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 3/29/2015
Palm Sunday

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Today begins Holy Week, the holiest week of our Church calendar. In every age and time, the need to celebrate the liturgies of this week have been essential to our identity as Catholic Christians. Pray then that those who have been away from active participation in their faith may be moved in heart to witness to faith by attending the Masses, Services, student and choir presentations, and  also to partake of the Sacrament of Confession for the renewal of the gift of the grace of Baptism.

For your prayer and consideration of which (or all) of the liturgies of Holy Week you will be attending for the good of the Church and the good of our souls we offer:

  • Monday, March 30: The Living Stations presented by the School children of Queen of Angels School at 7:00PM in St. David Church.
  • Tuesday, March 31: Confessions from 7:30PM until completed for all those celebrating God’s sacramental forgiveness.  We cannot absolve ourselves of sin by only personal prayer, but one needs to include Confession, especially during the Easter Season.
  • Wednesday, April 1: Living Stations: 10:30AM St. David Church/QOA School
  • Confessions: 1:00PM to 2:00PM. 4:00PM to 5:00PM  and again at 7:30PM to 8:00PM. This will be the last scheduled Confessions in preparation for Easter Sunday.
  • Thursday April 2: Holy Thursday: The Anniversary of the Institution of the Eucharist. Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the washing of the feet at 7:00PM. Church remains open until 11:00PM for personal prayer.
  • Friday, April 3: Good Friday: 
    • 9:00AM to 2:00PM St. David Church open for personal prayer.
    • At 12 noon there will be the annual ecumenical prayer service hosted this year by Trinity Lutheran Church on Old Welsh Road behind Craft-Givish Funeral Home. As your pastor I am requesting that at least 50 members of our parish attend this service. Sign up sheets are at  the doors of the Church.
    • At 2:00PM the Liturgy of the Passion will be held at St. David Church.
    • At 7:30PM the St. David Church Choir will present a liturgy of Good Friday in music, song and readings. This is a very meditative and prayerful experience.
  • Saturday, April 4: The Solemn Liturgy of the Easter Vigil. It is highly recommended at all Catholics attend this Mass at least once (if not often) because it is the fullest expression of the symbols of the faith: Lighting the New Fire, the history of our salvation related in Sacred Scripture, and Profession of Faith and Eucharist.
  • Sunday, April 5: EASTER SUNDAY: The Mass are at 7:00AM; 9:00AM; 11:00AM; and 12:30PM.

 

Therefore it is my responsibility to invite you celebrate these events that make Holy Week holy, and to extend to all the Blessings of Faith from all of our members to each and every one of you. Our purpose as a Church is our salvation and to pray for each other at EVERY MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER. Oh and by the way: SING!

 

May the Lord bless you and your families,
Rev. Richard P. Connors

Agape Celebration of the Eucharist

St. David Prayer Community will have their annual celebration of Christ’s institution of the Eucharist with scripture readings, songs, and praise, commemorating Holy Thursday in the Upper Room.  Please join us on Monday Evening, March 30th in the Upper Room of Father Curran Hall at 7:30PM.

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33 Days to Morning Glory

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Coming Soon to St. David Parish! This six-week program will bring you closer to Jesus through our Blessed Mother, Mary. Thursday evenings 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm beginning April 16 in Father Curran Hall. Cost for materials $30.

If interested, contact by Mar. 15: email Monica Marlin mickeymarlin@verizon.net or phone 215-657-8126, or call St. David Rectory.

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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Living Your Faith

Save the Date: Springtime in Paris Apr 18

The Marion Bolger Recreational Program, a Spiritual Mission of St. David Parish is hosting their springparishannual fundraiser event, Springtime in Paris, on Sat April 18, in Monsignor Baum auditorium. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the event is 7pm to 11pm. Please join us for an enjoyable evening of dinner, music and a limited bar. There are many chances to win prizes. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Please order by April 11, 2015. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This is the only event that we have to help us meet our financial needs, as we do not receive funding from any other sources. Please contact Shirley Meyer, 215-518-5352.

Did You Know?

How is the Date of Easter Calculated?

Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it does not occur on the same date every year. The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox.

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Queen of Angels School News

Students of the Month
For the month of February, the teachers looked for those students displaying the virtue of love. Congratulations to the following students who were named Student of the Month:

Mackenzie Baer * Isabella Neumann * Colin Morgan * John Pressler * Tess Waltrich * Danny Romano * Sophie Bell * Carie Fiedler * Katie Robinson * Abigail Ammazzalorso

Honors
Congratulations to our seventh and eighth grade students who achieved honors in the second trimester. Distinguished Honors consists of grades of 95 or above; First Honors consists of grades of 90 or above. Students achieved a 3 or above in effort/conduct and special classes.

