Gallery: First Communion Workshop

On Saturday March 25, children in our parish who are preparing for their First Communion attended a morning workshop with their parents. The morning began with breakfast and a reading from the gospel of St….

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East Side Lenten Penance Service April 10

Parishioners will have the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness on Monday, April 10. Several priests will be available to hear confessions at the East Side Penance Service at 7 p.m at Historic Old St. John’s…


Teenagers’ Ride for Faith April 29

Join us for Ride for Faith, a bike ride for junior-senior high school students to explore the beautiful Catholic churches in the greater Utica area Saturday, April 29. Check-in is 8:15 a.m. at St. John…


‘The Misfit Miracle Girl’ coming

Join us for a Lenten event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, as we welcome Kate K. Mahoney, the author of “The Misfit Miracle Girl — Candid Reflections.” Kate is an international speaker who travels…


Lenten Parish Renewal April 1-5

A Lenten Parish Renewal will be presented by Rev. Frank Desiderio, and author and a former TV and radio producer, who was the pastor of a parish in Los Angeles. Desiderio is on the presiding…


Catholic Young Adult Mixer April 4

For the 18 and older crowd, there will be free food, drink and good conversation from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Zeina’s Café, 607 Varick St., Utica. The event sponsored by young…


At age 13, Alana has big ambitions

Alana Batson is an ambitious 13-year-old. She loves sports, especially basketball, is a musician, excels in school and volunteers in her parish. That’s just the beginning as she has set high goals for her life….


For Mario Scalzo, it all computes

Mario Scalzo has worn many hats in his life. He loves music, sings in the choir, plays many instruments and has been a member of several marching bands. Professionally, he might not be Bill Gates…


Immaculata Medallion recipients ‘humbled’

The sun’s brilliance illuminated the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse on a crisp Sunday afternoon in December. Inside the magnificent edifice honoring the Blessed Mother there was plenty of warmth as an overflow…


Wakes/receiving lines in church

We hope to continue to provide beautiful and comforting funeral Masses here at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament as we receive many expressions of gratitude for our funeral ministry. When a family requests a bereavement…


Who’s the boss? Joanne Gerace is

Joanne Gerace is the prototypical independent woman. She owns and operates her own restaurant, was a general manager of a minor league baseball team and has traveled the world. But she’s also devoted to her…