We hear more parables of Jesus in today's Gospel (Matthew 13:24-43). Parables are short stories to teach us about God's way of seeing people and life. Today's parable are parables of growth, telling us that the Kingdom of God begins small and grows in amazing ways, just as a small mustard seed grows into the largest of plants.

As part of God's Kingdom we are part of its becoming in the world, growing in goodness and love and peace and the life of God. We must also recognize that good and evil are mixed together in our personal life and in the life of the Church.

God gives us many second chances. We must be patient with ourselves, gentle and merciful towards self and others, remembering that God "judges with clemency...with much lenience governs us...permits repentance for our sins" (as we hear in the First Reading today from Wisdom 12:;13, 16-19). In the Second Reading (from Romans 8:26-27) St. Paul tells us that the "Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought". The Holy Spirit will help us to change and grow beyond our weaknesses through God's love and presence in our life.

* Each summer a visiting missionary priest makes an appeal in our parish as part of the Missionary Cooperative Program of the Archdiocese. Next Sunday Bishop Arulappan Amalraj, Bishop of the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, will speak and ask for our prayers and donations to help support the ministry of the Church in his diocese. Envelopes will be available in the pews for your donation to this worthy cause in the one collection at Offertory time next Sunday.

First Friday of Every Month - Transition House

Parish Hall Kitchen - In keeping with our First Friday tradition, we will be responsible for the evening meal at Transition House. Transition House is a community sponsored temporary home for families with children. Help is needed - if you can help for this one evening, please call Rina & Alvin Bentajado at 687-8737. Monetary donations may be sent c/o Mt Carmel Parish.

Every Friday Lectio Divina Prayer Group 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A prayer group for the whole family, Everyone welcome. Meets in the Spiritual Center. For more info call Rafael & Jessie Victoria @ 962-3465.

OLMC Spiritual Center

Open most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Located behind the Church, in front of the school lunch benches. Email

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Mass Schedule

Weekday — 7:45 a.m.
Saturday - 7:45 a.m.
Vigil Mass - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
Holy Day - 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (school), 5:30 p.m.
Vigil Mass - 5:30 p.m.
Confession side chapel
Saturday - 3:30 p.m.  to 4:15  p.m.
Stations of the Cross - Fridays during Lent - 6:00 p.m. followed by Soup Supper in the Parish Hall
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
1300 East Valley Road 
Santa Barbara, CA   93108

For driving directions, click map (corner at Hot Springs Rd. & East Valley Rd.)

phone (805) 969-6868

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

May Our Lady of Mount Carmel be with you always. May she be the star that guides you and never disappears from your horizon. May she lead you now, throughout your life, and at its completion to a safe haven.
—Pope John Paul II