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"

Coming to Saint Mary's for Mass?

If you are a visitor this summer to our area or a regular parishioner, please note, if you are planning on joining us for the Eucharist you no longer need to pre-register BUT if you are not vaccinated you will asked to wear a mask and sit in a socially distanced area. People who are vaccinated can sit in the designated area without masks and distancing or in the masked/distanced area.

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Times of the Eucharist: Sunday 10:30am / Vigil 5:00pm / Weekday Monday & Friday 8:30am

Time To Notice...from Bishop Ed

Habitat for Humanity

Applications Open

for Potential Habitat for Humanity Partner Families

Application period open until August 16, 2021

  • Families interested in partnering with Habitat for Humanity needed
  • Application to partner with Habitat for Humanity Otsego County open until August 16, 2021
  • Information Session/Open House to be held August 5, 2021 at 7 P.M. at newest Habitat house

Habitat for Humanity Otsego County (HFHOC) calls for applicants for potential partner families. Otsego County residents who have an interest in living in a Habitat for Humanity home in the future should apply. The applications and additional information can be obtained on the Habitat for Humanity Otsego County website (habitatotsego.org ), by emailing [email protected] , calling the office at 607-432-7874, or via a written request to HFHOC, 403B Chestnut St., Oneonta NY 13820. Application criteria include a need for housing, willingness to partner, and income/credit guidelines.

Go to www.habitatotsego.org to download an application packet.

Families who are selected to partner with HFHOC will be assisted in completing the steps in purchasing a home, including the application for a low-interest mortgage. Local volunteers provide the majority of labor, so our homes are sold to partner families at extremely attractive prices! It takes about two years from the time an applicant is accepted to the home’s completion. This allows time for partner families to prepare for homeownership and to complete required homeownership education, as well as time for a house to be built. HFHOC’s Homeowner Support Committee act as mentors throughout the entire process.

An Information Session/Open House for those considering applying will be held on August 5, 2021 at 7 P.M. at the recently completed Habitat home on McFarland Road.


Free Summer Lunch Program in Oneonta

FREE Lunch at 6 Pick-up Sites in Oneonta
Monday – Wednesday -- Friday
July 7th – August 27th
sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and milk.


Having trouble processing your grief?

Trying showing up and serving others...


Homily Series on Bishops, Elected Officials & Communion

For the homily, the first in a series [14th Sunday in Ordinary Time], on the issue of Catholics, political responsibility, and the reception of Holy Communion, CLICK HERE

Second in the series [15th Sunday in Ordianry Time] CLICK HERE

Third and final in the series [16th Sunday in Ordinary Time] CLICK HERE

Bishop Ed on a Return to Mass

Volunteers needed for Rummage Sale

St. Mary’s Church will have a rummage sale on August 27th and 28th.  The Rummage Sale is organized by the Parish’s Peace and Justice Ministries and proceeds from this sale help support:

  • Scholarships for students in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
  • The programs of St. Vincent Mission in David, Kentucky
  • Mary’s Food Pantry and The Giving Tree
  • The Family Service Association, Catholic Charities, and more agencies in the greater Oneonta area

Volunteers are needed to help set up the sale on August 23 – 26th and then to work the sale on August 27th and 28th. Please call Marjorie Pietraface at 432-1385 for more information

Annual Peace & Justice Rummage Sale

The Peace and Justice Rummage Sale will be held on Friday/Saturday, 27/28 August. 

27 August: 9:00am - 11:30am, with a half-price sale from 12 noon - 2:00pm. 

28 August: 8:00am - 11:00am The $2.00/bag sale will be from 8 AM to 11 AM on August 28th.

Donations are welcomed.

They may be brought to the Food Pantry door (the back of the Parish Center) from 4:00pm – 6:30pm on Saturday, 21 August and on Sunday, 22 August from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Donations can also be brought to the Parish Center (front door) Monday, 23 August, Tuesday, 24 Augsut and Wednesday 25 August from 9:00am - 12 noon.

PLEASE bring your items before Thursday, 26 August!

We are NOT accepting the following donations: TVs, computers, including accessories, monitors and printers; all forms of baskets; Christmas and other holiday decorations; sporting equipment; 8 track tapes, VHS tapes or cassettes.

Needs Network

Items needed for Catholic Charities SRO (Single Residence Occupancy) Houses

Items are to be placed in the Needs Network container in the gathering area of the church.  Before and after Mass as well as week days when the church is open. Questions can be directed to John Korb: 607-267-0527.

New or slightly used twin bed sheet set, blankets light and heavy for twin beds

Hygiene items for female & male: shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, body wash

For the ladies: unopened cosmetics, baby powder (not talcum)

Refundable Bottle & Can Collection

The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will begin on 17/18 July 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: 14/15 August, 18/19 September, and 16/17 October.

Pasta Dinner 16 September 2021

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties is having an “All You Can Eat” Pasta Dinner on Thursday, September 16th from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Oneonta. 100% of ticket sales will go to benefit the programs and services of Catholic Charities in the three counties they serve. 

Tickets are $10 for Adults, Kids (5-12) $5, under 5 are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the Catholic Charities office in Oneonta located at 176 Main Street, at the Catholic Charities office, at the Sidney Civic Center at 21 Liberty Street, or at the Catholic Charities office in Cobleskill located at 489 West Main Street.  

Tickets can also be purchased at church from Karen Sullivan and Mary Ann Sturm.  You can also contact Karen at 607-353-5823  and Mary Ann at 607-267-4617. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event and gluten free pasta is available upon request.

