From wherever you have traveled or have been led on your spiritual journey, we, the Catholic community of Oneonta, are glad you are among us. We invite you to make yourself at home and consider joining our Christian way of life, worship and service.

Vacation Bible School VBS 2020

VBS in a Bag: Listening for God

Free for all children 3 - 12 years of age

4 Weeks of VBS Fun at Home!

Even though we can’t get together, we can still have all the fun of regular Vacation Bible School – games, activities, stories, crafts, and songs! Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

To access the flyer and registration form CLICK HERE

For more information and/or to register, contact Kate Johnston at [email protected]

VBS will be using the Saint Mary's Parking Lot for material distribution (VBS in a Bag!) on Sundays, July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 9 between 2:00-4:00pm.

Our Mission Statement...

"To feed, care and connect"

Refundable Bottle & Can Collection 18/19 July 2020


The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will held on the weekend of 18/19 July 2020 from 8 am until 12 noon each day.  Please make sure all bottles and cans are nickel refundable in NY and are empty.  No wine, Gatorade or juice containers please.  The recyclable container will be in front of the parish garage. Thank you for your support of our ministry to help those in need.

Future collection weekends are: Aug 15 & 16, Sept 12 & 13, Oct 10 & 11.

Please Support our Bulletin Advertizers

Though we have had not bulletin since we have been unable to gather, please support our area businesses that assist in paying for the bulletin.

Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, All Star Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Inc., Oneonta Optical, Ace Glass Co., Edward Sickler Memorials, Stringers Body Shop, Best Wine & Spirits, Bella Michael's Restaurant, Servicemaster Restore, Tri-County Glass, Cherry Valley Memorials, All Star Dog Wash, Air Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Precision Collision, Inc., Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Symphony Medical Supply, Bookhout Funeral Home, ABC Plumbing, Doctors of Dentistry: Bruce Aaronson, Amy Thompson, Scott Heiland.

Concerning Mass Intentions

The Mass Intentions for the dead that parishioners have requested that would have been prayed for over the last four months (7 March thru 5 July) have been sent with their stipends to the Office of Pontifical Mission Societies. Thus your intentions will be prayed for and at the same time your stipend will support the priests in the missions. With the resumption of the Eucharist on Sunday, all Mass Intentions presently recorded for that day and the succeeding week will be named in the Universal Prayers. Until we see how the Sunday Mass under the Tent goes, no intentions will be received by the parish office at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Summer Lunch Program

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties will again provide lunches for children and adults this summer beginning Monday, 22 June 2020 thru Friday, 21 August 2020

Bagged lunches can be picked up at six different sites in Oneonta on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The bags on Monday and Wednesday will be packed for 2 days each.  We will only be at each site for 15 minutes, so people need to be prompt.

11:30 - Mountain View Mobile Home Park & Oneonta High School parking lot.     

12:00 - Lantern Hill Mobile Home Park & Greater Plains School parking lot. 

12:30 - Neahwa Park & Oneida Village Mobile Home Park. 

People are welcomed me to come pick up lunch at any of the sites.  In addition to children, please share this information with adults who could benefit, particularly senior citizens. If anyone has any questions, call Catholic Charities at 432.0061. Please help get the word out!

School Supply Drive 2 July - 2 August

The Peace and Justice Committee of Saint Mary''s Parish in conjunction with Family Services is sponsoring a school supply drive for students who might not have appropriate supplies.  A list of needed items can be found below and on Facebook.  A container for supplies will be placed inside the church main entrance from 2 July through 2 August.  If you would rather make a monetary donation, please send the donation to the church office 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820. Your support is appreciated.


pens/pencils, crayons, binders (all sizes), colored pencils, loose leaf paper, markers, notebooks (all sizes)


erasers, index cards, rulers, graph paper, scissors, backpacks, planners, tissue boxes, highlighters, hand sanitizer, scotch tape, calculators, protractors, thumb drives, water bottles, glue bottles/sticks, divider tabs, divider tabs, water color paints, sketch pads, paper clips, book covers, hole punches, lunch boxes, post its, paper clips,


deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, floss, zip lock bags-sandwich, gallon, snack, quart      

Annual Rummage Sale CANCELED

The 2020 Rummage Sale which is the major fund raiser for the Peace and Justice Committee of Saint Mary's Parish has been canceled due to COVID–19. This fund raises is used to assist the Food Pantry, The Toliman Scholarships (Guatamala), Saint Vincent's Mission, Kentucky  school supplies and other needs as they arise. We are looking forward to next year 2021!  See you then.

Saint Mary's Food Pantry

The number for the Food Pantry is 607.386.2623The pantry is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 11am - 3 pm.  Please call for an appointment.

Website Archives

Looking for an item that was on the website?

To view previously posted articles on Prayer, YouTube videos of homilies OR other postings, click on Archives in the menu above, then on either Prayer Archives, Video Archives or Posting Archives.

