Welcome

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.

Friday Mornings...a place for women

Jesus asks his disciples, “What are you discussing along the way?”  Are you a woman looking for a place to be able to share your faith and prayers, your hopes and struggles…a place to connect with other women and not feel alone?  If you are such a woman and want to enter to this experience, keep reading.

The group meets Friday mornings at 9am via ZOOM.  To connect to ZOOM you will need to contact Diane DeDominicis at [email protected] to obtain the proper link for access.  Looking to have your join us any Friday morning.

Otsego County Rent Relief

Applications Invited for Otsego County
Covid-19 Emergency Rent Relief Program

The Otsego County Board of Representatives is implementing a $200,000 Covid-19 Emergency Rent Relief Program to assist resident-renters facing financial hardship as a result of layoff, reduced employment, or non-retention by their seasonal employer.

The program will provide rental payments for three consecutive months directly to landlords on behalf of eligible households. The program will be implemented by Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc., in collaboration with the Otsego County Planning Department. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Applicants’ annual household incomes (as of application date) may not exceed 80% of the county median (e.g., $43,600 for a household of 2 persons; $49,050 for a household of 3 persons);
  • Applicants must provide documentation of job loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g., layoff notice, notice of reduced hours, physician’s letter;
  • The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to March 13, 2020;
  • Applicant-renters must have a current written lease agreement with the property owner which states the monthly rental amount – utility payments are not covered;
  • Tenants and landlords must sign written agreements attesting to the terms and
    conditions of this assistance.

Full eligibility and application materials are available from Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc., PO Box 189, Milford NY 13807 (607-286-7244), or via our web site: www.otsegoruralhousing.org

Saint Mary's Food Pantry

The number for the Food Pantry is 607.386.2623The pantry is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 11am - 3 pm.  Please call for an appointment.

Parents...home guides to assist you

Parents, for a guide to assist you in educating your children at home and making Christian disciples of them CLICK HERE.

For a digital booklet on the Sacrament of Holy Orders written by Kate Johnston, our Coordinator of Faith Formation at Saint Mary's Parish.  CLICK HERE. In connection with this, parishioner, Paul Cerosaletti is a diaconal candidate and his ordination is scheduled for Saturday, 5 September 2020 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, New York.

Ministering to each other...

With so much of our regular life closed down for everyone’s health and safety, this is an important time for parishioners to realize you are all members of the Body of Christ and therefore are called to minister to each other in the parish community.  This is what it means to be baptized.  Ministry is not just for clergy and staff. 

The parish staff is home for their safety.  Liturgical services are suspended.  Staff and volunteers are not allowed to visit nursing homes, hospitals and healthcare facilities.  I am only being called out for the dying.  We, clergy, staff and volunteers are shackled in many ways from ministering to our parishioners, BUT that does not mean that serving and extending ourselves to each other in Christ ceases. 

How can you be of service?  Here are some things you can do.

  • Get the word out! Are primary form of communication to the parish is thru our website, SMCCOneonta.org and Facebook, which can be reached thru the website if you have a Facebook account. We are proving videos, prayers, mediations, pertinent YouTube presentations etc.…
  • Do you know someone who is not comfortable with technology and the computer? Can you assist in teaching them to be electronically savvy and get connected?  It only takes a few clicks.
  • Do you have some time to volunteer at the Food Pantry? If so, call Linda Burns at 607.386.2623.
  • Call parishioners who you know are living solo. A few minute chat can do wonders.
  • Do you know people who do not know there is a prayer video being provided on the website for each Sunday? Be Evangelists!  Get the word out! 

May we pray for each other as we move forward together in Christ as one body, as the parish of Saint Mary.  Thanks, folks…Fr. D.

How can you help our neighbors during this pandemic?

Local agencies, Catholic Charities and Family Service Association, are in need of the following items:

  • All types of hygiene products.
  • Diapers, particularly newborn, size one and size 6.  Donations of diapers or hygiene products can be dropped off in the bins at the back of the Church or taken directly to the agencies. Call the agency prior to making any delivery.
  • Cash to be used for gift cards to local grocery stores or The Dollar General.  Cash donations may be mailed directly to the agency.

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego County.  176 Main Street, Oneonta, New York.  607.432.006.

Family Service Association, 277 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, New York.  607.432.2870.

 

Just for Laughs...

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.'

I had no Monet

to buy Degas

to make the Van Gogh.' 

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else....

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.

Catholic Authors - Christian Themes

Looking for reading ideas while under quarantine?

