Ministries

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace” — 1 Peter 4:10

Agape Evenings • About once a month we welcome everyone, especially families with children and teenagers, to learn about our faith in a fun way, dine together, and listen to upbeat music. Each Agape Evening has a different theme. We start at 5:30 PM and finish by 7:00. Contact: Lindsay Beery

Altar Servers • Altar Servers are participants in the liturgy as they assist the priest by leading all ministers in procession with the processional Cross and candles, holding the Sacramentary, preparing the altar and the sacred vessels and helping the presider – the priest or bishop – with the Eucharist. All children who received their First Communion are eligible. All parents are asked to encourage your children to become an altar server. Contact: parish office

Altar Society • The purpose of this Society is to provide care of the vestments and upkeep of the altar linens. Their reverence for the altar, as the focal point of our liturgy is expressed through their care and concern of the liturgical environment. Contact: Sue Morris

Becoming Catholic / Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults • RCIA is a process of formation through which adults become Catholic and enter into the Catholic faith. It is also meant for those who were baptized but did not receive Confirmation or Eucharist. There are several rites and stages culminating with receiving the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion on Easter Vigil. Contact: parish office

Bible Study • The purpose of this ministry is to encourage everyone to read and study the Holy Scriptures. These classes offer the opportunity to meet with others to read and discuss various books of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. Study guides, commentaries and videos are available. To participate check our weekly bulletin for up-coming study sessions. Contact: parish office

Carmel Valley Angel Project • For many years this ministry has been quietly helping Carmel Valley Families that need help over the Christmas holidays. With the help of many good people and institutions a list of families and individuals in need is established. A Christmas store is set up in our parish hall, completely stocked with groceries, new clothing, new toys, books, etc. This is truly a community affair and brings Christmas to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Please note that this ministry is different than the church’s Christmas Angels! Contact: Rosemarie Barber

Children’s Christmas Pageant • This pageant takes place every year at our 4:30 PM Christmas Vigil Mass. Its purpose is to instill the joy of Jesus’ birth through an age appropriate Christmas worship. We encourage children from age three through grade six to participate. There is a role and costume for all. Children with major parts must attend at least one or two rehearsals. Teenagers and adult helpers are needed. Contact: parish office

Christmas Angels • This ministry delivers hope and dignity to hurting families by providing Christmas gifts to under-resourced children in our local community all the way to Jamesburg and Cachagua. Each child receives a joyfully wrapped new outfit and a wish item. All gifts are delivered to the parents the week before Christmas. This ministry requires an army of love and we are always seeking volunteers who want to be a light in a child’s life. Share the joy and hope of Christmas with those who are less fortunate. Contact: Gail Quinnan

Coffee & Donuts Hospitality Ministry • This ministry of welcome and hospitality is offered every Sunday after the 9:00 and 11:15 AM Mass. It provides an opportunity to socialize, share and welcome parishioners and guests to our Sunday ministry of hospitality. Teenagers and young adults are encouraged to help. If you enjoy meeting new people and making them feel at home, then this ministry is for you. Please call the parish office if you are interested in participating. Contact: Rosemary Ellis

Confirmation • The Confirmation program is designed to nurture the faith of our youth and prepare them for a lifelong commitment to God and their Catholic faith. This is a two year scripture-based program for teens in grades 9 through 12. Contacts: Patricia Gray, Teresa Brunson, Christine Haupt, Lori Jakubowski

Eucharistic Ministers • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest with the reverent sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ during Communion. As such, they are mature in faith and show love and reverence for the Eucharist. Contact: parish office

Finance Council • This ministry is an advisory and consultative body to the Pastor on all fiscal matters. Members provide expertise and consultation by promoting sound fiscal planning and stewardship of parish funds. It meets every two months to discuss the balance sheet, review the income and expenses, discuss the budget and any other item related to the parish finances. Contact: parish office

