"Come after me"  -  "Follow me"  is the call of Jesus in today's Gospel to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, to James and John (Mark 1:14ff).  It is also the call of Jesus to each one of us in this New Year.  We don't have to leave work (as Peter and Andrew do) or to leave our family (as James and John do).  Right where we are in life - in family, school, work...we are called to follow Jesus and in his love  to make his healing, forgiveness, selflessness part of our life. 

Now is the time.  Jesus says: "The kingdom of God is at hand."  Its a call to change:  "Repent and believe in the Gospel".  The word "repent" means "change your thinking" - to think as God thinks, believing in a Gospel of God's love, mercy, loving presence in our life. It is also a Gospel of Life - respect for life from the first moment of conception until natural death.  As Catholic Christians we choose life, not death, as the way forward.  Answering the call of Jesus, may we come to "know him more clearly, love him more dearly, follow him more nearly" (prayer from the 11th century).

* Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday, a time to celebrate the great treasure we have in Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.  The School children will help in our celebration of Holy Eucharist this Sunday at 10 AM.  A pancake breakfast will be served in the Parish Hall from 8:30 AM to 11:300 AM.  All are welcome.  A  parishioner appreciation event will take place on Tuesday morning in Church immediately following the 7:45 AM Mass in Church with three short choral plays and then coffee and donuts on the School grounds  and a School tour.  More information will be found elsewhere in this bulletin.

* The RCIA class for Non-Catholics inquiring into the Catholic Faith and for adult Catholics who would like to prepare for First Holy Communion or Confirmation continues each Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Spiritual Library in the School.  Any questions?  Call Father Steve at the Parish Office (969-6868).

* 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 your parish Church, especially if you are out of town or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church every Sunday.   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 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, December 27th/28th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection       $7,182

Sunday, January 3rd/4th:
Envelopes & Plate Collection       $2,830
Donations for Maintenance         $1,300
Total                                               $4,130
Apparently, many people were out of town or returning home on the week-end of January 3rd/4th.  As a parish we would be in major financial trouble if this happened on many Sundays.  

Online giving is now available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and helps you make your offering to God and the Church if you are out of town or unable to come to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church every Sunday.  To donate, click the Donate buttons on this homepage or on the Giving page or in the upper right section of our website.

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 for your generous giving to 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


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