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 06/28/2015
The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Now that summer has officially begun, I extend to all the best wishes for a safe and very refreshing and enjoyable summer. During these summer months it is important to recharge our “batteries” by relaxing and keeping the cell phones under control. Phones are a necessary part of our lives now more than ever, but they can control us and demand attention from us. Can you go a day without your cell phone?

I invite you to a very relaxing location where the only cost is one hour of time. One hour! Spend one hour of the whole summer in our chapel before the Lord in private prayer. Dare I invite you to spend one hour a week? This very near-at-hand location is the BEST way to recharge the soul. The chapel is open from 6:30AM for Mass, and remains open until 8:00PM. Remember the Lord asked his disciples “can you not spend one hour with me?”

Are you a reader?  What was the last spiritual book you read that is Catholic-faith based? If you need some help with a selection, ask for a recommendation from a priest or Sister.

The other thing you can do for spiritual enrichment is to attend the program on Thursday evenings at 7:00PM in Curran Hall called CATHOLICISM. These meditations and shared reflections are held every Thursday until August 13th, except for Thursday July 2nd. You may attend all or a few or one. I myself am attending! Father Robert Barron presented at the 2014 Convocation of Priests in Hershey Pa., and it was truly worth the experience and enrichment.

Keep praying! Locate a Catholic Church at your vacation site and check out their Mass times before you go there. There is no vacation from our vocation as Catholics to pray the Eucharist, both when easy or difficult.

I hope you win in our Baseball Mania. (Can anything help the Phillies this year?) You may still purchase tickets for Baseball Mania at the rector or the church.

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

Living Your Faith

Be Called In Faith

Back in the late 1800’s there was a wealthy man who lived at the bottom of a hill in a city on the East coast. At the top of the hill was the local Catholic church. Being something of a free-thinker, the man did not have much use for the any church, much less any respect for things Catholic. Every morning as he drank his coffee in the front room looking out onto the street, he began to notice an Irish cleaning woman who passed by on her way to daily Mass. As he continued to watch, he wondered if she would ever miss morning Mass. But every morning, rain or shine, she passed in front of his window on the way to Church.a_woman_climbing_a_mountain

One morning, in the midst of a winter ice storm, he stood there convinced that this was the morning she would miss. It would be impossible for the woman to walk up the treacherous hill to make it to Mass. Then to his amazement she passed by, crawling up the hill on her hands and knees. The man broke down and told his shocked family that the woman’s faith had broken through his crusty resolve, and that he was going to become a Catholic.

The Irish woman was called in faith every day to attend Mass. Each day she prayed with the gathered community, however large or small, heard the readings from the epistles and gospels, witnessed the offering of the bread and wine, and heard the words of consecration transforming the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. She then received the risen Jesus Christ in Holy Communion and was dismissed to be a witness to Jesus in the world. And without even knowing it, her example had helped a stranger to discover the Catholic faith.  ~excerpted from http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/_Mass.pdf

T.O.D.A.Y. Theater 

Theme: Christmas in September
Title: “Joy to Today”

Practices 7:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesdays June 23, July 7 &  21, Aug 4 & 18 and Sept 1 at Belmont Fire House, 4 South Washington, Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA .

We will try to car pool leaving St. David parking lot around 6 p.m.  Email Jenny Mars at marsfam1@gmail.com.

ALTARATION

Have you ever felt bored or confused during Mass?

EPIC Youth Group invites all 8-12th graders to join us for Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, featuring powerful videos and small groups that allow you to talk about what you’re seeing and ask your own questions about the Mass and the Catholic Faith. We will meet 5 consecutive Mondays starting July 6th 8:00-8:30 Adoration in St David Chapel then  8:30-9:30 Altaration Program.

Donations for World Meeting of Families 2015

Recently a black box with Pope Francis’ picture on the front has been placed at the parking lot side of the church, in the front by the shrine altar.

This box is a collection box requesting each parish contribute to the overall expense of the enterprise of the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. There are envelopes provided for any contribution, large or small. We can do this! Thank you!

