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"

Remember to Change Your Clocks...

NOT been able to attend Sunday Mass because we reached capacity?

To determine whether we need to schedule a second Mass we need your help to ascertain how many more people are seeking to worship. This will also help us in determine a schedule for the Feast of Christmas. At present we are safely distanced up to 110 people.

If you wish to gather for worship and have not been able to attend because we have reached capacity, notify the parish office, 607.432.3920. Please leave your name, phone number and number that would be attending.

Please note: a second Mass will not be scheduled if we also do not have volunteers to do the intake and sanitizing of the church after Mass which also includes Christmas.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in this matter.

Online Registration for Mass on Sunday, 1 November 2020 is OPEN

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. You must register each and every week as we are limited to 105 people in the church. This includes liturgical ministers and volunteers.

If you have trouble registering online, please call the parish office immediately for assistance from 9:00am thru 3:00pm on registration days and a staff person will register you at that time. 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. Entrance into the Church is ONLY thru the transept doors facing the rectory. There your pre-registration will be checked off before entering the church and your hands will be sanitized before being led to a seat. Spouses and immediately family members can be seated together. There are reserved seats for people with disabilities.

To Register CLICK the box below. Registration is required for contact tracing purposes only. We look forward to your presence. Please be patient with this process.

On Sunday, 1 November 2020, the Solemnity of All Saints, we will fully initiate Michaela DeDominicis and Colby Robinson. They were to have been intiaited [baptized, confirmed in the Spirit and brought to the Holy Table] at the Easter Vigil. Clara DeDominicis, Michaela and Nick's baby daughter will also be baptized. Please note the litugy will be lengthier as we birth new Christians. 

Saint Mary's Food Pantry

PLEASE NOTE The Food Pantry will be CLOSED on Wednesday, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, 25, 26, & 27 November 2020.

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

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel, Homily & Prayers

Catholic Kids Homilies - 25 October 20

Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Delivery or Take Out
Free for Everyone

For delivery or take out meals contact Deb Bruce at 433 – 0356 or email: [email protected] by Monday, 11/23. Take out at the Lord’s Table, 18 Elm Street, Oneonta. Noon until 1:30 pm

Cash donations may be sent to St. Marys at 39 Walnut, Oneonta. Write Thanksgiving on memo line.

To volunteer (drivers, cooks, food prep, serving, clean up
Nov. 24-26) contact Mary Ann Hartmann at 607-226-1785
or [email protected] by Monday, 11/16

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Church, Lord’s Table and the Oneonta Community

Peace & Justice Winter Clothing Collection thru 15 November

Recognizing the needs of many families in our area to prepare for the cold weather, we have placed a collection container at the back of the church and will continue until November 15th to collect clothing for the Family Services on Chestnut St.   They need clothing for ALL ages including socks, boots, scarves, gloves, coats, vests, turtle necks, heavy sweaters, snow suits, and blankets. Place items in container in back of church or in bags beside the container, and do not include summer clothing. Thank you! 

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. 


Education is a pathway to change.  Ten children in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala are able to go to school and get an education because of the generosity of St. Mary’s Parish.  These children who are from poor, indigenous Mayan families would remain in a cycle of poverty without the opportunity to attend school.  It is that time of year to again offer Parishioners the chance to support the San Lucas Toliman Scholarship Program. 

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the San Lucas Toliman Scholarship Program should write a check to St. Mary’s Church and note in the memo line that the check is to go to scholarships.  A one-year scholarship costs $250.00, however any donation small or large is welcomed.  Checks should be sent to Kathy Neuer at the Rectory.

For more information on the San Lucas Toliman Scholarlship Program, check out Archives in the above menu and look under Postings.

Letters from Guatemala

To understand how your donations to the San Lucas Toliman Scholarship Program make a difference in the lives of children in Guatemala read their letters of gratitude. CLICK HERE

Many Thanks....

Peace and Justice Ministries thanks everyone for faithfully bringing us refundable cans and bottles on the designated Sundays this year.  We will begin collecting again in the spring.  In the meantime, you are invited to redeem your cans and bottles, then donate the proceeds to the Guatemala San Lucas Toliman scholarship fund by taking it to the rectory or in a separate marked envelope in the Sunday collection.. The virus has greatly impacted the students, so education becomes even more precious.

