RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Faith formation describes the experience of understanding our faith. St. Andrew parishioners recognize that our faith journey is a life-long process; therefore, education and spiritual development must not end. We strive to enrich our faith experience with retreats, group study, small community interaction, and with formal and informal faith-sharing. Catechists and aides volunteer their time and talent to provide religious instruction for the children of our parish. (K – 5th grade) Faith Formation Classes –Youth Group Faith Formation: High School: 9 – 12 Youth Ministry offers holistic ministry to all High School youth in the parish. The term holistic means that we attempt to offer a religious education opportunity that focuses not only on the traditional learning, but also reaches out by offering social, spiritual and service opportunities with which these young people can be involved. Sacramental Preparation –Special family-centered programs are provided to prepare for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and Baptism.
St. Andrew Catholic School –Our parish supports a full Pre-K4 through grade 8 education, steeped in quality academics, service, and faith formation, carried out in a multi-cultural environment. Latrina Peters-Gipson, Principal (407) 295-4230
Christian Initiation – Do you know someone: who longs for a deeper relationship with God?; who is thinking about joining St. Andrew faith community?; who would like to receive all sacraments of initiation, BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, EUCHARIST? This process, a conversion experience, is known as (the Rite of ) Christian Initiation of Adults and Children – RCIA. It is available to Catholics and non-Catholics who are interested in possibly becoming full members of the Catholic community. This continuing conversion then leads the newcomer to serving others.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – The members of this ministry assist the Presider in administering the Eucharist to parishioners during parish liturgies. Eucharistic ministers also distribute the Eucharist to the hospitalized, homebound and those residing in our local nursing homes. Training provided. Safe Environment Training is Required.
Lector Ministry –The purpose of the Lector is to proclaim the Word of God effectively. This does not demand professional training. More important is the willingness to attend reliably and prepare for the readings conscientiously. Assistance is available for those who seek to improve their speaking skills.
You are encouraged to consider becoming a Lector. It is a good way to meet a number of your fellow parishioners, to become involved in the community, and is a concrete way to exercise your baptismal commitment to proclaim the Word.
Ministry of Hospitality –What does a Minister of Hospitality do? Greets those gathering for the celebration of Mass; places Sunday bulletins in appropriate places; smiles a lot; helps to foster a warm, friendly atmosphere at Mass; greets newcomers; encourages new parishioners to register; and is available for Holy Day liturgies and other special liturgies. Those who are involved in the Ministry of Hospitality help make our community a warm, welcoming place by greeting all that attend the Sunday or other liturgies. Greeters welcome people and occasionally distribute literature. Hospitality Ministry is open to all parishioners. Fingerprinting, background check and Safe Environment Training is required.
Music Ministry –The St. Andrew Music Ministry has a place for you! If you have a love of music, like to sing (and can match pitches), want to learn more about the church through liturgy and song, and want to serve, your parish family invites you to this ministry. By joining our hearts with the beauty of sound, this ministry gives voice to our faith through the art of music. Through our hymns and acclamations, the singing of our choirs, and the sounds of our instruments, music enables us to touch the very mysteries of God as we unite together in prayer. Elsa Heckman (407) 293-0730
Altar Servers – Parish boys and girls grade 5 and above who would like to help enhance the worship of our faith community…and their families. What is Altar Server all about? It is a ministry in the church, It is a family ministry, It is about being of service to the church gathered together in prayer, It is a way to learn more about liturgy and Catholic ritual, It is like being on any other team… your effort counts in the smooth worship of the community.
Ministry to the Sick –Parishioners visit hospitals, family homes, and nursing homes each week to distribute Communion and minister to the spiritual needs of the sick. These Eucharistic visits also bring the comforts of both prayer and conversation in a loving spirit to those who are suffering and may be struggling to keep hope in their life. Helping to meet the spiritual needs of the sick is a privilege and gift for some very special people. Fingerprinting, background check and Safe Environment Training is required.
Ladies Guild – Catholic women within the parish community working toward spirituality, leadership and service.
The Knights of Columbus (KOC) – founded in 1882 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Today, more than a century later, the Knights of Columbus has become the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
Men’s Club – A service-oriented group of men who help meet many temporal needs of our parish.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Orlando – The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Orlando is a nonprofit, social service organization dedicated to serving people in need, regardless of race or religion. SVdP offers assistance to those who have fallen upon times of hardship and personal crisis. Ways in which SVdP helps include providing food, clothing, housing assistance, utility assistance, furniture, and even funeral expenses. Please visit their website at SVDP Website
MINISTERIOS HISPANOS Diaconos: Rafael Hernandez/Freddy Cruz
Servidores del altar
Ministros de la Santa Comunión
Enviados de Cristo Coro