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 08/02/2015
The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time


In the overly busy world we live in, it is too easy or sometimes it is necessary, to keep our involvement in spiritual matters limited to weekly Mass.

But consider the following activities to enhance your spiritual life:

  • The parish Legion of Mary has been around for many years. We even have a Junior Legion of Mary. The members of our adult Legion are few yet the ministry they offer is invaluable. Maybe you are not a  member yet because of a pre-existing concept you have about this important group? Yes, prayer and the rosary are essential, and In union with the mission of Mary who brought Christ to the world, Legion of Mary members go forth making Christ and his Mother known and celebrated by acts of compassion and kindness. Charity in action is the “work” of the Legion of Mary. New members, both men and women, are always welcome. Check bulletin for times of Meeting. Join now!
  • The name of our Lord Jesus Christ is so often disrespected and abused, both in people’s lives and in in the media. We have a great need to protect the Holy Name of Jesus. A group of men known as the Holy Name Society meet monthly, and attend Mass as a group monthly, to promote respect for the Name of the Lord. The disrespect we Catholics tolerate regarding the abuse of the His Name is shocking and a response is needed. Join now! Please consult bulletin for more information and details.

Announced by Septa: The lottery for the obtaining of tickets to the Papal Mass and Festival of Families will begin on Monday, August 3rd at 12:00AM. Requests for tickets will take place all day until 11:59PM, “winners” will be notified by email. More details can be obtained from Septa or News Channels and Newspapers. Let’s hope this works! Remember, we will have a 70 inch TV in Fr. Curran Hall on the day of the Mass, and all you need to do to attend is to bring a covered dish so we can have a celebration after the Mass. As to this fulfilling your Sunday obligation of Mass, I do not think the diocese will permit it, but if they do I will let you know. More details will be made available soon.

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

Living Your Faith

Got Friday Sacrifice?

“The Church once required, as a discipline not a doctrine, that its children not eat meat on Fridays. The Church has since changed this discipline to require that we make some sacrifice on Fridays -even Fridays outside of Lent – in remembrance of our Lord’s sacrifice for us on that Friday afternoon on Calvary so long ago.

This sacrifice could be abstaining from meat, but it doesn’t have to be. It could be abstaining from some other food that you really like, fasting, offering additional alms, going out of your way to do something for someone who really annoys you – in other words, offering a sacrificial act of kindness and love.  So, we are still called by the Church to offer a sacrifice on Fridays, but now the Church leaves the particular form of the sacrifice up to us.”

~read more at http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/aggregated-content/can-the-pope-decide-a-sin-is-no-longer-a-sin-like-eating-meat-on-fridays-5894635855544320

Why the Catholic Church Does Not Support Same-Sex “Marriage”

“Homophobe!” “Hater!” “Bigot!” “What does it matter who I love?”

Can you explain with love and charity why the Catholic Church cannot and does not support same-sex “marriage”? Do you yourself understand why?

Cardinal Francis George recently expressed the current situation in this way:

“In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes. What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval. The “ruling class,” those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone. We are told that, even in marriage itself, there is no difference between men and women, although nature and our very bodies clearly evidence that men and women are not interchangeable at will in forming a family. Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.”

Below is a small compilation of websites which explain the teaching of the Catholic Church on this matter, shared in the hope of increasing understanding:

Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church — Here’s Why

Archbishop Chaput’s Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Ruling

Gay Marriage by Catholic Answers “To Explain and Defend the Faith”

Same-Sex Marriage: Our Agreements Solve Our Disagreement by Catholic Answers

The Gay Marriage Resource Page by Al Kresta Team

USCCB Questions and Answers about Marriage and Same-Sex Unions

TFP Student Action – Defending Moral Values on Campus


Church Organ


We still need donations!
Projected delivery date for the new organ is coming up quickly!!!

The Allen organ that has been in use at St. David’s since 1970 was purchased used. It is approximately 58 years old, and was actually built before the advent f digital technology. A new organ has been purchased from the Allen Organ Company at a cost of $45,000 and will be installed over the summer. The organ is pictured above.

A few features of this new instrument:

  • Pipe organ sound with 38 different stops and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) which adds an additional 100 sounds.
  • Four speakers in the back of the church; two speakers which would be installed above the altar.
  • A full 10 year warranty.

The choir has taken the initiative and raised $12,000 towards the purchase of the organ (from the Putting Faith in Broadway concert) and the parish has earmarked $22,000 from the Heritage of Faith Campaign. This leaves us approximately $11,000 short of the necessary funds. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check out to St. David Choir and note “organ fund” in the memo section of the check. A commemorative plaque will be installed in the church noting donors as follows:

  • $100-$249 Angels
  • $250-$499 Archangels
  • $500-$749 Dominions
  • $750-$999 Cherubim
  • $1,000 + Seraphim

Important Information About Attending the Papal Mass

Information regarding the purchase of SEPTA REGIONAL LINE tickets to go to the city for the Papal Mass go on sale Monday, July 20, 2015.

