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 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 4/19/2015
Third Sunday of Easter

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Dear People of St. David Parish: Usually these letters are long and a lot my “wonderful words” go un-read. Imagine that! But I need to keep you informed, as you may wish to be informed. Therefore this letter will contain bullets of information in quick sentences.

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!

The parish pastor  presents the following as important:

  • ATTEND MASS EVERY WEEK: Come and pray for others. It is a charity to share the little time we have generously to help others. It is part of your service to God.
  • SINGING AT MASS: We sing to the Lord with the faith we have not the voice or opinion we have about singing.
  • BASEBALL MANIA: Because of the reduced attendance at Mass but the non-reducing of our financial needs we offer options of participation.  This time your goal is BUY ONE — SELL ONE.
  • CHANGE IN MASS SCHEDULE: Beginning the first Sunday after catholic schools close, the Mass Schedule will be: 5:00PM * 7:00AM * 9:00AM * 11:30AM.

This Mass schedule is very likely to continue after the summer months.

  • ENROLL IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: The quality and excellence of our school, Queen of Angels School, is such that every one needs to be a sales person encouraging all families to check out our Catholic School before any decision about your child’s education is decided. SUPPORT CATHOLIC SCHOOL. We need them now more than ever.
  • BUY SCRIPT: Every family in the parish regardless of school attendance need to use Script. It is easy to obtain. It cost you no more than the value of the script purchase. We get a % of the value of the card. Help keep cost down for yourself and your friends. Check out further info in this bulletin.

P.S. We still need your box tops and Campbell Soup Labels!

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

 

Please Drive Slowly!

TO ALL: Please drive slowly in our parking lot 7 days a week and at all hours.drive-slowly

On school mornings, the speed of some cars is way too fast because our children are present!15 mph applies on the grounds as well as the streets.

On Sunday, please drive slowly, especially if you are arriving late. Be safe and be late rather than on time and have hurt someone. ~The Pastor

Living Your Faith

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Why spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament?

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  1. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
    “Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)
  2. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life.
  3. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to him!
  4. Jesus wants you to do more than to go to mass on Sunday.
  5. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
  6. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!

Sign up sheets are available in the front of church at all Masses this weekend for additional adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in our Chapel.

All hours need additional persons present for this worthy service of prayer for your own spiritual good and the needs of others. Please sign up today. More information will be made available as you sign up. For now, just leave your name and phone number and someone will contact you about your desired day and time. Thank you!

Did You Know?

Why Must Roman Catholics Go to Mass Every Sunday?

The Catholic Church tells us that we have an obligation to go to Mass every Sunday. It is an obligation that most of us fulfill willingly, but many people don’t understand why the Church requires this of us.

Our Sunday Obligation

The first precept of the Church is “You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.” Often called the Sunday Duty or the Sunday Obligation, this is the way in which Christians fulfill the Third Commandment: “Remember, keep holy the Sabbath day.”

Since a “grave cause” is needed to excuse one from this obligation it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church has always taught. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one’s family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion. Those who have continuing reason to be excused should consult their pastor.

Private Worship Is Not Enough

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have understood that being a Christian isn’t a private matter. We are called to be Christians together; while we can and should engage in the private worship of God throughout the week, our primary form of worship is public and communal, which is why Sunday Mass is so important.

~from catholicism.about.com and ewtn.com

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order, and last one of the school year, is due May 8th – 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).

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

EPIC Youth Group

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Sat Apr 25:
NET Retreat Cost: $25.00
11:00 am to 6:30 pm St. Rose of Lima, North Wales

 

Sun Apr 26:
Life Night 6:00 pm @ OLHC

Sun May 3:
Steubenville Meet & Greet
5:00 pm @ Corpus Christi

Sat May 16:
Special Olympics Service Project

FUNDRAISER for Youth Conference in Steubenville, OH
Order your garden flowers and vegetables from EPIC by April 26 and we will deliver to your house in Willow Grove/Abington area on May 8.  Plants are a great quality and match box store prices.  Click here for an Order form. Questions? Call Dave at 215-500-6840 or email e.p.i.c.inform@gmail.com

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.

Saturday, May 9th: Mary Retreat

Friday, May 15th: Movie Night

Saturday, May 16th: Special Olympics

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

Queen of Angels Registration Continues!!

Queen of Angels School provides the children with a quality Catholic education that includes all the regular subjects enhanced with art, computer, gym, library, music, and Spanish for all grades.  Grades 5-8 also have an honors math class.  Grades K-5 receive religious enrichment each week. The children make regular use of iPads, Netbooks and Surface tablets to enhance their learning.  The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all.  Our PreK program is filling up quickly!!!

If you would like more information about our school or to make an appointment to for a tour or to register, please contact Sister Margaret Rose Adams, our principal at 215-659-6393 or smadams@qoaschool.org.  In the meantime, take our Virtual Open House posted at qoaschool.org.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Springtime in Paris
April 18
The Marion Bolger Recreational Program, a Spiritual Mission of St. David Parish, will be hosting their annual fundraiser event, Springtime in Paris, on Saturday, April 18 in Monsignor Baum auditorium. Doors open at 6:30PM, event is 7PM-11PM. Join us for an enjoyable evening of dinner, music and a limited bar. There are many chances to win prizes. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Please order by April 11. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This is the only event that we have to help us meet our financial needs, as we do not receive funding from any other sources. For information, please contact Shirley Meyer at 215-518-5352.

Parish Community Service Opportunity
May 16
SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRACK & FIELD
Saturday, May 16th, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. If anyone ages 12 and up (ages 9-11 with an adult) are interested in volunteering for this year’s Special Olympics, or for more information, please contact Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net This a a great opportunity for families to work together and a fun event for all.

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

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.

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.

Basilian Spirituality Center: Icon Writing Workshops
May 19 and 26, 2015 Cost: $425.00.
For information call 215-780-1227.

Archbishop Wood High School: Registrations for Class of 2019
Are being accepted now. Contact Patricia Roschetz at 215-672-5050 ext. 268 or orproschetz@archwood.org

Help Wanted
Regina Coeli Residence for Priests (located on the grounds of Archbishop Wood High School) is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Please contact Msgr. Flood at 215-441-4642.

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Seventh grade girls are invited to experience life at the Mount. Join us for a morning visit. Visitations will continue through May. To arrange a visit, have a parent call the Admission Office at 215-233-9133. Visit our website at www.msjacad.org for more information.

Saint Basil Academy
2015 Summer Academic Enrichment, Fun Camps, and Sports Camps. Enrichment Camps are open to girls currently in 6th through 8th grades. Fun Summer Camps are open to girls and boys currently in 4th through 8th grades. For information about all camps, please visit our website at www.stbasilacademy.org, or call our office at 215-885-3771 ext.13 for details. Saint Basil Academy is located at 711 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA..

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/

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.

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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.