Historic St. Mary's Church on Capital Hill

Current Covid Protocols


Having conferred with Fr. Flannery, we share the following: Our Bishop has issued a mandate requiring face masks be worn by everyone entering and attending mass at St. Mary's. The Bishop states- since a vaccine verification requirement would be difficult, if not impossible, for churches to implement, we believe the mask mandate is the most efficient option for parishes of the Diocese of Albany. While we realize that this may not be convenient or comfortable, we want to do all we can to ensure the saftey of those who celebrate, assist at and attend Mass throughout the remainder of the Advent and Christmas season. The mandate is effective December 13, 2021 through January 15, 2022, at which time we will assess its effectiveness based on public health conditions. Respectfully, we ask that all (over 2 years old) including those who have been fully vaccinated to properly wear a mask whenever inside church. In addition, we encourage the use of hand sanitizers and ask that all continue to follow the directions of the ushers. The church continues to be completely sanitized after each mass in order to provide a safe environment. Unless you are arriving with a group or are part of a family we ask that you choose yor seating in order to maintain a respectful distance from others and when receiving communion. Ushers will be glad to assist you in locating appropriate seating (this may include seating upstairs). Thank you for your continued understanding and support.  

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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger



Pastor's Letter


Dear Parish Family,      

It has been a long time since I have written, but I promise that you are in my mind, heart, and prayers daily. I want you to know first of all that I have received every single letter and email that has been sent to me. I cannot answer every one of them individually. But words can never express how grateful I am and how helpful that correspondence is to my healing. Addiction comes with a terrible amount of shame and there is no greater remedy for that than the unconditional love you all have shown. 

Secondly, I want to tell you all that I am continuing by the grace of God to make progress. I was honored and touched to receive a visit recently from the Bishop. I cannot believe that he took time out of his incredible schedule to be present with me and show his support to me. When he left I had the feeling that he really understands the nature of addiction and the time that it takes to address it effectively. I am blessed by his desire that I am healed fully, not necessarily quickly. 

Please continue to pray for me. Prayer really works! And please know that I will remember all of you who have reached out to me as I kneel before the Eucharistic Jesus on Thanksgiving Day! A blessed Thanksgiving to all of you and all of your loved ones. 

With paternal affection,

Father Flannery