About Our Church
LITURGY & MUSIC
FORMATION (adult faith)
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
A livestream is available to participate in Mass remotely.
LENTEN TIME DAILY
** Schedules are subject to change during the year. **
NEW PARISHIONERS Call the Parish Office for an appointment to register, (215)968-2262.
MOVING Please notify the Parish Office with any changes to your home address.
SICK OR HOMEBOUND Notify clergy of hospitalization and to receive the Sacrament of the Sick or Holy Eucharist.
MARRIAGE Arrangements must be made at least six (6) months in advance. Call the Parish Office for an appointment. All scheduling considerations, including the initial date selection, and any alterations, must be discussed with a Priest.
BAPTISM 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.
MASS SCHEDULE &
GODPARENTS 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.
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. Families must be registered in the Parish before registering for Saint Andrew School or Religious Education.
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 2021, 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.