Community Outreach Programs

Our Lady of Mount Carmel supports a variety of charitable programs, and our Parishioners are active participants in our community.  As you volunteer in our Parish Ministries to build Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, you may also be inspired to volunteer in the following programs.  

Sr. Kathleen Patrice is the Director of our Parish Community Outreach Programs, and you may reach her by phone at (805) 969-4868 or email at
Upcoming: El Campo Del Sol 2016   Contact Sister Kathleen Patrice 969-4868 
A fun-filled day of games, art and music for 150 economically poor Children & Teens who live in Carpinteria. 
1.) Please donate gently used clothing for children and teens. 
2.) Your financial donations will purchase school supplies to fill backpacks for the Children. 
El Campo Del Sol flyer


The Community of Churches in Montecito – M4, is the name given to the four churches of Montecito's joint worship and outreach.  This group consists of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, All Saints by the Sea, El Montecito Presbyterian Church, and Montecito Covenant. 

Together we participate in joint ecumenical projects collectively chosen to benefit various local community and global needs.  We have raised money to provide clean water wells in Ethiopia, fill backpacks with school supplies for local, economically disadvantaged children, assembled AIDS caregiver kits, which were sent to Africa, helped to “spruce up” Cleveland School, and most recently participated in the "Hike for Haiti" which set out to raise money for Destined for Grace, a local non-profit organization with the mission to bring educational opportunities to children in Haiti.

Projects of the M4 Churches featured in the media include the following:
Four Montecitio (M4) Churches Fill 350 Backpacks with School Supplies for Peoples' Self-Help Housing YouthThe Independent, August 25, 2011
All Saint's Parishioners Join M4 Churches to Clean-up Cleveland School, Noozhawk, October 9, 2012
Hike for Haiti  Noozhawk, October 19, 2013
Four Churches Donate Over 600 Turkeys and Chickens for Thanksgiving - United effort in Montecito will feed those in need   KEYT, KCOY, KKFX  November 17, 2014

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Catholic Charities is the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and provides important and necessary services to thousands of people in need in all five Regions of the Archdiocese.  Here in Santa Barbara County our Catholic Charities delivers services to an unprecedented number of families and individuals - at least 37,400 persons this year.  Catholic Charities is the largest distributor of food in the county, distributing over 2.7 million pounds last year through four Community Centers providing services from Carpinteria to Santa Maria.  A whole array of services to reduce hunger and homelessness are provided, as well as other services (such as counseling for individuals and families). 


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish is very involved with Catholic Charities in Santa Barbara: parishioners serve on the Board of Directors; others serve as volunteers in all kinds of ways from fundraising to food collection and distribution;  the Parish Thanksgiving Drive in 2013 resulted in the collection of over 500 turkeys; 135 chickens and $6,800 in cash (which was matched dollar for dollar by the Silent Angel Fund provided by donors at Catholic Charities at Christmas time);  this Christmas 65 children at Catholic Charities will receive personalized gifts through the Christmas Giving Tree program of our parish.


If you would like to work with our parish in supporting Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara, you can do so through the Parish Office or directly through Catholic Charities at 609 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103;  phone: (805) 965-7045; email: 





Corazón, a non-profit organization, hosts programs to bring neighbors together into a larger community, inspiring relationships across physical, linguistic,  economic and cultural borders, thus making both communities better. 

Building a spirit of teamwork and confidence among the volunteers from both sides of the border.  We learn to work together, rely on each other, learn and use new skills, while also understanding the true spirit of service and the satisfaction of accomplishing work that is beneficial to others.  The shared experience and adventure provides a strong sense of accomplishment for our Church community and of the self-reliance and empowerment in the Mexican families and communities.

Each year Parishioners from Our Lady of Mount Carmel travel to Mexico under the guidance of Corazon to build a home for a family. You must be 18 years old to participate.  We also collect food and supplies for the family. 

