Our Catholic Heritage: Boaz was a compassionate man, kind to women

Chapter 2 in a series on our parish history and its artwork. Today, meet Booz (aka Boaz). By A.J. VALENTINI Continuing our series on our parish history and art, we return to the arch over the altar of sacrifice. In Chapter 1 in the last issue of “More Good News,” we learned about the first […]


Where are they now? Vito making the most of what life throws at him

ABOVE: Vito Valenzi working the livestream equipment in church. Vito Valenzi, 24, was featured in the 2013 winter edition of “More Good News” when he was 15 years old. He’s learned over the last decade that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but you make the best of the hand you’re dealt. How has your […]


The changing priesthood: Younger priests face challenges and changes

Above: Father Scott VanDerveer, a former parishioner, is pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Glens Falls. “I do think it’s interesting that Jesus said in the scriptures that the church would always find a way to survive, that the church would always prevail. I think that’s beautiful, and I think it means that we need […]


Who are those men on the ceiling above the sanctuary?

Chapter 1 in a series on our parish history and its artwork. Today, meet Isaiah. Coming this spring, Booz. Once the eyes have been drawn to the apse of our church above the sanctuary, where the magnificent reproduction of the upper half of Raphael’s “Dispute of the Holy Sacrament” resides, they wander over other artistic […]


Viewpoint from Father Luis: Is there a right way to worship God?

By THE REV. LUIS OLGUIN What is the “right” way to worship God so that we can be sure that we will get into heaven? People perpetually ask some version of this question. The Bible give us more than one example: “Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” (Matthew 22:36) “What must I do […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 1991-present The next pastor after Father Henry […]


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 […]


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. […]