Please consult WorldMeeting2015.org for details and information on where and how to purchase rail tickets.




Do not delay if you wish to use regional rail lines. You do not need a ticket to the Mass itself on Sunday.


Have you ever felt bored or confused during Mass?

EPIC Youth Group invites all 8-12th graders to join us for Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, featuring powerful videos and small groups that allow you to talk about what you’re seeing and ask your own questions about the Mass and the Catholic Faith. We will meet 5 consecutive Mondays starting July 6th 8:00-8:30 Adoration in St David Chapel then  8:30-9:30 Altaration Program.

Did You Know?

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Immaculate Heart is often venerated together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Just as the Sacred Heart represents Christ’s love for mankind, the Immaculate Heart represents the Blessed Virgin’s desire to lead all people to Christ.


When we practice devotion to the Immaculate Heart, we venerate not only the physical heart of Mary, but everything the heart symbolizes.

Veneration of the Immaculate Heart is the veneration for the whole person of Mary.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info





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 Aug 2:
Mass with the Youth
5:30 pm at St. Luke’s Church, Glenside.

Mon Aug 3 & 10:
Adoration & “Altaration”
St. David Chapel 8:00 pm
We will have 1/2 hour of adoration and then move to Father Curran Hall for the program on the Mass and small group discussions.

Mon & Tues Aug 24 & 25:
St. Francis Inn Service Project
We will leave from OLHC parking lot at 3:00 pm.  If you’d like to join us contact ASAP Tricia Holler at 267-495-6933 or E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com

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

Summer Faith Enrichment Opportunity


Catholicism Series: Join us for a wonderful series. We will meet each Thursday night from June 4th-August 13th (NO MEETING JULY 2nd) 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall to watch the series and discuss. This is a FREE series. If you can’t make every week, the videos will be made available for loan.  Please register with Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

Queen of Angels School News

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School  1st Annual Golf Tournament 

Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 am, $125 per golfer
Registration 10:00 am Shotgun Start
Limekiln Golf Club, 1176 Limekiln Pike Ambler, PA

Sponsorship Opportunities available. For more information please contact George Hartman at gjhartman3@gmail.com. For sponsorship and golfer registration forms visit:www.qoaschool.org. Check out our Facebook page: Queen of Angels Golf Outing

Angels on the Run 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun

Sunday, October 18, 2015. Join us for Mass, the run/walk and an afternoon of food, fun and friendship!!!

List Your Business in the QoA 2015-16 School Directory

Don’t miss out!!!  Looking for a way to advertise your business in over 200 homes? Place an ad in the QOA 2015-2016 School Directory.

Placing an ad also gets you a posting on the QOA website and an individual spotlight in our school newsletter. Various size ads are available!  For more information please contact Kate Romano at kateromano@comcast.net.

Please note the deadline for taking advantage of this great opportunity is Monday, August 3rd 2015!

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Aid for Friends
I would like to thank all those cooks out there who give of their valuable time and talent donating the many dinner trays that serve those in need and who are homebound.
Your generosity has put many a smile on a thankful heart. Along with our thank you I also have an urgent request to ask St. David parishioners to help us meet the demand of more needed trays during the summer months. We have a higher need during this time for those we serve. So in order to fill those requests we need your help even more now. For those who are not familiar with how to get the supplies. The trays are down stairs in  Father Curran Hall in the room next to the kitchen. From the Aid For Friends and those in need, we thank you.

Summer Faith Enrichment Opportunity
Catholicism Series: Join us for a wonderful series. We will meet each Thursday night from June 4th-August 13th (NO MEETING JULY 2nd) 7:00-8:30 pm in Father Curran Hall to watch the series and discuss. This is a FREE series. If you can’t make every week, the videos will be made available for loan.  Please register with Jenn Falsone 215-582-9072 or jfalsone@comcast.net

World Meeting of Family Transportation
If you plan on attending the WMOF Adult / Youth Congress in September or any of the weekend events with the Pope,  be reminded that public transportation is encouraged as the best way to get to the Convention Center or the Benjamin Franklin Parkway events.  There will be virtually no automobile parking in Center City Philadelphia during the week of Sept 21st. Charter buses will be parked in areas with substantial walking distances anticipated. Hop aboard SEPTA, the region’s public transit system, for an easy and convenient way to get to downtown Philly by bus, trolley, subway or regional rail. Base cash fare for SEPTA bus, trolley, and subway is $2.25; transfers cost $1.00. Tokens are available for purchase and cost $3.60 for a two pack. Regional Rail fares vary by distance traveled. One Day passes, TrailPasses, and TransPasses (weekly and monthly) are also available if you plan a multiple-day visit to World Meeting of Family events.

