PARISH NEWS

Many volunteers needed to make festival reality; get form here

The Italian Parish Festival will return in July after a two-year absence. The festivities are scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Many volunteers are needed to make the festival a success. Father Jim has said that if we don’t get […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

Call to worship During these final weeks of the Easter season, the Church invites us to reflect upon God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, who brings us peace, who strengthens our faith and who binds us together in Divine Love. To the point: Jesus promises to send us the Holy Spirit who will “teach us […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK

Sixth Sunday of Easter Reflection: Early Christian church had major conflicts By SISTER MARY McGLONE “This will spell the end of Christianity.” How many times has history recorded a similar warning? The first written report of this threat comes in today’s reading from Acts. This crisis could have relegated the Jesus movement to obscurity or […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK

Seventh Sunday of Easter Reflection: Encountering the divine By SISTER CAROL DEMPSEY To encounter the divine in an intimate, transcendent way is not an experience reserved for certain people because they are faithful, pious, godly, virtuous or holy. An encounter with the mysterium tremendum is pure gift, initiated by the gift-giver, and meant to be […]

PARISH NEWS

Gallery: 12 parish young adults and other teens receive Confirmation

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 […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

Fifth Sunday of Easter Call to worship The Easter season calls us to understand the new creation — the mutual union of God’s love with human love — a force that becomes more real every day for those who have faith and hope. Loving is the only way to show God’s glory. To the point: […]