The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This is the oldest Italian Feast in honor of the Blessed Mother in the state of Rhode Island. It was established by the Italian immigrants that moved to Bristol in 1899.
Chief Marshals 2020
Priscilla and Adam Baron
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CHIEF MARSHALS FOR THE 122th FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL.
I’m sure you will agree with me that this husband and wife team are loyal Mt Carmel parishioners who love their faith and live their parish. She is a lifelong Bristolian and parishioner so obviously he married up. They are the parents of 4 children and 16 grandchildren. Active in the parish they have sung forever in our Choir and assisted in volunteering in so many ways in the parish. He is a Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war and an engineer. Both have worked in our school. They are daily mass attendants and members of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. I am so so very happy to announce tonight that our Chief Marshals for the 124 feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be Adam and Priscilla Baron. They have accepted this honor in memory of their most wonderful daughter our beloved parishioner Natalie Swift who died this past October after battling ALS for 7 years. Congratulations to you both!
Tom Vendituoli Youth Faith in Action 2020
Nathan, Luke, Margaret, Grace, Tommy, and Matthew Swift
The second award for our feast is the Thomas Venditouli Faith in action award that goes to a person 30 years of age or younger who displays the qualities of putting faith into action which was so much a part of Tommy’s life. We are blest here at OLMC to have so many youth who assist in our parish and do all sorts of apostolic work of which Mr V would be so proud. It is hard to choose every year. This year, at first, I finally did focus on one young person but then I realized all his brothers and sisters qualified as well. Four of them have been altar servers, two of them MCs and Sacristans. 2 have gone on multiple mission trips with us to the Mustard Seed Orohqnges in Jamaica and Nicaragua, two are going this year. All of them went to our school or are currently there now and all went to Catholic High School. I can always count on them. There Mom and Dad and grandparents made sure they were raised in the practice and love of the Catholic Faith. So, indeed, it gives me great joy and it is an honor to tell you that our 6 brothers and sisters, who are together this year’s Tom Venditouli Faith in action award winners are Nathan, Luke, Margaret, Grace, Tommy and Matthew Swift. Only Nathan and Luke have known this for the past few months. We decided to surprise the other four tonight. Three are with us serving. And they will take on this honor in memory of their dear mom, our beloved parishioner Natalie Swift. Congratulations to all of you!
Schedule of Events
Opening Feast Mass and Chief Marshal’s Reception: Sunday, July 12th 10:30a Mass, with reception to follow in the parish hall.
Triduum of Feast Masses: July 13th, 14th, and 15th at 7p.
Solemn Procession and Benediction: July 19th 2:00pm on the Town Common across the street from the church. Please note, that we will be required to enforce the same guidelines given for the Flag Day ceremony, and 4th of July celebration here in town. Cloth face coverings are required, and six feet social distancing must be maintained.
Triduum Mass Celebrants
Monday Evening – Rev. Hiep Nguyen
On Monday evening, we welcome the newest priest of our Diocese, Fr. Hiep Nguyen. Fr. Hiep grew up in Vietnam, before discerning a call to the priesthood and entering formation for the Diocese of Providence. He has been assigned to St. Francis Xavier in East Providence for his first parish assignment. We are so delighted to have Fr. Hiep for the first of our triduum Masses.
Tuesday Evening – Very Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB
On Tuesday evening, we welcome home Fr. Jonathan. In many ways, Fr. Jonathan needs no introduction. He is a native son of the parish, former president of St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, and currently the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Boston. Fr. Jonathan has been so generous in assisting with Masses and confessions at OLMC over the years, and it will be a joy to have back on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday Evening – Rev. Phillip Dufour
On Wednesday, we welcome back Fr. Phillip Dufour. Fr. Dufour is currently assigned to St. Philip Parish in Greenville. What a great joy, to conclude our triduum of feast Masses with another native vocation of the parish.