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"

An Advent ZOOM Event

Sacred Heart in Stamford has been hosting a series of videos to awaken the spirit inside their parishioners using the ZOOM video conferencing platform. They are inviting area parishioners to join them on Tuesday, 15 December 2020 at 7:30pm. The experience is hosted by Chris Stefanick, an internationally acclaimed author and speaker, who has devoted his life to inspiring. people to live a bold, contagious faith.  This presentationwill provide a truly inspirational and powerful message to viewers no matter where they’re at in their relationship with our Lord and after the video, Chris will provide insightful comments while answering questions from viewers.

The meeting is on Tuesday, 15 December 2020 at 7:30pm. Zoom Call: the ID, Passcode and Link are below.
To Join the Zoom Meeting – click the link below at 7:30pm on December 10 .

Meeting ID: 850 9143 2498; Passcode: 605127

Advent 2020: reflections, podcasts & more...

To prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, America is publishing daily reflections along with other essays, podcasts and videos. This page will be populated throughout the duration of Advent. CLICK HERE

Let Us Dream...

Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh joins "Inside the Vatican" host Colleen Dulle to discuss his collaboration with Pope Francis on the new book "Let Us Dream," released 1 December 2020. In the book, Francis guides readers through discerning how they're being called to act in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finding joy & peace in a challenging Advent Season

For a thoughful reflection on how to manage stress in these days of high expectations and reclaim as Christians Advent and Christmas, consider reading the thoughts and ideas of Fr. Thomas E. Konopka. CLICK HERE

Advent I - Word, Homily & Prayers

Children's Homilies - Advent I

Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE

3 Articles worth your reflection

Opinion Piece by Pope Francis, NYTimes, 26 November 2020 A Crisis Reveals What Is In Our Hearts CLICK HERE

America Magazine, 25 November 2020 by Anthony R. Lusvardi, SJ We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist CLICK HERE

Opinion Piece by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, NYTimes, 25 November 2020 The Losses We Share: Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK? CLICK HERE

From the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee......

Where do we begin to thank the St. Mary’s Community for sponsoring the Annual Oneonta Thanksgiving Dinner?  Your support whether it  was in volunteering, financially or prayer was greatly appreciated.

The 2020 Oneonta Community Thanksgiving Dinner was one in which the committee completely thought outside the box. We researched, obtained ideas from many sources, and planned with safe Covid-19 standards to give our guests a sense of normalcy and show them that other people cared. None of this could have been possible without donations and tremendous volunteers. Volunteers worked Thanksgiving week to prepare the meal which was delivered on Thanksgiving Day.  We were able to serve 800 meals, of which over 600 were delivered and the rest were take-out meals.  The day went far smoother than our wildest expectations.

The miracle was how people of various walks of life, religious views, different races and ethnicities worked unselfishly together during this stressful and emotional year toward a common cause for the benefit of others.  The Lord had to be watching and thinking, this is what I meant to follow my word. The St. Mary’s community and the greater Oneonta community’s willingness to work together gives hope to all.

Thanks to your help, we were able to offer a traditional Thanksgiving celebration to those who were unable to be with loved ones on that day or gone hungry. A special thanks to Fr. David, Kathy, Bob and Troy, and the staff of the food pantry for their assistance. May you be blessed.

Sincerely, Mary Ann Hartman, Scott Kolberg, Rosie McDonald, Mary Southern, Kendra Beijen, Deb Bruce, Christine Carpenter, Cindy and John Korb

Registration Schedule for Upcoming Holy Day Masses

Due to the numerous holy days that mark the Advent/Christmas Season and the closing of the Parish Offices for these Holy Days, PLEASE NOTE the following schedule for registering for Masses and that some weeks you will be registering for more than one service.

For Sunday, 6 December, Advent II and Tuesday, 8 December, Immaculate Conception registration is Wednesday, 2 December thru Friday, 4 December.

For Sunday, 13 December, Advent III and Wednesday, 16 December, Communal Penance Service registration is Wednesday, 9 December thru Friday, 11 December.

For Sunday, 20 December, Advent IV registration is Wednesday, 16 December thru Friday, 18 December.

For Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday, 27 December, Holy Family registration is Monday, 21 December thru Wednesday, 23 December.

For Friday, 1 January 2021, Mary, Mother of God [New Year’s Day] and Sunday, 3 January, Epiphany registration is Monday, 28 December thru Wednesday, 30 December.

Then we go back our abnormal normal….until the week of Ash Wednesday!!!

Holy Sews work continues...

Saint Mary's HOLY SEWS GROUP continues to fulfill its mission without skipping a beat.  Last week, 51 more infant bereavement (burial) layettes were sent hospitals.  1,968 families have benefited from them to date.  Recently, volunteers were able to drive into St. Mary's parking lot, drop off completed projects and sign out new ones without even getting out of their cars.  Within minutes, they were in, out, and on their way. For more information about the group or joining in this effort, contact Mary Laden.


With the Advent–Christmas letter two postcards were included seeking your input regarding upcoming services for the holy days. Of the 1,150 letters that were sent to members of Saint Mary and Holy Cross Parishes, 111 sets of responses were returned [9.65%]. We would to thank those who did return the survey postcard.

Based on these returns the following liturgical schedule has been determined:

HOLY DAY: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2020, Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:10pm.

Communal Penance Service, Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 12:10pm. Other opportunities for the Sacrment of Reconcliation[Confession] are: by making an appointment with the priest.  Also Fr. David will be glad to go to a person's home if they cannot get out for the celebration of the Sacramant.

HOLY DAY: Christmas, 24/25 December 2020; Christmas Eve 7:30pm; Christmas Day 10:30am.

HOLY DAY: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 1 January 2021, Eucharist at 10:00am.

Regarding a resumption of a Saturday Vigil Mass, the results from the survey were inconclusive. We will readdress this issue in January 2021. The need for volunteers as well as the number of attendees for the Vigil Mass continues to be a concern in order for us to move forward.

Distracted in Prayer?

Are you distracted these days in prayer? Distraction is a normal companion to prayer, attested to by all the mystics and saints.

How might you deal with distraction? First, don't presume you can just pray as if you were turning a switch on or off. It is important to set a time [and a place] aside for prayer. Settle down, put aside the day's routine, work and thoughts. When distracted, do not fight the distraction. You will be giving it more power over you. Rather, gently draw yourself back to prayer. You might use the repitition of a word or phrase such as, "Come, Lord Jesus", "Help, me, Lord" or "Spirit".

Saint Theresa of Lisieux, who had many distractions in prayer, prayed for those people, the thought of whom was diverting her attention. Thus the distraction was turned into intercessory prayer.

Finally, don't ever become discouraged. Your desire to pray is from the Holy Spirit who prays through us to the Father. Our job? Show up!

Pray for Vocations...Marriage, Orders, Vowed & Single Life

Pray for the men and women of the Diocese of Albany who are discerning and preparing for lives as vowed religious [Orders of Sisters and Brothers and monastics] and Holy Orders as deacons and priests. Pray that young women and men hear and generously respond to the call of Christ and that families and friends will support and nourish their religious vocation.  Pray also for couples who have been called or are being called to the vocation of Marriage and forget not those who chose to live a single lay life after the pattern of Jesus.

A prayer for today...

"You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run."  — St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

Assist families affected by COVID-19

These are very difficult financial times for many people and there seem to be more appeals for monetary donations. But i will still ask...you to consider a collection to benefit the work of Catholic Charities in supporting families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You may have an envelope in you pack of envelopes for church otherwise mark an envelope with the phrase Catholic Charities and place it in the collection with in the next couple of weeks. To the extent that you can, please be as generous as you can in assisting our sisters and brothers. CLICK HERE for more information and/or to donate directly on line.


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.

You are changing Lives!

$2,250.00 was donated from Saint Mary's parish to the Toliman San Lucas Scholarship, Guatamala. Thank you as we outreach to the international church and world.

Some wisdom for reflection...

The core of sucessful maturity. Carrying the losses gently. Learning to live with the inner conflicts, such as alternating confidence and insecurity. Getting out of your own way, savoring life and not trying to conquer it, shedding the self-righteousness that sometimes accompanies youth, and giving other people a break.

