Spiritual Reflection 9/27/2020

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Our Scriptures this Sunday lead us to reflect on the well-known maxim: “Actions speak louder than words.” Ezekiel reminds us in the first reading that there is a path of life and a path of death. He tells us that it is the choices we make that determine the road we travel. So, the invitation is, choose well. Our decisions, the words we use, and our actions reflect who we truly are, what our values are and what our character consists of.

St. Paul tells us in Philippians that Jesus did not deem equality with God as something to be grasped at, so what happens? He says Jesus did something. He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave to save us from bondage. To liberate us, He showed his love to the point of death, even death on a cross. Jesus’ actions spoke louder than his words.

Jesus asks us in the Gospel reading, which of the two sons followed their father’s instruction? What was the answer? Actions speak louder than words. We all have a picture in our minds and hearts of who we are. The powerful question Jesus is reminding us to ask ourselves is: Do our actions reflect who we think we are? As we know, our world today is full of temptations and reckless behavior. In the name of freedom, our American culture presents a myriad of choices: some lead to life in the Spirit but sadly, many choices lead to death and destruction. There comes a time in life when we must say “no” to certain people or things and “yes” to other people or things in order to maintain the dignity we expect of ourselves and the self-worth God calls us to.

So, what does this mean as parishioners of St. David parish? Reflect on the fact that it is one thing to remember our baptismal vows, it is another thing to live our baptismal vows. If you are married, it is one thing to remember your wedding vows and it is another thing to live your wedding vows. For all of us, it is one thing to say we care about the poor and defenseless, the foreigner, the unborn to the elderly and every stage of life in between and it is another thing to be truly caring for the poor and defenseless through our actions. Here in the parish, it is one thing to say we are parishioners and another thing to be actively involved parishioners through our stewardship of time, talent and treasure. In all facets of life, it is good to consider whether our actions speak to who we think we are. Why is this so important? Faith, to be faith, must be practiced for: Actions speak louder than words.

Since our actions speak to who we truly are, St. Paul encourages us today in Philippians, “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” That is perhaps the best advice for anyone who wants to be happy in this life. In conclusion, the summary of this Sunday’s Gospel reading could be that powerful quote attributed to St. Francis Assisi whose feast day is next week, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

God bless you!
Sr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IHM

Week of September 27, 2020

Saturday September 26th Ss. Cosmas & Damian
4:00 pm Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday September 27th
9:00 am For those affected by COVID-21
11:00 am Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 28th St. Wenceslaus and Ss. Lawrence Ruiz & companions
6:30 am † Vittorio Del Bon 7th Anniversary

Tuesday September 29th Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
6:30 am † Angelina Teixeria Uveia Veiga

Wednesday September 30th St. Jerome
6:30 am † Margaret M. Stewart

Thursday October 1st St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
6:30 am † Joseph Garofalo

Friday October 2nd Guardian Angels
6:30 am † Maureen ‘Bean’ Gibbons

Saturday October 3rd
8:00 am Monahan & Zuefle Families


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Vittorio Del Bon
Sun., Sept. 27th @ 11:30 AM to Mon., Sept. 28th @ 6:30 AM


Remembering in our Prayers…

… all those who are sick …  Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, Loretta Boyle, Al Messina, Mike Dunn, John Flickinger, Edward Pulaski, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Eileen Frankenfield.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Week of September 20, 2020

Saturday September 19th St. Januarius
4:00 pm  Intentions of the Parishioners

Sunday September 20th
9:00 am  For those affected by COVID-20
11:00 am  Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 21st St. Matthew
6:30 am  † Marie Brown

Tuesday September 22nd
6:30 am  † Benny Jimenez

Wednesday September 23rd St. Pio of Pietrelcina
6:30 am  † Natalie Kolin

Thursday September 24th
6:30 am  † June M. Lappe

Friday September 25th
6:30 am  † Deceased Members of the Reilly Family

Saturday September 26th Ss. Cosmas & Damian
8:00 am  † Celso Primus


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Marie Brown Sunday, September 20th @ 11:30 AM to Monday, September 21st @ 6:30 AM


