2022 PHOTO ALBUMS

Last Updated on December 26, 2021 by Editor

ALL SAINTS 2022

The children in our Faith Fomation program celebrated All Saints Day at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Oct. 30, by dressing up as some of the most popular saints, including three saints associated with Central New York: St. Marianne Cope, St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. John Baptist Scalabrini.

ASH WEDNESDAY 2022

The Season of Lent 2022 began on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Three Masses with distribution of ashes took place in our parish. Here are images from the 8:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Father Luis.

COMMUNION BRUNCH 2022

About 160 people attended the Communion Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Monarch Banquets in Yorkville. Guest speaker was noted local historian Frank Tomaino, who spoke about the history of our parish through the influences of two Johns: St. John Baptist Scalabrini and local philanthropist John Devereux.

CONFIRMATION 2022

Fifty-five young adults received the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation Thursday, May 19, at Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica. The teenagers were from five parishes in the city: St. John’s, St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament, St. Anthony-St. Agnes, St. Joseph & St. Patrick and St. Mark’s. Bishop Emeritus Robert Cunningham presided over the ceremony.

EASTER VIGIL 2022

Our parish celebrated the Resurrection of Our Lord during the Easter Vigil on the evening of April 16. The service included the lighting of the Paschal Candle; readings from the Old Testament, including a musical version of the Exodus; the welcoming of two new parishioners into the Catholic Church and our community; and the distribution of Holy Communion. All that was enhanced by the beautiful and moving music led by Peter Elacqua.

EPIPHANY 2022

The Feast of the Epiphany was celebrated in a special way during the Masses on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. At the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Kyeh Rea, Kuhn Su and Francisco Royu represented the Three Wise Men. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, La Aung, Ta Eh and Oo Shoo offered the gifts of the Magi.

FEAST OF SANTA ROSALIA 2022

Members of the Santa Rosalia Society, parishioners and friends celebrated the Feast of Santa Rosalia on Saturday, Aug. 27. The 4:30 p.m. Mass attracted many, and special music was sung in honor of Rosalia. A procession following Mass with the statue and Red Band traveled from the church to the renovated chapel at the corner of Jay and Mohawk streets. Following the march there was food, pizza fritta, beverages, socializing and meeting and making friends. Traditional and popular songs were performed by Coro Italiano, and Italian songs, marches and overtures by the Red Band. Festivities concluded with fireworks. Here are some images from the celebration:

FESTIVAL 2022

After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the parish Italian Festival returned the weekend of July 15-17. The festival began under sunny skies as people from around the region flocked to the parish grounds. Here are some images from the festivities.

FESTIVAL PROCESSION 2022

On Sunday, July 17, the parish honored Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a special Mass and procession around the church grounds to the shrine honoring May. There, benediction took place.

FESTIVAL PREP 2022

It takes many hands and lots of preparation to get our Italian Festival off the ground. Here are photos, courtesy of Terri Panuccio, highlighting some of the work and workers that make it happen before the festival even begins.

FATHER ROSE'S TALK ON AGING 2022

The Rev. John Rose presented a program titled “Spiritual Wisdom in Our Aging Years” on Wednesday, May 11, in the Salerno Room. More than 40 people attended. Father Rose served as our pastor from 2003-2009. He is a 1964 graduate of New Hartford High School and is celebrating his 50th year as a priest. He is retired and is enjoying his wisdom years.

FIRST COMMUNION 2022

Congratulations to our 24 young parishioners who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 15 during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. May God bless you all always and may this be the first of many Holy Communions with our Lord. Photos by DeeTales Photography

GOLF TOURNAMENT 2022

The ninth Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish Golf Tournament teed off Sunday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club. More than 110 golfers participated. In addition to 18 holes of golf, they were treated to food and drink on the course, a steak dinner with all the trimmings, gift bags, chances to win prizes and much more. Photo of the dinner courtesy of Terri Panuccio.

GOOD FRIDAY 2022

Our parish commemorated the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Good Friday, April 15. The proclamation of The Passion took place, along with the worldwide intercessions, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.

HOLY THURSDAY 2022

Our church nearly was filled with worshipers on Holy Thursday, April 14, as we celebrated the Last Supper of the Lord. There was the traditional Washing of the Feet with 12 parishioners participating, the offering of Mass and Holy Eucharist, the procession with the Eucharist in the dark, and a musical meditation following the services.

JAZZ VESPERS 2022

On Tuesday evening, April 5, 2022, Chelsea Opera presented Jazz Vespers, a different but ancient form of prayer.

MAY CROWNING 2022

At the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 7, 2022, the annual May Crowning honoring Mary took place with the First Communion and Faith Formation children participating. This year, the crown was made of flowers honoring the people of Ukraine.

THE MUSIC LIVES ON 2022

"The Music Lives On: A Tribute to Pasquale Caputo and Joanna Moore" took place Sunday, Sept. 25, presented by Chelsea Opera. Performers included Chelsea co-founder Leonarda Priore, mezzo soprano; Bill Doherty, piano; Dominick Corbacio, tenor; and Mary Molnar, soprano. Utica-native Caputo, an operatic tenor and former Mount Carmel parishioner, died in 2017 at age 82. He became leading tenor with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton. He performed in concerts around the world and had a long career as an Italian teacher as well as Department Head of Foreign Languages at Thomas R. Proctor High School. Frankfort-native Moore died in 2020, at age 85. She taught music at St. Mary’s School in Clinton and the Westmoreland and New Hartford Central school districts and served as music director for numerous high school musical productions with the Clinton and New Hartford schools. She performed lead roles in many productions staged by the former Utica Opera Guild and was a member of the B Sharp Music Club for more than 50 years. Photos courtesy of A.J. Valentini.

NOVENA FINALE 2022

The Nine-Week Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel concluded on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, with Bishop Douglas Lucia presiding. Here are some images from the celebration courtesy of Terri Panuccio.

PALM SUNDAY 2022

Many people returned to church on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022, to commemorate the Passion of Our Lord. As is the custom in our parish, parishioners, readers and servers processed around the church with palms as the music ministry sung "Jerusalem My Destiny." Several lectors and Father Jim took part in The Passion, and Mass was celebrated to begin Holy Week.

THANKSGIVING 2022

Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament offered its traditional Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday, Nov. 24. Parishioners and guests gave thanks for all their blessings and the gift of their faith. Special guest was Pastor Mike Ballman of Cornerstone Plymouth Bethesda Church on Oneida Square in Utica. At the end of the service, loaves of bread were handed out to the assembly symbolizing the connection between our dinner tables and the table of the Lord.

VETERANS DAY 2022

The Faith Formation children hosted a reception for veterans after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Here are photos courtesy of Terri Panuccio.