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Father's Day: Carnations and Blessings at the 6/18/16 Vigil Mass
List of honored fathers, festooned by brilliant red carnations, adorn table alongside ambo.
Father John and “Sister” Edna are almost hidden by the 400 carnations.
Once again Youth I’nC did a magnificent job and the parish’s generosity shone through!
2015 Christmas - Celebrating The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
Confirmation, December 10, 2015
Fall 2015 Socials
St. Mary’s welcomed the parish community to Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Approximatly 50% of the 200+ in attendance were from outside our parish.
Father John enjoyed many discussions with community members and parishioners at the Oktoberfest.
Sunday morning, October 25, the Parish Hall once again entertained parishioners with conversation and treats for a monthly Coffee Social …
… following the 11 am 4th-grade Mass, as families enjoyed cookies, donuts and coffee, milk and juice.
Fall socials get a resounding ‘THUMBS UP’
Introducing our Faith Formation Religious Education Staff for 2015-16
Greetings and introductions of religious education teachers
Father John blesses the new and rejoining staff, commissioning them for another school year.
Mrs.Roe Abbate, Director of Religious Education. (Note that Mrs. Abbate is seated in our new Internet Café in the Parish Hall, available to parents & guardians. Free Wi-Fi, coffee & cake will be available to enjoy while students are in class upstairs, before families proceed to 11 am Mass.)
Mrs. Mary Margaret Kuhn, Kindergarten
Miss Molly Mooney, First Grade
Mrs. Michelle Kennedy, Second Grade. She will be joined by Lia Fickbohm and Joanne Crowson
Mrs. Susie A. Conklin, Third Grade
Mrs. Athena Hopkins & Mr. James Willsey, Fourth Grade
Mr. Bill Weldon, Fifth Grade and Mrs. Carolyn Lewis, Sixth Grade
Mrs. Colette Tangel will be guiding our First Year Confirmation Classes as they begin their three-year journey.
Mr. Rob Bohm will be sharing his deep faith with the Second Year Confirmation Class. The Final (Third Year) class will be instructed by Mrs. Gail Sacchi. Both Gail and our Confirmation Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Dirr were with this year’s Confirmation class on retreat and unavailable for photos.
9/20/15 Baptism of Jesse William Torruella
Welcome Jesse William Torruella
September 13, 2015 - Mass & Picnic at Glimmerglass State Park
September 11 - St. Mary's 2015 Remembrance
Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace
August 9, 2015 - Lemonade on the Lawn
June 14, 2015 - Ordination Anniversary Mass & Picnic
THIS IS WHERE THE STORY BEGINS … Photo of Father John Peter Rosson’s ordination, June 14, 1975, as Father Andrew looks on as a priest celebrating his one WEEK anniversary.
40 YEARS LATER … Preparations are being made to celebratte priestly orderinations with a Mass and Picnic at St. Mary’s, Cooperstown
The Church’s regal staircase tells of the special Mass to come.
The tent, table, and chairs are brought out early in the morning.
Souvenir bookmarks commemorate the 40th anniversaries of Fr. Andrew Cryans and Fr. John Rosson AND 60th anniversary of Fr. John Roos
Papal Blessings adorn the entranceway, marking the Ruby/40th anniversaries of Fr. Andrew and Fr. John …
And a Papal Blessing to commemorate Fr. John Roos’ Diamond/60th anniversary.
Sharon Oberriter, our ever-competent event chairnan, with the help of incognito Fr. John, entrust Mary with the engraved bats to be presented to the priests at the picnic..
Roses encircle the altar …
…with yellow roses being Fr. John’s favorite.
Father Roos enjoys God’s sunshine with parishioner Julie Auriemma as final preparations are made inside.
Dignity and grace festoon the altar with the placement of a purple orchid gift.
Candles are lit …
Pleasant harp sounds lightly permeate the air, courtesy of parishioner Suzanne Rudy.
And Fr. Andrew Cryans and Fr. Greg Weider enter as Fr. John Roos smiles down from the altar.
Next comes Fr. John Rosson, current pastor of St. Mary’s
(right to left) Fr. Greg Weider, Fr. John Rosson, Fr. John Roos & Fr. Andrew Cryans.
Mark Perrella, a friend and parishoner from a former assignment of Fr. Rosson’s in Schnectady, proclaims the first reading.
Cantor and parishioner Dr. Steve Markuson leads us in song and psalm.
Parishioner Bruce Makusen recites the petitions and the second reading.
Preparation for the gospel … Allelulia!
An animated and annointed homily is proclaimed … and to think … Fr. John has probably given over 2,000 Sunday homilies!
Fr. John and acolyes Kelly Mooney and Briana Bischof await the presentation of the gifts.
Fr. John’s Sister, Mary Ellen and her husband Jim Constantino present the gifts.
The blessing of the body and —
Lord, bring down your spirit.
The consecrated host is raised and soon the congregation will process to the altar to receive the Most Holy Eucharistic Feast
The lines were long as approximately 250 parishioners and friends crowded our humble Church.
The Mass has ended – Go in peace (and enjoy the picnic!)
Father John, after Mass, under the open-air tent, presented anniversary/commemorative bats to each Priest.
