Jesus speaks of going to face a Cross in Jerusalem in today's Gospel (Matthew 16:21-27), a Cross that leads to Resurrection on the third day.  Jesus also tells us that as Christians we too will face the Cross.  It cannot be avoided in life but it is a Cross that leads to glory and new life, now and hereafter. 
All three Readings of today's Eucharist speak the same message: about the suffering and sacrifice that cannot be avoided by those who follow God's way, the way of love.  Yet our religion is not a life of misery but a life of love and joy in following Jesus where we are "transformed by the renewal of our mind, that we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect"(as St. Paul tells us today in Romans 12:1-2).
Walking each day with Jesus in the joy of the Gospel, we can face whatever life brings!
* Monday of this week is Labor Day, a day to thank God for the blessings of work and show our appreciation for all who work for us in countless ways and places (beginning at home).  We pray for all who are unemployed or underemployed and pray for God's blessings on all who are retired.  We invite you to come to the 7:45 AM Mass on Labor Day.  As is our custom on national holidays, the Parish Office and School will be closed on Labor Day.
* Very many thanks to all who are responding to the Adopt-A-Student Appeal for donations or pledges to provide scholarship tuition help for students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Your gift could cover the weekly cost of $145, the monthly cost of $550, or the full $5,510 to educate a child for the entire year.  Information will be found in the envelopes in the pews or at the doors of the Church this Sunday. 
* Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic?  Do you know someone who is interested in learning about our Catholic Faith?  Are you a Catholic who has not received Confirmation or First Holy Communion?  You are invited to join Father Steve and the Parish RCIA team on Tuesday nights, beginning September 16, in the Spiritual Library in the School from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  Any questions?  Call Father Steve at the Rectory (969-6868).
* You are invited to join our Pastor, Father Steve, Sister Kathleen Patrice, other parishioners and members of the other M-4 Churches (All Saints Episcopal, El Montecito Presbyterian and Montecito Covenant Church) in a Partnership Day at Cleveland Elementary School in Santa Barbara this coming Saturday, September 6, from 8:30 AM to 12 noon.  Lots of gardening, painting, maintenance work and learning projects to work on.  More information will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin. 
Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report for the Offertory Collection on Sunday, August 9th/10th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection      $7,667
Restricted Donation                    $    350
Total                                             $8,017
Your generosity in the summer months is very important to the Church as our Sunday collections go down with many people out of town.  We invite larger donations from parishioners and friends who can do so.  Your generous contributions fund all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.  Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.
1. The painting of the outside of the buildings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is now completed.  Cost: $35,000 in labor plus materials.
2.  The renovation of the school offices, administrative and faculty area of the School is now complete.  Cost: $30,000 (plus extra costs for major electrical work - $6,000)
3. We hope to receive a County permit this week to work on the repair and renovation of the men's rest room in the Parish Hall because of a methane gas leak there.  The door in the women's restroom in the Parish Hall will also be replaced so both restrooms will be wheelchair accessible.  Cost estimate: $25,000.
4. Heating and air conditioning repairs in the Rectory are complete.  Cost: $6,905.
5. Work has begun on repairing and replacing the awnings at the Parish Hall and at the house and parking area of the home of the Pastor Emeritus. Cost estimate: now $12,670 because of the need to replace the awning over the Parish Hall. 
We are very grateful to four parish families who have donated $14,711 to fund these projects.  Any gifts or donations would be helpful in maintaining and renovating our Church and School buildings.  

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