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Josephine Mehlbaum
Sat., Sept. 12th @ 4 PM to Thurs., Sept. 17th @ 6:30 AM

Harry Weckerly, Sr.
Sun., Sept. 13th @ 9 AM to Tues., Sept. 15th @ 6:30 AM

Mary Loughery
Sun., Sept. 13th @ 11:30 AM to Wed., Sept. 16th @ 6:30 AM


Remembering in our Prayers…
… all those who are sick …  Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, Loretta Boyle, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Irma Hetrick, Donna Hartley, and Edward Fowler.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection 9/20/2020

+Dear Parishioners,

       On this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we realize in today’s readings that God wants to be found by us. He is always watching, waiting, and inviting us to come to Him with all of our joys, worries, concerns, and problems; otherwise, why would He have inspired the Prophet Isaiah to write: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near.”

       Jesus is within each one of us. He is not going to force Himself upon us, but He does send us invites if we are open to receiving them. How, you may ask? It would be great if Jesus would send us an email, call, or text us, or invite us to a Zoom meeting, or better yet, appear to us in a vision, but of course, these connections are most unlikely. Sometimes though, we can hear His voice through the reading of Scripture, or by listening to an inspiring homily. We may hear His voice through a deep conversation with a friend or family member, or in a song, to name just a few ways God reaches into our lives.

One important way we hear the voice of God is through catechists who instruct adults and children about the teachings of the Catholic faith and prepare them for the sacraments, either through PREP classes, religion class in Catholic School, or through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program. On this Catechetical Sunday, thank a teacher of the faith for his/her selfless service and dedication.

Our God is a loving, generous, and forgiving God as Isaiah reminds us. He wants to have a personal relationship with each one of us. Therefore, with God’s grace, we “strive to conduct ourselves in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” For we believe that “the Lord is near to all who call upon Him.” We also are aware from today’s Gospel reading of the rich landowner, that Jesus does not measure or judge as we do. Thank God. Instead, Jesus, our generous Savior, reminds us that “the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Wow! Jesus is a God of surprises and one who fills us with hope! May God be praised!!!

P.S. Parishioners, thanks so much for your prayers for Queen of Angels School. The entire school community is thrilled to be back to school either virtually or in-person. Please continue the prayers that everyone will stay healthy and that a cure for COVID-19 will soon be discovered.

In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am,
Sister Mary C. Chapman, IHM, Ed.D.

Spiritual Reflection 9/13/2020

Forgiveness

You have to love a Gospel where the message is so clear you really don’t need anyone to explain it to us.  The Gospel we hear today is one of those Gospels.  It is so clear that Jesus is calling us to forgive others and if we do not forgive there will be consequences.  Our own graces of forgiveness are tied completely to our own ability to forgive.  Our culture, our experiences, and our own human nature immediately contradicts our own feelings on Jesus’ teaching of forgiveness.  We feel that it might be unfair because there may be people in our lives who we feel do not deserve forgiveness.  “Why would I ever forgive them for what they did?”  “I am a good person, but what they did is unforgivable.”  These thoughts we may have may seem fair and reasonable but these thoughts are not how Jesus thinks.

Remember why Jesus came to us.  He came to us to repair our relationship with His Father.  His Father so loved the world He sent His Son to forgive us our sins.  It is a total act of love for the forgiveness of sin.  All sin.  Jesus gave us the commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.”  If we do not have the ability to forgive then we are not loving one another as Jesus has asked us to.  Jesus gave all of Himself in the loving act of forgiving our sins.  He gave His own sacred life. There was no fairness in His sacrifice.  There was no guarantee we would return His love.  He did it anyway. He paid for the forgiveness of us by taking on the consequences of our sins so that we would not have to. 

By forgiving, we also take on the consequences of the sin against us.  This is difficult to do because there is no guarantee if we forgive someone who has wronged us that the forgiveness given will be returned.  There is also no guarantee that a relationship will be repaired if forgiveness is given, but by giving forgiveness we open ourselves to love.  We open ourselves to love as God loves.  We can stop being tortured by the injustices we might have experienced for God loves us just as much as he loves the person who may have wronged us.  By giving forgiveness, we love again someone who Jesus has never stopped loving. 

