Our Team

It takes the hands of many to operate a parish of our size. In addition to all those specifically listed here, we wish to extend our gratitude to all those not listed, who volunteer their time and talents to help us meet our many needs and continue to serve our parishioners and our community!

OFFICE FAX: (315) 732-3770


Rev. Joseph Salerno
Rev. Joseph Salerno
(315) 724-3155, ext. 2221

The Rev. Joseph Salerno is a native Utican. He is presently the Pastor of Mary, Mother Of Our Savior in New Hartford. Educated locally, he claims Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish as the Catholic parish of his beginnings.

Fr. Joe holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Maryknoll College and a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has worked at various assignments in the Diocese of Syracuse during his more then 32 years as a Catholic Priest. Locally, he has sat on the boards of Hope House and St. Joseph's Nursing Home and he is currently chaplain to both the Utica Police and Fire Departments.

Deacon Olkowski
Parish Minister
(315) 724-3155

Our Administrative Team

Heather Starsiak
Business Manager
(315) 724-3155, ext. 2225

Our Staff

Dick Vetere
Faith Formation Coordinator
(315) 724-3155, ext. 2227
Htee Mu
Music Director
(315) 724-3155, ext. 2230
Joe Poupart
Facilities Manager
(315) 724-3155
Janis Farley
Summer Fun Program Director
(315) 792-9196
Dan Verna
(315) 724-3155
Irena Lingley
(315) 724-3155

Our Trustees

Elizabeth Kearns, CPA
Parish Trustee
(315) 724-3155
Karen Stanislaus, Esq
Parish Trustee
(315) 724-3155
Dan Swider
Parish Trustee
(315) 724-3155
Nate Lorraine
Parish Trustee
(315) 724-3155

Our Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee is chaired by Fr. Joseph Salerno. This consultative body is composed of those appointed parishioners who have demonstrated an expertise in finance.

The body consults and advises our Pastor with respect to items such as the annual budget, financial reporting, long-term financial planning, debt and debt management, high-level expenditures, fund-raising, personnel administration and governmental regulatory matters. The Finance Committee meets monthly.