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"

Mass under the Tent - 9 August 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is ONLY from 12 noon Thursday thru 12 noon Saturday immediately prior to the Sunday.

If you have recently traveled out of the area, are coming from out of State or have a fever or flu like symptoms and have not self-quarantined in the last 14 days, please DO NOT register or attend.

To Register CLICK the image below. Registration is required for contact tracing purposes only. We look forward to your presence.

Please check this website after 6:00pm on Saturday and/or Sunday morning to see if the Mass is canceled due to forecasted inclement weather.

At this Eucharist Abby Johnston will approach the Lord's Table for the first time to receive the Lord's Body and Blood.

Catholic Charities - Virtual Fundraiser 10 - 14 August 2020

We may have had to change the way we are providing services somewhat, but our offices have all remained open and providing all the services and programs we normally provide since the shut-down in March.  In fact from March through June our agency served just over 1,300 individuals with essential services including emergency assistance to meet basic needs, mental health counseling, our summer food service program, assisting people to sign-up for SNAP, as well as our many case management programs. 

We are anticipating a rise in the number of individuals and families who need our services, as well as possible cuts in government funding.   

We will be holding a virtual fundraiser, on-line.  Entitled A Place At The Table this online fundraiser will be held from 10 - 14 August 2020By visiting the link below you will be able to see the “event” and be able to watch a video of the story of Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties.  Please take some time to look over the event, visit the site and please consider a donation to the fundraiser.  Also, if you have friends or family that you think would be interested please feel free to share the link with them.


Diocesan Appeal 2020- 2021

Together, as 300,000 Catholics in 14 counties, gathered in 126 parishes, we are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Together we are part of the Universal Catholic Church. Together we make Christ present in our part of the world. The annual Diocesan Appeal (formally called the Bishop's Appeal) financially sustains the work of Christ through the agencies of our Diocese.

For information on the Appeal and how your donations are used for the ministries and outreach of the Catholic Church, CLICK HERE.

This year the Appeal will be made through the mail. You should expect to receive this correspondence from the Diocesan Stewardship Office between now and early September; it will include a pledge card and envelope. The Appeal will not longer be processed through parish offices. Monthly or one-time gifts by credit card can be made via secure website at donate.thediocesanappeal.org, CLICK HERE. You can also make a pledge at that site as well.

In these difficult times of the pandemic, job loss, societal change and undo pressure placed especially on families and our seniors, please pray and assist the work of the Church at any level you can. "No gift is too small..." Be a part of the great work of Christ's ministry.

Refundable Bottle & Can Collection 15/16 August 2020


The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will held on the weekend of 15/16 August 2020 from 8 am until 12 noon each day.  Please make sure all bottles and cans are nickel refundable in NY and are empty.  No wine, Gatorade or juice containers please.  The recyclable container will be in front of the parish garage. Thank you for your support of our ministry to help those in need.

Future collection weekends are: Sept 12 & 13, Oct 10 & 11.

60+? New Catholic Charities Services

Aging Life Services - Otsego County

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services has developed a new service that is available to Otsego County residents, aged 60+. The Aging Life Services Program will include the following:

  • In-home social work consultation covering all area of life including health & disability, financial, housing, family, legal, in home needs for the purpose of developing a long term plan to enable older adults to remain living successfully in their community.
  • On-going individualized counseling and support to assist seniors and caregivers as their needs and circumstances change.
  • Referral and connection to appropriate community resources.
  • Connection to community volunteers to provide services to include home visits, assistance with grocery shopping and transportation.

For further information on how to access these services contact:

Jennifer Doherty, Elder Care manager at 518.545.6631/ [email protected] OR Jennifer Bullard, Aging Life Coordinator at 518.410.3742/ [email protected]

Understanding the Sacraments CONFIRMATION in 6 minutes

Vacation Bible School VBS 2020

VBS in a Bag: Listening for God

Free for all children 3 - 12 years of age

4 Weeks of VBS Fun at Home!

Even though we can’t get together, we can still have all the fun of regular Vacation Bible School – games, activities, stories, crafts, and songs! Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

To access the flyer and registration form CLICK HERE

For more information and/or to register, contact Kate Johnston at [email protected]

VBS will be using the Saint Mary's Parking Lot for material distribution (VBS in a Bag!) on Sundays, July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 9 between 2:00-4:00pm.