Week of September 13, 2020

SATURDAY September 12th The Most Holy Name of Mary (m)
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY September 13th
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 AM Intentions of the Presider

Monday September 14th The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (F)
6:30 am † Lawrence J. Tobin, Jr.

Tuesday September 15th Our Lady Of Sorrows (M)
6:30 am † Harry Weckerly, Sr.

Wednesday September 16th Saints Cornelius and Cyprian (M)
6:30 am † Mary Loughery

Thursday September 17th Saint Robert Bellarmine (m)
6:30 am † Josephine Mehlbaum

Friday September 18th
6:30 am † Mary O’Neill

Saturday September 19th Saint Januarius (m)
8:00 am † Eugene Wright


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Josephine Mehlbaum
Sat., Sept. 12th @ 4 PM to Thurs., Sept. 17th @ 6:30 AM

Harry Weckerly, Sr.
Sun., Sept. 13th @ 9 AM to Tues., Sept. 15th @ 6:30 AM

Mary Loughery
Sun., Sept. 13th @ 11:30 AM to Wed., Sept. 16th @ 6:30 AM


Remembering in our Prayers…

… all those who are sick …  Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, Loretta Boyle, Al Messina and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Robert Daley, Laura Forrest, and Bernard Ardiff.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection 9/6/2020

Have we accepted the notion of Christian love yet in our lives? Jesus gave us a very clear standard of this, the standard of the cross. First he told us what Christian love is, at the Last Supper: “No one has greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” No one forced Him. Then he showed us what Christian love is, by laying down his life on the cross. The crucifix, the central image in all of our churches, is the standard of Christian love.

True Love is so different than what we hear in the love songs on the radio or see in movies and on television. It’s so different than what we see typically happen in a Disney movie when two Characters fall in love and marry, the scene cuts and they live happily ever after.  They never talk about the work that a man and a woman do in sustaining a happy marriage for 50 years.  To build any loving relationship and sustain a friendship in love is not always easy.  Love is about going out of ourselves and being more concerned for others than ourselves.  Doing things for others, dying of our own egos for others.

Living this way is hard, even St. Therese of Lisieux in her autobiography Story of a Soul talks about wanting to obey Jesus’ commandment to love one’s enemies.  She shared in that thought, but she even admitted that there were some people who annoyed her.  Think of that, people can even annoy saints! There were some nuns in her community whom St. Therese did not like, but Therese set about going out of her way to treat them lovingly just as Christ would.

In our lives we all have them as well, people who rub us the wrong way, who push our buttons, and sometimes more seriously, people who are truly dangerous to our mental or physical health.  What should we do when we encounter difficult people?  In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that if someone wrongs you we should go tell them they wronged you so that they reconcile.  If they don’t take it seriously, have someone else go along with you and tell them.  If they still don’t take it seriously tell the Church.  And after all of that if they still don’t change, treat them as a tax collector or a gentile, which means we Love them.  

This should be our response to the difficult people in our lives, simply to treat those people with love, regardless of our feelings.  To love sometimes means telling the hard truths to someone that no one else will tell them.  The truths that they really need to hear, so that they don’t damage their lives, and their futures, but it doesn’t mean going out lecture people and pointing figures.  It doesn’t mean breaking down someone’s character by gossiping about them. Love means reaching out to others despite our feelings and helping them make the right decision.

In my life, and maybe in yours, I know I have been a difficult person in some people’s lives without knowing it at the time.  I have always appreciated and always responded better to people who were patient with my faults and choose to point them out by building me up rather than tearing me down and keeping me down. Can we do the same for others? It is true there are just some people who will not listen to anyone no matter what it is, how it is said, or who says it, but we are still asked to love them. Let us always pray then for the difficult people in our lives and for ourselves that if today we hear His voice, we harden not our hearts.

