The following is the homily delivered by Father Jim at the Easter Vigil celebration:

The resurrection at first didn’t make a big splash; it didn’t explode upon the world or be the highlight of the evening news. Not like the daily coverage given to the unfortunate airplane that can’t be found, or the replaying of the Utica warehouse they imploded over and over again.

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Flower and plant sale coming in May

Our Notre Dame Vision Catholic Youth Conference students will be having a flower and plant sale on the weekend of May 16-18 in the gym. Hanging baskets, pouches, bedding plants, decorative urns and garden plants will be available to purchase. Gift certificates always will be available to purchase as well. Profits from the sale will help defray the cost of the trip. Full details will be available in a flier.

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Parish hosts traditional Jewish Seder Supper

seder-supper-2014-08On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament host a traditional Jewish Seder Supper in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. These photos were submitted by Thomas Loughlin Jr.

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Help celebrate Father Jim’s 40th anniversary

Father Jim’s 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood will be celebrated with a special Mass at noon Sunday, May 18, followed by a coffee reception in the gym. A dinner reception will take place at Daniele’s Banquet Specialists on Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford, with cocktail hour at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5. Dinner is $25 per person, and tickets will be available at the rectory and after all weekend Masses starting April 13.

Notre Dame students present the Way of the Cross

living-stations-201414Students from Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School presented “Jesus Way of the Cross through the Eyes of Mary” March 28 at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament. These images were captured by Thomas Loughlin Jr.

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Rosemarie Chiffy presented Unsung Heroine Award

Parishioner Rosemarie Chiffy has received The Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women Inc.’s Unsung Heroine Award” at its Women of the Year Award Dinner. Rose Marie was honored for her many activities in the parish and her outreach activities ministering to the ill and disabled. We are so proud and grateful to her and the many unsung heroes of our parish who give of their time to help others.

Pool table need for youth group

We are looking for a pool table for our youth group. If anyone has a pool table in very good condition that needs a new home, we would be happy to take it off your hands. Please contact Anne Elacqua with the details at 941-7447 or 724 3950.

Recent projects help keep parish up to date

Recently we have undertaken a few projects that need attention and hopefully will be accomplished soon. They include the refurbishing and repair of some of the beautiful ceiling paintings/murals in the church, the enhancing of the marble baptismal font in the center of the church with the addition of a small marble lower basin which will allow the Baptism of adults especially at Easter time, roof repair work on the church and former school.

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