T Shirts To Help the Mount Carmel Preservation Society SAVE Our Lady OF Mount Carmel Church and Parish

A great way to show your support is to purchase this cool T SHIRT it cost only a $15 donation. Stand tall with us to “Fix the Church and Save the Parish”. Great for your CYC or class filed trips. Have all your students wearing one.

Checks for $15 donation per shirt plus $5 for shipping, payable to MOUNT CARMEL PRESERVATION SOCIETY , 146 Morningside Road, Worcester, MA 01602

Thank you and GOD BLESS



Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Over 70 members of The Mount Carmel Preservation Society officially formed the foundation for it’s non-profit status last night on June 20, 2016
Meeting JUNE 20_2016

Elected Officers are President Mauro DePasquale, Vice President / Treasurer Carmelita Bello, Secretary Elaine Bafaro
The Elected Officers will be appointment Board members and the Board members will propose By-Laws for the general assembly to approve.

Our Mission: to FIX the Church and SAVE the PARISH on Mulberry Street. We have two priority goals to save it from demolition and to repair and re-open the Church for Masses, to save our parish family on Mulberry Street. To accomplish this through a concerted fundraising programs, a strong business plan that address Our Lady of Mount Carmel Asset management and encourages an increase of parish member population and also t embrace the diversity of the community to participate in our mission.
Our Vision: MCPS and instrumental role in assuring the preservation of Our Lady Mount Carmel Church and Parish on Mulberry and also in maintaining a strong viable parish rooted in our Italian American Historical Heritage.

Mount Carmel Preservation (MPS) is working to preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Parish. If successful we will soon see masses back in Mulberry Street and our long term viability program will sustain operations and programs there well into the future. It will take $220,000 to make the Church Save and functional, over a 5 year plan cosmetic issues will also be addressed. Its doable and our MPS is determined. We invite the Sons of Italy, the Worcester Knights, the CYC, and other parishioners to join our effort. Contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com to get involved. Let’s work to Fix our Church and Save our Parish on Mulberry St. +

One more positive step. Mount Carmel Preservation Society is now allowed to meet in the Recreation Center of OLMTC Campus

A small number of us met with Monsignor Pedone and Vicar General Fr. Reidy last night at the Mount Carmel recreation Center. Thank you for your prayers THEY WORK +

Without going into minute details here is the outcome:

Monsignor Pedone will allow us to have our Mount Carmel Preservation Society meetings in the recreation center. These will have to be scheduled in advance as to not conflict with other activities there.

Monsignor Pedone is opened to having Mass in the recreation center until HOWEVER this first requires permission from the Bishop. We can expect and answer from the Bishop’s Vicar in about a week or so regarding that.

We request a commitment from the DIOCESE that if the Mount Carmel Preservation Society and it’s supporters can come forward, ready to implement a sound Fundraising, business plan within it built in strategic plan for building repairs, sustainability and a viable parish, the Diocese will guanatee we will have immediate access to the Recreation Center, have masses celebrated there until we can move into the Church building once it is made safe to occupy.

We expect an answer from teh Bishop in about a week. If his answer is positive we will succeed with our plan, if his anwser is negative the MCPS will decide upon the next step.

IF we, as the MCPS can prove through a solid and what will need to be a comprehensive strategic / business plan, that we can raise $ 210,000 in TWELVE MONTHS to cover the cost for the “Make Safe” repairs which includes the banding around the tower, water proofing, tie backs to stabilize the facade, and the ceiling rosettes, there is a CHANCE we will be allowed to have mass in the Church building again, PROVIDED THE BISHOP IS AGREEABLE.

Along with our ability to raise the cash the Bishop wants to see a viability plan worked into our strategic plan. In other words a plan to increase the number of people coming to weekly masses.

All in all ideally according to the Diocese we need to raise 1.3 million and have a business plan that will make the Church and parish viable.

We hope to first hear from the Bishop’s answer regarding Masses in the recreation Center.

The ability to have Mass at the Recreation Center, with a guarantee that if we can raise the $210,000 to make the Church safe, we can have Masses in the Church when it’s safe, is what we need FIRST in order to move forward.

