Jesus ask his disciples in today's Gospel(Matthew 16:13-20):  "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"  Then a few moments later: "But who do you say that I am?"  This is the all-important question that Jesus asks his disciples and all of us this Sunday.  The answer we give is all important.  Simon Peter is moved by God the Father to answer:  "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Jesus declares Peter blessed for responding to the Father's revelation and gives him a new name and a new role as the "Rock" ("Petrus" in Latin) on which Jesus builds his Church. 

As Eliakim receives the keys of the House of David in the First Reading (Isaiah 22:19-23), Peter receives from Jesus the keys of the kingdom of heaven, the keys of authority to lead us on our journey of faith and life in God's kingdom.  Together in the Church, through prayer and worship, life-long learning and service, we are called to know more than ever "the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God"(as St. tell us in the Second Reading  from Romans 11:33-36). 
Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins the first day of classes on Monday, August 25th.  Our parish is blessed to have this wonderful school where the children spend their days in a Catholic atmosphere and community and learn and grow and excel in all areas of life and knowledge.  There are still openings for more students - please call the School Office (at 969-5965) for more information.
*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 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)
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 2nd/3rd:
                           Envelopes & Plate Collection          $6,445
                           Restricted Donations                     $2,250    
                           Total                                            $8,995  
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.   

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