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 Thursday evenings at 6:45PM-8:15PM in Rectory.  The process is a “come and see” approach to learning about the Catholic Faith.  Contact Sister Mary St. Mark or call the Rectory for more information regarding RCIA (215-657-0252) or learn more about the RCIA process.

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Quick Reference Schedule:
Vigil Mass: Saturday Night 5:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM
Daily Weekday Mass: 6:30 AM (Chapel)
Holy Day: 5:30 PM Vigil Mass, 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM (except Christmas and New Years)
Confessions: Saturday (excluding Holy Saturday): 12:30 PM-1:00 PM and 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel): Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (except National Holidays)
Miraculous Medal Novena: Every Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass

From the Pastor’s Desk 08/21/2016
Twentyfirst Sunday in Ordinary Time

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We are happy to announce five winners in our Baseball Mania this week. The Sisters of the IHM won $125.00, and Michele Jensen, Mary Calter, Joseph Saloma, and Bob Rotzal each won $10.00. Thanks for playing and continued good luck to win again.

I was in a local store recently and noticed that they already had Halloween decorations on display. P L E A S E! I need my end-of-summer-days and a beautiful autumn first! But that’s what stores do, they jump ahead to the next “buy” days. Taking a page from them, I would like to jump ahead to a very important day in October. The first Sunday in October to be precise — The Life Chain at Abington Hospital. This is a very important witness for our community. The number of monthly witnesses at Abington Hospital has dropped greatly. There are many reasons for this, however at the request of Msgr. Richard Bolger and myself, we are asking all families of the parish to make plans to participate in this Life Chain. While many oppose abortion personally, little is done to protect and defend the innocence of the womb as Planned Parenthood goes on with government funding and acts as if they were the victim. Catholic political figures are members of parties that strongly support abortion under the title “a woman’s right to choose.” That is not Catholic teaching. We are Catholics first. The life of a conceived child is not a choice. So please

P L E A S E stand up for LIFE on Sunday, October 2. This day also happens to be the feast of the Guardian Angels. How significant!

Have a safe, enjoyable and refreshing rest of the summer. Safe travel to and from. Pray your rosary. Attend Mass on Sunday wherever you may be. We are Catholics First!

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

Encountering the Word with Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Jeff Cavins discusses what Christ means when he says we must walk through the narrow door to be saved. The Sunday Readings are:

First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117:1,2
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30

Baby Needs for Guiding Star Ministries

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If you aren’t aware…..Guiding Star Ministries is a housing facility in Philadelphia that houses pregnant and new moms who are usually homeless, with nothing except the will to give their unborn babies life.

We are providing a bin on the stage of FCH for donations of small baby items until August 28th for this wonderful organization. Items needed are: neutral colored crib sheets, neutral colored baby gowns, small pack of newborn diapers, small wipes, baby soap, small Dreft, small denomination gift cards for food or department stores.

Also appreciated would be nice soap and lotion for the Moms-to-be as a welcome gift to the new residents at Guiding Star.

If you have questions about donations, please call 215-582-9072 or email jfalsone@comcast.net.

St. David Parish Family Retreat

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St. David Parish has a family retreat every year in October. It is a great opportunity for your family to come together and spend time alone as a family, to come closer to God as a family, and to meet others with the same interest and values. There are scheduled activities from Friday night through Sunday morning. You can do as much or as little as you like. Everything is voluntary. The spiritual exercises includes talks by our retreat director (a Catholic Priest, who specializes in giving retreats), celebration of the Eucharist, discussion groups, a reconciliation service, private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and much more. Please consider joining us for the weekend of October 21- 23rd. For more information, please contact the rectory.

RCIA Program at St. David

Prospective converts to Catholicism who have never been baptized and who are above the age of infant baptism, are introduced to Catholic beliefs and practices through the process known as The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Also, those who have been baptized but who Jouney into Faith RCIAhave never completed the remaining Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist) are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through the RCIA program.

Perhaps you were baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Confirmation and Eucharist, and now feel called complete your catechesis and come into full communion. Maybe you were baptized into another faith family and feel called to “come home” to the Catholic Church.

Wherever you may be on your faith journey, the RCIA team at St. David Parish is ready to help you to find “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding”. Look for more information in upcoming bulletins, or contact Father Connors at (215-657-0252) or Sister Mary St. Mark at (215-659-4059).

