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.


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.

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.


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.

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