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 "At once they left their nets and followed him."

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St. Andrew the apostle Parish

400 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07012
Tel: 973-779-6873
Fax: 973-779-0573


Mass Schedule:

Sundays: 5pm (Sat), 7:30am, 9am, 11:15am
Weekdays: Mon-Sat 8am
Holy Days: As announced


Rectory Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
                              (Closed Fridays in Summer)
Novena: Mondays, 7pm
Confessions: Saturdays, 3pm-4pm


Our weekly parish bulletin may be accessed here.

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Parish Logo created by Martha McGowan, 2017.

Parish Logo created by Martha McGowan, 2017.

Mission Statement

The parish community of St. Andrew the Apostle is committed to:

  • Supporting one another in living out the call of the Gospel to proclaim God's love to all.
  • Teaching by providing lifelong Christian formation, which translates into the sound practice of our Catholic morals, values & beliefs.
  • Evangelizing by sharing the Gospel message entrusted to the Apostles & his Church by Jesus Christ.
  • Encouraging spiritual growth by nurturing our relationship with Christ & one another through the celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Our Story

The history of St. Andrew's dates back to June 11th, 1939 when it became a parish of the Paterson Diocese. Today it stands a vibrant faith-filled Catholic community of 1100 families, providing endless opportunities for people of all ages to participate in its parish life.

St. Andrew's Parish also supports St. Andrew's School, founded in 1953, which offers a quality Catholic education to children in grades PreK3 to Grade 8.

Our Pastor

Rev. Richard D. Kilcomons was ordained in 2006 & installed pastor of St. Andrew's in 2014, both by Bishop Serratelli of the Paterson Diocese. 





& Blarney Scott, In Residence =)

Parish Staff

Rev. Richard D. Kilcomons, Pastor
973-779-6873 ext. 11 / RKilcomons@Optonline.net
Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Scott, In Residence
973-779-6873 ext. 22
Rev. Philip-Michael Tangorra, In Residence
973-779-6873 ext. 19 / PTangorra@PatersonDiocese.org
Deacon Richard J. Goglia, Director of Religious Ed.
973-779-6873 ext. 20 / StAndrewRelEd@Optonline.net
Michelle Petrasek, Pastoral Associate
973-779-6873 ext. 14
Barbara Quinlan, Parish Office Manager
973-779-6873 ext. 10 / LadyBarb@Optonline.net
Carol Dziuba, Organist
Cynthia Schirm, School Principal
973-473-3711 / CSchirm@SASClifton.com
Barbara Hayes, School Office Manager                                                    973-471-3711 / Office@SASClifton.com

For general parish information, submit an inquiry here.


Good News & parish events

For a listing of upcoming events, see this month's parish calendar, or our parish Facebook Events tab.

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We are very fortunate to report that Santa took time out of his busy schedule preparing for the Christmas holiday to visit our parish for a delicious breakfast! Children small and tall met with Santa after mass, took photos, and received presents. A magical time was had by all.




It is customary for the Pope to bless Infant Baby Jesus figures that children & their families bring to St. Peter's Square in Rome on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, which has become known as Bambinelli Sunday. Parishioners of St. Andrew's were invited to bring their own figures of Baby Jesus from their home nativity sets to be blessed at all masses on the weekend of December 16th & 17th.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2017 Many thanks to all who participated in this lovely Christmas event! Our adult choir, teen choir, children's choir, as well as visitors the Alay Awit Chorale, & junior pianists along with organist Carol Dziuba & Pastoral Associate Michelle Petrasek all did an excellent job lifting our spirits in preparation for Christmas! For a full set of photos, please see our Facebook album.


Many thanks to all who participated in this lovely Christmas event! Our adult choir, teen choir, children's choir, as well as visitors the Alay Awit Chorale, & junior pianists along with organist Carol Dziuba & Pastoral Associate Michelle Petrasek all did an excellent job lifting our spirits in preparation for Christmas! For a full set of photos, please see our Facebook album.



St. Francis of Assisi was a Catholic friar who gave up a life of wealth to live a life of poverty. He established the Franciscan Order of Friars & is the patron saint of animals. Each October, St. Andrew's celebrates the feast of St. Francis with an annual blessing of animals in front of church. This year, Fr. Rick blessed dozens of our furry friends - including cats & dogs, one bunny, two guinea pigs, two frogs & a cricket.  For photos from this year's event, please see our official photo album.



St. Andrew's 2017 Carnival was a weekend of games, rides, & family fun!

What a joy to see our entire parish & school communities work together this September to put on such a major event. Many thanks to our Carnival committee & all volunteers who worked very hard!

For more information & photos from this year's event, please see our official Event Facebook page here



If you would like to participate in a parish ministry or group, we have something for everyone at St. Andrew's! A full listing with appropriate contact information may be found below. If you are interested in creating a new committee or have general questions, call the Rectory at 973-779-6873.


