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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From the Pastor’s Desk 11/29/2015
First Sunday of Advent


I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable and grace filled as we remember that we have more to be thankful for than afraid of.

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the SPIRITUAL preparation for Christmas. Each year the controversy about whether “Is Christmas for Christ” or “Do we need to be politically correct lest someone take offense?” takes place. In response we say “We live our convictions without prejudice.”

Each Sunday of Advent will feature a different theme.

  • The First Sunday today is a follow up to our need to give Thanks. Therefore, the students of Queen of Angels school wish to thank the St. David Parish community for its support and encouragement to the school in the past and in the future. This is be done at the 9:00AM Mass.
  • The Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, the 11:30AM Mass will have the distribution of the Sacrament of the Sick. Those wishing to participate are asked to call the rectory to inform us of your attendance and request to receive the sacrament. Instructions for how this will be done will be provided as you arrive at Church on Sunday, December 6.
  • The Third Sunday is dedicated to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots, a devotion of importance for Pope Francis. Look it up on line: Our Lady the Undoer of Knots for more information. And look here and in the bulletin for more details for how this theme will done for the Third Sunday of Advent.
  • On the Fourth Sunday of Advent we will have what I call “Proxy Sunday”. At each Mass you will submit the name of someone you are “standing in” for and praying for them and their intentions. Then you may say to them “I attended Mass today for you and your intentions as part of my gift to you for Advent/Christmas.”

Thank you for your support and charity to all our needs and especially your faithful Mass attendance.

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

Advent Prayer Service Series

On Monday, November 30th we will start our Advent Prayer Service.

Each Monday we will host an Advent Prayer Service at 7:00PM in the Church.

The first service is dedicated to the Season of Hope and Light.001-advent-candle-of-hope1

The 30 minute service will include Scripture and prayer, rosary and candles in a reflective setting in order to put the season in context. All are invited.

St. David CYO 6th Annual Tailgate Party

Sunday, December 6th @ the Upper School Gym & Parking Lot

FOOD, BEVERAGES, ENTERTAINMENT, GAMES, DOOR PRIZES. Festivities  start  at 1:00tailgateparty

Game Shown on Big Screen – Block Pool, Door Prizes and Raffles, Chili Cook-Off: Vote for King/Queen of Chili!

Adults Only – Tickets $20. Checks should be payable to St. David CYO. Payments can be sent to Tom Nolan, 800 Patterson Ave. Willow Grove, Pa 19090 or pay at the door if you wish. Any questions contact Tom Nolan (215)784-0340 or (215) 470-1750 or at freightnolan31@aol.com

Religious Formation News

RCIAIf you have not been baptized , now is your time to come forward to receive instructions in the Faith. If you or you know someone who has not be Baptized please contact Sister St. Mark IHM or Father Connors. Classes are free and held on Thursdays beginning soon. If you are an adult who has been baptized, but has not yet received the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation, please contact Sister or Father also.

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.

Living Your Faith

Advent Prayer:

O Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for005-advent-candle-one the light of your Word.

Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Advent Wreath:

The wreath’s symbolism of the advent (coming) of Light into the world is clear. The gradual 002-advent-e1323403603210lighting of the four candles, one on each Sunday of the Advent season, help to symbolize not only our expectation and hope in Our Savior’s first coming into the world, but also in his Second Coming as Judge at the end of the world.

The circle of evergreen in which the candles are placed represents everlasting life. The
seedpods, nuts and cones used to decorate the wreath are symbolic of resurrection, and fruits represent the nourishing fruitfulness of the Christian life.

On Christmas Day, all the greens and decorations are replaced with fresh ones, and four new white candles, symbolizing Christ, replace the colored ones and are burned throughout the Christmas season.

