The Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary

Upcoming Mass Schedule 

(Note Changes)

Monday, Aug. 22nd 8:30 am

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd 8:30 am

Wednesday, Aug 24th 8:30 am

Thursday, Aug. 25th 5:10 pm

Friday, Aug 26th 8:30 am

Saturday, Aug 27th 5:00 pm

Sunday, August 28th 9:00 am, 11:15 am, 5:00 pm

Reverend Lawrence Emmett Cotter

Born November 10, 1922

Ordained June 7, 1952

Born to Eternal Life August 7, 2016


Reverend Lawrence Emmett Cotter died on Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Ogdensburg. He was in residence at the United Helpers Riverledge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center at the time of his death. Services will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2106 at St. Mary’s Church in Canton, New York. The Reception of the Body will take place at 9:00am followed by Calling Hours. Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00am with priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Rev. James Shurtleff will give the homily.

Father Cotter was born in Canton on November 10, 1922, the son of Edward and Margaret Cotter. After graduating from Canton High School, he received a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University in 1943. Four years later he began his studies at Wadhams Hall Seminary and in 1952 completed his advanced studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop Bryan McEntegart ordained him to priesthood on June 7, 1952 at his home parish, St. Mary’s Church in Canton.

He served as an assistant for two years at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam. In 1954 he began an extended period as a professor at Wadhams Hall Seminary, archivist and other positions within the Chancery and professor and chaplain at Mater Dei College. During this period, Fr. Cotter served briefly as the administrator of St. John the Evangelist Church in LaFargeville. He was appointed pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Hammond in 1978. A decade later, he served as pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Colton and St. Paul’s Church in South Colton and St. Michael’s Church in Parishville. Fr. Cotter retired in 1997, continuing to serve at St. John the Baptist Church in Madrid until 2010.

For seventy-two years, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1943, he joined Sarto Council #1059, Canton and was later made an Honorary Lifetime member. He became a Fourth Degree member of Bishop McEntegart Assembly #707 in 1944.

Father Cotter was predeceased by his older brother Rev. Charles Cotter and his twin brother Rev. Robert Cotter. He is survived by his brother Maurice, who resides in St. Joseph Nursing Home, and a cousin Lauren Stiles.

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6 am to 5 pm


Holy Hour for Vocations

Thursday – 4 to 5 pm

Sacrament of Penance


Saturday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm

or upon request

Rosary for Life

Tuesday at 4:50 pm

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Also, please contact Parish Office if home-bound and wishing Holy Communion on First Friday or on Sundays.

Rev. Douglas J. Lucia

Our Mission Statement:

"St. Mary's Parish is a Catholic Sacramental Community that exists to glorify God.  We are committed to sharing the Good News with our families, our parish, and our community through worship, liturgy, and service to one another."

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 pm
Sunday Masses  - 9:00 am, 11:15 am & 5:00 pm 
(all Masses are St. Mary's Church)

Please see the bulletin for daily Mass times. 

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Saturdays 3:45-4:45 pm
or by appointment
Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, 
& Anointing of the Sick

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Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making


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