YOUNG ADULTS

Please join in the next young adult event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co.’s 1888 Tavern on Varick Street. It will offer free food, drinks and the opportunity to network with other young adults from the Mohawk Valley. A special guest speaker will lead a discussion about faith issues pertaining to the lives of young adult…

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LENT 2015

Lent has begun. After all Masses during the four weekends of Lent, Father Jim will present Lite Lessons for Lent. The theme will be: “Four Ways to Follow Jesus. Here are some other things you need to know:

ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, a…

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A NEW COUNTRY

St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church was founded nearly 120 years ago as a neighborhood parish that ministered to the spiritual needs of immigrants. It served the newly arrived and burgeoning Italian-American population that supplied laborers to the busy textile mills, foundries, and brick and railroad yards. Today, as Italian-Americans have assimilated…

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BEING A MOM

You might have seen Laura Weimer in church. She sits in the west-side pews, usually by herself, sometimes with her husband and children. If you haven’t noticed her there, you surely have seen her on those Jay-K Lumber commercials and billboards. She’s the spokesmodel for Jay-K, but that’s not her profession. Her favorite job is being called mom.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Easter candy collection

easter basketOur parish, led by the Faith Formation and Confirmation students, will make Easter Baskets for the children at Thea Bowman Daycare Center. Money raised from the pizza fritta sale last month will help purchase items for the baskets, but your help is needed as well.

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New time for Stations of the Cross

During Lent, our parish will offer Stations of the Cross at 12:15 p.m. every Friday. This new  time will allow parishioners who feel more comfortable going out during the daylight hours to attend. We also will participate in the East Utica Stations of the Cross that alternate every Friday among parishes at 7 p.m.

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Yankees bus trip scheduled for June 7

The annual trip to Yankee Stadium has been scheduled for Sunday, June 7. The Yankees will play the Angels. Originally, the trip was slated for July 18, which is festival weekend. The game begins at 1:05 p.m. Tickets are $124 per person and payment is due with the reservation. For further details, call Bob and Angela Ferdula at 733-4283.

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Conference for young adults in Syracuse

On Saturday, Feb. 21, internationally known speaker Matthew Leonard will present a Catholic Conference for Young Adults in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 124 Chapel Drive in Syracuse. It is free of charge.

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No Wednesday evening Masses until after Easter

Beginning in January, there will be no Mass on Wednesday evenings. Mass resumes April 8. Novena prayers will be offered on Thursdays in January, February and March.

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Diocese gives Schindler Immaculata Award

Gordon Schindler received the diocesan Immaculata Award for 2014 Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. This award is bestowed by the bishop to honor lay people who generously give of themselves to parishes and the community of our diocese.

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Some answers to questions about divorce

In the Diocese of Syracuse this weekend, we pray for those affected by separation or divorce. We realize divorce is extremely painful. While the church maintains its belief in the permanence of marriage, it has great compassion for those who are hurting.

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New handicapped parking spaces available

At our request, the Utica Police Department has furnished us with several new handicapped parking spaces on Jay Street. We ask for everyone’s consideration for those with a true handicap. Also, be advised that there should be no parking in front of the church on Catherine Street where the curb has been painted yellow. That area must be kept open for emergency vehicles.

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Parishioner comes face to face with Francis

BY FRAN PERRITANO

Life wasn’t being kind to Nancy Graniti earlier this year.V“I was going through a difficult time with a personal loss when suddenly there was an unexpected illness in the family,” Nancy said. “I felt like everything was closing in on me.” So, she decided in July to return to the place of her birth – Italy.

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Parish neighborhood has changed over decades

By A.J. VALENTINI

Neighborhood around Mount Carmel has changed dramatically since 1900s. The neighborhood surrounding Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish hasn’t changed much over the last few decades.

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