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 7:30 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 05/01/2016
Sixth Sunday of Easter

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The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered by Archbishop Charles Chaput on Monday, April 25th. We thank the Archbishop for honoring our parish with a visit and administering the Sacrament of Confirmation. At Confirmation we are given the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit so as to be of service to the Church and to one another. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. Each gift is the divine assistance we are given to use, but we must ask the Lord for the grace to live that gift. May the gifts of the Spirit help us all to know, love and serve the Lord.

On May 8, Mother’s Day, after the 9:00 AM Mass the parish will host a catered breakfast for all those who have registered to attend. Please fill out the form for registering found in this week’s bulletin and place in the collection basket today, or call the rectory and leave your name, phone number and number of guests who will be attending. There is no cost, and there are no tickets needed to attend, but you must be preregistered.

Today at 2:00 PM you are invited to participate in the Abington Life Witness. In recent months the number of participants has been low, so in union with Mother’s Day I am asking for more people to join this silent and prayerful witness. You are not required to hold a sign or interact with anyone, you are only asked to come and pray for the gift of life to be protected for the child in the womb. Abortion is either right or wrong and it cannot be both, and it is never right, even though it is falsely presented as a reproductive right. The killing of children before birth is really horrific. To think that is ok to murder a child under a “safe” title like “reproductive right.” is chilling. Do not be complacent on this matter. Lives depend on it. See you at Abington Hospital at 2:00 PM Sunday.

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

Confirmation Congratulations!

The following children of St. David Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday, April 25, 2016. Congratulations to the children and their families.

confirmation2* Colleen Chambers * Aleksandar Damevski * Hannah Dickerson * Matthew Dombrowski * Cody Erb * Connor Fahey * Joshua Fayette * Eric Flint * Katherine Focht * Mason Fossesca * Peyton Frascone * Chloe Gerlach * Owen Grady * Aidan Honer * Samuel Johnson * Robert Korn * Chloe Kramer * Eric Krause * Brietta Ley * Nichole Lippo * Andrew Lips * Abby Zeigenfuss * Kate Waltrich * Anna Waltrich * Jocelyn Vese * Alexandra Todd * James Sukanick * Stephen Steigerwalt * Cooper Simonds * Ciera Schulcz * Susanna Roode * Zoe Robotin * David Rajkowski * Michael Olszewski * Chloe Nore * Amelia Navarra, * Natasha Moore * Olivia Montini * Andrew McHugh * Kevin McHale * Joseph McGoldrick * Rachel Lodato *

 

Vacation Bible School is Coming!

Vacation Bible School Will be held from June 20th-24th for children 4-10 yrs. Old, from 9 AM to Noon in Father Curran Hall.

Activities include Bible stories/role playing, games, arts/crafts, music/dance. Cost is $50.00 per child; $10,00 for each additional family member. Daily drinks/snacks are provided as well as a t-shirt.

Fee can be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory. Any questions, please contact Ellen Concha @ 215-682-0497. Registration form can be downloaded here from QOA Catholic School.

Living Your Faith

Holy Day of Obligation: Ascension Thursday – May 5th

The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on ascensionEaster, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven.

Ascension Thursday is May 5th and the Masses for this Holy Day of Obligation are:

  • 5:00 PM on Wednesday May 4, the eve of the Holy Day
  • Thursday May 5th
    • 6:30 AM in main church
    • 9:00 AM — Queen of Angels School Mass open to all
    • 4:45 PM — St. David School of Religion Mass open to all
    • 7:00 PM

Did You Know?

…about Catholicism?

  • Catholicism has been a moving force in the development of Western culture. It continues to be influential in religious issues, social institutions, art, education, medicine, science, music, philosophy, literature, and politics.
  • Brazil has more Catholics than any other country with close to 127 million, or 11.7% of the world’s Catholic population. It is followed by Mexico (96 million), the Philippines (76 million), the U.S. (75 million), Italy, (49 million), Columbia (38 million),France (38 million), Poland (35 million), Spain (35 million), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (31 million). These 10 countries account for 55.6% of the Catholic population globally.
  • There are more than 1 billion Catholics in the world, in all five continents. They are particularly concentrated in southern Europe, the U.S., the Philippines, and the countries of Central and South America. What binds them together is a belief in Jesus Christ and obedience to the papacy .
  • The word “Catholic” was first used by Ignatius of Antioch around the year A.D. 110. It is from the Greek word katholikos, which means “toward the whole.” Ignatius was suggesting that the Church is a gift offered by Christ to all people.
  • Catholics rely more on ritual and ceremony than do most other Christian religions. The intent of the rituals is to create an experience in which faith is felt and religion literally comes to life, with God’s presence in the here-and-now world.
  • The word “Christian” was initially a derogatory name. The new religion appealed largely to the urban poor, women, non-citizens, social outcasts, and slaves because the essence of the Gospel was that they did not need money or education to belong to the kingdom.