School Supply Drive 2 July - 16 August

The Peace and Justice Committee of Saint Mary''s Parish in conjunction with Family Services is sponsoring a school supply drive for students who might not have appropriate supplies.  A list of needed items can be found below and on Facebook.  A container for supplies will be placed inside the church main entrance from 2 July through 16 August.  If you would rather make a monetary donation, please send the donation to the church office 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820. Your support is appreciated.


pens/pencils, crayons, binders (all sizes), colored pencils, loose leaf paper, markers, notebooks (all sizes)


erasers, index cards, rulers, graph paper, scissors, backpacks, planners, tissue boxes, highlighters, hand sanitizer, scotch tape, calculators, protractors, thumb drives, water bottles, glue bottles/sticks, divider tabs, divider tabs, water color paints, sketch pads, paper clips, book covers, hole punches, lunch boxes, post its, paper clips,


deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, floss, zip lock bags-sandwich, gallon, snack, quart      

Sacramental Life…where are we?

Due to the pandemic our sacramental life has been on hold. To keep parishioners abreast of where we are in regard to the celebration of sacraments please see below.

Sacrament of Baptism

The full initiation of Michaela DeDominicis and Colby Robinson which was to have taken place at the Easter Vigil on 11 April 2020 is still undetermined. Please keep Michaela and Colby in prayer. As regards infant Baptism, please call the rectory at 607.432.3920.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

The ordination to the diaconate of Paul Cerosaletti that was scheduled for 16 May 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, 5 September 2020 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Prior to COVID-19, the parish was going to charter a bus for parishioners to attend but due to the limited numbers that will be allowed by the diocese (15 people) this will regrettably not take place. The ordination will be  life-streamed and we will notify you and provide contact information. Please keep Paul, the other candidates for diaconate and priesthood and their families in prayer.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The celebration of Confirmation of area parish which takes place at Saint Mary’s, originally scheduled for 8 May 2020 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 22 September 2020. We are still awaiting logistical directives due to distancing. Please keep these candidates in prayer.

Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

Parents of our children who were to approach the holy table to receive First Holy Communion the weekend of 25/26 April 2020 have been encouraged to select a Sunday as we gather in the cemetery for Eucharist. Not having definitive answers about the future, I see no reason to keep the children from the Lord any longer. Please keep these families in your prayers.

Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation

These sacraments of healing are by appointment only, please call the rectory, 607.432.3920.

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.

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. 

75 years ago...6 August 1945

The dawn of the nuclear age began with a blinding, flesh-melting blast directly above the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. It was 8:16 a.m. on a Monday, the start of another work day in a city of nearly 300,000 inhabitants. An estimated two-thirds of that population — nearly all civilians — would soon be dead. The photo is an eerie Madonna and Child.

Pope Francis at Hiroshima declared, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral,  as is the possession of atomic weapons. We will be judged for this."

Pray for an end to the threat of nuclear weapons that only devastate human lives and never secure peace.

The 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time Word, Homily & Prayers

We'll be back...

Social distancing got you down?

Rev. Lonnie Lacy of Saint Anne Episcopal Church, Tifton, GA offers a light-hearted song of hope and joyful promise parodying a song from the Broadway musical, "Hamilton".  To all who are missing communal worship, fellowship and the reception of Holy Communion, yes...we will be back together better than we ever were before...

The Best Book on the Bible

I want to  suggest for your reading a wonderful book entitled, Composing Sacred Scripture: How the Bible was Formed by Donald Senior, CP, Liturgical Training Publications, Chicago, IL, 2016. A brief 125 pages that can sit by your bedside for a few pages of reading at a time. This will give you the most easily readable and comprehensive understanding of the Bible and its content and formation.

Summer reading by authors of color.

Looking for a good summer read? Check out these books by authors of color.


Website Archives

Looking for an item that was on the website?

To view previously posted articles on Prayer, YouTube videos of homilies OR other postings, click on Archives in the menu above, then on either Prayer Archives, Video Archives or Posting Archives.

Center for Action and Contemplation

What is Contemplation?