God Bless,
Fr. Windle

Week of September 6, 2020

SATURDAY September 5, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY September 6, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 AM Intentions of the Presider

Monday August 24, 2020
8:00 am † Charles M. Grosh, Jr.

Tuesday August 25, 2020
8:00 am † Joy Burns

Wednesday August 26, 2020
8:00 am † Steve Irwin

Thursday August 27, 2020
8:00 am † Ted Nealis

Friday August 28, 2020
8:00 am † Harry McGrann

Saturday August 29, 2020
8:00 am † Marguerite Troisi (17th Anniversary)


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Warren Fenstermacher Sunday, Sept. 6th @ 9 AM to Monday, Sept. 7th @ 8 AM
Deceased Members of the Link & Simpson Families
Sunday, Sept. 6th @ 11:30 AM to Thursday, Sept. 10th @ 6:30 AM

If you have previously scheduled masses for 2021, please call the rectory during office hours at 215-657-0252. Thank you. 


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, Loretta Boyle, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased …

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Week of August 30, 2020

SATURDAY August 29, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY August 30, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 AM Intentions of the Presider

MONDAY August 31, 2020
8:00 AM  Mary & John Kenney

TUESDAY September 1, 2020
8:00 AM  Anna Sanzona

WEDNESDAY September 2, 2020
8:00 AM Joy Burns

THURSDAY September 3, 2020
8:00 AM Patricia Joyce Gahagan

FRIDAY September 4, 2020
8:00 AM Savilla O’Brien

SATURDAY September 5, 2020
8:00 AM Louis Troisi 15th Anniversary


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Harry McGrann Saturday, August 29th @ 4 PM to Friday, August 28th @ 8 AM
Mary & John Kenney Sunday, August 30th @ 9 AM to Monday, August 31st @ 8 AM

If you have previously scheduled masses for 2021, please call the rectory during office hours at 215-657-0252. Thank you. 


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Patricia Gahagan & Joseph Thompson.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Week of August 23rd

SATURDAY August 22, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY August 23, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 AM Intentions of the Presider

MONDAY August 24, 2020
8:00 AM  Charles M. Grosh, Jr.

TUESDAY August 25, 2020
8:00 AM  Joy Burns

WEDNESDAY August 26, 2020
8:00 AM Steve Irwin

THURSDAY August 27, 2020
8:00 AM Ted Nealis

FRIDAY August 28, 2020
8:00 AM Harry McGrann

SATURDAY August 29, 2020
8:00 AM Marguerite Troisi 17th Anniversary


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Charles M. Grosh, Jr. Sunday, Aug. 23rd @ 9 AM — Monday, Aug. 24th @ 8 AM

If you have previously scheduled masses for 2021, please call the rectory during office hours at 215-657-0252. Thank you. 


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Lorraine Hendricks, Mary Anne Thess & Margaret Lawnton.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection from St. David Parish 8/16/2020

A few years ago there was extensive news coverage on a prediction that the world was going to end.  It seems that someone speculated that since there were no more dates on the Inca or Aztec calendar after a certain date the world must be ending, hence the prediction.  This prediction caused anxiety in a great many people including my children who were young at the time.  They came to me worried that this prediction could be true.  They were very surprised by my answer.  I told them, “I sure hope so.”   “Why Dad would you hope for that?”  I explained to them that with our faith in Jesus we had nothing to worry about.  If it was the end of the world, Jesus was coming to be with us again. Wouldn’t that be great? Maybe not the Father of the Year answer, but so very true.  Our faith in Christ can free us from all fear.  How many times do we hear Jesus Himself say, “Do not be afraid.”  Faith is a powerful tool in our arsenal.  Just last week faith saw Peter walking on water.  It wasn’t until fear took hold of him and, as Jesus says, he lost faith that Peter began to sink.  When we allow the storms of life to overpower us, we sometimes forget to just rely on our faith.  We can do such great things when we allow ourselves to be led by our faith in Christ.  As Jesus says, we could move mountains with faith. 