Jon Hasssler: Staggerford, North of Hope, Dear James, A Green Journey

Shusaku Endo: Silence

Willa Cather: Death Comes for the Archbishop

Flannery O’Connnor: The Complete Stories, The Violcent Bear It Away

G. K. Chesterton: Manalive, The Ball and the Cross

John Steinbeck: East of Eden

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot

Rumer Godden: In This House of Brede

Graham Greene: The End of the Affair, The Power and the Glory, Monsignor Quixote

A.. J. Cronin: The Keys of the Kingdom

Suggestions for Spiritual Reading...

Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy by Joan Chittister, OSB

This book is meant to give someone in the process of making a life decision at any age, when we find ourselves at the crossroads without a name—some ideas against which to pit their own minds, their own circumstances. Its purpose, as they wrestle with the process of trying to find and follow their own special call at this new stage of life, is to both provoke thinking and to clarify it.

 The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

This classic Christian work details how to gain that constant and comforting connection to God. Bro. Lawrence's gives honest advice rejoicing in everyday tasks.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counter-intuitive of messages in the world's religions. 

Open the Door by Joyce Rupp

The spiritual guide Joyce Rupp creatively leads readers to explore how the image of the door can guide them in a process of discovering their true self.   

Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, encourages you to turn the words of Scripture over in your heart as a plough turns over the soil to welcome the seed. In these scriptural meditations, the piercing reflective questions and personal prayers lead the reader into a deeper relationship with the Divine.

The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton, OCSO

This spiritual autobiography tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man, who at the age of twenty-six, takes vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks. One of the most influential religious works of our time.

Giving to Saint Mary's NOW is more important then ever.

Many families and friends are experiencing challenges during this difficult time caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.  St. Mary’s Parish is no different.  We understand how financially difficult these trying times are for many of our parish families and ask that we all keep them in our prayers and charitable giving. 

Yet weekly contributions are essential to the continued and future operations of St. Mary’s parish.  We have financial obligations such as utilities, insurance and a reduced staff who do amazing work for others in our Christian community.  Please send your weekly gifts to the parish office at, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820.  For parishioners with church envelopes, a pre-addressed envelope is provided in your monthly packet.  Giving your best gift, or the same amount as you would have given means we will have the resources to sustain St. Mary’s important place in the Oneonta community.

Online Donating

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. 

Confession in a Time of Quarantine

Pope Francis has recently drawn attention to Confession to meet with God again. “However,” he acknowledged, “many will say to me today: ‘But, Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because one can’t leave home?

“Do what the Catechism says,” the Pope stressed, “it’s very clear: talk with God, He is your Father, and tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I’ve done this, and that, and that .  . . I’m sorry,’ and ask Him for forgiveness with all your heart, with the Act of Contrition”.  “If you do all this,” Francis said, “you will return to God’s grace immediately. As the Catechism teaches,” he reminded, “you yourself can approach God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think, this is the right moment, the opportune moment. An Act of Contrition well made,” Francis said, “will make our soul become white as snow.”

– Pope Francis, Friday of the Third Week in Lent, 20 March 2020

An Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,  I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance,  to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Sacramental Life...put on hold

    Monday, 4 May 2020

Given the present pandemic conditions, regrettably...

All celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation previously scheduled for the Spring of 2020 are postponed until Autumn. 

The reception of First Eucharist that was to have taken place in April and the Sacrament of Baptism that was to take place at the Easter Vigil are postponed until we can gather again.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders for the ordination of deacons and priests has been rescheduled for Saturday, 5 September 2020.

An opportunity for reflection?

As our sacramental life is put on hold, causing frustration and raising the level of impatience, is this not an opportunity to reflect on how we understand and approach our sacramental life?  We miss gathering for the Sunday Eucharist and the ability to receive our Lord in Holy Communion, but do we realize how many Catholics in our world celebrate the Eucharist every few months if not once a year or more? 

Has Advent taught us nothing about waiting and the holiness of watching for the appropriate time?  Has our Lenten fasting not shaped us into a people who understand that nothing about our faith is about me and my needs alone? 

How many Catholics in speaking about sacraments talk about "getting" a sacrament, as if sacraments were a commodity?  Sacraments are encounters with Jesus Christ.  They are lived experiences that go beyond the day a sacrament was celebrated.  We are called to daily live our Baptism dying and rising in Jesus for others; called daily to live the vows of Marriage; called daily to be open to the movement and gifts of the Holy Spirit we received in Confirmation.  How do you understand the seven sacraments of our Church?  Are they singular events, like a graduation ceremony or a lifestyle?

