Fr. Jim Cunningham, Pastor

Fr. Jim

“I am very proud and deeply overjoyed to be your pastor. You, my dear parishioners at St. Teresa Parish, give me so much more in so many ways than I am ever able to give you in return.

However, I attempt to always keep the following epigram foremost in my mind and heart as I pastor all of my dear flock each day through the various liturgical and / or yearly seasons that make up the 365 days we enjoy from one Advent season to the next:

‘The priest who is powerful is feared. The priest who is learned is admired. The priest who speaks well is listened to. But only the priest who is steeped in great charity is loved.'”

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St. Teresa Parish, 125 Years: 1897-2022. National Register of Historic Places: Listed 2016

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COVID-19 Update: Bishop Fisher Invites Us to “Come Home to Mass” as the “Sunday Obligation” is Set to Resume

As COVID-19 infection rates greatly decrease in our region and society generally reopens, the bishops of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Ogdensburg have released a joint statement: “…unless they are at an enhanced risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass now resumes, effective the weekend of June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in our dioceses.”

The bishops are calling those who are able to return in person for Sunday Mass. They are doing this out of care for our spiritual health. As Jesus said, “One does not live on bread alone but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, NABRE).

Masks and social distancing are required, but masks may now be removed while seated at Mass and parish events.