Many equate it to prayer or meditation. You might be surprised, however, to discover that you can practice contemplation while mindfully washing dishes, singing, being with a friend, or walking in a park. Contemplation is simply being fully present—in heart, mind, and body—to what is in a way that allows you to creatively respond and work toward what could be.

Contemplation is both personal and communal, internal and external. It helps us let go of our usual, self-focused way of thinking and doing things so that our compassionate, connected, and creative self can emerge. Through contemplation we develop the capacity to witness our egoic motivations, bringing this awareness into our day-to-day actions and living with increased freedom and authenticity through deeper awareness of our self and God’s Self.

Our Vision

Amidst a time of planetary change and disruption, we envision a recovery of our deep connection to each other and our world, led by Christian and other spiritual movements that are freeing leaders and communities to overcome dehumanizing systems of oppression and cooperate in the transforming work of Love.

Our Mission

Open the door for a critical mass of spiritual seekers to experience the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition and nurture its emergence in service to the healing of our world.

Want to learn more about the Center? CLICK HERE

New Pilgrim Path...Spirituality Resources

New Pilgrim Path is a website aimed at introducing fellow Christians of all denominations to the great wealth of online spiritual resources. Links to, and a brief description of, a variety of valuable websites on spirituality are provided. In addition to the permanent pages of Daily Prayer, Sacred Music, Inspiration, and Online Retreats, each week we feature a different Website of the Week, Poem of the Week and Music of the Week. CLICK HERE

A Way to God Today - a teaching

Aspiring for inner peace and solitude in today's turbulent times?

Listen to and learn from the spiritual guide, Fr. Anthony De Mello, an Indian Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, storyteller and spiritual teacher. A Way to God for Today is a series of 6 presentations approximately 30 minutes a piece on the spiritual topics of Silence, Peace, Joy, Life, Freedom and Love.

Pathways to God - Praying with ART

In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one's own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Jesuit Goeff Wheaton, SJ will lead the reflection. He studied Religious Art at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and then did an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture at Royal Holloway College University of London. Nowadays the focus of his ministry is to deepen our relationship with the Christ of the Scriptures with the aid of the wonderful images in painting, frescoes, mosaics, sculpture and stained glass from the catacombs to the present day.

Check out the website Pathways to God. CLICK HERE

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.

SUNY Oneonta Faculty speak on Race

SUNY Faculty featured in NYC lecture series on race. CLICK HERE for more information and registration.

My wonderful son died. I still love being asked the question.

Has a son or daughter of yours died? Read the thoughts of a father. CLICK HERE.

4 ways of spiritually living by parents for and with their children...

Nourishing your own adult personal and private prayer is the foundation of your Christian life and the foundation of your child’s spiritual life. We all learn by example. I therefore encourage all parents to check out our parish website: SMCCOneonta.org. There you will find a posting entitled, New Pilgrim Path, a site with spiritual and prayer resources. Under the Archives in the Menu Bar you will find Prayer Postings which will assist you in step-by-step ways of praying with the Sacred Scripture, the Psalms and the Rosary.

Family prayer. Since it is not possible to gather as a full community at this time, gather as a family for prayer. A Sign of the Cross, hands held while standing in a circle, and either naming people who need prayer or people and things to be grateful for topped with a mindfully prayed “Our Father…” can in a simple way to begin and conclude each day.

The Sunday Eucharist is the heart of our Catholic Faith in which we encounter the living Christ in the presence of Jesus’ Words and the reception of his Body and Blood. No other form of private or public prayer is greater than this act of praise and thanksgiving. Gathering, sing hymns of praise, listening and responding to God with your children teaches them by your example how Catholics worship. No one else can do this as well as you. As we strive to gather for the Eucharist at the cemetery come with your children who Jesus embraces with his love.

And finally, a daily blessing of your children, no matter what their age, with the Sign of the Cross on the forehead. With infants it can be done without words. As children begin to learn language say, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Your adolescents will think you have gone off the deep end of course but... Live your faith so that they come to that same faith in Jesus. As uncomfortable as it might seem at first, just start doing it and keep doing it for the rest of their lives! Can you imagine what it will mean to your daughters and sons when you bless them on a graduation day, a wedding or ordination day, or the birth of a grandchild as well as those difficult and sad days of life? It is a simple yet profound prayer that speaks of God’s love for us. It is the symbol of the Son Jesus who died on the cross for our salvation. It is a sign of the Spirit’s protection and care.

