"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples" - these closing words of the First Reading today (Isaiah 56:1, 5-6) remind us that all peoples are included in God's mercy. All peoples, all nations, all races are called to receive God's mercy and love.

Jesus seems to limit his ministry of love and mercy to the people of Israel in today's Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28). But the woman of Canaan crashes through every human barrier by her faith in Jesus and her longing for healing for her daughter. She refuses to accept "No" for an answer. She wins the heart of Jesus through her witty persistence. He speaks great praise for her by saying: "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish."

In the Second Reading (Romans 11:13-15, 29-32) St. Paul tells us that all have disobeyed God but God has "mercy upon all." We all come from God and are going to God. Can we pray together? Live together? Walk together in God's mercy and love?

* At all Masses this Sunday Father Steve, our Pastor, and Christ Toomey will make an appeal for the "Adopt-A-Student Program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Many thanks to many parishioners and friends for the wonderful response to the Appeal on August 11 last year. $121,500 was donated to the Adopt-A-Student Appeal which helped 36 families and 45 children with their tuition so they could attend our wonderful parish school here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For the new school year our parish school is providing a total of $126,000 in tuition assistance to families. You can help by making a donation or pledge to Adopt-A-Student. 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. A larger donation or gift in your will would be a gift that keeps giving.

Everyone on our mailing list has received a letter on the Adopt-A-Student Program and materials will be available in Church this Sunday. Your generous response is very much appreciated.

* 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 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).


Work continues on some major renovation projects this summer:

1. The painting of the outside of the buildings of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is now almost complete. Cost estimate: $35,000 in labor costs plus cost of materials.

2. Renovating the School offices, administration and faculty area of the School is nearing completion.Cost estimate: $30,000.

3. We hope to receive a County permit this week to begin repairing and renovating the men's restroom in the Parish Hall because of a methane gas leak there. The door in the women's restroom in the Parish Hall will also be replaced. This means that both restrooms will be accessible to people in wheel chairs. Cost estimate: $25,000.

4. Heating and air conditioning repairs in the Rectory for the Pastor's Office and Fr. O'Sullivan's room are complete. Cost: $6,905.

5. Work has begun on repairing and replacing the awnings at the Parish Hall and at the house and parking area of the home of the Pastor Emeritus. Cost estimate: $10,380 (but this will increase because of the poor condition of the awning at the Parish Hall.)

We are very grateful to four parish families who have donated $14,711 to fund these projects. Any gifts or donations would be helpful in meeting the many needs for maintaining and renovating our Church and School buildings.

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