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Welcome To Our New Pastor Father Lawrence Seyer

Fr. Lawrence comes to us after spending 11 years at Our Savior Parish and the USC Caruso Center in Los Angeles.
While at Our Savior, he oversaw the multi-million dollar campaign to design and build the new Church and Center at USC. While at USC, he was very involved with the spiritual lives of the students, faculty and alumni.

Fr. Lawrence grew up on Connecticut with his four sisters, one of whom is his twin. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1983 with a degree in Economics. For a number of years he worked in marketing research in Los Angeles and then entered St. John’s Seminary.  After being ordained in 1997 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he was first assigned to St. Barnabas in Long Beach as the Associate Pastor and then as the Associate Pastor at St. Claver in Simi Valley.

For recreation, Fr. Lawrence enjoys skiing, sailing, golfing, traveling and learning.  

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR JUNE 26, 2016

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jesus resolves to go towards Jerusalem on his final long journey in today's Gospel from Luke (9:51-62). It is a journey that will end in his death and resurrection. We will walk with Jesus in hope (as symbolized by the green vestments worn in Church). Walking with Jesus we will listen to his sayings and parables and his Gospel of mercy and compassion for all.

We hear Jesus say "Follow me" in today's Gospel. He also makes it clear that the cost of being his disciple may be great. We also see in today's First Reading that answering God's call may be great (the call of Elisha in 1 Kings 19:16ff). St. Paul tells us today in the Second Reading that we are "called for freedom...to serve one another through love...live by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:1, 13-18). On the journey of life with Jesus every step is an opportunity to say "yes" to God and each other in God's grace and love.

* This is my final Pastor's Message. I began writing a Pastor's Message shortly after I first became Pastor at St. Raphael's Parish in Goleta in 1987 and continued doing so when I became Pastor at St. Mary's in Palmdale and, in 2009, here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It has been a good way of communicating with parishioners over the years. Now other ways are available for communication, through Face Book and other means.

* I look back at the 29 years of being Pastor and give thanks to God and to all of you for the many blessings, surprises, challenges, joys and problems that make up the adventure of my life as a Pastor. Now I step back as our new Pastor arrives on July 1st. I will continue living at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rectory in retirement and do my best to support and assist our new Pastor, Fr. Lawrence Seyer. A biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in this bulletin. Let us welcome him with great joy and support him in his new ministry here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I have no doubt that we will be blessed in his ministry and presence here.

* Mark your calendars: our Parish Pastoral Council is planning a wine and cheese reception for Father Lawrence after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saurday, July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All are invited to this opportunity to meet our new Pastor.

* On a personal note, I want to thank all who made the celebration of my Golden Jubilee as a priest on June 11th so wonderful. I am very grateful to the members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the parish staff for all the hard work and dedication in planning, preparing and carrying out this very joyful celebration. Many thanks also to all the members of the parish and many friends living in other areas for the wonderful gifts, generosity and kindness. My heart is filled with thanksgiving to God and to all for the blessings of life, health, friendship and ministry for 50 years. In thankfulness I have offered the Holy Eucharist for God's blessings on you and your family. Father Steve

* We are happy to report that we are moving forward with installing a Hearing Loop in Church for anyone who is hard of hearing, along with hearing devices and a means to use your cell phone to hear the prayers and readings of Holy Eucharist. Now its only a matter of scheduling the work of three days with the company installing the system. This is taking place because of the wonderful generosity of a parishioner.

* Congratulations and blessings on Jack Cantin who received the Eagle Scout award, the highest award in Scouting, last Saturday at our Church. In preparation, he received 26 other Scout awards in recent years and completed a great project by creating a more enjoyable play environment for the children of Cleveland Elementary School. We are blessed to have young people like Jack in our parish community.

OUR PARISH FINANCES


Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday.
Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for these Sundays:

June 11th/12th
Envelopes & Plate                    $7,333.00
Donations for Maintenance      $   276.11
                             Total                    $7,609.11

June 18th/19th
Envelopes & Plate                    $6,597.00
Donations for Maintenance     $   695.00
                      Total                 $7,292.00

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.


Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.

Online giving is available through our parish website. Take a moment to review how easy the program is use. Using online giving allows you to plan for your regular gifts to the our parish when you may be out of town. Your information is secure using our site. To review online giving, click the Donate button or visit the Giving page from the top menu. Thank you for your generosity.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.
 

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR JUNE 19, 2016

TWELTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"Who do you that I am?" is the second and most basic question that Jesus asks his disciples in today's Gospel (Luke 9:18-24). It is a question for each one of us. In the time of Jesus and again today many people have different answers to the question. We are Christians because our answer is the same as Peter's in today Gospel: Jesus is "the Christ of God". He is the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God who tells us in today's Gospel that he must suffer greatly, die on the Cross and on the third day be raised.

He is a very different Messiah to the one that Peter and the Apostles and Jews of the day expected. Jesus tells us that we too must face the Cross in our lives if we are his faithful followers. The Cross may come in many different forms as we follow Jesus and walk in his love and his way. St. Paul tells us in the Second Reading that through Baptism all are one in Christ Jesus and we are heirs to the promise of eternal life with God (Galatians 3:26-29). Each day may we come to "know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly" in God's love for all.

* On this Father's Day we wish all our fathers "A Happy Father's Day." The "Book of Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers" has this prayer for Father's Day: "God our Father in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our father. Let the example of his faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, his family, may honor him always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen"

* A Novena of Masses for Father's Day begins this Sunday and will continue for the next nine day. Cards and envelopes will be found at the doors of the Church.

* On a personal note, I want to thank all who made the celebration of my Golden Jubilee as a priest on June 11 so wonderful. I am very grateful to the members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the parish staff for all the hard work and dedication in planning, preparing and carrying out this very joyful celebration. Many thanks also to all the members of the parish and many friends living in other areas for the wonderful gifts, generosity and kindness. My heart is filled with thanksgiving to God and to all for the blessings of life, health, friendship and ministry for 50 years. In thankfulness I will offer the Holy Eucharist for God's blessings on you and your family. Father Steve.

* We are happy to report that a decision has been made to go forward with installing a Hearing Loop in Church for anyone who is hard of hearing, along with hearing devices and a means to use your cell phone to hear the prayers and Readings of Holy Eucharist. We expect that the installation of the system will take place after July 5 because of the work schedule of the company installing the system. This is taking place due to the wonderful generosity of a parishioner.

* Our new Pastor, Father Lawrence Seyer, arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 1st. A biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin. Father Steve Downes will retire as Pastor on June 30th at 75 years of age. He will continue to live at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and hopes to support and assist our new Pastor, Father Lawrence, and also continue ministry to the sick.

* Mark your Calendars: our Parish Pastoral Council is planning a wine and cheese reception for Father Lawrence after the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday, July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All are invited to this opportunity to meet our new Pastor.

OUR PARISH FINANCES

Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report on the Offertory Collections for these Sundays:

May 28th/29th
Envelopes & Plate                  $7,304.00
Donations for Maintenance   $   325.00
                                 Total    $7,629.00

June 4th/5th
Envelopes & Plate                  $7,441.00
Donations for Maintenance   $   875.00
                                 Total:   $8,316.00

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.

Online giving is available through our parish website. Take a moment to review how easy the program is use. Using online giving allows you to plan for your regular gifts to the our parish when you may be out of town. Your information is secure using our site.
To review online giving, click the Donate button or visit the Giving page from the top menu. Thank you for your generosity.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.


 

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.

Catholic Charities Food Pantry

"Whatever you do for one of my brothers, you do for me." Matthew 25:39 Please donate food and personal hygiene items to assist those who have lost their jobs. Items may be left in the Church vestibule and the Rectory office. Thank you for your generosity!

