Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel ceiling detailExtraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

EMHC serve one of the most important ministries in the parish: actually bringing Jesus to others, by visiting the homebound and those confined to nursing homes or hospitals (Pastoral Care), and by giving Communion at Mass. They bring the assurance of God’s love to those who suffer. They go to visit not as individuals in one to one undertaking but as members of an entire body of believers whose prayer supports their ministry. It is a mission, a sending forth, to those who bear the burden of bodies, mind and spirit. More than a volunteer service, this is an actual ministry that requires a one-day diocesan-sponsored training session. Serving as an EMHC is a wonderfully rewarding ministry that can bring graces and blessings while also bringing the Body of Christ to our brothers and sisters homebound. If interested please contact Judy Coccia at 718-384-0223 ext 22.


Lectors serve as readers of the sacred scriptures at Mass every Sunday. If you are interested in becoming a Lector, please contact Lucille Aponte at the Rectory.


Ushers care for the members of the Parish each Sunday by welcoming them as well as new members of the Parish and vistors. The help the Communion process by managing the line and seeing that everyone is taken care of and safe.For more info on becoming an Usher, call the rectory.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers recieve the privledge of assisting the clergy at the celebration of Mass. They assist in all matters on the Altar. Outside of Mass, Altar Servers lead processions, serving as the first members of the Parish the community see as the Statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel passes people in the street on July 16.For more information on becoming an Altar Server, please contact Danielle Curry at the Rectory.


The Folk Group sings every Sunday at the 11am Family Mass. The goup consists of singers, a pianist and guitarists. They also play at the 5pm Family Mass of Christmas Eve. The Folk Group is led by Music Director, Richard Slizeski.

The Festive Choir is a combined choir that consists of members of the Folk Group, the Italian Choir and other singers who join the groups on special occassions and holidays such as Holy Week, the Feast Masses and Christmas Midnight Mass.For information on joining any of the choirs, please contact Richard Slizeski at the Rectory.