And quickly the tent was filled with smiling faces, food and congratulations.
Now that’s a happy quartet which barely looks 192 years “old”.
And a dynamic duo entertained us from the gracious wrap-around front porch of the rectory …
… while some of the younger parisioners entertained themself on the front lawn.
Parishioner Gail Sacchi presented Fr. John with more yellow roses while enjoying the party.
Food, families and flowers filled folding furniture.
Parishioner Paula Pugliese is digging in!
Parishioner Marge Landers (baker and artist extraordinaire) and Fr. Andrew, attempt to get the priests together for the cake cutting.
Marge’s cake speaks eloquently for itself. If you didn’t get to taste it, you really missed a treat!
Fr. Greg and Fr. Andrew look on as Fr. John makes the first cut.
Last but not least, Father John proudly displaying the chausble in which he was ordained 40 years ago that very day!
ONE MORE THOUGHT … During cleanup, one couldn’t help but note that all was in harmony within St. Mary’s as the colors of the candles, balloons and stained glass window echoed each other’s vibrant glow, and Jesus looked on in radiant approval.
June 7, 2015 - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Outside altar awaits the Corpus Christi Procession after Mass on a day blessed by God in every way imaginable
Mass – Sunday, June 7, 2015
The Monstrance now holds The Most Blessed Eucharist
Father John leaves the altar
…and processes to the Church’s front entrance.
Father John is assisted by Acolyte Brendan and Eucharistic Minister Penney as he decends the steps
The Most Blessed Eucharist is placed on the outdoor altar
Parishioners continue to process out and fill in around the altar in preparation for Benediction
Blessing of Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist
The Book of Blessings awaits, as does the Monstrance on this Feast Day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Father John called up all Eucharistic Ministers present at each of the four Masses this weekend
Father John read the blessing for the Eucharistic Ministers and the parish to hear
Then each individual minister was blessed by a laying on of hands and a personal blessing
May 10, 2015 - Mother's Day & May Crowning of Mary
May 9, 2015 - First Holy Communion
Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015
The 2015 Paschal Candle shines proud and tall on this Easter morn. It is a gift of the Chase, Schwintosky and Yates Families in memory of Helen & Robert Yates
The Holy Water and Palms have all been blessed during this most holy of weeks …
… and now Father John blesses the Easter morning altar with incense.
Let us pray this “winter Easter” morning, thanking the risen Lord for all our many blessings.
The rite of “sprinking of Holy Water” upon parishioners gives us a shower of God’s holy blessings.
The consecration of the most Precious Blood of our Lord so that we may receive His Body and Blood
We are greeted by Father John P. Rosson and Parish Council Member Robert Bohm at the Solemn 11 AM Mass of Easter, to receive the Body and Blood of our RISEN Lord Jesus Christ.
Acolyte Brendan Bragg prepares for Easter recessional
The candles smile at us as we leave to be with our families on this chilly Easter Day. ALLELULIA, AMEN!
Easter Vigil, Saturday evening, April 4, 2015 - Sacred Triduum
The altar awaits the Easter Vigil
… as the Easter lilies surround
The altar seems to appear like an empty tomb, as we note the three burial cloths nested among the lilies.
The ALELULIA Banner is placed beneath the Tabernacle …
The Holy Water is awaiting its blessing on this glorious night …
Mary Magdelan is in the garden …
And now we step outside to kindle the New Fire to light the Easter Candle as darkness begins to fall.
As we warm ourselves by the New Fire, even our “Winter Easter”, so aptly named by Father John, is well represented on our front steps.
Soon we will be rejoicing over the Risen Christ.
Indoors, as darkness begins to surround us, the parishioners gather to celebrate the final chapter of The Sacred Triduum
The altar glows in anticipation and Mary’s window is resplendent overhead … maybe more so than usual!
The shimmer of candle-lit parishoners hear The Word proclaimed before the Church Bells ring out and all lights rise.
Father John blesses the Holy Water, followed by our Renewal of our own Baptismal Promises.
We once again celebrate The Eucharist …
… as CHRIST IS RISEN!
We leave in the darkness of night renewed by the miracles of our faith.
Good Friday, April 3, 2015 - The Sacred Triduum
This “Winter Easter” saw a melting of snow as we approached St. Mary’s in silence.
The cross was visable in many forms
The front steps beckoned us to come in and adore the cross of salvation
Behold the cross
The bare tabernacle was covered with artwork as we entered
The congregation kneeled as Father John performed the Prostration Rite
Today’s Gospel was The Passion of the Lord according to John read by Father John Rosson, James Havener and Brenden Bragg
Prayers said before …
… we Venerated The Holy Cross
Lift High the Cross
A “lily of hope” was brought to the altar by Isabell Qua, a First Communicant of 2015, and placed atop the empty tabernacle by James Havener as Father John thanks and blesses Isabella.
We gaze through a crown of thorns … upon a hill … as Jesus takes his final breaths and commends his soul to His Father to save ours.
