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 7/20/2014
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Do you recognize the source of the following?

THE PURPOSE OF MAN’S EXISTENCE:  God is the Supreme Being, that is, He is above all else in heaven and on earth. He made everything. Not a man or a women, a tree, or a bird, or anything could continue to exist unless God wills it.

He especially made you and me to show forth his goodness, and to have us enjoy His everlasting happiness in heaven, but to gain heaven we must know, love and serve God in this world. 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, teaches us how to do this through the Catholic Church. In the Apostles’ Creed we find the chief truths which Jesus Christ teaches us:

Who made us?  God made us.
  Who is God?  God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, who made all things them in existence.
Why did God make us?  God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.

Any guesses? You may have to be over 50 years old to remember this message, but it is timeless.  It clears the air of all the confusion that may occur when left on our own.  Those three questions formed many of us for our whole life. A trip down memory lane is not just a reminder that but I reminder of where the lane of life is and how to stay on it.

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

Religious Formation News

Come, worship the Lord!

The Vacation Bible School was a great opportunity for our children to start their summer with praising God in song, games, art, and other activities.  It is up to the whole church to make sure their spiritual needs are met each Sunday during the summer months.

Remember, Masses are 5pm (Saturday),7am, 9am, 11:30 on Sunday.  Come, worship the Lord!

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Living Your Faith

wheat-weedsHow do we answer our children when they ask why bad things happen to good people?

This parable of the wheat and the weeds may be a way of explaining why God allows evil, like the weeds, to grow next to goodness in our world today.

Evil will not really be gone until the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

Did You Know?

What does Ordinary Time mean?

Because Ordinary Time refers to the period of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year that fall outside of the major seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter), and because of the connotations of the term “ordinary” in English, many people think Ordinary Time refers to the parts of the Church year that are unimportant. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word “order”. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church – the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.

Salute To Our Youth

This week our Salute to Our Youth spotlight is on our VBS volunteers.

The VBS program at St. David Parish owes a great deal of GRATITUDE  to all the adults and teens who generously gave of their time, talent, and treasure to insure a good time to our campers!  The following people gave of themselves to keep the camp going and flowing:

Mrs. Boyle               Samantha Staples          Maggie Mohan

Mrs.Concha            Emily Caldwell                 Ellen Fleming

Mrs. Cartlidge         Chrissy Mars                   Matthew Boyle

Mrs. D’Uva              Erin Mars                          Maddie Cartlidge

Mr. Holler                CJ Petetti                          Brett Holler

Mrs. Marlin             Emmett Nama                 Jonathan Boyle

Mrs. Nelling            Mrs. Petteti                      Michael Boyle

The theme of the VBS was:  WEIRD ANIMALS:  WHERE JESUS’ LOVE IS ONE-OF-A-KIND.  The children learned that even amidst our personal differences we are all loved by God, and that we should love each other as God loves us!

During one of the activities at VBS the children wrote names on a cross to see that Jesus gave of Himself for all people, even us!  Through the kindness and talent of Michael Boyle, a camp counselor, a wooden cross was made and now holds the names of all those involved in VBS 2014.  Please take time to view it and pray for the children who attended VBS as well as all children of the world.

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

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Do you find it easy to pray? For most of us, prayer becomes a source of frustration as we struggle to calm our minds and to find even a few minutes to pray.  In our busy lives, prayer is seen as a luxury, when in reality it is the foundation of a healthy spiritual life.

The good news is that you can overcome your difficulties with prayer, and it is easier than you might think. Over the course of eight weeks the Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life.

In Oremus you will:

  • Become aware of God’s presence in your life
  • Discover the simple yet profound steps of catholic prayer
  • Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer

… and much more!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Where:  Father Curran Hall
Cost/Registration:  $20 (Register no later than Sept 1, 2014)
When:  Tuesday, September 16  – Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Questions/Contact: Sister Mary Catherine Chamberlain, IHM

To register, download the registration form here and return it by Sept 1 with your payment to the rectory.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

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Married Couples:  Why not give yourselves a weekend away from it all.  Time away from the pressures of work and everyday responsibilities.  A chance to talk and listen that special someone who loves you.  If that sounds good to you, sign up now for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish.   Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier. 

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Oct 3-5, 2014 in Elverson, PA in P and Nov 21-23, 2014 in Doylestown, PA. Early registration is highly recommended.  F

or more information visit our website at: www.wwme-philly.org or contact Al & Mary Liz Heumann at Applications@wwme-philly.org or 610-449-1859.

Supporting Our Advertisers

You may have noticed that we are featuring an ad from those companies or businesses that support our Parish Bulletin.  Because of their support we recently received a donation of $12,000.00, so please check out all our advertisers and those who support our parish. You may find just what you need!announcement4

Join Queen of Angels Girl Scout Daisy Troop 71070

Registration is now taking place for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Girl Scout Daisies are in grades K-1 and meet after school once or twice a month. We go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and our communities.