St. David Parish 100th Anniversary

100thanniversarylogoAlthough our one hundredth anniversary as a parish is not until 2019, I am asking you to start looking, hold on to, or if you come across something to do with the history of the parish, to please let me know either in writing down your knowledge of the event(s), or if you have an artifact (i.e. a program or a picture etc.) let me know you have it so it can be part of our 100th Anniversary event celebration. I will also be putting together a hundredth anniversary committee at some time in the near future. Thank you.

Did You Know?

Do You Know St. Ethelreda ?

Saint_EtheldredaHistorically today is the feast of St. Ethelreda the most popular of Anglo-Saxon women saints. She lived in the early era of the Germanic invasion of Britain.

Etheldreda was the daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia and the sister of Erconwald, Ethelburga, Sexburga and Withburga, all saints. Etheldreda was born in Exining, Suffolk, and was married at an early age to Tonbert, Prince of the Gyrwe, but they agreed to live in perfect chastity. As part of the marriage settlement, she received from her husband an estate called Ely. Three years after her marriage, the Prince died, and Etheldreda retired from court and went to live in seclusion on the island of Ely, practicing penance and prayer.

For reasons of State she was married again to Egfried, the young son of King Oswiu of Northumbria, who was only 15-years-old. He agreed she should remain a virgin, but 12 years later, demanded his conjugal rights. She refused, saying that she had dedicated herself to God. She asked the advice of St. Wilfrid, Bishop of Northumbria, who supported her claim and told her to go to a convent.

With the consent of Egfried, she became a nun at Codingham Convent. Later, she returned to Ely and built a large double monastery there. She was Abbess of the convent for the rest of her life, and died there on June 23, 695.

~ from http://www.catholicculture.org/ebooks/Liturgical-Year-2014-2015-Vol.-5.pdf

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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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)

The special order will be due Sunday, July 12th – 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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We invite all 8th through 12th grade students to attend any of our events.  Come see what we are all about!

 

Mon-Fri Jul 27-31:
Beach Retreat
All high school students are invited to attend, including incoming Freshman. Service, Mass, Music, small groups and beach time. Cost is approx $130.
Contact:  Margie 267-261-8204 or e.p.i.c.inform@gmail.com

Monday Evenings beginning July 6:
All incoming 8th grade and high school students are invited to attend adoration this summer with EPIC. We will meet in St. David’s Chapel at 8:00 pm for 1/2 Hour of Prayer and Praise, then have small group discussions on the Mass using the program “Altaration:  The Secrets of the Mass Revealed”.  We’ve also been known to visit Dairy Queen, Rita’s, etc. after our summer evening events.  Join us!

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

Summer Faith Enrichment Opportunity

Catholicism

Catholicism Series: Join us for a wonderful series. We will meet each Thursday night from June 4th-August 13th (NO MEETING JULY 2nd) 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall to watch the series and discuss. This is a FREE series. If you can’t make every week, the videos will be made available for loan.  Please register with Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

Queen of Angels School News

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council Officers for the 2015-2016 School Year:

President: Meaghan McGoldrick

Vice President: Madison Cartlidge

Secretary: Grace Henry

Treasurer: Michael DeMarshall

Distinguished Honors:
Congratulations to those 7th and 8th grade students who made Distinguished Honors for the Third Trimester:

* Madison Cartlidge * Abigail Ammazzalorso * Bridget Coyle * Emily DeMarshall *

* Meaghan McGoldrick * Sara Dombrowski *  Katie Robinson * Ellen Fleming *

* Michele Sicard * Mark Fossesca * Jamie Gallagher *  Cara Hughes *

* Isabella Mcormick * Elizabeth McKenna * Kimberly Motz *  Nicholas Romano *

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First Honors

Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th grade students who achieved First Honors for the Third Trimester:

* Luke Ammazzalorso * Grace Fanning * Alexa Betuel * Julia Forrest *

* Anna Casey * Nicole Hediger * Liz Kasmir * Robert King *

* Olivia Liebsch * John Klohoker * Benjamin Lilly * Joanna Manero *

* Maggie Mohan * Robert McGoldrick * Tristan Moore * Elise Scanlon *

* Ryan Morgan * Faith Scanlon * Ryan O’Doherty * Isabella Straface *

Any Questions? For more information about Queen of Angels or to register, contact our principal, Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM at 215-659-6393 or smadams@qoaschool.org.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Christian Appalachian Project
The Mohan and Robinson families will be volunteering with the Christian Appalachian Project in eastern Kentucky again this summer. We will be helping with a school readiness program and seniors program. We have already collected several boxes of children’s books for CAPS’s literacy project, but we still need your help with other needed items. Please consider donating:

  • New socks and underwear for children/youth
  • Gently used children’s shoes
  • A financial donation marked “CAP” on the envelope (contributions will be used to purchase items for a CAP food bank which serves more than 900 families each month)

Donations will be accepted from now until July 12th. Thank you for your generosity!

Aid for Friends
I would like to thank all those cooks out there who give of their valuable time and talent donating the many dinner trays that serve those in need and who are homebound.
Your generosity has put many a smile on a thankful heart. Along with our thank you I also have an urgent request to ask St. David parishioners to help us meet the demand of more needed trays during the summer months. We have a higher need during this time for those we serve. So in order to fill those requests we need your help even more now. For those who are not familiar with how to get the supplies. The trays are down stairs in  Father Curren Hall in the room next to the kitchen. From the Aid For Friends and those in need, we thank you.

Summer Faith Enrichment Opportunity
Catholicism Series: Join us for a wonderful series. We will meet each Thursday night from June 4th-August 13th (NO MEETING JULY 2nd) 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall to watch the series and discuss. This is a FREE series. If you can’t make every week, the videos will be made available for loan.  Please register with Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

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.

Field of Dreams Baseball Camp
Jul 13-17
Sixteenth Annual “Field of Dreams” Baseball Camp located at Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
CAMP DATES FOR 2015:
Week 1:  Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 and/or Week 2:  Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17

Nazareth Academy High School Summer Programs
June 22-Jul 16
Nazareth Academy High School offers summer enrichment programs from June 22 to July 16. The following camps are available: Camps in Art, Math, Glee, Discover Science, and for girls there are Soccer, Softball, Cheerleading, and Basketball camps. Please call 215-286-1026 for more information and dates.

Oceanography at Abington Free Library
June 29-July 2
Come explore Oceanography at the Abington Free Library
During this hands-on program, kids will get a close up look at coral, sponges and sand dollars, view marine microslides and learn about the oceans and water cycle.
June 29th – July 2nd Level I 9:45 -10:45 or 1:00-2:00, Level II 11:00-12:00 or 2:15-3:15

PAHNU Rosary and Mass
The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Holy Name Union and St. David Holy Name Society invite you to join us for the recitation of the Rosary and Mass beginning at 8:30AM on Saturday July 11th. The PAHNU attends mass at numerous parishes in the Archdiocese on the second Saturday of the month throughout the entire year. All are Welcome. Please join us for refreshments after mass in Fr. Curran Hall. For information, please contact Joseph Olszak at 215-429-5252.

ALTARATION
Consecutive Mondays, July 6 – Aug 3
Have you ever felt bored or confused during Mass? EPIC Youth Group invites all 8-12th graders to join us for Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, featuring powerful videos and small groups that allow you to talk about what you’re seeing and ask your own questions about the Mass and the Catholic Faith. We will meet 5 consecutive Mondays starting July 6th 8:00-8:30 Adoration in St David Chapel then  8:30-9:30 Altaration Program.

T.O.D.A.Y. Theater
Tuesdays June 23, July 7 &  21, Aug 4 & 18 and Sept 1
Theme: Christmas in September
Title: “Joy to Today”
Practices 7:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesdays June 23, July 7 &  21, Aug 4 & 18 and Sept 1 at Belmont Fire House, 4 South Washington, Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA . We will try to car pool leaving St. David parking lot around 6 p.m.  Email Jenny Mars, marsfam1@gmail.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.

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.

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.

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.