"What must I do to inherit eternal life?" is the question a man asks Jesus in today's Gospel ( Mark 10:17-30). It is a question each person needs to ask again and again throughout life.

The answer of Jesus may be different each time. At first, Jesus tells the man in today's Gospel to keep the commandments. The man comfortably replies that he has kept all these since his youth. Jesus looks at him with love and challenges him to do more: "Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."

St. Francis of Assisi read these words and his whole life changed. At different times the answer of Jesus to our question about inheriting eternal life may be: "Go, and forgive..." Or: "Pray more."

Or: "Reach out to your neighbor with compassion." Or: "Leave everything and be a priest, sister, brother, deacon." Or: "Truly love that special person in your life by marrying them." Or: "See that your life as a single person in the world has a special meaning, you are not alone, you have a special calling." God calls, God invites each of us in many ways during life. Hearing and responding to God is the path to true wisdom - the treasure worth more than gold, silver, health or beauty (Wisdom 7:7-11)

* In last Sunday's bulletin this announcement was made: As Pastor I have decided that it is time for Fr. Carroll O'Sullivan to rest from offering the 8:00 AM Mass each Sunday. Our parish and our Archdiocese have been blessed by his 64 years of ministry as a priest. He will continue to serve our parish by offering Holy Eucharist at 7:45 AM on weekday mornings. In every person's life a time comes when it is time to step back and rest. My own time to step back will take place at the end of June, 2016, when I will step back from serving as Pastor as required by the Priest Policies and Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which state: "every priest must submit his resignation on his 75th birthday." Like Father O'Sullivan, I hope to continue serving as a retired priest in a parish in the Archdiocese. We ask your prayers for God's blessings on Father O'Sullivan, especially for the blessings of good health and his continued ministry and residence here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.

* Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic? Do you know someone who is interested in learning about the 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 evenings in the Spiritual Library in the School from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Any questions? Call Father Steve at the Rectory (969-6868).


"Ask and it will be given to you" are words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7. Many thanks to all who are responding generously to our asking for more generous giving to help our parish meet our operating expenses and also pay for necessary repairs and capital improvements at this time.

The question for each and all: "Can you make a commitment to increase your Sunday giving each week to show your love for God and for our Church?"

Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for Sunday, September 12th/13th:

Envelopes & Plate                    $7,708
Donations for Maintenance      $5,365
                       Total                 $13,072

This unusually good collection was due to one family who made a special donation of $5,000 to help with the major repairs to our Church and School buildings since July 1, 2015.
If you are traveling or unable to come to Church every Sunday, a great way of supporting your parish is by online giving - you may make a donation here on the site by clicking on the Donate button or by the Giving page. Through online giving you can also arrange for automatic donations through your bank account.

Your donations make possible all the worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish and provide for necessary maintenance and repairs.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.

UPDATE ON Major Repairs Since July 1, 2015

1. A new School roof was installed on the west wing of the School from classroom 7 to the School Office, replacing a leaky roof. Total Cost: $41,009.
2. New water and gas lines from Hot Springs Road to the Church and Rectory. Final Cost: $27,093.
3. Asphalt repair on sections of the School playground. Final Cost: $8,315.
4. Thanks to a very generous donation from a parishioner of $7,600 the heating/air conditioning unit on the east end of the Parish Hall and the pre-school classroom was replaced so the children can have heating and air conditioning as needed now and in the coming winter.

We are very grateful to six parish families who have donated a total of $22,600 to help fund these projects totaling $84,017. Any gifts or donations would be helpful in meeting the many needs for maintaining and renovating our Church and School buildings.

Many thanks and God's blessings to all! 

El Campo Del Sol - supplies/donations needed

El Campo Del Sol August 9, 2015 A fun-filled day of games, art and music for 150 economically poor Children & Teens who live in Carpinteria. 1. We are in need of gently used clothing for children and teens. 2. We are also in need of donations to purchase school supplies to fill backpacks for the Children. If you can help, please contact Sister Kathleen Patrice 969-4868. Progam flyer attached 

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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.

First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 7:45 am Mass and conclude with Benediction at 12 noon. Please come by and pray for vocations and peace.

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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