Youngsters celebrate their First Reconciliation

Congratulations to the following young parishioners who have received the gift of God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of First Reconciliation Saturday, Dec. 6. May God Bless them as they continue on their journey in faith. Click on the link below to see photos from First Reconciliation, courtesy of Terri Panuccio, Faith Formation co-coordinator.

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Use envelope to donate Christmas flowers

Your envelope packets contain an envelope for Christmas flowers. Any donations received by the parish will be used toward the lovely decorations, flowers and wreaths in church over the holidays. Donations toward flowers may be made in honor or memory of a loved one. Place their name in the space provided on the envelope. Names will not appear in the bulletin, but the envelopes with your intentions will be placed in the manger.

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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Children’s Liturgy of the Word needs volunteers

We are looking for several people to lead the Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 AM Mass. What exactly do you do? You will read the Old Testament reading, psalm and gospel from a Children’s liturgy book on a level that is child friendly and then lead them in a discussion about the readings or a related topic. The book guides you through everything. You would conclude with the creed and prayers of the faithful.

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Children’s youth group being formed

A new children’s youth group is being formed called GIFT—Growing In Faith Together. This group will be separate from our regular Sunday morning Faith Formation classes and is open to all children in our parish who are in elementary school. It will give them an opportunity to participate in fun activities as part of the faith community atMount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament. Contact Terri Panuccio for details at 724-3950 or tpanuccio@syrdio.org.

Hayley Oliver in Act 1, Scene 1 of life

Hayley Oliver sometimes likes to escape. She loves acting, reading and writing – activities that allow her to become other people or live life outside of herself. But when she’s back to being Haley, she is a grounded individual with a deep affection for her faith.

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Please register here and become a parish member

During fall, in addition to all of us being encouraged to bring our Catholic friends, relatives and neighbors to practice our faith by attending weekend Mass, we strongly encourage anyone who participates at the parish level and benefits from our programs and beautiful liturgies to register in the parish.

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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.

Poinsettia and wreaths for sale

During November, there will be a poinsettia and Christmas wreath sale to benefit the students who will attend Notre Dame Vision Catholic Youth Conference in July. Prepaid orders will be taken during November with a delivery date of Saturday, Dec. 6.

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