Miscellaneous Information






Arrangements for infant baptism must be made at least two weeks in advance and,

in the case of a first child, parents and godparents must attend one period of instruction.



Engaged couples are required to register for marriage preparation at least six months before the wedding

and will be expected to attend a one-day Marriage Encounter.  See the Diocesan Marriage Policy.




Notify the Parish Office if a family member or friend would like a visit

from the priest or from a Eucharistic Minister.



We distribute food and clothing for the needy of White and Van Buren Counties, Thursday mornings, 10:00am until noon.



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Ongoing Information



National Rosary Crusade

The United States is at a most critical time in its history.  The might of its military is being challenged as it was in the Middle Ages.  The only weapon that saved Europe from Muslim domination was prayer, in particular the prayer of the Rosary.  A national crusade has been launched, asking people to pledge a daily rosary to save America from the terrorists who want to destroy Christianity.  If you can't say a daily rosary, you are invited to participate in the Sunday morning Rosary before Mass.

Summer Vacations

Planning to take a trip?  If you are a server, Eucharistic minister or lector, please let the secretary know ahead of time so that she can find a substitute! Thanks!

Envelope Usage

If you go away for a couple of weeks, you do not have to put something in the all the collection envelopes for the weeks you were gone.  Just use one envelope; that's all we need - thanks! 


Adult Education Program

If you or someone you know wants to become a Catholic or learn more about our Catholic faith, we have weekly sessions during the school year. These sessions are called the “RCIA” or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. With days off here and there for various holidays, the RCIA sessions will continue until Easter. Everyone is invited to participate in these classes. The program is not only for those who may be seeking to embrace the Catholic faith, but also for those who may want to learn more about what the Church believes and teaches. If you have any questions, please ask the secretary.

Printer Cartridge Recycling

We would like to remind everyone who uses an ink-jet printer (except Epson) to save the used cartridges for recycling. We turn them in for money. Collect them at home and where you work. The collection box is on the table in the hallway.


Monthly Calendar


If you wish to have your wedding anniversary acknowledged on the St. Andrew monthly calendar, please turn in your names and date to the church office.  


Re-filling Vigil Lights

Please do not replace the vigil candles; we have ministers trained how to do it properly. A donation, usually around $1.00 is requested for each candle lit. Please put the matches in the plate and monetary donations in the slot.


Visits to the Sick


It would be deeply appreciated if the office would be notified when a parishioner is taken to a hospital. Too often the information reaches us only after the patient has returned home.  We are most anxious to visit hospital patients and shut-ins whenever possible.


Mass Intentions


If you would like a Mass celebrated in honor of / in memory of someone, we now have cards available for both living and deceased intentions.  You can put a $5.00 monetary offering in our "Mass Intentions" envelope and put it in the collection basket or in the office inbox.


Difficulty Hearing?


If you experience difficulty hearing during the Mass, please request one of our new personal receivers from an usher.  These can be used at any location in the church; they are not restricted to a particular area. We can order a personal receiver with earbuds for you that works with the church transmitter system. The cost is $59.95 plus shipping. Place your order in the office.


New Parishioners

Registration/Census forms for families wishing to become members of St. Andrew are available in the Gathering Area.  All who regularly attend Mass on weekends usually become registered members.  If you are uncertain whether you have previously registered, fill out another form.  Your registration, if it is already on file, will simply be updated.

Parish Council Meetings

Every meeting of the Parish Council is an open meeting, as are meetings of individual committees.  Parishioners are invited and welcome to attend.  Check the Events Calendar on this website or the weekly bulletin for the date and time of meetings and feel free to attend. 

Adopt a Child From Haiti


Those of you who want to do something special for the children of our Sister Parish in Haiti may want to provide for the education of one of these children for a year.  The cost is $60.  Please see the church secretary or call Denise Snyder at (615) 529-2546.


Assisted Living Community


Mary, Queen of Angels is a Diocesan sponsored, assisted living community whose mission is to provide affordable housing and personal care for the elderly.  To request an application or for further information, please contact Melodie Fyke or Michelle Lauer at (615) 353-6181.


Congregational Singing


One of the recommendations coming out of Vatican II was to encourage singing by the congregation.  Just because we have a choir and cantors does not mean that you should be excused from singing.  If God has not blessed you with a particularly good singing voice, one way to even the score is to use it at Mass.

Keeping Christ in Christmas


If any stores are afraid of offending non-Christians by a reference to "Christmas" in their advertising, just don't shop there.  They are not afraid of offending Christians, who make up the largest segment of the population.  Let them know how we feel about being offended. 

The Living Tree

Attached to the rear wall of the Gathering Area is a bronze tree trunk with brass leaves engraved with the names of all who participated in our Pledge Program, or who otherwise made a significant contribution to the building program.  Several blank leaves have been reserved for those who in the future may wish to participate.  We hope eventually to fill up all the leaves.