We sometimes forget that our faith in Christ also allows us to overcome sin.  We all sin but Christ tells us that through Him, even if we feel unworthy of forgiveness, with faith in Him all our sins can be forgiven.  The woman who calls out to Jesus for her child to be cured in today’s Gospel was not even worthy to speak to Jesus in the culture of that time.  That does not stop her from asking Jesus to help her.  In fact, Jesus tells her that her faith in Him is why he grants her wishes for her child to be healed.  It is an action on her part that grants what she wishes.  How many times in our lives do we allow the sins we have committed to bear us down?  We allow sin to sink us.  If we only have faith in Christ, an action on our part, we can put down the burden of sin and allow Christ to forgive us.  It also allows us to forgive ourselves.  Once we put all our faith in Christ, we will be able to waltz sinless and fearless across the surface of the stormy waters of life. 

May Jesus live in our hearts forever. 
Deacon Chris

Week of August 16th

SATURDAY August 15, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY August 16, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:00 AM Intentions of the Presider

MONDAY August 17, 2020
8:00 AM Charles Myrtetus

TUESDAY August 18, 2020
8:00 AM Ted Nealis

WEDNESDAY August 19, 2020
8:00 AM Charles G. Myrtetus

THURSDAY August 20, 2020
8:00 AM Michele Morrison

FRIDAY August 21, 2020
8:00 AM Eleanor Norwacki

SATURDAY August 22, 2020
8:00 AM  John Higgins


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

Michele Morrison Tuesday, August 11th @ 8 AM — Thursday, August 20th @ 8 AM
Eleanor Norwacki Wednesday, August 12th @ 8 AM — Friday, August 21st @ 8 AM


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased … Jean Lombardi.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection from St. David Parish 8/9/2020

When I was younger, I loved to fish. I remember on time as a 5-year-old going fishing with my dad and uncle to Marsh Creek, our usual fishing spot. When we got there, my dad set me up on a ledge above the water which seemed very high for a 5-year-old. He put a worm on the hook and helped me cast out. My dad and uncle took their spots, one on each side of me. As soon as they cast their lines was as soon as I slipped off of the ledge and into the water. I was so scared that I was going to drown. I didn’t know how to swim and started to flap my arms and my legs. There was a little bit of a current and I was moving down the creek a bit.

What felt like eternity in the cold water was probably only 15 seconds. I felt my dad pick me up, look at me with a smile, and say, “Matt just stand up.” I put my legs down and found out that the water only went to my chest! Being afraid is normal, but Fear can be so paralyzing that we are afraid to even stand up when we are asked.

There are so many things we can be scared of right now, but I think what a lot people are scared of the most are that things are just so uncertain in life. We just don’t know exactly what the future will hold for us and, too often, we can allow this to dominate and define our lives. When we allow Fear to be so strong in us, we don’t allow Christ’s peace in our hearts or trust that God loves us.

Jesus reminds all of us today, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” He tells us do not ever be afraid to approach Him no matter what happens in life. He is with us and is ready to pick us up even when we fall and are too scared to get up. He looks us in the eye with a huge smile and says, “Just stand up. I am with you.” As we prepare to approach Jesus once again in the Eucharist, taking those small steps to receive him, do not ever be afraid to know that He is with us no matter what happens in life.

Week of August 9th

SATURDAY August 8, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY August 9, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:30 AM Intentions of the Presider

MONDAY August 10, 2020
8:00 AM Agnes Drobins

TUESDAY August 11, 2020
8:00 AM Michele Morrison

WEDNESDAY August 12, 2020
8:00 AM Eleanor Norwacki

THURSDAY August 13, 2020
8:00 AM Intentions Lisa Buccini & Toni Anne Gammel

FRIDAY August 14, 2020
8:00 AM Intentions of Gordon Keith Wagner

SATURDAY August 15, 2020
8:00 AM  Stella Cox


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners.

There are no rescheduled masses for this week.


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Lorraine Hendricks, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, Theresa McFadden, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.

