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

Day of Prayer - ONEONTA Option

Order of Prayer____________________________________

Please note times are approximate.

10:00am Gathering—Introductory Rites

10:15am A Vigil of Readings / Litany to the Holy Spirit & Offering of Incense

11:45am Period of  quiet Prayer

11:00am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

11:15am The Office of Readings / Intercessory Prayer / The Lord’s Prayer

11:45am Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

12:00pm Conclusion

Gospel & Homily for 12 September '21

The Gospel according to Mark: 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.  At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”

Homily for the 24nd Sunday in Ordinary Time CLICK HERE

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 18/19 September 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: 16/17 October.

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

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.

2 Pertinent Articles of Interest

Pope Rejects Political Use of Symbols of the Faith

What is the value, the Pope asked, of hanging a crucifix from a rearview mirror or one’s neck if a person has no meaningful relationship with Jesus?


Learning to Live with our COVID Fatigue

To cope, we must take up the practices of patience and perseverance.


Relax for a moment and listen...

3 spiritual exercises during COVID

3 spiritual exercises for facing a long future with COVID-19 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.


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

Catholic views on abortion are deeply spiritual, historical & philosophical

To read on...CLICK HERE

Consider writing...

Considering writing to our priests who have faithfully served us and are  now retired and in residential homes. A simple 'thank you' for their service, 'thinking about you' or a personal prayer can go a long way...

Teresian House, 200 Washington Avenue, Ext., Albany, New York 12202. Revs Joseph Baker, George Brucker, Robert Donnelly, Michael Schmitt, Jack Molyn, & Dennis Murphy

Kingsway Manor, 357 Kings Road, Schenectady, New York 12304. Rev. James Daley

Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, 2 Mercy Care Lane, Guilderland, New York 12084. Rev. William Pape

Loudonville Assisted Living Residence, 298 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, New York 12211. Rev. Art Toole

The Glen, 39 Longview Drive, Queensbury, New York 12804. Rev. Nellis Tremblay

The Terrace at Eddy Memorial, 2256 Burdett Avenue #1, Troy New York, 12180. Rev. Cyril Pereira

The Landing at Queensbury, 27 Woodvale Road, Queensbury, New York 12804. Rev. Joseph Anselment

Married 25, 40, 50 or more years?


The 49th Annual Diocesan Marriage Jubilee Celebration will be held Saturday, October 30th, 2021 at 2:00pm at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. Couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or other special wedding anniversaries are invited to attend this celebration. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will celebrate the Mass at 2:00pm and greet couples and their guests at a reception in the gathering area at the Cathedral immediately following Mass.

Please register through your parish office or by email to [email protected]

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

Catholic Women Preach

Living Well Programs...Bassett

The Living Well with Chronic Pain workshop series offers people tools to manage their symptoms through relaxation methods, Moving Easy Program (gentle stretching exercises), pacing and planning, and more. Participants gain helpful information and practical skills on coping with difficult emotions, communicating more effectively, and using action plans to set goals. We also offer Living Well with Diabetes and Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop series.

There is no charge for the workshop series, just a commitment for six weeks and a willingness to learn more about managing your condition. 

CONTACT the Living Well office or go online to find the delivery mode that works for you: call 607-547-3948; email [email protected]; or visit: www.bassett.org/livingwell.

For the dates and schedule 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 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

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. 

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

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

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


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

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.