St. Andrew Catholic Church
Just as a building has doors, so to our mind and hearts have 'doors' as well. Open yours as you step within these doors to explore the wonders of this beautiful Church dedicated to St.Andrew.
Let us open the doors to St. Andrew and go into a wonderful place of worship.
Patron of Fisherman
Feast day: November 30
Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple
of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said,
"Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood that Jesus was greater.
At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew
was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, "what do you seek?"
When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our
Lord replied, " Come and see."
Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was
truly the Messiah. From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus
the first disciple of Christ.
Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus
received him, too, as His disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry
on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay
with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men, and this time,
they left their nets for good. It is believed that after Our Lord ascended into
Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have
been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed.
He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who
gathered around their beloved Apostle
From St. Andrew's web site.
All Catholic Churches have an 'assent' or steps leading up to the altar. This is suggestive of so many elements in sacred history as well as the call to us all to 'ascend' toward heaven by seeking to live holy lives.
One of many reminders that we come to this place to worship the One Who alone makes all good things possible!
We know that Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper (Mt. 26:26-28), something the Lord spoke about giving us, as recorded in John 6:36-71. We know the Eucharist is the unbloody representation of the once-only sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary .
The Eucharist - the heart of our world and our lives. When the faithful are nourished by the Eucharist, they are called to share that grace as light to the world.
I am the bread of life; He who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
Christ commanded His Apostles to repeat His sacred action at the Last Supper (Mt. 26:26). St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:7 that Jesus is "the paschal lamb who has been sacrificed." St. Paul also made it clear in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 that this was not a mere symbol. Imagine - what would you do if you meet the Lord of all Creation? How would you respond if God suddenly appeared before you? Perhaps you'd kneel, or bow profoundly. This is the reason why for centuries Catholics have knelt or genuflected before a Tabernacle, when the Blessed Sacrament is made available for Eucharistic Adoration or before receiving Holy Communion.
The Bible and the Lord's Supper
What a awesome place of worship of how much Jesus loves us and the price He paid for our salvation.
As we look upon these works of art our hearts and minds should be drawn to God in prayer,
who in His mercy gave us His Son in LOVE, who suffered and died on the cross for all our sins.
"Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Truth Himself has told us.
In Baptism we are plunged into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection, and our baptismal commitment includes a willingness to give our life for others as Jesus did. Two important liturgical functions center at the font, the baptismal rite itself, and the blessing of the font. The earliest allusion to such a blessing is by Tertullian who refers to the sanctification of the water by the invocation of God (De bapt., iv). St. Cyprian speaks of its being purified and sanctified by the priest (Ep. lxx, Ad Jan.); St. Basil considered the blessing, already of long-standing practice in his day, as of Apostolic institution (De Spiritu Sancto, xxvii)
"Why Catholics Pray The Rosary"
The Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord and of The Church.
Mary and The Bible
In any of these photos, or in your next visit to a church - stop, look and listen. Ponder the Cross. Pray to hear what the Lord might be saying to you through a Station of the Cross, a picture or statue of His blessed Mother, an angel or saint. What do you see in their eyes? Do you see a look of humility? Are their feet bare or in sandals? Every statue or photo can have an amazing richness of messages. This is why, for centuries, the Church used sacred art to teach the people - especially before reading became common. Today, when the graphic arts have become powerful means of influencing people, isn't it fitting that we look to spiritual art to inspire us to lead lives pleasing to God?
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