Wednesday, 11/30 & Thursday 12/1
12:10pm Mass in Rectory Chapel
Friday, December 3
7:10am Morning Prayer, 7:20am Mass in Rectory Chapel
followed by Blessed Sacrament Exposition until 9:15am
Saturday, December 3
4:30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday, December 4
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00am & 11:00am Mass in Church
Saturday December 24, 2016
4:30 PM Mass
7:30 PM Mass at Midnight
Sunday December 25, 2016
8:00 AM Mass at Dawn
11:00 AM Mass during the Day
Jean Bohm a lifelong parishioner has requested St. Mary’s continue the annual tradition of The Giving Tree with Focus. During the Fall Parish Council Meeting the request was accepted with overwhelming support. The Parish Council with Father John requests your generosity in support of this Community Outreach Program. The Giving Tree is a representation of our County’s Elderly Community living with assistance. In many cases your gift will be the only one they receive for Christmas. Embrace this opportunity for multi-generational connection by engaging your whole family especially the youth to join in the selection, purchase, and wrapping of the gifts. We are excited to begin our Christmas Season thinking of our most vulnerable in this time of giving. Please select a tag off one of the two trees in the back of the church or the one at the side entrance and return the wrapped present(s) with the tag attached to the outside by the 19th of December. Thank you for your support and generosity.
REMINDER: The Fall/Winter Mass Schedule begins on the weekend after Labor Day. Saturdays remain unchanged, with the Vigil Mass at 4:30 year-round. However Sundays will have just two Masses: 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses.
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
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)
“IF 100 PEOPLE WOULD COME FORWARD WITH A FIRST TIME OR ADDITIONAL DONATION OF $77.18, we would meet our goal immediately”, as explained by Edna Chase, Bishop’s Appeal coordinator, at all the Masses on Labor Day weekend! Please consider helping us finish this year’s appeal.
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 over 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.
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
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
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!
At the Vigil Mass of Saturday, June 25, Father John blessed countless “works of love” which have been knit and crocheted by the generous members of THE PRAYFULLY MADE MINISTRY of St. Mary’s. These beautiful items (6 large blankets, 8 lap blankets, 28 prayer shawls,25 baby sweater sets and 11 baby blankets) will be donated to patients at Bassett Hospital, local nursing homes and the homebound. This group is spearheaded by Carole Lachance, and always open to new members. CLICK ON EACH PHOTO TO SEE FULL SIZE.