"Do you feel far from sainthood? St. Andrew's Parish wants to help you
on your journey to holiness."
Dear Friends in Christ,
St. Andrew's Parish welcomes you and your family! We give witness of our faith in Jesus Christ through joyful worship, the formation of young people and adults, and service to the Gladstone community. Our mission is to:
I hope this site will help you get to know us better and, in so doing, discover something new about the Good News Jesus shares with the world.
St. Andrew the Apostle has an exceptional Pre-K through Grade 8 School where we educate the mind, heart, and spirit of our young people. We believe that children are the heart of the Kingdom of God. Together with family and community we are called to support children’s spiritual and human development. The curriculum is tied intimately with the Church, and we communicate the full, authentic Catholic faith.
St. Andrew has a comprehensive catechetical program, including faith formation for Pre-K to 6th, EDGE, LifeTeen, young adults, RCIA, and many Adult classes. Our Pre-K formation is based on the model of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Montessori method is utilized to joyfully introduce the child to Jesus and the teaching of the Church. Junior High uses the EDGE program. EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades, six, seven, and eight. The EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Kids are always welcomed and encouraged to bring their friends to The EDGE. High School uses Life Teen–the Eucharist-based ministry has the power to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture.
Our parish groups and ministries offer a way for you and your family to connect to the parish, to serve others, and to grow in Spirit. I pray that you will join us as we worship, serve and grow in our love of Jesus Christ and each other.
Your brother in Christ,
Father Vincent M. Rogers, Pastor
Greetings! This year’s national theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme encompasses the true meaning of what a Catholic School can offer children when they are given an opportunity to strengthen their faith in order to model the teachings of Christ. It is with this intention that I would like to invite your family to become part of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish is very gracious in offering our young families the opportunity to help deepen their faith life through the ministry of our school. Father Rogers firmly believes that Catholic schools teach children the most important things about life: praying together every day, learning Christian doctrine, regularly attending Mass, visiting our Lord in Adoration, experiencing Christ's mercy in confession, and learning how to love and forgive each other. The Catechism of the Catholic Church entrusts you as parents to be your child’s first teacher; I view my role, and the role of our school, as assisting you in this process.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School does an outstanding job instilling in our children the importance of following Jesus through the traditional teachings of our Faith. Woven through our rigorous curriculum are the teachings of Christ in accordance with both the Diocesan and Missouri State Educational objectives. Our teachers implement effective instructional strategies through the use of innovative, creative, and hands-on curriculum. Last year, we were granted full accreditation not only by AdvancEd, but also the Missouri Non-Public School Accrediting Association. Our school community and facility offers our children a learning environment that is welcoming, small and secure.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School offers a non-tuition experience in order for all families to be able to attend. We are grateful for the sacrifice of all of our parishioners who help subsidize the good work we do at school. School families are asked to pray on what sacrifice they could make to help support this ministry. If you choose our excellent school, you will be asked to make, after prayer, a sacrificial pledge to the parish to be paid weekly or monthly, as you choose. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. We understand that many families cannot fund the entire cost of educating their children in our school. There are no percentages or set amounts, only the requirement of Sacrificial Giving. The requirement of our Lord was that we give back to God first, and not just from our excess. Luke 21:1-4 should be our inspiration on giving.
You can tour our school, review our faith-infused curriculum, meet our dedicated faculty and staff, shop at the uniform closet, and ask questions. We are accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool, Kindergarten through 8th grade. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone at (816) 454-7377 ext. 318 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal, St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School