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.

Are you interested in the Catholic Faith, or know someone who is? Call 215-657-0252 or send an email to rcia@stdavidparish.org!   Read more

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Learn more about St. David of Wales.

lentSaint David Parish Lenten Observances

Over these 40 days, may the Holy Spirit give us the strength to act justly, the courage to love tenderly and the faith to walk humbly with our God that we might rejoice in the triumph of God’s justice in Jesus at Easter.

During Lent, parishioners will have the additional opportunity to participate in these Lenten Observances:

  • Ash Wednesday:  Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 7:30 pm; Prayer Service with distribution of Ashes 4:45 PM
  • Daily Mass:  6:30 AM weekdays and 9:00 AM on Saturdays
  • Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
  • Stations of the Cross:  Come and join in prayer on Fridays of Lent (except Good Friday) at 2:15 PM with the children of Q of A School and 7:15 PM for the parish.
  • Confessions:  Every Thursday at 7:15 PM to 8:00 PM.
  • March 11,18,25:  The Celebration of Evening Prayer will be held in Church at 7:00 PM (The Blessed Sacrament will be in Church on those evenings at 7:00 PM).
  • April 1: Family-centered Stations of the Cross will be held in Church at 7:00 PM. Come pray with your family members within the Parish Family.
  •  April 8: Living Witness Program in FCH at 7:00 PM (Young and Seasoned Parishioners will share their experience of living what Jesus teaches).
  • April 16:  Living Stations: Presentation by students of Q of A School  at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Faith Sharing:  Contact Amy Smith (215-773-9081).
  • Operation Rice Bowl:  Your family can share in this endeavor to offer a money donation to help the poor around the world.  Please return your offering to the rectory.
  • March 10:  Annual Mass and Benefit Drive at St. David Church for Saint Francis Inn
  • March 28:  Poor Person’s Supper  

Tuesday nights during Lent will include such prayers as Evening Prayer, Family –Centered Stations of the Cross, and a Christian Witness Program. Come and join in these Lenten Observances.
Prayer begins at 7PM.

Fast and Abstinence and Other Acts of Penance for Lent 2014

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as a minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, on all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.

Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged to, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten educational programs.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended. All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

Catholics Returning Home

Have you been away from the Church for a while? Have you ever thought about returning? If so, we would like to welcome you back! At St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish, we have a special ministry for people just like you who have been away from the Church.

Please join us for a 6 week series that begins Thursday, May 8 2014 at 7:30 PM at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, located at 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison, PA. We would like to address your questions and make you feel at home once more in the Catholic Church. For more information, please call 215-343-1288.

 

From the Pastor’s Desk 4/13/2014

Father Richard P. Connors

As we celebrate Palm Sunday you are invited to the Masses and services of Holy Week. In this world where Christ is being given less and less space and time, it is important to renew yourself in the mystery of our faith. Someone once told me that Christ died of loneliness on the cross. May we share the little time we have generously with Christ in His life, Death and Resurrection.

My message to you today is the personal invitation to attend Holy Week here at St. David. We therefore make available to you for your spiritual growth and grace a schedule of Masses, services and opportunities for Confession.

The parish life is all about the presence of God in our midst. Our souls are fed by the grace of God. Like the Easter Message: Alleluia! He is Alive! Let our parish life proclaim loud, clear and faithfully – Alleluia. We are Alive in Him Who Saved Us.

With very special regards, prayers and gratitude I extend a promise of prayers throughout the year for all your intentions and needed graces. Please pray for priests and vocations to the Priesthood.

God Bless you and your families,
Rev. Richard P. Connors

Good Friday Choir Program

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The choir will present its annual Good Friday program at 7:30 PM on April 18th.  The program is sung in memory of deceased loved ones and parishioners.  In addition to traditional Good Friday music, the choir will be premiering two pieces written by their director, Stephen Kowalchik.

For those of you who cannot attend services during the day, this is an especially appropriate way to observe this solemn occasion. We hope you can join us.

 

2014 Crusader Football Sign-ups

Who: Anyone currently in 4th through 7th grade who belongs to one of the following Parishes:

  • St. John of the Cross
  • Queen of Peace
  • St. David
  • St. Luke
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Immaculate
  • St.  John Bosco
  • St. Hillary
  • Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School

When: Wednesday April 30th & Wednesday May 7th 2014.
Where: The Crusader Football Team Room located in the basement of St. John of the Cross School, 2801 Woodland Road, Roslyn, PA 19001
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm both nights
Please see our website if you need further information: www.crusaderfootball.org
Or you may email us at crusaderfootball@verizon.net

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Sunday, April 13
Life Teen Night @ OLHC 7 p.m. Topic: “UUM?” (The Triduum)

April 17th — Holy Thursday
Visit 3 Churches for Prayer Dinner Social at local Diner

April 18th — Good Friday
Good Friday Passion Play @ Corpus Christi 11:30 a.m.

April 20th — Easter
No Life Teen events

Please support our Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser. Order forms can be found at the back of church or our website www.EPICinform.blogspot.com.
Drop off orders at the rectory or through QofA School, Attn: Sarah Dombrowski, Grade 7.
Checks payable to OLHC.
Laura Petetti 215-205-7579 for info.

 

Do You Have a Picture with the Pope?

If you have a picture taken with Pope John Paul II or Pope John XXIII, please bring it to Church on Saturday, April 19th or Sunday, April 20th.

We will display all pictures in the Church for the Canonization Sunday, April 27, 2014. Please
be sure your name and phone number appear on the picture. All pictures can be picked up on Sunday, May 4th at any Mass.

 

St. David Spring Blood Drive

blood-driveIt is that time again – St. David Spring Blood Drive will be Monday, April 21! Whether you have donated in the past or are looking for a new way to support our parish and the community, please consider participating. You are generally eligible to donate if you are 17 years of age or older (16years of age if accompanied with a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and your last donation was before February 24th. [Note that St. David’s last Blood Drive was in November so if that was your last donation, you are eligible!]

Although the drive is at the end of a busy holiday weekend, Your Donation REALLY Does Make a Difference! A single donation can add days, weeks or even years to the life of up to three people. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, select “Find a blood drive near you”, enter sponsor code St. David and select your preferred appointment time; or please feel free to contact Joanne Waltrich (cnjwalt@gmail.com); 215-658-0418 directly for an appointment.

Parish Malvern Men’s Retreat Weekend

malvernretreathouseSometimes the frantic pace of life and leave us with little time to deal with growing our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Finding the time and place can be an obstacle. A weekend retreat can be the time and the Malvern Retreat House the place. We invite you to join the men of the parish for a retreat at Malvern the weekend of June 20th-22nd.To learn more, call Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913 or email him at gwarnalis@comcast.net

The Malvern Retreat house also offers retreats for women, married couples and families. Visit their website at malvernretreat.com for more information.

 

Ethics of the HHS Mandate

Many people have been asking for some insight and guidance regarding their moral obligations regarding the purchase of healthcare in the era of the Affordable Care Act. The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published a document answering many of their questions. They have given us permission to circulate it as widely as possible.

Please click this link to read Health Insurance Options and the Ethics Of the HHS Mandate.