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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From the Pastor’s Desk 11/22/2015
The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe


November 22nd is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and the feast of St. Cecilia, the patroness of music. Our Parish Choir, under the direction of Stephan P. Kowalchilk and organist Barbara Aughtmon, have guided us in many liturgies over many years. Our choir is better than good — they’re fantastic! But like all things it needs new members. Do you like to sing? Do you sing better than Father Connors? If so, you may be who we are looking for. Just give it a try. Music and singing are essential parts of liturgy and the celebration of faith. Contact the rectory with your name and phone number and we will take care of the rest.

Today a seminarian, Miguel Remierez, from St Charles Seminary will be speaking at all the Masses regarding the Annual Seminary Appeal. We welcome him and give him our prayers and our support.

On Thursday of this week, Thanksgiving Day we will have our annual Thanksgiving Mass and reception hosted by the St. Vincent dePaul Society at 9:00 AM in the main church. This is truly a day to give thanks, and like its beginnings, a day to give thanks when things are the hardest, lest we forget the gifts of God.

May you have the blessing of the gift of family, and a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Also, please consider the importance of Advent that begins on November 29th. On that day we will be celebrating the Queen of Angels Thank You Mass for the support of all its benefactors.

Purchase Scrip today. Collect box tops for education always. Come to Mass on Thanksgiving. Support our upcoming Blood Drive on Monday, 11/23.

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

It has come to my attention that some parishioners are receiving a second notice about giving to the Appeal, indicating that their donation or information has not be received or not recorded properly. Please write return to sender on the envelope or return it to the collection basket on Sunday. I sincerely apologize for this mistake and will do everything I can do to correct it. I also need to know if others are getting “another letter.” Let me know or return the second letter.

St. David Annual Craft Fair News

St David Annual Craft Fair Vendors
We are looking for vendors for the annual craft fair to be held on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th.  Spots are $40.  If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please contact Jenny Mars at marsfam1@gmail.com

craft-fairAre you crafty?  Please join us for a few Sunday “crafternoons” in Father Curran Hall.  We will be making crafts to be sold at the annual craft fair on November 8th, 15th and 29th from 1-4 pm.  Please contact Jenn Falsone if interested: 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

Baked goods for the St. David Craft Fair !
We are in need of baked goods. We will accept anything you would like to donate. Items may be dropped off Friday, December 4th or we will even pick them up.  Please call Stacie Michael 215-657-5064 or email p.michael@verizon.net. See you at the craft fair!!

St. David CYO 6th Annual Tailgate Party

Sunday, December 6th @ the Upper School Gym & Parking Lot

FOOD, BEVERAGES, ENTERTAINMENT, GAMES, DOOR PRIZES. Festivities  start  at 1:00tailgateparty

Game Shown on Big Screen – Block Pool, Door Prizes and Raffles, Chili Cook-Off: Vote for King/Queen of Chili!

Adults Only – Tickets $20. Checks should be payable to St. David CYO. Payments can be sent to Tom Nolan, 800 Patterson Ave. Willow Grove, Pa 19090 or pay at the door if you wish. Any questions contact Tom Nolan (215)784-0340 or (215) 470-1750 or at freightnolan31@aol.com

St. Vincent de Paul Annual Turkey Collection

thanksgiving-food-driveThe St. Vincent de Paul Society will be having its annual turkey, turkey breast, or family-sized lasagna collection this month for the needy in our parish.

Please help us to make a disadvantaged person or family’s holiday a little brighter by bringing your donation to the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Room in the Father Curran Hall where there are 2 freezers.

On behalf of the clients we serve, we thank you and may God bless you for your Christian charity.

Religious Formation News

RCIAIf you have not been baptized , now is your time to come forward to receive instructions in the Faith. If you or you know someone who has not be Baptized please contact Sister St. Mark IHM or Father Connors. Classes are free and held on Thursdays beginning soon. If you are an adult who has been baptized, but has not yet received the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation, please contact Sister or Father also.

If you are not sure what you can do to further your faith formation, talk to Fr. Connors, or one of the ministerial staff personnel.

Living Your Faith

Thanksgiving Prayer:

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, or health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother, Amen


Did You Know?



Do you remember Squanto, the Native American who assisted the Puritan Pilgrims at the “first Thanksgiving”?

Well, Squanto, our beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was Catholic! In 1614, Squanto was captured by a lieutenant of John Smith (remember? from Pocahontas) who attempted to sell him and other Native Americans into slavery via Spain. However, some Franciscan friars discovered the plot and acquired the captured Native Americans, Squanto included.

