Last Updated on December 26, 2019 by Editor


On Sunday, Jan. 12, Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrated all those children and adults who were baptized in 2019. This Sunday was the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. In a special ceremony, the daughter of Anthony and Franca LaBarbera, Giada, was baptized in front of the congregation.


Diocese of Syracuse Bishop Douglas Lucia visited St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish for the first time and celebrated Mass on Feb. 22 and 23. Lucia spoke at weekend Masses and attended receptions in his honor after all services.


Nine students from Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament received the Sacrament of Confirmation Thursday, Aug. 6, at Historic Old St. John’s Church. Bishop Robert Cunningham officiated. Students from St. Anthony & St. Agnes and Historic Old St. John’s also were confirmed. Here are the candidates from our parish who received the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Kennedy Isabella Crouse. Sponsor: Victoria Guzski. Cinello Joseph DeNigro. Sponsor: Diane DiNigro. Sophia Maria Magdalena Dumoulin. Sponsor: Carol Scampone. Victor Expeditus Leone. Sponsor: Denise Leone. Be Urban Nee. Sponsor: Khun Su. Rosy Cecilia Tah. Sponsor: Rosie Ann. Anthony Francis Testa. Sponsor: Catherine J. Testa. Vincent Matthew Test. Sponsor: Cindy Yero. Mark Joseph VanDeusen. Sponsor: Steve Voce. These photos are courtesy of Sydney Gape.


Students in our fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes decorated 168 heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day to donate to the Rescue Mission. Thank you to Leigh D'Agostino, our fifth-grade catechist who oversees this wonderful project every year, teaching the children the importance of doing for others. Thank you also to our fourth-grade catechists Josette and Rick Bilodeau and our sixth-grade catechists, Tricia and Joseph Rizzo. These images are courtesy of Terri Panuccio.


Couples who plan to be married in 2020 gathered at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, for Engaged Couples Day. They were introduced to the congregation and received a blessing, with Bishop Douglas Lucia in attendance. After Mass, they were treated to lunch and participated in a retreat. These photos are courtesy of Terri Panuccio.


Four children in our First Communion class joined us at the Eucharistic table for the first time at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Aug. 23, to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Also, on Saturday, Oct. 3, during our 4:30 p.m. Mass, three children received their First Communion. While this has been a very trying, and at times, scary year for so many, these children and our faith remind us who and what is most important in our life — God and our faith. These children are a sign of hope to our world and parish community. Congratulations and God bless Arianna, Lia, Nina, Gia, Makayla, Ronnie and Noah. These photos are courtesy of Terri Panuccio, Faith Formation coordinator for grades K-6 and director of our First Communion program.


The children in our second-grade Faith Formation classes, along with their families, attended our 10:30 Mass on Sunday, Feb. 9, to begin the formal preparation to receiving their First Holy Communion in May. These images are courtesy of Terri Panuccio.


The parish hosted its first food drive-thru event the weekend of Oct. 17 and 18. On the menu was sausage and peppers sandwiches, pasta fagioli, mushroom stew, fried meatballs and pizza fritta on Sunday morning. On Saturday, Oct. 17, food was sold out in less than an hour. Vehicles lined up around the block.


Young people take part in the Feast of the Epiphany.


On Sunday, Feb. 2, 21 children celebrated God’s gift of forgiveness in the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. They processed in carrying an unlit candle, signifying that when we sin, Jesus' light goes out. After they went to confession, they came into the sanctuary with their parents to light their candle signifying the light of Jesus being restored through the confession of our sins, and each received a little lamb reminding them they are God's Little Lambs. A luncheon took place after to celebrate. Thank you to the Rev. Tom Servatius, pastor of Historic Old St. John's for helping Father Jim. Photos courtesy of Terri Panuccio.


The annual Poor Man's Luncheon took place Friday, March 13, 2020, in the Salerno Room. A light lunch of soup and sandwich was served. Proceeds benefited the Abraham House. These photos are courtesy of Mario Scalzo.


The first "Santa Sleigh-Thru" drive-thru event took place Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. About 65 families signed up, and they drove through the parking lot and met Santa one car at a time. Santa gave the children presents and candy. This event was an opportunity for children to enjoy the season, though we were not able to host the annual Breakfast with Santa.


The Social Committee hosted its annual Valentine Tea on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro. Terri and Gina LaBella hosted the event. More than 60 people were treated to fine cuisine and delectable deserts.