Check Out...New Pilgrim Path

New Pilgrim Path is a website aimed at introducing fellow Christians of all denominations to the great wealth of online spiritual resources. Links to, and a brief description of, a variety of valuable websites on spirituality are provided. In addition to the permanent pages of Daily Prayer, Sacred Music, Inspiration, and Online Retreats, each week we feature a different Website of the Week, Poem of the Week and Music of the Week. CLICK HERE

Requiem aeternam...Eternal rest

Pray for our dead...Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Anthony Philip Amarose, Isabella Niedziela, Anthony Tamino, Jemele Mitrano, David Murphy, Charles Trachta, Sonny Amatucci, Dawn Weiss, Ann Marie Kitts, Terrance O'Hara, Margaret Reilly, & Griffen Wilsey

How can you help your neighbors?

Local agencies, Catholic Charities and Family Service Association, are in need of the following items:

  • All types of hygiene products.
  • Diapers, particularly newborn, size one and size 6.  Donations of diapers or hygiene products can be dropped off in the bins at the back of the Church or taken directly to the agencies. Call the agency prior to making any delivery.
  • Cash to be used for gift cards to local grocery stores or The Dollar General.  Cash donations may be mailed directly to the agency.

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego County.  176 Main Street, Oneonta, New York.  607.432.006.

Family Service Association, 277 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, New York.  607.432.2870.


Online Donating

Christ at Your Table

Saint Mary's Food Pantry is OPEN and your continued financial support, Christ at Your Table, is especially  important at this time. 

Young Adults & others young @ heart Thursday, 9 July 2020

Physically distant, spiritually connected.

Pints with Priests is a series of young adult online gatherings hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Enjoy a pint of your favorite drink or ice cream, socialize and partake in an engaging conversation with a priest. Expect an enlightening Q&A filled with both wit and wisdom. Pints with Priests is your chance to get to know our clergy more personally. Questions can range from light-hearted to practical to theological. Get to know the man behind the collar!


Pints with Priests will next occur Thursday night, 9 July 2020, at 7:30 PM, and conclude around 9:00 PM. The evening's guest is Fr. Rendell Torres.


The online gathering will be hosted on Zoom. On Wednesday you will receive an email with details on how to join the Zoom meeting. Be sure to provide the best email address to reach you when registering below.


Registration is required. You can register now online.

Future dates and guests include:

  • Fr. Bob Longobucco - July 23

The 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel, Homily & Prayers

Racial Inequality: A Christian People’s Response Monday, 13 July Discussion Groups

The event of the death of George Floyd has starkly, as never before, brought to the world’s attention the injustice against human dignity of racial inequality and the view that one race or tribe is superior to other peoples. This has resulted in the subtle and not so subtle societal structures and ways of perceiving life that have supported that inequality.

Are we to blame for 400 years of slavery? No. But, as Christians acting out of our faith we are called to acknowledge the past and speak up against racial inequality within ourselves, our church and society. This calls for a conversion of heart. And a conversion of heart begins by respectfully listening to the experience of others, reflecting on our attitudes and then making a response that reflects our conversion, our change of heart.

To that end, we want to offer such an opportunity to the parishioners of Saint Mary, Holy Cross and anyone interested. Below are hyperlinks to three YouTube presentations. We are asking people over the next two weeks, beginning 28 June thru 12 July, to watch each video and then gather outside between the rectory and church of Saint Mary to discuss the issues presented by the speakers. Discussion starting questions will be provided.

We would ask that each person bring their own chair and we will sit in small distanced/masked groupings for discussion.  Discussion date: Monday, 13 July; Rain date: Tuesday, 14 July at 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

  1. How the Church Can Combat Racism and White Privilege: A Conversation with Fr. Bryan Massingale, Professor of Ethics at Fordham University. (25 minutes) CLICK HERE


  1. TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story with Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi. (18 minutes) CLICK HERE


  1. Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of "What Does it Mean to Be White? (22 minutes) CLICK HERE

A Way to God Today - a teaching

Aspiring for inner peace and solitude in today's turbulent times?

Listen to and learn from the spiritual guide, Fr. Anthony De Mello, an Indian Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, storyteller and spiritual teacher. A Way to God for Today is a series of 6 presentations approximately 30 minutes a piece on the spiritual topics of Silence, Peace, Joy, Life, Freedom and Love.

Toliman Scholars speak on COVID

In the posting below is more information on the Guatamalan Toliman Scohlars and how you can help.

San Lucas Toliman Scholars

San Lucas Toliman is a small Mayan town of 14,000 in the highlands of Guatemala. The main occupation in the community is harvesting coffee. By UN standards, the majority of the people live in poverty. San Lucas Toliman Scholars is a local organization whose mission is to provide students of limited economic resources the opportunity to continue their studies beyond primary school (6th grade) so they can continue to secondary school. There are five main junior high schools in San Lucas; grades 7 thru 9. When students complete their secondary education, they choose a career which they will follow in high school. Brother Dennis Evans is our contact.  Website: http://sltscholars.org

Representatives of the SLT Program regularly visit the schools and monitor the progress of the students so that problems can quickly be resolved. Students are assisted regardless of their race, gender or religious beliefs. SLT Scholarship Program has 501c3 status.  A yearly scholarship cost is $250.00.  St. Mary’s Church has provided 6 years of scholarship support, a cost of $1500.00 per child to 10 children as of May 2020 through parishioner donations and the annual Rummage Sale.

