Parish catechists help lay religious foundation for our children

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish. Without the dozens of people who share their time and talents, our parish would not be as vibrant as it is. One very important group of volunteers is the Faith Formation catechists, who — along with parents — teach our children about […]


No matter in what capacity, Joe Furgol serves others

Joe Furgol served the country in the Army in the 1960s, was a Utica firefighter for nearly 30 years and has been and still is an Oneida County legislator. At Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament, Joe continues to serve others. You attended Brandegee grammar school and Proctor High School. After graduating, you joined the Army […]


12 good shepherds have guided parish for nearly 125 years

When the Rev. Joseph Salerno was named pastor of St. Mary of Mount Carmel in 1991, it came as a bit of a surprise. He had spent several months training to become a hospital chaplain and expected to become part of the pastoral care team at Community General Hospital in Syracuse. It didn’t turn out […]


Angela and Bob Ferdula: Mr. and Mrs. Inseparable

Bob and Angela Ferdula have been married for 30 years. Usually, when you see one, you’ll see the other. They volunteer together in the parish at the festival and are part of the Marriage Ministry, and cantor at the same Mass, among others. Despite their togetherness they have one piece of advice for married couples […]

Alexander Babbie, right, with his brother Sebastian and mother Michelle.

Alexander Babbie making life count at young age

Alexander Babbie loves life. He mentors young children, helps out first-graders in Faith Formation, sings in the choir, participates in sports, loves reading and writing, and looks forward to a future of guiding young minds. He does all this despite a life that started out difficult at birth. (Above: Alexander Babbie, right, with his brother […]


Pat Zasa: ‘Life should be about doing good for others’

Pat Zasa says he always tries to have a positive outlook on life — with a sense of humor. He enjoys helping out people who are in need. He’s in charge of maintenance in the parish and enjoys working at church, meeting different people and doing whatever he can to help. His mantra: “Life should […]


For Mari-Lea Gazzal, life is a grand adventure

Mari-Lea Gazzal has myriad interests including kayaking, swimming, fishing, four-wheeling, being very adventurous, singing and acting. And those are just a few. But what keeps her grounded is her faith, which she shares enthusiastically. You appear to be quite the outdoors woman, going to your family’s camp on Otter Lake since you were a child. […]


Teenager Joseph Rizzo aims high in his life

If you’ve ever wondered what the phrase “well-rounded individual” means, take one look at Joseph Rizzo. He loves golf, swimming and the outdoors; plays three musical instruments; is studying Latin and Spanish, and loves math and science in school; is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout; and wants to be neurosurgeon and help people. Not […]