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 10/26/2014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Because the Feast of All Saints, November 1st, is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, the 9:00AM Mass on Saturday will be the only Mass scheduled to be celebrate this feast. While the obligation to attend Mass is not required, participation at Holy Mass is a worthy way to celebrate this special feast.

  • The Rosary for Peace was presented last Sunday. It was very beautiful and well presented by Sister Mary Catherine and members of our parish Legion of Mary. October is Holy Rosary month. Please pray the rosary often if not daily. Rosaries are available upon request from the rectory.
  • The Coach Bag Bingo was a success, and I thank all those who planned and carried out this unique event. It was a most popular evening. We had 250 ladies and a profit of about $8000.00 dollars. Thank you.
  • The Parish Nurses presented a Health Fair on October 19th. While the participation was lower than expected, the important information that the people received was, I am sure, most helpful and appreciated.
  • The Parish Census and Block Collection is occurring now. This year it is particularly important for us to receive your response since this is the only way we can get accurate and correct information, especially regarding phone numbers (both land and cell), and email addresses. The parish is moving into the digital era. We will soon be implementing electronic mailing and giving. Please return all forms with a donation, if possible, as soon as possible.
  • On November 2nd we will have a special Mass for All Soul’s Day.  While Masses for All Soul’s Day will be in honor of all our faithful departed, the 12:30PM Mass will feature the Choir and a dedication ceremony of our Remembrance Garden following the Mass. All are invited, and I thank the members of our Nursing Group for their assistance in this regard.
  • May I ask you to consider making a Holy Hour in our Chapel of Adoration? Please call the rectory to schedule a time.

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

Living Your Faith

Read Mt 22:34-40: Mt22-34-40

Our children see us live out this gospel message in the everyday things we do for other people.

How often do they quietly notice us help an elderly relative, take food to a sick neighbor, or visit someone in a nursing home? We don’t really have to preach this gospel message to our children, but sometimes just inviting them along is witness enough to shape their lives.

Reach out to someone in need.

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Did You Know?

Douay-Rheims Scripture Cake

Here is the translation and more explicit instructions for the Scripture Cake that was in the Oct 19th Bulletin.

Four and one half cups of III Kings iv, 22 ………. 4 1/2 C. flour
One and one half cups of Judges v, 25…………… 1 1/2 C. milk
Two cups of Jeremias vi, 20………………………… 2 C. sugar
Two cups of I Kings, xxx, 12 ………………………. 2 C. raisins
Two cups of Nahum iii, 12 …………………………. 2 C. figs, chopped
One cup of Numbers xvii, 8 ……………………….. 1 C. almonds, chopped
Two tablespoons of I Kings xiv, 25 ………………. 2 TBSP. honey
Six articles of Jeremias xvii, 11 …………………… 6 eggs
A pinch of Leviticus ii, 13 …………………………… Pinch salt
A teaspoon of Amos iv, 5 …………………………… 1 tsp. baking soda
Season to taste with II Paralipomenon ix, 9 ……. spices (try 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. allspice, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg)
  1. Thoroughly cream butter, brown sugar and eggs; combine dry ingredients and add alternately to creamed mixture with milk.
  2. Stir in nuts and fruit.
  3. Bake in two oiled cake pans for 30 to 40 minutes.

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Religious Formation News

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIARCIA

Do 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).

Annual Frozen Turkey Collection

Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is again collecting frozen turkeys for our clients’ Thanksgiving dinners. The Giant Supermarket is giving one turkey to each customer who earns 300 points by November 15th.

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Please place your donation in the Frederic Ozanam Room freezer that is closest to the wall. The Society thanks you for your continued support. May God bless you for your Christian charity.

 

To Praise, To Bless, To Preach

Do you have fond memories of spending time with the Lord at the Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park, PA?  Do you know that the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci have merged with the Dominican Sisters of Peace?  Would you like to reconnect with Dominican spirituality and make new memories?