Behold the cross which stands guard of the empty tabernacle on this Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 2015 - The Sacred Triduum
Holy Thursday is upon us as we commemorate the Evening of the Lord’s Last Supper, the Apostles and Sacred & Blessed Oils
St. Mary’s Church is prepared and awaits the Apostles
Chairs are ready in the center aisle
Pitchers of water, basins and towels are in place
Lift High the Cross as the procession begins …
… complete with the Mandatum for the ancient rite of foot washing
The Blessed Oil of the Sick ” Oleum Infirmorum” is presented by Susanna Longhi
The Blessed Oil of Catechumen “Oleum Catcchumen” is presented by Sharon Oberriter
The Sacred Chrism Oil “Sancta Chrisma” is presented by Kathy Shirm
Mandatum Kathy Shirm …
Mandatum Joseph Longhi …
And Mandatum Emilia Longh, were among 20 Apostles to have their feet washed on Holy Thursday this year.
Father blesses the altar with incense
We celebrate the Eucharist
After the breaking of the bread a ciboriium with the Blessed Sacrament is transfered to the St. Kateri Undercroft Repository
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed.
2015 Maryellen Wrubleski Annual Lenten Food Drive
The annual food drive emphasized food through the ages, beginning with baby food.
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
The blessings mount among the palms
Fasting, almsgiving and prayer are the center of our Lenten Food Drive
Acolyte Brendan Bragg is surrounded by the expansive piles of food donations. which stretched from one side of the altar to the other.
Dottie Phillips among the several tons of donated food and health-care supplies.
Father John blessing the food before it is to be packed and delivered. To his side is Cathy Raddatz who co-chaired this year’s Food Drive with Betsy Jay.
Sprinking Holy Water on the food and in turn, on those who will be sustained by it.
Tons of boxes provided by Fran Raeder for tons of food to be packed!
Lenten Fish Dinner and Stations, March 20, 2015
The cross takes center stage as we enter.
Roe Abbate, Director of Religious Education relates a touching story about a grateful young man who in turn shared his goodness with us.
Maureen Davidson distrubtes small twig crosses.
Father John tells us about the Stations version that the families will be reading from this evening.
The Stations were written by a past Religious Ed Director of St. Mary’s, the late Amy de la Torre.
Mary Dirr and Lisa Mooney start us off with Station #1 as Jesus is condemned.
… and the crowd of 80+ people listen.
The Sohacki/Gannon family read Station 2, Jesus and His Cross.
Mary Margaret Kuhn presents us with Station #4, as Jesus meets his mother.
Rev. Betsy Jay tells of Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry his cross and the Markusen family bring forth the news of Jesus’ death in Station #12
An image of Calvary amongst the Stations.
The Stations conclude at the Woeppel family read of Jesus being layed in the tomb.
We “Lift High the Cross” with the help of our organist/pianist Lucille Gargiulo.
Then we share a Lenten fish dinner skillfully prepared by chef-parishioner Brian Wrubleski.
Day of Ashes leads us into the early days of Lent, 2015
Announcing Services & Mass
Large bowl of ashes await
Purple altar cloth and the icon with its reflections, reminds us to reflect on prayer, repentance and fasting.
Father John also celebrated a Mass with Ashes at Otsego Focus. Carole LaChance was lector and cantor.
The decor is sparse, reminding us of Jesus in the desert for 40 days.
As the first week of Lent began, so began the daily Masses in St. Mary’s Rectory Chapel at 12:10 PM
On the first VERY chilly Lenten Monday, Mass was VERY warmly celebrated in our beautiful grotto chapel on the lower level of the Rectory.
The simple appointments against the rugged stone walls of the chapel are both humble and annointed.
One inviting corner of the chapel seems to realize that we celebrate Christmas all year long as Christians, as the purple Lenten candles lovingly surround the poinsettias.
Candles, crucifixes, statues of saints, holy pictures and loving faith both decorate and permeate our blessed chapel ANDLent.
Burning of the Palm Branches for Lent, 2/17/15
Rev. Betsy Jay read scripture as a fire burned in our hearts and in the fire pit of palm branches.
We came together on a cold day to humbly ask God to bless these ashes
Fr. Matthew Stromberg from Christ Episcopal and Elder Anne Blabey from Cooperstown Presbyterian read Psalm 51
Fanning the flames
As we and the ashes are blessed, the smoke edges towards the clergy
Fr. John disappears as Fr. Matt grins
Fr. John shares his smoke with Fr. Matt in true ecumenical spirit
Father John enjoyed his Mardi Gras borrowed boller at the conclusion of the service
The Book of Blessings is closed and we retreat to the warmth and serenity of the Church, while Fire Mistress Pat Thorpe continued to stir down the flames in the cold
Winter 2015 Sights at St. Mary's
The statues were peering out beneath the snow as we readied to burn ashes.
The snow reached up for the sign.
Even the Blessed Mother is crowned with snow as she shows patient faith, awaiting the crown of flowers in May.
Snow reaches up the stairs to be greeted by both Christmas wreaths and a sign announcing Lenten Masses. Can spring be far behind?
Advent, 2015 & watch our Christmas video under Announcements on home page
As Advent comes to a close, our parish’s “Giving Tree” gifts will be distributed to the homebound in our area, to celebrate the birthday of Christ.
Advent/Reconciliation Service, 12/18/14
Fr. John Rosson in foreground joined by Fr. Ben (Fr. Bernard Osei Ampong ) on his left and Fr. Ron Green on his right for this evening of humbling reflection.
Dr. Steve Markuson served as cantor and read from Isaiah 40: 25-31.
Fr. Ron presented Luke’s Gospel 1: 67-79
Bishop Scharfenberger Blesses Our New Chapel & Confirmandi
Fall 2014 Sights @ St. Mary's
Parish Hall was aflame
Over 200 feasted
Food & friends filled fall festival
Oktoberfest ended with German chocolate delights
The fall sun sets earlier at St. Mary’s
Fall welcomes visitors to the rectory
Halloween & All-Saints Masses announced
Mary and the angels welcome Fall and visitors
St. Joseph stands guard of the jack-o-lantern
The “Holy-Ween” All-Saints sanctuary shines
Stange happenings on Halloween – pumpkins rooting for Kansas City Royals
… Cantors turning into Dracula
… And Eucharistic Minister Witches
…Along with kindly nuns appearing.
Father John blesses the “Holy-Ween” candy.
All saints are remembered
After Mass Father John sported his “other” hat
Witches & gypsies distributed blessed candy to the villagers …
… as the statues and pumpkins watched over us all.
All souls are remembered …
… As the angels sang …
… And the sanctuary showed it’s Fall colors and beauty.
October 7, 2014 - Parish Mass, Meal & Meeting in St. Kateri Undercroft
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 …
Bruce Markusen delivers the 1st reading …
Steve Markuson sings the responsorial psalm …
Father John reads the gospel on this, the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.
This intimate setting of St. Kateri Undercroft and the glow of the pumpkins …
… provided a stunning and warm frame for the sharing of the holy Sacrament of Eucharist.
The Windows of St. Mary's Cooperstown - Tyrolese Glass Art Co., Austria
Commemorating 13th Anniversary of 9/11
“Lead us down the path ….”
We commemorate the deaths of so many.
Changing the sign. Photo by Jim Kevlin, Editor & Publisher of Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
9/11 Mass TODAY 5:30
The palms and the flags wave in the breeze in preparation for Mass.
Inside we commemorate this event EVERY day with a statue honoring the fallen firefighters.
Father John lit this one lone red candle in the church early this morning. Without any “trick photography”, notice that it is giving off a red cross in its glow.
A wreath will be layed here at the end of the Mass.
Flags everywhere are at half-mast.
The red geraniums reflect the red fields in our flags.
Dr. Donald Raddatz proclaimed the Mass readings, although with a heavy heart.
Dr. Raddatz and his wife Cathy graced our space as we all prayed for her brother George W. Morell, who perished in the senseless tragedy which we commemorate today.
Don and Cathy brought forward the gifts to Father John.
The risen Chrst looked down on all of us, bringing us peace and consolation for all those who died on this date.
The Holy Eucharist is blessed during Mass, and the emotion involved with this transformation is even more palpable than usual due to such an emotionally charged day.
Dr. and Mrs. Michael & Carole Lachance bring the wheat and wreath to the outside monument after Mass.
They are placed at the 9/ll monument beneath the flagpole.
Dr. Don Raddatz speaks to the assembly with great emotion, thanking us for our attendance, and reflecting on the DAILY remembrance of his late brother-in-law, George Morell, as Fr. John and Cathy Raddatz look on.
Father John blesses the newly placed wreath.
May all the souls of this tragedy rest in peace and remain in our hearts forever!
Parish Picnic, 2014 - Our Lady 'AT' the Lake
Church sign prepared us …
Volunteers work tirelessly to prepare for another delicious and plentiful picnic lunch to be enjoyed after Mass.
Even the sky overhead was being prepared by God.
The Table of the Lord was set.
The blue “curtains” were hung.
Jesus stood guard on the table as he does our lives.
They arrived by the busload from The Otsego Manor.
The seagulls arrived and evenly spaced themselves for a bird’s-eye view of the Mass.
Some sat on a stone wall.
Others sat in wheelchairs.
Some sat in beach chairs.
Others sat poised to sing on cue.
Father John greeted us with the cobalt blue backdrop he had promised us.
Opening prayers are said.
Bruce Markusen does the readings.
Steve Markuson is our cantor.
Father John reads the stern words of Matthew 18:15-20
… “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
And the blue skies and puffy clouds sing out His presence.
Rosemarie Abbate and Mary Dirr, Religious Education Instructors, invite the 2014-2015 teachers to rise.
Father John greets the teachers in front of God’s backdrop.
Father John reminds them of their commitment to the children and their obligation to be a role model for them at all times.
The Book of Blessings is held …
…as Father John blesses the teachers and he inaugerates a new school year.
The birds cheer as we clap for the teachers.
Parish Council President Dottie Dabrowski and Denise Wrubleski bring up the gifts.
Preparation of the gifts
By the mystery of water and wine ….
… fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
With humble and contrite hearts we pray with Father John.
Father John gathered the youngest parish members around the table.
“Anyone under ’50′ “, he said.
… for this is my Body …
…for this is the Chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant.
… all glory and honor is yours for ever and ever.
Joining hands around the Table of the Lord to celebrate “The Our Father” together.
May the mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.
The “stage” could not have been more beautiful…
…for Michelangelo to use as a model and paint his “Creation of Adam”.
Father John seemed to be “painting” it over and over today with his own hands. This is an angle we seldom see at Mass. Glorious!
Our Eucharistic Ministers today, such as Julie Auriemma shown above, as well as Penney Gentile and Kathy Shirm …
…assisted Father John in the distribution of the Body and Blood of our Lord, as the OVER 250 in attendance soaked up God’s love and his sunshine.
The lines waiting to receive seemed unending and coming out of the hills, which was such a blessing! AMEN!
The young and their parents were coming 2 x 2, including twin infants.
“The Mass is ended. Go in peace. “
Fahter John asked Dottie Dabrowski to invite all the the pavilion to enjoy the feast prepared by Chef and parishioner Brian Wrubleski. We thank God for parishioner Maureen Davidson’s spearheading this annual event and being Brian’s right-hand man!
The gulls even knew to leave now that the Mass ended! Or are they just circling for dropped hamburger buns?
Father John disrobed and enjoyed mingling with parishioners and their estended families. This is yet another day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad!
August 30, 2014 Baptism of Helena Rosalea Betancourt
August 30, 2014
Father John welcomes Helena Rosalea Betancourt
Father Andrew con-celebrated this Baptismal Mass
This was the first baptism is our brightly painted sanctuary.
Godfather Reid Nagelschmidt, Godmother Evenlyn Rossi holding Helena, along with the proud parents Brooke & Ismael Betancourt
Fr. John Rosson & Fr. Andrew Cryans on Pilgrimage in Norway & Sweden, August, 2014
Father John Rosson celebrating Mass …
… along with Father Andrew Cryans in Norway.
Blue skies encircle the Norwegian flag and Father John.
Father Andrew, who looks like he is saying, “Come on John, just take the picture”, writes of celebrating Mass in Bergen Norway on the Feast Day of St. Bernard.
Smiles all around as Fathers John and Andrew celebrate Mass at St. Paul’s Church …
a Vietnames Mass in Bergen Norway, which was the first capital of Norway.
Champagne toast was offered to passengers aboard the MS POLARLYS HURTIGRUTEN as the ship crossed into the Artic Circle.
Father John appears to be hanging onto his Scandinavian guide book for good reason …
Father Andrew appears to be standing in front of the island of Bali Hai. Diagnosis: The Captain drank Father John and Father Andrew’s portions of the champagne toast and made a VERY wrong turn.
Fathers John and Andrew celebrated Holy Mass at Catholic Cathedral in Stockholm early in the day.
In April, 2014, Swedish researchers had opened an 850-year-old reliquary containing what is believed to be the remains of King Erik IX. The crown that was interred with him was to be publicly displayed for the first time. It is on exhibit at the Uppsala Cathedral, along with relics from other local churches, all of which Frs. John & Andrew visited.
Among the saints “visited” on this pilgrimage are St. Lars, St. Eric, St. Olaf, St. Sunniva, St. Brigitta, St. Eyestein
Father John venerating Holy Relics of St. Brigitta.
(Is it glued down?)
Father John converses with Lutheran bishops after venerating Holy Relics of St. Brigitta.
Fathers John and Andrew greet Archbishop of Uppsula and Primate of Sweden. Uppsala is now celebrating its 850-year anniversary.
Alleluia Banner Reworked by Theresa Hensley
Spring, 2014 – A very tired and supposedly temporary Alleluia Banner is “buried” with the hopes that a new one will rise next year.
August, 2014, parishioner Theresa Hensley presents Father John will the reworked banner.
The revamping of the banner included giving it strength and body on a new gold backing, with gold flecks of individually placed strands of thread covering all the holes in the weakened paper banner.
Alleluia! Thank you Theresa, for a wonderful and time-consuming labor of love!
Our 'new' Sanctuary
The altar floor is stripped down
Old rug removed
Measure twice … Cut once
Surface is leveld to accept tile
Placement of tiles begins
St. Joseph looks on with approval
The bucket brigade moves altar forward
Clean, bright AND beautiful
The altar is now closer to the congregation
Don DuBois quietly at work, with “Mary Blue” paint on his brush.
The columns in the back reflect Mary
Under the choir loft
And around the outer walls
Down the choir loft steps
Looking toward choir loft and its reflection of “Mary Blue”
Painting the pillars
That’s a tough climb to heaven!
Accenting the detail at top.
Scaffold over altar
Mary’s colors are reflected in ceiling of sanctuary.
View from choir loft as of 9/1/2014
Feast of Corpus Christi, 2014
The front lawn and altar are prepared to receive the Monstrance holding the Most Blessed Sacrament
The candles are lit ….
… and the front lawn beckons to all to adore, as Mary look on in the background.
Incensing the monstance on the altar.
Preparing to lift the Sacrament for procession
Processing down aisle and out of church, to share with the village.
The congregation follows to hear the blessings on the front lawn and share Benediction.
Bringing the Holy Eucharist “to the village”.
Returning the Most Holy Sacrament
May the lord come and take up residence within us anew!
Views of Trinity Sunday and Father's Day Carnations, 2014
Even the candleabra was lit in “trinity fashion”.
Views of Pentecost 2014
Light the fires that burn within us.
Baptism of Colton James Millea, June 21, 2014
Baptismal Service for Colton Millea
with Mike, Jennifer and Elizabeth Millea reciting responses.
Mike is perhaps daydreaming about his own baptism???
There he is, at the same font in St. Mary’s Church, January, 1962! Wow – Mike has quite a pictorial imagination!
Blessing Colton in the arms of his father Scott Millea.
Father John and Colton are definitely bonding (or are they giving each other high-fives?).
Making the sign of the cross of little Colton’s forehead
Prayer of Exorcism and Anointing before baptism
Blessing and Invocation of God over Baptismal Water.
See Grandma Jennifer Millea … once a Mom, always a Mom, quieting down her vocalizing grandson.
Preparing to celebrate the sacrament …
… the holy water is poured …
… and Colton is marked with the Oil of Chrism.
Colton liked the water, tolerated the oil, but wanted little to do with the white garment (the stole) placed around his neck, as Jennifer holds the Baptismal Candle lit from the Easter Candle.
All baptismal promises new and renewed are concluded
A joyous Millea family with Father John. Colton is enjoying the box from his baptismal candle.
May almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless you dear Colton!
Village Come Worship With Us
On a beautiful sunny day, along Route 28 North…
… Charles Gannon completed an Eagle Scout project, with funds from the Cooperstown Ecumenical Council …
…with the help of some fellow Scout Troop #1254 and Youth I’nc members.
On Route 28 South, heading into village from Fly Creek, an identical sign is erected …
… and blessed by Father John Rosson.
“The Churches of Cooperstown welcome you” “Come Worship With Us”
Presidental Motorcade Passes St. Mary's Church, 5/12/14
Father John welcoming the President of the United States!
Presidential motorcade on Elm Street.
In front of St. Mary’s Church!
President Barack Obama passes by St. Mary’s sign, “WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT”.
The Crowning of Mary on Mother's Day, May 11, 2014
First communicants assemble after Mother’s Day Mass to crown Mother Mary.
Fahter John blesses Mary and all Mothers in attendance.
Listening to The Word.
May crowning of our Mother Mary
The crown is is gently placed.
Another blessing for the children and Mary,.
“Go in peace to enjoy this beautiful day.”
“So what should we do next, hit McDonald’s?”
First Holy Communion, May 10, 2014
Soon to be “First Holy Eucharist”
Altar is ready, complete with beautiful roses for Mother’s Day
“Holy Communion Class of 2014″
Rite of Sprinkling Blessing with Athena Hopkins’ assistance. mother of First Communicant, Sullivan.
First Communicants enjoyed the heavy “whisk broom” sprinkling upon their request.
Opening Prayer, Deacon Michael S, Carboine & Reverend John P. Rosson officiating on this glorious day.
Communion Prayer as recited by First Communicants
Father John reminisces with Mrs. Barbara Lambert about a photo of her son’s First Communion. She is the grandmother of First Communicant Charlie Lambert.
Mrs. Lambert’s son wore this little robe when he made his First Communion several decades ago.
Father John enjoying two finely dressed gentlemen: Sullivan Hopkins looking dapper, complete with white “First Communion armband” similar to the one Father’s personal memories and Curtis Hurley, Jr. wearing a white suit, another throwback to Father John’s happy First Communion memories!
Father John continues to teach and hold the interest of 17 little ones.
As Father John always states, “When one sings, they pray twice.” Cantor Steve Markuson with Lily Shanker, Sullivan Hopkins and Elizabeth Hughes.
Bringing up the gifts.
The wine, soon to be transformed into Christ’s blood, is poured.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins.
Children encircle the Table of the Lord.
The Body of Christ
“Our Father, who are in heaven … “
The procession of First Communicants begins as grandfather Deacon Michael S. Carbone gives grandson Curtis Hurley, Jr., his first Holy Eucharist.
Father John thanks the parents for their children’s spiritual support and asks them to recite the “Act of Dedication”.
“We are one body, one body in Christ.”
Is Father John blessing or conducting?
This was a good day!
“What can I do to top this – my favorite day in the life of our Parish!”
The beauty of Spring at St. Mary's, 2014
New Signs Erected at Our Cemeteries, May 9, 2014
Father discusses the sign placement.
An auger is used to loosen the dirt … as
… as the new sign is waiting alongside the gate.
Pole placed, straightened and the earth tamped arouind base.
Some additional professiional touch-ups to make the sign’s presentation a true work of art.
Turnbuckles are attachedby Paul Lakata, owner of Barney’s Signs, with help from Jeff Kollar.
May this sign, purchased through the generosity of the late Mrs. Mary Pangborn, proudly mark these consecrated grounds for decades. Mary died jusst two months before the ground thawed and the sign was erected.
Flowers now adorn the post of sign, Spring, 2014.
AND … thanks to Don DuBois, the gate is equally as beautiful now!
St .Mary’s Cemetery at Irish Hill’s sign was also seen awaiting placement of May 9, 2014.
The “Irish Hill” pole is placed securely alongside the stone gate pillars erected in 1996.
One more finishing touch …
,,, and “Irish Hill”, with it’s beautiful views, is properly designated for all to see.
Freshly painted gate, thanks to Don DuBois, beautifully in tune with our new sign.
May 4, 2014 Teaching Mass and Confirmandi Pinning
Confirmandi “are pinned”.
A blessing by Father John after Confirmandi received their pins.
Confirmandi & their teachers circled the altar for Consecration of Eucharist at their final teaching Mass of the school year.
First Reconciliation Service 2014
Questions to be answered.
Lessons to be learned.
The lesson of the pencil …
… and the eraser / reconciliation,
The final blessing.
Easter Sunday Masses 2014
9:30 am Easter Sunday Mass ends, and leads into the ….
… entrance Procession at the 11:00 am Solemn Easter Mass on the Day of the Resurrection of the Lord
Proclaiming the Cross
The message of Resurrection is delivered.
The Word is spoken,.
The “Sprinkling” and Renewal of our Baptismal Promises are celebrated.
Gifts are brought to the altar.
The Eucharist is consecrated on Easter, as the “Alleluia” banner proclaims Christ has risen.
We share in the Body …
… and the Blood of our risen Savior.
Isabella Qua shines in her Easter bonnet with a precious smile that adds even more light to this glorious day! ALLELUIA!
Doctors Eric and Lisa Mooney with their beautiful daughters Reilly, Kelly and Molly, on Easter morn.
Easter Vigil 2014
The empty Tabernacle calls out to us as Easter Vigil is about to begin.
Even the flowers sit in anticipation.
The altar awaits patiently.
The organ seems to tremble, happy to soon sing out “Glory to God in the Highest” once more.
Even the water seems to shimmer in anticipation of its blessing so that we might renew our Baptismal Promises once again.
The stage is set. Father John greets us on the steps on a glorioius evening.
Pat Thorpe, the New Fire Minister, tends the fire
Father descends the steps …
… and with Father’s “halo” calling us, we enter into “The Liturgy of Light”
Father John seems “all aglow”
or perhaps he’s on fire!
Paul Mullins cradles the Easter Candle …
… and brings it to Father John for preparation.
Father prepares the candle, inscribing symbols …
… and inserting ornamental nails with imbedded incense grains.
The Insence is prepared, lighting it from the New Fire …
… for the blessing of the 2014 Easter Candle.
The congregation lights their candles from the New Fire …
… and the procession enters into the darkened Church following the newly lit Easter Candle
Let us pray …
“Exsultet” – The Easter Proclamation
The Church never seems more beautiful than when we share this Holy Night in God’s house.
All keep candles lit for the Liturgy of Light.
Genesis 1:1-2:2, beautifully read by Betsy Jay.
Father continue to shine …
… as does the altar!
Exodus 14:15- 15:1 as clearly proclaimed by James Havener
Cantor Steve Markusen once again leads us in song.
Fran Raeder brings us readings from both Isaiah 55:1-11 and Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28.
Father once again leads us in prayer, ad Brendan Bragg, one of the Holy Thursday Mandatum, assists ….
… and we gaze upon the glory of “Mary’s window” with the sun setting behind it.
The Chuch Bells ring out and all the Church candles are lit …
… bringing into full view the empty tomb in the garden, with Mary Magdalene nearby.
The choir and assembly sing out in joy, “Glory to God”.
Leonard Sohacki reads from Romans 6: 3-11
Father John proclaims the Seven Stanzas of Easter
… and the sweet and pungent smells of incense fill the sanctuary.
After the blessing of the Holy Water and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises, the Eucharist of the Easter Vigil is cekebrated.
The Holy Water and Easter Lilies seem to flow out of the Baptismal Font on this most Holy Night.
The Most Holy Eucharist is consecrated. AMEN! ALLELULIA!
Blessing of the Easter Food and Baskets, April 19, 2014
On this oh-so-busy liturgical weekend, Father John finds time to invite the congregation to bring in their Easter baskets and foods to be blessed.
Dottie Dabrowski, Denise Wrubleski, friends and family share in this special tradition, including the blessing of Dottie’s homemade Polish Babka and hand-crafted butter lamb.
Good Friday 2014
Prostration Rite at beginning of service
Our Presider stands alone for the Collect on this most solemn of days.
Narrator James Havener reads The Passion of the Lord according to John
Bruce Markeson is “The Voice” of The Passion
Father John proclaims the wood of the Cross.
General Intercessions as sung by Cantor Steve Markeson.
Behold the wood of the Cross
Adoration of His Holy Cross by the assembly.
“Behold the Wood”
The Rite of Holy Communion
The stark Good Friday altar with a thorn of crowns
The stark altar is adorned by a “FLASH”, better known as Madeleine Markuson, a 2014 Holy Communicant, as she places a lily of hope on the altar, making a speedy getaway, as Father John removes the Holy Communion from sanctuary.
Holy Thursday 2014, Evening of the Lord's Supper with Washing of Feet
The Mandatum exit the rectory.
Father John and Mandatum enter into Church with candles and flowers.
Assembly rises as Mandatum head towards sanctuary, as Holy Thursday’s Sacred Truduum begins.
Lillies on high.
Easter Lilies are brought to the sanctuary via the procession
Oils arrive via Mandatum.
The “Seder Table received incense.
Jars await oils.
Susanna Longhi presents Oil of Sick.
Sharon Oberriter fills jar with Oil of Catechumens.
Gail Sacchi pours Holy Chrism oil.
Dr. Anthony Wadimba reads from Exodus.
Mr. Peter Henrichi proclaims a reading from the Corinthians.
The Mandatum present themselves for foot washing, one by one ……
Our youngest disciple.
Father John P. Rosson, proudly watches over his flock on Holy Thursday, after washing the feet of the first 12 or so disciples in front of the altar.
After Father John’s instruction, the disciples washed each other’s feet.. “If I, therefore, the master and teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” (John 13:15)
The Lachance Family dresses The Table of the Lord.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
Incensing the dressed altar.
Mandatum and flowers.
The Mandatum now take lilies in hand again.
Mandatum lead exit processional
Mandatum and assembly proceed down aisle, outside, and down into the St. Kateri Undercroft
Down the stairs …
Adorned hallway at entrance to Undercroft.
Incense is once again used.
Father John perfumes Repository with incense.
The Holy Eucharist remained safely overnight in the Repository atop an adorned altar in Undercroft, awaiting our Good Friday Liturgy.
Palm Sunday Liturgies, 2014
Blue skies greet us. Thank you, Lord!
Waving palms on hgh.
Vigil Passion reading
Palm Sunday moring and weather was beautiful.
The choir, complete with brass, filled the air.
The Passion is read.
St. Mary's Irish Hill Cemetery Replacement Gate and Stone Column Project of 1996
Project date: July 1, 1996
Mrs. Mary Leary on left, and her late husband, Dr. Herb Leary in the middle, with Veronica Reynolds on the right. They were the ad hoc committee to replace the gate and build the beautiful stone columns at this historic cemetery, which dates back to 1862.
Footings for stone columns take shape.
The pride of a job well done.
Fr. John Roos celebrates Mass at Irish Hill Cemetery.
Fr. Roos blessing the gate.
The End of Lent is Near and the Church Transitions - 2014
April 10, 2014 - Episcopal Ordination & Installation of Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
None other than our own Father John and parishioners Marge and Ed Landers being “surrounded” by the arms of our newly ordained and installed Bishop Scharfenberger on that historic day, April 10, 2014.
Magnificent Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church, Albany, NY, location of:
Women Who Say “Yes” To God Prayer Service, March 23, 2014 was also the location of Bishop Scharfenberger’s Ordination and Installation on April 10, 2014.
2014 Annual Lenten Food Drive in Memory of Maryellen Wrubleski
Blessing the food and donations.
In memory of Maryellen Wrubleski
Bassett Chapel Mass with Eucharistic Minister Commissions, Lent, 2014
The glorious stained glass in the Bassett Chapel.
The Chapel provides peace & comfort to many within the Hospital’s confines, as well as provides worship space for our Hospital Masses.
A simple Lenten altar is set.
Dr. Philip Heavner is commissioned to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and will be bringing the Eucharistic to patients within Bassett Hospital.
Mr. Jeff Woeppel is being commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion by Father John, to serve at Bassett, just days after retiring from the Hospital.
Women Who Say 'YES' to God Prayer Service, March 23, 2014
Magnificent Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church, Albany, NY, location of:
Women Who Say “Yes” To God Prayer Service, March 23, 2014 was also the location of Bishop Scharfenberger’s Ordination and Installation on April 10, 2014.
Awe inspiring window!
A commanding pulpit!
The golden rectangle is an altar.
Dottie & Donna trying to plan their “route to shake the Bishop’s hand”.
Ivy Bischof being greeted by Bishop Hubbard
Ivy & Donna
Donna Gerard discussing baseball with Bishop Hubbard.;-)
Mary Margaret Kuhn
Dr. Edward & Ivy Bischof
Stations of the Cross, March 21, 2014
Lenten Fish Fry, March 21, 2014
Brian Wrubleski, our own extraordinary chef, evading the camera … AGAIN!
Our oh-so-helpful Youth Group.
Having a good time at the Fish Fry!
First Grade Children's Mass, March 18, 2014
St. Patrick's Day Weekend, 2014
Jesus ascended the mountain and his face shone & garments glistened.
Following Jesus’ footprints
Someone’s in the kitchen with Joe!
Now that’s a hat!
Irish step dancers … cute & lively as can be.
Fresh vegetables & flowers were artfully arranged and placed on our tables by Sue Conklin.
Preparing for Lent, 2014
Farewell to the Allelulia!
Collecting Our Palms
Simple twig crosses to express our faith.
From The Daily Star/Julie Lewis
Is Fr. Mark ablaze?
Reminders of The Journey Ahead
Preparing for Service of Ashes for residents of The Otsego Manor
Service at The Otsego Manor
Memories of Mary
Views of St. Mary's Cemetery, Route 28, Index/Cooperstown
Our new sign was installed May 1, 2014 in time for opening of Cemetery and Spring interments.
Welcoming benches placed summer, 2014
A major and VERY necessary project to survey our cemetery is underway, summer, 2014.
Our cemetery shines brighter this year due to Mary ROSE Pangborn. Rest in peace, Mary.
Coffee Socials in St. Kateri Undercroft After Mass