PARISH NEIGHBORHOOD HAS CHANGED OVER THE 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. The church still is the focal point of the area, with the very-recognizable rectory sitting across the street from the church, with Six Nations apartments to the west and the Santa Rosalia Chapel immediately to the east. But did you know it wasn’t always that way?

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Faith Formation registration continues

Faith Formation Registration is now underway for the 2014-2015 year. Registration forms can be found in church or at www.mtcblsfiatformation.weebly.com click on the Faith Formation link in the right column or click on the link below. Download the form, fill it out and return it.

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Parish blood drive set for Sept. 25

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the parish will sponsor a blood drive in the gym from noon to 5 p.m. If you never have participated before, now is a great time to begin. Call Julia Elacqua at 797-9773 to schedule your appointment.

Pastoral planning an ongoing mission

This is the first of a series of notes from the Syracuse diocese meant to keep parishioners informed about the changing landscape of our diocese.

Our former Bishop Moynihan’s pastoral letter, “Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry,” set the tone for the difficult task of realigning parishes and ministries.

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Photo gallery: A night at Vernon Downs

vernon-downs-201403A group of parishioners from Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament spent the night Aug. 29, 2014, at Vernon Downs enjoying food, harness racing and fireworks. Photos from that night were submitted by Mario Scalzo and Tom Loughlin Jr.

Stained-glass quilt to be raffled

The Social Committee announces the raffle of a stained-glass quilt that has been lovingly made and donated by Marie Bova. This quilt is 76-inch by 76-inch quilt has estimated value of $250. Tickets, at $2 each or three for $5, will be available after all Masses and at the parish office. Proceeds will be given to Abraham House. Drawing will be at the Fall Bake Sale in November. The quilt will be on display at weekend Masses.

Training required for ministers to children

Any volunteer whose ministry brings them into contact with children and youth is required to attend a three-hour Protecting God’s Children (VIRTUS) training session. The training is free. If you anticipate any volunteer work in the parish where you will be working with our children, you will need VIRTUS training. Contact Terri Panuccio at 724-3950 for details.

Chicken barbecue on the grill for Oct. 5

On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Social Committee will sponsor a chicken barbecue at noon on the church grounds. Come and enjoy a delicious menu of a half-chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, roll, beverages and dessert for $12 per person. Tickets will be available beginning Aug. 30 after all Masses and at the Parish Office. Take-outs will be available, but you must purchase a ticket in advance.

Remember that special person with a memorial gift

A gift in the name of a loved one, a friend or colleague is a fitting expression of love and charity, a way to remember someone special while at the same time honoring their faith and benefitting the mission of St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish. A memorial gift will help sustain the parish as the center of our faith community and support the parish’s many programs, worship and structures.

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