Feast of the Assumption prayer service tonight at St. Mary’s

Please join us tonight (Thursday, August 15) for a prayer service in celebration of the Feast of the Assumption.  The prayer service will be at 7:00 pm, and it will be held outside on the front steps of St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville.

Last year, we had a tremendous outpouring of support at the Feast of the Assumption mass held at 7:45 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Thank you for your support then, and we hope to see you tonight!

We will also take a picture of everyone gathered together at the prayer service tonight, and we will post that picture on our website.


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Celebrating a marriage that started at St. Mary’s 60 years ago

Terry and Bill Middleton were married at St. Mary’s Church on May 16, 1963.  On May 15, 2013, the day before their 60th wedding anniversary, both Terry and Bill attended the prayer service held inside St. Mary’s Church.

Congratulations, Terry and Bill, on your 60th wedding anniversary. You have been greatly blessed in your marriage, and we wish you many more happy years together!

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Prayer service held inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church

The St. Mary’s and surrounding Jamesville community gathered together inside St. Mary’s Church for a one-hour prayer service on Wednesday, May 15. Although the Syracuse Diocese only gave a three days’ notice that the prayer service would be held, a large group of people attended the service.

The St. Mary’s community is grateful that the Syracuse Diocese opened the St. Mary’s Church for this prayer service.  However, both the timing of the service – at 1:00 pm on a Wednesday afternoon – and the sporadic nature of the services held at St. Mary’s seem inconsistent with the intents of the Vatican ruling issued in 2011.  Here are some of our specific concerns and questions:

The odd timing, late notification, and overall infrequency of services at St. Mary’s

1. An early afternoon prayer service in the middle of a work week seems designed to encourage a low turnout.

  • Why didn’t the Syracuse Diocese choose to hold the St. Mary’s prayer service at a better time – a Saturday, Sunday, or in the evening – so more people and school children could attend?

2. Only giving three days’ notice that a prayer service would be held at St. Mary’s again seems like a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of people who could come to the service.

  • Is the lowest possible turn-out the desired outcome and possible goal of the Syracuse Diocese?
  • How does the Syracuse Diocese possibly benefit from the fewest number of possible attending a service at St. Mary’s?
  • Why didn’t the Syracuse Diocese notify the St. Mary’s community earlier, so more people who wanted to come could rearrange their schedules to make that possible?
  • Furthermore, why didn’t the Syracuse Diocese talk with the St. Mary’s community to plan and schedule this prayer service?

3. The historic Vatican ruling St. Mary’s received in 2011 maintained that St. Mary’s Church must remain open as a place of worship.  However, in the two years since that ruling, the Syracuse Diocese has only opened St. Mary’s Church for worship four times.

4. The Syracuse Diocese’s decision to keep St. Mary’s doors consistently locked seems at odds with the intents of both the 2011 ruling and the subsequent directives issued from the Vatican.

5. The Syracuse Diocese has denied requests to hold baptisms, weddings, and funerals at St. Mary’s.

  • Why is the Syracuse Diocese choosing to keep St. Mary’s Church closed, except for the occassional, infrequent prayer service?
  • How is keeping St. Mary’s Church closed the vast majority of the time faithful to the rulings of the Vatican?

Success stories at Catholic churches in other dioceses

1. Other Catholic churches in the U.S. that were closed by their dioceses received rulings similiar to the Vatican ruling St. Mary’s received, and these churches have re-opened with regular, weekly Masses.

2. St. Mary’s Church was never in financial trouble and is home to a vibrant, multigenerational community.

3. The Vatican says there is no shortage of priests and that a decline in priests is not a good enough reason to close a Catholic church. Also, many priests in the Syracuse Diocese have offered to celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s.

  • What are the reasons behind the Syracuse Diocese’s strategy for handling St. Mary’s Church?
  • Why is the Syracuse Diocese handling St. Mary’s so differently than other U.S. dioceses?
  • Why is St. Mary’s still not open for regular worship?
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Good News!!!

There will be a holy hour of meditation and rosary at St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville, NY on Wednesday, May 15 from 1:00-2:00pm.
We are thankful for this opportunity to dedicate prayers in honor and memory of numerous members of our St. Mary’s community. If you have a personal intention, please forward the name of the person/place to stmaryschurchjamesville@gmail.com and we will try to have these names included in some way at the service.
It is important to have as many people as possible present at the service in support of St. Mary’s Church.  Please help spread the word by forwarding the email and calling your friends and family members.
Our website is another source of information: http://stmarysjamesville.org
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
Happy Mother’s Day!
The St. Mary’s Appeal Committee
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Windows into St. Mary’s

Thanks for stopping by.

The purpose of this blog is to give readers”windows” into the St. Mary’s story.  By “windows” we mean both glimpses into the rich history of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jamesville, NY (a history that stretches back to the 1600s) and also explanations of the intricate Vatican appeal process our church has undertaken since 2006.

Our posts on St. Mary’s story will be interspersed with updates on our outstanding Vatican appeal and happenings in the local Jamesville community.

Speaking of which…

Join us Sunday, December 23 for our annual Christmas service!

We’ll celebrate the birth of the Christ Child on the front steps of St. Mary’s church, as is our tradition.  Please come to sing, hold a lit candle, listen to the Word, say a prayer, and bask in the holiness and wonder of the season.

The Christmas service will start at 7:00 pm.  We’d be delighted if you joined us!

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Summer prayer services at St. Mary’s

The St. Mary’s Jamesville faithful community gathers together every Sunday morning, come rain, snow, or shine!

The summer is one of the most beautiful times of the year to join us on the sidewalk in front of St. Mary’s. The prayer service starts at 9:00 am. We sing hymns, read the week’s readings and psalms from the lectionary, offer intentions, share the sign of peace, and thank God through fellowship and prayers for our much-blessed faith community.

What a way to kickstart your summer Sunday! See you there!

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