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 spiritualcenter@mountcarmelschool.net.

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR JUNE 5, 2016

The healing and life-giving power of God are seen in our Sunday Readings today. God revives and resuscitates a young child in the First Reading today as the prophet Elijah cries out to God with great pleading and prayer: "O Lord, my God, let the life breath return to the body of this child" (1 Kings 17:17-24). The compassion of Elijah for the widow and her son is seen even more in the great compassion of Jesus for the widow of Nain in today's Gospel (Luke 7:11-17). "Do not weep" are the words Jesus says to the widow. He steps forward, touches the coffin, raises the young man to life and restores him to his widowed mother.

The life-giving power of God in Jesus is seen also in the story of St. Paul in the Second Reading as God calls him from his very zealous living of the Jewish way of life to a new awareness of God's presence, love and salvation in Jesus his Son (Galatians 1:11-19). God continues to show his divine care, love and healing for each person each day.

• Congratulations and blessings on all graduates - from elementary, high school, college or university. We will remember you in our prayers as you continue your unique and exciting adventure in life.

• The special collection for the Retirement Fund for priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles takes place next Sunday, June 12. We are blessed to have Father O'Mahony as a retired priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel - and soon Father Steve (after July 1). Your generous donations in the special collection next Sunday help the Retirement Fund for all priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Please us the special envelopes in the pews for your donation to this cause in the one collection at Offertory next Sunday.

• As mentioned on previous Sundays, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles has appointed Father Lawrence Seyer as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish beginning July 1. He will take the place of Father Steve Downes who will retire as Pastor on June 30th at 75 years of age. A biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin.

• In retirement, Father Steve Downes will continue to live at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and hopes to support and assist our new Pastor, Father Lawrence, and also continue ministry to the sick.

• For the last two years we have studied the possibility of installing a Hearing Loop in the Church for anyone who is hard of hearing. We are now blessed to have a donor who is willing to cover the cost of this program. Technical details are being worked out for the installation of the Hearing Loop - this means that most people who have a hearing aid can tune into the sound system - devices will also be available for people without hearing aids so they also can hear the readings and prayers of Holy Eucharist in a much better way. We hope to have more news in next Sunday's bulletin. 

PASTOR’S MESSAGE MAY 22, 2016

FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

Our celebration of the Feast of the Holy Trinity today challenges us to consider: Who is God for us? As Christians we believe in God as revealed by Jesus: who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a God of love, mercy and judgment.

Our Bible Readings today help us to rejoice in the great God of love. Our First Reading from Proverbs 8:22-31 ends by telling us that God delights to be with people. Our Second Reading from Romans 5:1-5 speaks of our being at "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" and we can have great hope because the "love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

There is so much to explore and celebrate in our understanding of God as revealed by Jesus who tells us in today's Gospel that he sends the Holy Spirit of truth to guide us into the way of God's truth (John 16:12-15). As we seek and search and celebrate our faith and understanding of who God is, we pray "in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit."
* Our Lady of Mount Carmel School children will help us in our celebration of a Family Mass a 10:00 AM this Sunday.

* We ask your special prayers for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon 25 high school candidates and 2 adult candidates from our parish who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation through the ministry of Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop for the Santa Barbara Region, at Holy Eucharist at 12 noon Mass this Sunday. May the Holy Spirit come upon all with the fullness of the gifts of Wisdom and Understanding, Right Judgment and Courage, Knowledge and Love, and Reverence in God's service.

* Next Sunday is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The annual commissioning ceremony for all Eucharistic Ministers will take place next Sunday after the homily at each Mass.

* As mentioned on recent Sundays, Archbishop Gomez of our Archdiocese of Los Angeles has appointed Father Lawrence Seyer as Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish beginning July 1, 1966. He will take the place of Father Steve Downes who will retire as Pastor on June 30th at 75 years of age. A short biography of Father Lawrence will be found elsewhere in today's bulletin.

