Welcome to St. Mary's of the Lake
Baccalaureate Mass - Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
The Class of 2020 chose a tweet from Pope Francis as their theme:
"Through the darkness of today's conflict, everyone of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness."
Please see our Baccalaureate page for more pictures and everything the students wrote for their Baccalaureate Mass.
Celebration of Mass at St. Mary's
All public masses remain limited in capacity by the Diocese of Syracuse in accordance with the guidance of NYS. Currently, St. Mary's is celebrating the Saturday vigil Mass at 4:30pm in the church and Sunday liturgy at 9:00 am in our parking lot. Please see below for our procedures for Mass. Please call the office at 315 685 5083 before noon on Friday to register to attend either Mass.
For the 4:30 pm Mass in church. Please call the Parish office at 315 685 5083 to register for the Mass. For this Mass all parishioners, with the exception of those with mobility challenges, will enter church from the Jordan St main entrance. Masks will be required at all times while in the church building and a health check must be completed before entering.
We are celebrating daily mass at 8:15 am Monday through Friday in church. As churches are now allowed 33% capacity, registration for DAILY Mass is no longer needed. Please sit in the designated areas and check in at the Parish office before entering the church. Please note masks are required to be worn at all times in the church and St. Mary's buildings.
The church is open for visitation weekdays from 12:00pm to 3:10pm. Please wear a mask the entire time you are in the buildings and use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the buildings. Please check in at the office when entering and when leaving.
Please also take advantage of our
beautiful Grotto for prayer if you
Have you heard the Good News? St. Mary’s is celebrating Sunday liturgies on Saturday evenings at 4:30 pm in church and Sunday mornings 9:00 am in St. Mary’s of the Lake parking lot.
Things to note before deciding if you should attend:
- Dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. You may continue to stream Mass at home on Sundays. See below for links to stream Mass. Click HERE and scroll down for links to many Mass streaming options.
- We will be limited to approximately 50 cars – parishioners will remain in their cars during Mass.
- Church will be limited to approximately 40 to 50 people.
- We will be asking everyone attending either mass to register ahead of time by NOON on Friday
- If you are sick, have a fever, cough or have a compromised immune system, for your safety and that of others you should stay home
If attending please register by Friday by noon.
- Please call 315.685.5083 by Friday, by noon or email [email protected]
- Please let the office know if you require handicapped parking or a low gluten host and the name of each person attending
Before you leave home Saturday/Sunday – please bring:
- A mask for each person in your car/entering church
- Hand sanitizer to use before and after receiving Communion
- Please note that there will be no bathrooms available for use on the St. Mary’s campus.
Arriving at St. Mary's on Saturday:
- Please put on your mask before approaching the check in desk
- Stop and complete the health checklist
- Wait for an usher to bring you to your assigned seat
Arriving at St. Mary’s on Sunday:
- Parking lot will open at 8:30 am
- All cars will enter the lot off Jordan St (entrance next to the parish center)
- Ushers will direct you to a row, you will pull all the way forward
- If you have registered as handicapped parking, you will enter from Austin St.
During the Parking Lot Mass:
- All parishioners will remain in their vehicles
- No collection will be taken. You may mail offerings to the office
- We will do our best with a sound system so you will be able to hear. We appreciate your patience with this
Communion Parking lot :
- Ushers will direct parishioners when to stand next to their car for Communion. Please do not leave your car until directed to
- Before leaving your car please use hand sanitizer and put on your mask covering your nose and mouth
- When directed by the usher to leave your car please, stand next to the car on the driver’s side
- Fr Dunn or a Lay Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist will approach. Leave your mask on. Once you have received the Body of Christ in your hand wait until Fr Dunn or the Lay Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist moves at least 6’ away. Then lower your mask and consume the Body of Christ and return to your car for meditation.
Communion in church:
- All Catholics present who are in a state of grace are invited to receive Communion, but you can choose not to if you wish. Please bring your own personal sanitizer to use prior to leaving the pew to receive Communion
- Those who will not receive Communion should not come forward with hands crossed for a blessing; there is a blessing for everyone at the end of Mass. If not receiving, please step out of the pew and back to let those who have received return to their seats.
- Children who will not receive Communion but who are old enough to remain quietly in their seat should do so, and not get in the line for Communion.
- When you approach for Communion, please remain six feet from others in the line and from me. When it is your time to receive, keep your mask on and remain six feet away from me while I show the Host and say, The Body of Christ. After you respond, Amen, approach me.
- Place one hand under the other while keeping your fingers together, making “a throne for the King,” as St. Cyril of Jerusalem says. Receive the Host in your hand, then step six feet to the side from me. Then carefully loosen your facial covering (or mask by an ear loop), consume the Host, and replace the facial covering.
- Although each person retains the right to receive on the tongue, the Centers for Disease Control have recommended against it; but more importantly, out of love for our brothers and sisters, and out of kind concern for the vulnerable and our sacred ministers, those who normally receive on the tongue are respectfully asked to consider receiving in the hand as a temporary measure. It is a legitimate practice attested to in our Catholic Tradition since the ancient Church.
End of Mass:
- Ushers will direct cars by row to leave. Please do not move until directed by an usher.
- In church ushers will dismiss by pew, please wait in your seat until directed to leave.
We appreciate your patience, prayers and sense of humor as we navigate new ways to come together and celebrate the Good News. God Bless!
Information on the Diocese of Syracuse Filing for Reorganization
on Covid-19 and the status of the celebration of Sacraments in the Syracuse Diocese
Please use this link to see all the statements from Bishop Lucia, guidelines for parishes to follow and other information related to the impact of COVID-19 on parishes.
May is over, but we are keeping our information and links for praying the Rosary front and center as the world needs us to continue praying.
For resources to help learn and pray the Rosary please visit our Faith Formation website Mary, Month of May page
Additionally, Pope Francis wrote two prayers to Mary that can be recited at the end of the rosary, prayers he said he would be reciting "in spiritual union with all of you."
Both prayers acknowledge Mary's closeness to her son's followers and ask for her protection and for her intercession just as she interceded with Jesus on behalf of the newlyweds at Cana who had run out of wine for their wedding feast.
The prayers and articles on the Pope's request can be found HERE and HERE
A message from the Campaign Against Hunger: To all our Parishioners from the CAH ministry: At a time when our food pantries are experiencing great demand, we have not been able to collect donations to send. We are asking those of you who have continually supported the CAH mission to donate now, if you can. We will make sure all money received is sent where the needs are greatest. All donations can be sent to St. Mary's with a request that it be used for the Campaign Against Hunger. Thank you for your generosity!
To watch mass at home:
Bishop Robert Barron will be streaming mass each day HERE
Sunday and daily Mass streaming and broadcast schedule and links to viewing for Syracuse diocese churches can be found HERE
Click HERE for other mass options for different ages
Fr Dunn's May 24th Homily HERE
Reconciliation is available by appointment - please call 315 685-5083 to schedule - please leave a message.
A quick video from the families of St. Mary's of what "home" is looking like right now.
Letter from Bishop Lucia to the FaithfulHERE
Frequently Asked QuestionsHERE
The Church's Liturgical Response to the Coronavirus HERE
Skaneateles Community Resource webpage HERE
If you need assistance with food during this time, the SCSD in conjuntion with the Ecumenical food pantry and the Skaneateles Outreach will be providing meals to any community member. Click HERE for more info and contact info to get meals.
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Or you can mail your contribution to St. Mary's of the Lake, 10 West Austin Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Prayer Chain requests
To email requests: [email protected]