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Parish festival in review: Views photos, watch video

The parish’s annual Italian Festival began Friday, July 19, under beautiful blue skies. People started filling the parish grounds early, many heading for the food tent for sausage and peppers, meatball subs, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and beef skewers and much more. Of course, pizza fritta was a big hit. The annual Walk for […]

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Parish festival in review: Views photos, watch video

The parish’s annual Italian Festival began Friday, July 19, under beautiful blue skies. People started filling the parish grounds early, many heading for the food tent for sausage and peppers, meatball subs, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and beef skewers and much more. Of course, pizza fritta was a big hit. The annual Walk for […]

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PARISH FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY; CHECK BACK HERE ALL WEEKEND FOR PHOTOS

The annual Italian Festival this weekend. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. There’s great food, entertainment, games for the kids, souvenirs, a flea market and, of course, our famous pizza fritta and the Buona Fortuna drawing for the $10,000 grand prize. Here’s all you […]

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Gallery: Preparing for the festival

Prior to our parish’s Italian Festival each year, a lot of planning and preparation is done. There are meetings, decisions made, food purchased and made, to name a few. On Saturday, July, 13, some parishioners got together to cut peppers for the sausage and peppers sandwiches. On Tuesday, July 16, vegetables are cut for the […]

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Veteran volunteers keeping the festival flame burning bright

Terry Reale, Mario Scalzo, Joe Furgol, Joe Briggs and Joe Siniscarco have been mainstays before, during and after the festival for decades. They are among a number of others — such as John Jones, Bill Thibault and Carmen D’Ambro — who are dedicated workers who combined have volunteered for more than two centuries!

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And the Buona Fortuna grand prize of $10,000 goes to …

Here are the 2023 Buona Fortuna 2023 winners: $10,000: Tony Leone, Utica. $2,500: Jason Lukrofka, Scottsdale, Ariz. $1,000: Dick Mattia, Utica. “Thank you to everyone who sold tickets and purchased tickets,” said raffle chairwoman Leigh D’Agostino. “It was a banner year in sales and everyone should be very proud of our results.”

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Galleries, video: Highlights from the 2023 Parish Italian Festival

Through the grace of God and the intercession of the Blessed Mother, the rain and thunderstorms held off as our parish celebrated its annual Italian Feast July 14-16. Hundreds gathered on Friday and Saturday evenings and the festival wrapped up midday Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s highlight was the traditional procession in honor of Our Lady of […]

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Gallery: Festival preparations start with cutting peppers, setting up grounds

Festival preparations were well on the way Saturday, July 8, as parishioners gathered to cut peppers in the Salerno Room while others worked on gas and electric on the festival grounds. (These photos are courtesy of Terri Panuccio.) Also, the festival grounds were shaping up as 20 to 25 workers showed up on Tuesday, July […]

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Congratulations to the Buona Fortuna winners

Here are the winners of the Buona Fortuna raffle drawn at the parish’s Italian Festival: $10,000: Robin Smith of Rome. $2,500: Ed Antolino of Old Saybrooke, Conn. $1,000: Ralphie Giovinazzo III of New Hartford. $1,000: Tom Gerace of New Hartford.

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Gallery, video from the parish festival and procession

After a two-year absence, the Italian Festival returned to Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament. The event was blessed with beautiful weather and big crowds, who returned in droves to what once was an annual celebration until the pandemic hit two years ago. Here are some images from the festivities and a video of the Procession […]