Advent and Lent are colliding...or are they walking hand in hand this year in our spiritual lives?  Waiting and Fasting must precede Encounter and Feasting.

Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent a person from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which isan ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.  Since I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally,  come spiritually into my heart and unite myself wholly to you. 
Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.

Young Adults & others young @ heart Thursday, 11 June 2020

Physically distant, spiritually connected.

Pints with Priests is a series of young adult online gatherings hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Enjoy a pint of your favorite drink or ice cream, socialize and partake in an engaging conversation with a priest. Expect an enlightening Q&A filled with both wit and wisdom. Pints with Priests is your chance to get to know our clergy more personally. Questions can range from light-hearted to practical to theological. Get to know the man behind the collar!

WHEN

Pints with Priests will next occur Thursday night, 11 June 2020, at 7:30 PM, and conclude around 9:00 PM. The evening's guest is Fr. David Wm. Mickiewicz, Pastor of Saint Mary's Parish, Oneonta, New York and Sacramental Minister of Holy Cross Parish, Morris, New York.

WHERE

The online gathering will be hosted on Zoom. On Wednesday you will receive an email with details on how to join the Zoom meeting. Be sure to provide the best email address to reach you when registering below.

REGISTER

Registration is required. You can register now online.

Ascension - Pentecost Novena

A novena is nine consecutive days of prayer usually associated with devotional prayers to a saint, such as, The Novena to Saint Anthony of Padua, for example.

The original novena though was the nine days, “novum” is the Latin word for nine, between the Ascension of Jesus on the 40th day of Easter and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the 50th day of Easter.  During this period the Acts of the Apostles records how the community of women and men with Mary in their midst gathered for constant prayer to await the promised Advocate. 

Novenas continue to be intense, constant periods of prayer usually for a particular reason. In this uncertain period of the coronavirus pandemic, below are offered gifts of the Holy Spirit to pray for each of the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost with a verse from scripture.  Consider praying each day in the morning, at midday and in the evening.  Make the Sign of the Cross, pray the scripture verse bringing the Spirit’s gift to mind for that day, pause in silence and then conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of the Cross.

Day 1, Friday, 22 May – HUMILITY

For everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, but the person who humbles them self will be exalted”. Luke 14:11

Day 2, Saturday, 23 May – PATIENCE

“Be patience until the coming of the Lord. Steady your hearts. Do not grumble against one another. You must be patient”. James 5:7-10

Day 3, Sunday, 24 May – WISDOM

But if any of you lacks wisdom, they should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and they will be given it. James 1:5

Day 4, Monday, 25 May – GOODNESS

“Taste and see the goodness of God.  Happiness comes to those who take refuge in God”.     Psalm 34:7

Day 5, Tuesday, 26 May – COUNSEL

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise”.  Proverbs 19:20

Day 6, Wednesday, 27 May – FAITH

Jesus said to the father whose boy was possessed, “Everything is possible to the person who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24

Day 7, Thursday, 28 May – JOY

“My whole being magnifies the greatness of God, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour”. Luke 1:46

Day 8, Friday, 29 May – SELF-CONTROL

“Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown of laurel leaves, but we an imperishable crown of eternal life”. I Corinthians 9:25

Day 9, Saturday, 30 May – PEACE

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.”” John 20:19-21

Sunday, 31 May – Pentecost

“Come Holy Spirit and kindle in us the fire of your love”.

Easter VII - Gospel, Homily & Prayers

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Praying with ART

Art can speak to the soul/heart/inner being in ways words cannot.  Contemplate this painting by 20th century Spanish Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali [1904-1989] entitled, Ascension of Christ, 1958This painting belongs to a series of images of Christ that came to Dalí in a “cosmic dream”.


First of all, what do you see?  Spend some time looking at the painting.

Now go deeper.  What initially strikes you about this painting? Why do you think Christ’s feet are so prominent?  Jesus washed feet the night before he died, is there a connection? 

Is Jesus ascending into the heavens or is he seemingly hovering horizontal over the waters?  Depending on your view, what meanings might that open for our understanding of the Ascension?

An aureole is a circle of light or brightness surrounding a person that artists use to mark them out as holy.  What does the bold yellow aureole look like to you?  It is intersecting with a second circle which includes the holy Spirit.  What do either of or the intersection of both aureole’s say about holiness?

