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 3/1/2015
Second Sunday of Lent

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May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I wish to thank the students of Queen of Angels School for their 5th place victory in the National Future Cities competition recently held in Washington, D.C.

Please prepare now to attend our Parish Mission on March 8-10 at 7:00PM, hosted by Rev. Christopher Walsh who is formerly of the Chaplain of Archbishop Wood High School. The purpose of a Parish Mission is to reach out to the whole parish, offering the opportunity to all to renew their faith experience though the preached Word. Our topic is THE BEATITUDES.

The Friday Stations of the Cross attendance has fallen off a lot in the past years. When was the last time you said or participated in the praying of the Stations of the Cross for your spiritual benefit? Thanks to all those who participated in our hosting the staff of St. Francis Inn. Your generous kindness is most appreciated.

Operation Rice Bowl is recommended to every family. Place the Operation Rice Bowl box on your table as a way to remember those who are truly suffering from hunger, a reminder to you that you are the family to “your brother and sisters” who cannot have what you have all the time.

Because of the ice and snow forecast on the past few weekends, only a small number of persons were able to make it to Mass. If you would be so kind as to remember to present your missed Sunday Offering Envelope and the Aged and Retired Priest Offering envelope, it would be an important assistance. This week you will receive a letter introducing you to the Increased Offering Program underway here at the Parish. Please take time to become familiar with the information you receive, and although I wish this was not needed, it is. Remember that we plan for the year and for the future needs of your home, the Parish Church. Thanks much.

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

Poor Person’s Supper

Friday March 20, 2015
The St Vincent de Paul Society will be holding their 8th annual Poor Person’s Supper on Friday, March 20, 2015.

stvincentdepaulPlease bring your family to the Father Curran Hall at 6 PM for a dinner of various soups, breads, beverages, and desserts. Free will offerings will be gratefully accepted for the benefit of our client assistance program.

Thanks for helping us to help others.

33 Days to Morning Glory

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Coming Soon to St. David Parish! This six-week program will bring you closer to Jesus through our Blessed Mother, Mary. Thursday evenings 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm beginning April 16 in Father Curran Hall. Cost for materials $30.

If interested, contact by Mar. 15: email Monica Marlin mickeymarlin@verizon.net or phone 215-657-8126, or call St. David Rectory.

Lenten Parish Mission Mar 8-10

lenten_missionBlessed are they who walk the way Jesus desires! Join us on Sunday, March 8th, Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th for our Lenten Parish Mission preached by Father Chris Walsh, Pastor of St. Raymond Church in Mt. Airy.

Join us each night at 7pm in the Church as we explore the Beatitudes as a path toward Total Surrender, Loving Trust and Cheerfulness in our walk with Jesus.

Prayer Garden Bricks

While the snow has unfortunately covered the bricks in our Prayer Garden, that will not be the paverbrickcase for very long! If you would like to obtain a prayer garden brick for a deceased loved one, or for a family remembrance or dedication, they can be obtained any time by calling the rectory for details or purchase.

In order for bricks to be delivered for Mother’s or Father’s Day, they need to be ordered soon, as it takes up to 8 weeks for delivery. Don’t delay!

Living Your Faith

Inspirational Reading for Lent

Below are some popular books you may be interested in exploring during your Lenten journey:

  • 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
    Move beyond the typical “giving something up” and take a fresh look at Lent!
  • Sacred Silence: Daily Meditations for Lent by Phyllis Zagano
    Explore the ways silence and stillness can help you turn your heart and mind to God during Lent.
  • Lent With St. Francis: Daily Reflections by Diane M. Houdek
    Take a fresh look at Lent with St. Francis as your guide.
  • Lent With the Saints: Daily Reflections by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
    Father Greg draws on his love of the saints to offer daily inspiration during this season
  • The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering by Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.
    Dan Horan challenges readers to look at their lives through the lens of Jesus’ suffering and death.

Did You Know?

Proper Reception of Holy Communion

In the Hands:
The proper and only way that one should receive Holy Communion in the hands is to place one hand atop the other, forming a throne. Hands SacramentsHandsare not to be side by side. When the Sacred Host is placed on your hand, take the lower hand, pick up the Host and place it in your mouth. As the priest, deacon or Extraordinary Minister says, “Body of Christ” you answer with “Amen.” Reverence for the Holy Eucharist is always first and foremost.

On the Tongue: SacramentTongue
For receiving on the tongue, please place your tongue out or open you mouth so the priest, deacon or Eucharistic Minister has sufficient space on which to place the whole host on your tongue.

Queen of Angels School News

Come and Visit our Parish Regional School

Come to Queen of Angels 10:00AM to 11:30AM on Monday, March 30, 2015 and Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Also a 7:00 PM Presentation – reservation only). The presentation will start at 10:00 AM in the lower school building located next to St. David Rectory, 314 N Easton Road, Willow Grove. Tours will follow the presentation. Please call the school a 215-659-6393 or e-mail Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, our principal at smadams@qoaschool.org.

Registration is now open!!!!!

Queen of Angels School located in Willow Grove serves the parishes of St. David, Our Lady Help of Christians, and St. John Bosco. Grades PreK3 through grade 8 receive a superior Catholic Education. You may be surprised to learn that our PreK program, offered in a Middle States Accredited school, is less expensive than day care. Please take time to review our website. Please contact Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM at smadams@qoaschool.org for additional information.

