St. Mary’s Church is the oldest parish in Baldwinsville. We were founded in 1852, some thirty years before Syracuse became a diocese. Our first church was located on Tappan Street, opposite Riverview Cemetery and moved into the present building in August of 1940. Fr. Kirchen also founded St. Mary’s Academy and our campus remains one of the most beautiful spots on Syracuse Street.
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
The Roman Catholic Faith Community of Saint Mary’s, led by the Holy Spirit, dedicate ourselves to proclaim the Word of God, provide meaningful liturgy, serve God’s people and foster devotion to the Blessed Sacraments and to our Blessed Mother. We are committed to Catholic Education and Faith Formation for all ages, while also calling all to live a full sacramental life following the teaching authority of the Church. Through team ministry we strive to be opent o the call of the Holy Spirit and serve to be the presence of Jesus for the wider Baldwinsville community.
“All are Welcome”
We hope that what you find here will enrich your faith and strengthen you on your personal faith journey.
Happy Easter to all!
There is a wonderful story about a nurse who worked in a pediatric ward. Before listening to the little ones’ chests, she would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal four-year-old David’s.
Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart. “Listen,” she said, “What do you suppose that is?” He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. “Is that Jesus ?”
Easter is all about recognizing the presence of the Risen Jesus in our hearts. Jesus, who rose from the tomb did not abandon His followers but showed Himself Risen, Alive, radiant with New Life.
It is my prayer that your will experience the presence of Jesus in your own heart this Easter. Acknowledge His Divine Presence in you and you, too, can appear radiant with His life in you.
Easter afford us the opportunity each year to renew our Baptismal Promises. The promises that we make to renounce sin, Satan and the ways of darkness are, for us, not just a nice thought but it is meant to be a way of life.
In order for the love of Christ to grow in you, you must make every effort to be close the Lord. Speak to Him each day, make a conscious effort to include Him in your decision-making and bring Him to every conversation and relationship.
Jesus desires to be with you. He wants to know your heart. He wants to bring you to the fullness of his life, not only here, but in the world to come.
Listen to your heartbeat. Listen for the knock of Jesus upon the door of your heart. Open your heart to him and know, like four year-old David, that Jesus is there knocking and waiting for your answer.