Queen of Angels School News

Enroll Now for September
Queen of Angels School provides children with a quality Catholic education that includes all the regular subjects enhanced with art, computer, gym, library, music, and Spanish for all grades. Grades 5-8 also have an honors math class. The children make regular use of iPads, Surface tablets and Chromebooks to enhance their learning. Our 7th and 8th grade have a 1:1 Tablet Program and a new Bring Your Own Device program has been instituted for our 6th graders. The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all, offering half and full day options for three and four year olds. Before and After Care is available from 7am-6pm!

Congratulations to our eighth grade students who have earned over $271,000 dollars so far in scholarships to various high schools!

Queen of Angels’ students have weekly collections in their homerooms for the Missions. We are proud to say our students have raised over $1700 so far!

Call our Advancement Office today at 215-309-4028 to schedule a tour or to register.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! Next special order will be due  April 29th – don’t miss out!

 


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 May 1: Life Night @ OLHC 6:00 pm; Topic:  “A Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, part 4

Sat May 7: Sort & Deliver Flower Orders from OLHC parking lot 

Sun May 8: No meeting; Happy Mother’s Day!

Thu May 12 – Sun May 15: Kairos for Teens attending Non-Catholic High Schools

Looking Ahead: 

Jun 24-26: Steubenville Youth Conference

Jul 14-23: Catholic Heart Work Camp

Aug 15-19: Beach Retreat;

Sep 24: Abbey Fest;

Oct 23: Teen Leadership Conference

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

St. David CYO Comedy Night
Sat Apr 23
Comedy Night at Queen of Angels School Gym. Come on out and support CYO while enjoying some laughs and good times with friends.

Abington Hospital Open Board Meeting
Tue Apr 26
At 6:15PM at Abington Hospital (1st Floor Lenfest Bldg Conference Room). This is a once a year opportunity for the community to voice their concern about the hospital’s abortion policy and associated issues. Please try to attend. It is a hour well spent on behalf of all human life from conception to natural death.

Retreat for Mothers of Children with Disabilities
Tue  May 3
Malvern Retreat House. Fr. Dennis O’Donnell will direct a retreat for mothers and grandmothers who are raising children with disabilities and also those who have adult children with disabilities. There will be time to pray, reflect, and chat with other mothers. To register online go www.opdarchphilly.org. For more information please contact Malvern Retreat House at 610-644- 0400 or the Office for Persons with Disabilities, Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 215-587-3530

Wedding Anniversary Mass
Sat May 7
Are you celebrating a special anniversary this year? The annual Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will take place on Saturday, May 7 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at the 5:15 pm Vigil Mass, Archbishop Charles Chaput presiding. This mass is to pray for and with all married couples who are newlyweds, or who have been married 25 years or more, or 50 years or more. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register visit www.phillycatholiclife.org or call 215-587-0500.

Need Service Hours?
Sat May 7
HS/MS students needed for 2-3 hrs on Sat May 7. Load and unload USPS ‘Stamp OutHunger’ food collection bags at WG Post Office or Tri-County Food Cupboard (Trinity Lutheran Church-Abington) from  2:30-5:30 PM. St. David SVDP Adult supervision and service letters provided.  Please call Robert (215) 659-1181 no later than May 1st.

Msgr. Bolger’s Ordination Anniversary
Sun May 22
Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Msgr. Bolger’s Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, May 22, 2016. There will be a Mass at 4:00 P.M. followed by dinner at Williamson’s at 5:30 P.M. (appetizers, dinner, dessert, beer, wine). Cost: $30 (checks payable St. David) – Drop at the rectory or in the collection basket. To reserve tables of 8 or 10 call Gina at 215-657- 6019.

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 get-ting 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.
While bricks for our Prayer Garden can be obtained at any time, those wishing to have bricks by Memorial Day 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.

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/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.

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