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 7:00 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 Me dal Novena: Every Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass

Advent Confession Schedule:
Wed Dec 14:
– 7:00 P.M Confession Service (Three Priests Available)
Sat Dec 17:
– 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Wed Dec 21:
– 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thurs Dec 22:
– 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fri Dec 23rd:
– 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sat Dec 24th: NO CONFESSION

Christmas Mass Schedule:
– Sat Dec 24: 4:00 PM, 5:45 PM and 8:00 PM
– Sun Dec 25: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM

Draw Closer to Our Lady this Winter and Spring

Prepare for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Fatima Portugal by making a journey with Mary this Winter/Spring!

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, founded by Dr. Scott Hahn, has partnered with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer limited-time free access to its new video Bible study series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary. You can access this 12-part series online at no cost beginning January 18, 2017. The videos can be used for individual or group study. View the schedule of videos below.

To take advantage of this great opportunity to grow spiritually, sign up at: BibleandtheVirginMary.com/Philadelphia. Feel free to share this link with friends and family! 

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Living Your Faith

BE PREPARED

Be prepared. It’s that simple. As this Advent season opens before us, the Lord Jesus summons us to stand ready for his coming.

At this time of year much of our attention is focused on being prepared for the details that accompany the holiday season. We purchase gifts, we decorate our homes inside and out, we prepare foods that we eat only during the holidays, we write and send Christmas cards we attend holiday concerts we prepare either to welcome family and friends into our homes or arrange for visits to their homes. We really can’t escape the details that make up the season.

Perhaps this Advent is a time to attend to all those details with a different spin. As we prepare to celebrate the feast of Christmas, why not be deliberate about acknowledging the presence of the Lord as we go about these tasks? The Lord often comes to us in wonderfully surprising ways. Let us be prepared.

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Did You Know?

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ADVENT

The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for “coming”, and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24.

It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event. Since the 900s, Advent has been considered the beginning of the Church year. This does not mean that Advent is the most important time of the year. Easter has always had this honor.

The traditional color of Advent is purple or violet which symbolizes the penitential spirit. Religious traditions associated with Advent express all these themes.

Advent Wreath

“Customarily the Advent Wreath is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which are inserted four candles (Advent candles). According to tradition, three of the candles are violet and the fourth is rose. However, four violet or white candles (advent candles) may also be used” (Book of Blessings 1510).002-advent-e1323403603210

The rose candle is lit the third Sunday of Advent, for this color anticipates and symbolizes the Christmas joy announced in the first word of the Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice” (Latin, Gaudete). For this reason the Third Sunday is also called Gaudete Sunday, and rose color vestments are permitted.

The Advent Wreath represents the long time when people lived in spiritual darkness, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the world. Each year in Advent, people wait once again in darkness for the coming of the Lord, His historical coming in the mystery of Bethlehem, His final coming at the end of time, and His special coming in every moment of grace. During Advent, family and friends can gather around the Advent Wreath lighting the appropriate candle(s), read from the daily Advent meditation and sing songs. The Church’s official Book of Blessings also provides a blessing ceremony for the advent wreath which can be used in the absence of a priest.

Queen of Angels School News

Queen of Angels Band!
Congratulations to the members of the Queen of Angels Band who have been named to the Archdiocesan Honor Band for 6th to 8th graders: Luke Hoffner, Trumpet, Jane Murphy, Bass Clarinet and Lily Swider, Mallets. Congratulations to Luke Hoffner who will also represent Queen of Angels as a member of the Archdiocesan Honor Jazz Band. Many thanks to Mr. Darrohn for preparing these students.

Visit QOA Day
Wednesday December 7 at 10:00-11:30 AM. There will be a formal presentation in our Lower School with tours to follow. To RSVP or for more information, contact our Advancement Office at 215-309-4028 or email kodoherty@qoaschool.org,

Choir of Angels Fund
Please support the Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School “Choirs of Angels” Annual Fund! Go to qoaschool.org and look for our Give Now button. For more information, contact our Advancement Office at 215-309-4028.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! 

Next special order is due Dec 4. Scrip will not be sold on Dec 25, Dec 30 or Jan 1. Please plan accordingly!

 

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!

 

Luminaries:
Youth Group members will be selling Luminaries at St. David and OLHC in December. The candles will illuminate the perimeter of the churches on Christmas Eve. Cost: $5.00 each. Your support helps defray the costs of the Steubenville Youth Conference and the Beach Retreat in 2017.

Sun Dec 4:
Archbishop Wood Play Shrek the Musical
2:00 pm

Sun Dec 11:
Christmas Caroling & Dinner
6 pm

Sun Dec 18:
Christmas Prayer Service Pollyanna & Party Games OLHC
6:00 pm

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

Giving Tree
The annual giving tree is available for you to pick a tag or two, purchase a gift that corresponds to the tag, wrap it and return under the tree. The last day to return wrapped/tagged gifts is Sunday December 18th so that they can be delivered before the holidays! Gifts are donated to St Peter the Apostle School, Our Lady’s House, Guiding Star Ministries, Lakeside School, and members of our own community in need. Thank you in advance for helping others experience joy this holiday season!

Fresh Christmas Wreaths During Advent
Fresh Christmas wreaths are available after all Masses during Advent while supplies last. Wreaths are $25 each. All proceeds go to Our Lady’s House in Glenside. Our Lady’s House mission is to provide for single mothers aged 18 years and their minor children who wished to re-order their lives in a peaceful environment. If you would like wreaths delivered please call Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072.

9th Annual Archdiocesan Men’s Spirituality Conference
Mar 4

Registration is now open for Man Up Philly 2017! On Saturday March 4, 2017 at St Joseph University Hagan Arena the men of your parish are invited to join Catholic Men from throughout the Archdiocese for the 9th Annual Archdiocesan Men’s Spirituality Conference. Speakers include EWTN’s Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, inspirational speaker; Kevin Reilly, former Philadelphia Eagle whose career was ended by a rare cancer that led to the removal of his left arm, and Damon Owens, director of JoyTOB and international speaker on the Theology of the Body. Acclaimed Irish tenor, Mark Forrest, will provide inspirational accompaniment during a special directed Eucharistic Adoration. Register now and save $10 (Early Bird Special) at manupphilly.com.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast Buffet
First of each month
Knights of Columbus Flaherty Council invites you to a first of the each month breakfast buffet plus omelette station from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at 235 Limeklin Pike Glenside.
Adults: $9.00 children $5.00. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

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 getting 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. 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/category/homily/. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.

Mass Celebrated Again Near Mosul

Iraqi Christians

Mass in Iraq after 2 years

They celebrated Mass in the ruins (Reuters).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surrounded by charred walls and in front of a ruined altar, dozens of Iraqi Christians celebrated mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh on Sunday for the first time since it was recaptured from Islamic State.

Church bells rang out in the town on the southeastern approaches to Mosul where Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led air and ground forces, have been driving back the Sunni Muslim jihadists ahead of a battle for the city itself.

“Today Qaraqosh is free of Daesh (Islamic State),” Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Butrus Moshe told worshippers.

(read more at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-church-idUSKBN12U0UM)