Monday, November 26, 2007

7. St. Andrew Church (Now the Parish of Our Lady of Victory and of St. Andrew)

NOTE: In 2015 this church merged with Our Lady of Victory Church as part of the Archdiocese of New York's great closings & mergers of 2015. Both churches will remain open for regular Masses and other events. This new combined parish is called the Parish of Our Lady of Victory and of St. Andrew.

(mass times & church info last updated 03/31/2016)
Address: 20 Cardinal Hayes Place
Phone: 212.962.3972
Weekend Mass Times:
Sun: 12pm, 5pm (both English)
Weekday Mass Times:
Mon-Fri: 12:10pm, 1:05pm (both English)
Confession: 15 minutes after each Mass
Adoration: Daily 1:30pm-5pm
Rosary & Devotions: After the 12:10pm weekday Masses
Official Website
Wikipedia about Saint Andrew
Sister Church of St. Jean Baptiste

I got lost on my way to this church. Heading downtown on the A train, the weekend schedule had disrupted my direct path (as I feared it may and knew it would) around W. 4th street. I sprang up from the stairwell and was greeted by a smoke shop. I proceeded down 6th avenue. Around Church and Reade and Duane and Centre I misplaced myself for a few minutes until my barings and my Blackberry eventually set me straight. When I finally found it I realized I should have known it as that big church just kind of set near city hall.

I entered and knew almost immediately there was a good feeling of being in there.

I was about 10 minutes early - which is rare because I usually enter just as it begins or, shamefully, a few minutes after. I sat near the front. The priest - I'm not sure which of the parish priests it was: Fr. Hayes or Fr. Addai - insisted on presenting his homily in the midst of the congegration - asking direct questions to parishioners that he knew by name and involving everyone sitting there listening.

The Feast of that day was Christ the King. The priest prepared us for next week's first week of Advent - and instructed us over and over again that we should be prepared this season for anything to happen - because things will come from the left and right...

additional photos...
Note: I attended the 12:10pm daily Mass today and was struck again by how beautiful this church is. I had kind of forgotten because I hadn't been back since my original visit and all I had to go on were these photos above which do it no justice whatsoever.  It's dark, quiet and the art is well lit.  It is like entering another world in the middle of the work day.  There were about 20 or so in the congregation, I assume all as happy and pleased as I to be there.  The priest must have been a music teacher in another life because before he began, he instructed all of us on how to sing the opening song, verse by verse - and then we sang...


  1. Great photos and great comments. With the current/recent spate of parish consolidations, I hope St. Andrew's remains open. (P.S., I just discovered your site - 11-3-2011 - after visiting There's no link, but it prompted me to do a search that lead to catholicmanhattan.) Thank you.

  2. I stumbled upon this site. As a native New Yorker, I thought I had visited all the Roman Catholic Churches in Mannhattan. What a wonderful discovery! I recently learned that a very beloved Benedictine Monk from St. Martin's University in Lacey WA is there on sabatical. So I conducted a web search and came upon St. Andrews. I hope to visit St. Andrews this summer and say hello to Father Kilian at the same time.

    Thank you for posting these amazing photos. Hopefully soon, I'll be taking photos of St. Andrew for myself.

  3. December 24, 2014

    Dear Father Hayes,

    Merry Christmas Father Hayes! All the warmest and best

    wishes for the new year.

    Best Regards,

    Lloyd and Jenifer Kahan

  4. Please sign petition to Save it!!!

  5. you can also type and go to domain name to sign the petition to save St Andrew for merger and closure.