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?
As of Monday, 9 August 2021, effective immediately:
MASKS will be REQUIRED by all participants at Mass.
No pre-registration needed. Distanced and non-distanced areas available.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy during this difficult time. The Eucharist is celebrated: Sunday 10:30am / Evening Vigil 5:00pm / Weekday: Monday & Friday 8:30am
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Mary’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will again be take-out & delivery only this year due to the pandemic. Food will be prepared at the Lord’s Table, the Methodist Church and the Parish Center. We need volunteers to help with the set up and food preparation on Monday through Wednesday [22 - 24 November] then on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day to cook, prepare, and deliver meals.
To Volunteer: Contact Cindy Korb at 607-267-0539 or email [email protected] by Friday, 19 November.
Volunteers are to be vaccinated and wear masks while working indoors.
For all deliveries and take-out meals, contact Deb Bruce at 433-0356 or email [email protected] by Monday, 22 November.
For any questions, contact John Korb at 607-267-0527 or [email protected]
NO food donations will accepted due to Covid. We are asking for monetary donations. Envelopes and checks can be madeout to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Thanksgiving put on the memo line.
Your support either as a volunteer and/or by donation can help others in our greater Oneonta community know someone cares and give hope in this year of so much stress and uncertainty. May you be blessed for your generosity.
Fr. David's Homilies
Project Rachel : Post-Abortion Care
Project Rachel, the U.S. Catholic Church's ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. For more information CLICK HERE
Survivors of Abuse
The RCDA Hope and Healing Ministry invites Survivors of Abuse and their care givers, supporters and family members to an Evening of Reflection Growth from Trauma
Tuesday October 19, 202; 6:00pm; Joshua House, 1071 Joshua Lane, Altamont, NY 12009
The evening will be livestreamed and the link can be found at www.rcda.org
Presenters: RCDA Assistance Coordinator, Frederick Jones LMHC, Joshua House Spiritual Director, Deacon Gary Riggi, Co-founder of Spirit Fire, Teresa Pitt-Green, Safe Environment Coordinator, Ann Marie Carswell
Registration is encouraged but not required by either calling Ann Marie at 518 453-6694 or emailing [email protected]
Please call Ann Marie at 518 453-6694 with any questions.
Believe in the possibility of help and healing. There is hope.
Stop comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.
To read further CLICK HERE
A reading suggestion...
The Herods: Murder, Politics and the Art of Succession by Bruce Chilton, a Professor of Religion at Bard College leads you through the history of the Herodian dynasty, a family tree of intrigue, murder and politics between Jerusalem, Rome and Egypt. Encounter the emperors Julius Ceasar, Augustus, Tiberius, Nero and Claudius; Antony and Cleopatra; Pontius Pilate as the Gospels do not and cannot protray them as they manuever with King Herod the Great, his multiple wives, and his sons Archelaus, Philip and Antipas. Accessible reading with new insights into the Gospels in regard to John the Baptist, Jesus and James.
The Saints...a church tour
You will find at the entrances of the church and on the back tables a new booklet entitled Encouraged by so great a cloud of witnesses. This is a companion booklet to A Self-Guided Tour. Where the self-guided tour guides you through our parish church explaining the various parts of the building and the stained-glass windows, Encounraged, taking its title from the Letter to the Hebrews, guides you to all the images of the saints in our church. Written for a parent, grandparent or guardian to walk around with their chidlren, thus accessible to everyone, Encouraged tells the stories of the saints in the stained glass, statuary & paintings / icons.
So...I invite you to take some time at various times and liesurely walk through our church and encounter...
"We have to grasp the wisdom of the old and introduce it into our present way of seeing."
David Ruben Piqtoukun, 2003, Inuit artist, Northest Territories
Winter Clothing Collection
Peace and Justice Winter Clothing Collection
Recognizing the needs of many families in our area to prepare for the cold weather, we have placed a collection container at the back of the church beginning October 16th and will continue until November 14th to collect clothing for the Family Services on Chestnut Street. They need clothing for ALL ages including socks, boots, scarves, gloves, coats, vests, turtle necks, heavy sweaters, snow suits, and blankets. Place items in container in back of church or in bags beside the container, do not include summer clothing. Thank you!
Food Pantry can use...
The Food Pantry can use the following canned foods: tuna, chicken, chili, ravioli, beef stew, corn, carrots, applesauce, canned fruit, chicken noodle soup, crackers. (Nothing in glass jars).
Please leave food donations in the collection box in the gathering area of the church. Thank you.
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)
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; Future meetings will take place at 10:00 AM September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16 at St. Mary's Rectory. 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!
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
New Sacred Vessels
The documents related to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist state: "Among the requisites for the celebration of Mass, the sacred vessels are held in special honor, and among these especially the chalice and paten, in which the bread and wine are offered and consecrated and from which they are consumed. Sacred vessels should be made from precious metal. As regards the form of the sacred vessels, it is for the artist to fashion them...and [should be] clearly distinguishable from vessels intended for everyday use.
