Saturday, August 27
4:30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday, August 28
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30, 9:30 & 11:30am Masses
Friday, September 2
7:10am Morning Prayer
7:30am Mass, followed by
Blessed Sacrament Exposition until 9:15am
Saturday, September 3
2:30pm Wedding Liturgy – Kathleen Falk and Burnett Hamilton Zeh III
4:30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday, September 4
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30, 9:30 & 11:30am Masses
With Fall just around the corner, and the Fall/Winter Mass schedule beginning AFTER Labor Day weekend (Sat @ 4:30pm, Sun @ 8 & 11:00 am), we also have a new Eucharistic Minister and Lector Schedule. To see/print the schedule, please click onto this link: http://www.stmaryscoop.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/EM-Lector-Sept-October-2016.pdf
Through the hard work and dedication of a group of parishioners spearheaded by Maureen Davidson, Edna Chase and Roe Abbate, St. Mary’s is pleased to offer you an annual EVENTS Calendar so that you can plan to attend such festivities without conflicts.
Please click onto this link: http://www.stmaryscoop.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/st-marys-calendar-2016-17-.pdf
Father Greg Weider, a retired Priest of the Albany Diocese, will be with us on the weekend of August 27 & 28.
Father Greg has blessed St. Mary’s altar on many occasions, none more memorable than on the occasion of Father John and Father Andrews’ 40th Priestly Ordination Celebration in June, 2015, as seen in this photo.
Welcome back, Father Greg!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 9/11/16, 11:00 AM
Our annual Parish Picnic and delicious buffet lunch at Glimmerglass State Park is just around the corner.
Click onto this link for ALL the details: 2016 Parish Picnic
Bishop Scharfenberger will be with us for this year’s Confirmation Mass on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 PM. Mark your calendars. All are invited to participate in this celebration of the Holy Spirit.
IN FATHER JOHN’S WORDS: “Yes, it was quite humbling.. Mike was very humble.. I was tongue tied when he asked For a blessing and I did not realize that I had a live ‘mike’ on.” PERHAPS THE LIVE MICROPHONE AND THE HUMBLING REQUEST WERE ALL PART OF GOD’S PLAN TO BRING GRACE ONTO ST. MARY’S. The Holy Spirit most assuredly untied Father John’s tongue and we all received God’s blessing that day!
It is a genuine pleasure to focus on CCS senior Scott Curtis, son of Alma and Matt Curtis and brother of Kaitlin, a sophomore at CCS. As Scott finishes his final year and concludes his many varied activities in Cooperstown, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary young man.
For seven years he has served as an acolyte at St. Mary’s and participated in the religious education and Youth I’nC programs. As part of this experience, he has observed numerous individuals from the parish serving the needs of others and enhancing church community and parish life. The diversity of participation and contribution from so many has been a highlight and influence.
With respect to other interests, Scott has been a varsity athlete in cross country and baseball and is working at Cooperstown Dreams Park this summer. He intends to pursue track and field at the Division I level in college.
Speaking of college, Scott is matriculating in September at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. The strength of the religious orientation, presence of morally relevant values, and smaller size (reminiscent of Cooperstown!) have been factors guiding his decision.
Career choice? This past year Scott participated in the New Visions program at Bassett Medical Center. He shadowed nurses, technicians, physicians and others and became enamored with the medical field. One rotation in particular on the inpatient psychiatric unit, moved him greatly and fostered an interest in the mental health field. Interestingly, his attention was drawn to neuropsychology which he intends to pursue in college and medical school. Scott recalled Dr. Oliver Sachs and his work in this field as portrayed in the movie “The Awakening” (Robin Williams played the role ) about a group of Parkinson’s patients and attempts at improving their condition. The observations and awareness above have had a profound impact on Scott.
It is evident that Scott’s thirst for knowledge and pursuit of service with compassion will carry him to many locations geographically and expose him to individuals of various talents and interests. What a marvelous formula for growth, humanitarianism, and deep inner fulfillment. Locally, Scott cites Rev. Betsy Jay as a role model whose broad perspective on life and its complexities, compassion, and contributions to the church community has touched him in a special way.
In conclusion, two of Scott’s favorite quotes offer insight into his thoughts and vision of life:
“Like Great Works of Art, Deep Feelings Mean More Than Can Be Expressed” From French Philosopher Albert Camus
“This, Too, Shall Pass” From Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Faiths
We wish Scott every success at Sacred Heart University and in his future endeavors.
1) Scott Curtis serving as an acolyte at Masses this weekend, followed by Mrs. Edna Chase, long-time parishioner who is dubbed “Sister Edna” for all she does for her parish, and Father John P. Rosson
2) Scott smiling upon Father John P. Rosson, Mr. Vin Russo – long-time parishioner and Vin’s father, Mr. Joseph Russo – 100 years young
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is pleased to invite you to the Diocese of Albany’s upcoming ‘SUMMIT OF THE FAMILY: Finding Our Place in the Family” on Saturday, October 1st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville. Click here for more information: Summit on the Family (Part of The Year of Mercy)
Happy Fourth of July weekend! We at St. Mary’s were three-times blessed by Father Andrew Cryans sharing Masses with Father John Rosson PLUS we were introduced to Kyle Gorenski, a seminarian at St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Baltimore, Maryland, studying to be a Priest for the Diocese of Albany. The photos below were taken at the 11:30 AM Mass on July 3, 2016, one of the Masses Father Andrew celebrated, with assistance by Kyle Gorenski. Please keep Kyle in your prayers and pray that others might discern a calling to Priesthood. Included in photos: Father Andrew Cryans, Seminarian Kyle Gorenski and Parishioner Diane Iandiorio.
RED – WHITE – BLUE was everywhere at St. Mary’s on July 4th
With the annual Bishop’s Appeal we proclaim our unity with the larger church. Our Bishop asks each of the parishes within the Albany Diocese to make their annual contribution to Appeal. Our assessment is $50,750 this year. We have met approximately 85% of our goal, and we continue to welcome your contributions to close our gap.
On the Fourth of July weekend, we witnessed first hand one of the reasons for the Bishop’s Appeal. We were introduced by a young seminarian from our Albany Diocese, Kyle Gorenski. Kyles studies and road to Priesthood within the Albany, NY Diocese are supported by YOUR contributions.
Envelopes for individual donations and/or pledges are in the pews. You can also go to the Appeal’s website http://www.thebishopsappeal.org. Once on the website, parishioners can select a single one time gift or make a pledge. The website allows you to use a credit or debit card and set the terms as to how many monthly payments you wish to make. St. Mary’s is automatically credited and it couldn’t be easier.