During this time, Squanto received instruction in the Catholic Faith and received holy baptism and later traveled to London where  he became fluent in English. Eventually, Squanto was able to return to his Native Land, New England, in 1619 – five years after he had been kidnapped.

Since he was fluent in English, Squanto became well-known and valuable to the new English Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. As an English speaker, Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to fertilize the ground, grow corn, and the best places to catch fish.

So remember Squanto today and perhaps share this bit of history during your Thanksgiving feast. Let us pray for Squanto, and may he pray for us.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info


Next special order will be due on Nov 15th no later than 11:00am – don’t miss out!



Scrip Sales:
Sunday: 10:00AM – 11:15AM in FCH
Tuesday: 7:00PM – 7:30PM in Rectory
Friday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM in the Rectory (and in backpacks on FULL school days only)

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

EPIC Youth Group

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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 Nov 15:
Mass with Teens
@ OLHC 6:00 pm Thanksgiving Dinner & Social to follow

Sun Nov 22:
Stand Up for Life Dinner
Sheraton Hotel, Phila.  5:30 Dinner

Sat Dec 5:
Gift to You Service Project
St. Luke’s 10 am – 5 pm
Attend 5:00 pm Mass at St. Luke’s
Volunteers Needed for the Gift For You Service Project
Dec 5th, 11-5 p.m. St Lukes Parish
Come for a few hours or whole day to do crafts, games and entertain children 3-11 yrs old.

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.

Christmas Celebration:
$5 White Elephant Gift Exchange-Friday, Dec 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall.

In Ian’s Boots Service Trip:
Sunday, December 13th – 1:00-4:00 pm
We are collecting new and gently used shoes and boots of all sizes (bin on stage in Father Curran Hall)
Contact Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

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

All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Queen of Angels School News

At this time of year when we are mindful of our many blessings, Queen of Angels students and faculty would like to express their thanks to the parishioners of St. David Parish for their ongoing support of our school community.  Please join us for Mass at 9:00AM on Sunday, November 29.  There will be a small social following Mass in Father Curran Hall – we hope to see you there and THANK YOU for all that you do!

Please join us for our first Open House of the year: Visit QOA Day
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 AM. 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 at kodoherty@qoaschool.org

Queen of Angels Sponsor A Student Program
You can assist a family in meeting the tuition of a Queen of Angels School Student. You may do so in part or in whole. Please consider making a contribution to assist a family who desires a Catholic Education for their child but can use the extra help. Brochures about this program can be found in the entrances to church or you may call the Advancement Office of Queen of Angels at 215-309-4028 for more information.

Shop with Amazon???  Support QOA while doing your holiday shopping!
Before you purchase from Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and register Queen of Angels School.  Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school!

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Job Fair
Nov 18
On Wednesday Nov 18 from 10am to 3 pm,  Representative Murt and the Willow Grove Chamber will be hosting a Job Fair at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 2295 Country Club Drive, Huntingdon Valley PA.  It is free to job seekers and features dozens of vendors. For information visit  ewillowgrove.com, call the chamber at 215-657-2652 or Rep. Murt’s office at 215-674-3755.

Watering The Seeds of the Papal Visit
Nov 20
Adults between 21-35 with a valid photo ID are invited to Theology on Tap on Friday, November 20th from 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Please Like Us and RSVP on Facebook. This event is sponsored by and takes place at  St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

The Gospel of John
Nov 21
Our Mother of Consolation Parish at 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Phila. is presenting The Gospel of John on November 21. This is a one man show, and a very transforming two hour encounter with the Gospel. This presentation is for young and old alike. Admission: Free will Offering

Remembrance Bricks
While bricks for our Prayer Garden can be obtained at any time, those wishing to have bricks installed before the ground becomes too hard to install them 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.

If you have not been baptized , now is your time to come forward to receive instructions in the Faith. If you or you know someone who has not be Baptized please contact Sister St. Mark IHM or Father Connors. Classes are free and held on Thursdays beginning soon. If you are an adult who has been baptized, but has not yet received the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation, please contact Sister or Father also.

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.

Help at The Brother House
The Brother House, a work of the Legion of Mary, the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church, is seeking new male members to work with homeless men at 510 Green Street, Norristown, PA. Come and ring our doorbell on any Monday evening between 6:45 and 7:00, or contact Leo Couchara at 484-614-0055 for more information. It is a very rewarding spiritual work. “…for I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matt 25: 35)

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.


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.