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 Marshal 2017
This announcement was made at all our Masses for Easter Vigil and Easter by the Trustees of our parish:
“Alleluia, and Happy Easter to all gathered here today. For those that don’t know us, I am Elizabeth Vendituoli and this is Frank Vaccaro, and we most humbly serve as the trustees for this beautiful parish.
Each year around this time, Father Zinno, has the privilege of deciding and announcing the next Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Chief Marshal. However this year, being the 100th Anniversary of this fine parish, last October, we asked Fr. Zinno, if we, as Trustees, could have the honor of deciding and announcing the 2017 Chief Marshal. So here we stand with this wonderful announcement.
This year’s Chief Marshal has been an instrumental force in the spiritual growth for us the parishioners, a dedicated and driven leader to ensure that our wonderful school and parish is sound financially and in its religious teachings. This person has been a major fundraiser at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast with his many creative and culinary delights. Always ready to lend a sympathetic ear and advice as we face our daily struggles and always only a phone call away, only asking of us, what he himself will do. After some 26 years of dedicated and tireless service to our parish, with countless meetings about budgets and fundraising that he must attend to and yet his unrelenting love for each and every one of us never diminishes.
He may not have been born in Bristol or baptized at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, but he certainly belongs here, where his heart is, and where we hope he will always remain. He is our teacher, our friend, and our leader.
We are pleased to announce that, in this year of the 100th Anniversary of our church, the 2017 OLMC Chief Marshal is our own, very much-loved, Father Henry Zinno, who is most deserving of this recognition and of our thanks. Alleluia, and Happy Easter to all gathered here today.”
Tom Vendituoli Youth Faith in Action 2017
This year’s winner is 21 years of age. This young person has been a member of our parish since he was very young and is at Mass every weekend. An Altar Server, MC, and Sacristan, he has been on our mission trip to Nicaragua for five years. Three years as a participant, last year a junior chaperone, this year a full chaperone. He has taught religious education classes in our parish, volunteered at our feast, and has helped at Special Olympics. His carpenter skills are well evident in our parish from the beautiful handcrafted work station for our secretary in our school to the new shingles on the rectory garage: all with his volunteered labor He has worked with Bertucci’s restaurant on their many charitable dinners and this year is even one our cooks at the appetizer evening fundraiser for Nicaragua this year. We are so happy to announce that our Tom Venditouli Youth Faith in Action award winner this year is Joshua Cordeiro