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 9/21/2014
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Things are moving along. School, both Queen of Angels and St. David School of Religion, are up and running.  Many thanks to everyone involved with getting both our school and our school of religion prepared.  Much hard work and dedication go into making everything seem easy. Thank you also to our parents for their assistance and cooperation. May our purpose be one:  To know, love and serve our God.

Welcome today our teachers of Religion. May they be good examples in the ways of Faith.

I hope that you are able to participate in the many spiritual events being offered in our parish. I hope you have had a chance to get a chance for the financial needs of the parish. Shortly you will be receiving our parish census and block collection envelope. Please make sure you return the census information. In the past we could do a door to door survey of the parish, however for several years we have not been able to do this because of the limited number of priests at the parish. Now the only way we have of keeping our records updated is for you to return the census form. Even if you think “oh, they have my information because it has not changed”, please return the form. When you return the form, it tells us that our information is current and up to date. We are especially in need of all of the current contact information available: land and cell numbers and email addresses also. In the near future we will be providing the opportunity to contribute to the parish collection electronically.  We are moving ahead with new ways to support the needs of our people, and our parish records are an extremely important tool, both to me as your pastor and to the Archdiocese, in order to best serve the needs of all.

Just a reminder: Please purchase gift certificates for local stores from our script program. All you need to do is purchase the gift cards from the parish or school dollar for dollar, and the parish/school receives a percentage of that purchase, without adding a single penny to the cost of your purchased gift cards. For example, you give us $100.00 in cash and we give you $100.00 worth of gift cards or for any of the many participating stores and restaurants. This program is a great way to support our parish!

Just keeping you informed. Let me know if there are any areas or concerns I have missed, and I will gladly address them.

For now, I ask you to think about becoming a member of the Holy Name Society. The Holy Name Society meets once a month, and attends one Mass together a month, or perhaps consider joining the Legion of Mary, which meets once a week and performs a work of service. Just ask, we do need members.

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

 

Living Your Faith

Make a list of the gifts God has given your family. They may be things that you can see and touch, or they may be intangible gifts like character, health, or intelligence.

Ask yourselves:

  • Do you think your family has more gifts than some other families?
  • Do all the gifts have to have material value?
  • Are there some families you know who have gifts that can’t be measured in dollars and cents?
  • What does all this say to you about God’s generosity?

Did You Know?

Lectio Divina (pronounced “Lec-tee-oh Di-vee-nah”) means “Divine Reading” and refers Lectio-Divina-21specifically to a method of Scripture reading practiced by monastics since the beginning of the Church. The early centrality of reading of Sacred Scripture, and then meditating and praying over its meaning, is evident in the 48th chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict (A.D. 480-453), a book written by the Great Saint to guide monastic life.

In the 11th century a  Carthusian prior named Guigo formalized Lectio Divina, describing it as a method of praying with scripture known as Scala Paradisi — the Stairway to Heaven. Stairway to Heaven was described as a 4-runged ladder to Heaven, each rung being one of the four steps in his method of Bible reading. Those steps, and Guigo’s brief descriptions of them, are:

  • lectio (reading): “looking on Holy Scripture with all one’s will and wit”
  • meditatio (meditation): “a studious insearching with the mind to know what was before concealed through desiring proper skill”
  • oratio (prayer): “a devout desiring of the heart to get what is good and avoid what is evil”
  • contemplatio (contemplation): “the lifting up of the heart to God tasting somewhat of the heavenly sweetness and savior”.

Religious Formation News

Catechist Sunday – September 21, 2014

Today at the 11:00AM all teachers of religion both of Queen of Angels and St. David School of Religion will be recognized for their teaching and example.

We thank them for their service and acknowledge their contribution to the future of our children.

Salute To Our Youth

Calling all students, pre-K to Post-graduate!

Blessings  on a new school year! You are prayerfully remembered so that your schooling will be filled with many opportunities to grow in body, mind, and spirit!

loveoneanotherRemember, that Jesus is the Primary Teacher. He is the Model for all. Stay close to Him and follow His command: “Love one another as I love you.”

Remembrance Bricks

The Remembrance Bricks for the Prayer Garden  have been ordered. Thanks for getting your requests and payment in. They have been promised for the end of October and will be here for the dedication on  November 2nd. Any requests received after September 9th will be submitted for the 2nd phase of the garden.

 

Support Camilla Hall Nursing Home

On September 20-21, we will selling chances for Camilla Nursing Home.
CamillaHallAfter the Masses, our Sisters will be at the door of the Church selling chances.  They are grateful for you financial support.  We appreciate your kind support of the IHM Community and will keep you in our daily prayers.
Sister Maryanne and the Sisters of St. David Convent.

Angels on the Run 5k & Family Festival 

Sunday October 5th, 2014 at Alverthorpe Park in Jenkintown.

Plan to join us for a fun-filled day to benefit our great QoA School! In addition to Mass in the Park and the Run/Walk, the Family Festival will include lots of fun activities and some good food! We will again have a special visit from Ronald McDonald along with raffles, games and of course prizes! We are also going to kick-off the 2nd Annual QoA Alumni Kickball Tournament!

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9AM Outdoor Mass
  • 10AM Start for the 5K Run
  • 10:45AM Family Fun Run/Walk
  • 11:00AM Family Festival Start
  • 11:30PM Alumni Kickball Tournament.

Registration forms are now available on the school website and will be available at our raffle tables after all masses during the weekend of September 13-14. We have many great prizes and are also continuing to accept additional donations for our raffle table – if you have an extra set of game tickets, a pass for an overnight hotel stay or have a service you would be willing to donate, please let us know.

Please contact Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com, or 215-499-5987 or Sarah Galbreath at bee2120@comcast.net or 215-784-9048 if you can help in any way or have questions. Thanks!

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.

 

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Mondays and Fridays through the backpacks (only when school is in session and only on FULL days of school) The first special order of the school year is due no later than 11:00 am today 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).

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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EPIC Youth Group

  • Every Tuesday: Hour of Power
    Teen Adoration 800-9:00 p.m. St David Chapel
  • Sun Sep. 14: Welcome Back Mass & Pot Luck Dinner
    St. Luke’s Church and Hall — 5:30 pm. All high school aged youth attending local public, private, and Catholic schools AND their families. Please bring a covered dish to share.
  • Sat Sep. 20: Abbey Faith & Music Fest
    Cost $21.50. All day event — Music, guest speakers, Mass and Adoration. EPIC still has a limited number of tickets available. Contact:  Tricia Holler 215-658-0469 http://www.theabbeyfest.com/
  • Sat Oct. 18: Service Hours — Divine Providence Village
    1 – 3 pm Enjoy spending time with Special Needs residents.
  • Sun Oct. 19: Generation Life

     

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:
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.