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.
Our Mission Statement...
"To feed, care and connect"
Offices CLOSED Pantry OPEN
In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Parish Offices will be Closed on Monday, 18 January 2021 BUT the Food Pantry will remain OPEN.
Pray for our country for a change of heart so as to heal the wounds inflicted by 400 years of of slavery that continue to result in bigotry and prejudice against peoples of various shades of brown skin.
a prayer for humility and repentance for our nation...
Rise up and come to our help, merciful God, for we are in need. We have turned against each other causing our spirits to be weighed down with fear; our bodies have become as fragile as the dust from which we came. All that we have trusted seems hidden from sight.
Although this self-destructive moment has come upon our nation and humbled us, do not forget or forsake us. Send your grace within our hearts that we may repent of our sins of arrogance and self-righteousness, our inability to respect and listen to each other, our unwillingness to compromise for the common good.
Show us your face in this time of trial, remind us of your faithfulness, and save us for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Music from a 1550s Pandemic
The conductor William Christie of the group Les Arts Florissants asks why we cherish long-dead composers [one might include artists and authors]. He answers "They give us the idea that [humanity] can be destructive, disruptive, mean, and terrible, but [humanity] can also rise to extraodinary heights". In the light of the pandemic and the events of 6 January in Washington DC take a listen to "Media vita" ["In the midst of life we are in death."] of English composer John Sheppard.
For an article on the choral work CLICK HERE
For a translation of the text CLICK HERE
To listen to the choral work Media vita [23 minutes]
Children's Homilies - 17 January '21
Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE
Resumption of Mass Intentions
Effective immediately, Mass Intentions will again be taken by calling the Parish Office at 432.3920. Because of the virus, we will only be accepting Mass Intentions from January 2021 through June 2021. So as to be fair to everyone the following limitation will be enacted: each person can only request three individual Mass intentions. This may change if the situation changes, always check the bulletin or the website for up to date information. Also we pray at every Eucharist as the church for all the dead and the living. Thank you. Fr. D.
Families that talk about faith remain faithful...
A couple patron for families, married with children, Zelie and Louis Martin were canonized as a Christian couple on 18 October 2015. Their daughter is Saint Therese [Martin] of Lesieux.
Pope Francis stated in the canonization homily, “The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin practiced Christian service in the family, creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters, among whom was Saint Therese of the Child Jesus." They are the first-ever married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony.
Sts Zelie, Louis and Therese, pray for all families.
The Year of Saint Joseph 2020 - 2021
On this solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis has released an Apostolic Letter about Saint Joseph and has declared a “Year of St. Joseph” which will be observed from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. The letter, Patris corde (“a Father’s heart”) is released on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as patron of the Universal Church.
The Pope writes: "After Mary, the Mother of God, no saint is mentioned more frequently in the papal magisterium than Joseph, her spouse. I would like to share some personal reflections on this extraordinary figure, so close to our human expereince".
For the full text of the papal letter, CLICK HERE
The Oblates of St. Joseph are proud to present to you a collection of resources on all things St. Joseph.
St. Joseph in Art: We have the largest online collection of artwork related to St. Joseph in existence.
St. Joseph in Scripture: An extensive analysis and treatment of the complete references to St. Joseph in the New Testament.
St. Joseph in Liturgy: A historical investigation of liturgical celebrations related to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph in Church Fathers: Even the early Church Fathers recognized the significance of St. Joseph for the Church. In here we look at what some of those Church Fathers had to say about St. Joseph.
Ordinary 2 - The Year of Saint Joseph Word, Homily & Prayers
This is the first in a series of homilies reflecting on Saint Joseph to mark the Year of Saint Joseph declared by Pope Francis on 8 December 2020.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January
"What is meant by ecumenism? Simply this: that we listen to one another and learn from one another what it means to be a Christian today". Benedict XVI
The greatest scandal of Christainity is our dividsions which counter the Gospel message. The week beginning 18 January each year and concluding on 25 January, The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul has been set aside for Christians to pray for the Spirit's gift of unity, the final prayer of Jesus before his arrest and execution: “that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you…” John 17:20-21
Below is a prayer for your use during this week of prayer.
Eternal and Most Holy One, you have bound yourself to the human family by a bond that can never be broken. Only you can heal the wounds that have divided and scarred the Christian Church, the Body of your Son, Jesus Christ that has caused scandal to our world.
Remove from our hearts all that hinders us from approaching each other in trust and mutual respect that we may truly be one.
We ask this though Jesus whose resurrected body healed the brokenness of the world and his Church and lives and reigns with you and the Life-Giving Holy Spirit, our God forever and ever. Amen.
You know what a cold, bitter, damp, winter night is like...and you head for home.
