Our Lady of the Snow Mission
Mass, Sundays at 9:45 AM
31 Owen Road, Grafton, NY
Prior to 2009 Our Lady of the Snow Mission was originally St. John Francis Regis Parish in Grafton, NY. The original Church was an old creamery that was converted to a worship site and dedicated in 1912.
From a letter to Bishop Thomas Burke from Mr. George Januris, correspondent for the Brooklyn Citizen, August 2, 1910.
"It seems to me that it would be wise to secure at once the building known as the 'Creamery' in the village. It can be procured for $800 and $200 more would make it an ideal building capable of meeting requirements for the next 25 years."
From a letter to Bishop Thomas Burke from Monsignor John Walsh, September 15, 1910.
"I saw the Creamery at Centre Grafton Tuesday...the assembly room would be ...large enough to seat 100 people comfortably. Thereis a nice house under the same roof which can easily be annexed... the boiler room adjoingin will serve beautifully as a sacristy."
In 1994, a capital campaign began with the intent of procurring and establishing a new building for St. John Francis Regis Parish and in under two years a new location and building was erected located on Owen Road off of Rte 2 in Grafton, NY. The new church building was dedicated by Bishop Howard Hubbard on Ascension Thursday, May 13, 1996. In 2009, the parish merged with Sacred Heart in Berlin, NY under Bishop Hubbard's iniative of "Called to be Church" and was renamed Our Lady of the Snow. Today it is the mission outreach in Grafton to Our Lady of Victory in Troy, NY. It holds the site of our OLV/OLS Food Pantry which serves many families all year, on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Volunteers are welcomed and if you have any questions about donation or volunteering your time please visit our Food Pantry Page or contact Julie Darling at 518-421-5070 or (518) 279-4943. In addition to the scenic surroundings of rural Grafton, an outdoor Stations of the Cross is located behind the Church on a gravel path near a Marian Grotto which is a perfectly quiet, place for prayer and contemplation. Every year, Our Lady of the Snow Mission participates in the Grafton Town Festival and hosts a variety of events including Sister Kennan McGowan’s Memorial Giant Raffle, as well as a bake sale and more.
Baptisms are held every first Sunday of the Month after the 9:45 am Mass. Calendar dates are scheduled by contacting Our Lady of Victory's Parish Office at 518-273-7602.
OLV-OLS FOOD PANTRY
Our Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Food may be donated in the bins in the Gathering Areas at both Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy and Our Lady of the Snow Mission in Grafton. For any questions or a special drop-off time please contact [email protected] or call our Food Pantry Coordinators; Julie Darling (518) 421-5070 or Gloria Kieber (518) 892-6722.
An outdoor Stations of the Cross is located behind the Church on a gravel path near a Marian Grotto which is a perfectly quiet place for prayer and contemplation. A new statue of the Immaculate Heart was donated and blessed on September 27, 2020 by our then, Associate Pastor, Father Samuel Bellafiore.