From Rev. Joseph J. Farrell

elcome to the parish website for St. Andrew’s  R. C. Church in Jobstown NJ, one of the few rural parishes left in the Trenton Diocese. 

St. Andrew’s has been a Catholic parish since 1880, but until a few years ago, it was a mission parish. We are now on our own. 

St. Andrew’s was founded principally by Irish immigrants who worked on the “Rancocas Stock Farm,” which was purchased by the Lorrillard family, the famous and wealthy NYC family who made their fortune from tobacco. The farm later became nationally and internationally known for the racehorses bred there. The farm was later purchased by the Sinclair family, wealthy from oil; you may remember from history the famous “teapot dome” scandal associated with them. It then became the property of a Greek oil tycoon by the name of Helis. It was and still is known principally known as the Helis Stock Farm. Many of our current parishioners are descendents of the founding families of the parish.

Our parish territory contains much of Mansfield and Springfield Townships in Burlington County.

We have approximately 500 families in our faith community, and we are quite diverse in our age distribution. We have a lot of senior citizens from local retirement communities, as well as many young families with children. We have several farm families, and many commuters to NY.

Our Religious Education program has about 210 children and we have a very active Youth Group for junior and senior high school students.

Our Parish Mission statement is meant for each of our parishioners and is the Prayer of St. Francis.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen