Welcome

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"

Bishop Ed on a Return to Mass

COVID Update 20 June 2021

1. We have returned to two [2] Eucharistics for the Lord's Day, Sunday at 10:30am and the Saturday Vigil at 5:00pm.

2. A daily Eucharist is celebrated at 8:30am on Mondays and Fridays barring national holidays.

3. No Pre-registration for Mass.

As per Governor Cuomo’s directive, 15 June 2021, most restrictions have been lifted in regard to COVID in New York State. Therefore effective immediately, Saint Mary’s will discontinue having pre-registration for Mass.

We will respect parishioners who wish to wear a mask and sit distanced by continuing to reserve the nave of the church for that purpose. People who are not vaccinated are still required to mask and distance. This will be done on an honor system. The transepts and chairs in the former sanctuary will be reserved for people who vaccinated and are comfortable not wearing a mask and sitting together.

We will also discontinue sanitizing hands at the door and the church after services.

Entrance to the church will still be through the one set of transept doors where ushers will be happy to help seat you.

Please understand we are not totally out of the woods yet, directives could all change at a moment’s notice. At this time we are comfortable taking these steps.

On a personal note, I am extremely grateful to all those parishioners who stepped up to volunteer to assist with people getting into church and remaining after Mass to sanitize the building. These volunteers made this past year possible for us to worship. I am also thankful for all of you who have been patient and followed the directives that were given. You made life easier for our staff, ministers and volunteers.

Thank you all very much. Fr. D.

Homily for Sunday 20 June 2021

Homily of Deacon Paul Cerosaletti for The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 20 June 2021. CLICK HERE

Refundable Bottle & Can Collection

The Peace and Justice refundable bottle and can collection will begin on 17/18 July 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: 14/15 August, 18/19 September, and 16/17 October.

Pasta Dinner 16 September 2021

Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties is having an “All You Can Eat” Pasta Dinner on Thursday, September 16th from 5-7:30 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 are $10 for Adults, Kids (5-12) $5, under 5 are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the Catholic Charities office in Oneonta located at 176 Main Street, at the Catholic Charities office, at the Sidney Civic Center at 21 Liberty Street, or at the Catholic Charities office in Cobleskill located at 489 West Main Street.  

Tickets can also be purchased at church from Karen Sullivan and Mary Ann Sturm.  You can also contact Karen at 607-353-5823  and Mary Ann at 607-267-4617. 

Tickets can 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, religious affiliation, or life style. To find out more information about the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities please visit their website at www.charitiesccdos.org.

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

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

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

Annual Peace & Justice Rummage Sale

The Peace and Justice Rummage Sale will be held on Friday/Saturday, 27/28 August. 

27 August: 9:00am - 11:30am, with a half-price sale from 12 noon - 2:00pm. 

28 August: 8:00am - 11:00am The $2.00/bag sale will be from 8 AM to 11 AM on August 28th.

Donations are welcomed.

They may be brought to the Food Pantry door (the back of the Parish Center) from 4:00pm – 6:30pm on Saturday, 21 August and on Sunday, 22 August from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Donations can also be brought to the Parish Center (front door) Monday, 23 August, Tuesday, 24 Augsut and Wednesday 25 August from 9:00am - 12 noon.

PLEASE bring your items before Thursday, 26 August!

We are NOT accepting the following donations: TVs, computers, including accessories, monitors and printers; all forms of baskets; Christmas and other holiday decorations; sporting equipment; 8 track tapes, VHS tapes or cassettes.

Father's Day articles

The Father of Mercies CLICK HERE

My father's death was his final act of love CLICK HERE

Annual Mission Appeal 26/27 June

This year's Mission Appeal will be given by Mr. Alex Krukemeyer. Alex is a seminarian for the Diocese of Cleveland, entering his third year at Borromeo Seminary. Alex has experienced El Salvador through the eyes of fellow seminarians who have visited the diocesan mission there and shared their encounters with the Lord through the deep faith of the people. Alex hopes to one day be called to serve in El Salvador.

COAR, which stands for the Community of St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, will be making an upcoming mission appeal and asking for your donations, prayers, and interest.

