Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Italian Society held their annual Christmas Party at Riccardo's By the Bridge on December 8, 2013. This group has been celebrating together every Christmas since 1980! President of the group, Nina Carullo presented one of its leaders, Sal Grippi with an award for years of outstanding service and commitment to our parish and community.  As always, there was delicious food with yummy sweet treats and fabulous music. A wonderful time was had by all! Photos courtesy of Nina Carullo. (click for more photos)





The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a rich history that goes back into the late 1890’s. This group is made up of women of all ages representing a wide variety of ethnicities. The Society is a spiritual organization whose primary focus is prayer and to cultivate and promote devotion to our Lord and His Mother while leading its members to a deepening of their Catholic faith by providing spiritual help and support for one another. For the third straight Christmas, the Society is making a monetary contribution to help supplement the food pantry at St. Margaret Mary to assist those less fortunate in our parish and the community. Here is a picture of some members in front of the altar surrounding President, Margaret Gavan. The Rosary Society wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a very blessed, healthy and Happy New Year!


The Vietnamese Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn has been hosted for many years here at OLMC. On November 24, 2013, the Apostolate celebrated the annual feast day of St Andrew Dun-Lac and the Vietnamese martyrs, their patron saints. The Apostolate Director, Father Peter Nguyen and Father Joe Pham, both Parochial Vicars here at OLMC were joined by Father Vincentius Do of St Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish in Brooklyn who preached the homily. After Mass, which included honoring the saints with incense, a party featuring lots of karaoke was held in the Mount Carmel Institute. A good time was had by all. Here are a few pictures. Go to Photo Gallery for all pictures. Photos courtesy of  Nghia Vu. Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures.


On Thursday, November 21, 2013, we had our sixth annual fall gathering of liturgical ministers, committee members and volunteers from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Margaret Mary. Sixty-five people attended where the topic this year was “A Look at the Mass.” We were led in bi-lingual evening prayer by Pastor, Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, V.F., our transitional Deacon Christopher R. Heanue, assigned to OLMC for the next two years and permanent Deacon Ruben Mendez.

The English speaking group listened to a talk by Deacon Chris. For the Spanish Group, the speaker was Father Felix Sanchez, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s Parish here in Astoria. Father Felix has served as a priest in Spain and Brazil before coming to the Brooklyn Diocese where he loves teaching and working in the parish.

Afterwards the groups reunited as one for coffee and a variety of sweet treats courtesy of Maria Barretta. Here are a few pictures. Pictures are courtesy of Pastor Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, V.F. and Neida C.  Martinez. For all pictures, please go to Photo Gallery. Video posted on You Tube.




We are honored to announce that on SaturdayDecember 7 at the 5 PM Mass, Bishop of

Brooklyn, Nicholas DiMarzio will visit our church to bless the new stained glass windows in our renovated ”West Porch” vestibule. One window features the crest of Pope Francis and the other features the Bishop’s own Episcopal crest. We believe these are the first stained glass depictions of either of these insignia in any parish in our diocese.  At this time, we will also be able to congratulate our Bishop on his tenth anniversary in the Brooklyn Diocese and offer gifts including our gift of prayers for his continued success.  We ask all parishioners to join us for this  multi-lingual Mass.

Bishop DiMarzio with Pope Francis

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