Mass Schedule

Thursday, July 28
12:10pm Mass
 Friday, July 29
7:10am Liturgy of Hours – Morning Prayer
7:30am Mass
followed by Exposition until 9:15am

  Saturday, July 30
4:30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday, July 31 -
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30, 9:30 & 11:30am Masses

Friday, August 5
7:10am Liturgy of Hours – Morning Prayer
7:30am Mass
followed by Exposition until 9:15am


Mike Piazza graced St. Mary’s Sunday Mass

mike piazzaFather John was humbled by the presence of Mike Piazza, one of the two newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, on Sunday, July 24, at the 7:30 AM Mass. 


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!


SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH at St Mary’s: Scott Curtis

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

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Cooperstown, NY's photo.
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Albany Diocese announces “Summit of the Family”

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)

God continues to bless America and St. Mary’s Church

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.

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RED – WHITE – BLUE was everywhere at St. Mary’s on July 4th

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“Lemonade on the Porch” – Summer is here!

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St. Mary’s invites everyone to enjoy a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade and a cookie with fellow-parishioners and visitors immediately after the Sunday 11:30 am Mass on:
July 24
August 7 & August 21

The annual Bishop’s Appeal is underway

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 77% 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  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.


July-August Eucharistic Minister & Lector Schedule

Click here to view schedule:EM Lector July – August 2016

Prayerfully Made Ministry

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.

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Father’s Day Photos

Be sure to look at our Father’s Day photos and brilliant red carnations in our Photo Galleries.  (See link on lower left.)  Wait for the entire gallery page to load in .  So that you don’t just see portions of the photos in “thumbnail” size, 2016-06-18 16.38.39 (1024x576)please be sure to follow the directions below, which are also on the top of the photo gallery page.  Enjoy and Happy Father’s Day to all!

Click a gallery to expand it, then click a photo to view and navigate within the gallery. 


HE IS RISEN – Photographic Views of our Easter Triduum

HE IS RISEN!  Here is a link to a photographic journey of Easter Vigil / Easter Mass.!4390&authkey=!AGGnhjxUHOECIGw&ithint=album%2c

You can also link to photos from Holy Thursday-Good Friday at St. Mary’s:!4351&authkey=!AJjl0Hd43Ev7Em0&ithint=album%2c