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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Quick Reference Schedule:
Vigil Mass: Saturday Night 5:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM
Daily Weekday Mass: 6:30 AM (Chapel)
Holy Day: 5:30 PM Vigil Mass, 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM (except Christmas and New Years)
Confessions: Saturday (excluding Holy Saturday): 12:30 PM-1:00 PM and 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel): Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (except National Holidays)
Miraculous Medal Novena: Every Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass

From the Pastor’s Desk 09/23/2016
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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CALLING ALL CATHOLICS: YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: On Sunday, October 2, 2016 a very important event will take place. Sunday, October 2nd is Respect Life Sunday. This year as in years past you are called upon to witness publicly to Life in all it stages. Our society moves closer and closer to a culture of death by choice. Like dripping water on a stone its purpose is to erode the fabric of LIFE by the endorsement of abortion on demand. Stand up for life by joining others at Abington Hospital where abortions are performed as a “service to the community.” But a child dies in every abortion. An unwanted child. That phrase makes me cry. This witness is for one hour along York Road on both sides of the street around Abington Hospital. You may bring a chair, you may hold a sign, or not, you may stay for as long or as short as your time permits. There is no blocking traffic or entrances to the hospital or encounter with others. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE join this public witness for Life, Respect Life. Babies have no voice but yours. Babies in the womb count. Abortion has been and continues to be the most single form of poverty in America. Remember to mark your calendars today and plan to attend. Hope the weather cooperates for a wonderful fall day.

… remember to buy scrip.
… remember to enroll in electronic giving.
… remember to join our scripture series.
… remember the Parish Mission.
… remember to attend Designer Bag Bingo.
… remember to sign up for Family Retreat.
… remember to be at Abington Hospital on October 2nd. Thanks for remembering.
… thank you for your support of the IHM Sister chance drive.
… thank you for your kind contributions for flood relief in Louisiana.
… thank you your weekly attendance at Holy Mass.
… thank you for contributing to St. Vincent de Paul Coat, Clothing, and shoe drive on October 2nd.
… thank you supporting our advertisers.
… thank you for the wonderful and kind support of your pastor he (I) appreciate it very much.
… thank you to Msgr. Flood and Msgr. McCoy for there help with the Masses.
… thank you to Msgr. Bolger for his behind the scenes guidance and help.

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

St. David Parish Family Retreat

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St. David Parish has a family retreat every year in October. It is a great opportunity for your family to come together and spend time alone as a family, to come closer to God as a family, and to meet others with the same interest and values. There are scheduled activities from Friday night through Sunday morning. You can do as much or as little as you like. Everything is voluntary. The spiritual exercises includes talks by our retreat director (a Catholic Priest, who specializes in giving retreats), celebration of the Eucharist, discussion groups, a reconciliation service, private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and much more. Please consider joining us for the weekend of October 21- 23rd. For more information, please contact the rectory.

RCIA Program at St. David

Prospective converts to Catholicism who have never been baptized and who are above the age of infant baptism, are introduced to Catholic beliefs and practices through the process known as The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Also, those who have been baptized but who have never completed the remaining Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist) are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through the RCIA program.

Perhaps you were baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Confirmation and Eucharist, and now feel called complete your catechesis and come into full communion. Maybe you were baptized into another faith family and feel called to “come home” to the Catholic Church.

Wherever you may be on your faith journey, the RCIA team at St. David Parish is ready to help you to find “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding”.

The RCIA program begins Monday September 12 at 6:45 PM in the rectory. For more information contact Father Connors at (215-657-0252) or Sister Mary St. Mark at (215-659-4059).

 

Living Your Faith

The parish of St. David is happy to announce a PARISH MISSION on October 16, 17, 18. Spiritual parishmissionrenewal is needed by all. A retreat for a weekend is not always possible, so we bring the retreat to you.

Rev. Michael Callahan of the Vincentians of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown will be our presenter. The topics are Mary, Miracles, and Mercy. The last evening will be a confession night with around 10 priest to hear individual confessions. The Year of Mercy is coming to a close and this Mission is an excellent way to commemorate the faith we have in Jesus and Mary. Plan to attend and be renewed!

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” Catholic Guide to Voting

From the USCCB website: 

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

From the introductory note:

This version draws on the wealth of papal teaching since the 2007 version of Faithful Citizenship, such as the later magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis to date. From these great teachings we discern, for example, messages to the universal Church to attend in a special way: to the inextricable link between our witness to the truth and our service to those in need (Caritas in Veritate); to our role as missionary disciples, called forth from the sanctuary to bring Christ to the margins with joy (Evangelii Gaudium); and to the care for our common home and all who dwell in it, especially the poorest (Laudato Si’).

The document is also updated to take account of recent developments in the United States in both domestic and foreign policy:

  • The ongoing destruction of over one million innocent human lives each year by abortion
  • Physician-assisted suicide
  • The redefinition of marriage—the vital cell of society—by the courts, political bodies, and increasingly by American culture itself
  • The excessive consumption of material goods and the destruction of natural resources, which harm both the environment and the poor
  • The deadly attacks on fellow Christians and religious minorities throughout the world
  • The narrowing redefinition of religious freedom, which threatens both individual conscience and the freedom of the Church to serve
  • Economic policies that fail to prioritize the poor, at home or abroad;
  • A broken immigration system and a worldwide refugee crisis
  • Wars, terror, and violence that threaten every aspect of human life and dignity

All of these threats, and more, speak to a breakdown in what Pope Francis has called an “integral ecology” (Laudato Si’, nos. 137-55). Without the proper ordering of relationships of persons with each other, with creation, and ultimately with God himself, sin takes hold. Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals, nations, and members of the global community have the duty to place the needs of others ahead of selfish desires to possess and exploit the good things that come from God’s hand.