It was often Dali’s custom in his paintings to position Jesus so as to obscure his face.  Why do you think he did that?  What does a face connote?  ...the lack of a face?  What is it like not being able to see people’s full faces because of the mask we are wearing public?

The figure of Jesus with arms outstretched and curling looks as if it is in the same position as it was in the Crucifixion.  What might the connection be between the Crucifixion and the Ascension?  The phrase “lifted up” is used for both events in Jesus’ life.

You may want to also reflect on Dali’s paintings, Christ of Saint John of the Cross [1951] and The Sacrament of the Last Supper [1955].

What do you miss?

What do you miss about gathering for Eucharist that has surprised you?  Has any of it surprised you?

How to pray with the Bible

Become comfortable with your bible.  Flip through it and discover its structure.   It is really a library of 72 documents: the writings of the ancient Hebrews with their primordial stories, the prophets, poetry and history, the four Gospels and the early letters of the Christian community.  The point in praying with the sacred scripture is not to necessarily finish a passage but to enter into dialogue with Jesus.  This is called spiritual reading or lectio divina.  It is different than reading for information or study.

  • To pray with scripture, find a quiet time, a comfortable place and enter into silence for a few moments. Pray to the Holy Spirit to come and speak to you through the Word.  Here is a sample prayer.  Holy Father, anoint me with your Holy Spirit, so that as I read your eternal word, your word may penetrate my whole being and transform me. Grant me the blessing to be a faithful disciple in believing the Word of God and that I may be a light shining upon all who are in darkness. Amen.
  • As you gently read a passage; listen with your heart. If a word, phase or image stands out at you – STOP!  Relish the moment, digest the Word of God and let it burn in your heart
  • What is God saying to you? Pause in silence for a moment. 
  • Respond in your heart as if in conversation. Talk with Jesus in ordinary language as you would any friend.
  • If a period of praying with the Bible seems dry, like nothing is happening. Do not worry. Use the same passage the next day.  Sometimes it takes a while for our ego to give way to the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Be patient.  The Lord Jesus will always come to those who seek him out.  This is called in the Gospel of John worshiping in spirit and truth.
  • Complete your biblical prayer with words of thanksgiving.

Suggested Psalms  Hope and trust 62, 91, 121, 131; Thanks 40, 92, 118; Evening 141; Longing 63; Anguish, Distress, Despair 69, 86, 88, 102, 142, 143

Suggested books of the Bible  Gentle stories: Ruth, Tobit; Strong women: Esther, Judith; Common sense: Sirach, Wisdom, Proverbs; Primordial stories:Genesis; Love poetry: Song of Songs; Gospels: Matthew, Luke, Mark.

Gospel stories unique to the Gospel of John: Nicodemus visits Jesus at night 3:1-21; the Samaritan woman 4:4-42; the woman caught in adultery 8:1-11;; the man born blind 9:1-41; the raising of Lazarus 11:144

Saint Ignatius of Loyola offers another form of biblical praying which is relaxing and rather easy.

  • Select a passage from one of the Gospels in which Jesus is interacting with others.
  • Read the Gospel passage gently two or three times so that the story and the details of the story become familiar to you.
  • Then close your eyes and reconstruct the scene in your imagination. Place yourself in the scene as an observer or as a participant. See what is going on and watch the men and women in the scene. Interact with Jesus and other people in the passage.  What does Jesus look like? How do the others react to him? What are the people saying to one another? What emotions fill their words?
  • Some people’s imaginations are very active so they construct a movie-like scenario with a Gospel passage. Others will enter the scene with verbal imagination, reflecting on the scene and mulling over the actions. Vividness is not a criteria for the effectiveness of this kind of prayer. Engagement is and the result is a more interior knowledge of Jesus.
  • As one finishes this time of prayer, one should take a moment to speak person to person with Christ saying what comes from the heart.

Poetry: an attempt to say the unsayable

The creation of original works of art often happens in extraordinary times.  Poetry is an attempt to say the unsayable, to name that which cannot fully be named, capture what ultimately eludes. To access an article and poems from the magazine, America. CLICK HERE.

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The Jesus Prayer from Saint Simon...

"Find a quiet place to sit in silence; bow your head and shut your eyes.  Breathe softly, look with your mind into your heart; recollect your mind, that is, bring all thoughts down from your mind into your heart.  As you breathe, repeat: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me" - either spoken quietly or only in your mind. Strive to banish all thoughts; be calm and patient, and repeat this exercise frequently."

St. Simon the New Theologian, a Byzantine Christian monk & poet, AD 949 - 1022.