Author undesignated

Dedication Anniversary 21 November

Saturday, 21 November 2020, the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgim Mary, is the 168th Anniversary of the Dedication of our Cathdral Church of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, New York.

A Cathedral Church is the seat of the bishop of a Diocese. The term cathedral is derived from the Greek work, cathedra, for chair. A church is a cathdral not due to its size but that the chair of the bishop, a sign of his authority, is present in it. Our Cathdral is the third cathedral in the country. It was begun by our first bishop, +John McCloskey,  with Patrick Keeley as architect.

For information on its history  CLICK HERE For a 3D Virtual Tour CLICK HERE

2 December 40 years ago...

December 2 will mark 40 years since the murders of the four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador – Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, American lay missioner Jean Donovan of Cleveland, and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel. To read about these contemporary martyrs for Christ, CLICK HEREFor a 2nd article CLICK HERE

Isaiah 11: On that holy mountain...

Advent is at hand...

As the Season of Advent approaches with its call for us to wait on God to act, is one of the spiritual lessons underlying our expereince of the pandemic or the days after our national election, what it means to wait?  As Christians, we are a people who are called to wait AND to wait in hope. Advent is a difficult time of prayer for us because it's invitaion to waiting, to silent prayer, to dreaming are in discord with our society's civic celebrations of Thanksgiving Day understanding of Christmas. For some ways to consider Keeping Advent CLICK HERE

FREE: A Daily Advent Retreat with Cardinal-elect Raniero Cantalamessa & Chris Stefanick Begins 29 November 2020. Daily videos and reflections. Sign up. CLICK HERE

A Digital Advent and Christmas Calendar – Subscribe to receive a daily e-mail  which will contain a brief prayer and an image of a crèche from around the world. Click on: https://mcgrath.nd.edu/events/creche-exhibit/

Arts & Faith: Advent Enjoy video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. CLICK HERE

Advent ideas from the United States Conference of Ctholic Bishops. CLICK HERE.

Looking for a religious Advent Calendar for the family? CLICK HERE or HERE

Living Catholic in a Consumerist Culture. A list of Catholic Christmas Gift Guides CLICK HERE

The Buy Small, Buy Catholic Gift Guide. CLICK HERE

The Little Blue Books of daily Advent - Christmas meditations and the book, "I Heard God Laugh" by Matthew Kelly will be available beginning Sunday, 22 November 2020 in both the church and parish office.

For home prayer, an Advent wreath of a simple brass ring which you can decorate with evergreen and four candles are available for sale in the church after Mass on Sundays, 15 & 22 November and during on week in the parish office.

Friends of Christmas Dinner

33rd Annual Friends of Christmas Community Dinner  Friday, 25 December 2020.

Home Delivery & Take-Out ONLY

All dinners are by reservation ONLY. There is NO charge.

To volunteer for food prep, delivery drivers, or clean up on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 23, 24, 25 December 2020. Call Ann at 607.432.1283. Food prep will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at First United Methodist Church, the corner of Chestnut & Church Streets.

To make a monetary donation, please send checks to Friends of Christmas Dinner, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820. Write Friends of Christmas in the memo.

To make reservations for home delivery, call Dave at 607.435.9198 before 8:00pm Monday, 21 December 2020. Home delivery will be take place between 10:00am - 11:00am on Christmas Day.

To make reservations for a Take-Out Dinner, call Ann at 607.432.1283 before 8:00pm Monday, 21 December 2020. Pick up will be at Saint Mary's Parish Hall, 39 Walnut Street across from the Church from 11:30am - 12:30pm.

For tracking purposes, names, addresses & phone numbers will be requested and required when calling for reservations.

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

Shop Spiritually & Raise Funds at the same time. Everybody WINS!!!

We're happy to announce a simple and easy fundraiser that can help our Faith Formation Process and Youth Ministry during these difficult times. Ave Maria Press, a non-profit Catholic book publisher, is offering a give-back program. All you have to do is shop their site from the safety of your home with the code MARY, and we will receive 30% back to our parish.

Ave Maria Press publishes a wide range of spirituality books for  all those seeking to grow in their faith. There are gift books, books on prayer, history, scripture, and Marian devotion.

