Thank you Pope Francis for your many inspirational messages of love, hope, and compassion during your visit to America! We love you very much, and wish you well as you continue to bring God's love to all people of the world. Thank you Pope Francis, we hope to see you in America again very soon!!
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Please pray for Father Bill as he begins his new ministry at the Church of St. Peter in Liberty, NY.
After 140 years of continuous faith practice and service to our community, the Church of St. Mary has ceased regular operations.
Father William Scafidi presided over an emotional final Mass on Friday July 31 at 6 p.m. Concelebrants included more than a dozen priests and deacons from our area. Hundreds of St. Mary parishioners, family, and friends attended the Mass, which filled the church to capacity. Afterward, Father Bill stood in the center aisle of the church and greeted everyone who wished to speak with him, one last time as Pastor of the Church of St. Mary.
Father Bill oversaw a transformative rebirth of this parish. Even though the church is now closed, and Father Bill reassigned, his spirit will live in each of us, as we were all directly affected by his presence. We extend to Father Bill our love, and every good wish as he begins his tenure as Pastor of the Church of St. Peter in Liberty, NY.
The Church of St. Mary has become part of a new merged parish, with the Church of St. Patrick in Newburgh. Regular Masses and sacraments will no longer be available at the Church of St. Mary. The Archdiocese has stated that our church will be available for special occasions, but this has not yet been defined.
The merged St. Patrick - St. Mary parish began operation Saturday August 1, 2015. Please contact the St. Patrick - St. Mary rectory for more information about regular services, and what special occasions may be held at the former Church of St. Mary. Note that sacramental records are now stored at the former St. Patrick's Church Rectory. Click here to access the new Church of St. Patrick - St. Mary web site, with Mass times, announcements and contact info.
This web site will continue to operate, in its current form for now, and soon with images and history about our beloved Church of St. Mary.
Thank you for your many years of support. May God bless each of you, and may God always protect and bless the Church of St. Mary.