DSOP-logo-PMS-576_0_0Come and Meet the Dominican Associates of Peace, a lay group sharing with the Dominican Sisters the common Dominican mission – to praise, to bless, to preach – according to the uniqueness of his/her gifts and lifestyle.  Please join us on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM in Father Curran Hall, St. David Church, Willow Grove, PA to learn more about us. Kindly R.S.V.P. (for head count only, no commitment) to Sr. Pat Moran, OP at 215-885-9325 or Barbara Madigan OPA at 215-659-7622 or email to dompeacepa@gmail.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society Annual Food Collection

October 26 through November 2

food-driveOur conference will be collecting food for the Interfaith Food Cupboard during the week of October 26 through November 2.

Grocery bags will be distributed after each Mass on Oct 25-26 for return by the following weekend. Items requested will be  on labels attached to the bags. Thank you, and God bless you  for your Christian charity to the poor and needy.

 

 

 

St. David Parish Holiday Craft Fair

Fri Dec 5 6:30PM – 9:30PM and Sat Dec 6 9:00AM – 3:00PM

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COME ONE, COME ALL! Our Holiday Craft Fair is just around the corner.

It is being held in Monsignor Baum Auditorium (Queen of Angels School) and there will be many crafters, food, and fun for the whole family.

In addition, we are selling chances for a variety of prizes. The chance drawing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 Chance tickets will be sold during the Craft Fair.  Contact Jenny Mars for information at marsfam1@gmail.com

Queen of Angels School News

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Our in-school sale officially ended; however, the online ordering option is still available through January 15th.  If you find that you (or your family or friends) later have any Yankee items on your shopping list, please consider ordering through our online school sale and we will still receive the credit! If you have any questions, etc., please contact Joanne Waltrich (215-499-5987 or cnjwalt@gmail.com). Thank you!

kidstufflogoThank You!

The Home and School raised $2,142.50 on the recent Kid Stuff Books Sale. The sale seems to be a win-win with the school making money and parents saving through the use of the coupons. Thank you to all who supported this sale.

 

CYO Basketball Registration is Open!

St. David’s CYO Basketball registration is currently open, for children from 3rd grade through high school.  Please register asap at http://www.orgsonline.com, (school code is: 289SDCYOPA).  cyo-bb

Registration will close in early November, and coaches will also begin practices at that time.  For any questions, please contact Sue Zeigenfuss at 215-659-2560.

 

 

Good News You Can Use

Craft Fair Helpers Wanted!
Many hands make light work and wine can only make it fun!!! Come to Fr. Curran Hall to work on crafts for the St. David Craft Table. Wine, snacks, ideas and supplies will be provided. You don’t need to be super crafty, we just need some base work done!

  • When: Thursday,  Nov. 6th,  and 20th Where: Fr. Curran Hall Time: 6:30 pm Who: You of course! Please feel free to bring a friend.

Day of Recollection
Dominican Our Lady of Prouille Chapter 407 invites you to a Day of Recollection presented by Sr. Carolyn Krebs, O.P. formerly of the Dominican Retreat House, Elkins Park, Pa. on October 25, 2014 in Father Curran Hall from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Pre-Registration and Info R.S.V.P by 10-18-2014. Please call Ms. MaryLou at: 856-829-4068.

Catholic Life Congress
There are two opening to attend the Catholic Life Congress on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. No charge for the Congress. Day includes special speakers, Live Music, Exhibits, and Taize service. To reserve a place please call Father Connors at the rectory. First come, first served.

Confession Schedule Change

Beginning in October there will be NO scheduled confessions for the Eve of First Fridays. Confessions for First Fridays must be made by appointment. 

Confessions for the Eve of Holydays of Obligation will still be available, but only if that Feast is a Holyday of Obligation that year.

 

Upcoming Kairos Retreats

We are excited to announce the 2nd and 3rd Regional Kairos retreats for public school and homeschooled high school juniors and seniors that will take place December 26-29, 2014 and February 12-15, 2015.kairos

Kairos is a 4 day, 3 night retreat helping high school aged kids to grow deeper in their faith. The price for this retreat is usually $300 but with the Philadelphia Education Fund grant, we are able to offer is for $60.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please visit our website, http://paregionalkairos.weebly.com or email us at paregionalkairos@gmail.com.

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  In this month of October, let us considerholyrosary this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

If you are in need of a rosary, a free rosary can be obtained from Father Connors. Pray for Peace.

 

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.