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"

HOLY DAY Ascension

Why do you stand looking up to heaven?

Thursday, 26 May 2002 is the Fortieth Day of Easter and the Solemnity of the Ascension. The Eucharist for this Holy Day will be celebrated at 12:10pm.

Herbs & Flowers of the Virgin Mary

Spring is here! It's May - the month of Mary.

Ready to garden?

5 Flowers connected to the Virgin Mary CLICK HERE

10 Flowers to Plant to Symbolize Mary in your Garden CLICK HERE

Herbs and Flowers of the Virgin Mary CLICK HERE

Women blaze new trails at the Vatican

When Pope Francis met more than 850 religious sisters attending the International Union of Superiors General plenary meeting in Rome in 2019, the pope insisted that the chair for the body's then-president, Sr. Carmen Sammut, be seated right next to him...to read more CLICK HERE

NEW DATE of Listening Session - We Want to hear from you

Leatherstocking Vicariate Synod Listening Session

NEW DATE: Monday, 23 May 2022 at 6:30pm

postponed from original date 19 April due to winter storm

in Saint Mary's Parish Center, Oneonta.

The Diocese of Albany is excited to announce the beginning phase in the worldwide “Synod on Synodality” initiated by Pope Francis.  The diocese will coordinate regional listening sessions, at which everyone is encouraged to share their opinions on what they are looking for from today’s Church.  The listening sessions will be guided by a facilitator utilizing universal questions and provide the opportunity for small group breakout sessions. Bishop Scharfenberger will be in attendance, lead the opening prayer, and spend time listening to the faithful.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

For a brief article that explains the idea Pope Francis has for a "synodal" CLICK HERE

Receptions again being offered after Funeral Masses

Christian hospitality reflects the generosity of Sarah and Abraham to the three strangers who approached their tent [Genesis 18:1 - 15] and the hospitality that Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany offered to Jesus and his disciples [Luke 10:38 – 42].

In this light, Saint Mary's Parish will again begin to offer families, if they desire, the possibility of a reception after the Funeral Mass of their deceased. This ministry had been suspended due to the pandemic. We feel at this time we can begin to move forward.  Service teams have been rejuvanated and are ready to go.

At the death of a parishioner, a Liasion will contact a family member to offer this form of hospitality. Though donations are accepted, there is no fee for this reception.

Our hope is to ease the anxiety of a grieving family at a very stressful time in the spiritual journey as scripture teaches: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” [Hebrews 13:2].

Catholic Charities Annual Pasta Dinner

Catholic Charities Pasta Dinner

Thursday, 19 May 2022

5:00pm - 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 for the “All You Can Eat” Dinner: $10 Adults, $5 Kids (5-12), FREE kids under 5.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Ann Sturm 607-267-4617; Karen Sullivan at 607-353-5823 and at the Catholic Charities Offices, 176 Main Street Oneonta; Sidney at the Sidney Civic Center, 21 Liberty Street; or Cobleskill located at 489 West Main Street. Tickets can also 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, religion, or life style. To find out moe information about programs and services offered by Catholic Charities, please visit their website at www.charitiesccdos.org

Where to DONATE to assist the Ukrainian People

Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Here are some places to donate.

The international Caritas confederation is collecting funds to help Caritas Ukraine.

Catholic Relief Services: https://bit.ly/3LWtOKa. Internationally, you can donate through https://www.caritas.org/.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia: https://ukrarcheparchy.us/donate.

Two pontifical agencies:

Catholic Near East Welfare Association, https://cnewa.org/campaigns/ukraine

Aid to the Church in Need, https://bit.ly/3sgpuNV.

Knights of Columbus:  kofc.org/secure/en/donate/ukraine.html.

Jesuit Refugee Service: www.jrsusa.org

Music Minister/Organist Position

Saint Mary's Parish is seeking to fill a position for a Music Minister/ Organist. For the Job Desciption. CLICK HERE

The Daily EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is an Ignatian technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience. To explore this form of prayer CLICK HERE

Rosie the Riveter

Barbara Maricovics, one of our parishioners, was a riveter during World War II. Women competently worked in the factories during the war and then were cast aside when the men returned. Barbara worked on airplanes. Listen to her story...

Step Up Men's Conference

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The Diocese of Albany is hosting the Step Up Men's Conference on Saturday, 20 August 2022 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville.

The Step Up Men's Conference will give men the tools needed to grow in holiness in their everyday lives  so as to grow in our relationship with Christ and establish a plan to bring this energy back to our families and parish families.

The event will include presentations from Fr. Donald Calloway and Fr. Roger Landry, Reconciliation, Adoration, Rosary, and the Eucharist.

The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch; College age and younger men are FREE. 

For more information and to register:  https://www.rcda.org/StepUp

It's Time to Plan Ahead...

The annual Peace and Justice Rummage Sale will be held Friday & Saturday, 10 & 11 June 2022.  To help you plan on organizing your donations for the sale, the following guidelines are for your use. 

  • Please be sure all items are clean and not moldy
  • We cannot take large furniture or sewing machines
  • No picture frames or photo albums
  • We ask that any dishes donated be in matching sets of at least 4
  • No baskets
  • No encyclopedias or dated reference books. Other books should be copyrighted no later than 2000.

We appreciate your support and donations to the rummage sale.  The guidelines above help the organizing committee plan for both set up and clean up.

Donations for the Rummage Sale may be brought to Saint Mary's Parish Center on the following dates:

Saturday, 4 June 2022 at 4:00 PM (prior to Mass) and for a half of hour after Mass.  (Food Pantry door)

Sunday, 5 June 2022 at 9:30 AM (prior to Mass) and for a half hour after Mass (Food Pantry door)

Monday, 6 June; Tuesday, 7 June & Wednesday, 8 June from 9:00 -- Noon

Refundable Bottle / Can Collection

The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection for the year will begin for the year on April 23rd and 24th  and continue every third weekend through October 15th and 16th. Collection will begin at 9 am and continue until after mass each weekend. Please make sure ALL bottles and cans are to be Nickel refundable in NY and empty.  NO wine, sports drink, 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.

