Parishioners have several choices to enjoy fellowship while offering their time and talents as we grow in our faith through activities and relationships. Our vibrant community encourages all parishioners to become involved, and we welcome your service to our parish and to one another.

We welcome your visit to the Rectory Office or you may contact your Parish Pastoral Council members for more information. 


We welcome all Parishioners who are eager to sing.

Contact Gary Smith, Director of Music, for information.


  • Adult Choir
  • Children's Choir Grades 4 through 7
  • Teen Choir Grades 8 through 12


Each Sunday following the 10:00 a.m. Mass, we gather in the courtyard for cappuccino and donuts!  A joyful time to meet one another and allow the children to play! 

To volunteer, please email Kathleen Quinn at or David Crooks at

We welcome new team members, and this ministry is fun and easy. You may assist on the dates convenient for you, and there is no long-term commitment. We welcome your participation, and volunteering just one Sunday every few months is a great way to meet people and make a real contribution  ... many hands make the work lighter! 

If you are a member of an OLMC School family, you may be able to get service hours. Check with the school office.  Confirmation candidates may also earn service hours, please check with Sarah Mack, Youth Ministry Coordinator.

Education - Children's Faith Formation

Teach Children's Religious Education classes on Sunday mornings from 8:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.  Volunteer teachers are trained, and these classes are enriching for students and teachers alike. The children truly value their teachers! 
To discuss volunteering as a teacher,

Contact Sr. Kathleen Patrice, Director of Religious Education and Community Outreach Programs

phone: (805) 969-4868




We welcome parishioners eager to serve as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers.  To register and for Mass assignments, please contact Maribel at the Rectory  (605) 969-6868


Parish Pastoral Council Established. 2005

The Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish is a gathering of parishioners which, in union with our Pastor and as a consultative body, serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor.
Email your questions or comments

Mission Statement

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a Catholic Community which offers a holy, joyful, and peaceful place to worship God, study His Word, and do His work. All people are welcome as we journey together in faith to live out the love of Jesus Christ through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


To help parishioners connect their faith with the world in which they live, we aim to:

  • deepen Christian understanding (people who know their faith will reach out to others)
  • build Christian community (people who socialize together will work together)
  • foster Christian sharing (people who work together and share their gifts will pray together)
  • encourage Christian worship (people who pray together will attract other people to do the same)
  • spread the Christian message of salvation (people who evangelize, pray, work, socialize together, and know their faith are doing Jesus Christ's loving work).

Ex-Officio Positions

OLMC Religious - Sr. Kathleen Patrice (since 2005)

Santa Barbara Regional Pastoral Council - Steve Martin (since 2011)


Education Committee: Jennifer Caesar

Hospitality Committee: Richard Ortale

Communications Committee: Valerie Watson

Building, Facilities, and Capital Improvement Committee: Fr. Steve Downes

Finance and Long Range Planning Committee: Fr. Steve Downes and Bob Kummer

Youth Committee: Sarah Mack

Christian Service Committee: Bridget Crooks

Worship Committee: Bridget Crooks 

Nominations: Bridget Crooks and Richard Ortale

Safeguard the Children: Larry Scalese and Bridget Crooks

Heartfelt "thank-you" to our Past Council Members and Chairpersons:

Parish Leaders Previously Serving as Council Members

Frederic Cogburn (2005-09, 2010-13) Chair 2008-2009 & 2010-2013

George Zaki (2010-2013)

Sergio Gonzales (2011-2013)

Michelle Kelly (2011-2012)

Stephanie Kwock (2009-2012)
Co- Chair (2011-2012)

Susan Pate (2007-2012)

Bridget Crooks (2008-2011)
Chair (2010-2011)
Co-Chair (2009-2010)

Barbara Randall (2008-2011)
Secretary (2009-2010)

Carolyn Groth-Marnat (2007-2011)
Secretary (2008-2009)

Steve Martin (2005-2011)
Chair (2009-2010)
Co-chair (2008-2009)
Secretary (2007-2008)

Cornelia McGrath (2005-2010)

Tom Tegart (2007-2010)

Glenn Mueller (2005-2009)
Chair (2005-2008)

Martin Bell (2005-2008)
Co-chair (2007-2008)

Raphael Victoria (2005-2008)

Ken Fitzpatrick (2005-2007)

Jane Macedo de Veer (2005-2007)
Secretary (2005-2007)

Don Gragg (2005-2007)
Co-chair (2005-2007)

Mairead Vanderfin (2005)



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 Ministry Opportunities  

  • Ushers
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Hospitality
  • Music
  • Choir
  • Pastoral Council
  • Rosary
  • Children's Faith Formation (CCD)
  • Sacristan
  • Church Wedding Coordination
  • Secular Third Order of Mt. Carmel
  • Community Outreach Programs


Parish Ministry Schedules

(located on Calendar tab)

Parish Council Members

Monsignor Stephen Downes

Mark Lorge, Chair

Bridget Crooks

Richard Ortale

Valerie Watson 

David Crooks

Pam Langhorne

Jim Langhorne

Kathleen Quinn

Bill Toner 

Steve Martin as Regional Parish Representative

Sr. Kathleen Patrice