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 7/27/2014
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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I hope you have enjoyed the messages and reflections that have appeared here over the last two weeks. I hope to be able to offer that to you from time to time.  But now it’s time to look ahead.

  • On August 11, 2014 a member of our St. David Parish will be making her Final Vows to The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Indiana. The former Sarah Nelling is now Sister M. Anna Joseph Nellling OSF. She is the granddaughter of Edward and Nancy Duff and the daughter of Edward and Sharon Nelling. This is an event that belongs to our parish–a vocation to the Religious Life. You are invited to send your prayers, best wishes and congratulations to her by taking a pre-addressed post card (available today and next Sunday) and sending it to her. This way we can show our support for religious vocations and have a special place in Sister’s prayers.
  • Beginning in September you will receive an additional special envelope with your regular envelopes. The envelope marked 50/50 will be collected during the month, and each month one of these special envelopes will be selected by random drawing. The person who’s envelope is selected will receive 50% of the total amount collected from these
    50/50 envelopes. Only the money collected in these gold envelopes is involved in the winnings, no part of the regular collection is involved in this event. $5.00 is all that is required, and you may enter as many times as you like. You must use a separate envelope for each additional chance, and again, only the envelopes marked 50/50 will be involved in this event. It is hoped that this event will be met with a good spirit as a way to help the parish and have a little fun (and money back) for you and your always generous and caring support.
  • Also there is plans to have a Walk of Remembrance or a Prayer Garden located next to the chapel on the handicapped side of the church. More details for obtaining a engraved brick will be presented soon.

God Bless you and your family,
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

mothers-loveWe often let our children know what we think is valuable or what has little value. Sometimes we do this with body language and facial expressions. Sometimes we show them by what we choose to spend our time, money and energy on.

Think about your actions for just one day and make a mental list of what you have shown to be “jewels” in your life.

Be honest and if necessary, make some adjustments as a result of this reflection.

 

Did You Know?

What is the Communion of Saints?

communion-of-saintsThe communion of saints means the union which exists between the members of the Church on earth with one another, and with the blessed in heaven and with the suffering souls in purgatory.

The Church Militant, Penitent and Triumphant:

Those who make up the Communion of Saints have traditionally been designated by three terms:
(1) The Church Militant: those who are still fighting the good fight of faith on earth (see 2 Tm 4:5).
(2) The Church Penitent (or Suffering): the holy souls in purgatory.
(3) The Church Triumphant: the perfected saints in heaven.

 

Salute To Our Youth

Michael Boyle is the first of Mike and Lisa Boyle’s four children. The Boyle children are home-schooled, and Michael will be a high school junior in this fall. He is dual-enrolled in both high school and college, pursuing both his degree and diploma simultaneously.

Michael has been a faithful and dedicated altar server for the past 6 years. Although “retired” from serving at weekly Mass, he is St. David’s “go-to” server for Sacraments, holydays, weddings, and funerals.

This young man is a teen helper in the St. David Religious Education Program where his duties include directing traffic, managing the office and assisting Sister Mary St. Mark and the catechists in numerous capacities.

This summer Michael was a teen counselor at St.  David’s VBS, assisting with games and many other tasks which ensured fun for the campers!  Michael also took the initiative to construct a wooden cross for all the camp participants.  Each person signed the wooden cross as a sign of their devotion to Jesus and His love for all of us!

In addition to volunteering his time and talent to our parish, Michael loves all things aviation, and builds and flies his own planes.  After college, Michael hopes to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

Formal CYO Policy Regarding Co-Ed Participation in Contact Sports

Effective with the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with all other Roman Catholic dioceses in the state, will introduce a new, common policy on co-ed participation in contact sports. This policy prohibits co-ed participation in Wrestling, Tackle Football, and Tackle Rugby.

Last year, Archbishop Chaput issued a provisional ruling that allowed for co-ed participation in tackle football at the CYO level. At that time, he indicated that the policy would be formally studied and possibly revised.

The policy being distributed today clearly codifies that preparation for mature Christian adulthood involves the development and encouragement of appropriate, dignified and respectful forms of contact between male and female students. The Archdiocese therefore believes that it is incompatible with its religious mission and with its effort to teach Gospel values to condone competitions between young men and women in sports that involve substantial physical contact.

Please know that this information is being shared with principals and CYO coordinators at this time. Thank you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan
Vicar for Clergy

Coed Contact Sports Policy

Coed Contact Sports Implementation Policies

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

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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!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

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Married Couples:  Why not give yourselves a weekend away from it all.  Time away from the pressures of work and everyday responsibilities.  A chance to talk and listen that special someone who loves you.  If that sounds good to you, sign up now for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish.   Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier. 

