Rectory office is CLOSED Monday, July 6th in Observance of Independence Day
Rectory Summer Office Hours - 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Diocese Issues Guidelines for Parishes Reopening - Click here.
Update from Diocese of Buffalo June 2, 2020 - Click here.
Church Envelopes - Hello Parishioners! In our ongoing issue with our envelopes, it appears that many of you have received envelopes when you have chosen to contribute a different way. While we work to resolve this issue, we ask that if you do not normally contribute by envelope, that you leave a message with the rectory office. We also ask you to accept our apologies & be patient during this time. THANK YOU!
Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ Event- Multiple dates!. More info click here.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. Andrew's Parish online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and community participation opportunities available to you and your family. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
Our Lady of Fatima home visitation program. We are excited to share with you a new initiative to bring Our Lady of Fatima into your home! More info here.
Fr. Matt's Message This Week
With the Reformation, some early Protestants,
including the “Anabaptists,” rejected infant baptism in
favor of “believer’s baptism.” Against Orthodox and
Catholic practice, which favored baptism as soon as
possible for a newborn, these movements desired that the candidate for baptism speak for him- or herself at a mature age, not through godparents as an infant. Today,it is clear that they were rejecting a very ancient practice (even as early as the second century) of baptizing children of all ages. Children came first in ancient baptismal ceremonies, and someone would speak for them. Gregory of Nazianzen wanted to delay the baptism of children to three years of age, since at that age they could retain at least some impression of the liturgy. He made an exception for the very ill, who were to be baptized ahead of the annual Easter baptism. That means that infants and children were normally baptized together with adults, and that everyone received confirmation and the Eucharist. The tone of the early bishops’ writings is generous and compassionate, and seeks to build up the eucharistic assembly by widely celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. If a priest celebrated baptism, then the gift of the Spirit was postponed for the bishop, but with no regard for the person’s age. So, until the fifth century, confirmation was for infants, too.