As you begin your Christmas shopping, check out the book selections at avemariapress.com. Not only are you gifting your loved ones with books for inspiration and growth, but you are helping us during these lean financial times. And, all the books you purchase ship FREE. How can it get any better? 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and help with this fundraising opportunity.

CLICK HERE.  Remember the code is MARY. This offer is good thru Thursday, 31 December 2020.

Don't Forget The Giving Tree !

The Giving Tree has provided in the past Christmas gifts for people in our four area nursing homes, Robynwood, Hampshire House, Chestnut Park & Fox. This year more than ever with the isolation caused by the pandemic residents are in need of a sign of care and hope.

If you are able, please take one or more tags from the tree, purchase a gift for a resident and return it to Saint Mary's Church under the tree by Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

Unable to shop? Cash gifts made out to Saint Mary's Church, with "Giving Tree" on the memo line, will help just as much.

Unable to contribute, Please keep our seniors and vulnerable residents in your prayers. Together, we make a difference!

Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund

Begun with Sister Angeline through Saint Mary's School in 1999, Antonio Avanzato working with the superintendent, principals and counselors along with 30 volunteers has been taking “local” kids to Walmart through an annual “Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund”.  Thirty plus children from three area elementary schools, Valleyview, Greater Plains and Riverside ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade are taken to shop for winter clothes as well as a toy. An average of $150 is spent per child. 

This is an investment in our community. Children don't choose to be born where they are in life. If this expereince can assist chidlren and their families and teach them to pay it forward, it will enrich us all.         

With the help of many local businesses and friends that contribute financially every year, you are being invited to join in the effort. Please consider sending whatever you can donate by Monday, 7 December 2020. We plan on taking the kids in groups starting December 14, 15, and 16.

Please make checks payable to Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund and mail to: Antonio Avanzato, 528 Gifford Hill Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 OR through the VENMO App under @Antonio Avanzato.

Christ: King, Judge, Lover...

Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely, but Christ's love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ's love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one. Fredereick Beuchner

Seniors, Be a Pen Pal

Otsego County Office for the Aging is partnering with local school districts to launch an intergenerational Pen Pal Project during a time of increased isolation. For flyer with more infomation CLICK HERE. For Pen Pal Project Guidelines CLICK HERE.

Are You Grieving?

Saint Mary's Consolation & Bereavement Group meets on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month; we will meet on December 17 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!

Catholic Stuff: Reconciliation +++++ Why We Confess

The Sacrament of Reconciliation [Confession] can be prayed by making an appointment with the priest.  Fr. David will be glad to go to a person's home if they cannot get out for the celebration of the Sacrmant. A Communal Penance Service will be prayed on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 12:010pm. Registration and masks required.

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.

Saint Mary's Food Pantry


The Food Pantry will be OPEN on Wednesday,11 November 2020 [Veteran's Day]

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.

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. 

The Vatican MacCarrick Report

Many of you have probably seen the media reports on the sexual abuse of Theodore Cardinal MacCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and a Vatican Report that Pope Francis requested and made public. The Youtube below gives a summary. Let us continue to pray for the victims of clerical sexual abuse in our church, for all victims of abuse, and their perpetrators and for continued movement toward transcparsncy from within our Church for so that justice and healing may occur for all of us.

The following is a statement by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger in response to the release of the Holy See’s report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick:

“We thank the Holy Father for his commitment to uncovering the truth, however painful it might be, and we thank all those survivors whose courage to come forward shined a light on this darkness. Only by shining that same light of truth into every corner where abuse hides can we heal our Church and our world, help survivors in their recovery, and move forward in hope.”

Requiem aeternam...Eternal rest

Though the Church prays for all the dead at every Eucharist and at Vespers [Evening Prayer] each day, we particularly recall our dead in the month of November. For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere as the leaves change colour and fall to the ground and the barren trees cast their long shadows we pray Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

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

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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.

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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


Fr. David's Homilies - print version

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Online Registration for Mass is CLOSED

Registration for Sunday, December 6 and Tuesday, 8 December - Immaculate Conception [12:10pm] are now closed.

Please consult the registration schedule on the website for future Holy Days and Sundays.

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. 

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

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.

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