After being blessed with beautiful weather for three days and nights, the Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Italian Festival concluded Sunday night. Thousands attended the festivities and enjoyed good food, entertainment and camaraderie. Check out all the photos, videos and articles about the festival below.

Parishioners, bishop honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel


The annual nine-week novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel concluded on her feast day, July 16, 2014. Bishop Thomas Costello was the guest celebrant and homilist. Here are some photos from the ceremony captured by Tom Loughlin Jr.

Blood drive scheduled for July 31

It has been nearly five years that our parish has successfully sponsored American Red Cross blood drives, and we are in desperate need to increase our number of donors so we do not lose this very important way to save lives. Our next drive is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the gym. Call Julia Elacqua at 797-9773 to schedule your appointment.

Feast of St. Anne to be celebrated July 26

Saturday, July 26, is the Feast of St. Anne. At the 4:30 p.m. Mass, we will honor St. Anne in a special way. Following Mass there will be a veneration of her relic. Members of the St. Anne Society are asked to attend.

Godspeed to Sisters Mary Nicholas and Margaret

After having served our parish as visitors to the hospitals and homebound for several years, Sister Mary Nicholas and Sister Margaret will be leaving us. We thank them for their prayers, care and concern for our parishioners and promise that we will keep them in our prayers.

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Parish family celebrates Feast of Corpus Christi

corpus-christi-2014-6Our parish family commemorated the Feast of Corpus Christi the weekend of June 21 and 22. The feast celebrates the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Father Jim concluded the celebration with the traditional blessing of the neighborhood. Here are some images captured by Tom Loughlin Jr.

Parish Hope Appeal $17,500 short of goal

Our Hope Appeal Goal is $37,252.50, and so far we have received $19,750 from 166 parishioners/families. If you haven’t yet made your pledge or donation, please return your completed pledge cards to the parish in the weekend collection basket or send them to the parish office. Please be generous with your pledge.

It’s time to recognize graduating seniors

It is graduation time and we would like to recognize our graduating seniors in the bulletin and online this summer. If your child is graduating from high school, please let us know. Send an e-mail to Anne Elacqua at or text at 941-7447 with the following information: your child’s name, high school that they graduated from, any awards they received and where they are going to college. Please send the information by July 9.