Catholic Migration Dinner & Ceremony with parishioners re ceiving their Shining Star.” (Oct 3, 2014)
Msgr. Ogle along with Catholic Charities staff and community leaders on Catholic Charities Kids’ Fun Day along Newtown Ave. (August, 2014)
Father Brady blessing our fathers on Father’s Day along with Deacon Chris Heanue. (June 2014)
Msgr. Ogle with the Italian Community after celebrating mass in honor of St. Anthony of Padua. (June 13, 2014)
3 Year Lay Ministry Program - Spanish Track Class being commissioned by Bishop Octavio Cisneros at Immaculate Conception in Douglaston. (May 19, 2014)
A few members of the OLMC Filipino-American Committee along with Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle and Zumba leader, Josie Ongsiako after Zumba Mega Dance. (April 17, 2016)
Zumba on a Sunday night in the Institute’s gym. (April, 2016) 8)
Parishioners enjoying a wonderful lunch prepared by the Italian Community in celebrating the feast of St. Joseph. (March 19, 2016)
Beautifully decorated upper church on Christmas Day. (December 25, 2015)
OLMC English Choir during their annual Christmas Eve Con cert. (December 24, 2015)
Our 86 students after receiving First Communion pose for a picture after crowning the Blessed Mother. (May 16, 2015)
Rosary Society during their annual Communion Breakfast at RIccardo’s by the Bridge. (May, 2015)
Easter Vigil mass. (March 26, 2015)
Father Joe Pham retirement mass. (January 31, 2016)
Our oldest parishioner, Domenico , having his birthday celebrated by the Italian Community. (Nov. 9, 2014)
Adult Confirmation on Pentecost. (May 23, 2015)
OLMC'S annual luncheon for catechists on Catechetical Sunday. This year's theme is "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle blessed the catechists for the 2015-16 school. Also in this picture, sitting in the front row, middle seat is Father Ed Brady who retired from teaching CCD. (September 20, 2015)
Generations of Faith Committee with Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio at the Thank You Dinner at Russo’s on the Bay. (Feb, 2015)
Here is a picture of our 6 students after their First Communion from our Special Ed classes. In the picture along with Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle are: CRE, Nelly Espinal-Gutiérrez and teachers: Louise Walton, Len DiVittorio and Marie Dattero. (May 21, 2016)
Father Joe Pham after receiving his ‘Shining Star “” at the Migration Dinner & Ceremony. (October 3, 2015)
One of our two newest murals. This is the fourth Luminous Mystery, The Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. This mural sits above the St. Joseph altar in our upper church.
The second of our two newest murals. This is the third Luminous Mystery, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and our call to conversion. This mural sits above Our Blessed Mother’s Altar in the upper church.
Deanery meeting with those who provide outreach service in our deanery. (Feb. 11. 2016)
Here are over 100 parishioners who attended the Apologetics Program in Spanish during 2016. (Feb. 13, 2016)
Msgr. Ogle with Nina Carullo at the Italian Community celebration of St. Joseph after mass. (March 19, 2016)
Our Easter Monday Baptism in our local nursing home -- our 80 year old Russian-born atheist-turned-Catholic Alexei, with Charmaine his godmother, a parish lay minister. God be praised! (April 4, 2016)
Bishop-elect Raymond Chappetto, native son, with Msgr. Ogle on his first visit to OLMC after being named an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brooklyn. (June 2012)
3 Year Lay Ministry Program - English Track Class being commissioned by Bishop Octavio Cisneros at Immaculate Conception in Douglaston. (May 19, 2014)
Adult Confirmation at the Vigil Mass of Pentecost on Saturday, May 14, 2016
Confirmation Class of 2016 on April 16, 2016 surrounding Bishop Octavio Cisneros
First Communion on Saturday, May 14, 2016

We began the month with a beautiful Mass celebrated by one of the newly ordained priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Rev. Sean M. Suckiel who, as a seminarian, served his pastoral year here. It was a wonderful celebration with the enthusiastic Father Sean with a lovely reception at the Parish Institute which was provided by The Rosary Society. Videos are available on youtube.

Our parish was blessed when the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, named two men with strong connections to Our Lady of Mount Carmel as auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Our beloved former pastor, Msgr. Paul Sanchez and a native son, Msgr. Raymond Chappetto were both invited to celebrate Thanksgiving Mass here. Upon their visits, both our “Mount Carmel boys” were presented with a special gift from the parish to remember us by: new miters hand-embroidered by cloistered Vietnamese nuns with an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a unique and memorable gift.

The first of these moving celebrations was a Thanksgiving Mass on September 8th where the main celebrant was one of our native sons, the newly ordained Bishop Chappetto. It was full circle for His Excellency as he was baptized, confirmed and celebrated his First Mass at OLMC, and returned to say Mass as Bishop. He had the unusual treat of being able to “Visum” his own baptismal register entry at the conclusion of Mass, before blessing the worksite of our new Church handicapped ramp. Here are some pictures of the fabulous celebration. The Italian Community supplied delicious refreshments for the reception at the Parish Institute.


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On September 23rd, we were graced by our beloved former pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez who was the main celebrant at an English-Spanish Thanksgiving Mass. At the end of Mass he blessed the worksite where the new elevator and west vestibule of the church will be erected over the next few months. The parishioners were overjoyed in wishing His Excellency their very best to him in his challenging new position. The Spanish community provided a wonderful reception in the Parish Institute where hundreds of parishioners stood on a line for a couple of hours to receive his blessing. Videos are available on youtube.


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We concluded the month with our third annual Mass in honor of the first canonized saint of the Philippines, San Lorenzo Ruiz and His Companion Martyrs. We were honored that the Filipino Diocesan Apostolate Music Ministry provided the music for the Mass. The Filipino Community provided an amazing meal – from soup to dessert – in the Parish Institute.  Videos are available on youtube.

 

Mount Carmel parish rejoices in the naming of Brooklyn Diocese's two new auxiliary bishops yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI, both of whom have strong connections to our parish:

Monsignor Paul Sanchez, our pastor from 2001 to 2008, and currently Episcopal Vicar for Queens;
and Monsignor Raymond Chappetto, baptized, confirmed and graduated from here (class of 1959), currently pastor of Our Lady of the Snows in North Floral Park.

They are priests beloved of their people and highly respected by fellow priests. They will be ordained bishops on Wednesday, July 11 in Our Lady of Angels Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. We will invite each of them to come celebrate with us at Mount Carmel in the coming months. Please keep them and our diocese in your prayers in these challenging times.
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The Italian Society in Astoria after celebrating Mass on July 15, 2012 in honor of the feast day of our Blessed Mother here in the mother church of Queens County. Pictures courtesy of Nina Carullo.


Catholic School Opportunities in our Area

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Early Childhood and Elementary Catholic Education is alive and well in Long Island City/Astoria/Woodside.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is officially affiliated with St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Long Island City.  Please follow the link to learn more about the programs, registration information and tuition at the Academy.  Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, serves on the Board of Members.


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