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

the stillness to listen...

Looking for some quiet time … to turn your phone off and not be available,  … to reflect, … to listen with your heart.

We are offering two opportunities to sit in quiet, listen to God’s Word wash over you,  and gently sing the psalms & hymns of Advent.

The stillness to listenan Advent Service of silence, readings, hymns & prayers

Monday, 13 December—6:00pm

Saturday, 18 December—10:00am

Approximately an hour and a half. Come and go as you please or your schedule allows. In the church proper.

An Advent Church Cantata by JS Bach

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme ('Awake, calls the voice to us'),[also known as Sleepers Wake, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, regarded as one of his most mature and popular sacred cantatas. He composed the cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November 1731.

Friends of Christmas Dinner

Friends of Christmas Community Dinner

Delivery or Take Out - Free for Everyone

For delivery or take out meals contact Nancy at 607 - 435 – 7188 by Monday, 20 December 2021 Address required for delivery!

To volunteer drivers, cooks, food prep, serving, clean up [Thrusday - Saturday, 23-25 December 2021] contact Laurie at 607.432.7907 by Friady, 17 December 2021

Cash donations can be sent to St. Mary’s Church,  39 Walnut St., Oneonta,  New York 13820 Write ‘FoC 2021’ on memo line

Take out at The Lord’s Table [Saint James Episcopal Church] 18 Elm St., Oneonta, New York 13820 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Sponsored by The Catholic Church of Saint Mary

Rosary Society Bazaar

Rada cutlery and donated holiday decorations will be on sale in the Parish Center on Saturday, 11 December 2021 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm  and Sunday, 12 December 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 

Donations of new and slightly used holiday themed items can be dropped off at the parish center 8 thru 10 December  from 9:00am to 1:00pm or at church 4/5 December 2021.

Proceeds to benefit the Jail Ministry of Otsego County outreach to children whose parents are incarcerated or in rehab.

Questions? Call Mary Ann 607.226.1785.

Feeling lonely or abandoned?

Pray to Saint Joseph...read on...CLICK HERE

Thanksgiving Thank you...

Over 700 meals were served to people who are grateful that St. Mary’s sponsored the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The meal gave our guests a sense of normalcy and showed that others care. Your support – whether it was in volunteering time, financially or prayer – is appreciated.

None of this could have been possible without donations and tremendous volunteers. Volunteers worked the entire Thanksgiving week to prepare the meal, which was delivered on Thanksgiving Day.  Of the 700 meals, 500 were delivered and the rest were take-outs. 

The Community Dinner was successful because people of various walks of life, religious views, different races and ethnicities worked unselfishly together toward a common cause for the benefit of others.  The willingness of St. Mary’s Parish and the greater Oneonta community to work together gives hope to all.

Thanks to your help, we were able to offer a traditional Thanksgiving celebration to those who were unable to be with loved ones or would have gone hungry. Prayers of gratitude should also be given for our protestant sisters’ who kept Fr. David from not being injured in the kitchen.

A special thanks to all the St. Mary’s staff, food pantry, and Fr. David, for their assistance.

May you be blessed, Oneonta Thanksgiving Committee

Thanksgiving Dinner Pics

A New Vision for Faith Formation

In reflecting on Faith Formation in the present situation of our society and the Church, below is a letter that was sent to all members of Saint Mary's Parish followed by homilies that unfold a new, though ancient, vision of how we might pass on the Catholic Christian Faith. This vision is being called, Bite Size Catholic Living. Our logo is a work of art by Brother Mickey McGrath of generations of the Holy Family. Also check out the Menu Bar on this website.

Parish Letter CLICK HERE




Fr. David's Homilies

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

Catholic Women Preach

Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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


Dominick Falcone, Juanita Zelug, Victor Chicorelli, Julia Heidecker, Angelina Richards, Leo Alex, Willow Maureen Allen, 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

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  December 16, 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!

HOLY DAY: Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 is a Holy Day in our Catholic Tradition. We celebrate God's gracious gesture to protect the Virgin Mary from the first moment of her conception in the womb of Anna from original sin so as to be a perfect vessel for the Son. The Virgin Mary under this title is patron of our country, our diocese and our cathedral church.

The Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:10pm.

What is Advent? Learn More

The Advent season is a time of preparation that foremost directs our hearts and minds to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time and then to commemorate the anniversary of God's birth as a human being in Jesus of Nazareth at Bethlehem. To learn more...CLICK HERE

Abortion: Various Voices

With the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, here are four voices in regard to the issue of abortion.

Peace begins in the womb by Kathleen Gallagher [The Evangelist] CLICK HERE

Opinion: I was Raped by My Father. An Abortion Saved My Life by Michele Goodwin[The New York Times] CLICK HERE

Opinion: The Case Against Abortion by Ross Douthat [The New York Times] CLICK HERE

The abortion debate should always honor the expereinces - and bodies - of women by Kathleen Bonnette [America] CLICK HERE

Advent Schedule of Prayer

For an Advent Schedule of Prayer and Liturgical Celebrations CLICK HERE

3 Advent YouTubes...

2 Advent Guided Retreats

Do I Need A Savior?

An Advent Retreat on the Prophet Isaiah CLICK HERE

The Woman Clothed With the Sun

An Advent Retreat on Our Lady of Guadalupe CLICK HERE

Mass Schedule for Christmas Day and the Christmas Season

For the Mass Schedule for Christmas Day and the entire Christmas Season


The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is back!

Each year, Saint Mary's parish donates gifts to each of the residents of our four nursing and assisted living facilities: Fox Nursing Home, Chestnut Park, Hampshire House and Robynwood. These gifts help to brighten the holidays of many people who might otherwise be forgotten. Please choose one or more tags from the tree and purchase and wrap the requested gift; a limit of $15 per gift is suggested. Please return your gifts to the church or the rectory by DECEMBER 6. Thank you for helping to give the gift of joyful caring at Christmas!

Children's Christmas Shopping Fund

Help out 33 needy children of our area to acquire winter clothing . Here's how...CLICK HERE

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! 

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.

The Community Warming Station is OPEN

The Community Warming Station located at 189 Chestnut Street, Oneonta is now open for overnight accommodation.  Hours of operation are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 am and guests can arrive at any time during these hours.  The warming station will be open 7 days per week until April 10, 2022.   It is a safe, warm place for individuals to get warm, sleep, and get something to eat. 

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

Online Donating


Connect with us on Facebook by clicking the link below

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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...

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

How to Pray the Rosary

Hail Mary, highly favoured daughter, God is with you... 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)

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


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.