… all those who are deceased.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Week of August 2nd

SATURDAY August 1, 2020
4:00 PM VIGIL For the Intentions of the Parishioners

SUNDAY August 2, 2020
9:00 AM For those affected by COVID-19
11:30 AM Intentions of the Presider

MONDAY August 3, 2020
8:00 AM  Patrick McDonnell

TUESDAY August 4, 2020
8:00 AM  Patricia A. Jones

WEDNESDAY August 5, 2020
8:00 AM Thomas Dugan

THURSDAY August 6, 2020
8:00 AM  Intentions of Albert Buccini & Family

FRIDAY August 7, 2020
8:00 AM Billy Flounders

SATURDAY August 8, 2020
8:00 AM Holden & Gawronski Families


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the Intentions of Saint David Parishioners. Daily mass is now celebrated at 8 AM with the Sisters of Saint David Convent.

There are no rescheduled masses for this week.


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Anthony Schmidt, Lorraine Hendricks, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.
… all those who are deceased … John Higgins.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection from St. David Parish 8/2/2020

THE TRIUMPH OF GOD’S LOVE

         In this Sunday’s Second Reading, Saint Paul extols the eternal, unfathomable, life-transforming love of God for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord. As we navigate the challenges and uncertainties of our present lives, this eternal truth is the source of our trust and confidence in God. No truth will transform our lives more than God’s gracious love for us, in spite of our weaknesses and sins. To the extent that we understand God’s love and live daily with a deep sense of its reality, will we live in victory over temptation and sin and be able to persevere through trials.

        God’s great love for us is not diminished or terminated by our failures, short- comings or sins, because it goes back to God’s choice of us before the foundation of the world. In fact, He loved us so much that He delivered up His own Son for us on the cross. Since God did all of this for us while we were yet sinners, His love for us is not conditioned on our worthiness or our performance. We can’t earn or deserve His love. Rather, it stems from His very nature, “for God is love” (1 John 4: 8).

        However, it is important to remember that a close relationship with God is reciprocal. Our obedience to Christ reflects our love for Him and we will only experience the love of the Father and the Son if we obey Him and strive to do His will. Daily prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments of the Most Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation are the channels of grace God has given us to grow in union with Him.

        In today’s passage from Romans, the Apostle Paul was soaring to the heights in his contemplation of God’s love. Of all the wonders that we can ever see in this life, nothing surpasses the fact that God loves you and He loves me, loves us with an everlasting and unchanging love, a love which will not finally be satisfied until we are all home in Heaven, conformed to the likeness of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The love of God for us is the basis for our peace and for our joy. Let us take time this week to contemplate God’s love for us!

God love and bless you!
Sr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IHM

Spiritual Reflection from St. David Parish 7/26/2020

Weeds and Wheat

                Abby Johnson is a very powerful voice for the Pro-Life movement.  It was not always that way.  She was once a director of a Planned Parenthood.  She help to facilitate many abortions, which ended the lives of many precious children.  Abby was very vocal in the Pro-choice argument and from the bottom of her heart she thought she was doing the right thing for women.  But then something happened.  She experienced a complete change of heart.  She saw the error of her ways and changed her life around.  She is now such a powerful witness to the horrors and evil of abortion and the victimization of the women who fall to the lies of that industry.  God never gave up on her.  She could have been considered as one of the weeds of this world, but she has chosen to be wheat.  If God had decided to just move on, to tear up the entire harvest Abby would not have had the chance to change.

                We hear Jesus say in the Gospels we can see the Father through Him.  The Gospel from last week gives us a glimpse of how the Father thinks through the parable Jesus uses. It may even answer the age old question, “Why does he allow evil in the world?”  The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds may reveal the answer.  I believe He does it because he is holding out on hope that anyone can change.  He is not going to give up on all for the failures of others.  He has sent His Son to tell us He wants us with him.  Through his Son, the failures that bring us closer to being weeds than wheat can be eliminated.  Washed away.  Gone forever.  Our baptism begins this transformation where we die to sin and rise as the very wheat that makes up the Bread of Life.  Through the Sacrament of Penance, we can renew our strength to stay as the creation God made us to be and, through Confirmation, we can tap into the strength to tell others the Good News. It is by spreading this Good News that others may have the opportunity for transformation.  The wheat helping in the transformation of the weeds.