Altar servers are always needed. Please encourage your children to consider this important ministry. A form of interest may be completed here.

Altar Servers:
Rectory Office, 973-779-6873

Boy Scouts:
Scout Master Jack Hayes, 973-546-1868

Christian Care Committee, Help for Homebound:
Dorothy Gondola, 973-778-5276

Eucharistic Ministers:
Rectory Office, 973-779-6873

Greeting Card Ministry
Helen Power, 973-472-6942

Home & School Association (2017-2018):
President Jen Fantry, 973-981-6000

Hospitality Committee:
Mary Tuites, 973-778-3566

Knights of Columbus:
Grand Knight Robert Bollettino, 973-772-2727

President Kathy Mortimer, 973-742-9833

Rectory Office, 973-779-6873

Music Ministry:
Pastoral Associate Michelle Petrasek, 973-779-6873 ext. 14 / SaintAndrewsMusicMinistry@Gmail.com

Religious Ed Teachers:
Dir. of Religious Education Deacon Rich, 973-779-6873 ext. 20 / StAndrewRelEd@Optonline.net

Thirty-Niners, Seniors Group:
Barbara Dudek, 973-665-4131

Youth Group:
Pastoral Associate Michelle Petrasek, 973-779-6873 etx. 14 / SaintAndrewsYouthGroup@Gmail.com

Troop 23 Scout Master Jack Hayes (left) & dedicated leaders, photo by Scout Mom Martha McGowan.



For information regarding the sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation, & Confirmation,  please see our Religious Education page.


Baptisms are made by appointment & most often held on Sunday afternoons following 11:15am mass.

If you are interested in scheduling a Baptism with the parish, please fill out the following form & we will contact you. Please understand simply filling out a form does not guarantee your Baptism request.

Child Name *
Child Name
Phone *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Father's Name *
Father's Name
Mother's Maiden Name *
Mother's Maiden Name
Were Parents Married by a Catholic Priest? *


Couples planning to be married are asked to make an appointment with a priest or deacon to begin preparations at least one year before the wedding.

All couples who are to be married in the Catholic church are expected to attend a Pre-Cana session. This year's Pre-Cana sessions at St. Andrew's will be held on April 1st & September 16th, & the form for those who have already begun the planning process with a priest or deacon can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in scheduling a Wedding with the parish, please fill out the following form & we will contact you. Please understand simply filling out a form does not guarantee your Wedding request.

Bride Name *
Bride Name
Groom Name *
Groom Name
Phone *
Requested Date *
Requested Date
Are either of you currently a registered parishioner of St. Andrew's? *
If not, are your parents parishioners?

Religious Education

Photo by Portrait Innovations, Clifton


Religious education is offered to children in grades K-8 via CCD classes on Sunday mornings  after 9am mass. We encourage families to attend this mass as it includes a Children's Liturgy of the Word. Children receive their First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion in the 2nd grade.

Registration forms may be downloaded here & this year's calendar here. Be sure to note there are parishioner & non-parishioner forms.


A 2-year confirmation program is offered for teens in the first 2 years of high school, preparing them for Confirmation in the 10th grade. Classes are held on Sunday evenings during the school year.

Registration forms, volunteer forms, & parent letters may be downloaded here. Be sure to note there are parishioner & non-parishioner forms.


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process established for individuals who may choose to receive Baptism, Eucharist, & Confirmation as an adult convert to the Catholic faith. Candidates in the RCIA program work directly with our Director of Religious Education, Deacon Rich, as they are gradually introduced to Catholic teachings, beliefs, & practices to enter the Faith fully committed to their conversion. Please down-load & return the current RCIA form to the rectory.


Throughout the year, various programs are offered for adults & teens in the parish to enrich their lives as practicing Catholics & to increase their working knowledge of their Faith. Presentations are given on many Sunday afternoons by Rev. Philip Tangorra regarding one's Catholic faith. Individuals are always also invited to work with a priest or deacon in order to become an alter server, lector, Eucharistic Minister, Children's Liturgy Volunteer, or Religious Education instructor. St. Andrew's also encourages members of its community to keep up to date with all programs offered by St. Paul Inside the Walls, the Diocese of Paterson's Center for Evangelization.

For more information, call Deacon Rich at 973-779-6873 ext. 20 / StAndrewRelEd@optonline.net.



St. Andrew's Music Ministry provides a fun, educational, & spiritual opportunity for musicians small & tall to lift their voices to the Lord. Combining traditional & contemporary styles of sacred music, our song choices reflect the diversity of our parish community.



For more information, call Michelle at 973-779-6873 ext. 14 / SaintAndrewsMusicMinistry@Gmail.com.

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Open to teens in the 9th-12th grade, Youth Group meets every other Saturday after 5pm mass with Youth Minister Michelle to gather, worship, story share, serve, volunteer, & have fun! Youth Group currently consists of more than 20 boys & girls ages 13-17. New teens are always welcome to join this enthusiastic group of Catholics in sharing the Good News together in a safe space that encourages laughter, love, & learning!

