What is your greatest treasure? What is most important to you? What do you value more than anything else? The first two parables of Jesus in today's Gospel (13:44-52) tell us that the person who really discovers the Kingdom of God has found the "buried treasure" and "a pearl of great price" worth everything we have and are in our lives.

Solomon faces a similar situation in the First Reading (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12). God says to Solomon: "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." What would we ask for? Solomon could have asked for a long life or riches or the life of his enemies. Instead he asked for wisdom, "an understanding heart" to lead and guide his people as king and so is blessed by God with wisdom and all other blessings.

May God give us the wisdom of Solomon, an understanding heart, to make the right choices and decisions in finding and choosing the true treasure of God's Kingdom! In doing so, may we come to know with St. Paul that "all things work for good for those who love God." (Romans 8:28ff).

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

* Father Liam O'Connell, S.J., leaves on Monday to return to his ministry with the Irish Jesuits in Dublin. We have been blessed with his presence here and look forward to his return next summer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Father Steve, our Pastor, returns to the parish this Monday at the completion of his annual summer vacation.

* Work continues on some major renovation projects this summer:

1. The painting of the outside of the buildings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Cost estimate: $35,000 in labor, plus cost of materials.

2. Renovating the School Offices, administration and faculty area of the School. Cost estimate has risen close to $30,000 because of the need to replace electrical wiring and other issues.

3. Repairing and renovating the Men's Rest Room in the Parish Hall because of a methane gas leak there. The door in the Women's Rest Room in the Parish Hall will also be replaced. This means that both Rest Rooms will be accessible to people in wheel chairs. Cost estimate: $25,000.

4. Some heating and air conditioning repairs in the Rectory for the Pastor's Office and Fr. O'Sullivan's room. Cost $6, 905.

5. Repairing and replacing the awnings at the Parish Hall and at the house and parking area of the home of the Pastor Emeritus. Cost: $10,380.

We invite donations from generous parishioners and friends for any of these repairs/renovations.

We are happy and grateful to report that three parish families have already responded to this invitation by donating $12,711.

Any gifts or donations would be helpful in meeting the many needs for 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