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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 (All Sundays are obligatory for the faithful to participate in the Mass)
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

Rectory Office Hours
The rectory office is closed on all Saturdays for the transaction of any business except for the administration of the Last Rites as needed any time. Also, any request for keys or letter pick up must be completed by 7:00 PM Monday thru Friday and on Sunday between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM only.

Appropriate Dress for Mass:
Two factors should motivate the way we dress when coming to Mass: The respect we have for God and the sacred liturgy, and the respect we have for our neighbor who sits near us at Mass. This is an instance when love of God and neighbor are placed before our own comfort.  We thank you for your outward display of respect for the real, divine presence of Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as shown by your respectful attire.

Encountering the Word with Jeff Cavins

This week’s Encountering the Word video for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time focuses on the Bread of Life discourse found in John 6. What if Jesus’ words and the Church teaching on the Eucharist are true? What if that really is God? Jeff Cavins encourages us to reflect on the simplicity of Christ’s words in this week’s Gospel. The readings are:

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:4-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:30—5:2
Alleluia: John 6:5
Gospel: John 6:41-51

The Catholic Eucharist in the Bible Part 2

 

Living Your Faith

Come Be Refreshed, Jesus is Waiting

Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament in St. David’s chapel from Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to closing at 8:00 pm.  Can you come and spend some time with Him?

Come and read a spiritual book, pray the Rosary, or just sit and be still with Jesus.

Adorers are welcome anytime, however if
you can commit to a Holy Hour, our greatest
needs are Tuesdays 8 AM & 1 PM, Fridays 11 AM & 5 PM.

We are also trying to get at least 2 adorers per hour, so if another hour is more convenient for you, please contact Paula Warnalis 215-441-0334. Jesus is waiting for you!

Parish School of Religious Education

The opening dates for the 2018-2019 Religious Education school year are as follows:

  • Thursday Afternoon Sept. 6, 2018 4:30-6 PM
    1st through 7th Grade Students (inclusive)
    Location: Lower School, OLC School, and FCH
  • Thursday Evening Sept. 6, 2018 6:45-8:15 PM
    1st through 7th Grade Students (inclusive)
    Location: Lower School and OLC School only
  • Special Education Students
    Thursday evenings Sept. 13, 2018 7-8PM
    All Special Education Students Location: Lower School and OLC School
  • Kindergarten
    Thursday Afternoon Sept. 13, 2018 4:30-6 PM
    Thursday Evening Sept. 13, 2018 6:45-8:15 PM

All registered students may pick up their admittance cards and other information regarding the
opening days of school from the stage in FCH the weekend of Aug. 25th and 26th, and again after the Masses on the weekend of Sept. 1st and 2nd. Other arrangements can be made by calling (215) 659-4059. The admittance cards and other information will be removed from FCH by Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 12PM.

All students must present their admittance cards to their teacher as they assemble for class on
the opening day of school. Please know that we will not be in a position to help you with registration on the opening days of school.

If you need to register for the coming school year, or should you need additional information please call the Religious Education Office at (215) 659-4059. In the evening call (610) 283-5994. We will be more than happy to help you.

RCIA Program at St. David

If you or any one you know would like to hear more about what the Catholic Faith teaches
about who Jesus is, we invite you to call us to inquire.

This inquiry gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic Faith and helps you to know if God is calling you to a deeper awareness about what God has fully revealed.

If you were not baptized, baptized into another faith denomination, or baptized Catholic, but have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation, you are invited to please call the rectory at 215-657-0252 and speak with Father Connors, or call the Religious Ed. Office at 215-659-4059 and speak with Sister Mary St. Mark.

 

Register for the Fall CYO Season Now!

Registration is now open for the upcoming 2018-2019 Fall CYO season.
We will be fielding the following teams:

  • Co-ed Cross Country $55.00 (K-8th)
  • Girls/Boys Soccer $65.00 (3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th)\
  • Girls Volleyball $70.00 (5th/6th and 7th/8th)

Please register your child at stdavidolhccyo.siplay.com. Registration will close on August 8th. For those who register after the deadline, a late fee of $25.00 per registration will be applied. After August 22nd, NO LATE FEE WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please contact Meghan Stelacio at meg260714@yahoo.com with any questions.

