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Sacrament of Confirmation: What’s involved

So, you have a teenager ready to make his or her Confirmation. And you’re not sure of the process or how and why it happens here at St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish. Our Confirmation program begins in the ninth grade. We like our students to attend a two-year program in order […]

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The Apostles, after the Ascension of Jesus

As we sit in church, we hear snippets of the Old Testament and passages of the New Testament. We learn about the prophets of old and of the life and teachings of Jesus. We all know that Jesus was accompanied by 12 disciples, one of whom (Judas) eventually betrayed him and in a fit of […]

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Grief takes time, so give it all that it might need

It has been said “the measure of your grief is the measure of your love.” Popular culture can lead us to believe that we should have “moved on” by now, “gotten over it” and “gotten on with life.” But our grieving is part of our life, not something removed from it. And there is nothing […]

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Take a personal tour of Italy with Father Jim

We all like to take vacations, and that includes priests who sometimes need to get away for awhile to re-energize – just like the rest of us. Father Jim has visited Italy often, but every time he goes he discovers something new. He last traveled to the “Old Country” in May. Where did you visit […]

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In the Pews: A conversation with Joe Briggs

Joe Briggs always is willing to help out, so much so that he became co-chairman of the 2017 Parish Festival. From his former job at Social Services, to his family, to his parish, Joe puts other people first. You worked in Oneida County Social Services for a number of years. What exactly did you do […]

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Power of faith: Stories of trusting in God’s plan

“You have cancer.” Three words no one wants to hear. “I have faith.” Three words we all hope we can say when confronted with that diagnosis. Mike Zasa, Laurie Siniscarco and Bob Piperata and his wife, Diana, all have heard the phrase and have faced health concerns over the last few years. Yet, they approach […]

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Leigh rewrites definition of retirement

Leigh D’Agostino has worked for nearly her whole life, including now in retirement. She was retail manager at the former Doyle-Knower and was tour manager at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. She volunteers at the Boilermaker Road Race and spearheaded the Buono Fortuna raffle for this year’s festival. Most would say she needs a break. […]