Fr. Christopher J. Celentano
Fr. Dennis Walker
Deacon Don Whiting
Deacon Don was ordained in 1979, with a diocesan health ministry at Plaza Extended Care Facility (now Rosewood Heights). In 1980, he was assigned by Bishop Harrison to St. Margaret’s Parish, to train interested parishioners to become Ministers to the Sick. In 1981, at a Mass on May 3, he commissioned 28 members to visit those in hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes. Since then, he has had various ministries conducting pre-baptismal classes, training altar servers, RCIA classes, adult classes and upon his retirement of forty years in the Air Force and Air Guard in 1990 as an Avionics Manager, has been involved with most funerals. He conducts Prayer Services at a Funeral Home prior to Funeral Mass at Church, where he serves as a Deacon, followed by officiating at a Committal Service in area cemeteries. For those not wanting a Funeral Mass, he does a Liturgy Outside of Mass at a Funeral Home, followed by a Committal Service at a cemetery.
He is also Chaplain of the 174th Alumni Association that comprises over 600 members worldwide. He conducts Memorial Services for members who have died and ensures that their names will be engraved on granite stones at the Alumni Park located on the Air Base at Hancock Field.
A native of the Syracuse area and a father of three, he has been involved with two of his children in their marriage ceremony at St. Margaret’s, by delivering the homily for his daughter and officiating at his son’s wedding. He is the grandfather of eleven, having baptized ten of them in Lake Forest, California; Lawrenceville, Georgia; St Cyril’s in Alexandria Bay; St. Rose in North Syracuse and several at St. Margaret’s. Of the ten, he has been privileged to impart the Sacrament of First Communion to seven and has been with two Bishops from Ogdensburg for three granddaughters receiving their Sacrament of Confirmation and with an Archbishop of Atlanta for a granddaughter and grandson’s Sacrament of Confirmation.
Deacon Don is an ex-officio member of the Parish Council and a member of the Liturgy Committee.
Deacon David G. Losito
Deacon David Losito grew up in the small town of Herkimer, NY. He went on to college at St. Bonaventure University graduating with a degree in Accounting in 1980. After some time in public accounting he has worked primarily in religious organizations with many years of service with the Baptist Convention of New York, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and now the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ.
While at St. Bonaventure University he was touched by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and felt called to service in the church through the diaconate. That finally became a realization with his ordination to the diaconate in May 2012. His years of service in the church have included chairman of the Parish Council and Finance Committee, RCIA Coordinator, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Faith Formation teacher, director of PreBaptism and PreMarriage programs, and singing in the choir.
His involvement in the parish life at St. Margaret’s Church includes preaching once a month, administering the sacrament of baptism regularly, being deacon at weekend masses, teaching PreBaptism classes, and occasionally performing a wedding or assisting in a funeral. He leads a scripture sharing biweekly with his wife Mary at Commonwealth Place for inpatients with drug and/or alcohol addictions. He also leads a monthly communion service at Elderwood Nursing Home.
Deacon David and his wife Mary are the parents of eight children and several grandchildren. They fill their lives with much joy and challenges. You can usually find Deacon David sharing many family stories in his homilies. He definitely feels blessed to have this opportunity of service to the parish family of St. Margaret’s.
Director of Human Development- Donna Skrocki
Christina Marcuccio – Business Administrator
Michael Stephan – Director of Music Ministry
Michael grew up as a member of Saint Margaret’s parish. He attended Saint Margaret’s School from Kindergarten through eighth grade, worked as parish sacristan for four years during high school, served as a part-time weekend accompanist after attending Buffalo State College, and became the full-time Director of Music in 1993. Michael is the principal accompanist at all three weekend liturgies, holy days, sacraments, weddings, and funerals. Michael works with many talented musicians including cantors, instrumentalists, and our parish choirs.