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 8/31/2014
Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


May this last week of summer be good to you as we prepare to return to the fast pace of school, sports, school, some more sports and then everything else that we were going to get done before Labor Day. Since Labor day will occur so early this year I hope you have a nice holiday weekend and a safe one.

If you notice my red car looks new, it is not. It has only been repaired by Greg Bowen of Carlson’s and his wife Robin who cleaned it like new. Now I just have to keep it that way.

The parish website and this week’s bulletin contain detailed information about the purchase of the prayer garden bricks. Because of the time needed to obtain them and have them installed by All Soul’s Day, it will be required that you submit your request by Septemer 7, 2014. Please read the information carefully and submit your information in clear print. 4×8 bricks permit only 3 lines. 8×8 bricks can add up to three additional lines (same spacing requirements). Again, please read the information carefully to avoid mistakes. You may use capitals and numbers, but follow directions.

Many events and opportunities for spiritual growth will be upcoming soon. Keep informed, read the Parish Bulletin- The Voice of your Parish.

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

Religious Formation News

Jouney into Faith RCIADo 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) or go to the parish website www.stdavidparish.org/rcia.

Living Your Faith

Think of someone your family knows personally (or someone you’ve heard about) who may be feeling lonely because they made a tough choice. Maybe they are recovering from addiction, raising a baby alone, or left a difficult relationship.reachout

Reach out to that person as a family either by visiting them, inviting them to dinner, sending them a card, or writing a letter. Help support them in their tough decision.

Begin a discussion that could include the following starter:  “Once I remember trying to help (like Peter) but said the wrong thing. Now that I look back, it would have been better to say…

Did You Know?

Sacramentals have a solid place in Catholic devotion. Sacramentals can be material things: blessed objects such as scapulars, Rosaries, Crucifxes, medals, Holy Water, etc. or actions: the Sign of the Cross, genuflection, prayers, the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday, etc. Only a priest has the power to bless an object and make it a sacramental. Lay Catholics are free to bless objects, even using the prayers priests use – and we do so often in blessing our children, blessing meals, blessing Advent wreaths or Mary Gardens, etc. – but our blessings act as “mere” pleas to God. Priests alone have been given the power to bless with a guarantee, as it were, and it is they and they alone who can take a new Crucifix or Rosary and turn them into a sacramental with the power and prayers of the entire Church behind them.sacramentals

Of themselves sacramentals do not save souls, but they are the means for securing heavenly help for those who use them properly. They are sacred objects or religious actions which the Catholic Church, in imitation of the sacraments, use for the purpose of obtaining spiritual favors especially through her prayer. A sacramental is anything set apart or blessed by the Church to excite good thoughts and to help devotion, and thus secure grace and take away venial sin or the temporal punishment due to sin.

The Rosary, for example, is a pious object and a prayer. The Sign of the Cross is a prayer and a sign. The crucifix, pictures, and statues are pious objects. The ceremonies performed in the various sacraments are also sacramentals, like the extending of the hands in Confirmation.

Salute To Our Youth

Let us remember all the “Young-at-Heart”.  You know who you are!  You are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends who help raise our youth to be good Christians and model citizens.

You sacrifice your talent, time, and treasure to keep our young people safe, healthy, happy, and engaged in living holy lives.  You are the “unsung” supporters who are our heroes!  Thank you for your good example and faithful living as Catholics!

Opening Dates for the Parish School of Religion 2014-2015

The St. David Parish School of Religion begins its 2014-2015 year!

Thursday Afternoon, September 4, 2014, 4:30PM to 6:00PM.
First Grade through Seventh Grade Students (inclusive).
Location: Lower School, Our Lady of Confidence and Father Curran Hall.

Thursday Evening, September 4, 2014, 6:45 to 8:15PM.
First Grade through Seventh Grade Students (inclusive).
Location: Upper School Only.

Thursday Evening, September 11th, Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00PM.
All Special Education Students
Location: Upper School, Rooms:   O.L.C Area and Conference Room

Thursday Afternoon, September 11th, Time : 4:30PM to 6:00PM.                                               Kindergarten

All registered students may pick up their admittance cards and other information regarding the opening day of school from the stage in Father Curran Hall the weekend of August 23rd and 24th, after the Masses and the days and evenings following. These admittance cards will be removed from Father Curran Hall, Tuesday evening, September 2nd 2014.

All students must present their admittance card to their teacher as they assemble for class on the opening days of school. Please know that we will not be in a position to help you with registration on the opening days of school. If you need to register for the coming school year, or should you need additional information please call the Religious Education Office at 215-659-4059. We will be more than happy to help you.

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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EPIC H.S. Youth Group

  • Hour of Power – Teen Adoration
    Every Tuesday, 8-9:00 p.m. St David Chapel
  • Fri./Sat., Sep. 5 & 6 – T.O.D.A.Y. Theater Performance
    Archbishop Wood H.S. Cost $10.00
  • Sep. 7: Life Night
    7:00 p.m. @ OLHC Topic: Purgatory
  • Sep. 14 – Teen Mass
    7:00 p.m. @ St Luke’s Parish
  • Sat. Sep. 20: Abbey Faith & Music Fest
    We have a limited number of tickets available for this event so let us know ASAP if you’re interested in attending. Cost is $21.50 for the ticket. Check out the website for more details. http://www.theabbeyfest.com/
  • Sun, Oct. 19: Generation Life
    7:00pm @ OLHCTopic: Chasitity

CYO Dance Schedule 2014-2015

St David CYO Dance Schedule for 2014-2015:

Friday September 19, 2014
Friday November 21, 2014
Friday January 9, 2015
Friday February 20, 2015
Friday April 10, 2015
Friday May 8, 2015 (Hello/Goodbye Dance 6th grade invited)

St David CYO is hosting the First Dance of the Year on Friday September 19, 2014 from 7:30-10:00pm. The dance is being held in the Queen of Angels Upper School Gym. Students will need to present their student ID or have a parent sign them in at the door. Any questions Please contact: Laura Forrest at PRForrest@aol.com

St. David Triton Swim Team

stdavidtritonsRegistration September 8, 2014, 6:00PM to 7:30PM at Queen of Angels gym. Students ages 5 through 14 who belong to St. David, Our Lady Help of Christians, St John Bosco Parish or attend Queen of Angels School are eligible to participate.

Visit our new team website at www.stdavidtritons.com for registration forms & team information. Additional questions, please email us at stdavidtritons@gmail.com.

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Our mailing address is: Ascension Press P.O. Box 1990 West Chester, PA 19380

St. Vincent de Paul Society 7th Annual Walk for the Poor

Sat Sept 27 - St. David conference will join with Our Lady Help of Christians conference at their parish church at 10AM. Please sponsor a walker for this important fundraising event which benefits our Client Assistance Program. All funds collected will stay in our parish geograsvdp-walkphical boundaries. Those unable to join in the Walk may place their donation in the Sunday collection marked “SVDP Walk for the Poor”. Thank you, and God bless you for your Christian charity.

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.


Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info


No scrip will be sold today, Sunday, Aug. 31st!  Scrip will be sold through the backpacks beginning Monday, September 8th! The first special order of the school year is due Friday, Sept. 19th – 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).