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.

Are you interested in the Catholic Faith, or know someone who is? Call 215-657-0252 or send an email to rcia@stdavidparish.org!   Read more

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From the Pastor’s Desk 4/20/2014

Father Richard P. Connors

Blessings of Resurrection Faith to all.
For those who are visiting St. David with your family I extend a generous welcome. To our regulars many thanks for helping us faithfully celebrate the “little Easters” that is every Sunday. Because we are people of the Resurrection of Easter we can say with our Holy Father, Pope Francis: “Let us not yield to pessimism or discouragement: let us be quite certain that the Holy Spirit bestows upon the Church, with his powerful breath, the courage to persevere.”
For my part, I will promise to keep you in my prayers. Please know that the 7:00AM Sunday Mass is always said for the People of the Parish. Therefore: May the Glory of our Risen
Saviour bring to you and yours Peace, Happiness and Spiritual Contentment.

On Wednesday, April 9 Bishop Daniel Thomas was here to bestow the Sacrament Confirmation on Students of St. David attending Queen of Angels School and the Students of our Religious Education Classes. The names of those who received this sacrament of service are listed the bulletin and on the website.

The snow is finally gone. The winter of 14’ is finally in the record books. Spring is having trouble getting here and staying here but must get here. I do wish to thank all who contributed to our huge snow removal bills. Your help with all our expenses in these difficult times is greatly and thankfully appreciated. Thanks and God Bless.

If the occasion arises that you are not able to attend the Lord’s Day (Sunday) Mass, may I ask you what do you do at home to make clear that Sunday is the Lord’s Day first and always? It may be that because of work schedules or other commitments that Mass will not be able to be attended. I know that as a Catholic you do not just ignore the call of faith that is the community prayer of Christ — The Mass. When an excused absence occurs it is good to have a backup plan: Pray the rosary as a family at home. Have the readings of the Mass from that Sunday read together at home perhaps before the Sunday family dinner. Obtain a child’s Bible and share a story with your children and ask them what they heard and learned. At no time is it OK to substitute this for going to Mass. That is just wrong. In short, the world owns us too much. We have become people of busy, busy, busy. If I can be of any assistance in assisting you in returning to regular worship let me know: hint: Confession: I am easy and will help you if it has been a long time. Keep the Sabbath (Sunday) holy. We miss you and need you.

That’s the end of my little preaching but sometimes I need to reach out when I have the opportunity such as the extra numbers of Easter attendance. But most of all I am happy to see you today.

God Bless you and your families,
Rev. Richard P. Connors

Regional Kairos Retreat

kairosThe second Regional Kairos will take place June 23-26, 2014 for high school students in the classes of 2014 and 2015 that do not have the opportunity to go on Kairos at their high school (those who attend public school, are homeschooled or any other circumstance).

Kairos is a 4 day, 3 night retreat helping high school aged kids to grow deeper in their faith.
The price for this retreat is $250. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please visit our website, http://paregionalkairos.weebly.com.

Deadline for sign-up is Friday, May 30, 2014.

God Bless Our Confirmation Candidates

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Luke Ammazzalorso Kelly Convery Madeline Gerlach Benjamin Lilly Jacob Navarra Christopher Stewart
Michael Baker Bryanna Coralluzzo Laura Hakes Elizabeth Lipenta Reilly Nearpass Jacob Sukanick
Alexa Betuel Bridget Coyle Grace Henry Michael Maxi Jennifer Pflugfelder JackThompson
Madison Brooks Emma Dunham Nicholas Honer Meaghan McGoldrick Sarah Pickard Daniel Waltrich
 Madison Cartlidge  Kacey Emmell  Logan Hurst Maggie Mohan  Matthew Ricchini Gibson Williams
Anna Casey  Julianna Everett Elizabeth Jones Tristan Moore  Katrina Robinson Joseph Zurybida
 James Casper Jason Fucanan Olivia Liebsch Kyle Mullen  Michelle Sicard

 

St. David Parish Vacation Bible School

This year Saint David Parish is sponsoring Vacation Bible School. It will take place June 23 to June 27. The theme of VBS is: WEIRD ANIMALS: WHERE JESUS’ LOVE IS ONE OF A KIND!

