Welcome to Saint David Parish 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 9/14/2014
Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Attention!  A major invitation!  Over the years there has been a Life Chain held outside and around Abington Hospital.  The terrorism that is abortion continues to be an “acceptable” form of ending lives. The need to speak for those who can not speak for themselves goes on.  Over the years, there has been a steady drop in the number of people participating in the LIFE CHAIN, so this year I would like to do a full scale get-out of people for the Life Chain on October 5, 2014.  I am requesting that at least 100 people from our parish sign up to give one hour to this LIFE chain. Please know this is a silent and prayerful witness. While we contribute our support to  many events and fundraising opportunities, this is an investment of time and prayer.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the door on a future Sunday, along with more information regarding Pro-LIFE events.

In the above paragraph I mentioned fund raisers and parish events.  Allow me to explain why all this is coming all at once. We were not able to formally announce that the Parish Planning Meetings were completed and that St. David Parish would continue to be an independent parish until May of 2014, and  it was necessary to delay putting together the parish’s directions and needs until this study was done. That is why events like the prayer garden and Football mania were put on hold until now. Over the summer your financial and parish councils met to discuss the ways to continue to meet our parish financial needs. I also mentioned in last week’s parish letter that I have no desire to be known as the pastor who always is asking for money. Therefore, equal time and talent has been put into offering spiritual events and opportunities.  Sister Mary Catherine has been working hard at helping to present such occasions. There is a Scripture Study on Tuesdays beginning Sept 16th; there will be a Prayer Service for Veteran’s Day, and an Advent Prayer Service with Confessions available throughout Advent. We hope to present various opportunities to the whole parish which will be of broad interest to everyone.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We all want a parish we can all be proud of, and it can only be done with everyone united with our goals and purpose.

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

Living Your Faith

The cross reminds us of God’s great gift of love for us. In El Salvador, people make crosses that are bright and colorful. The crosses include illustrations that say something about their belief in God and also something about themselves.

CrossLet the cross show ways that you experience God’s love for your family and ways in which you are grateful for that love.  Also, enter into conversation that might begin like this:  “When I see Jesus on the cross I am reminded…”

Did You Know?

father-son-and-holy-spirit-1Catholics believe in the Nicene Creed and therefore believe in one God who exists as three persons (“person” in this usage means “an individual reality,” not a human being). Essentially Catholics believe the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all God, one in substance and will, but distinct in some way, but not divided. In addition to an intellectual understanding of the Trinity, we are to develop a relationship with the Triune God through prayer and worship. The Trinity is not tri-theism (the belief in three gods), but rather a dynamic monotheism.

CORRECTION:  In the DID YOU KNOW Section (Aug. 31) regarding the blessing of sacramentals… Priests or deacons have the authority to bless sacramentals.  The article incorrectly stated “only a priest” has the power.

Religious Formation News

Jouney into Faith RCIADo you know someone who does not have a church family and would like to belong to one or who is not celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, or First Eucharist and desires to do so? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which this individual can enter.

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 go to the parish website www.stdavidparish.org/rcia.

Salute To Our Youth

Calling all students, pre-K to Post-graduate!

Blessings  on a new school year! You are prayerfully remembered so that your schooling will be filled with many opportunities to grow in body, mind, and spirit!

loveoneanotherRemember, that Jesus is the Primary Teacher. He is the Model for all. Stay close to Him and follow His command: “Love one another as I love you.”

Support Camilla Hall Nursing Home

Next weekend — September 20-21, we will selling chances for Camilla Nursing Home.
CamillaHallAfter the Masses, our Sisters will be at the door of the Church selling chances.  They are grateful for you financial support.  We appreciate your kind support of the IHM Community and will keep you in our daily prayers.
Sister Maryanne and the Sisters of St. David Convent.

Angels on the Run 5k & Family Festival 

Sunday October 5th, 2014 at Alverthorpe Park in Jenkintown.

Plan to join us for a fun-filled day to benefit our great QoA School! In addition to Mass in the Park and the Run/Walk, the Family Festival will include lots of fun activities and some good food! We will again have a special visit from Ronald McDonald along with raffles, games and of course prizes! We are also going to kick-off the 2nd Annual QoA Alumni Kickball Tournament!

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9AM Outdoor Mass
  • 10AM Start for the 5K Run
  • 10:45AM Family Fun Run/Walk
  • 11:00AM Family Festival Start
  • 11:30PM Alumni Kickball Tournament.

Registration forms are now available on the school website and will be available at our raffle tables after all masses during the weekend of September 13-14. We have many great prizes and are also continuing to accept additional donations for our raffle table – if you have an extra set of game tickets, a pass for an overnight hotel stay or have a service you would be willing to donate, please let us know.

Please contact Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com, or 215-499-5987 or Sarah Galbreath at bee2120@comcast.net or 215-784-9048 if you can help in any way or have questions. Thanks!

Confession Schedule Change

Beginning in October there will be NO scheduled confessions for the Eve of First Fridays. Confessions for First Fridays must be made by appointment. 

Confessions for the Eve of Holydays of Obligation will still be available, but only if that Feast is a Holyday of Obligation that year.

 

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The first special order of the school year is due this Friday, Sept. 19th – 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

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EPIC Youth Group

  • Every Tuesday: Hour of Power
    Teen Adoration 800-9:00 p.m. St David Chapel
  • Sun Sep. 14: Welcome Back Mass & Pot Luck Dinner
    St. Luke’s Church and Hall — 5:30 pm. All high school aged youth attending local public, private, and Catholic schools AND their families. Please bring a covered dish to share.
  • Sat Sep. 20: Abbey Faith & Music Fest
    Cost $21.50. All day event — Music, guest speakers, Mass and Adoration. EPIC still has a limited number of tickets available. Contact:  Tricia Holler 215-658-0469 http://www.theabbeyfest.com/
  • Sat Oct. 18: Service Hours — Divine Providence Village
    1 – 3 pm Enjoy spending time with Special Needs residents.
  • Sun Oct. 19: Generation Life
    OLHC 7:00 p.m. Topic: Chastity

CYO Dance Schedule 2014-2015

St David CYO Dance Schedule for 2014-2015:

Friday September 19, 2014
Friday November 21, 2014
Friday January 9, 2015
Friday February 20, 2015
Friday April 10, 2015
Friday May 8, 2015 (Hello/Goodbye Dance 6th grade invited)

St David CYO is hosting the First Dance of the Year on Friday September 19, 2014 from 7:30-10:00pm. The dance is being held in the Queen of Angels Upper School Gym. Students will need to present their student ID or have a parent sign them in at the door. Any questions Please contact: Laura Forrest at PRForrest@aol.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society 7th Annual Walk for the Poor

Sat Sept 27 – St. David conference will join with Our Lady Help of Christians conference at their parish church at 10AM. Please sponsor a walker for this important fundraising event which benefits our Client Assistance Program. All funds collected will stay in our parish geograsvdp-walkphical boundaries. Those unable to join in the Walk may place their donation in the Sunday collection marked “SVDP Walk for the Poor”. Thank you, and God bless you for your Christian charity.

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.