First Communion & First Reconciliation • This preparation is offered for all children who were baptized and who will be at least seven years old at the time of the First Communion Mass. Classes take place during the 9:00 AM Mass every Sunday. The preparation culminates with the celebrations of First Communion after Easter. Contact: Margaret Lopez

Hope’s Boutique • Hope’s Boutique is closely associated with Hope’s Pantry. The boutique provides gently used or new clothing to those in need at no cost. This supply of clothing comes entirely from donations by our parishioners. It consists of winter and summer clothing and shoes for men, women, adolescents and children. Jeans and work clothes are popular items. Toiletries are also offered in small quantities and when available. Contact: Deborah Kimes, Janice Hawkins

Hope’s Pantry • The mission of this ministry is to help those who are less fortunate who might be struggling to feed their families. It also stocks the parish food pantry. This ministry is solely supported by parishioners working in collaboration with the local Food Bank. The Pantry is located on the grounds of our church and is open to the public every Wednesday morning 10-12 noon. Contact: Lydia Newton

Lectors • Lectors are appointed to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly. The Lector also processes with the Book of the Gospels at the beginning of each Mass. A lector becomes a spokesperson for God, proclaiming God’s Word with passion, respect and awe. Contact: parish office

Lenten Fish Dinners • The purpose of this ministry is to enable parishioners and visitors alike to socialize and to share a delicious seafood meal. Local fish and wines are provided. It takes place after the celebration of the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent except Good Friday. Besides the Annual Ministry Appeal, this is one of the major fundraising events. Contact: Pat Norris

Liturgical Environment • The mission of this ministry is to transform the church into a welcoming and serene place of worship using color, art and flowers. It is also responsible for changing the seasonal liturgical colors, banners and special décor for Christmas and Easter. Contact: Gail Quinnan

Liturgical Music / Choir • Our choir offers prayers by singing praises to Almighty God. The choir sings regularly at the Sunday 11:15 AM Mass and for select solemnities. Rehearsal takes place in the church forty-five minutes prior to Mass. There are no age restrictions for membership and newcomers are always welcome. Contact: Kim Spano

Open Arms Ministry • The ministry stands for the open arms of Jesus, who offered welcome to all who approached him. OLMC opens the doors to all, inviting people to find a spiritual home, fellowship and worshipping together as one family. This ministry shares the joy and love found in Christ. It offers support and encourages others to get involved in the many ministries of OLMC. It is responsible for welcoming new families and individuals and planning and hosting a welcoming dinner. It is also charged with holding various receptions throughout the year. Contact: parish office

Manna Ministry • This ministry puts into practice Jesus’ command to feed the hungry. Unlike Hope’s Pantry, the Manna Ministry takes food directly to the needy and homebound every Saturday. There are six teams with over thirty dedicated volunteers taking food to some fifteen local homebound people and over twenty-five needy families in Cachagua. Contact: Joni Zabala

Parish Council • The OLMC Pastoral Council consists of parishioners who serve our community in a leadership capacity. Its purpose is: to serve as a means whereby all men and women of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church may actively participate in the shared responsibility of the true Christian community; to provide a forum for the initiation of policies and programs based upon investigation of Parish needs and determination of consensus of views within the Parish community; to interest, inspire, and inform the members of our Parish so that each may feel a warmer and more personal sharing in the Parish community and its responsibilities; to promote more communication within our Parish community; to assist and advise the Pastor as required in the development and implementation of those matters which concern the Parish community. Contact: parish office

St. Patrick’s Dinner • On March 17 we celebrate the apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick. After a special Green Mass, all are invited to a traditional Irish dinner. Gail prepares the best corned beef ever. Wearing of the green is recommended. All proceeds go towards feeding the poor. Contact: Gail Quinnan

Ushers & Greeters • This ministry is open to all persons, 14 years of age and older, who enjoy warmly greeting worshipers, finding them a seat, taking collections and guiding people to communion stations. Ushers may also lend assistance to those who are disabled. They clean the church after each service, providing a respectful and orderly liturgical environment for the next celebration. Contact: parish office