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 07/05/2015
The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time


Happy Fourth of July weekend! I hope you had an enjoyable Fourth and will have safe travel wherever you go.

Because there is important information regarding Child Protection Policies in this bulletin please take the time to read that information. It is extremely important. It is new information and therefore no one can assume to think they already know all about it.

You are invited to check out our web site for how to take advantage of Electronic Giving. This is especially convenient to have already set up for when you would be away on vacation or visiting another Church.

News about The World Meeting of Families:

Much more important information will be coming very soon about transportation and purchase of tickets for the events and/or for the trains. St. David is not sending a bus because of the huge number of buses already scheduled to invade the Parkway on the Sunday of the Mass, so we are planning to use the trains and will have more details on how to do this in future issues of our bulletin.

The classes on Thursdays at 7:00PM on CATHOLICISM continue this Thursday July 9. All are welcome!

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

Safe Environment News from Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf announced on June 10, 2015 that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. These changes will take effect July 25, 2015.

In 2014, 23 pieces of legislation were enacted including Act 153 of 2014, changing how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impacted the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. “My action today could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the General Assembly, who has participated in an ongoing bipartisan working group with the Administration in an effort to develop needed clarifications to the Child Protective Services Law,” said Gov. Wolf. “Through that process, the General Assembly expressed concerns of many members about the cost of background clearances, particularly for volunteers. I share those concerns, and that is why I am excited to announce these actions today.”

Beginning July 1, 2015, volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the DHS, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the PSP. Persons seeking employment for work with children and others required under the law will still be assessed fees for the clearances, but at a reduced cost of $8 each. FBI clearances are also required for all employees and for volunteers who have not been a continuous resident of the commonwealth for the last 10 years, but because these are administered by the federal government current costs will continue to apply.

A comprehensive list of persons required to get clearances is as follows:

  • Child care service employees;
  • Foster parents and adult household members;
  • Prospective adoptive parents and adult household members;
  • Individuals 14 year of age or older applying for a paid position as an employee responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children;
  • Any individual seeking or provide child-care services under contract with a child-care facility or program;
  • School employees governed by public school code and those not governed by the public school code (colleges and universities).

More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov. Individuals seeking clearances can go directly to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to create an individual account and apply for their child abuse clearance electronically. Also new is that beginning July 1, the clearances must be obtained every three years. Previously we had required the clearances every five years. Therefore many of our volunteers will need to renew their clearances over the summer (after July 24). Contact Maureen Mahon at stdavidparish@comcast.net for your status.

Living Your Faith

Let Us Renew Our Loyalty

ChristCrossLet us renew our loyalty to Christ today. He humbled himself so that we might be raised to the standing of sons of God. He shared our human nature with us so that we could share his divine nature. He died a cruel death on Calvary so that we could have an eternal life in heaven.

We pray for light for those whose foolish pride has left them groping in darkness. Let us also ask the good God to keep us ever on the road of truth, the road of Christian humility which leads to the eternal home which Christ has won for us by his incarnation.
~excerpted from www.catholicculture.org


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?

 St. Edgar the Peacemaker

Historically today is the feast of St. Edgar the peacemaker, king of England in 975.kingedgar

Although few people have heard of him, King Edgar is regarded as the first ruler of a consolidated England. Father of Saint Edward the Martyr and great-grandson of Alfred the Great, Edgar was born to king Edmund the Magnificent and St Elfgiva. He was efficient, peaceful, and unusually tolerant of local customs. He supported his friend Saint Dunstan, who served as his counselor.

England underwent a religious revival in his reign, and he is venerated at Glastonbury.

~ from http://www.catholicculture.org/ebooks/Liturgical-Year-2014-2015-Vol.-5.pdf

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info


The special order will be due Sunday, July 12th – 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!


Mon-Fri Jul 27-31:
Beach Retreat
All high school students are invited to attend, including incoming Freshman. Service, Mass, Music, small groups and beach time. Cost is approx $130.
Contact:  Margie 267-261-8204 or e.p.i.c.inform@gmail.com

Monday Evenings beginning July 6:
All incoming 8th grade and high school students are invited to attend adoration this summer with EPIC. We will meet in St. David’s Chapel at 8:00 pm for 1/2 Hour of Prayer and Praise, then have small group discussions on the Mass using the program “Altaration:  The Secrets of the Mass Revealed”.  We’ve also been known to visit Dairy Queen, Rita’s, etc. after our summer evening events.  Join us!

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

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Christian Appalachian Project
The Mohan and Robinson families will be volunteering with the Christian Appalachian Project in eastern Kentucky again this summer. We will be helping with a school readiness program and seniors program. We have already collected several boxes of children’s books for CAPS’s literacy project, but we still need your help with other needed items. Please consider donating:

  • New socks and underwear for children/youth
  • Gently used children’s shoes
  • A financial donation marked “CAP” on the envelope (contributions will be used to purchase items for a CAP food bank which serves more than 900 families each month)

Donations will be accepted from now until July 12th. Thank you for your generosity!

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 Curren 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.

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.

T.O.D.A.Y. Theater
Tuesdays July 7 &  21, Aug 4 & 18 and Sept 1
Theme: Christmas in September
Title: “Joy to Today”
Practices 7:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesdays July 7 &  21, Aug 4 & 18 and Sept 1 at Belmont Fire House, 4 South Washington, Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA . We will try to car pool leaving St. David parking lot around 6 p.m.  Email Jenny Mars, marsfam1@gmail.com

PAHNU Rosary and Mass
Saturday July 11
The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Holy Name Union and St. David Holy Name Society invite you to join us for the recitation of the Rosary and Mass beginning at 8:30AM on Saturday July 11th. The PAHNU attends mass at numerous parishes in the Archdiocese on the second Saturday of the month throughout the entire year. All are Welcome. Please join us for refreshments after mass in Fr. Curran Hall. For information, please contact Joseph Olszak at 215-429-5252.

Field of Dreams Baseball Camp
Jul 13-17
Sixteenth Annual “Field of Dreams” Baseball Camp located at Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
Week 2:  Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17

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.

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.