm;
    Pot Luck Dinner to follow.
  • Sun Mar 8: Generation Phaith @ Archbishop Carrol HS

FUNDRAISER:  EPIC Youth Group will be taking pre-orders for hoagies at all Masses this weekend.  Ham, Italian, American, Turkey Cost $4.00 each. Contact:  Margie Regan 267-261-8204 or mmrrn@comcast.net. Orders will be ready for pickup at next weekend’s Masses. Thank you for supporting our trip to the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer.

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

Good News You Can Use

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.

Winners and more winners!
The following people have recently won in final football mania games: Monica Marlin — $100. Kate McGoldrick — $25. Christine Risko – $25. James Preston – $25. Kathleen Redmond – $25. Monica Marlin – $25. Drum roll please: This is legit and correct:  Msgr. Richard T. Bolger – $250. Also Danielle Lips won $275.00 in our monthly gold envelope drawing.  Congratulations and keep on playing. For our continuing “fun” raiser program we will soon be starting Baseball Mania. More details later.

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/

Archdiocesan Events in Preparation for WMOF:
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7pm:
Introduction to the World Meeting of Families Catechism talk. A presentation on the themes of the WMOF Catechism and what to expect at the WMOF event at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, PA

 Saturday, Feb 21-Sunday, Feb 22, 2015
Living in Love: Retreat for Married Couples
A mini retreat workshop for married couples designed to energize the romance and renew the excitement of being in love at St. Thomas of Villanova, 1229 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA

 

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.

Religious Formation News

faithformationFaith Formation is an on-going process that involves our active learning and response to follow God’s will. For Catholics it means growing in deeper love and cooperation with God through Scripture and the Sacraments. Holy Mass grants us the benefit of receiving our Lord in Word and Sacrament.

The Mass is the primary way of entering into faith formation. Other opportunities are times when we gather to deepen our love for God through Scripture Study, participating in church organizations, celebrating in the liturgical rites of RCIA, assisting in Religious Education, practicing prayerful devotions, attending Catholic-centered workshops, working for peace and justice, and so much more!

If you are not sure what you can do to further your faith formation, talk to Fr. Connors, or one of the ministerial staff personnel.

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.