Praying with the Psalms

A positive upside to our quarantining, for the sake of the larger community, can be to discover, recover and/or deepen our home and family prayer.  Christians since the beginning have gathered and prayed at the dawn and the conclusion of the day marked by the rising and setting of the sun.   Morning Prayer (Lauds) praises God for the Resurrection while Evening Prayer (Vespers) thanks God for the goodness of the day and asks for the forgiveness of any sins.   This developed into what became known as the Divine Office; today, The Liturgy of the Hours

The full Liturgy of the Hours can be accessed on the web each day at www.universalis.com/lauds.htm and www.universalis.com/vespers.htm .  You need not pray the entire Office just use the psalms and canticles to begin.  Pause at the end of each line of the psalm and savour the Word of God.

Praying with the Rosary

Want to learn how to pray the Rosary?  Click HERE.

The time honoured prayer of the Rosary as an individual or family when prayed with thought and synced to our breathing can bring calm to a person and allow the Holy Spirit to enter our being.  Just let the beads gently move through your hands, as they did for my grandmother, as you pray the Aves and meditate on the mysteries of Jesus' life.   A full rosary is 150 Aves which coincided with the 150 Psalms.

For those who regularly (or not) pray the Rosary, here are some suggested intentions to go along with the Sorrowful Mysteries for this time.

  1.  Agony in the Garden:  For all those fearful of contracting COVID-19
  2. Scourging at the Pillar: For all those suffering with COVID-19
  3. Crowning with Thorns: For those who have loved ones infected with COVID-19
  4. Caring of the Cross: For COVID-19 patient care-givers
  5. The Crucifixion: For COVID-19 patients who are on the brink of death

A prayer to Mary...

O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross,were united with Jesus’ suffering,and persevered in your faith. “Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering,and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross,to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome

A Prayer in Time of Pestilence

“Stella Caeli Extirpavit”

The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the first parents of humanity brought into the world.  May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of death.

O Glorious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours Thee by denying Thee nothing.

Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee. O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honors Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.

This ancient hymn asking for an end to pestilence comes from within the Franciscan tradition.

Our Mission Statement...

"To feed, care and connect"

Daily Eucharist...

Click HERE for live-streamed Masses from various parishes throughout our Albany Diocese.

Click the website address below for Mass with Pope Francis.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta.pagelist.html

But I Didn't Sign Up to be a Monk!

Because of Covid-19, many of us are living, in a way, like monastics; enclosed and in solitude.  The difference being, we did not ask for or want this situation nor are we spiritually prepared for it.  What insights might we learn from monastic life to help us through quarantine and the feelings of isolation?

  • Hang your heart on God. Actively commit yourself to God and Jesus in the Life-giving Spirit.
  • Recognize that any sense of power, wealth or control you think you have is illusive and close the door to God’s grace. Learn humility.
  • Root your purpose and meaning in God. What is God calling you to through this time of isolation and silence?
  • With fewer distractions allow yourself to face and acknowledge your fears and the important ultimate questions of life that may arise within you such as your mortality and that life is fragile.
  • Consider reading daily from Scripture, or from a classic of spirituality or Catholic fiction. What arises in your heart?
  • Reflect and learn from your experience of family and those you are quarantined with.
  • Hang your heart on God.

Managing Stress during Difficult Times

PRAY, BREATHE, BE

Father Thomas Konopka, L.C.S.W., is the the director and a therapist on the staff of the diocesan Consultation Center. At the Diocesan website he provides a series of articles on managing stress and anxiety.  To access this series, Click HERE

Saint Mary's WE ARE OPEN

  • Please help get the word out that we are primarily communicating through our website and Facebook.

  • Saint Mary's Church is OPEN for individual prayer daily from 8am - 4pm.

  • The Food Pantry is OPEN, but by appointment only. Please call 607-386-2623.  As of Monday, 23 March 2020 the Pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

  • For the protection and health of our staff the Parish Office is CLOSED.  If you need assistance please call, 607-432-3920 and leave a message.  For emergencies call 607-432-3920 Ext 6.

  • All liturgical and devotional services are SUSPENDED/ CANCELED throughout the Diocese until further notice. All parish gatherings/meetings are CANCELED.

Sacred Space Astronomy

Explore the universe while in quarantine by following the Vatican Observatory. CLICK HERE

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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 two links below for people seeking to enter into this kind of relationship for spiritual growth.

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

consultationcenteralbany.org/spiratual_direction

Spiritual Director, Cindy Korb, a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta.

cindykorb.com