Stewardship

“What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” To Be a Christian Steward, A Summary of the U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship.

Here you can find ways to cultivate your gifts in our Catholic community.

ENDOW (Education on the Nature and Dignity of Women) : ENDOW is a Catholic Woman’s study group. ENDOW is a national group whose mission is to “transform the hearts and minds of women and girls by inviting them into the joy, freedom, and dignity that come from living out their gift of authentic femininity in Christ.” This group is open to women from 18+ in age.

Contact: Lisa Murphy and Cathleen Roche

CYO: Mt. Carmel CYO Basketball in Mill Valley is comprised of 36 teams with over 360 players. Mt. Carmel CYO is an integral part of the Catholic Youth Organization and sponsors teams to play youth basketball in Mill Valley for boys and girls between 4th through 8th grades.

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word: CLOW is part of the whole 10:15 Mass. It is an extension of the larger gathered liturgical assembly and is not a catechetical session during Mass; the purpose is to pray as well as to learn. The goal of CLOW is to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at an age-appropriate level for children so that they are then better able to celebrate Mass with the larger assembly on a regular basis.

Kids between the ages of 4-9 years are welcome to participate.

This ministry is completely depending on parent volunteers who can rotate leadership. Please consider leading one of these sessions! All materials and training will be provided.

Contact: Danny O’Regan

Music Ministry: “He who sings, prays twice.” (St. Augustine) If you would like to help support our prayer through music, consider singing or playing in the 10:15am choir. Our music director, Emmanuel Orjuela, can discuss the opportunities with you after Mass on the weekends or via email.

Contact: Emmanuel Orjuela

Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers: Liturgy comes from the Greek meaning “work of the people.” If you feel called to proclaim the Word or to assist the priest in distributing the blessed Sacrament, consider these ministries.

Contact: Fr. Patrick Michaels

Coffee and Donuts: Our Coffee and Donuts ministry is available after the 10:15am mass on Sunday mornings. Join us in the old Girl Scout adage “make new friends and keep the old….”

If you have been wanting to get involved at OLMC but can’t seem to find the time, this is the opportunity for you. Contact Steve and Ellie for more information on how to get involved.

Contact: Steve and Ellie Reiter

Parish Council: The Parish Council is the the coming together of the laity and pastoral members of the parish to facilitate needs of the parish and ensure that parishioners have a greater stewardship role in parochial matters.

Contact: Fr. Patrick Michaels

St. Vincent De Paul Society: With nearly 700,000 members worldwide, the St. Vincent De Paul Society is one of the world’s oldest and most effective charitable organizations. The Marin County chapter of the Society’s mission is to provide assistance to those in need, especially those that have nowhere else to turn for help.

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Mount Carmel Shop: We sell clothing for all ages, furniture, an assortment of shoes, hats, household items, athletic gear, jewelry, paintings, rugs, gardening items, electronics and much more!
Come on in! Find treasures and try on our upscale clothing in the “Better and Vintage Clothing” room!
“Upscale-resale items” at a low cost.

Don’t forget to bring your gently used books, clothes and furniture in for donations!

Location: 45 Lovell Ave, Mill Valley

Bible Study: Break open the Word every Thursday evening from 7-8:30pm. Fr. Pat delves in to the readings for the upcoming Sunday with emphasis on biblical history.

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Contact: Fr. Patrick Michaels

RCIA: Interested in becoming Catholic or know someone who is? RCIA is the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults. Candidates meet weekly (on Wednesdays) to delve deeper into their understanding of the faith and grow in their relationship with Christ.

Contact:Fr. Patrick Michaels

Adoration and Taize: Eucharistic adoration is simply put, adoring the Blessed Sacrament and contemplating the Mystery of Christ truly present among us. A consecrated host is presented in a monstrance and exposed on the altar for anyone to come and pray in the presence of Christ.

The Blessed Sacrament must never be left unattended. Parishioners are asked to pray with Jesus for an hour (Holy Hour) as a weekly dedication.

Contact: Gina Carneiro

Taize is a prayer service that includes Scripture, petitions, song, meditation, and prayer. This takes place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Contact: Emmanuel Orjuela

Altar Servers

What is an Altar Server? Altar Servers assist Father Pat at Mass and help to lead the community in prayer by processing candles, a cross, holding the book for the priest, assisting the priest at the altar, etc. Experience the Mass as you never have before through your active service.

Who can be an Altar Server? Young men and women in 5th grade through high school, who have been through our training program, can be Altar Servers.

When will I serve? Altar Servers are needed for the weekly 5:30pm Saturday and the 10:15am Sunday masses, and special holidays as available. We will not ask you to serve more than twice a month.

Do I have to serve by myself? Our goal is to always have at least two or three Altar Servers working together. The more people who sign up, the more people we can schedule together! Want to serve with a sibling or friend? Please encourage them to join!

Learn more about becoming an Altar Server by contacting Danny O’Regan