  • Distinguished Honors: Abi Ammazzalorso, Madison Cartlidge, Emily DeMarshall, Anna Casey, Sara Dombrowski, Ben Lilly, Ellen Fleming, Meaghan McGoldrick, Jamie Gallagher, Tristan Moore, Cara Hughes, Ryan O’Doherty, Isabella McCormick, Katrina Robinson, Kim Motz, Michelle Sicard, Nicholas Romano, Siena Wanders.
  • First Honors: Emmett Nama, Grace Fanning, Luke Ammazzalorso, Julia Forrest, Alexa Betuel, Mark Fossesca, James Casper, Robert King, Bridget Coyle, John Klohoker, Grace Henry, Joanna Manero, Olivia Liebsch, Robert McGoldrick, Maggie Mohan, Elizabeth McKenna, Ryan Morgan, Elise Scanlon, Dylan Murphy, Faith Scanlon, Caroline Primus, Isabella Straface, James Waltrich.

COME TO OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE
Monday, March 30, 2015. The presentation will start at 10:00 AM in the lower school building located next to St. David Rectory, 314 N Easton Road, Willow Grove. Tours will follow the presentation. Please call the school at 215-659-6393 or e-mail Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, our principal at smadams@qoaschool.org

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Sat April 4th:
Easter – No Youth Group

Sun April 12th: 
Life Night 6 p.m. @ OLHC
Mandatory Parent Meeting for Steubenville
$125 due for Steubenville

Sun April 19th:
Mass @ OLHC 10:30 a.m.
Skyzone 12:30

Sat-Sun April 25th-26th:
Overnight NET Retreat: All 8th grade and high school teens invited. St. Rose of Lima Church. Cost is $30, sign up by April 12th. Questions? Contact David Dombrowski 215-500-6840.

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

Middle School Youth Group

The Middle School Youth Group is for boys and girls grades 5-7.
All are welcome.

Friday, April 17th: Father Curran Hall 7:00-8:30PM
Topic:  Actions=Words (Integrity)

Saturday, April 5th: Easter Egg Hunt at Divine Providence Village. Leaving St David at noon and return 3:30PM.

Saturday, May 9th: Mary Retreat

Friday, May 15th: Movie Night

Saturday, May 16th: Special Olympics

To participate in any events or for questions, please call Jenn 215-582-9072 or email jfalsone@comcast.net

All are welcome!  Bring a friend!

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

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The next special order is due April 10th – don’t miss out! Please note: no scrip will be sold April 3rd or April 5th – please plan accordingly!

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).

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

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.

The Knights of Columbus is offering Disneyworld packages in March and April of 2015: 4 and 5 day trips are available starting at $2999.00 for a family of four. Contact number: 610-892-1166.

Basilian Spirituality Center: Icon Writing Workshops
May 19 and 26, 2015 Cost: $425.00.
For information call 215-780-1227.

Archbishop Wood High School: Registrations for Class of 2019
Are being accepted now. Contact Patricia Roschetz at 215-672-5050 ext. 268 or orproschetz@archwood.org

Help Wanted
Regina Coeli Residence for Priests (located on the grounds of Archbishop Wood High School) is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Please contact Msgr. Flood at 215-441-4642.

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Seventh grade girls are invited to experience life at the Mount. Join us for a morning visit. Visitations will continue through May. To arrange a visit, have a parent call the Admission Office at 215-233-9133. Visit our website at www.msjacad.org for more information.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Apr 6, 2:00-7:00PM
St. David Spring Blood Drive will be held on Easter Monday, April 6 in Father Curran Hall!  Although the drive is at the end of a busy holiday weekend, Your Donation REALLY Does Make a Difference!  A single donation can add days, weeks or even years to the life of up to three people.   To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, using sponsor code St. David or contact Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com or 215-658-0418 directly for an appointment. Thank you!

Springtime in Paris
April 18
The Marion Bolger Recreational Program, a Spiritual Mission of St. David Parish, will be hosting their annual fundraiser event, Springtime in Paris, on Saturday, April 18 in Monsignor Baum auditorium. Doors open at 6:30PM, event is 7PM-11PM. Join us for an enjoyable evening of dinner, music and a limited bar. There are many chances to win prizes. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Please order by April 11. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This is the only event that we have to help us meet our financial needs, as we do not receive funding from any other sources. For information, please contact Shirley Meyer at 215-518-5352.

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.

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.

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 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.