COAR is located in Zaragoza, El Salvador.  It was founded in 1980 by a Cleveland Diocese Mission Team priest, Fr. Ken Myers, during El Salvador’s brutal civil war.  Fr. Ken and fellow Cleveland Mission Team members Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, and Jean Donovan (murdered December 2, 1980) began gathering orphans from refugee camps and bringing them back to the Mission’s parish of Zaragoza. 

COAR is now known as the “Children’s Village” in El Salvador with 1,000 day students, 50 in foster care, a medical and dental clinic, pharmacy, trade shops (such as baking and tailoring).  It is administered directly by the Archbishop of San Salvador through his Vicariate of Human Development. COAR’s motto is Women and Men for God and Culture: the curriculum educates the entire person.  With over 30 employees COAR strengthens the regional economy.  One of the first orphans of COAR served as mayor of Zaragoza from 1998 - 2002.  COAR buzzes with optimism and vitality. 

However, El Salvador remains an impoverished country as are COAR’s students.  To protect the most vulnerable simply requires food, shelter, and housemothers.  To educate the children to modernize their economy requires updated computers and new classrooms.  To get the best teachers and treat them fairly requires wages near the Salvadoran national average.  Please help us respond to the needs of the most impoverished among us and help them build a better future. 

More information is available at www.coarpeacemission.org, (440) 943-7615.  Donations are payable to your parish, placed into the 2nd collection, or, brought or mailed to the parish later with “COAR” in the memo.

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

Suggested Summer Thiller: THE PLOT

Plot: 1. a sequence of events in a narrative; 2. an immoral or illegal plan; 3. a gravesite. The plot is all three and more. A fun ride of a summer thriller and we are in it: Cobleskill, Oneonta, Sharon Springs, Utica et al. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Celadon Books.

Faith & the Environment

23 April is Earth Day. Our planet is God’s gift to us. May we be good to our planet and good to one another, especially our Black and Brown communities who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis and environmental inequities. As we celebrate Earth Day, we must remember our moral imperative to take action on climate in a fair and equitable way that benefits us all.

What are faith traditions saying about our responsibililty to the earth. CLICK HERE

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

Children's Homilies

Parents! Check out Catholic Kids Media 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.

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. 

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; we will meet on June 17 at 12:30 PM outdoors on the rectory lawn, if weather permits, otherwise on the church sanctuary. Bring your own lawn chair! 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!

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-in-training, 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

The Year of Saint Joseph 2020 - 2021

On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Letter about Saint Joseph and has declared a “Year of St. Joseph” which will be observed from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. The letter, Patris corde (“a Father’s heart”) is released on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as patron of the Universal Church.

The Pope writes: "After Mary, the Mother of God, no saint is mentioned more frequently in the papal magisterium than Joseph, her spouse. I would like to share some personal reflections on this extraordinary figure, so close to our human expereince".

For the full text of the papal letter, CLICK HERE

The Oblates of St. Joseph are proud to present to you a collection of resources on all things St. Joseph.

St. Joseph in Art: We have the largest online collection of artwork related to St. Joseph in existence.

St. Joseph in Scripture: An extensive analysis and treatment of the complete references to St. Joseph in the New Testament.

St. Joseph in Liturgy: A historical investigation of liturgical celebrations related to St. Joseph.

St. Joseph in Church Fathers: Even the early Church Fathers recognized the significance of St. Joseph for the Church. In here we look at what some of those Church Fathers had to say about St. Joseph.

How to Pray the Rosary

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

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Requiem aeternam... Eternal rest

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

2021...

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

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. 

CLICK HERE

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

There is seating for BOTH Masses this weekend...just arrive

As we move forward, we are offering distinct sections for seating in church: the TRANSEPTS are NO masks or  distancing for people who a fully vaccinated [You will need to offer proof of vaccination on entering the church.] and the NAVE is masked and distanced. The choice of where you seat in the church is yours.

Online Registration for Sunday Mass at 10:30am and a Vigil Mas at 5:00pm on Saturday at Saint Mary's Church opens each Wednesday at 9:00 am. You must register each and every week. This includes liturgical ministers and volunteers. If you have trouble registering online, please call the parish office immediately for assistance. DO NOT leave a message.

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.

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.