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 2019
Jerry and Denise Dufour
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CHIEF MARSHALS FOR THE 121st FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. Born in New Bedford MA, and moving to RI in 1984, they joined Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in 1993. They have two children, a daughter and a son, who both graduated from our parish school. They have been very involved with the church and the school for 27 years in multiple capacities. She started volunteering and substitute teaching at the school on occasion, eventually becoming the Pre-K teacher. He is an engineer for the Navy, served on the committee which designed and built the first computer lab at OLMC school, and continues to provide technical support to the parish. She continues to volunteer at the school, they both serve on the school board, and have been members of the parish choir since 1993. They have served on various parish committees whenever requested. She is a cantor and soloist at the parish, as well as a Eucharistic minister for school masses and has sung in multiple churches since the age of 14. As pastoral musicians for the Diocese of Providence, they have sung with multiple groups at various events throughout the diocese over the years. They are the proud parents and in-laws of three Thomas Vendituli Faith in Action award winners Zach and Elise Augustine and Fr Phillip Dufour. They have spoken about vocations at Monday Morning message at our school, and have been actively supporting vocations in the diocese. They had their first grandchild born in January, Christian Marcel Augustine, and of course they are the proud parents of our most recently ordained priest in the diocese, Rev. Phillip Dufour . I am so very pleased to announce that our Chief Marshals for the 121st Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be Gerry and Denise Dufour . Congratulations!
Tom Vendituoli Youth Faith in Action 2019
Our OLMC, Tom Vendituoli, Faith in Action award winner this year (given each year, in conjunction with our feast to a young person, 30 years of age or younger, who displays the qualities of putting faith into action which were so much a part of Tom Vendituoli’s life) is 24 years old and has been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for his whole life. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in 2009 and graduated from Bishop Stang High School in 2013. He has been an Altar Server and Master of Ceremony for the church and has been volunteering as a CCD teacher and confirmation teacher for the past 9 years He has volunteered with the Special Olympics of Rhode island and he has worked in Nonprofit organizations as a youth worker. He currently works for the Boys and Girls Club of Providence and has volunteered at our church feast. His parents, Jeff Steadman and Alisa Steadman, were the Chief Marshals of our Feast in 2006. So, together with the Dufour family, OLMC Bristol, now has two families, who have received all our feast honors. We are very happy to announce that the 2019 Tom Vendituoli Faith in Action youth award goes to Jacob Steadman.
Schedule of Events
Opening Feast Mass and Chief Marshal’s Reception: Sunday, July 7th 10:30a Mass, with reception to follow in the parish hall.
Triduum of Feast Masses: July 8th, 9th, and 10th at 7p.
Tent Opens Up: Thursday through Sunday, July 11th-14th.
Solemn Procession and Benediction: July 14th 2:00pm.
Triduum Mass Celebrants
On Monday, we welcome back Rev. Phillip Dufour from his final semester of studies in Rome. What a great joy, to begin our triduum of feast Masses with a native son of the parish.
Tuesday, our celebrant will be Rev. Eric Silva, one of the two newly ordained for the Diocese of Providence this year. Fr. Silva is a native of Cranston, growing up in his home parish of St. Mark’s.
For our final triduum Mass, we welcome Rev. Brendan Rowley, the second of the two newly ordained for the Diocese. Fr. Rowley is a native of Narragansett, having been formed in the faith at his home parish of St. Thomas More.