 

Our Lady of Confidence Christian Retreat for Persons with Disabilities

A three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House has been scheduled for October 9, 10, & 11, 2018 for adults with disabilities. The retreat is geared for adults with intellectual, physical, or  emotional disabilities. If you or someone you know would enjoy a three day retreat that includes having your faith in God refreshed and strengthened, please email OLCRetreat@gmail.com or call Malvern Retreat Center (610) 644-0400 for a brochure and registration form.

The registration form is online at www.opdarchphilly.org. If you would like to be a volunteer companion on this retreat contact Ed Seiders at OLCRetreat@gmail.com.

 

Become a Man After God’s Own Heart

Many men are searching for meaning and direction in life; our faith can deliver. For our faith to help, we need to give it more than an hour a week. That Man Is You (TMIY) helps men become better fathers and husbands by strengthening their faith and relationship with God. Our goal is to get to heaven, to do that we need to have a relationship with the Lord. TMIY is an opportunity to strengthen that relationship.

TMIY Has been around for 13 years and is in 600 parishes nationwide, participants give it 9.4 satisfaction rate because it honestly confronts the issue men face in our world.

Meetings are held on Sunday mornings at 7:40 am and will consist of light breakfast, video on
topic of day followed by discussion. For information call Mike Stelacio 267-738-7224 or Dave
Dombrowski 215-500-6840.

Queen of Angels School News

QOA’s Angels on the Run Fun Run and Family Fall Festival
Sunday, October 14th at Alverthorpe Park, 9 AM to 1 PM
Join us for Mass in the park, the run, food and fun!!!
$10 registration includes a Run T-Shirt!

3rd Annual QOA Auction
Join us on November 3, 2018 for a fantastic evening of good food, good friends, and terrific prizes, all to benefit QOA at Maggio’s from 7-11pm!

Support QOA while you do your school shopping!
Before you make your next purchase from from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. Once you register Queen of Angels School, your Amazon account will reflect QOA as your charity selection. This site is exactly the same as amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be designated to our school. Please bookmark the site – smile.amazon.com, so that all of your Amazon purchases benefit our school.


Queen of Angels School provides children with a quality Catholic education that includes all the regular subjects enhanced with art, computer, gym, library, music, and Spanish for all grades. Grades 5- 8 also have an honors math class. The children make regular use of iPads, and Surface tablets to enhance their learning. Our 4th- 8th grade have a 1:1 Tablet Program.

The value of our PreK program in terms of quality of education and price surpasses all with -full and half day options for 3 & 4 year-olds. Only a few spots remain in our PreK 4 program so don’t delay registration!!!

Before and After Care is available from 7am-6pm!

Scholarships! Our 25 eighth grade students have earned over $175,000 dollars so far in academic scholarships to various high schools! Come see first hand all the wonderful things we have to offer for students in grades PreK3-8 during a private tour.

Please contact Kim O’Doherty at 215-309-4028 or kodoherty@qoaschool.org to set up a time convenient to you!

Looking for a preschool program for your 3 or 4 year old? Is it time to transition your child from daycare? Queen of Angels preschool program surpass es all in terms of value and quality. We offer full and half day programs for your child. Students are introduced to pre-reading, math and handwriting skills while also having religion, small group work and of course lots of fun. Our preschool students also have gym, computers, art, Spanish, library and music class once a week in addition to various class projects. We offer Before Care starting as early as 7am and After Care until 6pm. If you are looking for a place where a love of learning will be fostered in your child in a nurturing and happy environment, Queen of Angels is the place for you.

E.P.I.C Youth Group News

EPIC Youth Group

EPIC logo

 

We invite all 8th through 12th grade students to attend any of our events.  Come see what we are all about!

 

EPIC is a Roman Catholic ministry program for teens in grades 8 through 12. We are supported by St. Luke, St. David, and Our Lady Help of Christians. EPIC strives to make teens excited about
their faith, experience the Eucharist more fully and become true Disciples of Christ. By better
understanding, “Everything Possible in Christ”, teens will learn to rely on God’s graces when
they struggle with all of life’s difficulties. Encourage the teens in your life to attend an EPIC ministry event, social event or service project.

