From the Pastor's Heart

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we begin Ordinary Time in the Church’s liturgical calendar, I thought it would be worthwhile to call your attention to a few commonsense items regarding our liturgical celebrations for the sake of your own comfort and reverence in the House of God:

- PLEASE COME ON TIME! – If you are consistently late to Mass, you are missing out on the very important Introductory Rites and the Liturgy of the Word. If you come late enough, you don’t even fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation! Barring unforeseen emergencies, coming to Mass late on a regular basis is simply an indication of poor planning. In this New Year, I invite everyone to consider making it a goal to come early so that you may have adequate time to recollect yourself and prepare prayerfully for the beginning of the Mass. By avoiding the distraction caused by needless movement and traffic in the assembly, especially the constant opening and closing of church doors, you will add to the prayerfulness of the Mass and help everyone to be more focused on their encounter with the Lord.
- PLEASE WEAR PROPER ATTIRE! – Meeting the Lord himself in His House is not like going to a grocery store or to the park. I invite you earnestly to dress up for Mass, giving God the respect that He deserves. It doesn’t mean having to wear expensive clothes. It simply means wearing our “Sunday best” whatever that may be for each person. And, of course, please always come in modest attire. This is especially important for those who serve as liturgical ministers, i.e. Lectors, Altar Servers, Sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Musicians, Ushers, etc., since they are the first representatives of the Church and the parish that people would see.
- PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD OR DRINK! - The only eating and drinking that should take place in church are that of the reception of Holy Communion. Other than that, the church is simply not a place to eat and drink. The chewing of gums, of course, is always inappropriate in church. In our parish, many people have had the good habit of bringing canned food and/or used clothing and toys to share with the poor. This was good when we had an active Food Pantry at St. Margaret Mary Chapel. Now that the Chapel and its Food Pantry has been closed, please do not bring such items to church as we do not have enough personnel or volunteers to dispose of them. If you have good clothing to donate, please contact St. Mary’s Church Clothing Drive at (718) 529–6070 or visit their website at to schedule a free pickup at your home.
- PLEASE OBSERVE HOLY SILENCE! – Since the church is a place of prayer, silence should always be observed. The greeting of our friends and neighbors is appropriate for after Mass outside of the church or in the vestibule so as not to disturb the prayer of others. This is particularly true in the transition time between our Masses on Sunday.
- PLEASE SHOW THE GREATEST REVERENCE! - The church is the House of God, where His family gathers to praise, worship, and give thanks to Him. As such, we must always maintain a spirit of reverence and respect. As we enter the vestibule, we should bless ourselves with making the sign of the Cross. Then as we enter the church, we should make either a genuflection or a profound bow toward Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle prior to taking a seat. I encourage everyone to keep the church clean, by picking up any piece of trash when you see one and dropping it into the trash bin located in the Ushers’ Room at the far-right end of the church. This will ease the burden of our volunteers who give so much of their time and energy to keep our church sanitized and in optimal condition every week.

Overall, when someone asks me to address some of these important issues in some way, I always respond by saying that while I do see many such distractions in church every day, I think of them as steppingstones toward holiness. Whether it’s a couple of noisy children, the strong scent of a fellow parishioner, the long homily of the priest or deacon, the off-key singing of someone behind you, or the lack of courtesy on the part of someone who blocks your entrance to the pew, or the nuisance caused by a piece of trash left behind by someone, let it all pass. Patience, tolerance, politeness, and good manners always work. If you find yourself to be one of the sources of these distractions, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just try to improve these things next time.

Grateful for the good etiquettes that so many of you have already been showing in our church, and commending you to the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Patroness, I assure you of my constant remembrance at the Altar.
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Msgr. Cuong M. Pham

From the Pastor's Heart

Dear parish family and friends, 

As you may be aware, Pope Francis has asked the entire Church over the world to begin a journey of listening attentively to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to deepen our understanding of what it means to live together as disciples of Christ, called to announce His Gospel in the world today. This journey, in which dialogue and consultation with all members of the Church will play a key role, will culminate in a special encounter called a Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome in 2023. The theme of that Synod will be “Toward a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. 

The word Synod comes from two Greek words which mean “journeying forward on the way together”. Essentially, the Holy Father is calling us to reflect on our experience of being part of the Church and how, together, we can better preach the Good News in the contexts of today’s world. In other words, what does it mean for us to belong to Christ and be in relationship with His Church? What does it mean for us to be engaged and involved with Christ in His Church?  What does it mean for us to be sent out, to proclaim, and to serve, by Christ and His Church? We are being asked to rediscover together what it means to be a Church at the service of humanity, modeled after Christ who came “not to be served, but to serve (Mk. 10:45).

Participating in the Synod process at the grassroots level–the parish–is an opportunity for every baptized Catholic to be involved in shaping our Church for the future. In our own Diocese of Brooklyn, Bishop Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio and our new Bishop Robert Brennan have asked every parish to participate in it. To help guide the process, the Diocesan Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis has provided us wit  some questions for group reflection and discussion together. The result of this will feed into the national Synod document which will be forwarded to the Holy Father by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a real sense, the collective input of the entire People of God will help the Pope and the Bishops of the world to shape their pastoral vision and planning into the future. It will serve the Church in her renewal to be more open to the voice of the Spirit (Pope Francis, Address for the Opening of the Synod, 9 October 2021).

I encourage everyone in our parish to take part in the Synod by participating in the Listening and Discerning Session which will take place on Saturday, January 15, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Parish Institute, following the 8 AM Mass in the Lower Church, during which we will pray especially for the Lord’s blessing upon our parish’s Synod encounter. Mindful of the challenges still presented by Covid 19, I ask that all participants wear masks and observe the health protocols when you arrive for the session. It would be ideal to have a good representation of people from all ethnic backgrounds and from each group and organization within our parish.

At that meeting, we will share our experiences of Church, and dialogue about how we can enrich and grow the Church in the current cultural and societal contexts. Participants will be asked to form small groups according to the languages spoken; each group will have a facilitator and note-taker to assist in the process. All will have an opportunity to speak, and all inputs will be summarized and submitted to Bishop Brennan, who will, in turn, submit the summarized results to
the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to be forwarded to Rome.

As you can see from this consultative process, the Church values each member’s experience and wants to know what you think. This is active participation at its best. I especially look forward to listening to you, as your inputs for the universal Church will also help shape my own pastoral vision and planning for the future growth of our own parish.

Please pray for our Holy Father and the Synodal process in our Diocese and worldwide, that the Holy Spirit will draw us more closely together and enable us to be a light to the nations. May God bless you and our parish family as we begin this journey together, confident that our united efforts will bear fruit in a more fervent experience of faith.

Yours devotedly in Christ,
Msgr. Cuong Pham

Del Corazon del Pastor

Queridos familiares y amigos de la parroquia,

Como sabrán, el Papa Francisco ha pedido a toda la Iglesia en el mundo que comience un camino de escucha atenta al Espíritu Santo y a los demás para profundizar nuestra
comprensión de lo que significa vivir juntos como discípulos de Cristo, llamado para anunciar Su Evangelio en el mundo de hoy. Este camino, en el que el diálogo y la
consulta con todos los miembros de la Iglesia tendrán un papel clave, culminará en un encuentro especial denominado Sínodo de los Obispos, que se celebrará en Roma en 2023. El tema de ese Sínodo será “Hacia una Iglesia sinodal: comunión, participación y misión ”.

La palabra Sínodo proviene de dos palabras griegas que significan "caminar juntos hacia adelante en el camino". Esencialmente, el Santo Padre nos está llamando a reflexionar sobre nuestra experiencia de ser parte de la Iglesia y cómo, juntos, podemos predicar mejor la Buena Nueva en los contextos del mundo actual. En otras palabras, ¿qué significa para nosotros pertenecer a Cristo y estar en relación con Su Iglesia? ¿Qué significa para nosotros estar comprometidos e involucrados con Cristo en Su Iglesia? ¿Qué significa para nosotros ser enviados, proclamar y servir por Cristo y Su Iglesia? Se nos pide que redescubramos juntos lo que significa ser una Iglesia al servicio de la humanidad, inspirada en Cristo que vino “no para ser servido, sino para servir (Mc 10, 45).

La participación en el proceso del Sínodo a nivel de base, la parroquia, es una oportunidad para que todos los católicos bautizados participen en la configuración de nuestra Iglesia para el futuro. En nuestra propia Diócesis de Brooklyn, el obispo emérito Nicholas DiMarzio y nuestro nuevo obispo Robert Brennan han pedido a todas las parroquias que participen en él. Para ayudar a guiar el proceso, el Secretariado Diocesano para la Evangelización y la Catequesis nos ha proporcionado algunas preguntas para la reflexión y discusión en grupo. El resultado de esto se incorporará al documento del Sínodo nacional que será remitido al Santo Padre por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos. En un sentido real, la aportación colectiva de todo el Pueblo de Dios ayudará al Papa y a los Obispos del mundo a moldear su visión pastoral y su planificación para el futuro. Servirá a la Iglesia en su renovación para estar más abierta a la voz del Espíritu (Papa Francisco, Discurso de Apertura del Sínodo, 9 de octubre de 2021).

Animo a todos en nuestra parroquia a participar en el Sínodo participando en la Sesión de Escucha y Discernimiento que tendrá lugar el sábado 15 de enero de 9:30 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. en el Instituto Parroquial, después de la misa de 8 a.m. en la Iglesia de Abajo, durante la cual oraremos especialmente por la bendición del Señor sobre el encuentro del Sínodo de nuestra parroquia. Consciente de los desafíos que todavía presenta Covid 19, pido que todos los participantes usen máscaras y observen los protocolos de salud cuando lleguen a la sesión. Sería ideal tener una buena representación de personas de todos los orígenes étnicos y de cada grupo y organización dentro de nuestra parroquia.

En esa reunión, compartiremos nuestras experiencias de la Iglesia y dialogaremos sobre cómo podemos enriquecer y hacer crecer la Iglesia en los contextos culturales y sociales actuales. Se pedirá a los participantes que formen pequeños grupos de acuerdo con los idiomas hablados; cada grupo tendrá un facilitador y un tomador de notas para ayudar en el proceso. Todos tendrán la oportunidad de hablar, y todas las aportaciones serán resumidas y enviadas al obispo Brennan, quien enviará los resultados resumidos a la Conferencia Nacional de Obispos Católicos para que los envíen a Roma.

Como puede ver en este proceso consultivo, la Iglesia valora la experiencia de cada miembro y quiere saber lo que piensa. Esta es la participación activa en su máxima expresión. Espero especialmente escucharlos, ya que sus aportes para la Iglesia universal también ayudarán a dar forma a mi propia visión pastoral y planificación para el crecimiento futuro de nuestra propia parroquia.

Por favor oren por nuestro Santo Padre y el proceso sinodal en nuestra Diócesis y en todo el mundo, para que el |Espíritu Santo nos acerque más y nos permita ser una luz para las naciones. Que Dios los bendiga a ustedes y a nuestra familia parroquial al comenzar este viaje juntos, confiando en que nuestros esfuerzos unidos darán fruto en
una experiencia de fe más ferviente.

Suyo devotamente en Cristo,
Mons. Cuong M. Pham

A Summer Prayer


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.


[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


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.



 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


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


Migration Day


Christmas Concert


Santiago Dance


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

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration


NY1 Video of "Fun Day" for Kids

Breaking Bread visits Our Lady of Mount Carmel

City of Churches visits Our Lady of Mount Carmel


2010 Annual Catholic Appeal Overgoal Video





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

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir Christmas Concert


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.


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.


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.




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



Tapestry of Faith: Hispanic & Czech/Slovak Apostolates



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Overgoal Campaign (English)



Note to parents who have come here to Baptize their children

Thank you for bringing your children here to be baptized in this parish. Your openness to the grace of the Holy Spirit and your desire to have your children blessed by God and become part of the church is a beautiful witness to everyone. We are here to welcome you and to invite you to be more a part of this family, the church. As such, below are some helpful hints and guidelines that we believe will allow this graced moment to last a lifetime.

Read more: Baptism

First Communion

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


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 They're also on Facebook at

Read more: Holy Orders