The Gift of Prayer

Special Intention Prayer List

Pray each day for a special intention: Read the intention for the day and then thought out the day prayer or offer up something for that intention:

  • November 29: For the grace to go to confession
  • November 30: Parents: Living and deceased
  • December 1:  For families in difficulties
  • December 2:  For my own family
  • December 3:  For those in the Medical Profession
  • December 4:  For children of the womb
  • December 5:  For Parents seeking to adopt
  • December 6:  For the unemployed
  • December 7:  For Peace through Christ
  • December 8:  For devotion to Mary and the Rosary
  • December 9:  For Pope Francis
  • December 10: For Parents who have lost a child
  • December 11: For All Catholics to return to Mass
  • December 12: For sick children and those who care for them
  • December 13: For faith and to see God in others
  • December 14: For charity towards others
  • December 15: For the forgiveness of others
  • December 16: For our enemies
  • December 17: For our friends
  • December 18: For vocations to the Church
  • December 19: For the poor
  • December 20: For the Handicapped
  • December 21: For Religious Liberty
  • December 22: For Difficult People
  • December 23: For myself
  • December 24: For every one else

This list is a suggested list; you can change any or all of the daily intentions, but if you have something special to pray for each day you, will be using Advent as a spiritual time of faith and prayer.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info


Next special order will be due Friday, Dec 11th – don’t miss out!


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)

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

EPIC Youth Group

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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. Nov. 29:
No Meeting

Sat. Dec. 5:
A Gift For You at St. Luke’s volunteers needed 11:00 am to 5:00 pm followed by Mass

Sun. Dec. 13:
Christmas Caroling & Dinner

Sun. Dec. 20:
Christmas Night Life & Pollyanna Social @ OLHC 6:00 pm

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

Middle School Youth Group

The Middle School Youth Group is for boys and girls grades 5-7.
All are welcome.

Christmas Celebration:
$5 White Elephant Gift Exchange-Friday, Dec 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall.

In Ian’s Boots Service Trip:
Sunday, December 13th – 1:00-4:00 pm
We are collecting new and gently used shoes and boots of all sizes (bin on stage in Father Curran Hall)
Contact Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

To participate in any events or for questions, please call Jenn 215-582-9072 or email jfalsone@comcast.net

All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Queen of Angels School News

Calling all Queen of Angels & St David Alumni!!!
We’d love to keep in touch with you. Please visit out website, qoaschool.org and check out our new Alumni tab. Here is where you will be able to read about news from your fellow alumni and there is also a place for you to enter your contact information so we can stay in touch with you!!!!

Please join us for our first Open House of the year:  Visit QOA Day!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 AM

Formal presentation in our Lower School with tours to follow. To RSVP or for more information, contact our Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or email to  kodoherty@qoaschool.org

Queen of Angels Sponsor A Student Program
You can assist a family in meeting the tuition of a Queen of Angels School Student. You may do so in part or in whole. Please consider making a contribution to assist a family who desires a Catholic Education for their child but can use the extra help. Brochures about this program can be found in the entrances to church or you may call the Advancement Office of Queen of Angels at 215-309-4028 for more information.

Shop with Amazon???  Please support QOA while doing your holiday shopping!
Before you purchase from Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and register Queen of Angels School.  Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school!

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead


Remembrance Bricks
While bricks for our Prayer Garden can be obtained at any time, those wishing to have bricks installed before the ground becomes too hard to install them are asked to call the rectory without delay to place their orders. 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.

If you have not been baptized , now is your time to come forward to receive instructions in the Faith. If you or you know someone who has not be Baptized please contact Sister St. Mark IHM or Father Connors. Classes are free and held on Thursdays beginning soon. If you are an adult who has been baptized, but has not yet received the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation, please contact Sister or Father also.

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.

Help at The Brother House
The Brother House, a work of the Legion of Mary, the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church, is seeking new male members to work with homeless men at 510 Green Street, Norristown, PA. Come and ring our doorbell on any Monday evening between 6:45 and 7:00, or contact Leo Couchara at 484-614-0055 for more information. It is a very rewarding spiritual work. “…for I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matt 25: 35)

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/archbishopchaput/homilies/index.htm. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.

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.


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:

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.