This document is to be read prayerfully and in its totality. It would be a serious mistake—and one that occurs with regrettable frequency—to use only selected parts of the Church’s teaching to advance partisan political interests or validate ideological biases. All of us are called to be servants to the whole truth in authentic love, and it is our fervent hope and prayer that this document will provide aid to all those seeking to heed this call.

Read the document here. You can also get a pdf version and order copies here. 

– See more at: http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/bishops-release-latest-version-of-forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-catholic-guide-to-fall-election/#sthash.KJprfe5q.dpuf

Queen of Angels School News

QOA’s Angels on the Run 5K/Family Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, October 16th at fall-festAlverthorpe Park from 9am-2pm. We hope your family will join us for Mass in the park, the run, walk and then food and games!!! Registration now at quaschool.org. Contact Kim O’Doherty (kodoherty@qoaschool.org) or Sarah Galbreath (bee2120@comcast.net) with any questions.

The 1st Annual QOA Auction is Saturday, November 5th at OLHC’s Church Hall from 6-10pm. auction-gavelThis “adults only” evening will feature great food, music and fabulous items to bid on, all benefiting the educational initiatives at Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School. More information will follow, but mark your calendars today!

 

EASY WAY TO SUPPORT QOA! Love Yankee Candles? QOA is having their annual Yankee Candle yankee-candlesale from now until October 11th. Go to yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter Group number: 990010437 before you shop and QOA will receive a portion of your purchase price! Need more info? Contact Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! 

 

 

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: Scrip is sold through 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

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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 Oct 2:
Life Night @ OLHC 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fri to Sun Oct 7-9:
Camden Diocese Charismatic Conference at the Wildwood Convention Center

Sat Oct 15:
Service Project Urban Tree Connection 9 am to 1 pm

Looking Ahead:

Sat Oct 22:
Teen Leadership Conference

Sun Oct 30:
Haunted Hayride

Sun Nov 20:
Stand Up for Life Dinner

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

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

AbbeyFest Catholic Music Festival
Sat Sep 24
AbbeyFest is a full day, outdoor Catholic faith, music and family festival attracting close to 3,000 people. It offers uplifting Christ-centered music, faithful Catholic speakers, a large outdoor Mass culminating in a candlelight Eucharistic procession, adoration and benediction. This year’s performers include Sidewalk Prophets and Keynote speaker Jeff Cavins. Tickets range from $15-25 or buy a Family Pass for $115. Families with EPIC Youth Group have gone for the past 2 years and we look to invite the whole parish. For more info contact David Dombrowski 215-500-6840 or visit www.theabbeyfest.com.

St. Vincent de Paul, Walk for the Poor
Sat Sep 24

Bereavement Support Group
Tuesdays Sep 27-Dec 6
Bereavement Support Group St. Luke the Evangelist Church will host a Bereavement Support Group for Friends and Family on Tuesdays from Sep 27 – Dec 6, sponsored by William May Funeral Home. For information and topics call 215-624- 8190.

Coat, clothing and shoe collection
Sun Oct 2-Sun Oct 9

Designer Bag Bingo!
Fri Oct 7
SAVE THE DATE – Friday, October 7th Presenting the 3rd Annual Designer Bag Bingo!
THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS: 
Bux-Mont Transportation Service Co, 
Carr & Duff Inc. 
John J. Bryers Funeral Home Inc.

Miraculous Medal Novena & Rosary
Sat Oct 15 – Sun Oct 23
Nine days of prayer for the Presidential Election as well as for Peace and Life. We will petition Our Blessed Mother to intercede for us and our country.
When: Saturday Oct 15 to Sunday Oct 23.
Time & Place: St. David Chapel: Saturdays 10/15 & 10/22 at 4:30 pm Sunday 10/16 to Friday 10/21 at 6:30 pm.
Concluding Prayers and Benediction: Sunday 10/23 at 5:00 pm. Honor our Blessed Mother during the month of the Rosary with your gift of time and prayer.

St. David Parish Family Retreat
Fri Oct 21 – Sat Oct 23
Are you looking to spend some quality time with your family? The annual St. David Parish Family Retreat will be here before you know it. Mark your calendar for October 21-23, 2016. More details to follow!

Irish Band Night: “Poor Man’s Gambit”
Fri Nov 25
Join us on Friday night, November 25th (Black Friday) for a night of fun, friends, and Irish Music. More details to follow!

Holy Communion for the Sick and Homebound
If you are unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Father Connors or Maureen Mahon at the rectory (215-657-0252).

Holy Redeemer Health Care
Holy Redeemer is a non-profit hospice provider serving patients and families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. We seek caring and compassionate people with daytime availability to server as hospice volunteers. Please contact Portia Tatlonghari at 215-698-3737 or email ptatlonghari@holyredeemer.com.

Remembrance Bricks
Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to consider getting a paver in remembrance of your family and loved ones. We continue to add pavers to our Prayer Garden. Our goal is to add more pavers every three to four months, as we collect new requests. There are forms on our website and in the rectory office for your convenience. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved ones. 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/category/homily/. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.

Special Prayers

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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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