Saint Andrew Catholic Church and School

Mission and Philosophy

Photo of Fr. Mark and Saint Andrew Catholic School First Communicants at May Crowning

School Mission

Saint Andrew Catholic School's commitment to academic excellence is matched by our commitment to instill the spiritual values and social teachings of the Catholic Church. It is through this combination that produces great leaders and great citizens. We work to help our students encounter all the gifts God has given them and help them recognize their responsibility to use them not only for their own good, but also for the benefit of others.

School Philosophy

We strive to proclaim CHRIST’S MESSAGE of love and forgiveness. We believe gospel values should permeate our school, our families and our community, thereby following the footsteps of Christ in our daily lives. We strive to affirm gospel values in each of us and believe we are witnesses to Jesus’ message by the way we live.

We expect and encourage students to strive for ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. We believe in encouraging students to meet their full potential by using their gifts and talents.

We strive to lead people to WORSHIP and PRAYER. We believe in daily worship through actions, thoughts and celebration of the Eucharist as active, community participants. We believe prayer is our response to our dependence upon God.

We strive to develop COMMUNITY. We believe that we are a community of faith developed by family, parish and Catholic traditions. We prepare ourselves and our students to be responsible members of our communities: school, faith, society and world. We believe we show community by the way we work together toward common goals.

We strive to motivate others to SERVE. We believe as people of God we are responsible to work and share together for the good of all.

We strive to develop an awareness of local, national and global PEACE and JUSTICE issues. We believe in demonstrating our faith by teaching children how to respond to peace and justice issues. We believe in honoring and respecting the dignity of each person according to the Catholic social teachings. 

We are Catholic. Our Catholic faith teaches, as does our parish and school, that:

  • Every human life is a gift from God, and every human life, from conception to natural death, is to be cherished and protected.
  • God created us in his image, as man and woman (Genesis 1:27). God uses the body to reveal to each person his or her sexual identity as male or female (Laudato Si, 155). We are not free to choose, or to change, our gender.
  • The gift of sexual relations is reserved for one man and one woman in the bond of matrimony.
  • We have seven sacraments, the communion of the saints, we honor our Blessed Mother and ask for her intercession.
  • We believe in the hierarchy of the pope and bishops to govern and guide our church.

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