Third Sunday of Advent

Announcements from our bulletin of December 17, 2017



There will be a Concert at St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament on December 17th at 4:30 pm in the Church at 648 Jay St, Utica..

The Church Choir and Pastoral Musicians will offer sacred contemporary and traditional music of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Admittance is free. All are Welcome!


Maronite Evening Prayer and Lecture “The Fifth Gospel” The Land Where Jesus Was Born An historical-geographical reflection on the Land of John the Baptist and of Jesus.

Pastor - Chorbishop John D. Faris.

St. Louis Gonzaga Maronite Church 520 Rutger Street, Utica.

Monday, December 18th

  • Confessions 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Prayer 6:00 pm
  • Lecture 6:30 pm


Our Lady of the Rosary

  • Sat. December 23rd, Vigil 4:00 pm.
  • Sun. December 24th, 10:30 am.

 December 24th: Christmas Eve

  • 4:00 pm in Church.
  • 4:00 pm at Notre Dame.
  • 10:00 pm in Church.

December 25th: Christmas Day

  • 8:00 am.
  • 10:30 am.

Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Sat. December 23rd, Vigil 4:00 pm.
  • Sun. December 24th, 9:00 am.

December 24th: Christmas Eve

  • 4:00 pm.
  • 6:00 pm.
  • Midnight.

December 25th: Christmas Day

  • 9:00 am.
  • 11:15 am.


Beginning the New Year of 2018, our Bulletins will be having a new look. In fact, the two bulletins will become one joint bulletin between our two Parishes. This will help ease the flow of information between both communities and keep us abreast of information in our Pastoral Care area, as well as in the greater Catholic Community.

Each week we will try to include something educational about the Catholic faith we profess.

We hope you will like the new approach as we take yet another step as two Catholic Parishes sharing the same Pastoral Leadership.

Father Joe Salerno


Finally, in today’s Old Testament reading, Isaiah has a joyful message for the people. When he writes that the Lord has anointed him and sent him to bring glad tidings and to heal the broken hearted, he is referring to the coming of Jesus who will accomplish these things. Actually, Jesus began His ministry by quoting this passage from the Old Testament as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Also hinted at is the presence of the “Spirit of the Lord” which rounds out the Triune God The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit! How amazing is the Prophecy of Isaiah that was given 700 years before Jesus’ birth, He and His mission is being described!

Included in this message is the fact that Israel will be rebuilt to its former glory and receive a “double portion” of blessings because of all the trouble the Jewish people have endured. However, the really Good News for us is that ALL the Nations on earth will also be included if they have been faithful to the Lord God.

During this season and every season, we can reflect on the promises in this reading that God gave to us through Isaiah: we are clothed with a robe of Salvation, adorned with a crown, bedecked with jewels, and will, therefore, see God’s purpose for our creation fulfilled! Glory Be to Our God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!


The sign up sheets for the January Masses are in the sacristy.

Please stop by after Mass to SIGN UP a week or more in advance so the Celebrating Priest knows there is ministry coverage when he arrives. Thank You.


Special second grade service project come decorate a family Christmas tree.

The Second Graders are inviting everyone adults and children to decorate the Tree in the back of the Church with any type of ornament homemade or purchased. This Tree will symbolize the closeness of our Parish Families as the Birth of Jesus truly brings us all together.


The Rosary is recited every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 7:10 am before Mass.

All are welcome.


Thank you for your continued generosity & support!


Please pray for: Barbara Byrne, Mary Galpin, Joan K, Nick LaBella, Patricia Temple Circelli, Randy Glenski, Barb Paparella, Karen Kelly, Helen Uhl, Don B, Marisa Wendt, Patty McComb, Hernan R., Gerry Campola, Jacob Strange, Barb Gilroy, Dorothy Green, Ron N., Sue Kelly, Catherine, Robin P., Sandra C., Joan M., Brian Jones, Sidney Copperwheat, Michael J., Josephine Cieslak, Carl N., Constance Zogby, Marilyn Slivinski, M.S., Marie Rycraft, Sally Vance, Ben Bell, Judy B., Bill T., Bill S., Ed & Linda Kloster, Jean Rybka, Robin Fischer, Suzanne, Joe T., Bill Murphy, Keith C, Art, Michele Bruzzese, Anne Bruzzese, Jim H.

To add or have names removed from our prayer list please call the Parish Office at (315)-724-0402.