Called to Participate, Called to Celebrate
Whether you’d like to increase your visibility as a 2015 sponsor, want to offer your time and talent as a volunteer at the event, or are simply looking to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with your family, we invite you to participate. Explore the many ways in which you can partake in bringing this vibrant, global event to fruition. We all have a role to play. Together we can make 2015 the most successful World Meeting of Families ever! Go to www.workmeeting2015.org/get-involved.

CYO Fall Sports Registration
St David CYO Fall Sports Registration is now open:

  • Cross Country (K thru 8)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (5/6 and 7/8)
  • Soccer (boys and girls, 3 thru 8)

Go to www.stdavidcyo.org for registration link and school code or visit www.orgsonline.com

2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo! Save the date!
St.David’s 2nd annual Designer Bag Bingo will be held on Friday September 18th at 7:00PM. Tickets are $35. Mail your check to the rectory to reserve your seat. Questions? Call Lori at 215-659-1232.

Donations needed for Designer Bag Bingo!
You can help to make our event a financial success for St. David parish. We are in need of bottles of wine and gift cards in any amount to any business. If you would like to support this fundraiser, please clearly label your donation for “Bingo” and drop it off at the rectory. Thank you to Iron Abbey for being the first to donate!

Consecutive Mondays, July 6 – Aug 3
Have you ever felt bored or confused during Mass? EPIC Youth Group invites all 8-12th graders to join us for Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed, featuring powerful videos and small groups that allow you to talk about what you’re seeing and ask your own questions about the Mass and the Catholic Faith. We will meet 5 consecutive Mondays starting July 6th 8:00-8:30 Adoration in St David Chapel then  8:30-9:30 Altaration Program.

“Joy to T.O.D.A.Y.” Annual Show
Friday September 11 & Saturday September 12
(Transforming Opportunities with Disabled Adults & Youth) Annual Show on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th at 7:15 PM at Archbishop Wood High School.  Our theater participants have been practicing all summer to make this their best theater presentation yet!  Tickets are on sale by contacting Saint Timothy Rectory at 215-624-6188.  We hope to see you there!

Abbey Faith & Music Fest
Saturday September 19
Last year approx. 2000 people of all ages attended!  This year promises to be just as nurturing for our souls. Held at the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli (near the Malvern Retreat Center), it is an all day event with music, confession, Mass and adoration outside on the grounds of the Abbey.  EPIC Youth Group will be attending this awesome spiritual event again this September. Come and be with other Catholics alive in their faith!  Any person or family interested in attending (you don’t need to be a teen) can pre-order tickets through EPIC. Group tickets are $25; or at the gate $40.Contact: Monica at 215-657-8126 or email E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com. For more info visit epicinform.blogspot.com or theabbeyfest.com.

K of C Crab & Chicken Night
Saturday August 8
Knights of Columbus, Flaherty Council in Glenside, is hosting a crab and chicken night – all you can eat and music. Date: August 8, 2015 6:30PM to 11:00PM. Food served until 8:30PM. For tickets or info call 215-576-9312.

Ukrainian Folk Festival
Sunday August 13
Come to the Ukrainian Folk Festival in Horsham on Sunday August 13. For information and details call 267-664-3857.

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School 1st Annual Golf Tournament
October 2
Friday, October 2, 2015, 9:00AM Registration, 10:00AM Shotgun Start at the Limekiln Golf Club, 1176 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA. $125 per golfer. Register by June 30 and receive a $25 discount. Sponsorship Opportunities available. For more information please contact George Hartman at gjhartman3@gmail.com. For sponsorship and golfer registration forms visit www.qoaschool.org.

Fall and Winter Retreats
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center located at 3501 Solly Ave. in Philadelphia holds retreats of many varieties. For a flyer and details contact www.msbt.org/nbsc.htm,  or email mberetreat@nsbt.org or call 267-350-1831.

World Meeting of Families Youth Congress
Did you know that the World Meeting of Families Youth Congress is for young people ages 6-17, taking place from Sept 22-25 at the PA Convention Center? Activities include Making Pope Puppets, Bowling with the Bishops, Shooting Hoops with the Seminarians and a Teen Café! Learn more about what’s happening in the Youth Congress and how to register at: WorldMeeting2015.org.

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.

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/

World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015 Announces Launch of Volunteer Registration


The World Meeting of Families announced that its highly anticipated online volunteer registration is now officially open to the public. With more than 10,000 volunteers needed for the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22-25) and Papal Visit (September 26- 27), individuals 18 years of age and older can now register at  http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ for the opportunity to play a crucial role in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Currently at launch, there are more than 100 volunteer opportunities throughout the week of the World Meeting of Families, including opportunities related to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass. More volunteer options will likely be added upon the announcement of a formal itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia by the Vatican. That announcement is anticipated in early summer.

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.


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:

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.