Our Amazon Wish List can be found here.

Our Winter Schedule can be downloaded here.

For more information, call Michelle at 973-779-6873 ext. 14 / SaintAndrewsYouthGroup@Gmail.com.

St. Andrews Youth Group logo designed by parishioner Veronica Pirog.


St. Andrew's School


St. Andrew's School recognizes the whole child
and aims to identify and nurture God-given talents and personal gifts.


For information,
visit the School website 
or call 973-473-3711







Joining the parish


How can I join the parish?

If you are interested in joining the parish, please fill out the following form & we will contact you to confirm receipt of your registration, give you new parishioner info, & welcome you to the parish:

Family Phone *
Family Phone
Address *
Husband Name
Husband Name
Husband Date of Birth
Husband Date of Birth
Husband Baptized
Husband 1st Communion
Husband Confirmed
Husband Church Attendance
Church Marriage
Date of Marriage
Date of Marriage
Wife Name
Wife Name
Wife Date of Birth
Wife Date of Birth
Wife Baptized
Wife 1st Communion
Wife Confirmation
Wife Church Attendance
Additional Adult Name
Additional Adult Name
Additional Adult Date of Birth
Additional Adult Date of Birth
Additional Adult Baptized
Additional Adult 1st Communion
Additional Adult Confirmation
Additional Adult Church Attendance
Church Marriage
Child 1 Name
Child 1 Name
Child 2 Name
Child 2 Name
Child 3 Name
Child 3 Name

Contact Us

Direct contact information for staff & volunteers in various parish departments & ministries can be found on our About & Ministries Pages.

If you have a general question about the parish & do not know whom to contact, please fill out the contact form below & our Pastoral Associate will forward your request appropriately.

Thank you!

Please complete the form below

Name *
Phone *

St. Andrew's CARNIVAL 2017

Post your photos! #StAndrewsCarnival2017

It's a wrap! Tremendous thanks to all who made this year's carnival a smashing success! To our chair John Fantry, our parish & school community is eternally grateful! Many thanks to our carnival committee, all volunteers tall & small, the food services, bands, & local businesses who supported this event, & all families who came out to share in one or all 4 enjoyable evenings! Here's to fun-raising fundraising, family memories, community collaboration, & St. Andrew's! 


  • Facebook Event Page
         RSVP, keep up with announcements, &              browse pictures.
  • Tickets Available - CLOSED
         Megapass available online for best value.
  • Volunteer Form - 'TIL NEXT YEAR!
         We need you! Calling all SAS parents &            parishioners! Please return forms to bins        in church or the rectory office.


Looking for someone?

We at the rectory often receive phone calls asking if we know someone offhand within the parish who can help with a particular need.  Rather than hiring a stranger, consider hiring a fellow parishioner!

Who doesn't like a little free advertising? 

Contact us today if you would like your business information in this directory - FOR FREE!


Accounting - Licensed CPA

Mr. Joseph C. Swiatek, CPA (Licensed CPA for Tax Prep Services & Consultation)
JCS Accounting Solutions, LLC
40 Godwin Place, Clifton NJ 07013
973-493-3165 (Cell) / 973-916-1504 (Home) / 973-860-2395 (Fax)
JCSwiatek@AOL.com / JosephCSwiatek@CPA.com
Authorized IRS E-File Provider
Member of AICPA & NJCPA



Mrs. Carol Dziuba, Cookie Baker & Decorator
973-872-9280 / cdziuba@aol.com
Grandma Carol's Cookie Jar: Facebook Page
St. Andrew's organist, 2013-pres.



Mr. John O'Connor
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning



Mr. Michael A. Cerone, Jr., Attorney at Law
Wills & Estates, Persona  Injury, Real Estate & Business Law
840 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton NJ
Evenings & Saturdays by appointment
973-778-1601 / MACJrEsq@verizon.net




Mr. Alan Mazalewski (Retired Locksmith)
Residential only (no cars or commercial businesses)
References: Able Hardware, St. Andrew's Rectory staff


Music Lessons - Piano & Vocal Coaching

Michelle Petrasek, MP Music LLC
MPMusicLLC@Gmail.com / 973-568-7708
Website / Facebook Page / Instagram
St. Andrew's Pastoral Associate (Music Director, Youth Minister, Website/Social Media)



Mr. Michael Poulis
Interior / Exterior Painting
973-405-4111 (Cell) / 973-779-3813 (Home)


Real Estate

Mr. Tom Stidl, Sales Associate (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Land) 
ACV Real Estate
931 Clifton Ave, Clifton NJ 07013
1-800-541-6034 (Toll Free) / 973-365-2122 (Work) / 973-580-3088 (Cell) / 973-471-7872 (Home)
TOJS2014@yahoo.com / 973-365-1877 (Fax)
"St. Andrew's Usher!  46+ years in Clifton & counting!"