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No Wednesday evening Masses until after Easter

Beginning in January, there will be no Mass on Wednesday evenings. Mass resumes April 8. Novena prayers will be offered on Thursdays in January, February and March.

Diocese gives Schindler Immaculata Award

Gordon Schindler received the diocesan Immaculata Award for 2014 Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. This award is bestowed by the bishop to honor lay people who generously give of themselves to parishes and the community of our diocese.

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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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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.

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.

Parishioner comes face to face with Francis

BY FRAN PERRITANO

Life wasn’t being kind to Nancy Graniti earlier this year.V“I was going through a difficult time with a personal loss when suddenly there was an unexpected illness in the family,” Nancy said. “I felt like everything was closing in on me.” So, she decided in July to return to the place of her birth – Italy.

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Parish teens receive Sacrament of Confirmation

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Bishop Thomas Costello conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on our parish candidates. We ask your prayers for the following young parishioners who have been preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation: Gabriel James Altamuro, Lorenzo Leo Colon, Alexa Anne Conley, Mariesa Cecilia Cozza, Nicholas Deon, David Isidore Dispirito, George Vincent Fanelli, Richard Joseph Ferraiola, Patricia Marguerita Mazzatti, Hayley Blaise Oliver, Vincenzo Anthony Panuccio, Michael Patrick, Peterson, Nicholas Joseph Sullivan and Abigail Claire Trunfio.