About Our Church
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday from 9:30am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:30pm
Evening Hours are by Appointment Only on Monday-Thursday. Please call the office to schedule.
after 9:00am Mass until 6:30pm
Tuesday at 6:30pm
Saturday at 4:00pm
SCHEDULE & PARISH
LENTEN TIME DAILY SCHEDULE
6:45am & 9:00am
7:30pm Vigil (Night Before)
** Schedules are subject to change during the year. **
SAINT ANDREW OLDE CHURCH is located at 135 South Sycamore Street, in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
How do I become a Parishioner at Saint Andrew?
Please call the Parish Office at (215) 968-2262 to make an appointment to register with a Priest. We are unable to accommodate walk-in registrations at this time. Families must be registered in the Parish before registering for Saint Andrew School or Religious Education.
I would like to be married at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, what do I need to do?
Please call the Parish Office at (215) 968-2262 to schedule an appointment to meet with a Priest about your wedding. Arrangements must be made at least six (6) months in advance. Pre-Cana classes, and all scheduling considerations, including the initial date selection, and any alterations, must be discussed with a Priest.
I would like to have my child baptized at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, what do I need to do?
Please call the Parish Office at (215) 968-2262 to schedule an appointment to meet with a Priest. Baptisms require one (1) godparent and are celebrated at 1:00pm on most Sundays of every month. Pre-Jordan classes, required for parents and godparents, are the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Parish Meeting Room.
Are there specific requirements to be a Godparent for a Baptism?
The selected godparent(s) must be a fully initiated Roman Catholic, in good standing with the Church, and at least 16 years old. A baptized non-Catholic Christian may be chosen as a "Christian Witness," provided there is a Catholic godparent. A former Catholic may not serve as either a godparent or Christian Witness.
What happens if I need to move?
Please notify the Parish Office at (215) 968-2262 with any changes to your home address. We can assist if you are staying within the Parish, or if you need to change your local Parish to a more convenient location.
If I become sick or am otherwise homebound, am I still permitted to participate?
Please notify the Parish Office at (215) 968-2262 in order to notify clergy of hospitalization and to receive the Sacrament of the Sick or Holy Eucharist. Additionally, we have a robust live-streaming format that allows Parishioners to participate in daily or Sunday Mass, even if they are not physically well enough to attend in-person.
How do I become Catholic?
To become Catholic, adults need to receive instruction in the Catholic faith and prepare to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This adult instruction is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If you have children that you would like to bring into the Catholic Church, discuss this with the RCIA team. They may have you contact the school or Religious Education Office.
I am an adult Catholic but have never been Confirmed, how do I do so?
Although the primary intention of RCIA is for non-Catholics that desire to become Catholic, the RCIA process also helps those adult Catholics in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
How do I return to the Catholic Church?
A non-practicing, baptized member of the Catholic Church can return to the Church by speaking to a priest through an office appointment or by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). The Parish Evangelization Director is also available to receive your questions and to provide support for you in the transition.
I am a divorced Catholic. Can I still receive the sacraments of the Catholic Church?
Yes, divorced Catholics, who have not remarried, can still receive the Sacraments of Eucharist, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick. If you are divorced and remarried, please contact a priest to see if you can have your marriage blessed within the Church, which might involve an annulment. A priest can help describe the steps for this process.
Is it all right for a Catholic to receive communion in a non-Catholic church?
It is not advisable to receive Communion in a non-Catholic church, due to real and substantial theological differences between faiths.
Is it permissible for a non-Catholic to occasionally attend Mass and receive Holy Communion?
While we welcome anyone to celebrate Mass with us, it is not permissible for non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist.
How often am I allowed to receive Communion in one day?
One may receive Communion every time he or she fully participates at a Mass. However, the Church wants us to avoid the habitual act of "collecting" Communions. Therefore, one shouldn't attend more than one Mass each day: just for the sake of receiving Communion multiple times. Similarly, one should never make it a practice to attend church only at the moment to receive Communion. The Eucharist is an immersive experience in which we offer our worship and ourselves, in exchange for the reception of Our Lord's Body and Blood.
Does attending a wedding Mass suffice for my Sunday Observance?
If a wedding Mass starts after 4:00pm on Saturday or at any time on Sunday, then it does indeed "count" toward one's Sunday obligation.
How big is Saint Andrew Catholic Church?
As of January 2022, the Saint Andrew Catholic Church has over 6,500 registered families, making us one of the largest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While we are a large and very active parish, many people comment that they feel at home here and do not find our size cumbersome or overwhelming. We take great pride in that.
Is the church air conditioned?
Both the Main and Olde Churches are air-conditioned.
Is there a cry room?
There is a large window and a speaker allowing parents to worship without their child/children disturbing the congregation. Please remember the purpose of the cry room is to calm a child and not a place for children to play. Since it is used for all Masses, we appreciate all efforts to keep it clean. Cheerios may help calm a child, but squashed Cheerios are messy and attract mice.
Is the Olde Church used for Sunday Mass?
With a capacity of 200 people, the Olde Church is too small for Sunday Mass. However, it is used for small funerals and weddings if requested by the family.