 

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” Catholic Guide to Voting

From the USCCB website: 

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

From the introductory note:

This version draws on the wealth of papal teaching since the 2007 version of Faithful Citizenship, such as the later magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis to date. From these great teachings we discern, for example, messages to the universal Church to attend in a special way: to the inextricable link between our witness to the truth and our service to those in need (Caritas in Veritate); to our role as missionary disciples, called forth from the sanctuary to bring Christ to the margins with joy (Evangelii Gaudium); and to the care for our common home and all who dwell in it, especially the poorest (Laudato Si’).

The document is also updated to take account of recent developments in the United States in both domestic and foreign policy:

  • The ongoing destruction of over one million innocent human lives each year by abortion
  • Physician-assisted suicide
  • The redefinition of marriage—the vital cell of society—by the courts, political bodies, and increasingly by American culture itself
  • The excessive consumption of material goods and the destruction of natural resources, which harm both the environment and the poor
  • The deadly attacks on fellow Christians and religious minorities throughout the world
  • The narrowing redefinition of religious freedom, which threatens both individual conscience and the freedom of the Church to serve
  • Economic policies that fail to prioritize the poor, at home or abroad;
  • A broken immigration system and a worldwide refugee crisis
  • Wars, terror, and violence that threaten every aspect of human life and dignity

All of these threats, and more, speak to a breakdown in what Pope Francis has called an “integral ecology” (Laudato Si’, nos. 137-55). Without the proper ordering of relationships of persons with each other, with creation, and ultimately with God himself, sin takes hold. Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals, nations, and members of the global community have the duty to place the needs of others ahead of selfish desires to possess and exploit the good things that come from God’s hand.

This document is to be read prayerfully and in its totality. It would be a serious mistake—and one that occurs with regrettable frequency—to use only selected parts of the Church’s teaching to advance partisan political interests or validate ideological biases. All of us are called to be servants to the whole truth in authentic love, and it is our fervent hope and prayer that this document will provide aid to all those seeking to heed this call.

Read the document here. You can also get a pdf version and order copies here. 

– See more at: http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/bishops-release-latest-version-of-forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-catholic-guide-to-fall-election/#sthash.KJprfe5q.dpuf

Did You Know?

Some personal thoughts on the months ahead – Archbishop Chaput

(~excerpts from Archbishop Chaput’s column on CatholicPhilly.com posted Aug 12, 2016. Read more at http://catholicphilly.com/2016/08/think-tank/archbishop-chaput-column/some-personal-thoughts-on-the-months-ahead/)

My column this week is a collection of personal comments. Read it as thoughts from a brother in the faith, not as teachings from an archbishop.

So what are we to do this election cycle as Catholic voters? Note that by “Catholic,” I mean people who take their faith seriously; people who actually believe what the Catholic faith holds to be true; people who place it first in their loyalty, thoughts and actions; people who submit their lives to Jesus Christ, to Scripture and to the guidance of the community of belief we know as the Church.

Anyone else who claims the Catholic label is simply fooling himself or herself — and even more importantly, misleading others.

For Catholics, no political or social issue stands in isolation.  But neither are all pressing issues equal in foundational importance or gravity.  The right to life undergirds all other rights and all genuine social progress.  It cannot be set aside or contextualized in the name of other “rights” or priorities without prostituting the whole idea of human dignity.

God created us with good brains. It follows that he will hold us accountable to think deeply and clearly, rightly ordering the factors that guide us, before we act politically. And yet modern American life, from its pervasive social media that too often resemble a mobocracy, to the relentless catechesis of consumption on our TVs, seems designed to do the opposite. It seems bent on turning us into opinionated and distracted cattle unable to gain mastery over our own appetites and thoughts. Thinking and praying require silence, and the only way we can get silence is by deciding to step back and unplug.

The next few months will determine the next decade and more of our nation’s life.  We need to be awake, we need to clear our heads of media noise, and we need to think quietly and carefully before we vote. None of us can afford to live the coming weeks on autopilot.

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! 

 

 

Special order due on Sunday, August 21st. Please Note:  Giant Gift Cards are no longer being accepted to purchase other gift cards. SCRIP will not be sold on Sunday Sep 4th.

Scrip Sales:
Sundays: 10:00AM to 11:15AM in Father Curran Hall.
Mondays: Thru backpacks only on FULL school days.
Tuesday: 7:00PM to 7:30PM in the Rectory.
Fridays: 9:30AM to 10:00AM in the Rectory.