Habitat for Humanity...30 YEARS

To learn more about Habitat CLICK HERE

Spring is here and work at our current job site will resume on March 24th.  This house is located on Route 205 in the Town of Oneonta.

While this is good news, HFHOC needs more help!  We need folks to volunteer for our Board of Directors and the various committees of the Board.  The Board and committees are the folks who make building our partner family homes possible.

Do you believe in the mission of HFHOC, that is, to eliminate all substandard and unaffordable housing in Otsego County?  If you do, please consider joining us in this work.

Contact Marjorie Pietraface at [email protected] to get more information.

Adopt a Seminarian....

Consider adopting a seminarian who is discerning, preparing and studying for service in the priesthood for the Diocese of Albany. Choose one seminarian, pray for him regularly and/or consider writing him a note of encourage periodically.

For names and seminary addresses CLICK HERE

Catholic Women Preach

Fr. David's Homilies

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

Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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


Ronald Marsh, Sandra Rynkiewicz, Catherine Trask, Helen Rittlinger, Paul Vegari, Alfred Ouimet, Thomas Opramolla, Gary Thompson, Catherine Tisenchek, Margaret Morales, Alice Welch, Marie O'Malley, Francis Sullivan, Richard Sheehy, Radames DeRosario, Kathy Stryker, Mary Antonucci

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  January 22, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 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!

You will never regret going to the funeral

By my mother's count, I attended at least 15 wakes and funerals by the time I tyrned 12. I went because my mother went, who went because her mother went...be3cause she learned from hmy grandmother that This Is What We Do...to read on CLICK HERE

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.

Needs Network

Items needed for Catholic Charities SRO (Single Room 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)

Help educate a child

For over five years, St. Mary’s Parish through its Peace and Justice Ministries has sponsored children to attend school in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.  Currently we have eight students who have received enough scholarship assistance from us to attend school from 7th grade through graduation.  Many of the children are native Mayan and come from very poor family situations and this education provides an opportunity for them to have a better future.

One year of schooling costs $250.00, six years $1500.00.  Might you consider sponsoring a child?  Any amount that you may be able to give will be combined with funds from the Peace and Justice Ministry to provide scholarship support. Student needs are greater than ever at this time as a result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

If you wish to contribute to the scholarship program, please write a check to St. Mary’s Church and note on the memo line that the check is for scholarships.  The check can be dropped off at the Rectory.  Questions?  Call Marjorie Pietraface at 432-1385.

Articles on Prayer

5 Tips for Prayer CLICK HERE

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

How to pray with the Bible...

3 Youtube presentations on how to pray with the Bible, the Word of God. This is called 'lectio divina' or 'sacred reading'.

How to Pray the Rosary

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

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 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

Online Donating

Diocesan Appeal: Your Gift Matters

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.


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A Prayer to Welcome the Lord's Day

A Prayer to Welcome the Lord’s Day  

[To be prayed at sunset on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.]

God, our God, creator of the ever expanding Universe, we give you praise and thanks for the glory of creation that reveals your presence to us and the Death and Resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ that is your great act of love for us.

 As we begin to keep this Lord’s Day, renew us in spirit and body that we may serve you in holiness throughout the week.

We ask this through Jesus Christ who died that we might have life in abundance and lives and reigns with you and the Life-Giving Holy Spirit, our God, forever and ever. Amen.

For more on The Lord's Day, check out Bite Size Catholic Living 10 CLICK HERE.

For other aspects of Bite Size Catholic Living, check the MENU above

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.

Living Well...

Living with a chronic condition like diabetes, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, COPD/ asthma, heart disease, or cancer?


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

What is an annulment of a marriage? 2 Articles...

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 2nd article entitled: The painful, grace-filled and hopefully healing process of seeking an annulment CLICK HERE

Central New York Coalition for Life

Who Are We?

The Central New York Coalition for Life is a community-based Christian pro-life organization made up of individuals and churches working to protect the sanctity of life and to end abortion in Central New York, peacefully and prayerfully.

If you would like to become active in the Pro-Life cause, contact us by phone, email, or our website:

Phone: 607.779.8803.

Email: [email protected]

Website: cnylifecoalition.com click here


Our mission is to honor and glorify God by promoting respect for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death and to restore the self-evident truths and the protections for life recognized by the founders of our nation. We are committed to bringing positive and persuasive messages, offering factual information to those living in Central New York.


The purposes for which the Coalition has been formed are as follows:

To Educate by establishing a resource and education center providing detailed and factual information about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and related issues. These resources will help individuals make informed decisions and also provide information on abortion alternatives including adoption. We will also link with other community groups providing assistance and support for mothers carrying their babies to term, as well as women in need of post-abortion assistance.

By speaking at churches, schools, and community events, publishing a quarterly newsletter, writing articles, and publicizing information that would form the basis for the greater protection of all human life.

By providing representation at public events.

To Promote active participation by churches as partners in supporting the sanctity of human life through prayer and active individual church-based ministries. Educational, legal (legislative), social, and cultural reforms designed to ensure both the right to life and human dignity for all human life, especially the most vulnerable among us.Institutions in our society (be they secular or religious) that are working to protect and promote respect for human life and alternatives to abortion, especially adoption.

To Pray for the unborn, their mothers, and all efforts to restore the dignity of human life.For a return to legalized protection of the unborn and the conversion (i.e. change of heart) of those who provide or support abortion.

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