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Your child can enjoy a week (June 23 to 27) of fun within a religious atmosphere. We will meet each day in Father Curran Hall. Each day will include prayer, arts & crafts, snack, songs, and activities. Below, please take time to read information about VBS. For more information, please contact Sister Mary Catherine at 215-657-0252.

St. David Parish Vacation Bible School Info:

  • Registration for VBS begins April 14 and ends June 2.
  • The cost for VBS is $50 for the first student in each family and $10 for each additional student per family.
  • VBS is for students from 5 to 12 years of age.
  • We gather each day from 8:30 am until 12:15 am. Morning Care is provided at 7:00am. The cost is $5 per day per student.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Each student will receive a T-shirt.
  • There will be skits, music, crafts, games, and more!
  • Students are invited and encouraged to invite their friends!
  • On Friday, June 27, there will be a short program at 11:15 am and treats for everyone at the closing of the week.
  • Teens from the parish youth group are welcome to volunteer. Please contact Sister Mary Catherine.
  • Students in Grades 7 & 8 may volunteer to be Junior Counselors. Training fee is $10.
  • To register, please fill out the registration form and drop it off at Saint David Rectory for Sister Mary Catherine. One registration form for each participant.

2014 Crusader Football Sign-ups

Who: Anyone currently in 4th through 7th grade who belongs to one of the following Parishes:

  • St. John of the Cross
  • Queen of Peace
  • St. David
  • St. Luke
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Immaculate
  • St.  John Bosco
  • St. Hillary
  • Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School

When: Wednesday April 30th & Wednesday May 7th 2014.
Where: The Crusader Football Team Room located in the basement of St. John of the Cross School, 2801 Woodland Road, Roslyn, PA 19001
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm both nights
Please see our website if you need further information: www.crusaderfootball.org
Or you may email us at crusaderfootball@verizon.net

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Sunday, April 13
Life Teen Night @ OLHC 7 p.m. Topic: “UUM?” (The Triduum)

April 17th — Holy Thursday
Visit 3 Churches for Prayer Dinner Social at local Diner

April 18th — Good Friday
Good Friday Passion Play @ Corpus Christi 11:30 a.m.

April 20th — Easter
No Life Teen events

Please support our Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser. Order forms can be found at the back of church or our website www.EPICinform.blogspot.com.
Drop off orders at the rectory or through QofA School, Attn: Sarah Dombrowski, Grade 7.
Checks payable to OLHC.
Laura Petetti 215-205-7579 for info.

 

Do You Have a Picture with the Pope?

If you have a picture taken with Pope John Paul II or Pope John XXIII, please bring it to Church on Saturday, April 19th or Sunday, April 20th.

We will display all pictures in the Church for the Canonization Sunday, April 27, 2014. Please
be sure your name and phone number appear on the picture. All pictures can be picked up on Sunday, May 4th at any Mass.

 

St. David Spring Blood Drive

blood-driveIt is that time again – St. David Spring Blood Drive will be Monday, April 21! Whether you have donated in the past or are looking for a new way to support our parish and the community, please consider participating. You are generally eligible to donate if you are 17 years of age or older (16years of age if accompanied with a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and your last donation was before February 24th. [Note that St. David’s last Blood Drive was in November so if that was your last donation, you are eligible!]

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, select “Find a blood drive near you”, enter sponsor code St. David and select your preferred appointment time; or please feel free to contact Joanne Waltrich (cnjwalt@gmail.com); 215-658-0418 directly for an appointment.

Parish Malvern Men’s Retreat Weekend

malvernretreathouseSometimes the frantic pace of life and leave us with little time to deal with growing our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Finding the time and place can be an obstacle. A weekend retreat can be the time and the Malvern Retreat House the place. We invite you to join the men of the parish for a retreat at Malvern the weekend of June 20th-22nd.To learn more, call Gary Warnalis at 215-260-5913 or email him at gwarnalis@comcast.net

The Malvern Retreat house also offers retreats for women, married couples and families. Visit their website at malvernretreat.com for more information.

 

Ethics of the HHS Mandate

Many people have been asking for some insight and guidance regarding their moral obligations regarding the purchase of healthcare in the era of the Affordable Care Act. The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published a document answering many of their questions. They have given us permission to circulate it as widely as possible.

Please click this link to read Health Insurance Options and the Ethics Of the HHS Mandate.