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 […]


Gallery: First Communion children make ‘warm fuzzy’ crosses

This has been such a difficult year for us all, especially the children. Because of the pandemic we have our second- and third-graders who will receive their First Communion in May. On Monday, Feb. 8, some of the children (and siblings, too!) learned that just as our family members are there to make us feel […]


Our Parish Heritage, Part 4: Pizzoglio a man of action

This is the fourth 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 1934-1950 When Father William Pizzoglio became pastor in 1934, the parish had 2,035 families and 12,700 parishioners. His first endeavor was to conduct […]


125th anniversary: Embracing the past, envisioning the future

In the late 19th century, Italian immigrants in Utica longed for their own church. Brick by brick, they toiled to erect their dream. On Dec. 20, 1896, they celebrated the first Mass in Santa Maria di Monte Carmela in the basement of the unfinished church. Now, 125 years later, generations have called this place home. […]


Why have your marriage blessed in church? Here are a few reasons

A church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage — on the day of the wedding and beyond. A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to God for help and guidance. Seeking […]

Antonio Ricco and his grandmother Phyllis Ricco

Antonio Ricco a doer – and a thinker

Antonio Ricco is a busy young man attending college, participating in many activities and has hopes of going to law school. He does take time, however, to contemplate on the deeper meanings in life and society. You’re a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross. Needless to say, it hasn’t been a typical year […]


Our parish heritage, Part 3: Formia establishes school, convent

(Above: Mount Carmel School Class of 1921, the last class to graduate when Father Joseph Forma was pastor of Mount Carmel.) This is the third 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 1903-1933 Father […]


Out of the darkness, Mary Lourdes Martin shines very bright

Mary Lourdes Martin wasn’t dealt the greatest hand in life. Born premature and blind since birth, Mary has made the most of her 67 years on this Earth. With the love and guidance of her parents early on, and the passion for not letting anything hold her back, Mary has worked hard to now hold […]


Ushers take on new role, responsibilities amid pandemic

(Above: Barbara Jo Carino is in charge of the parish ushers.) Barbaro Joe Carino wanted to become an usher more than 20 years ago. There was one obstacle, however, she encountered — she’s a woman. “I wanted to be an usher for a while, but ushers were only men,” Barbara Jo said. “Every week, (the […]