Sacraments

sac-baptismBaptism at St. David Parish

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Baptism is celebrated the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm. Arrangements for Baptism should be made at least one week in advance at the Rectory.

Newborn Baptism Workshop – 2nd Thursday of each month in Rectory at 7:00pm. At least one parent must attend. Parents are encouraged to attend before the birth of the child.

Please call the Rectory at 215-657-0252 to register for class. Click here to learn about the Guidlines for Baptismal and Confirmation Sponsors.


confirmationThe Sacrament of Confirmation

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

The sacrament of Confirmation seals the recipient with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Along with the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, it makes up the sacraments of Christian Initiation. Moreover, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace (CCC 1285).”

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.


reconciliation1The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:23)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available:

Every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm, on the Eve of First Friday and Holy Days of Obligation from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm, or any other time by previous arrangement with one of the priests.

Examination of Conscience

The sinner who is sorry for his sins is closer to God than the just man who boasts of his good works. -Saint Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Recall your sins. Calmly and honestly ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God and the Church’s commandments.

  • Do I pray to God every day? Have I thanked God for His gifts to me?
  • Did I put my faith in danger through reading material that is hostile to Catholic teachings? Have I been involved in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices, such as palm-reading or fortune telling?
  • Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse or take a false oath?
  • Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault? Did I fast and abstain on the prescribed days?
  • Did I disobey my parents or lawful superiors in important matters?
  • Did I hate or quarrel with anyone or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful?
  • Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs? Did I consent to, recommend, advise, or actively take part in an abortion?
  • Did I willfully look at indecent pictures, watch immoral movies, or read immoral books or magazines? Did I engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I use contraceptives to prevent conception?
  • Did I steal or damage another’s property? Have I been honest in my business relations?
  • Did I tell lies? Did I sin by gossiping about others? Did I judge others rashly in serious matters? Have I envied others?

EucharistThe Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. (John 6:51)

The greatest of the seven sacraments is the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is really present under the appearances of bread and wine.

Our Lord is not merely symbolized by the bread and wine; nor is he present only through the faith of those present. Rather, the two material things, bread and wine, are completely changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, leaving behind only their sensible appearances. Thus, through the words of consecration spoken by the priest, Jesus, without ceasing to be present in a natural way in heaven, is also present sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in many places throughout the world.

The Eucharist is not only a sacrament but also a sacrifice. In it Jesus, acting through the priest, makes present again in an unbloody manner the sacrifice which he offered once for all by shedding his blood on Calvary. In Holy Communion, by obeying Jesus’ command to eat his flesh and drink his blood, the faithful are also united spiritually with Jesus himself, and they unite their own prayers, works and sufferings to his perfect sacrifice.

Sacraments at Home:

Any sick or housebound parishioner can have the priest visit to administer the Sacraments. Please call the Rectory at 215-657-0252 or 215-657-0253.

Read more about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

What is Transubstantiation?

Who is the Holy Eucharist?

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marriage_symbolThe Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word. ( Ephesians 5:25-26 )

It is only fitting that, since marriage publicly establishes a couple in their life in the Church, that the sacrament be celebrated in a public Church liturgy.

If you are already married, consider participating in a Marriage Encounter weekend for a chance to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God.

Couples planning to be married at St. David Parish should make arrangements at the Rectory at least 6 months before the date of marriage.

Read the Sacrament of Matrimony Fact Sheet  page for complete details.


holyorders1The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Jesus continued His tour of all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is good but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)

The sacrament of Holy Orders confers upon men the grace and spiritual power to celebrate the sacraments as ordained ministers of the Catholic Church.

The same sacrament is administered in three degrees, each with a higher sacramental effect for the ordained minister: first deacon, then priest, and finally bishop. The bishop receives the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders, and is able in turn to administer all seven sacraments, through his succession to the apostles. The priest shares in the ministry of the bishop and serves at his discretion, administering the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick and, with special permission, Confirmation. The deacon is ordained for service to the church, and can administer the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage. Deacons can be married at the time of their ordination. (CCC 1536 – 1600).

If you feel called to the vocation of the priesthood, diaconate, or a religious order, contact the Rectory at 215-657-0252 visit the Diocese of Philadelphia website.


sac-anointingThe Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick

Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15 )

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. Where once it may have been reserved for individuals who were near death and preparing for passing over to eternal life, hence its former name of Extreme Unction or Last Rites, today it is administered to those who fall seriously ill and are seeking restoration to health through the special grace of this sacrament. (CCC 1499 – 1532).

Please call the Rectory at 215-657-0252 if you or someone you know needs to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or for Mass intentions, or if you would like a prayer request to be included as an Intercessory Prayer during an upcoming liturgy. Any sick or housebound parishioner can have the priest visit to administer the Sacraments.