Note: Scrip is sold through backpacks every Monday and Friday only when school is a full day.

We also carry many ‘specialty stores’ in the box so stop by and check us 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

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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 & Tues Aug 22 & 23:
Service Project “Feed My Lambs”. St. Francis Inn 3:30 to 7:00 pm

Sun Sep 11:
Come join us at OLHC at 6:00 pm for our Opening Night of the 2016/2017 year. All 8th through 12th grade students welcome. Check us out and bring a friend!

Looking Ahead:

Sat Sep 24:
Abbey Fest

Sun Oct 23:
Teen Leadership Conference

EPIC Youth Group is seeking teens and young adults who can play instruments (especially guitar and percussion) and/or sing for Youth Group events. Email EPIC Youth Group for more info or if you are interested.

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

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

St. David’s TRITONS Swim Team Registration
Tue Aug 30 6:00PM-8:00PM
St. David’s TRITONS Swim Team Registration for 2016-2017 Season is August 30 from 6PM to 8PM at Father Curran Hall. Open to children ages 5 to 15 years old. For questions, call Claire Toner at 267-788-3818.

AbbeyFest Catholic Music Festival
Sat Sep 24
AbbeyFest is a full day, outdoor Catholic faith, music and family festival attracting close to 3,000 people. It offers uplifting Christ-centered music, faithful Catholic speakers, a large outdoor Mass culminating in a candlelight Eucharistic procession, adoration and benediction. This year’s performers include Sidewalk Prophets and Keynote speaker Jeff Cavins. Tickets range from $15-25 or buy a Family Pass for $115. Families with EPIC Youth Group have gone for the past 2 years and we look to invite the whole parish. For more info contact David Dombrowski 215-500-6840 or visit www.theabbeyfest.com.

St. Vincent de Paul, Walk for the Poor
Sat Sep 24

Coat, clothing and shoe collection
Sun Oct 2-Sun Oct 9

Designer Bag Bingo!
Fri Oct 7
SAVE THE DATE – Friday, October 7th Presenting the 3rd Annual Designer Bag Bingo!
THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS: 
Bux-Mont Transportation Service Co, 
Carr & Duff Inc. 
John J. Bryers Funeral Home Inc.

St. David Parish Family Retreat
Fri Oct 21 – Sat Oct 23
Are you looking to spend some quality time with your family? The annual St. David Parish Family Retreat will be here before you know it. Mark your calendar for October 21-23, 2016. More details to follow!

Holy Communion for the Sick and Homebound
If you are unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Father Connors or Maureen Mahon at the rectory (215-657-0252).

Holy Redeemer Health Care
Holy Redeemer is a non-profit hospice provider serving patients and families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. We seek caring and compassionate people with daytime availability to server as hospice volunteers. Please contact Portia Tatlonghari at 215-698-3737 or email ptatlonghari@holyredeemer.com.

Remembrance Bricks
Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to consider getting a paver in remembrance of your family and loved ones. We continue to add pavers to our Prayer Garden. Our goal is to add more pavers every three to four months, as we collect new requests. There are forms on our website and in the rectory office for your convenience. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved ones. Details and information can be obtained by calling the rectory and asking for Maureen. Cost is $110 for a four by eight inch brick and $200.00 for an eight by eight brick.

Sponsor-A-Student
You can assist a family in the meeting of the tuition of a Queen of Angels School Student. You may do so in part or in whole. Please consider making a one time or an ongoing contribution to assist a family who desires a Catholic Education for their child but can use extra help.

Catholic Charities:
Families or individuals in need can seek help at Catholic Charity Family Service Centers. Service centers provide the needy and low income with a number of services. A sampling of what is offered includes very limited rent or utility bill assistance, food pantries and clothing cupboards, housing referrals, and case management services. Some of the self-sufficiency and personal development resources include job placement assistance, ESL classes, GED preparation, and employment training.  Catholic Charity Family Services is located at  227 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 854-7000.

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.

Giant Food Stores Reward Card
Please go online to GIANT Food Stores/A-plus and register your Giant’s card designating Queen of Angels School ID#23872 as the recipient of your rewards. Please tell your family and friends to help out too. Last year 228 families registered and QOA received a check for $4200.00. Registering your card does not add or reduce your value of your bonus card.

Listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Sunday Homilies
Listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Sunday homilies anytime at http://archphila.org/category/homily/. The Archbishop’s homilies are also available as Podcasts on iTunes.

Special Prayers

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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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