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As Mass attendance declines, what can be done to bring people back?

Above: Salvie and Carmen Perritano are among many who wandered away from the church. Then, they found each other and together renewed their commitment to their faith By FRAN PERRITANO When Salvie Perritano and Carmen Nease met several years ago, attending weekend Mass was not a priority. Though both were baptized and attended Mass regularly […]

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Question: What does our parish mean to you?

We asked parishioners what Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish means to them. Here are some of their responses: ‘Community and friendship’ I started attending Mass at Mount Carmel about 15-plus years ago after becoming engaged and (after) a long absence from attending any church. As with many Catholics we hear about, I made First […]

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Our Parish Heritage, Part 6: Final chapter in the series about our history

Above: Father Jim and Bishop Douglas Lucia at the Men in Black softball game in 2019. This is the last in a series of articles highlighting the history of our parish leading to its 125th anniversary. Previous articles and issues of “More Good News” are available at www.mountcarmelblessedsacrament.com. 1991-present The next pastor after Father Henry […]

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Promising future: Siniscarco siblings grounded in their faith by this parish

The Siniscaro siblings — John, Shaelin and Fallon — are among a number of young adults who have grown up in our parish and have carried on the great legacy begun by generations past. They have participated in many ministries of the parish since their childhood as altar servers, lectors, eucharistic ministers, among others. They […]

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A proud past: Re Chiffy recounts what made ‘God’s house’ her ‘home’

By ROSEMARIE CHIFFY When it came time for me to verbalize what Mount Carmel means to me, one word kept coming to me over and over — home.  Mount Carmel not only is the sanctuary of Christ, the place of worship my grandparents helped to build, but it has become a second home for me. […]

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Our Parish Heritage, Part 5: 4 decades of change

This is the fifth in a series of articles highlighting the history of our parish leading to its 125th anniversary.  1950-1991 Father William Pizzoglio’s assistant, Father Joseph Berton, became Mount Carmel’s next pastor. Out of his 26 years of service, his most lasting contribution was the construction of the rectory on Jay Street. Despite the […]

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Mural above the sanctuary inspired by Raphael

By A.J. VALENTINI Parishioners and guests always are impressed by the art-filled walls and ceilings when they enter St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Perhaps the most admired work in the church at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish lies in the apse over the main altar. This impressive painting is a reproduction of the […]

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Year of challenges leads to joyful celebrations

By TERRI PANUCCIO Preparing children for their First Communion during a pandemic has proven to be a challenge — but ultimately very rewarding. From New York state being completely shut down, to slowly opening with restrictions in place, I had to rethink my approach to the Faith Formation program, not only in educating students in […]

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Pastor’s Perspective: After 125 years, it’s time to look beyond ourselves

St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrates and recognizes its 125th anniversary in this year of 2021, we are reminded of the importance of not only looking back, but also looking toward the future. There is much to be proud and grateful. The significance of this Catholic parish in the lives, education […]

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Where Are They Now? Hayley Oliver making a difference.

We have a new feature in “More Good News” titled “Where Are They Now.” It highlights some of the “Next Generation” young people we have featured over the past 10 years. This issue catches up with Hayley Oliver, who we featured in the Fall 2014 issue. It’s been a little over six years since you […]