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"

It's Official!!!! New Priests @ Saint Mary, Saint Paul & Holy Cross

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger has named Rev. Christopher Welch, Pastor of Saint Mary's, Oneonta and Saint Paul's, Hancock while serving as Sacramental Minister to  Holy Cross, Morris effective The Feast of the Assumption, 15 August 2022.

Rev. James O'Rourke has been named Parochial Vicar [Associate] to Saint Mary's, Oneonta, Saint Paul's, Hancock and Holy Cross, Morris effective 1 July 2022.

Fr. David moving to new assignment

The following is the annoucement Fr David made to the members of Holy Cross and Saint Mary today, Corpus Christi, in regard to his moving on from Oneonta to a new assignment in Albany:

After ten years of ministry at Saint Mary and Holy Cross, I need to   share with you that I will be moving on to another assignment.

Where I was looking at possible retirement in a few years, the Spirit has other ideas. I received a call on the Feast of the Ascension with a proposal that still has set me off balance. After consultation with people I highly respect and taking this proposal to prayer and on retreat, it was very clear to me the desire of the Spirit.

I have spoken to you about the letter from the Council of Jerusalem to the Christians in Antioch recorded in the Acts of the Apostles which began, “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us…” And I can honestly say to you, it is the decision of the Holy Spirit and I hesitantly acquiesce and have accepted the position of Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

This is not a position I have sought out or desired. I still have mixed feelings of apprehension and excitement about my decision.

As to future leadership at Holy Cross and Saint Mary, I will keep you fully informed as I receive information. I am very grateful for my time in the Oneonta area and the people who have opened their lives to me. In the meantime I ask for your prayers.

This decision will take effect on the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

A Cathedral Primer

This is a brief Primer on what a Cathedral Church is and some facts about our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, New York [pictured].

The term 'cathedral' comes from the Greek word for "chair" - "cathedra".  A cathedral church is the church in a diocese in which the bishop's "cathedra" / chair is present. The "chair" represents the bishop's authority, similar to a "sitting" judge in our legal system. As part of the Installation Rite of a new bishop in a diocese, the rite calls for other bishops to ceremoniously "seat" the new bishop in his cathedra.

The common perception is that to be a cathedral church the building itself must be large and people often misuse the term cathedral for any large church. But what designates a church a Cathedral is the presence of the bishop's chair. So a small courtry size church could be a Cathedral if within it is the presence of the bishop's chair / cathedra.

Every diocese has a Cathedral Church which is the "mother" church for all the people in a diocese and the "seat" of the bishop from which he liturgically is the center of the diocese. It is within Cathedral Churches that certain diocesan-wide celebrations take place including, the Blessing of the Holy Oils, ordinations of deacons and priests and the consecration of a new bishop, the Rite of Election of catechumens for baptism as well as diocesan-wide celebrations for various reasons. It is the model of litugry for the diocese.

The position of Rector of a cathedral is to pastor the Cathedral Parish and care for the building for the diocese.

Our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the 3rd Catholic Cathedral in the country and the 2nd in New York State after Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York. It is also the first Catholic Cathedral to be designed in what is called the Gothic Revival style by Irish born architect Patrick Keely [1816 - 1896]. Keely designed over 600 churches for the Catholic Church in the 19th century. Our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was the first cathedral he designed. For more information on Keely CLICK HERE

For more information on the history of our cathedral church, its windows, music program etc. CLICK HERE

Food Pantry needs VOLUNTEERS

The scoop...

loading and unlaiding our parish truck with food for the pantry

once a month

usually 3rd Thursday of every month at 10:00am at the Southside Mall and then at the Food Pantry

time commitment: 1.5 hr

Can you volunteer? Call Linda or Steve at the pantry: 607.386.2623.

Refundable Bottle / Can Collection

The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection for the year will begin for the year on April 23rd and 24th  and continue every third weekend through October 15th and 16th. Collection will begin at 9 am and continue until after mass each weekend. Please make sure ALL bottles and cans are to be Nickel refundable in NY and empty.  NO wine, sports drink, or juice containers.  The recyclable container will be in front of the parish garage.  Thank you for your support of our ministry to help those in need.

Spiritual Direction

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

For the full NYTimes article CLICK HERE

We offer links below to people seeking such spiritual companionship and discernment.

Spiritual Director, Cindy Korb

Website: www.cindykorb.com; Email: [email protected]; Phone: 607.267.0539

Spiritual Director, Diane DeDominicis

Email addresses: [email protected] or [email protected]

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.

Website: www.consultationcenteralbany.org See the upper menu under Spiritual Direction

You will never regret going to the funeral

By my mother's count, I attended at least 15 wakes and funerals by the time I tyrned 12. I went because my mother went, who went because her mother went...be3cause she learned from hmy grandmother that This Is What We Do...to read on CLICK HERE

Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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


Mary Cerra, James Knowles, Sonia Torres, Ann Briguglio, Douglas Davidson, Eleanor Beers, Joan Fuller, Catherine Trask, David Downie, Ruth Healy, Ronald Marsh, Sandra Rynkiewicz, Catherine Trask, Helen Rittlinger, Paul Vegari, Alfred Ouimet, Thomas Opramolla, Gary Thompson, Catherine Tisenchek, Margaret Morales, Alice Welch, Marie O'Malley, Francis Sullivan, Richard Sheehy, Radames DeRosario, Kathy Stryker, Mary Antonucci

Are You Grieving?