But…what if you are homeless?
The Homeless Collaborative is an association of Otsego County area human service agencies, government entities, local citizens, faith communities and others concerned about people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness. Our Goal is to establish a ‘low barrier’* warming station for the homeless which provides a safe, inviting, and warm place to sleep for the night during the winter months of the year, especially when “CODE BLUE” is in effect.
The warming station will…be located in the City of Oneonta, be open 7 days a week, November—April. for overnight accommodation and…initially only serve men. CLICK HERE for flyer.
What is “CODE BLUE”? “CODE BLUE” is the designation for when the temperature drops to 32°F including wind chill factors which can result in hypothermia. ’Low barrier’ means that no one will be turned away for any reason.
3 Ways YOU Can Participate
Educate yourself…about homelessness in America. Check out: https://endhomelessness.org/
Tell others...Share the attached flyer CLICK HERE with friends and family members, and inform the organizations that you belong to about this project and how they can assist giving dignity to people who find themselves homeless.
Financial Support...To help get us up and running, consider one of the following one time levels of support or a regular monthly donation. CLICK HERE for information on how to donate.
For more information contact: Brad Feik 607.435.5571 / [email protected]
A prayer for the passing of an old & the welcoming of a new year
Loving, eternal & compassionate God, I know your presence is always with us, though this past year we may not have been very aware of it. Our fears, frustrations and worries often get the better of us and we fail to feel your embrace.
I hope we did not overlook the new opportunities you offered us to deepen our relationship with you and each other. We so much want to turn the page of this annus horribilis that we may not savour the present moment, even those moments of fear and isolation, where you also dwell.
A new year is approaching but it will begin as the old one ended; in cold and darkness which isolates us even more.
Are you listening, my God!? Or, is it we who have not been listening for your voice and watching for your footsteps all these months.
Yet take us by the hand. Let us together walk into this New Year. Dispel our fears with your presence. Comfort us in our loneliness. Give us hope, creativity & a sense of humour to carry us through.
And let it be for both of us – a happy new year.
Saint Mary's Food Pantry
The number for the Food Pantry is 607.386.2623. The pantry is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 11am - 3 pm. Please call for an appointment.
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.
Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
2021...George Rodenas, Caitlin Kelley
2020 Thomas Merlino, Starr Hobbs, Charles Carmen, Joseph Roman, Mary Murphy, Denise Grant, Kevin Briggs, Frances Lomangino, Colleen Banker, Madeline Seger, Mary Farmer, William Lee, Claire Cormier, Alberta Peletz, Christine Romanelli, Mary Jane Allen, Paula Halleran, Eleanor Brienza, Jacqueline Chiapella, Lorraine Dono, Roseanna Garrison, Rita Swift, Marge Van Deusen, Michael Murin, Julia Kyner, Richard Day, Jr, Anthony Philip Amarose, Isabella Niedziela, Anthony Tomaino, Jemele Mitrano, David Murphy, Charles Trachta, Sonny Amatucci, Dawn Weiss, Ann Marie Kitts, Terrance O'Hara, Margaret Reilly, & Griffen Wilsey
Are You Grieving?
Saint Mary's Consolation & Bereavement Group meets on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month; we will meet on January 21 at 12:30 PM on the church sanctuary. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, job, life situation, pet, the freedom to travel or anything else important in your life, please join us. All are welcome-bring a friend!
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.
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.
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 links below for people seeking to enter into this kind of relationship for spiritual growth.
Spiritual Director, Cindy Korb, a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta.
Spiritual Director-in training, Diane DeDominicis
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
Online Registration is CLOSED
Online Registration for Sunday Mass at 10:30am at Saint Mary's Church is OPEN each Wednesday at 9:00am thru Friday at 3:00pm or until we have reached capacity. You must register each and every week as we are limited to 120 people in the church. This includes liturgical ministers and volunteers.
If you have trouble registering online, please call the parish office immediately for assistance. DO NOT leave a message.
Please DO NOT register or attend if…you have recently traveled out of the area, …are coming from out of State or …have fever or flu like symptoms and have not self-quarantined in the last 14 days.
Pre-registration and Masks are required.
Fr. David's Homilies - print version
Pathways to God - 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.
Check out the website Pathways to God. CLICK HERE
Looking for a 5 minute daily spiritual pickup? Try the YOUCAT App
Looking for a five minute daily spiritual pickup? Try the YOUCAT App. YOUCAT stands for Youth Catechism BUT don't let that chase you away. A daily picture, biblical passage, Q&A from the Catholic Catechism and an inpisrational quote. It might be just what you are looking for to raise your spirits by the Holy Spirit. Go to the app store on our phone and put in YOUCAT App.
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