From the Pastor's Heart

Dear brothers and sisters,


Greetings and blessings to each of you from the Eternal City!


As you are reading this column, I am praying for you at the Tombs of the Holy Apostles in Rome. Msgr. Steven Aguggia, Chancellor of our Diocese, and myself have arrived safely to Italy. Due to stringent Covid restrictions currently in force throughout the European Union, we had to undergo a rigorous screening process which included a test and submission of all kinds of documentation prior to the flight and upon arrival. Once in Rome, however, we were able to use our own US Vaccination Card to move about freely.


During the last few days, I have had some important meetings with the various offices of the Holy See, including the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. In the name of our Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, I was also able to reach out to certain leaders of our Church in an effort to promote some matters of importance to our Diocese. The highlight of the week so far was a visit to my former office, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, where all my former Superiors and Colleagues received me with open arms; some even with happy tears. In the limited time that I had left each evening, I made time to get together with our Brooklyn priests who are serving the Church in Rome, visited some of my friends and former neighbors, and enjoyed a couple of leisure strolls along the cobblestone streets which I have missed so much. As you can imagine, returning to this beloved city where I had been living for more than thirteen years has been quite an emotional experience for me.


This Sunday, October 17, I will have the honor to presiding a special Mass for the members of the Vietnamese Clergy and Religious Association in Rome. This group of about three hundred people is dear to my heart because I have served as their President and Treasurer for many years. These young men and women are sent by the Church in Vietnam to pursue advance theological studies at Rome’s Pontifical Universities. A few of them now serve the Pope as prelates and officials of the Holy See. Following this gathering, I will have the privilege of participating in a special prayer service presided by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. As promised to you, I will make it a point to pray for your needs and for the intentions of our parish family in that unique encounter.


Next week, I will begin my canonical Retreat in Assisi with the Franciscans. I am thankful to many of you who have sent me your best wishes for this much needed time of rest and spiritual renewal. Be assured that you and your loved ones will be remembered at the Tombs of St. Francis and St. Clare. Again, this return to the City of Peace will be very special to me because it is where I have had many memorable Spiritual Retreats before.


My time in Rome will conclude with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness, and the members of the Roma Curia, as they gather next Sunday to celebrate a special Jubilee for Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council of Legislative Texts and my former Superior. I am very happy that this joyful event coincides with my time there this time.


While the trip has not turned out to be as restful and free from official business as I had hoped for, I am nonetheless happy to just have a few days to attend to what I value most in life: spiritual and human relationships. God willing, I will return to you with a renewed vigor and greater passion.


Commending you all to the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, and assuring you of my special remembrance at the Altar each day, I remain
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Msgr. Cuong M. Pham

From Your Pastor’s Heart


Del Corazon de Su Pastor
Queridos hermanos y hermanas,


¡Saludos y bendiciones para cada uno de ustedes desde la Ciudad Eterna!


Mientras lees esta columna, rezo por ti en las Tumbas de los Santos Apóstoles en Roma. Mons. Steven Aguggia, canciller de nuestra diócesis, y yo hemos llegado sanos y salvos a Italia. Debido a las estrictas restricciones de Covid actualmente en vigor en toda la Unión Europea, tuvimos que someternos a un riguroso proceso de selección que incluyó una prueba y el envío de todo tipo de documentación antes del vuelo y al llegar. Sin embargo, una vez en Roma, pudimos usar nuestra propia tarjeta de vacunación de EE. UU. Para movernos libremente.


Durante los últimos días he tenido algunos encuentros importantes con las distintas oficinas de la Santa Sede, entre ellas la Congregación para el Clero, la Congregación para las Causas de los Santos, el Dicasterio para el Desarrollo Humano Integral y el Dicasterio para los Laicos. , Familia y Vida. En nombre de nuestro obispo Nicholas DiMarzio, también pude acercarme a ciertos líderes de nuestra Iglesia en un esfuerzo por promover algunos asuntos de importancia para nuestra Diócesis. Lo más destacado de la semana hasta ahora ha sido una visita a mi antigua oficina, el Pontificio Consejo para los Textos Legislativos, donde todos mis antiguos Superiores y Colegas me recibieron con los brazos abiertos; algunos incluso con lágrimas de felicidad. En el tiempo limitado que me quedaba cada noche, hice tiempo para reunirme con nuestros sacerdotes de Brooklyn que sirven a la Iglesia en Roma, visité a algunos de mis amigos y antiguos vecinos y disfruté de un par de paseos por las calles adoquinadas que me he perdido mucho. Como puedes imaginar, regresar a esta querida ciudad donde viví durante más de trece años ha sido una experiencia muy emotiva para mí.


Este domingo 17 de octubre tendré el honor de presidir una misa especial para los miembros del Clero y la Asociación Religiosa de Vietnam en Roma. Este grupo de unas trescientas personas es muy querido por mi corazón porque he servido como su presidente y tesorero durante muchos años. Estos hombres y mujeres jóvenes son enviados por la Iglesia en Vietnam para realizar estudios teológicos avanzados en las Universidades Pontificias de Roma. Algunos de ellos sirven ahora al Papa como prelados y funcionarios de la Santa Sede. Después de este encuentro, tendré el privilegio de participar en un servicio especial de oración presidido por el Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco. Como se lo prometí, me ocuparé de orar por sus necesidades y por las intenciones de nuestra familia parroquial en ese encuentro único.


La semana que viene comenzaré mi retiro canónico en Asís con los franciscanos. Agradezco a muchos de ustedes que me han enviado sus mejores deseos para este tiempo de descanso y renovación espiritual tan necesario. Tenga la seguridad de que usted y sus seres queridos serán recordados en las Tumbas de San Francisco y Santa Clara. Nuevamente, este regreso a la Ciudad de la Paz será muy especial para mí porque es donde he tenido muchos Retiros Espirituales memorables antes.


Mi tiempo en Roma concluirá con una Misa Pontificia celebrada por Su Eminencia, el Cardenal Pietro Parolin, Secretario de Estado de Su Santidad, y los miembros de la Curia Roma, que se reunirán el próximo domingo para celebrar un Jubileo especial para el Obispo Juan Ignacio Arrieta. el Secretario del Pontificio Consejo de Textos Legislativos y mi ex Superior. Estoy muy feliz de que este alegre evento coincida con mi tiempo allí esta vez.
Si bien el viaje no resultó tan reparador y libre de asuntos oficiales como esperaba, estoy feliz de tener solo unos días para atender lo que más valoro en la vida: las relaciones espirituales y humanas. Si Dios quiere, volveré a ti con renovado vigor y mayor pasión.


Encomiendo a todos ustedes a la intercesión de Nuestra Señora del Rosario y asegurándoles mi recuerdo especial en el Altar cada día, me quedo


Fielmente tuyo en Cristo,
Mons. Cuong M. Pham

A Summer Prayer

A BLESSING
BEFORE SUMMER VACATIONS

Take time to claim your strength;
they are gifts of God.

Take time to have fun;
it's God's way of teaching you your strengths.

Take time to grow yourself;
only you can grow you.

Take time to trust yourself;
God trusts you.

Take time to be self-reliant;
it is better than being dependent.

Take time to share with others;
they will bless you, and you will bless them.

Take time to have hope,
you are a child of God.

Let's put ourselves into the hands of the Lord,
and pray that God will bless us and our families
during the wonderful months of summer.
May we all help make our home a place of relaxation,
joy, love, peace and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
not thinking only about ourselves,
but helping others enjoy the blessings of a summertime.

Lord God, Creator of all things,
guide our steps and strengthen our hearts,
during these months of summer and vacation days.
Grant us refreshment of mind and body.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

[Source: Sunday Bulletin of June 29, 2008; Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.]

Inaugural Recital

                                                                               INAUGURAL ORGAN RECITAL

     As you know, during our anniversary year our historic upper church organ, originally installed in 1871, was substantially re-built to last another 145 years. Master craftsman Tony Meloni of the firm of Meloni and Farrier carried out the work. Our organists Catherine Lankford and super-sub Lenny DiVittorio, in collaboration with our music director Lucille Mascia, have been delighting us liturgically with its majestic and mellow notes for the last 5 months, and I think we'll all agree the results have been wonderful.

     In order to appropriately mark the arrival of this new musical resource and to demonstrate its technical and virtuosic capacities, we are proud to announce a formal inaugural organ concert in our upper church to take place on Sunday, May 7 at 3 PM. The soloist will be Jamie Hitel, Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich, Connecticut, a widely-respected performer, composer, conductor and teacher. In addition, he maintains a busy solo organ recital career. Concert venues have included London's St Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals; New York's Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, Trinity Church, Wall Street; and Seattle's Saint Mark's Cathedral. Recent organ recitals in Germany have included concerts in Paderborn Cathedral, Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Braunschweig and as guest conductor of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra in a performance at St Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. Please mark your calendar for this wonderful musical opportunity to celebrate the Easter season. 

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria, NY

Welcome

We welcome to our parish family all who are discouraged

and need hope

- all who mourn and need comfort - all who sin and need pardon.

We invite all worshipppers here to register as parish members and to use the offering envelopes. Parish registration helps strengthen identification with our parish family. The offering envelopes facilitate parish bookkeeping and also provide you with a record for tax purposes. Of course, your support is greatly appreciated.

Also please notify the Parish when a change of address or a move occurs.

 

Videos

 OLMC-Welcome to Holy Door of Mercy

 

 

 OLMC-Opening of Holy Door-Dec. 13, 2015

 

 

OLMC-Blessing of Holy Door-Dec. 13, 2015 

 

Video version of 2012 Living Via Crucis


Video of one particular station


Easter Vigil opening


Easter Vigil Adult Confirmation:


St. Joseph Feast Day Band


St. Joseph Procession March 18, 2012


Queens Catholics get in step 1/02/2012

Video Yearbook - Spanish

Video Yearbook - English

Queens mother church looks back at rich history 6/30/11

Corpus Christi 2011

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See this year's RCIA folks from OLMC on Diocesan TV

Msgr Ogle reflects on the spiritual importance of church buildings

Currents Episode on Migration Day

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Migration Day

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Christmas Concert

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Santiago Dance

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NYer Of The Week: Senior Center Volunteer Provides Bingo Games, Support


Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

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NY1 Video of "Fun Day" for Kids

Breaking Bread visits Our Lady of Mount Carmel

City of Churches visits Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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2010 Annual Catholic Appeal Overgoal Video

English

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Spanish

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Visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel Channel on YouTube - just click here.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir Christmas Concert

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Click Here for video clips from Ecuador Nube 2009

The Brooklyn Diocese held a special celebration at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, Queens for the Year for Priests:

Catholic Fellowship young adult meeting featured a speaker on chivalry and Christian manhood (final segment of program):

Our new elevator is dedicated by Msgr. Sanchez, our former pastor and current vicar.

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World Priest Day Interview – 10/26/09 - Our pastoral year seminarian discusses Marriage Encounter and World Priest Day.

Our pastoral year seminarian and two priests in the house, Fr Brady and Fr Roden, just returned from Rome form the canonization of Joseph Damien and Jeanne Jugan. Sean - our seminarian- is featured serving in this  video.

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Check out the nightly news program on our diocesan TV from July 28-- a touching story about foster kids, a piece about Rome's history, and a bit on the 156th anniversary of the Brooklyn Diocese, featuring yours truly and Dr Patrick Mc Namara, another Cathedral alum, plus the nightly news highlights.

 

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Jane Ann Mc Gettrick, received Papal Honors at St James Cathedral the other night, and the NET interviewed her prominently in the "Currents" news program episode.

 

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir 2008

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Tapestry of Faith: Hispanic & Czech/Slovak Apostolates

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Overgoal Campaign (English)

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First Communion

We offer religious education for all grade levels. Call Nelly Gutierrez (718) 278-1834, ext. 114.

Confirmation

Students in primary or secondary public schools should contact Nelly Gutierrez (718) 278-1834, ext. 114 to register for religious instruction for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Adults who need the sacrament of Confirmation should contact a priest or deacon of the parish to make an appointment.

Holy Orders

The privilege of serving God's people as a priest, permanent deacon, religious sister or brother is personally fulfilling and spiritually exciting.  Anyone who feels they might be interested in the priesthood, diaconate or religious life should speak to a parish priest.

The Brooklyn Diocese Vocation Director is Father Sean Suckiel, and his office's website is http://www.brooklynpriests.org/. They're also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-NY/Diocese-of-Brooklyn-Vocation-Office/129099257107084.

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