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Sun Mar 1:
Life Night at OLHC 6:00 pm. Topic: Social Issue – Our Call to Help Those in Poverty We will discuss serving the poor. We will collect money for, write letters to, and pray for our sponsored child through Compassion International. http://www.compassion.com/

Sat Mar 7:
Man-Up Philly (for guys & their dads) Sun Mar 8: Generation Phaith @ Archbishop Carroll HS 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Great one day retreat. Cost $20. Key Note Speaker: Father Michael Gaitley on “33 Days of Morning Glory” (A Consecration to the Blessed Mother); Homilist: Father Michael Speziale. Praise & Worship led by Teresa Patterson. Parent Track starting at 1:15 pm and concludes with Mass at 4PM. Email e.p.i.c.inform@gmail.com if interested in attending.

Sun Mar 22 & 29:
Life Night @ OLHC 6:00 pm

Email:  E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com
Website:  EPICinform.blogspot.com

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order is due March 6th – 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).

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Statues for Our Adoration Chapel
For some time I have been attempting to place statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph in our Adoration Chapel. If any one is interested in donating money towards acquiring these statues, please contact Father Connors at the rectory. A dedication plaque will be placed on the statue(s) of those wishing it. The cost depends on what we receive in part or in whole. Thank you!

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.

Father Judge High School Financial Aid and Express Registration Night: March 12, 2015. Contact number: 215-338-9494.

The Knights of Columbus is offering Disneyworld packages in March and April of 2015: 4 and 5 day trips are available starting at $2999.00 for a family of four. Contact number: 610-892-1166.

St. Basil Academy is offering 7th Grade Practice Entrance Test on March 7, 2015. Contact number: 215-885-6952.

Lenten Parish Mission Mar 8-10
Blessed are they who walk the way Jesus desires! Join us on Sunday, March 8th, Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th for our Lenten Parish Mission preached by Father Chris Walsh, Pastor of St. Raymond Church in Mt. Airy. Join us each night at 7pm in the Church as we explore the Beatitudes as a path toward Total Surrender, Loving Trust and Cheerfulness in our walk with Jesus.

Poor Person’s Supper: Friday March 20, 2015
The St Vincent de Paul Society will be holding their 8th annual Poor Person’s Supper on Friday, March 20, 2015.  Please bring your family to the Father Curran Hall at 6 PM for a dinner of various soups, breads, beverages, and desserts. Free will offerings will be gratefully accepted for the benefit of our client assistance program. Thanks for helping us to help others.

Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are for anyone hurting from the spiritual and emotional pain of an abortion. March 20-23, 2015. Contact number: 215-906-6337.

Parish Men’s Retreat Weekend June 26-28
Mark Your Calendars Now!
St. David Men of Malvern, each year we look forward to the Our Lady of Lourdes retreat at Malvern. Plan now on spending this special time with God in 2015. For over 100 years, the Malvern Retreat House has been providing opportunities for men, women and families to engage in a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is through this retreat experience that a person is refreshed and renewed to heed the gospel message. A retreat provides the necessary sacred space and time for God to transform us into living authentic discipleship.  Join the men of St. David Parish for the weekend of June 26th to 28nd for their Malvern retreat. To learn more, call Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913 or send him an email at  gwarnalis@comcast.net.

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.

The Holy Father is coming to the World Meeting of Families! Are you?
We are excited that the Holy Father will be joining us this September for the World Meeting of Families -Philadelphia 2015. As the thrill from this great news ripples across the world, we hope you and your family can join us for the largest gathering of families ever orchestrated. Register today at http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/register/

Health Ministry Corner  February, 2015: Flu Season

We are at the peak of a very active flu season. This year’s flu vaccine is said to be only 23% effective against the strain of flu currently prevalent in our area. If you have flu like symptoms, please stay home and watch mass on TV.  If you have a fever of 100.4 or greater, please stay home from work or school and do not return until you are without fever for 24 hours without medication. Do not visit nursing homes or the elderly if you are feeling ill. Remember common sense things we can all do to prevent spread of all respiratory disease:

  • Clean your hands often with soap & water or alcohol based hand sanitizer;
  • Cover your  mouth & nose with when coughing or sneezing (or at least sneeze into your elbow rather than your hand);
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick if possible;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and wash hands after if you do;
  • Practice good general health habits

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World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 News

Host Families Needed

Many families are traveling long distances to reach the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015. As an affordable alternative to hotel accommodations and to support the volume of people coming to the Philadelphia area, we are offering families of St David to host a family from St. Benedict’s of Deluth MN.

Host Families can host visitors in a spare bedroom or any amenable facility. Visitors can then search the Host Family database to find hosts to be matched to. When registering as a Host Family, you will include information on your hosting situation (bedrooms, family hobbies, pets, allergies, access to public transportation, etc.). Additionally, each visiting family will pay a nightly fee to the Host Family. The Host Family can use that money to offset costs, buy breakfast each day, donate to the visiting family, or in any other way desired. Your role, as a Host Family, is pivotal in enabling many families to make this trip safe and affordable. View a video about it below.

If you would like to open your home to a World Meeting of Families Visitor, you can register at https://worldmeeting2015.homestaymanager.com/host/sign_up or email WMOF at host@WorldMeeting2015.org.

Any questions on hosting or World Meeting of Families can be referred to Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913.

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.