"I sat with my anger long enough...until she told me her real name was Grief".

Saint Mary's Consolation Group meets on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month; Future meetings will take place at 10:00 AM  July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15 at St. Mary's Rectory. 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!

Music Minister/Organist Position

Saint Mary's Parish is seeking to fill a position for a Music Minister/ Organist. For the Job Desciption. CLICK HERE

A Plaza Talk - 12 July 2022

A Plaza Talk   

The Sacred Art of Saint Mary’s Church

“Let us talk of beauty, art and faith…” Enjoy a summer evening on Saint Mary’s front plaza with some wine, cheese, & a walk—about thru the Church to discover its artistic expressions of faith. If the weather is inclement, the introduction will be inside the Church.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 at 6:30pm

Presenter: Rev. David Wm. Mickiewicz

A Thank You Cabaret - 28 July 2022

A “Thank You” Cabaret

An evening with music from the American Songbook offered in gratitude to the people of Saint Mary & Holy Cross

David Wm. Mickiewicz, baritone

John Jurgensen, piano

Saint Mary’s Church, Thursday, 28 July 2022, at 6:30pm

Music—followed by wine & cheese on the plaza.

Walking with Moms in Need - A Catholic Response

Moving Forward: Walking with Moms in Need in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

The Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is not the end goal for the Catholic Church. It’s a call to continuing action. We must walk with pregnant women in need, building a culture of life that helps them as they journey through pregnancy and into parenthood. 

To that extent, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is asking each of its parishes to join a nationwide effort called Walking with Moms in Need. Parishes are being asked to identify resources in their community that already exist, identify needs that are not yet being met, and to take steps to bridge those gaps.  The goal is to create a process that enables Catholic parishes and communities to “walk in the shoes” of these moms in need. We don’t point them in the direction of help, we journey with them.

The initiative is a response to Pope Francis’ challenge to go to the margins, to be present, and to make a difference. Each parish has gifts to offer, God-given gifts, but they are not for us to hang onto. Those gifts are to be shared and by the grace of God, used to help meet the needs in our communities. 


Refugee Resettlement Coalition

You can make a difference. Oneonta much closer to being able to welcome one or more refugee families. This support must be done via Sponsorship, we therefore need to raise at least $3,000 to $7,000 per family. No donation is too small!  If you know of other people who wish to donate, please encourage them to do so soon.

Donations can be made by checks mailed to the Foundation of Otsego County, P.O. Box 55, Springfield Center, N.Y. 13468. You need to indicate that the donation is for the "Refugee Resettlement Coalition"

Suggested Spiritual Summer Reading: Monasticism for Laypeople

The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB.

Monasticism has nurtured the life of Sr. Joan for 70 years. Her enthusiam for onast life is infectious, and her joy is palpable. The Monastic Heart turns monastic language into language people can understand in their own lives. Joan distills the 1,500 year-old Rule of Saint Benedict for contemporary laity.

On the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis speaks in ordinary terms about the Holy Spirit. Read his homily from Pentecost 2022 CLICK HERE

Technology Safety & Internet Safety Through the Eyes of Faith

Being a parent isn't easy. It can often feel overwhelming.  Throw in the Internet, social networks, computers, mobile, and gaming devices and things can often seem impossible.  That's where this safety guide comes in.

Jointly developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), this site is an attempt to give you some simple, straightforward advice and tools on how to navigate this digital world with your family. 


This site and the Faith and Safety initiative has been made possible in part by generous grants from the Catholic Communications Campaign and by the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund

What is an annulment of a marriage? 2 Articles...

One of the most misunderstood aspects of our faith is the process known as an annulment of a marriage. For a very good article on understanding what a Catholic Church annulment is and is not. CLICK HERE

At this time in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, there is NO administrastive or application fee to petition the Church to inquire about the sacramentality of a marriage. To inquire about the annulment process or to begin the process you can begin with your pastor or call the Office of Canonical Services directly at 518.453.6620.

For a 2nd article entitled: The painful, grace-filled and hopefully healing process of seeking an annulment CLICK HERE

Seeking help for drug addiction or know someone who needs help?

Drug Addicts Anonymous - Drogadictos Anonimos is a non-profit association that offers all of its services free of charge. Our mission is to help people with problems of addiction to recover, regardless of their legal, or economic status or ethnicity. Primarily, its focus is on people who cannot receive help because of their legal situation and do not have the resources to solicit help in places that require payment.

