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Our Catholic Heritage: New saint blessed our parish in 1901

ABOVE: Bishop Giovanni Battista Scalabrini blesses the cornerstone of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church on Sept. 15, 1901. Utica in recent years has been blessed with connections to two local saints: Kateri Tekakwitha from nearby Auriesville, and Marianne Cope, who was a parishioner across town at then-St. Joseph Church. Both were canonized on Oct. […]

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Where Are They Now? Maria Panuccio finds happiness in the big city

ABOVE: Maria Panuccio and her fiance, Pat Hartnett, are on top of the world in New York City. When “More Good News” profiled Maria Panuccio in October 2013, she was working at Nicky Doodles before starting her freshman year at SUNY Cortland planning to become a teacher. She had a plan. So far, it’s working […]

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Parish volunteers: For Patrick Morrissey, it’s a wonderful life

ABOVE: Patrick Morrissey with his wife, Rosemary, and their grandchildren. Patrick Morrissey loves his life. He volunteers in our parish and in the community. He loves his faith and his family. Works hard. What more can one ask for? Family is very important to you. You come from a gang of eight children, have five […]

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Celebration of life: Why it’s important to honor loved ones with funeral Masses

By FRAN PERRTANO When her Uncle Tom Averson died at age 74 this summer, Cynthia Zainchowski knew what kind of memorial he would want. “It was important for our family that he had a funeral Mass because he was a very devout Catholic,” said Cynthia, who helped plan the funeral. “Going to weekly Sunday Mass was […]

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Pastor’s Perspective: Dispelling some myths about death and grief

The fall issue of “More Good News” explores the topic of funerals in our Catholic tradition. I’d like to add some thoughts about common myths that sometimes accompany death. When someone says, “When are you going to get over it, the loss?” — they’re really saying your pain makes them feel uncomfortable. The myth that […]

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Parish volunteers: Always on the go, Gina takes time to enjoy her life

Gina Batson probably doesn’t have time to sleep. She’s always busy working, volunteering, traveling, listening to music, exercising and learning about her Italian roots. Our parish was built by Italian immigrants, and one of your favorite things is learning Italian traditions. Why do you like to learn about these traditions and what have you learned? […]

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Church weddings offer more than just the ‘I do’s’

By FRAN PERRITANO Jennifer Sadallah and Justin Worboys really wanted to get married in the Catholic Church, even if they had to travel more than 8,000 miles to do it. PHOTO ABOVE: Jennifer Sadallah and Justin Worboys on their wedding day, Dec. 28, 2019. Jennifer said it was important for them to be married in […]

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Pastor’s Perspective: Marriage blessed in church a ‘beautiful gift to all of us’

It’s always a privilege to officiate at a holy marriage performed in church before the altar of God. The couple is not there just because they love each other. With the eyes of faith, they’re in church to be a sign and echo of God’s love for all of us — it’s named the Sacrament […]

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Our Catholic Heritage: Ezra key in getting Israelites back on track

Final chapter in our series on the artwork in the arch over the altar of sacrifice.  In chapters 1 and 2, we learned about the two characters on the left of the arch. In the last chapter we learned the story of Balaam, who appears on the right side of the arch. To the right […]

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Where are they now? Zachary looks forward to his next crescendo

“More Good News” featured Zachary Slade 10 years ago when he was 8. He was, and still is, a gifted pianist. He is more than a musician, however, as he has matured into a young adult eager for the next challenge in life. How has your life changed in the last 10 years? The biggest […]