                The transformation of Abby Johnson is not a new phenomenon to God.  His hope in us has shown through the lives of many.  Paul would be a great example.  A persecutor of Christians changed to the Apostle of the Gentiles.  St. Augustine, a virtual playboy, became one of the early Fathers and theologians of the Church.  Many other saints follow this very story.  We can also be a transformation story if we just listen to the words of the origin of all hope, Jesus Christ. 

Deacon Chris Mars

Week of July 26th

Sunday, July 26th 9 AM — For those affected by COVID-19
Sunday, July 26th 11 AM — Intention of the Presider
Monday, July 27th — Edward Duross
Tuesday, July 28th — Mr. & Mrs. Tobin
Wednesday, July 29th — Eileen Delzingaro
Thursday, July 30th — Patricia A. Jones
Friday, July 31st — Helen & Bill McMahon
Saturday, August 1st — John Kenney
VIGIL Saturday, August 1st — Intentions of the Parishioners


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions     
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the intentions of Saint David Parishioners. Daily mass is now celebrated at 8 AM with the Sisters of Saint David Convent.

John Kenny Saturday, August 1st @ 4 PM — 8 AM


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Anthony Schmidt, Lorraine Hendricks, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.
… all those who are deceased … Sean Hawley.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.

Spiritual Reflection from St. David Parish 7/19/2020

Dear Parishioners,

How do we sow good seeds in our lives and in the lives of those we love? In the second reading for today, Saint Paul reminds us of the importance of prayer. What is prayer? Simply stated, as we learned from our parents and teachers, “Prayer is speaking and listening to God.” We need not worry about the right words to say; prayers are like a conversation with a very dear loved one. We converse and attentively listen to those closest to us. It is the same with our loving God as Saint Paul tells us, “the One Who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because He intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.”

Therefore, continue to strive to make prayer a priority in your life and in your family’s life. I guarantee you that although all your problems may not be solved, your life will definitely be more peaceful. When we ask in prayer for God’s guidance and for help in doing His will, God, like a loving father, will comfort and strengthen us with His abiding presence for God is love.

In planting the seed of prayer in our lives, the Holy Spirit will aid us in distinguishing those areas in our lives that need to be weeded. Participating in the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation is a highly effective weeding tool. Recall what we sang in today’s responsorial psalm: “Lord, You are good and forgiving.” May God be praised!

Take care and God bless.
Sister Mary

Week of July 19th

Sunday, July 19th 9 AM — For those affected by COVID-19
Sunday, July 19th 11 AM — Intention of the Presider
Monday, July 20th — Katherine Johnson
Tuesday, July 21st — James Rosenbaum
Wednesday, July 22nd — Mary Buccini
Thursday, July 23rd — Anne Waldron
Friday, July 24th — Intention of the Presider
Saturday, July 25th— Dorothy Valenza
VIGIL Saturday, July 25th— Intentions of the Parishioners


Changes to the Daily Mass Intentions     
Mass at St. David is said once daily during this difficult time. We have rescheduled the weekend mass intentions, so that no intentions are missed. Sunday mass will be offered for the intentions of Saint David Parishioners. Daily mass is now celebrated at 8 AM with the Sisters of Saint David Convent.

Dorothy Valenza Sunday, July 26th @ 9 AM Saturday, July 25th @ 8 AM
Eileen Delzingaro Sunday, July 26th @ 11:30 AM Wednesday, July 29th @ 8 AM


Remembering in Our Prayers… 
… all those who are sick … Josephine Gallo, Anthony Schmidt, Lorraine Hendricks, Mary Trauger, Helen Jurkiewicz, and the residents of Garden Springs and the Landings.
… all those who are deceased …
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.


Sick List Information

          Please call the office (215-657-0252) or email jmmarlin@stdavidparish.org or mmahon@stdavidparish.org if you would like to add or remove someone’s name from the prayer list. If you are aware of someone who is no longer sick please let us know so that we can ensure that there is room for others in need of prayer. Also, reducing the list allows for those who need prayer to be more apparent.