On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, children of the parish gathered with their parents, grandparents and friends to enjoy the annual Breakfast with Santa. All were treated to a hearty breakfast that included scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and more. And, of course, the children were excited with the arrival of Santa and each given a present. The photos of Santa with the children (and other older children at heart) were taken by Bill Thibault.
Bishop Thomas Costello confirmed 22 young people from our parish on Sunday, Oct. 20. Those confirmed were: Gianna Teresa Amerosa, Francis Xavier Bianco, Sarah Elizabeth Calenzo, Katherine Cecilia Elacqua, Rocco Joseph Femia, Daniel Thomas Geary, Dante Michael Lacy, Angelina Kathleen Mancuso, Isabella Genoveffa Mancuso, Francis Marip, Maria Mary Rosalie Morrissey, Francesca Cosimina Orsomarso, Gay Nay Christina Paw, Kendall Anne Salatino, John Joseph Siniscarco, Gabrielle Teresa Spinelli, Joseph John Sullivan, Juliana Thomasina Suppa, Dominick Joseph Taurisano, Luzeya Angela Thin, Vito Valentino Valenzi and PaPa Cecilia Win.
Twenty-two youngsters received their First Communion on Sunday, May 5, 2013, among family, friends and the parish community. Here are photos of the children and from the ceremony. The photos from the ceremony are courtesy of Adam Brockway Photography. They are copyrighted and can not be downloaded. If you wish to purchase a photo, contact Brockway at email@example.com.
Twenty-one children received the Sacrament of First Reconciliaiton. It was so nice to see the support of their families on this special day. Not only were their parents there to support them, but brothers, sisters, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Our theme was \"The Lost Sheep.\" Twenty-two lit candles that were placed in front of the altar signifying the children and the light of Christ in each of them. After a homily by Father Cesta, each child read a way that the light of Christ goes out. Some of the examples were, \"When I fight with my brother or sister.\" \"When I don\'t go to Mass.\" \"When I make fun of someone who is different from me.\" \"When I say unkind things about others.\" \"When I don\'t obey my parents or teachers.\" After each one was read, the child blew out their candle. Then they went to confession and when they were finished talking with the priest, they had a \"One Found Sheep\" pin put on them and re-lit their candle, as the light of Christ was now shining bright within them. A pizza luncheon followed in the Salerno Room after the ceremony.These images were captured by Terri Panuccio.
The first Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish Golf Tournament teed off Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in New Hartford. About 70 golfers participated in the best-ball event. There was lunch at the turn that included hamburgers and hot dogs, and dinner after the tournament. There also were 70 door prizes so each golfer benefited. Here are some images from the day.
The Junior-Senior High School students ended their second session of classes. Zach Miller, a seminarian in the Syracuse diocese, spoke to the teens about his vocation to the priesthood. Next, he had some volunteers do an icebreaker similar to rock, paper, scissors, only with Ninja, bear, and hunter. He then began the evening of fun with a prayer. The night included making lunch, which included a snack and a sandwich, playing games and dancing to Just Dance 4 on the XBOX! Mr. LaPolla and Zach joined in and showed the kids that they could move! These images were captured by Terri Panuccio.
At all Masses the weekend of May 11 and 12, 2013, children from our First Communion class along with some of our other young parishioners, participated in our annual May Crowning. Thank you to all of our children and their parents for being a part of honoring Mary, the mother of God. 4 p.m. Mass: Thank you Emily, Genaro, Matthew, Megan, & Skylar. 8 a.m. Mass: Thank you Nan Zar, Remi, Ben Rawnika, Alana, & Ryan. 10:30 a.m. Mass: Thank you Gianella, Philip, Gianna, Angelo, Kristian, Sai, John Alex, Sebastian, Mia, Guilia, Ianna, Joseph, Sophia, Kennedy, Zachary, Moo La, Brooklyn, Gina, Alex and Joseph R.
In July, eight teenagers from Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament and one from St. Paul\'s traveled to South Bend, Ind., to participate in Vision 2013 at the University of Notre Dame. Vision is a five-day catholic youth conference that includes dynamic large group experiences, reflective small group time, profound liturgies and music. Speakers from all across the country break open important themes throughout the week and help the participants to relate them to their own lives. There are 65 Notre Dame undergraduates that serve as mentors.