Catholic Charities serves all individuals regardless of race, religious affiliation, or life style. To find out more information about the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities please visit their website at www.charitiesccdos.org.

Aging Life Services Program

Aging Life Services Program - Otsego County. What is it? CLICK HERE

Aging Life Services - Volunteer Opportunities. How can you help? CLICK HERE

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. For information on this program CLICK HERE

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

Hyde Vote in House NEXT WEEK - Sign Petition



The House of Representatives is going to vote next week on a funding bill that would lead to your tax dollars paying for abortion. Your representative needs to hear from you! Please sign the petition at the USCCB’s www.notaxpayerabortion.com and spread the word in any way you can before Monday, July 26.

 Take action via NY State Catholic Conference: nyscatholic.org/action-center

Hartwick Seminary Summer Theological Institute 25 - 30 July 2021

The Hartwick Seminary Summer Institute of Theology is a Christian education opportunity for laity and clergy of all churches. Sponsored by the Lutheran congregations of eastern Upstate New York, the Insitute offers classes on a variety of topics by an ecumenical staff from the Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic and Presbyterian Churches. Open to all interested parties. Either sign up for a Course, 1 hour each day Monday thru Friday OR try a 2.5 hour Seminar.

For the brochure, courses listings, & faculty CLICK HERE

For Registration form and tuition listings CLICK HERE

22 July - Feast of Mary of Magdala

Since the 10th century, confused with other women in the Gospels and proported to be a converted prostitute, Mary of Magdala has been saved by biblical scholars and theologians as the "Apostle to the Apostles". She is the first to hear and spread the good news of Jesus' resurrection. Read the wonderful and intimate encounter between Mary and the risen Jesus in John 20:11-18.

For a guided meditation on Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles CLICK HERE

Who Was Mary of Magdala? CLICK HERE

25 July World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Monday, 26 July is the liturgical Feast of Saints Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. Pope Francis has decided to  institute a worldwide celebration for grandparents the the elderly among us.Listen or read his message below.

For the Print Version of the Message from Pope Francis CLICK HERE

For a Prayer for Grandparents and the elderly CLICK HERE

Happy Patronal Feastday Saint James Episcopal

Sunday, 25 July 20201 is the Feast of Saint James the Apostle and Patron of the Episcopal Community in our city. Our prayers for the continued work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and our greetings to Fr. Ken Hunter and his wife Deacon Vicki Hunter and their parish.

MORE for The Year of Saint Joseph

Connect to the Diocese of Buffalo for more ways to celebrate Saint Joseph CLICK HERE

A reading suggestion...

A disturbing and yet a most beautiful read. Senegalese author, David Diop, takes you into the mind of a Senegalese 'Chocolate' soldier fighting for  the French against the Germans in World War I. A monologue told  in  a naive and yet mystical and lyrical style of repetitive language, as in the style of Homer. You encounter the cruelty and horror of war, the bonds of friendship and family, masculinity and guilt, peppered with bullets and black magic.

The Church in the West is in Decline - What can safe it?

Read on...CLICK HERE

Parents - Vacation Bible Adventure

Community Vacation Bible Adventure
Free For ALL Children,      Ages 3-12yrs.
Come to one or more evenings as you’re able!

Sundays July 18 & 25     August 1st & 8th
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wilber Park Pavilion (by playground)

For more info, contact:
Kathleen Martinez at 432-4286 or [email protected]
➢ Parents / Caregivers must stay in proximity of the program since we’ll be outdoors in a public park…
➢ Families may choose to wear masks, based on their individual preferences.
➢ Participants are asked to bring a towel for yoga.
Hosted by Catholic, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches in Oneonta


Attention LECTORS

A 2.5 hour workshop for lectors is being offer by Mel Sperti, a staff member of Saint Mary's, at The Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology 25-30 July, on Monday, 26 July at 6:30pm on the Hartwick Campus. I would encourage all lectors to consider attending. You can find information, the course booklet and registration on the website just above.

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, 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

Articles on Prayer

Pray Constantly CLICK HERE

Why does it seem that sometimes God does not answer our prayers CLICK HERE

On Fighting Distraction in prayer CLICK HERE

On Perseverance, it is necessary for prayer CLICK HERE

On Discernment CLICK HERE

Prayer can be a Struggle CLICK HERE

Meditation is for Everyone CLICK HERE

Want a Better Prayer Life? Be Honest. CLICK HERE

Suggested Summer Thiller: THE PLOT

Plot: 1. a sequence of events in a narrative; 2. an immoral or illegal plan; 3. a gravesite. The plot is all three and more. A fun ride of a summer thriller and we are in it: Cobleskill, Oneonta, Sharon Springs, Utica et al. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Celadon Books.

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

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

Children's Homilies

Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media CLICK HERE

Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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


Jospeh Pidgeon, Anthony Colone, Louis Chicorelli, Mary LeoGrande, Michael Vargas, Kobie King, Charles Puppino, Jr., Thelma and Norbert Ouimet, 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

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 607.386.2623The 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. 

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 July 15 at our former time of 10:00 AM outdoors on the rectory lawn, if weather permits, otherwise on the church sanctuary. Bring your own lawn chair! Future meetings will take place at 10:00 AM on August 19 and September 16. 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!

How to Pray the Rosary

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

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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. 


This site and the Faith and Safety initiative has been made possible in part by generous grants from the Catholic Communications Campaign and by the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund

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.

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

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.