The biggest impact is not only in helping people to liberate themselves from the slavery of drugs, we want to help them change their lives. We help them reintegrate back into society with a way of being, thinking, and acting.  We ask the community for their support with your monetary donations or help us out with one of our fundraising T-shirts. It’s all possible with the great support of the community as together we strive toward success.

For information on Grupo "Unidad" in Jeffersonville, New York and other houses, go to www.daamerica.org or CLICK HERE

Pass this information to people you know who maybe seeking help from drug addiction 1.845.482.2486.

Step Up Men's Conference

The Diocese of Albany is hosting the Step Up Men's Conference on Saturday, 20 August 2022 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville.

The Step Up Men's Conference will give men the tools needed to grow in holiness in their everyday lives  so as to grow in our relationship with Christ and establish a plan to bring this energy back to our families and parish families.

The event will include presentations from Fr. Donald Calloway and Fr. Roger Landry, Reconciliation, Adoration, Rosary, and the Eucharist.

The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch; College age and younger men are FREE. 

For more information and to register:  https://www.rcda.org/StepUp

Project Rachel : Post-Abortion Care

Project Rachel, the U.S. Catholic Church's ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. For more information CLICK HERE

Habitat for Humanity...30 YEARS

Do you believe in the mission of HFHOC, that is, to eliminate all substandard and unaffordable housing in Otsego County?  If you do, please consider joining us in this work.

To learn more about Habitat CLICK HERE

Contact Marjorie Pietraface at [email protected] to get more information.

Adopt a Seminarian....

Consider adopting a seminarian who is discerning, preparing and studying for service in the priesthood for the Diocese of Albany. Choose one seminarian, pray for him regularly and/or consider writing him a note of encourage periodically.

For names and seminary addresses CLICK HERE

Catholic Women Preach

Fr. David's Homilies

CLICK on the image for the print version of Fr. David's Sunday/Feastday Homilies.

Saint Mary's Food Pantry

The number for the Food Pantry is 607.386.2623The pantry is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 11am - 3 pm.  Beginning, 15 February 2021 appointments are no longer required but appreciated. After you arrive, someone will come out with a clip board listing what the food pantry has in stock. You will have time to make your selections and your requests will be brought out to you.

Needs Network

Items needed for Catholic Charities SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Houses

Items are to be placed in the Needs Network container in the gathering area of the church.  Before and after Mass as well as week days when the church is open. Questions can be directed to John Korb: 607-267-0527.

New or slightly used twin bed sheet set, blankets light and heavy for twin beds

Hygiene items for female & male: shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, body wash

For the ladies: unopened cosmetics, baby powder (not talcum)

Living Well...

Living with a chronic condition like diabetes, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, COPD/ asthma, heart disease, or cancer?


Help educate a child

For over five years, St. Mary’s Parish through its Peace and Justice Ministries has sponsored children to attend school in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.  Currently we have eight students who have received enough scholarship assistance from us to attend school from 7th grade through graduation.  Many of the children are native Mayan and come from very poor family situations and this education provides an opportunity for them to have a better future.

One year of schooling costs $250.00, six years $1500.00.  Might you consider sponsoring a child?  Any amount that you may be able to give will be combined with funds from the Peace and Justice Ministry to provide scholarship support. Student needs are greater than ever at this time as a result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

If you wish to contribute to the scholarship program, please write a check to St. Mary’s Church and note on the memo line that the check is for scholarships.  The check can be dropped off at the Rectory.  Questions?  Call Marjorie Pietraface at 432-1385.

Online Donating

Diocesan Appeal: Your Gift Matters

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.


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A Prayer to Welcome the Lord's Day

A Prayer to Welcome the Lord’s Day  

[To be prayed at sunset on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.]

God, our God, creator of the ever expanding Universe, we give you praise and thanks for the glory of creation that reveals your presence to us and the Death and Resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ that is your great act of love for us.

 As we begin to keep this Lord’s Day, renew us in spirit and body that we may serve you in holiness throughout the week.

We ask this through Jesus Christ who died that we might have life in abundance and lives and reigns with you and the Life-Giving Holy Spirit, our God, forever and ever. Amen.

For more on The Lord's Day, check out Bite Size Catholic Living 10 CLICK HERE.

For other aspects of Bite Size Catholic Living, check the MENU above

The Daily EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is an Ignatian technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience. To explore this form of prayer CLICK HERE

Articles on Prayer

5 Tips for Prayer CLICK HERE

Pray Constantly CLICK HERE

Why does it seem that sometimes God does not answer our prayers CLICK HERE

On Fighting Distraction in prayer CLICK HERE

On Perseverance, it is necessary for prayer CLICK HERE

On Discernment CLICK HERE

Prayer can be a Struggle CLICK HERE

Meditation is for Everyone CLICK HERE

Want a Better Prayer Life? Be Honest. CLICK HERE

How to pray with the Bible...

3 Youtube presentations on how to pray with the Bible, the Word of God. This is called 'lectio divina' or 'sacred reading'.

How to Pray the Rosary

Hail Mary, highly favoured daughter, God is with you... CLICK HERE