* In retirement, Father Steve Downes will continue to live at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and hopes to support and assist our new Pastor, Father Lawrence, and also continue ministry to the sick.

OUR PARISH FINANCES

Many thanks to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report on the Offertory Collection for Sunday, April 23rd/24th:

Envelopes & Plate Collection       $6,843
Donations for maintenance          $ 550
Special Individual Donation          $2,500
                               Total               $9,893

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish worship, religious, educational and service programs of the parish.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generosity which shows your love for God and his Church.

A JOYFUL RCIA CELEBRATION LAST SUNDAY.

Our parish was blessed last Sunday at the 10:00 AM Mass with the Baptism of Julie April Baudoin-Holland and the reception into the Catholic Church of Russell Adrian Holland, Joshua Michael McDonough, Diana Kay O'Keefe and Terry Wilmon. All celebrated the reception of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and their First Holy Communion.

All these adults are part of the RCIA Program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) that meets on Tuesday evenings with Father Steve, and the Parish RCIA TEAM (Mary Beth Tynan, Pam Langhorne and Marilyn Robinson), Two more adults from the RCIA Program who were baptized and received First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church will receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation at the 12 noon Mass this Sunday through the ministry of Bishop Robert Barron.

RCIA is open to all enquirers interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Catholic adults who have not received Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion are also very welcome. A new group will begin in September and will meet in the Spiritual Library in the School from September to May. Please call the Rectory (at 969-6868) for more information.
 

PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR MARCH 27, 2016

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S RESURRECTION

"Christ is Risen, Alleluia - Praise the Lord" is our Easter greeting and the good news at the heart of our faith as Christians. We are Christians because we believe that Jesus who died on the Cross on Good Friday is raised from the dead and lives forever in the new and glorious life of Easter resurrection.

In celebrating Christ's resurrection we also celebrate at Easter our own rebirth in Baptism. In Baptism we are filled with the life and light of Jesus risen from the dead. As St .Augustine once said: "We are Easter people and 'Alleluia' is our song." Today and throughout the fifty days of Easter let us open our hearts and lives to Jesus and his love and peace.

* We wish you a Happy Easter filled with Easter peace in Jesus risen from the dead.

* Bishop Robert Barron, our new Regional Bishop for the Ventura and Santa Barbara Region, will be the Presider at the 9:30 AM Mass on Easter morning.

* Your Easter gift to God in the Easter collection at Offertory time is a wonderful way of showing your love for Jesus and also an important part of our parish budget for the year. Your generous giving makes possible all the religious, educational and service programs of our parish. Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family.

* We ask your prayers for Father Carroll O'Sullivan who continues to recover from pneumonia.

* Next Sunday, April 3, Father Kevin McManus, a priest from the Augustinian Order, will visit our parish to speak at all Masses about Concern America. This organization works in impoverished and developing nations for the sole purpose of improving the life situations of the people. There will be no special collection in Church but after all the Masses Fr. McManus and representatives from Concern America will be outside Church with brochures and a basket to receive any financial assistance you can provide.

OUR PARISH FINANCES

Many to all for your generous contributions to our Church in the Offertory Collection each Sunday. Here is the report for the Offertory Collection for Sunday, February 20th/21st:

Envelopes & Plate Collection $8,001
Donations for Maintenance $ 450
Total $8,451

Your generous giving in the Offertory Collection each Sunday is very important and funds all the parish religious, educational and service programs of the parish and helps in making necessary repairs and continuing maintenance of the Church and parish buildings and grounds.

Contributions to OLMC may be made online using the 'Donate' button or by clicking the Giving tab along the top of our parish site. Your information is guaranteed secure using the site. Select your giving preferences (contribution amount, date, and frequency of contribution, e.g., one-time or recurring)
Take a moment to click the ‘Donate’ button to review the ease of online giving — this is a convenient way to plan your donations when you are traveling.

Many thanks and God's blessings on you and your family for your generous giving to God and his Church.