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Oct 3-5, 2014 in Elverson, PA in P and Nov 21-23, 2014 in Doylestown, PA. Early registration is highly recommended.  F

or more information visit our website at: www.wwme-philly.org or contact Al & Mary Liz Heumann at Applications@wwme-philly.org or 610-449-1859.

Join Queen of Angels Girl Scout Daisy Troop 71070

Registration is now taking place for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Girl Scout Daisies are in grades K-1 and meet after school once or twice a month. We go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and our communities.

If your daughter is entering kindergarten or 1st grade in September 2014 and would like to join the Q of A Girl Scout Daisy Troop please contact Christine Dever: c_dever@msn.comor 215-208-7650.

 

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Family Directory Advertising Opportunity

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School publishes a family directory that every family receives at the beginning of the school year. This directory is used regularly by our school families to retrieve contact information throughout the year.

We are pleased to offer advertising space to businesses this year. Advertising in this directory will give your business visibility to over 200 school families. Prices include the advertisement in the directory as well as a listing on our Queen of Angels website.

If you are interested, please contact Katie Romano at kateromano@comcast.net with your information. Information for the directory is needed by 8/1/14.

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Sponsors/Donations Needed

We are searching for outstanding prizes to raffle off at Angels on the Run such as Sporting Event Tickets, Vacation Homes, Trips, Local Attractions, Electronics, TVs, Bikes, Scooters etc. Services are welcome too!  Make-Up Artists, Landscapers, Painters, etc. Contact Maureen Di Criscio at 267-407-7115 or Kim O’Doherty at 267-278-6439 for pick up of your donation. We also need businesses or families to sponsor the Oct 5th Run and Festival. Contact Sarah Galbreath at bee2120@comcast.net or Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com.

 

Independent Living vs. Home Living Cost Comparison

Holy Redeemer Lafayette is offering a Free seminar on the Cost Comparison of living in an Independent Retirement Community versus your own home.  Please join us for this free event. Please RSVP to:  215-214-2870.

Location: Holy Redeemer Lafayette, 8580 Verree Rd.

Tuesday, July 22nd from 6:30pm -8:30pm

Thursday, July 31 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm

 

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Every Tuesday
Hour of Power
Teen Adoration
8-9 p.m. St David Chapel

August 3rd 
Dorney Park Trip: Update
This is an update regarding the scheduled Dorney Park Fellowship Youth Group Gathering on Sunday August 3rd. 2014. This invitation is intended for;
   All EPIC Youth Group members from 8th-12th grade (starting in Sept.),
   Parent Driver Chaperones and Clergy
  EPIC Youth Group Member siblings provided the parent is a Driver Chaperons assisting with EPIC Youth Group Members throughout the day

The cost for the trip is $40 per adult or child. This includes transportation to and from, ticket to both parks, 1 meal ticket, parking voucher/cash for first 4 vehicles.

Checks can be written to “OLHC” with the word “Dorney” in the memo box and given to Tricia Holler or dropped off during regular business hours at the OLHC Rectory…care of Tricia Holler. 

The Dorney Park Fellowship Day begins with the 7AM Mass at St. David’s Church, and the driver Chaperons will be leaving for Dorney shortly after Mass. Please try to attend Mass with the Group.

All EPIC youth group members must have a parent permission form signed and returned by the day’s event. Click the link above to download the form. 

Each EPIC youth group member will be assigned a Chaperon for the entire day and will be required to leave from the park at a time that is determined by the driver chaperon. The park is opened from 10AM TO 10PM, Wild Water Kingdom until 7pm. Park visitors are not allowed to bring food or drink into the park. It is recommended that each participant have a back pack with sunscreen, change of clothes if swimming, cash, etc. Lockers are provided at the park. For more information please go to https://www.dorneypark.com/sitemap 

August 13th (Date Change)
Camden Riversharks Game

August 17th
Guiseppie’s Pizza Social Night

Sept 20th
Abbey Faith & Music Fest http://www.theabbeyfest.com/

October 19th
Generation Life @ OLHC 7:00 p.m.
Topic: Chastity

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Looking ahead: no scrip will be sold on Sunday, Aug. 31st so mark your calendars! 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).

 

 

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Family Directory Advertising Opportunity

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School publishes a family directory that every family receives at the beginning of the school year. This directory is used regularly by our school families to retrieve contact information throughout the year.

We are pleased to offer advertising space to businesses this year. Advertising in this directory will give your business visibility to over 200 school families on a regular basis as these families keep these directories in their home. Please note that prices include the advertisement in the directory as well as a listing on our Queen of Angels website.

Click this link to find information regarding advertising size and price options. If you are interested, please contact Katie Romano at kateromano@comcast.net with your information. Please note that we need all information for the directory by August 1, 2014.

 

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