Attention All Parents: This night is for you! Want to know how Youth Group can benefit your child and why teenagers need religion in their lives? Come out to meet Shannon and hear a talk on why religion can benefit your teenager’s overall success at 7 PM on September 23 at OLHC in the Parish Hall. *Parents of non-teens are invited too*

EPIC Ice Cream Social: On Sunday September 30th, all teens from 9th-12th grade are invited to EPIC’s Ice Cream Social at 6:30 PM in the OLHC Parish Hall. Come out and meet EPIC members and see the ways EPIC can help your teen become more involved with the Parishes, the Church, and grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and others!

Volunteering Opportunity Any teen interested in volunteering at the St. Francis Inn on August 20th or 21st (4:00-7:00pm) to serve food for the homeless should email Shannon to reserve their spot!

Attention all young adults 18-30! All Young Adults 18-30 interested in participating in a Young Adults group are invited to share their ideas or stay up to date with young adult events at Anthemphilly.com. Email Shannon for more information.

Sat Sep 22:
Abbey Fest is Saturday, September 22nd! Get your tickets now!

Be sure to check our website for upcoming events! Website: epicyouthgroup.wordpress.com


Parents: EPIC Youth Group is open to all students 8th through 12 grades at St. David, St. Luke and Our Lady Help of Christians parishes. Your teen is always welcome to any of our events. Please encourage your son or daughter to check us out!

Email:  E.P.I.C.inform@gmail.com
Instagram: @epicteens
Website: 
epicyouthgroup.wordpress.com

Gift Certificate (“Scrip”) Info

Your Scrip Purchase Goes a Long Way! Start buying scrip today to save on next year’s tuition.

 

Scrip is a gift card fundraising program for families to earn tuition credit for Catholic grade school and high school, as well as the parish religious education program. You are purchasing gift cards dollar for dollar, for your everyday spending. We earn a percentage of the cost from the merchants, to be applied to tuition expenses.

Anyone can get involved, to support a family member, friend, or just the parish in general. Everyone spends money for groceries at the very least, so why not use gift cards to do it?

Last day for scrip sales through QoA school backpacks was June 8th. Scrip will NOT be sold on Friday, June 15th.

Scrip sales summer schedule, starting June 17th:

  • Every Friday in the rectory from 9:30 – 10:00 and
  • Every other Sunday in Fr. Curran Hall – June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26.

A special order will be placed at the end of July (date to be determined). To learn more, feel free to call or text Jen at 215514-5395, or email Sharon at cartlidge5@verizon.net.

Good News You Can Use/Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead:

St. David School Reunion Class of 1963 – Oct 6
St. David School Class of 1963 is having a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Fr. Curran  Hall at St. David Church in Willow Grove. For more information text or call John DiMarzio at 215-601-0595.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Women’s  Conference 2018 – Oct 27
Join us for a day of friendship, prayer and growth in your faith at the 2018 Catholic Women’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Daughter of the King” and the day will be devoted to helping women discover their foundational identity as daughters of the King of Heaven and Earth. Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9am-4pm, at the National Shrine of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Talks will be offered in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. A mid -September sellout is expected. Register today at: catholicwomensconference.org.


Good News You Can Use

Drivers Needed
We are in need of drivers to assist parishioners in need of a ride to and from Mass on Sundays.
It would be once or twice a month at the convenience of the driver. At the present time there are more riders than drivers so not everyone can get to church. If interested, please contact Erin Moravec at 215-657-6948.

Bereavement Support Group
The St. David monthly bereavement support is for all persons grieving the death of a loved one. This is a peer support group facilitated by parishioners Rose Mueller, RN, BSN and Marge Polinski, MS. This provides an opportunity for people to share in an environment of understanding and empathy.
The group will meet the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 AM in the rectory. Please call
Rose Mueller at 215-657-4423 or Marge Polinski at 215-674-3690.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast Buffet
First of each month
Knights of Columbus Flaherty Council invites you to a first of the each month breakfast buffet plus omelette station from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at 235 Limeklin Pike Glenside.
Adults: $9.00 children $5.00. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Holy Communion for the Sick and Home-bound
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.