(mass times & church info last updated 09/21/2010)
Address: 20 Cardinal Hayes Place
Weekend Mass Times:
Sun: 9am, 12pm, 5pm
Weekday Mass Times:
St. Margaret's Saturday Mass: 3:45pm
Confession: 15 minutes before each Mass
Adoration: Daily 1:30pm-5pm
Rosary: After the 12:10pm & 1:05pm Masses
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...
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...