We celebrated the re-opening of the upper church on the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, Thursday, October 2, 2014. We were honored to have Most Rev. Paul R. Sanchez, Auxiliary Bishop and Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs as the main celebrant. Bishop Sanchez, our former pastor, began the evening by blessing the restored images before mass.
Concelebrating: Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, V.F.; retired Pastor of Saint Margaret Mary, Father Ed Brady; Parochial Vicars of Mount Carmel, Father Joseph Pham and Father Peter Nguyen. Father JosephJude Gannon, Pastor of St. Gerard Majella who served this parish in his first assignment after ordination; Father Michael Kerrigan, Administrator, St. John’s Parish in Kingsbridge, Bronx who grew up in Astoria and Father Antonin Kocurek, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs who celebrates Mass for the Czech-Slovak community every week here, also joined in the festivities.
Assisting were Deacon Stephen Damato from St. Sebastian as Master of Ceremonies along with the Deacons who serve Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Christopher R. Heanue, Manuel Barahona and Ruben Mendez. Here are a few pictures from this wonderful event. Pictures provided by Nina Carullo, Barbara Daddario and Neida C. Martinez. For all pictures, click here to go to Photo Gallery
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“On a Wing and A Prayer”
Thursday, October 2, we will have multi‐lingual mass in the upper church, celebrated by Bishop Paul Sanchez at 7:30pm. From this point on Masses will again be celebrated in the upper church as in the past. We hope you will put our re‐ opening mass on your calendar. A general parish reception will follow in the parish institute.
A large number of our Spanish speaking community hails from near Puebla in Mexico, whose patron saints are St James the Apostle and Saint James of Alcala, “the two Santiagos.” For the first time, our Santiago Committee arranged a celebration on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The activities included a Rosary, procession, Mass and festival. Our parochial vicar of 32 years, Father Joseph Pham was our main celebrant assisted by Deacon Manuel Barahona. Close to 300 parishioners attended the festivities. Here are a few pictures, courtesy of Neida Martinez. For all pictures, please go to Photo Gallery.
Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol
Un gran número de nuestra comunidad Latina proviene de cerca de Puebla en México, cuyo patrón santos son Santiago Apóstol y San Jaime de Alcalá, "los dos Santiagos." Por primera vez, nuestro Comité de Santiago hicieron una celebración el sábado , 26 de julio de 2014. Las actividades fueron un rosario, procesión, misa y festival. Nuestro vicario parroquial de 32 años, el padre Joseph Pham era nuestro principal celebrante asistido por el Diácono Manuel Barahona. Cerca de 300 feligreses asistieron a las festividades. Aquí hay varias fotos, cortesía de Neida Martínez. Para todas las imágenes, por favor vaya a la galería de fotos.
As Mother Church of Queens and in celebration of our 173rd anniversary, we celebrated three masses throughout the day. We concluded the day with an evening Mass in three languages (English, Spanish, Italian) to honor our Patroness, Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16, 2014. For our tri-lingual celebration, our main celebrant was Father Joe Pham who has been serving this parish for 32 years! He was assisted by Deacon Ruben Mendez along with lectors Rafael Gomez and Nina Carullo.
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast was instituted in the 14th century by the Carmelite Order to commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1251 when our Blessed Mother gave the brown scapular to Saint Simon Stock. The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy 205 states, “The scapular is a sign of the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel and those who entrust themselves to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the importance of spiritual life and the need for prayer.” The Preface for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, “The Blessed Virgin Mary watches unceasingly over the brethren of her Son, and lights us along our pilgrim way to the Mount of your Glory, our beacon of comfort, and the embodiment of all our hopes as members of the Church.”
Here are a few pictures from the evening mass, courtesy of Neida C. Martinez. Go to the photo gallery for all pictures.