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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

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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
                              (Closed Fridays in Summer)
Novena: Mondays, 7pm
Confessions: Saturdays, 3pm-4pm

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Our weekly parish bulletin may be accessed here.


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 1939 when it first became a parish of the Paterson Diocese.

Today it stands a vibrant faith-filled Catholic community of appoximately 975 families, providing endless opportunities for people of all ages to participate in its parish life.

St. Andrew’s will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a special celebration on the Feast of St. Andrew — November 30th, 2019. Stay tuned for more info!

 


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Our ADMINISTRATOR

Rev. Jeider Barraza has hit the ground running as St. Andrew’s new Administrator as of July 2019!

Please welcome Fr. Jeider at Mass & keep him in your prayers as he takes on this new leadership role within our parish! More info to come!


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Mrs. Quinlan in the rectory

Parish Staff

Rev. Jeider Barraza, Administrator
973-779-6873 ext. 11 / FrJeiderSAC@Gmail.com
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Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Scott, In Residence
973-779-6873 ext. 22
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Deacon Richard J. Goglia, Director of Religious Ed.
973-779-1848 / StAndrewRelEd@Optonline.net
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Michelle Petrasek, Pastoral Associate
973-779-6873 ext. 14
SaintAndrewsMusicMinistry@Gmail.com
SaintAndrewsYouthGroup@Gmail.com
SaintAndrewsSocialMedia@Gmail.com
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Barbara Quinlan, Parish Office Manager
973-779-6873 ext. 10 / LadyBarb@Optonline.net
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Barbara Hayes, Parish Project Manager
973-779-6873 ext. 20 / BarbaraHSAC@Optonline.net
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Carol Dziuba, Organist
CDziuba@AOL.com

 

For general parish information, submit an inquiry here.

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Good News & parish events

For upcoming events, you may also see our Facebook Events tab.
We do not provide a monthly calendar for July or August.

Current Event Flyers available for Download:

Back2School Outreach School Supply Drive (all Summer)

Hot Dog Night with Fr. Jeider (September 7th, RSVP by August 28th)


HIGHLIGHTED RECENT EVENTS

BISHOP SERRATELLI’S PASTORAL VISIT   Bishop Serratelli celebrated the 5pm Mass at St. Andrew’s on August 17th.  Many thanks to all who helped make his annual visit so beautiful! Special thanks to parishioner Johnson Chie for volunteering his time & talent to take photos! Visit our  Facebook album  to see more!

BISHOP SERRATELLI’S PASTORAL VISIT

Bishop Serratelli celebrated the 5pm Mass at St. Andrew’s on August 17th. Many thanks to all who helped make his annual visit so beautiful! Special thanks to parishioner Johnson Chie for volunteering his time & talent to take photos! Visit our Facebook album to see more!

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Storytime in the Park, Summer 2019 Edition

Fr. Pat & Michelle were invited to join Clifton’s Power of One Ministries at Stanley Zwier Memorial Playground in late July for their annual Storytime in the Park kickoff event. This was our 2nd year participating as last year Fr. Rick read to the kids. Thank you to Kim Castellano for always working hard to bring Clifton organizations together; teamwork makes the dream work! We had fun entertaining the kids & hope they had a blast! Thank you to the Reilly family for volunteering too!

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Goodbye Fr. Rick!

Goodbye, Fr. Rick & thanks for the memories! We love you & will miss you! We wish Fr. Rick good luck & many blessings at his new pastorship, St. Therese in Succasunna, as of June 13th, 2019.

Easter Egg Hunts 2019   Thank you to all who made this year’s egg hunts so much fun! Thank you to our Youth Group for planning & running our egg hunts, to all parishioners who donated eggs, to all parents who signed their children up for a day of fun, to Fr. Rick, Fr. Pat, & the Easter Bunny for making appearances, & to all who prayed for good weather! Happy Easter, everyone! For more photos, please see our Facebook  album !

Easter Egg Hunts 2019

Thank you to all who made this year’s egg hunts so much fun! Thank you to our Youth Group for planning & running our egg hunts, to all parishioners who donated eggs, to all parents who signed their children up for a day of fun, to Fr. Rick, Fr. Pat, & the Easter Bunny for making appearances, & to all who prayed for good weather! Happy Easter, everyone! For more photos, please see our Facebook album!

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER DANCE 2019

We are so happy that the return of our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance was such a smashing success! Thanks to all who worked so hard to put this event together, especially our Parish Project Manager Mrs. Barbara Hayes. Thanks to all who bought tickets for their friends & family & had a good time! And many thanks to Pat Meyer for capturing all of these photos!

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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2018

Many thanks to all who participated in this lovely Christmas event — our adult choir, teen choir, children's choir, handbell choir, the Alay Awit Filipino American Chorale, junior composer Ian Kearney, junior pianist Yvonne Allen, organist Carol Dziuba & Pastoral Associate / Choir Director Michelle Petrasek! Everyone did an excellent job lifting our spirits in preparation for Christmas! For a full set of photos thanks to parish volunteer Martha McGowan, please see our Facebook album.