If you would like to join this endeavour of Saint Mary’s Catholic Community you can do so by making a contribution to support the SLT Scholarship Program. Checks should be made out to St. Mary's Church and noted in the memo line SLT Scholarships.  Then mail to the Parish Office, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, in care of Kathy Neuer.

St. Mary’s Peace and Justice Ministries was started midyear in 2005 through the diocesan Sister Parish program Pueblo to People under Fr. Richard Broderick. Peace and Justice Ministries is locally the Hands of Christ, nationally through the St. Vincent Mission in David, KY and internationally through the San Lucas Scholars.

Have Saint Mary's in your Pocket

Have parish information and our website on your phone. Saint Mary's Parish has an APP that you can install for FREE. You will have available on your phone, access to our parish website, the daily scripture readings, Sunday's homily, New Pilgrim Path, a website of online spiritual resources and more.

For Android Phones

Go to Play Store.

In the search box type: Saint Mary's Church, Oneonta.

Look for WeConnect Parish App, Liturgical Publications with the above logo.

CLICK to Install.

For IPhones

Go to App Store.

In the search box type: WeConnect.

Scroll to WeConnect Parish with the above logo CLICK on GET then CLICK on INSTALL.

It will ask permission to use your location, CLICK ALLOW.

Then Saint Mary's Church should appear on the list choose Saint Mary's Church.

Praying with ART

In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one's own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Jesuit Goeff Wheaton, SJ will lead the reflection. He studied Religious Art at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and then did an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture at Royal Holloway College University of London. Nowadays the focus of his ministry is to deepen our relationship with the Christ of the Scriptures with the aid of the wonderful images in painting, frescoes, mosaics, sculpture and stained glass from the catacombs to the present day.

Parish Office is OPEN.

Beginning Monday, 22 June 2020 the Parish Office will be OPEN by appointment only. Monday thru Wednesday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please call ahead at 607.432.3920. 

  • If your business can be accomplished over the phone, please do so.
  • Masks are required for entry into the office/rectory.
  • Please use the front entrance, ring the bell to the right and wait for staff to let you in.
  • If you need handicapped accessibility, please indicate so when you call.
  • No intentions for future Masses will be taken at this time.

Center for Action and Contemplation

What is Contemplation?

Many equate it to prayer or meditation. You might be surprised, however, to discover that you can practice contemplation while mindfully washing dishes, singing, being with a friend, or walking in a park. Contemplation is simply being fully present—in heart, mind, and body—to what is in a way that allows you to creatively respond and work toward what could be.

Contemplation is both personal and communal, internal and external. It helps us let go of our usual, self-focused way of thinking and doing things so that our compassionate, connected, and creative self can emerge. Through contemplation we develop the capacity to witness our egoic motivations, bringing this awareness into our day-to-day actions and living with increased freedom and authenticity through deeper awareness of our self and God’s Self.

Our Vision

Amidst a time of planetary change and disruption, we envision a recovery of our deep connection to each other and our world, led by Christian and other spiritual movements that are freeing leaders and communities to overcome dehumanizing systems of oppression and cooperate in the transforming work of Love.

Our Mission

Open the door for a critical mass of spiritual seekers to experience the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition and nurture its emergence in service to the healing of our world.

Want to learn more about the Center? CLICK HERE

Daily Eucharist...

Click HERE for live-streamed Masses from various parishes throughout our Albany Diocese.

Click the website address below for Mass with Pope Francis.


Mass under the Tent - 12 July 2020 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration is ONLY from 12 noon Thursday, 9 July thru 12 noon Saturday, 11 July.

If you have recently traveled out of the area, are coming from out of State or have a fever or flu like symptoms and have not self-quarantined in the last 14 days, please DO NOT register or attend.

To Register CLICK the image below. Registration is required for contact tracing purposes. We look forward to your presence.

Please check this website after 5:15pm on Saturday to see if the Mass is canceled due to forecasted inclement weather for Sunday morning.

Catholic Stuff

Managing Stress during Difficult Times


Father Thomas Konopka, L.C.S.W., is the the director and a therapist on the staff of the diocesan Consultation Center. At the Diocesan website he provides a series of articles on managing stress and anxiety.  To access this series, Click HERE

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An Irish Prayer

"Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You."

— St. Brendan, Irish monk, 484 - 577 AD

Fr. David's Homilies

Click the image below to read Fr. David's Sunday/Feastday Homilies.

Spiritual Direction





The role of the Catholic Spiritual Director is to assist an individual  on their own personal path of spiritual growth.  A spiritual director  listens and offers insight to assist an individual to discern the unique way that God is calling them to live a life of faith and to recognize the guidance of the Holy Spirit so as to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

We offer two links below for people seeking to enter into this kind of relationship for spiritual growth.

The Consultation Center of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese offers information about Spiritual Direction on their website which includes a listing of trained spiritual directors


Spiritual Director, Cindy Korb, a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta.