The Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary

St. Mary’s Parish & School is pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Meyers as its new principal for the fall of 2017, along with some new initiatives for the 2017-18 school year.

Some of the new initiatives for the next school year will be:

 ·         The appointment of a Family Catechist (formerly Director of Religious Education) who will oversee and direct both the school and parish Christian Formation programs focusing on getting families more involved in parish and school life.

 ·         Beginning September 1st, St. Mary’s Latch Key will become a year-round program both AM and PM with services being provided during school and summer vacations.

·         This summer St. Mary’s School will be receiving a new interior look and we are looking for volunteers to help with this endeavor.  Included will be a new paint job meant to capture a child’s imagination, a computer lab, renovated office space, a new faculty room, and an office and storage space for the Family Catechist.

·         St. Mary’s School is now accepting registrations for Pre-K through Grade 6 and will be offering a 5% early registration discount through Monday, May 15th.

 

For more information, contact Mr. Paul Schrems at St. Mary’s Parish Office, tel:  315-386-2543 or email:  catholicrectory@twcny.rr.com.










APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Below is a direct link to the USCCB’s video featuring our own Bishop LaValley “Overcoming the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis.” The USCCB has given permission to use the link within our Diocese, our schools and faith formation classes.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/child-abuse-prevention-month.cfm

 

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Pastor
Rev. Douglas J. Lucia
frdoug@twcny.rr.com

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. 

Click on the above link to see the latest Bulletin.

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

**Please call the parish office to schedule**

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LENTEN  REGULATIONS  2017

March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.


ABSTINENCE

All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days:  Ash Wednesday, Fridays of Lent, & Good FridayIn accord with Diocesan custom, Bishop LaValley will grant a dispensation from abstinence from meat to those who observe the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17th.  It is asked that another penitential act take its place during the Lenten period.

 FASTING

All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are bound also to observe the Law of Fast on the following days:  Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good Friday (April 14).  Fasting, that is, eating less, involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals.  Lighter nourishment may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

 PRAYER & PENANCE

The entire season of Lent should be observed in a spirit of prayer and penance. Spending extra time in prayer or Bible study, attending daily Mass, voluntary sacrifice and self-denial, combined with works of charity and service to others, are all excellent ways to obey the Lord's command to reform our lives and to prepare for the joyful celebration of Easter. 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Bishop LaValley encourages parishes throughout the Diocese to dedicate the First Friday of April (April 7) to Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance as part of “The Light is on for You” initiative

EASTER DUTY

All Catholics who have reached the age of reason must confess their serious sins in the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year.  They must also receive Holy Communion at least once each year between the First Sunday of Lent (March 5th) and Trinity Sunday (June 11th).

OBLIGATION

All Christ’s faithful are obliged by divine law to do penance.  The days set aside for fast and abstinence in Lent are special ways of doing penance and are an expression of unity for all the Church. 


CHRISM MASS


A reminder that this year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated on 

Thursday, April 6th

at 11:00 am 

at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 


Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making

 

Do you have questions about medical and moral decisions that must be made as loved ones near the end of life? Our Church offers guidance.

 Visit www.CatholicEndofLife.org to watch the video and read the New York State Bishops’ document “Now and at the Hour of Our Death.”

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St. Mary's School
 
Bottle Drive

Help support our school
 by bringing your bottles and cans
to Bessette's and tell them you are from St. Mary's.
Thank You for your support!



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Eucharistic Adoration

in Divine Mercy Chapel

Monday through Friday

6 am to 5 pm

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Holy Hour for Vocations

Thursday – 4 to 5 pm


Sacrament of Penance

(Confession)

Saturday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm

or upon request


Rosary for Life

Tuesday at 4:50 pm


Please remember to call Parish Office to let Fr. Doug and Fr. Todd know when hospitalized or in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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