Events

PASTOR'S MESSAGE APRIL 26, 2015

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
 
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday.  We hear in today's Gospel that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who "lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11-18).  The tender love and caring of Jesus for each person (for each of his "sheep") are expressed very well in the image of the Good Shepherd.  St. Peter tells us in the First Reading (Acts 4:8-12) that in the name of Jesus "this man stands before you healed...There is no salvation through any one else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved."   St. John tell us in the Second Reading (1 John 3:1-2) that, through Jesus, 
 
God the Father bestows such love on us that "we may be called the children of God.  Yet so we are."  What blessings are ours through Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.  Experiencing "the Lord is my Shepherd", may we reach out to others like Good Shepherds with a watchful eye, a listening ear, an openness to each other in the healing love of Jesus.
 
* This Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  The need for more priests to serve the people of our Archdiocese is great.  Please pray each day for generous men to step forward to serve Jesus and his Church as priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and for men and women to be open to the call of God to serve our Church and our world as a religious priest, sister or brother. 
 
* In these fifty days of Easter we have many joyful celebrations: last Sunday the adults involved in the Tuesday RCIA program celebrated the Easter Sacraments at the 12 noon Mass; children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will celebrate their First Holy Communion this Saturday, May 2nd at 10:00 AM; children from the Sunday morning Religious Education Program will celebrate their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 9th;  on Sunday, May 10, we will celebrate Mother's Day; and on Sunday, May 17th our teen candidates for Confirmation will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation at a 4:30 PM Sunday Eucharist.  Please pray for all involved in these celebrations.
 
* Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.  Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make your donations which show your love for God and his Church. To donate, click the Donate buttons on this homepage or on the Giving page or in the upper right section of our website. 
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 12 noon Mass with the reception into the Catholic Church of Susan Corkill, Michelle Sullivan and Stacy Douglas and her daughter, Riley Douglas (who will celebrate First Holy Communion with her second grade classmates on May 2nd).  Susan, Michelle and Stacy were joined by Nikola Lapackova, Vanessa Ortega and Tara Van Wingerden in celebrating the reception of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation last Sunday.  Susan, Michelle, Stacy, Nikola and Vanessa were joined by Roger Arroyo in receiving First Holy Communion.  At the Easter Vigil Steve Larsen received all the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
 
All these adults are part of the RCIA Program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) that meets on Tuesday evenings with our Pastor, Father Steve and the Parish RCIA Team (Mary Beth Tynan, Pam Langhorne and Marilyn Robinson). 
 
RCIA is open to all enquirers interested in learning more 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 from September to May.  Please call Father Steve at the Rectory (969-6868) for more information.
                                     
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 Easter Sunday, April 5th:
 
Envelopes & Plate Collection      $22,823
 
On the days after Easter more donations for Easter were received.  A final report on the Easter collection will be given in next week's bulletin.
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 now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.  Online giving is a convenient and safe way to make your donations which show your love for God and his Church. To donate, click the Donate buttons on this homepage or on the Giving page or in the upper right section of our website. 

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

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!

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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
email: dellastrada1300@gmail.com

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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