El Campo Del Sol  

El Campo Del Sol is a fun-filled day of games, art, food, raffles and music for 150 economically disadvantages children & teens who live in the Carpinteria and Santa Barbara area.

During this event the students will receive backpacks filled with school supplies.  Students are also able to choose a school outfit from our gently used clothing.  

For more information about El Campo Del Sol,  please contact Sister Kathleen at (805) 969-4868 or


St. Vincent's Santa Barbara

St. Vincent’s is dedicated to strengthening low-income families and seniors through programs rooted in the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.  Faithful to the charism of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, we serve our sisters and brothers by providing affordable housing, early childhood education, and family enrichment opportunities.  LIVING OUR MISSION

St. Vincent’s has provided continuous services to the Santa Barbara community for over 154 years.  St. Vincent’s lives out its mission through programs that address homelessness, abuse, childcare, and basic needs with an emphasis on education, counseling, and family strengthening.  These vital programs serve almost 600 residents and clients each day.

Christmas at St. Vincent's

Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosts an annual Christmas dinner for the mothers and children living at St. Vincent’s. Volunteers create a festive, wrapped family basket with a monetary limit of $40. Suggested basket items are: lotion, make-up, warm socks, movie tickets, chocolate, and a gift of clothes/toys for the child. 
Our volunteers are key to making this event a full of Christmas spirit!  Please contact Sr. Kathleen to learn how you may bring the feeling of Christmas to this lovely event.

 Transition House - Santa Barbara Homeless Shelter & Support  

Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered respectful, non-sectarian residential services and the life skills needed to alleviate their poverty, and to restore self-sufficiency and dignity.

On average, 60% of clients return to permanent housing with the economic means to sustain it. Since its beginnings, over 10,000 parents and their children have been directly helped by Transition House.

The success of Transition House is also achieved because of two groups—the residents of our community who provide over 70% of our annual operating expenses, and volunteers who provide in-kind services valued at over $350,000 each year. Collectively, 1,200 community members support the work of staff at Transition House.

For over 25 years Transition House has worked with numerous groups and community members who have volunteered their resources, time, and skills. Check out our current 35 dinner groups who provide warm meals for our clients 365 days a year. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.        

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish provides one dinner a month for residents, organized by Alvin and Rina Bentajado.  Please contact the Rectory for details.                        

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Giving Tree

We all learn through example, and our hope is that you will join with your children in participating in the Giving Tree. Since Christmas is a time of giving and  sharing, we are inviting our parishioners, including children, to join us in helping some of the less fortunate families in the Santa Barbara and Carpinteria communities experience the joyful love of Christmas.

The Giving Tree is a ministry where we, with the assistance of parishioners provide newly purchased gifts for youth who are economically disadvantaged in the Santa Barbara & Carpinteria areas. We coordinate this project with various services including Santa Barbara Catholic Charities and People’s Self Help Housing to ensure that the needy are fairly represented in receiving gifts. .

Hundreds of children and entire families experience the joy of receiving gifts, and our parishioners participate every year as they experience the joy of giving gifts to local residents. 

In addition to our individual children, we are looking for parishioners to sponsor a family.  We have many different size families available.  Remember that there is a 2 gift limit per child.  This helps us to ensure that all the family gifts are delivered together.












Santa’s Workshop

Each year, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish holds Santa’s Workshop on the first weekend of December. We recruit Jr. High and High School teenagers to be ‘Santa’s Helpers!’ In the month of November we begin collecting gently used toys.
We will be painting, repairing, wrapping, and tagging toys. Parents will encourage their teenagers to join this fun and valuable project.  Our workshop begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.
We decorate the Parish Hall to create Santa’s Workshop while enjoying Christmas music and refreshments to add to the festive mood! We hope everyone will join!
Santa’s Workshop is an exciting project that creates fun and fellowship, and it brings a special meaning to the volunteers as well as those who receive the gifts.



M-4 Leaders

El Campo del Sol


Giving Tree



Corazon Quilt