In the meantime, until my next email I am asking all of you , especially our Captains, to begin thinking of how you can contribute to develop the funds needed and the solid plan. We will need to shore up our organization, and begin to develop a business plan to:

1. Raise as soon as possible 210,000 with a total goal of 1.3 Million ( pledges, actual cash donations, grants, fund raising programs, annual donors drive, a calendar of affordable events to raise money, etc.)
2. Increase parish attendance and weekly basket donations at OLMC masses in the recreation center ( if the Bishop approves the Center for use )
3.Review, propose and implement a new strategy to handle parish finances, expenses, and asset management.
4. To increase volunteer contributions to defray some internal parish cost.
5. To better monetize property and assets over the longer term ( Rent parking lot, increase Rec center rentals, hold church tours, concerts and other fund raising events on site , ongoing fund development plans and schedules, etc. )
6. I am calling for a strong branded campaign designed to give us a strong public presence, we will need strong community partnerships, support from notable and able community members

Our NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED for MONDAY JUNE 20th. We will answer more questions at that time.

There is a lot of work to be done. I am counting on everyone to participate. We will need more than ideas, we will need doers.

Thank You
God Bless you and God Bless Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

God Really Does Work In Mysterious Ways

Our parish family felt shattered when hear our Church will be closed and that the Parish will be forced to merge with another. We rallied, organized and fought and continue to fight hard with hearts fixed on Mary and Her Son Jesus.

Some of us who came together to support our effort to FIX the CHURCH and SAVE the PARISH were criticized for “COMING OUT OF THE WOOD WORK” as one news paper put it.

I realized that with all the strife, the sacrifice and effort placed toward saving our beloved Church and parish, that there is so much more to it. People are coming back. Not to just our church but to their Faith and to the loving witness of Christ that exist in HIS CHURCH no matter which neighborhood the Parish resides in.

Here is an example I left out the persons name for privacy reasons:
“Dear Mauro
I have been one of the long lost, come out of the woodwork ones the womag talked about. But you all didn’t care you didn’t skip a beat, I showed up & you’ve included and respected me like I’ve been there all along (in my heart I have) I can not begin to put into words how much that has meant to me, and I love you all for it! I’ll never be lost again I’m right where I should be now!
Just had to tell you that & say Thank You ….”

Alleluia ! Our Church and Parish has historical significance and our Diocese has changed the locks and locked us out, but THANK GOD our Parishioners are showered in HIS ever loving GRACE and strive to share GOd’s love on earth.


Over 100 parishioners and community supporters along with a number of City Councilors stood tall last night on JUNE 6, 2016 as they appealed to the Historical Commission to deny the Demolition Delay waiver requested by the Worcester Diocese.

Historical Commission were not convinced the Diocese does not have the capacity to correct the safety concerns suggested by the Diocesan hired architects and that all options were explored to properly monetize the property and to make it safe. Whereas the real owners of the building, The Diocese, did not make a case for under financial hardship, the demolition delay waiver was denied. The building can stand for another 12 months to allow time for concerned parties to find a solution to FIX the CHURCH and SAVE the Parish.

Repairing the building is not insurmountable. The Mount Carmel Preservation Society has been working on a comprehensive REVENUE AND OPERATIONAL plan that makes it worth 12 months to explore. The Diocese however needs to be opened to its parishioners needs in this case and willing to work with the MCPS.

In addition to a very thorough presentation by the Engineering firm hired by the Diocese,pointing out serious structural issues. The Mount Carmel Preservation Society agreed there are serious matters however called for time to organize a current repair project assessment with a plan to address priority risk and move forward with ideas and tools that the parish finance committee simply did not pursue.

The Diocesan representatives continued to blame dwindling parish members and weekly collections. The hearing brought light to the fact that to simply blame parishioners who for generations have committed huge amounts of money and sacrifice for their parishes, they deserve a chance to be heard and at the table when it comes to decision regarding the future of it’s church and parish.

Every Church may be facing dwindling parishioners rather than blaming the parishioners let’s ask them why they are leaving. Let’s find an answer to that and find a solution(s) to get them to return to the Catholic Church. That solution(s) should be at the heart of the Capital campaign brand. If the financial committee hasn’t done that , they failed at the start.

Phil Nigro a member of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society stated on his Facebook “Brilliant work on the part of this wonderful group of impassioned faithful parishioners. Quite a day in the history of Mt Carmel Church. My father would have loved it. To see the Worcester Historical commission raise their hands in unanimous support of the faithful parishioners was really something extraordinary..Unforgettable.”

I saw brilliant testimony but most striking was the overwhelming declaration, supported by a packed Council Chamber, of the strong faith, universal holy spirit, and love of parish family and community at this hearing. To think, this went on for hours, in City Hall, people professing their heartfelt FAITH and LOVE for their CHURCH is stunning and remarkable. Now the real work begins. Is the Diocese will to Shepherd it’s people, to allow them to participate fully in regards to the destiny of their beloved parish? Time will tell. It’s in the hands of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Holy Mary Mother of GOD, pray for us all. +

NEXT: Now is a time for some healing to be followed by opened cooperative dialogue. +

Tom Quinn reporter from Worcester Magazine wrote of last night’s Victory


Mount Carmel Preservation Society Met with the Bishop Here’s the Results

Carmelita wrote:

After our disappointing meeting yesterday with the bishop, Pedone, Fr. Reidy, Jeff & Al from the ineffectual and impotent finance committee of our beloved Mount Carmel I have a new take on their insistent denial to grant any all proposals to keep the Mt. Carmel property an active church.

We asked if we raised the money for the church would it be reopened for mass–NO
We asked can we have mass in the center–NO
We asked if by some chance if we raised money for a smaller church could we build it–NO

They were insistent that F. Stephen Pedone wants to keep the center as an Italian Culture Center. Yet F. Stephen has renounced his membership in the Sons of Italy, has had little if any contact with the Italian community until his arrival at our parish and his only connection is his last name.
The only reason they wanted us at the table is to raise money for the center.

We asked would the diocese entertain putting the land into an incorporated parish, part of the diocese with the land owned by parish not the bishop –NO. The bishop did share that in Rhode Island that is how that diocese operates.

How ignorant do they think we are to once again raise money for an entity that neither respects us or allows us to be part of the process.

We need to continue this process in the courts, in the city, state and federal arenas and in the public domain.

No where else is it permitted to buy property and maintain it for decades and not have a right to it.

The Catholic Church must start to change from the autocratic to the inclusive administration of the faithful.

Today there are at least 200 communities and a million people who belong to alternative Catholic groups.

There may just be another one formed if things don’t change quickly.

Comment Following Our Meeting with Bishop McManus

It makes no sense to not try to fix the Church and Save the Parish. After spending over 1 million on the roof, another $120,000 plus an opportunity to work with capable parish members to fully restore the Church over a few years, wouldn’t that be worth preserving a beautiful historic church and Parish? Just imagine, in a year or more down the road, if and whatever development project emerges there, it will be nothing but slap in the face of the glorious history all the past generations, and beauty of the Church that is there today. Nothing will fill the whole of such a vibrant parish community as Our Lady of Mount Carmel . The Diocese may lease it or sell it for some pay off but it will be at the expense of loosing more members. All the while some opportunist/developers will reap 200 fold or more. That will be a huge unjust situation for all Catholics in Worcester. By the way, all churches have dwindling parishioners and crumbling buildings. Throwing “good money after bad ” was used a lot by Diocesean officials as we appealed to save the church. I wonder if this will be the new buzz phrase for which ever church is next. Think about what that phrase means to those parishioners who feel abandoned , who after having “served their purpose” are told “just go 3 miles up the road”. Why?  To go and bail out that church?
Mount Carmel Preservation Society has a solution but it will require openness and dialogue, however, a Diocese unwilling to include all its parishioners appears destined to fail.

Learn more about the situation through this TV interview

Members of teh Mount Carmel Preservation Society were interviewed recently on WCCA TV’s “Activate Worcester” episode #147 featuring Carmelita Bello and Mauro DePasquale it can be seen for free on-demand viewing at  WCCA website at

Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester.  Ron’s guests Carmelita Bello and Mauro DePasquale , parishioners of the 80 year old Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Catholic Church that was recently closed and now  may be demolished chat with Ron.

PLEDGE TODAY SAVE THE DAY : PRESERVE Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

The Parishioners that are Mount Carmel Preservation Society have a pledge drive to raise the $120,000 needed to secure teh Church building and make it occupyable again for Masses. This will allow us to also begin our strategic plan to sustain the Church and Parish over the longer term. Please pledge today and save the day, be a Mount Carmel Angel

Complete the PLEDGE form and mail it or email it to address on the form. No money will be exchanged until after our June 9 Public Historical Commission Hearing which will determine whether or not the demolition will proceed or be delayed for 12 month to give us time to mobilize resources to Fix the Church and Save the Parish.OLMC Pledge Form_JuneRevised_6_2016

Petition to Preserve Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Please consider joining the hundreds of parishioners and supporters in a effort to save this beautiful church building and our Parish. Visit our online petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/952/109/835/save-out-lady-of-mount-carmel-parish-and-community/
Once there please sign and leave a comment or a memory we love to hear and archive your memories and relationships of this beautiful and vibrant parish.

Please use the tag #PreserveOurLadyOfMountCarmel as much as possible.
Find us on Facebook Save Our Lady of Mount Carmel ( make sure it is the Chruch in Worcester, MA )
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1060081634060915/permalink/1064997080236037/