The shoe collection concludes on November 5th.  St. Mary’s has generously contributed to this fundraiser. Thank you to one and all for supporting third world countries, with much needed footwear.

All Souls Remembrance...

Each November as the leaves fall to the ground and the earth becomes seemingly barren, the Church in a particular way remembers her dead. At Saint Mary's we have created an assemblage of photograghs of our dead relatives and friends to be displayed in church. Please leave photos off in the baskets provided in church by Friday, 30 October. Thank you.

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.

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

Fratelli tutti - Sisters and brothers all...

For the full text of Pope Francis' third encyclical, Fratelli tutti... [Sisters and brothers all...] CLICK HERE

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The Catholic bishops of the United States offer every four years for our national elections a docuament entitled, Forming Consciences for Faithhful Citizenship. This is a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics offereing the guidance of the bishops for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order. The document is availble in English and Spanish...just CLICK HERE.

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13


Absentee Balloting Information

So as to encournage Faithful Citizenship we are providing a link to New York State on Absentee Ballot Voting and how to Apply for an Absentee Ballot, please CLICK HERE.

A Prayer for an Election Season

God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition. With all of the injustice and fear in our world today, we ask you to inspire us and guide us as we participate in the upcoming presidential elections. We seek a government that upholds and protects human rights and justice for all its citizens, regardless of race, class, gender, or religion. Move and inspire us by your presence among us in the most vulnerable in our society. For their tears are your tears, their pain is your pain, their suffering is your suffering.

We ask this through Jesus, your Christ, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, our God, forever and ever. Amen.

Five Practices of Ignatian Spirituality That Foster Resilience

Ignatian spirituality arose from an environment not so different from the one in which we find ourselves today. Saint Ignatius endured long months of social isolation while he recovered from his war wounds. He struggled with the fact that his injuries had changed the world as he knew it. His former routines and social life evaporated. His job security went out the window. His illusion of control was completely shattered. Yet, those difficult days of confinement also gave Ignatius time to go deeper with God and gave rise to a practice of Christian spirituality so fertile that it is still being practiced today. CLICK HERE to discover ways of living through the pandemic spiritually.

40 Days for Life: A Prayer Campaign 23 September - 1 November

Join us for 40 Days for Life, a 40 Day campaign of peaceful prayer, fasting and witness. Join people all across the country and throughout the world for the unborn from September 23 - November 1, 2020. For more information CLICK HERE for the Albany Diocesan website site.

COLLEGE STUDENTS and others... Online Bible Study - Tuesday evenings

Saint Mary's Newman Catholic Community

Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome Online!

Online Bible Study

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The Newman Catholic Community is the voice of the Catholic Students at Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta both on and off campus.  We strive to build a community that reflects the Kingdom Jesus preached. We witness to the Gospel and grow toward Christ by worshiping God, serving the less fortunate among us, and creating a community of friendship and compassion. 

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 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

Diane can be contacted at either email [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


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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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.

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+ 4 ways of spiritually living by parents for and with their children...

+Pope Francis' 8 Tips on Family Life

+Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti

+US Bishop's statement: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

+Seniors Talking With Seniors

+ How Can You Help Your Neighbors?

+ San Lucas Toliman Scholars - Who are they? How can you help?

+Sacred Space Astronomy _ The Vatican Observatory

For these postings Go to Archives in the MENU BAR...then to Posting Archives.

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Catholic Stuff: Sacraments in Minutes

A brief PRIMER...

The LAST RITES of the Church for the dying are the Sacraments of Reconcliation [Confession] and the Reception of Holy Communion [known as Viaticum, food for the journey]. As soon as it is ascertained that a person is dying, please call the parish office so that the priest can visit.

For people who are suffering from physical and mental illnesses or are infirm the Church prays the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for their healing and the forgiveness of their sins. This Sacrament can be celebrated numerous times over a period of illness.

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.

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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Fr. David's Homilies - print version

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

New Pilgrim Path...Spirituality Resources

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

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

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