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"

The Lenten Spring 2021

Lent always seems to arrive uninvited like an unexpected guest. It knocks on the doors of our soul in the bleakness of winter with its cold, gloom and darkness. No wonder we are not very open to this guest who brings self-discipline and critique, fasting and reflection.

Yet the liturgy calls Lent a "gracious gift" from God filled with "joy". The joy of prayer, of reaching out to our sisters and brothers in need and of celebrating our Baptism in Christ through the mystery of the Eucharist.

We will begin Lent 2021, 11 months into lockdowns, feelings of isolation, the frustrations of on-line learning, of not be able to gather see our friends and family members and for some the fears that accompany the loss of employment and making rent and car payments...and it is dark and cold.

I therefore invite all of us to welcome this gift with open hearts. God is with us. Scripture teaches that God is love but God is also joy and contentment. Who and what do you delight in? That's where you will find God this Lent. Prayer, love of neighbor and our sacramental life are a means to that expereince of joy.

Rummage around the website and see what you might find to help you discover joy...

Lent I - Word, Homily & Prayer


Each Sunday of this Lent the first reading at the Eucharist tells the story of one of the various covenants that God has made with his people. Fr. David reflects on Genesis 9:8-15, the covenant with humanity and all living creatures through Noah and his family.

Children's Homilies - Lent I - 2.21.21

Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE

Lenten Resources: one-stop-shopping

Links on prayer, fasting & almsgiving.



CRS Rice Bowl...

CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Through CRS Rice Bowl Lenten alms donated support the work of CRS in more than 100 different countries each year. Twenty-five percent of donations to CRS Rice Bowl stay in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts.

For more information CLICK HERE

Pray + Fast + Give Alms

During Lent...

Pray...do not pray more, rather, pray more fervently, consciously, & honestly.

Fast...yes, fast from food. Come to experience your dependency on God and the hunger of 690+ million [35 million in the United States] of your sisters and brothers who go hungry in our world each day.

Educate yourself on food insecurity. Action Against Hunger CLICK HERE World Vision CLICK HERE Hunger in America CLICK HERE

Alongside of food, fast from complaining, gossip, worry, hate, suspicion, anger, words that tear at the fabric of society, judging, worry...

Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are universal days of fast and abstinence from meat. The Fridays of Lent are days of fast and abstinence by traditon.

Give Alms...as Jesus taught do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give to charitable agencies of the church and society, food pantries, be charitable and kind to others and let know one see or know of your actions unless you are teaching your children what it means to be a Christian.

Participate and generously donate to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project.

Suggested Lenten Reading...

Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin, SJ, HarperOne Publisher, 2021, ISBN-10 : 0062643231.

Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives. Martin lays out the different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites us to experiment and discover which works best to feed our soul and build intimacy with our Creator. Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication, and author of numerous books.

Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis, Simon & Schuster, NY, 2020, ISBN-10 : 1982171863.

In this uplifting and practical book, written in collaboration with his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Pope Francis in the light of the COVID crisis explains why we must—and how we can—make the world safer, fairer, and healthier for all people now.

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur, One World, New York, 2020, ISBN-10 : 0525509097.

How do we love in a time of rage? How do we fix a broken world while not breaking ourselves? Valarie Kaur—renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer—describes revolutionary love as the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. Kaur takes readers through her own riveting journey—as a brown girl growing up in California farmland finding her place in the world; as a young adult galvanized by the murders of Sikhs after 9/11; as a law student fighting injustices in American prisons and on Guantánamo Bay; as an activist working with communities recovering from xenophobic attacks; and as a woman trying to heal from her own experiences with police violence and sexual assault.

The Lenten Spring: Readings for Great Lent by Thomas Hopko, Saint Vladimir Seminary Press, 1998, ISBN-10: 0881410144.

The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation...with the enthusiasm of a child... The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light. Thus the author Fr. Hopko, an Orthodox priest begins the first of forty meditation on Great Lent, casting out the gloom and darkness with which many Christians approach this holy season and revealing, in a simple, clear and beautiful manner, its true meaning. From an Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective.

Online Lenten Retreats et al...

The Ignatian Workout Retreat for Lent: An Online Retreat

This Lent, become a spiritual athlete and join Tim Muldoon for The Ignatian Workout for Lent.  Each week he shares audio reflections accompanied by suggestions for prayer and action. Based on the book of the same name, the online retreat begins the week of Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter Week. CLICK HERE

Abbey of the Arts

Journey with the Desert Mothers and Fathers (Lent 2021) February 17-April 4, 2021 CLICK HERE

Lent Resouces - Ignatian Spirituality.org

Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Lent. CLICK HERE for Ignatian resources for Lent.

Pray as you go...

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. Each session lasts  between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. Our aim is to help you tobecome more aware of God's presence in your life; listen to and reflect on God's word; and grow in your relationship with God.


Check out the website for....other spiritual opportunities

The Bible in a Year

Spiritual Direction

Lent in 3 minutes...

Praying with the Saints


New Pilgrim Path [see MENU]

Center fo Action & Contemplation [see MENU]

Praying with Art [see MENU]

a reason for joy...

"Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional, rather than as an encounter with Christ - which explains why they don't see it as a source of joy." Benedict XVI of Rome

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.

