PHOTO ALBUMS

Last Updated on March 16, 2013 by Editor

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 2013

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, children of the parish gathered with their parents, grandparents and friends to enjoy the annual Breakfast with Santa. All were treated to a hearty breakfast that included scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and more. And, of course, the children were excited with the arrival of Santa and each given a present. The photos of Santa with the children (and other older children at heart) were taken by Bill Thibault.

CHRISTMAS 2013

Here are images from Christmas 2013 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish. Some were produced by the Observer-Dispatch and are copyrighted and cannot be downloaded or reproduced. Others are courtesy of Tom Loughlin Jr.

CHRISTMAS GALA 2013

The annual Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Christmas Gala took place Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Danielle\'s Banquet Specialists in New Hartford. Many people braved the cold and snowy conditions to make the night a fun event. These photos were taken by Bill Thibault.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT 2013

The children of St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish participated in the annual Christmas Pageant at the 4 p.m. Mass Dec. 24, 2013. These images are courtesy of Terri Panuccio.

CONFIRMATION 2013

Bishop Thomas Costello confirmed 22 young people from our parish on Sunday, Oct. 20. Those confirmed were: Gianna Teresa Amerosa, Francis Xavier Bianco, Sarah Elizabeth Calenzo, Katherine Cecilia Elacqua, Rocco Joseph Femia, Daniel Thomas Geary, Dante Michael Lacy, Angelina Kathleen Mancuso, Isabella Genoveffa Mancuso, Francis Marip, Maria Mary Rosalie Morrissey, Francesca Cosimina Orsomarso, Gay Nay Christina Paw, Kendall Anne Salatino, John Joseph Siniscarco, Gabrielle Teresa Spinelli, Joseph John Sullivan, Juliana Thomasina Suppa, Dominick Joseph Taurisano, Luzeya Angela Thin, Vito Valentino Valenzi and PaPa Cecilia Win.

FAITH FORMATION PIZZA FRITTA 2013

Students in the Faith Formation Junior High School and High School program cooked and served pizza fritta Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

FATHER SCOTT'S MASS 2013

The Rev. Scott Vanderveer, who was ordained a priest June 8, 2013, in Albany, celebrated one of his first Masses June 15, 2013 at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament. Here are some images from the Mass and the reception.

FAITH FORMATION 2013

Photos of the elementary school Faith Formation students captured by Terri Panuccio.

FESTIVAL 2013

The 2013 St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish Italian Festival took place from July 19-21.

FESTIVAL PROCESSION 2013

On a bright Sunday morning on July 21, 2013, a procession took place in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Dozens of worshipers gathered and marched around the grounds of St, Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish in Utica, N.Y.

FIRST COMMUNION 2013

Twenty-two youngsters received their First Communion on Sunday, May 5, 2013, among family, friends and the parish community. Here are photos of the children and from the ceremony. The photos from the ceremony are courtesy of Adam Brockway Photography. They are copyrighted and can not be downloaded. If you wish to purchase a photo, contact Brockway at adambrockwayphoto@gmail.com.

FIRST RECONCILIATION 2013

Twenty-one children received the Sacrament of First Reconciliaiton. It was so nice to see the support of their families on this special day. Not only were their parents there to support them, but brothers, sisters, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Our theme was \"The Lost Sheep.\" Twenty-two lit candles that were placed in front of the altar signifying the children and the light of Christ in each of them. After a homily by Father Cesta, each child read a way that the light of Christ goes out. Some of the examples were, \"When I fight with my brother or sister.\" \"When I don\'t go to Mass.\" \"When I make fun of someone who is different from me.\" \"When I say unkind things about others.\" \"When I don\'t obey my parents or teachers.\" After each one was read, the child blew out their candle. Then they went to confession and when they were finished talking with the priest, they had a \"One Found Sheep\" pin put on them and re-lit their candle, as the light of Christ was now shining bright within them. A pizza luncheon followed in the Salerno Room after the ceremony.These images were captured by Terri Panuccio.

FLOWER SALE 2013

GOLF TOURNAMENT 2013

The first Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish Golf Tournament teed off Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in New Hartford. About 70 golfers participated in the best-ball event. There was lunch at the turn that included hamburgers and hot dogs, and dinner after the tournament. There also were 70 door prizes so each golfer benefited. Here are some images from the day.

HOLY WEEK, EASTER  2013

These images from Holy Week and Easter 2013 were captured by Tom Loughlin Jr.

HOW GREEN CAN YOU BE

Students in the Junior High Faith Formation Program took part in the \"How Green Can You Be\" dance for their service/socialization event March 17, 2013. There was a DJ and photo booth.

JUNIOR HIGH 2013

The Junior-Senior High School students ended their second session of classes. Zach Miller, a seminarian in the Syracuse diocese, spoke to the teens about his vocation to the priesthood. Next, he had some volunteers do an icebreaker similar to rock, paper, scissors, only with Ninja, bear, and hunter. He then began the evening of fun with a prayer. The night included making lunch, which included a snack and a sandwich, playing games and dancing to Just Dance 4 on the XBOX! Mr. LaPolla and Zach joined in and showed the kids that they could move! These images were captured by Terri Panuccio.

MARDI GRAS 2013

Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament\'s annual Mardi Gras celebration took place Feb. 2, 2013, at the Italian Heritage Club on Bleecker Street. Here\'s a colorful look at the festivities.

MAY CROWNING 2013

At all Masses the weekend of May 11 and 12, 2013, children from our First Communion class along with some of our other young parishioners, participated in our annual May Crowning. Thank you to all of our children and their parents for being a part of honoring Mary, the mother of God. 4 p.m. Mass: Thank you Emily, Genaro, Matthew, Megan, & Skylar. 8 a.m. Mass: Thank you Nan Zar, Remi, Ben Rawnika, Alana, & Ryan. 10:30 a.m. Mass: Thank you Gianella, Philip, Gianna, Angelo, Kristian, Sai, John Alex, Sebastian, Mia, Guilia, Ianna, Joseph, Sophia, Kennedy, Zachary, Moo La, Brooklyn, Gina, Alex and Joseph R.

PENTECOST 2013

The feast of Pentecost was celebrated Sunday, May 19, 2013. These are images captured by Tom Loughlin Jr.

PEPPER COOKIES 2013

Members of the St. Anne Society prepare and bake pepper cookies, a holiday tradition. These images were captured by Michael Wicks.

PIZZA FRITTA 2013

The Social Committee hosted a pizza fritta and bake sale after Masses on Sunday, March 17, 2013. The following are images submitted by Connie Watkins.

VISION 2013 AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

In July, eight teenagers from Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament and one from St. Paul\'s traveled to South Bend, Ind., to participate in Vision 2013 at the University of Notre Dame. Vision is a five-day catholic youth conference that includes dynamic large group experiences, reflective small group time, profound liturgies and music. Speakers from all across the country break open important themes throughout the week and help the participants to relate them to their own lives. There are 65 Notre Dame undergraduates that serve as mentors.

VOLUNTEER DINNER 2013

The many parishioners who volunteer at St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish were honored Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Ramada Inn in New Hartford. Nearly 250 people attended and enjoyed an evening of food, camaraderie, music and fun.