If your daughter is entering kindergarten or 1st grade in September 2014 and would like to join the Q of A Girl Scout Daisy Troop please contact Christine Dever: c_dever@msn.comor 215-208-7650.

 

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Family Directory Advertising Opportunity

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School publishes a family directory that every family receives at the beginning of the school year. This directory is used regularly by our school families to retrieve contact information throughout the year.

We are pleased to offer advertising space to businesses this year. Advertising in this directory will give your business visibility to over 200 school families. Prices include the advertisement in the directory as well as a listing on our Queen of Angels website.

If you are interested, please contact Katie Romano at kateromano@comcast.net with your information. Information for the directory is needed by 8/1/14.

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Sponsors/Donations Needed

We are searching for outstanding prizes to raffle off at Angels on the Run such as Sporting Event Tickets, Vacation Homes, Trips, Local Attractions, Electronics, TVs, Bikes, Scooters etc. Services are welcome too!  Make-Up Artists, Landscapers, Painters, etc. Contact Maureen Di Criscio at 267-407-7115 or Kim O’Doherty at 267-278-6439 for pick up of your donation. We also need businesses or families to sponsor the Oct 5th Run and Festival. Contact Sarah Galbreath at bee2120@comcast.net or Joanne Waltrich at cnjwalt@gmail.com.

 

Independent Living vs. Home Living Cost Comparison

Holy Redeemer Lafayette is offering a Free seminar on the Cost Comparison of living in an Independent Retirement Community versus your own home.  Please join us for this free event. Please RSVP to:  215-214-2870.

Location: Holy Redeemer Lafayette, 8580 Verree Rd.

Tuesday, July 22nd from 6:30pm -8:30pm

Thursday, July 31 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm

 

E.P.I.C Catholic Youth Group News

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Every Tuesday
Hour of Power
Teen Adoration
8-9 p.m. St David Chapel

August 3rd 
Dorney Park Trip: Update
This is an update regarding the scheduled Dorney Park Fellowship Youth Group Gathering on Sunday August 3rd. 2014. This invitation is intended for;
   All EPIC Youth Group members from 8th-12th grade (starting in Sept.),
   Parent Driver Chaperones and Clergy
  EPIC Youth Group Member siblings provided the parent is a Driver Chaperons assisting with EPIC Youth Group Members throughout the day

The cost for the trip is $40 per adult or child. This includes transportation to and from, ticket to both parks, 1 meal ticket, parking voucher/cash for first 4 vehicles.

Checks can be written to “OLHC” with the word “Dorney” in the memo box and given to Tricia Holler or dropped off during regular business hours at the OLHC Rectory…care of Tricia Holler. 

The Dorney Park Fellowship Day begins with the 7AM Mass at St. David’s Church, and the driver Chaperons will be leaving for Dorney shortly after Mass. Please try to attend Mass with the Group.

All EPIC youth group members must have a parent permission form signed and returned by the day’s event. Click the link above to download the form. 

Each EPIC youth group member will be assigned a Chaperon for the entire day and will be required to leave from the park at a time that is determined by the driver chaperon. The park is opened from 10AM TO 10PM, Wild Water Kingdom until 7pm. Park visitors are not allowed to bring food or drink into the park. It is recommended that each participant have a back pack with sunscreen, change of clothes if swimming, cash, etc. Lockers are provided at the park. For more information please go to https://www.dorneypark.com/sitemap 

August 13th (Date Change)
Camden Riversharks Game

August 17th
Guiseppie’s Pizza Social Night

Sept 20th
Abbey Faith & Music Fest http://www.theabbeyfest.com/

October 19th
Generation Life @ OLHC 7:00 p.m.
Topic: Chastity

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Special order will be placed on Sun July 13th, no later than 11:00 am so, if you’d like to re-stock those specialty cards, 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”.

Great news: Weis Market scrip is now in stock! Call Carol if you have any questions (215-784-9384).

 

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Family Directory Advertising Opportunity

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School publishes a family directory that every family receives at the beginning of the school year. This directory is used regularly by our school families to retrieve contact information throughout the year.

We are pleased to offer advertising space to businesses this year. Advertising in this directory will give your business visibility to over 200 school families on a regular basis as these families keep these directories in their home. Please note that prices include the advertisement in the directory as well as a listing on our Queen of Angels website.

Click this link to find information regarding advertising size and price options. If you are interested, please contact Katie Romano at kateromano@comcast.net with your information. Please note that we need all information for the directory by August 1, 2014.

 

Basic Evangelization Training

 Save the Date! – September 26-27, 2014

Do you want to learn how to share your faith in a non-confrontational joyous way? Join the team from St. Paul Street Evangelization on September 26-27, 2014 at St. Martin of Tours Parish (5450 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19124) for a two day training event. All participants receive basic certification. Friday 7-10 PM & Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Mass Saturday morning at 8:15am. Optional dinner, and evangelization opportunity Saturday night. For more information & to register, visit: phillyevang.org/training