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 10/19/2014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Many of you may have already noticed the small prayer garden dedicated to Msgr. Richard T. Bolger  on the rectory side of the Church.  It was unveiled on October 8th with the school children of both Queen of Angels and Our Lady of Confidence present to sing Happy Birthday to Monsignor (his birthday was October 7) and sing This Little Light of Mine as the plaque was unveiled.  While the gesture is small its meaning is great.  The last line of the plaque reads: PRAYER GARDEN FOR LIFE.  And so it shall be – for the life of the parish and for holiness of all life.

  • Football mania. There are only two weeks left to purchase a ticket. Let me explain how this works in its simplest of terms:  Buy a ticket, get a free download of music, if you win we notify you.  You do not need to even watch the games or know your teams.  You win — we tell you.  Winnings are mailed to you. In short, this is a parish fundraiser, so buy a ticket or sell one to a friend! Thanks.
  • Coach Bag Bingo was great, and a great time was had by all. Thanks to all who organized this event and to all those who attended.

Upcoming events:

  • Our annual MASS OF THE HOLY SOULS. Since November 2nd, the feast of All Souls, falls on a Sunday, the Mass is both an individual Mass remembrance as well as a remembrance for those have died in the past year as well. All wishing to participate will be announced in upcoming week’s bulletin, however all Masses for November 2nd are for the intentions of the Holy Souls unless otherwise indicated in the announced Masses for that day.
  • There will be a very special celebration for all veterans and their families on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30PM here at St. David Church. Please plan to attend.
  • I am happy to say that we will have our annual morning Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:00AM, Thursday, November 27 followed by a breakfast get together.
  • Also there will be an Advent series of prayer services;
  • A Parish Mission preached by Father Christopher Walsh during Lent ;
  • And the celebration of the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION on March 21, 2015.

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

Living Your Faith

What is important in your life?  Is it travel, music, money, clothes, food, etc? 

Ask yourself:
I know that sometimes I put other priorities in front of God, but I definitely put God first when…
I don’t think Jesus is telling me not to pay taxes in this Gospel. Instead I think he’s saying…

Discuss with your spouse or your family if these questions present a challenge to your home life. Pay God the homage that is due Him in Worship and Praise at Mass.

Today, an opportunity is provided to pray the devotional prayer, the Rosary, in community.

Did You Know?

Douay-Rheims Scripture Cake:  It’s for real!

  • Four and one half cups of III Kings 4:22
  • One and one half cups of Judges 5:25
  • Two cups of Jeremias 6:20
  • Two cups of I Kings, 3:12
  • Two cups of Nahum 3:12
  • One cup of Numbers 17:8
  • Two tablespoons of I Kings 14:25
  • Six articles of Jeremias 17:11
  • A pinch of Leviticus 2:13
  • A teaspoon of Amos 4:5
  • Season to taste with II Paralipomenon 9:9

Follow Solomon’s advice for making a good boy, Proverbs 23:14, and you will have a good cake.

scripturecakeThe translation and more explicit instructions about the recipe will appear next week.

Stay tuned!!!!

 

 

 

 

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).

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

September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for earning recognition for the virtue of effort:

  • Luca Nardone,  Sadie Bell,  Abigail Toth,  Luke Zeigenfuss, Matthew Mohan, Ryan Zeigenfuss, Andrew McHugh, Ryan Jensen, Lizabeth Kasmer, Joanna Manero.

We congratulate these students on this award.

Queen of Angels Student Council for 2014-2015

Congratulations to the following students who were elected to represent their peers on the Student Council:

  • President: Elise Scanlon
  • Vice President: Izzy McCormick
  • Secretary: Kim Motz
  • Treasurer: Dan Lips
  • 8th Grade Representative: Nicholas Romano
  • 7th Grade Representative: Tristan Moore
  • 6th Grade Representative: Billy Straface
  • 5th Grade Representative: Cody Erb
  • 4th Grade Representative: Danny Romano

They were installed at the First Friday mass. We know they will make us proud!

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

scripThe next special order is due no later than 11:00 AM Sunday Oct 19 in FCH! 

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).

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.

 

 

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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EPIC Youth Group

  • October 19thCulture Project @ OLHC 7:00 p.m. Topic: Chastity
  • October 26th
    Social Night: Shady Brook Farms
    Tickets purchased at gate
    Leave OLHC at 6:15 p.m
  • November 2nd
    Life Night @ OLHC 7 pm
    Topic: Choose Wisely – Relationships

Good News You Can Use

Remembrance of Our Beloved Dead During the Month of November
During the month of November we will remember our beloved dead by displaying pictures of them in Church. The sheet that will accompany the picture is available at the entrances of the Church. Take one or two strips and bring in the pictures to the sacristy (Oct 25-28).

World Meeting Of Families 2015
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families 2015.  Archbishop Chaput encourages parishes to celebrate The Family by holding prayerful and social gatherings.  This month the Legion of Mary of St. David Parish invites us as a parish family to celebrate the Living Rosary on Sunday, October 19 at 2:30 PM. For more information about the WMF2015 check out the new website at WorldMeeting2015.org.

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.