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"
Suggested reading in the light of mass shootings in our country...
Of the eight people killed in the mass shooting at FedEx in Indianapolis, four were members of the Sikh community. Consider reading "See No Stranger" by Valeria Kaur, about reconciliation, the Sikh community and violence in our country. Since January, 64 people have been killed in mass shootings. What should a Christian response be to such unbridled and continued violence in our nation against the innocent? How are Gospel values to be brought into the public square to raise up the dignity of the human being? ...victims and perpetrators?
9 January, Chicaogo, IL: 5 killed
24 January, Indianapoli, IL: 5 killed
7 February, Muskogee, OK: 6 killed
13 March, Indianapolis, IL: 4 killed
16 March, Atlanta, GA: 8 killed
22 March, Boulder, CO: 10 killed
28 March, Essex, MD: 4 killed
31 March, Orange, CA: 4 killed
3 April, Allen, TX: 4 killed
7 April, Rock Hill, SC: 6 killed
15 April, Indianapolis, IL: 8 killed
Easter III - Word, Homily & Prayer...
Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media 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.
Bite Size Catholic Living
Not just for parents!
Check out the Menu Bar for what we are calling, Bite Size Catholic Living. Created for parents & their chidren in these unsual times, any household can benefit from these small "bite size" pieces of Catholic Christianity to build a Christian life style. It was a distinctive LIFE STYLE that attracted people to Christ in the Greco-Roman Empire. It is the same today.
Copyright. Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS/ www.bromickeymcgrath.com
Annual Peace & Justice Rummage Sale
The Annual Peace and Justice Rummage Sale will resume on August 27 and 28. Donations will be accepted beginning August 21. All safety regulations governing Covid 19 at the time of the sale will be followed. Please consider donating as we help those in need locally, nationally and internationally.
Refundable Bottle & Can Collection
The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will begin on 17/18 April 2021 from 9am to 12noon each day. Please make sure ALL bottles and cans are Nickel refundable in NY and are empty. NO wine, Gatorade 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.
FURURE weekend dates are: 15/16 May, 19/20 June, 17/18 July, 14/15 August, 18/19 September, and 16/17 October.
The Year of Saint Joseph 2020 - 2021
On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis 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.
Catholic Charities is looking to create a housing resource list for people seeking housing. If you are a landlord and want to be included on this list please call our office at 607-432-0061 ext. 105 and ask for Ameen Aswad.
Faith & the Environment
23 April is Earth Day. Our planet is God’s gift to us. May we be good to our planet and good to one another, especially our Black and Brown communities who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis and environmental inequities. As we celebrate Earth Day, we must remember our moral imperative to take action on climate in a fair and equitable way that benefits us all.
What are faith traditions saying about our responsibililty to the earth. CLICK HERE
Pray for our Islamic sisters & brothers this month...
At sunset on 12 April 2021, the Islamic Community begins the annual month long celebration of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. This month celebration commemorates Muhammad's first revelations of the Qu'ran, the sacred scriptures of Muslims. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the rescent moon to the next.
A total fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset each day. Each evening concludes with a festive meal. Ramadan has similarities to our Christian Lent though we have no equivalent celebration of the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.
What are you doing spiitually for the 50days of Easter? Here are 2 Online Easter Retreats
Easter Sunday is the beginning of the Easter Season which lasts for another seven weeks!
So what are you going to do to spiritual continue the joy of Easter Sunday? Here are two guided Easter Retreats; one on Christian joy and another on curing discouragmen;t both much needed after a year of pandemic.
Each retreat consists of a video, audio or print version and includes an introduction, two meditations and a conference.
The first retreat is on the Resurrection Gospel of Matthew, Christian joy and a conference on the symbols of the Baptismal Rite. The second is on the cure for discouragement and reflects on the disciples going home to Emmaus.
For Retreat I CLICK HERE
For Retreat II CLICK HERE
Divine Mercy Retreat
For a retreat that delves into the mystery of God's mercy. CLICK HERE
The retreat consists of a video, audio or print version and includes an introduction, two meditations and a conference.
Jesus in the midst of our fears...
Between what is essential & changeable
A passage from Hans Kung's 1971 book, Why Preists? for your consideration in these polarized and changing times:
A multiplicity of opinions, criticism, and oppostions have their legitimate place and require a constant dialogue and the constructive display of contrary ideas. In all this the private sphere of every member of the Church should be respected (whether they are avant-garde or conservative in nature). In "matters of faith and morals" nothing can be attained with mere votes. In this regard, where it is impossible to obtain some sort of consensus (not unanimity), it is better to leave the question open accroding to ancient conciliar tradition.
Echoing Kung, the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, said: "Somtimes...one fails to distinguish between what is essential that cannot change and what is not essential that must be reformed, must change according to the spirit of the Gospel. There is a whole life of the c hurch that can be renewed".
18 Minutes of Useless Catholic Trivia
Want a better prayer life? Start by being honest with God about everything. (Yes, everything.)
To further your Lenten spiritual journey and deepn your pray life read Fr. James Martin, SJ CLICK HERE
Consider for spiritual reading Fr. Martin's book, Learning to Pray, A Guide for Everyone. See the post below, Suggested Lenten Reading.
The Bible in a Year
If you've struggled to read and understand the Bible, God's Word, this podcast is for you.
Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Michael Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 episodes starting 1 January 2021.
Each 20-25 minute episode includes 2 or 3 scripture passages, a reflection from Fr. Schmitz and a guided prayer to help you hear God's Word.
For more information and to register, CLICK HERE to begin.
How to Pray the Rosary
Hail Mary, highly favoured daughter, God is with you... CLICK HERE
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. 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.
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.
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; we will meet on April 15 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!
Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Kenneth Huemmer III, Thomas Patton, Catherine Parrella, Joann Gallucci Gencic, Reuben James, Pasquale Paciullo, Nancy Garufi, Noel Pfleiderer, Grace Pfleiderer, Richard Cormier, Albert "Sam" Nader, Sr. Ermelinda Cordasco, Georgina Acosta, Michael Casanova, Elisa Fasano, George Rodenas, Caitlin Kelley
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.
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-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.
Website: www.consultationcenteralbany.org See the upper menu under Spiritual Direction
Single Room Occupancy Housing SROs
What is SRO - Single Room Occupancy Housing and the work of Catholic Charities? CLICK HERE
For Contact Information, Eligibility & Services CLICK HERE
SRO Personal Stories... CLICK HERE
For Statistics on Homlessness & Poverty CLICK HERE
For the Catholic Charities Housing Office - Albany Roman Catholic Diocese website CLICK HERE
Having Issues Registering for Mass???
Step-by-Step DIRECTIONS for registering for Mass & other Events at Saint Mary's Oneonta on the computer.
- Go to Website: www.SMCCOneonta.org
- Scroll down to Registration
- CLICK on widget [Click Here To Attend]
IF you have registered previously by phone or online continue below with #4…
IF this is your first time registering go to step #7 below. Follow the prompts to create a Password and then continue with step # 8 to the end.
- CLICK golden LOGIN on the upper right of the screen.
- Enter your Email address and Password
- CLICK Login
- CLICK golden Attend This Event
- Upper left hand...Enter the # of people being registered
- CLICK I am not a robot
- Select designated images on picture and CLICK Verify
- CLICK I agree
- CLICK Submit Your payment
- You should receive a SUCCESS notice.
Online Registration is CLOSED
Online Registration for Sunday Mass at 10:30am at Saint Mary's Church opens each Wednesday at 9:00 am, 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
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.
What is an annulment of a marriage?
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.
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.