Saint Andrew Catholic Church and School

Witnessing a Lived Faith

A photo of a large carved crucifix from the Church of Saint Andrew in Elk RiverAt the Church of Saint Andrew, we are "building the Kingdom of God here and now through the witness of a lived faith." What does this mean?

For visitors to our parish, it is our aspirational promise.

Wherever you come from, wherever you are going, we are glad you are here! We hope your time here at Saint Andrew is an encounter with Jesus Christ in His Church, in the sacraments and in each parishioner you meet. If you are passing through, we welcome you, bless you and pray for your safe travel. If you are new to the area or to our church, we pray that you will consider making Saint Andrew your new spiritual home.

For those who belong to Saint Andrew church and school, it is a call to mission

We build the Kingdom by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection, which saves us from sin and death. We build it here and now, because nothing is more important: every soul matters to God, and He longs for each of us to be with Him and grow deeper in loving communion. We build by witnessing, because the most powerful tool we have for drawing people to Jesus is our example. We are called to be Spirit-led disciples, deepening our own relationship with Jesus so that our very lives draw people to Christ and His Church. May we see Jesus in everyone we meet and be Jesus to them every day.

Prayer and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, are the foundation of our witness: Each of us must open ourselves to God's gifts and graces and follow where He leads, for "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build" (Psalm 127:1).

As disciples, we are called out of the darkness of sin to continue to grow in wisdom and virtue, leading to holiness, transformed in Christ. The more we open ourselves to God's outpouring of love through Jesus Christ and His Church, the deeper our reservoir of love becomes that we may share with others. Anchored in faith, may the Church of Saint Andrew be a community in which Jesus is encountered daily in new and amazing ways.

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