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 05/22/2016
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Today’s letter could more aptly be called FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART. Many of you have known Msgr. Richard T. Bolger since he was assigned pastor in 1992. You have known him to be a loving, caring, simple and humble man. Now 24 years later, we can still say the same.

It is with great honor and appreciation that the Parish of St. David celebrates Msgr. Richard T. Bolger’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood today. All are welcome to his Mass of Thanksgiving at 4:00 PM. Monsignor has given excellent and heart-felt service since the beginning, and in his own quiet way he has touched the hearts of us all. He was ordained on May 21, 1966 and celebrated his First Mass at Immaculate Conception in Jenkintown Pa. (A very little known fact.) He was named an Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II on March 24, 2003. He has received an M.A. a M. Div. and a B.A from St. Charles Seminary over the years.msgr-bolger

His first assignment was to Our Lady of Victory in Philadelphia, where he sponsored Sister Mary Catherine IHM to religious life. Other assignments followed: Mother of Divine Providence, St. James, St Agatha/St. James and then as a chaplain for Holy Redeemer Hospital and Norristown State Hospital. He was assigned our pastor in June of 1992 until he retired in July of 2013.

Each of you has your own special story about how Monsignor Bolger affected your life, and perhaps you would be willing to put it in writing and send it to him care of the rectory.

His work with the Legion of Mary and as a high school chaplain are still reflected in his ministry now that he is “retired”, as he still assists at Archbishop Wood with Masses and is a priestly presence in our schools where there are fewer and fewer religious personnel.

Of course we all know of the mission most close to his heart: children and adults with special needs. His sister Marion continues to guide his love for these special creations of God. God bless her and Monsignor’s family for the wonderful influence they had upon him.

With all that Monsignor can claim as his history, he is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a priest with gratitude to God and asking God for vocations to the priesthood. What greater gift to give him than to learn that soon one of our parishioners is entering religious life to continue the work of the Lord. Every person reading this, please pray two Hail Marys: one for him and one for vocations.

God Bless You and thank you, Monsignor Richard T. Bolger from me and everyone of the people of the parish, both past and present. Ad Multus Annus!

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

Help Needed

Last night the Boyle family lost their house to a fire. Thank God everyone got out of the house. Sadly they did loose their family cat. Please keep the Boyle family in your prayers. They lost everything in the fire, right down to their cell phones.

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Lisa is a homeschool mom with a giant heart, and is our 6th grade teacher in Father Curran Hall. Please join and help Mike , Lisa and their four children by making a donation here: https://www.gofundme.com/2tks2x9g.

Thank you all for your help at this time. Please continue to keep this family covered in prayer. May God bless your giving hearts.

Welcome!

welcomeOn Monday May 16th, Carmen Anuzzi became the newest staff member at St. David Parish. He is replacing Mike McGinn who retired last month after 14 years as our maintenance director. We welcome Carmen who comes to us with much experience and knowledge. So to Carmen Anuzzi, we give you a big St. David Parish welcome. Glad to have you!

 

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

In Search of Wisdom

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If you knew that all the treasures of wisdom were in a person, would you follow him? Would you pursue him?

That’s Jesus. And Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit. Not a “thing”, but a Person, to live inside of us, to guide us and direct us. And the relationship with the Holy Spirit will pay great dividends in our daily living, in decisions we have to make in our daily lives.

Learn more by watching the video of Jeff Cavins and listen to his reflections on the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in the post found above.

Did You Know?

WANTED: St. David Sanctuary Pictures Pre-1960

St. David Catholic Church - Baptismal, SanctuaryA $50.00 prize is being offered to the first person who presents a clear and full picture of the Sanctuary of St. David Parish Church between the opening of the church to 1960 only. As you look, if you find pictures from the early years of our church, please hold them aside. They will be important for our 100th Anniversary. Do you know what year the parish was founded?

Funeral Arrangement Information

Our local area Funeral Directors offer a unique, sensitive, dignified and personal service to our families ifuneralflowersn a time of need. Although the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Cemeteries offer funeral arrangements, this service is not actually obtained from the Archdiocese, but instead through a private company which now handles this service for the Archdiocese. You may not be aware that no one is required to go directly to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia cemeteries to make arrangements for a funeral. Our neighborhood area Funeral Directors support our parish in many ways, such as our annual parish calendar, and support for the cost for the publishing of our Sunday Bulletin. So when you need funeral services, remember to reach out to our local area Funeral Directors, right here in our neighborhood.

Queen of Angels School News

May Procession!
Congratulations to our eighth grade students who were chosen as May Queen and her Court for our May Procession:
May Queen – Alexa Betuel
May Court – Lizabeth Kasmer and Madison Cartlidge

Students of the Month: Virtue of Goodness
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for the virtue of Goodness:
Madeline Koch, Santiago Coyle, Bryn O’Connor, Luke Zeigenfuss, Catherine Waropay,
Jimmy Stelacio, Eric Flint, Ryan Lennox, Luke Ammazzalorso

Registration for September Continues!
If you are interested in scheduling a tour or to register for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact our Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or send an email to kodoherty@qoaschool.org.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! 

 


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 22:
No meeting. Congratulations Msgr. Bolger for 50 years of Our Lord’s service as a priest! Thank you for your continued involvement with our teens, especially your presence at the Steubenville Conference each summer. God’s abundant blessings for many years to come!

Sat May 29:
Memorial Day Weekend. No EPIC meeting.

Sun Jun 5: BBQ, Recognition of Senior Members; 6:00 to 7:00 pm @ OLHC. Presentation: Challenges of Being Catholic in College; one hour event since it is exam week.

Looking ahead:

Fri to Sun Jun 24-Jun 26:
Steubenville Youth Conference

Sun to Sat Jul 17-Jul 23:
Catholic Heart Work Camp

Thurs to Sun Aug 11-Aug 14:
Volunteer @ St Francs Inn each day

Mon to Fri Aug 15-Aug 19:
Beach Retreat

Sat Sep 24:
Abbey Fest

Sat Oct 22:
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

Middle School Youth Group

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

Middle School Youth Group will meet on Friday, May 20th from 7-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall.

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

All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Volunteer at the Special Olymics
Sat May 21

St David Parish will again be participating with Montgomery County Special Olympics for Track and Field Events on Saturday, May 21st at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. You will be needed from 8:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm. All are invited! We need a lot of volunteers to ensure every athlete has a helper. Please contact Jenn Falsone – 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

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.

Catholic Charities Night at the Ballpark
Thurs Jun 16
On Thursday, June 16 at 7:05 PM at Citizen Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies will play against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is Catholic Charities Night at the Ballpark! Tickets range in price $38.00 to $20.00. Interested in attending the game and supporting Catholic Charities? Call the rectory for more information. Transportation will be by carpool and/or subway.

Men of Malvern Retreat
Fri Jun 24 – Sun Jun 26
MEN & YOUNG MEN: A weekend retreat offers many opportunities to know your God better, to know your church better, to know your fellow parishioners better, to know yourself better. Think about it. St. David’s Retreat weekend at St Joseph’s in the Hills in Malvern, PA is June 24th, 25th, and 26th. For more information on how to join the many men from St. David’s, please call Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913 or Henry Jacquelin at 215-530-5076.

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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