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 5/24/2015
Pentecost Sunday

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Today is the feast of Pentecost. Just as December 25 is the celebration of the birthday of Christ Jesus, Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. Pentecost is the coming down of the Holy Spirit that gives the authority to the Apostles to teach and proclaim in Jesus’ Name until he comes again. Because it always falls on a Sunday, it is not a movable feast, and is therefore a Holy Day of Obligation equal to Christmas.

We usually give someone a gift on their birthday, so it can be asked what gift do you give to the Church? The Church is the gift. If you only see the faults and weaknesses of the members of the Church, you may fail to celebrate what Pentecost truly is. Christ is present in and through his Church.  Many say they do not need a Church to pray and live their lives. That may be equal to saying I do not need Jesus Christ. A Pentecost prayer: “Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in the them the fire of your divine Love.”

This is also Memorial Day weekend. Let the summer begin! Whoa! That is not what Memorial Day is all about! I call it the secular All Souls day. It is a day to honor those who made a sacrifice in service to their country. Tribute must be shown. A prayer for Memorial Day: “Lord as we remember those who have served, past and present, lead us as a nation to peace in the world, and protect us from violence, war and terrorism. Amen.”

New Mass Schedule: Beginning June 14, 2015 the Mass schedule will be:

Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00PM
Sunday Masses: 7:00AM, 9:00AM and 11:30AM.  Please make a note of it.

Buy Baseball Mania tickets, and sell one! Please make your returns as soon as possible so we can see the progress with are making, or whether we need additional Baseball Mania promotion.

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

 

Living Your Faith

Praying for Others

PrayForOthersIf it seems like your prayers go unanswered, or perhaps more accurately, unfulfilled, there may be a good reason. You find yourself praying for others, praying for their conversion, and yet it seems as if there is no change in their behavior.

Stop praying for the action to occur, and start praying for the person to have the desire to act. What a huge difference this makes! Praying for the person to have the desire to change works before their free will is engaged. ~from https://catholicbusinessjournal.biz/

Did You Know?

Teaching Your Children to Pray

Teaching your children how to pray can be a daunting task. The best place to start is with common prayers for children that can be easily memorized:

childPraying1) The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross is the most basic Catholic prayer, though we don’t often think of it that way. We should teach our children to say it with reverence before and after their other prayers.

2) The Our Father

We should pray the Our Father daily with our children. It’s a good prayer to use as a short morning or evening prayer. Pay close attention to how your children pronounce the words; there are a lot of opportunities for misunderstandings and mispronunciations, such as “Howard be thy name.”

3) The Hail Mary

Children naturally gravitate to the Virgin Mary, and learning the Hail Mary early makes it easier to foster devotion to Saint Mary and to introduce longer Marian prayers, such as the Rosary.

4) The Glory Be

The Glory Be is a very simple prayer that any child who can make the Sign of the Cross can easily memorize. If your child has trouble remembering which hand to use when making the Sign of the Cross (or which shoulder to touch first), you can get some extra practice in by making the Sign of the Cross while reciting the Glory Be.

~ from http://catholicism.about.com/

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Scrip Sales:
Sunday: 10:00AM – 11:00AM in FCH (beginning Jun 14th we will sell until 11:15)
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 May 24:
No meeting tonight

Sun May 31:
Movie Night — Details will be available on our website, via email & “GroupMe” messages.  Look for them! 

Sun Jun 7:
No meeting tonight 

Fri-Sun Jun 26-28:
Steubenville Youth Conference 

Mon-Fri Jul 27-31:
Beach Retreat in Ocean City, NJ

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

Summer Faith Enrichment Opportunity

Catholicism

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

Why Choose Queen of Angels School?

Queen of Angels School provides children with a quality Catholic  education that includes all the catholicSchoolregular 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.

We provide a Before and After School CARES Program that begins at 7:00AM and ends at 6:00PM. 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 register, please contact Sister Margaret Rose Adams, our principal at 215-659-6393 or smadams@qoaschool.org.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

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

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.

Saint David CYO Sports Banquet
Sunday May 31
VE German Club 130 Davisville Road Warminster, PA
Tickets Prices $12.00 for students or child, $15.00 for adults. Family maximum cost of $52.00. Ticket purchases due Friday, May 22, 2015. No tickets will be sold at the door Limited tickets available due to venue seating limitations. For more information please contact Laura Forrest, PRForrest@aol.com. Order forms  are on QoA Option C or www.StDavidCYO.org.

Vacation Bible School
June 22-26
Our parish Vacation Bible School is being offered from 9am-noon in Fr. Curran Hall for children ages 5-10 years old from June 22-26. The theme is “Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”  The cost is $50.00 per child and $10.00 for each additional family member.  Checks may be made payable to St. David Parish. To register your child, call the rectory at 215-657-0252. The program is also in need of 10-12 student volunteers and 1 adult volunteer for each of the following:  arts/crafts, games, music/liturgical dance.  Volunteers may call Ellen at 215-682-0497.

Field of Dreams Baseball Camp
June 22-26 and Jul 13-17
Sixteenth Annual “Field of Dreams” Baseball Camp located at Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
CAMP DATES FOR 2015:
Week 1:  Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 and/or Week 2:  Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17.

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

Oceanography for Kids
June 29-July 2
Come explore Oceanography at the Abington Free Library
During this hands-on program, kids will get a close up look at coral, sponges and sand dollars, view marine microslides and learn about the oceans and water cycle.
June 29th – July 2nd Level I 9:45 -10:45 or 1:00-2:00, Level II 11:00-12:00 or 2:15-3:15

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.

Host Families Needed for International Students!
Open your heart and your home to an International student. Host families are needed for International students who will attend Bishop McDevitt High School 2015-2016. These F-1 visa students speak English, have medical coverage and their own spending money. Host families provide a home for the school year and receive a generous monthly stipend. If you are interested or want more information please contact me. My name is Renee Goda, I am a local representative for NacelOpenDoor. Email: rmpg3@aol.com, home: 215 338-6213, cell: 215 888-1496.

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/

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.

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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.