Through a generous anonymous gift, our parish has been able to replace a mixture of sacred vessels, made from various materials and in a variety of styles for one harmonious set. This includes a chalice, paten, ciborium, communion cups and plates.
Our vessels were made by the 5th generation Belgium family and craftsmen of Adrian Hamers from hand-beaten gold and silver. The chalice is a based on a 13th century Romanesque design originally crafted for the Abbot Pelaguis. The original is in the Lourve, Paris. The base is inscibed with the final text of scripture from the Book of Revelation: "I am coming soon. Come Lord Jesus! It is a dialogue between Christ and ourselves; a promise and a plea. The node is scultped with the symbols of the four Evangelists surrounded by an abstract crown of thorns motif. All other vessels are a similar contemporary hand-beaten design.
Our new sacred vessels will be blessed and first used on Sunday, 31 October 2021.
Solemnity of All Saints [Holy Day]
Eucharist will be celebrated on Monday, 1 November 2021 at 12:10pm
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed [All Soul's Day]
Eucharist will be celebrated on Tuesday, 2 November 2021 at 12:10pm
Do you ever find yourself yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord?
Do you ever find yourself yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord? Have you been trying to find the Lord through various forms of prayer or reading books that may be interesting but not faith filling? And what about the Holy Spirit? Can you really be empowered by the Spirit? Is there really more?
The answer is yes!
Consider us on Saturday, 30 October 2021; 11:00am – 12:30pm in the church hall at St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Lake in Cooperstown. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Albany will be presenting an introductory talk on how to personally experience Jesus and the Holy Spirit in your life.
What is Critical Race Theory? An Historian's Appraisal
What is Critical Race Theory?
Ed Erickson -- An Historian’s Appraisal
Wednesday, 3 November 2021 - 7:00pm
“Red Door” First United Presbyterian Church
381 Main Street, Oneonta
Open to the Public. No charge. Face Masks required!
Join noted historian Dr. Ed Erickson as he discusses American history and Critical Race Theory (CRT). He will provide a historical context for understanding CRT and how Americans have traditionally thought about our country’s history. He will also address CRT and the NYS Social Studies curriculum as taught in our local schools. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A.
Dr. Edward Erickson is a Professor of International Relations at Antalya Bilim University, Antalya, Turkey and a retired Professor of Military History from the Department of War Studies at the Marine Corps University. He retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel with multiple combat tours in the field artillery and additional experiences as a foreign area officer specializing in the Middle East. Dr. Erickson is a native of Norwich, he has published seventeen books with academic and popular presses, and he is recognized as an authority in modern military history.
Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Robin Mae Duffy, Jean Costanza, Margaret Waters, James Feeney, Paula Hickey, Maureen Kennedy, Raymond Burkart, Karen Wakin, 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
October: Month of the Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary
Hail Mary, highly favoured daughter, God is with you... CLICK HERE
Saint Francis - the Reluctant Saint
Let us weep with St. Francis
St. Francis taught us that animals are our brothers and sisters. So let us weep for the newly extinct species. CLICK HERE
November : Remembering our dead
As the leaves turn brilliant colours before falling to the earth revealing the bareness of the trees, the church takes this time to remember her dead. Baskets will be available for you to leave photographs of family and friends to be displayed in the church as we pray for them during this month.
"Beauty is indispendible to all human life. That's why we must sow it all along our path."
Alfred La Liberte [1882 - 1952] Canadian composer, pianist, writer on music, and music educator
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
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.
For a reflection on the passage of Mark's Gospel that deals with marriage and divorce, CLICK HERE
Catholic Women Preach
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 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
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 607.386.2623. The pantry is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 11am - 3 pm. Beginning, 15 February 2021 appointments are no longer required but appreciated. After you arrive, someone will come out with a clip board listing what the food pantry has in stock. You will have time to make your selections and your requests will be brought out to you.
Christ at Your Table
Saint Mary's Food Pantry is OPEN and your continued financial support, Christ at Your Table, is especially important at this time.
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.
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.
Have Saint Mary's in your Pocket
Have parish information and our website on your phone. Saint Mary's Parish has an APP that you can install for FREE. You will have available on your phone, access to our parish website, the daily scripture readings, Sunday's homily, New Pilgrim Path, a website of online spiritual resources and more.
For Android Phones
Go to Play Store.
In the search box type: Saint Mary's Church, Oneonta.
Look for WeConnect Parish App, Liturgical Publications with the above logo.
CLICK to Install.
Go to App Store.
In the search box type: WeConnect.
Scroll to WeConnect Parish with the above logo CLICK on GET then CLICK on INSTALL.
It will ask permission to use your location, CLICK ALLOW.
Then Saint Mary's Church should appear on the list choose Saint Mary's Church.