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"
Beware of Phone Scam
We have been notified that there is a phone/text scam using Fr. Scott Van DerVeeer's and my name requesting Visa Gift Cards. Do not respond to any requests under our names at any time. Please pass the word around especially to our seniors.
In regard to Mass Stipends
Historically, a Mass Stipend [donation, which took the shape of many forms over the centuries] was offered to a priest to pray for a person's intention at the Eucharist when they themselves could not be present. In our time that donation was set at $10. Beginning 23 May 2021 the diocese is increasing the stipend to $15. The reason for the increase is primarily to assist our retired priests with some added income. Many retired priests are dependent on the stipend in their retirement and generously help out in parishes on the weekends, for funerals and covering time away. At Saint Mary's, if this additional fee is a burden, no intention will be denied.
Online Registration is OPEN for Ascension and CLOSED for Easter VII
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.
Ascension - Word, Homily & Prayer
Easter VI - Word, Homily & Prayer
Go on a virtual Tour of Jerusalem
Churches for Middle East Peace [CMEP] are offereing virtual tours of Jerusalem.CMEP is a coalition of 30 national Church communion and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Enagelical traditions. Churches for Middle East Peace work to encounrage US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the MIddle East with a focus on the Isreali-Palestinian conflict.
In this tour you will visit key sacred sites to the Catholic Church, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, the Church of All Nations, Dormition Abbey, and the Dominus Flevit Church.
You will hear fromkey Catholic leades serving in the holy Land and learn how you might support their work for justice and peace. Speakers include the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and Michelle Ryan of Catholic Relief Services.
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.
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
Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE
FREE audit of courses...St Bernard's Institute
St. Bernard School of Theology and Ministry would like to invite you to audit one of our upcoming summer 2021 courses for free, with a minimum tech fee of $25 (a $330 value!). We'll be offering a variety of courses, including:
- Catechism 1 and 2: The Revelation of God in Doctrine, Liturgy, and Sacraments
- Christian Scriptures
- Mary, Mother of God
- Wounded by Beauty: The Gift of the Life and Thought of Luigi Giussani to the Church and the Modern World
- And others! More information on these and other summer courses can be found HERE
If you'd like additional information, please feel free to contact our Admissions Director, Mr. Matthew Brown HERE.
St. Bernard's Administration & Staff
Refundable Bottle & Can Collection
The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will begin on 15/16 May 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: 19/20 June, 17/18 July, 14/15 August, 18/19 September, and 16/17 October.
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.
"Thank You" from Nicaragua
Over a video call to Nicaragua, I spoke with the three deacons and committee members of the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that received our donations to rebuild a home for a needy family. A heart felt "thank you" from the Christian community of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Somotillo, Nicaraugua! Through the video call I was able to view their parish church and chapel and after a few minutes walk, the home that was restored. Bravo technology! Thank you Saint Mary's for reaching out to Central America...Fr David
Pray for peace...
...between Israelis and Palestinians; pray for a conversion of hearts; pray for the innocent families and children being needlessly killed in the name of religion, politics and nationalism.
Catch the Fire of the Spirit!
As we continue through the Easter Season, the Church moves in her reflections from the Resurrection of the Lord to Jesus' final gift to us, the Holy Spirit. For a guided retreat in video, audio and printed versions on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and practical ways in which to cooperate with God's Spirit CLICK HERE
Hear My Voice / Escucha Mi Voz
This is a children's book written by children but more for adults who can address the situation. As the subtitle declares, is it The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States. Beginning in 2017, thousands of children in migration were separated from their families and detained by our governmentas they attempted to enter the United States from Mexico. Hear My Voice amplifies the voices of 61 of these children - in both English and Spanish - from Honduras, Guatamala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico ranging in age from five to seventeen. Recorded by Michael Garcia Bochenek of Human Rights Watch while visiting the Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas. For your spiritual reading consider purchasing a copy, read, reflect and hear in your heart the voices of these children. How might you assist these children crying out to us?
a mom, a son, Catholic & gay...a reflection
An insightful Mother's Day reflection on relationship CLICK HERE
Vatican Observatory: podcast/ website
The Vatican Observatory launches new podcast and website CLICK HERE for article. The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world with its roots going back to 1582 and the Gregorian reform of the calendar.
Social media: facebook.com/VaticanObservatory;
Meditation is for everyone
Pope Francis: Meditation is for everyone. But for Christians, is must lead to Jesus.
To read CLICK HERE
Whatever happened to Confession?
Confession is not to decide whether God will forgive, that has already happened. In confession the hope is to hear that truth in one's heart anjd embrace it. To read on CLICK HERE
For a brochure on the Sacrament of Reconcialition as a Second Baptism, how to examine your conscience, and the revised order of the Sacrament CLICK HERE
Racism is a virus. The Acts of the Apostles shows us how to fight it.
Anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise in the United States. In San Francisco, the home to a large Asian population, Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone gave this homly during a prayer service for peace at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on 10 April 2021, the Second Sunday of Easter. CLICK HERE
Our Neighbor's Faith
The Amish are one America's most intriguing and misunderstood religious communites. Descended from the Anabaptist movemt of the 16th century Reformation. Steven Nolt's book gives a comprehensive and readable history of our fellow Christians. Consider the read.
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
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.
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 May 20 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.
Zachary Pondolfino, Joanne Gallucci Gencic, Joan Dimartin, 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
How to Pray the Rosary
Hail Mary, highly favoured daughter, God is with you... CLICK HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.