Preventing Suicide among Veterans & Service Members

Preventing Suicide among Military Veterans and Service Members in


Veterans take their own lives at the rate of 20 per day.  Help us help those at risk. The Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany is asking faith-based and other prominent community organizations to help reach out to veterans, and others, who may have lost sight of life meaning and purpose and engaged in self-directed violence.  During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, your involvement has never been more important!

We invite you to attend a presentation by Dr. Joseph Hunter, VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Rev. Bruce Swingle, VA Lead Chaplain. 

We will also have a guest speaker—a Veteran who will share his story.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020

Online:  Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5693004969

No code needed.  A video camera is not required to join the meeting; however, a good internet connection using Google Chrome will enhance the video experience.

Learn about:

  • The magnitude of the suicide epidemic nationally
  • The warning signs for a person at-risk
  • Resources for self-care, connecting (during time of “social distancing”) and professional help
  • The ways you can help

Please view this brief video for more informationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1IURHS9s-xZmR9Yzn-V45qnv06Yo-DN7Q/view

Questions? Call Dr. Hunter 518 626-5329 or Reverend Swingle, 518 626-5747

How can you help your neighbors?

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.


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San Lucas Toliman Scholars

San Lucas Toliman is a small Mayan town of 14,000 in the highlands of Guatemala. The main occupation in the community is harvesting coffee. By UN standards, the majority of the people live in poverty. San Lucas Toliman Scholars is a local organization whose mission is to provide students of limited economic resources the opportunity to continue their studies beyond primary school (6th grade) so they can continue to secondary school. There are five main junior high schools in San Lucas; grades 7 thru 9. When students complete their secondary education, they choose a career which they will follow in high school. Brother Dennis Evans is our contact.  Website: http://sltscholars.org

Representatives of the SLT Program regularly visit the schools and monitor the progress of the students so that problems can quickly be resolved. Students are assisted regardless of their race, gender or religious beliefs. SLT Scholarship Program has 501c3 status.  A yearly scholarship cost is $250.00.  St. Mary’s Church has provided 6 years of scholarship support, a cost of $1500.00 per child to 10 children as of May 2020 through parishioner donations and the annual Rummage Sale.

If you would like to join this endeavour of Saint Mary’s Catholic Community you can do so by making a contribution to support the SLT Scholarship Program. Checks should be made out to St. Mary's Church and noted in the memo line SLT Scholarships.  Then mail to the Parish Office, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, in care of Kathy Neuer.

St. Mary’s Peace and Justice Ministries was started midyear in 2005 through the diocesan Sister Parish program Pueblo to People under Fr. Richard Broderick. Peace and Justice Ministries is locally the Hands of Christ, nationally through the St. Vincent Mission in David, KY and internationally through the San Lucas Scholars.

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An Irish Prayer

"Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You."

— St. Brendan, Irish monk, 484 - 577 AD

Requiem aeternam...Eternal rest

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

Rita Swift, Marge Van Deusen, Michael Murin, Julia Kyner, Richard Day, Jr, Anthony Philip Amarose, Isabella Niedziela, Anthony Tamino, Jemele Mitrano, David Murphy, Charles Trachta, Sonny Amatucci, Dawn Weiss, Ann Marie Kitts, Terrance O'Hara, Margaret Reilly, & Griffen Wilsey

Fr. David's Homilies

Click the image below to read Fr. David's Sunday/Feastday Homilies.

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


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


Managing Stress during Difficult Times


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

Please Support our Bulletin Advertizers

Though we have had not bulletin since we have been unable to gather, please support our area businesses that assist in paying for the bulletin.

Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, All Star Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Inc., Oneonta Optical, Ace Glass Co., Edward Sickler Memorials, Stringers Body Shop, Best Wine & Spirits, Bella Michael's Restaurant, Servicemaster Restore, Tri-County Glass, Cherry Valley Memorials, All Star Dog Wash, Air Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Precision Collision, Inc., Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Symphony Medical Supply, Bookhout Funeral Home, ABC Plumbing, Doctors of Dentistry: Bruce Aaronson, Amy Thompson, Scott Heiland.