Parish news


The annual Parish Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 19-21. There’s great food, fun and entertainment for the entire weekend.

Here are the details:

Friday, July 19
  • Hours: 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Entertainment: Frank Cannistra and Last Left.
Saturday, July 20
  • Hours: 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Entertainment: Easy Money.
Sunday, July 21
  • Walk for Mary’s Children: Procession around church grounds after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
  • Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. 
  • Entertainment: Dance Center Dancers, La Banda Rosa and Anthony LaBarbera.

Buona Fortuna raffle

Purchase your Buona Fortuna tickets after Mass each weekend, or at the parish office for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000. Second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,000. Tickets are $20 each. 

Walk for Mary’s Children

Walk for Mary’s Children Along with the festivities of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we have a procession following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 21. We dedicate this walk to Mary’s children and concentrate on feeding the hungry children in our area. We ask anyone who wishes to help with this cause to bring in nonperishable food geared toward children: granola bars, juice boxes, individual puddings and fruit, jam, jelly, peanut butter, crackers, cereal, etc. You may bring them to the novena or leave them at our Outreach Niche.

Flea market

The gym will be open for parishioners to drop off their treasures for our annual Flea Market at the festival. The schedule for drop-offs will be 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, Please follow these guidelines: no large appliances, no clothing, no shoes, nothing broken or soiled. Please be sure your items are reuseable (gently used). We ask you not to browse when you are in the gym. If you have any questions, call Alicia D’Ambrosio at 315-982-4294.

Festival donations

As part of our longest tradition, we prepare and serve the finest Italian foods and pastries on the grounds throughout our festival hours. A large part of our success is a direct result of the many parishioners who donate toward the many products we use during the three-day event.

In an effort to make our task of ordering supplies easier, we are requesting that parishioners consider donating certain goods. Please bring these items with you to weekend Mass and place them in the Parish Outreach niche OR drop them off at the parish office during the week.

Paper and dry goods including napkins, foam and heavy paper plates and bowls, plastic knives, spoons and forks, dry goods such as aluminum foil, wax paper, paper wraps, plastic wraps, 8-pound to 50-pound paper bags, aluminum trays and containers, 2-pound paper boats for French fries, cleaning products for the kitchen including washing pots and pans; degreaser, latex gloves in small, medium, large or extra-large. Wash cloths, sponges, steel wool pads, Clorox and drying towels.

Products including any type of coffee (regular, decaf, espresso) Sambuca or Anisette, sugar, salt, cooking oil, mustard, ketchup, cans of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, spices such as crushed hot pepper, parsley, oregano, and hot sauce and apple cider vinegar (for the clam booth)

Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18: Perishable items including eggs (for meatballs), grated cheese(for meatballs and to use on the grounds), dairy creamers forthe café, butter for the clam booth.

Wednesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 18: Homemade cookies to be sold at the Café. We package them fresh Thursday evening and they are a hit among the attendees of the festival.

Volunteers needed to prepare food

  • Thursday, July 18: It’s time to make another 150 pounds of meatballs and 400 pounds of sausage — that’s 2,800 pieces of sausage! Join Carmen D’Ambro and Joe Furgol at 4 p.m. There will be plenty of work, but there always is plenty of laughing and wine for the entire night. 
  • Thursday, July 18: Homemade cookies need to be packaged. Stop by the Salerno Room starting at 5 p.m. and help Mary Ann and Mary Rose Leone pack the cookies.
  • Sunday, July 21: Come and help Scott Risucci and Fred Matrulli fry the 150 pounds of fried meatballs that we will start selling at 8:30 a.m. The work starts at 7a.m. and continues the rest of the morning.

We are always looking for new recruits to work the hours of the festival at the food tent. There is no shortage of work and the tasks are many —whether you are cutting rolls every afternoon for the festival from 1 to 2:30 PM, or serving Mushroom Stew or Pasta Fagioli, working the grill, making our fa­mous sausage and peppers sandwich, frying French fries or plating the rice balls. It’s a lot of work, but so rewarding knowing you’re pitching in to make the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Festival known for serving the most authentic and best Italian food of any Mohawk Valley festival.

Contact Tony Leone at 315-796-1561 or Joe Briggs at 315-368-4565 if you are interested in lending a hand. You can also leave a message at the parish office at 315-735-1482 and someone will contact you.