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Filipino Culture 101 Night

If ever St. Andrew’s has had a successful fundraiser it was Filipino Culture Night! Thanks to the hard work of Emma & Luis Ordiales, & the wonderful team of volunteers they assembled, 170 parishioners enjoyed a night of Filipino performances, line dancing, & of course — food! Thank you to Emma for spearheading this project & raising over $1700 for our parish! All food & performances were donated, & we could not be more grateful! To see tons of photos from this event, check out our Facebook album!

CERAMIC CHRISTMAS TREE PARTY   What a fun experience we had painting ceramic Christmas trees & wreaths with  Arts & Creations Pottery Studio ! It’s not as easy as it looks, let us tell you! 24 creative folks gathered in the church hall to design their trees, wreaths, & bases — which will look very different when they’ve been baked in the oven & all lights have been attached! Stay tuned to see what they look like once returned from the studio! Photos will be added to our  Facebook album  ASAP!

CERAMIC CHRISTMAS TREE PARTY

What a fun experience we had painting ceramic Christmas trees & wreaths with Arts & Creations Pottery Studio! It’s not as easy as it looks, let us tell you! 24 creative folks gathered in the church hall to design their trees, wreaths, & bases — which will look very different when they’ve been baked in the oven & all lights have been attached! Stay tuned to see what they look like once returned from the studio! Photos will be added to our Facebook album ASAP!

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PAINT & SIP FELLOWSHIP NIGHT, FALL 2018

Our second parish paint night was super fun & challenging! Many thanks to Van-Go Paint Parties of Montclair for returning to share paint a new painting with us! It’s all because of our first paint & sip last Spring that we have begun offering so many crafty programs, & we owe Van-Go lots of gratitude for unleashing our creative streaks! More photos can be found in our Facebook album.

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BLESSING OF ANIMALS 2018

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!  For photos from this year's event, please see our official photo album.

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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 greatly needed! Please encourage your children to consider this important ministry! Call Father directly today to sign your children up for this year’s team!

Altar Servers:
Fr. Jeider, 973-779-6873 ext. 11

Boy Scouts:
Scout Master Jon Wellins

Eucharistic Ministers:
Fr. Jeider, 973-779-6873 ext. 11

Greeting Card Ministry
Helen Power, 973-472-6942

Hospitality Committee:
Mary Tuites, 973-778-3566

Knights of Columbus:
Grand Knight Robert Bollettino, 973-981-7494

Columbiettes:
President Joanne Graziano, 201-280-3295

Lectors:
Fr. Jeider, 973-779-6873 ext. 11

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

Religious Ed Teachers:
Dir. of Religious Education Deacon Rich
973-779-1848
StAndrewRelEd@Optonline.net

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

Ushers:
Fr. Jeider, 973-779-6873 ext. 11

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

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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 & are typically scheduled only on the 3rd Sunday of the month, 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. 

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

CHANGE IS COMING!

Please see the attached Religious Education Pastoral Message from Father Jeider, uploaded August 12, 2019.

2019 Religious Education Pastoral Message

Please stay tuned for further updates & clarifications regarding the 2019-2020 Religious Education program. We are in the midst of moving Confirmation to a younger grade level. If you have already submitted your registration form, thank you for being so prompt!

Deacon Rich will update you as to any changes to the schedule &/or further requirements.


RCIA

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. 2019-2020 RCIA forms are available at Deacon Rich’s office & in the Church.

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. Individuals are also always invited to work with a priest or deacon in order to become an Alter Server, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, 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 973-779-1848 / 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.

Fall 2019 Choir Sign Up Sheet (For Children’s, Teen, & Teen Handbell Choirs)

Fall 2019 Choir Calendar

Videos from Spring Into Song 2019, thanks to parish volunteer Martha McGowan:

Videos from Carols By Candlelight 2018, thanks to parish volunteer Martha McGowan:

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

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YOUTH GROUP

Logo created by parishioner Veronica Pirog, 2017.

Youth Group open to 9th-12th graders meets every first (school year) Saturday of the month after 5pm mass with Youth Minister Michelle to gather, worship, story share, volunteer, & have fun! In July & August, monthly meetings are replaced with weekly Sunday morning & Tuesday afternoon service projects. New teens are always welcome to join this enthusiastic group of Catholics who share the Good News together in a safe space encouraging laughter, love, & learning!

Our Amazon Wish List can be found here.

Summer of Service 2019 Flyer

Fall 2019 Schedule

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 sadly closed in June 2018.
Anyone seeking school records may call 973-779-6873 ext. 20 to speak with Parish Project Manager & former School Office Manager Barbara Hayes.

We have devoted a permanent display to honor St. Andrew's School in the Front Gathering Space of Church. Please stop by before or after any Mass to take a walk down memory lane!

Many thanks to our parish Youth Group & maintenance staff for devoting time to this project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.*

(*Please keep in mind if you are registering solely in order to obtain a sacramental sponsorship certificate, it is church policy that you be an active registered parishioner in good standing for at least 6 months before such a request. Thank you!)

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
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Parishioner TRADE DIRECTORY

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

 

Baking  

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.

 

Cleaning

Mr. John O'Connor
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
973-885-3185

 

Custom Framing

(Also: Handyman work, Closet work, Lawn care, Restoration of oil paintings, & Statue Repair!)

Richard Guerra
Home Office, Clifton NJ
201-952-1496

 

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)

 

Painting

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!"