The Shadow of the Father

The Shadow of the Father is the story of Saint Joseph in novel form by the Polish author Jan Dobraczynski. He was born in Warsaw in 1910 and expereinced the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 spending time in Nazi concentation camps. This novel may help to put flesh and blood on a very devotional character from scripture and give a flavour of the times.

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 February 18 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!

Having Issues Registering for Mass???

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Meet the woman who runs her parish

Her name is Elizabeth Simcoe. She is a lay woman appointed by Bishop Scharfenberger to lead Saint Vincent dePaul Parish in Albany, New York.  It's a demanding job that requires strong leadership and the ability to collaborate and listen. It's about being "pastoral" which isn't an attitude reserved solely to the ordained.

From Ashes to Glory - A Virtual Lenten Retreat with Dan Schutte

Stay at home and make a Lenten retreat on your own time with eightenn music refecltion videos by liturgical musician, Dan Schutte. Access to the videos will last from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday. For more information and to register CLICK HERE

CC offers FREE mediation training

Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center has a special opportunity for a limited number of individuals to take a premier mediation class.  The class will be taught by a trainer certified by the NYS Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Participants will take the class free of charge through a scholarship being offered by the Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center and the NYS Unified Court System.

Once the class is completed, Catholic Charities will continue to support you in your development of the skills that were presented in the class by offering apprenticeships toward center certification mediating actual cases alongside certified experienced mediators.  This opportunity will be provided to you for the investment of your time during your initial commitment of two years of active mediation.

It is the goal of the Catholic Charitie Dispute Resolution Center to make sure our program is inclusive of all people in our communities as both clients and volunteers.  This opportunity is available to any person who is interested in being involved in the peaceful resolution of conflict regardless of race, ethnic background, religious affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity and you have the time to commit to mediating for the center, please contact me ASAP: Christy R. Houck, Associate Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties, 176 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, W: (607) 432-0061 C: (607) 293-0031, www.CharitiesCCDOS.org.

The deadline for signing up is March 3rd. The class begins in April and will be held on Fridays and Saturdays virtually via Zoom. mediation trainingcIf you know someone who you believe would be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to share this information.

The Stations of the Cross: 2 forms

From the earliest days of Christianity, pilgrims journeyed to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Christ's passion on the road to Calvary. More than 2,000 years later,Christians are still trying to grasp the saving gift of Jesus by meditating on his crucifixion through what has come to be known as the Stations of the Cross. This devotion allows us to identify with Jesus in our own sufferings and bring with us in prayer the sufferings of our sisters and brothers throughout the world.

To assist you in praying this devotion during the Lenten season, below you will find a video being led by +Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles OR in our church you will find in the main aisle an table with various printed versions for your use.

Lent in 3 minutes...

How to Pray the Rosary

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

Hygiene and Cleaning Supply Drive

St. Mary's Peace and Justice Ministries will be collecting hygiene and cleaning supplies during the month of February (and longer if necessary) for Catholic Charities and Family Services.  Donations are to be left in the Needs Network container in the gathering area of the church Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday before or after Mass.  We appreciate anything you can contribute for those in need.

Requested items:  shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste. bar soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, facial tissues, razors, shaving cream, denture cleaner, denture grip, laundry detergent, dish soap, household cleaning supplies, disinfectants. 

Thank you for your support in helping those in need.

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.

Virtual Vigil for Life

Beginning 28 January 2021 CLICK HERE

Forgiveness...a doing not a feeling

Forgiveness isn't somthing you feel. It is something you do. (especially when it's hard) CLICK HERE to read on...

Three worthwhile & thoughtful articles

A Christianity without lilturgy is a Christianity without Christ. READ ON.

Acts of violence against women is cowardice. READ ON.

The Catholic Church is a society; not a monolith. For a good explanation of what the Catholic Church is juridically, legally, canonically and theologiocally and what it is not. CLICK HERE

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.

A Reflection a day with Francis

Sign up for free daily inspirational email messages from Pope Francis. CLICK HERE

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.

Pope: Scripture not meant to be stuck on paper but fixed in one's heart

CLICK HERE to read Pope Franicis' comments on praying with Scripture...

Praying with the Saints - Online Learning

Let the saints lead you to Christ by teaching you how to pray the way they themselves prayed. This series using video and audio recordings and practical prayer resources will feature four saints that you will spend three weeks each with: Saint Theresa of Avila, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Bernadette Soubirous and Saint Augustine of Hippo. Scholars from the Mcgrath Institute for Church Life and Notre Dame's Department of Theology will guide you. Prayering with the Saints" is availble beginning 1 January 2021 aqnd ending 31 March 2021. CLICK HERE to register

Prayer is...

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness. 

+John Chysostomos, Patriarch of Constantinople, d. 407

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 an edited version of an NYTimes aritcle to help you understand spiritual direction CLICK HERE 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-in-training, 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

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.

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. 

Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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


Noel Pfleiderer, Grace Pfleiderer, Richard Cormier, Albert "Sam" Nader, Sr. Ermelinda Cordasco, Georgina Acosta, Michael Casanova, Elisa Fasano, George Rodenas, Caitlin Kelley

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Online Registration is CLOSED

Online Registration for Sunday Mass at 10:30am at Saint Mary's Church is CLOSED;  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.

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Fr. David's Homilies - print version

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

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

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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.