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"All Are Welcome in this place."

 

 

 
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St. Andrew the apostle Parish

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

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Mass Schedule:

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

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Rectory Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
Novena: Mondays, 7pm
Confessions: Saturdays, 3pm-4pm

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Our weekly parish bulletin may be accessed here.


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. 

 

 

 

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(Photo from The Beacon)

SAS Principal Mrs. Cynthia Schirm (Photo from SASClifton.com)

& Blarney Scott, In Residence =)

Parish Staff

 

 

Rev. Richard D. Kilcomons, Pastor
973-779-6873 ext. 11 / RKilcomons@Optonline.net

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Deacon Richard J. Goglia, Director of Religious Ed.
973-779-6873 ext. 20 / StAndrewRelEd@Optonline.net

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Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Scott, In Residence
973-779-6873 ext. 22

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Michelle Petrasek, Pastoral Associate
973-779-6873 ext. 14
SaintAndrewsMusic@Gmail.com
SaintAndrewsYouthGroup@Gmail.com
SaintAndrewsSocialMedia@Gmail.com

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Barbara Quinlan, Church Secretary/Bookkeeper
973-779-6873 ext. 10 / LadyBarb@Optonline.net

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Carol Dziuba, Organist
CDziuba@AOL.com

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Cynthia Schirm, School Principal
973-473-3711 / CSchirm@SASClifton.com

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Barbara Hayes, School Secretary                                                             973-471-3711 / Office@SASClifton.com

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For general parish information, submit an inquiry here.

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Good News & parish events

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

 

HIGHLIGHTED Recent Events

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

St. Andrew's had the honor of hosting the United Nations International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in November. The school honored her with a school mass and the 6th grade performed a skit following mass. The parish offered quiet time for prayer, the rosary, adoration, and benediction.

SCHOOL TRUNK OR TREAT

St. Andrew's Trunk or Treat Committee did an exquisite job with this year's event. Parents & parishioners donated their time, energy, trunks, & treats to 300 children dressed in festive costumes. The parish youth group ran a haunted house, parents worked in the kitchen, showed movies, face-painted, & greeted trick-or-treaters. Together we had a fun safe Halloween for all boys & ghouls!

BLESSING OF ANIMALS

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. This year, Deacon Manuel blessed dozens of our furry friends..  For more information & photos from this year's event, please see our official Event Facebook page here.

CARNIVAL 2016

St. Andrew's 2016 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.

 


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ministries

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:
Deacon Rich, 973-779-6873 ext. 20
StAndrewRelEd@optonline.net

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

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

Eucharistic Ministers:
Deacon Rich, 973-779-6873 ext. 20
StAndrewRelEd@optonline.net

Greeting Card Ministry
Helen Power, 973-472-6942

Home & School Association:
President Cindy Winkler, 973-650-0127

Hospitality Committee:
Mary Tuites, 973-778-3566

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

Columbiettes:
President Kathy Rager, 973-742-9833

Lectors:
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, 973-778-6115

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.

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Sacraments

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

BAPTISMS

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 *
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? *

WEDDINGS

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

Photo by Portrait Innovations, Clifton

CCD

St. Andrew's provides religious education to children in grades K-8 via CCD classes held on Sunday mornings following 9am mass. Families are encouraged to attend this mass each week as it includes a Children's Liturgy of the Word. Children receive their First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion in the 2nd grade.

This year's K-8 CCD registration forms are available for download here for parishioners & non-parishioners.

CONFIRMATION

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.

This year's Confirmation Class registration forms are available for download here for parishioners & non-parishioners.

 

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process established for individuals who may choose to receive the sacraments of Initiation -- 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 in order to enter the Faith fully committed to their conversion.

FAITH FORMATION & CONTINUING EDUCATION

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.

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Music

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.

DOWNLOADABLE FLYER FOR 2017  WORSHIP MUSIC SUMMER CAMP

Spring schedule available for download here.

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

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YOUTH GROUP

IMPORTANT: OCT 9th APPLE PICKING TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE RETURNED TO MICHELLE BY SATURDAY OCT 8TH AT THE LATEST! IF YOU DID NOT PICK UP A FORM AT CHURCH THIS WEEKEND, CONTACT HER ASAP AS WE WERE UNABLE TO UPLOAD THEM HERE!

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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!

Current Youth Group schedule may be downloaded here.

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

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St. Andrew's School

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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 *
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
Married
Church Marriage
Child 1 Name
Child 1 Name
Child 2 Name
Child 2 Name
Child 3 Name
Child 3 Name
 
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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 *
Name
Phone *
Phone