service ministries

Peace and Justice Ministries

Our Mission Statement
The St. Mary’s Peace and Justice Ministries strives to be a voice of justice within the parish. Our endeavors focus on raising awareness of issues arising locally, nationally, and internationally, and acting on those social issues.  Our understanding of peace and justice is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church.  We seek to promote the recognition of the dignity of people, keeping in mind that “peace is the fruit of daily care to see that each person lives in justice as God intends” (Pope Paul VI).

Peace and Justice Ministries includes two subgroups: Hands Working for Christ and Action for Justice. Action for Justice focuses on advocacy and collaboration with our local officials to bring about social change. Hands Working for Christ provides more direct service to individuals and families in the attempt to meet basic needs. Both groups focus on local national and international needs. Parishioners are invited to be part of one or both groups.

Hands Working for Christ meets on the third Monday of each month at 7pm in the Annex of our Parish Center. Action for Justice also meets monthly and as needs arise. Please contact the rectory at 607-432-3920 for more information about either group.
San Sebastian Parish, Retallhuleu, Guatemala
Our church is one for 14 parishes in the Albany Diocese participating in Pueblo to People, a project of accompaniment with a Sister Parish in Latin America.  To learn more visit

Through various efforts, St. Mary’s Peace and Justice Ministries supports local organizations including: St. Mary’s Food Pantry, The Family Service Association, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County.  P&J also workings with other organizations and people to supply winter clothing for those in need and school supplies at the beginning of the school year. 

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 Habitat for Humanity 

While building skills are appreciated, previous experience is not required. Please call the rectory for more information on our current Habitat project.

Knights of Columbus

The Knight of Columbus is a fraternal service organization for Catholic men.  The organization was founded so that men could work together. to serve their parishes and communities, protect the wellbeing of their Catholic families, and support each other in faith and in many other ways along life’s journey.  Knights have the opportunity to grow in their faith through living the example of a charity that evangelizes and personifying what it means to be a Catholic gentleman through the practice of good works.  Charity, unity and fraternity are the principles on which the Knights of Columbus stands.                                                                                                                        

For more information about the Knights of Columbus, please contact the local Council through Grand Knight, Ken Sosnowski at 607-433-2207. 

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