Adult Confirmation & RCIA Classes
Whether you were baptized Catholic as a baby and never completed your formation in the Church, are a strong non-Catholic Christian looking to delve into the richness of Catholicism for the first time, are from other non-Christian belief systems, or have never prayed a day in your life, the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will meet you where you are at in your search for Truth and journey with you closer to the heart of Jesus and His one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
For a period of nine months (September to May) we will be discussing the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church in a welcoming and open atmosphere where we hope to have authentic discussions about our faith, provide opportunities for fellowship, prepare those willing to receive their sacraments of initiation in the Easter Vigil (Baptism and/or Communion and Confirmation) and helping you find a place in our parish community and develop a rich prayer life and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. From June to August we have Inquiry sessions for those who have questions about the Catholic faith and want to understand if RCIA will be a fit for them. We encourage anyone who intends to join to reach out throughout the year so we can help you get ready for this beautiful process.
Sr. Monica Nobl
(480) 967-8791 ext. 223
Infant Baptism Preparation Class
From the first centuries, the Church, to whom the mission of evangelizing and baptizing has been given, baptized not only adults but also children. Since the Lord said, "No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5), the Church has always understood that children are not to be deprived of Baptism. The faith of this Church is proclaimed during the baptism by the parents, godparents, and others present because they represent both the local Church and the whole company of Saints and faithful.
Parents who intend to have their children baptized in our parish are required to attend a baptismal preparation class either at Our Lady of Mount Carmel or at another parish. The monthly infant baptism preparation class for parents and godparents is still taking place. Registration is required. If you are planning on baptizing your child, please email our Ministry head.
Dc. Chris Gass
Marriage Preparation – Wedding Orientation Seminar
The prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony the Diocese of Phoenix mandates a nine-month preparation process. The first step of which is to attend a Wedding Orientation Seminar, this is required prior to meeting with your priest.
Wedding Orientation Seminars are a 1-2 hour meeting with a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wedding Coordinator team. They are conducted individually with engaged couples at the parish office. Contact our Ministry Head to schedule a Seminar and start getting ready for the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Marriage Preparation – Unitas Program
“Unitas: Preparing for a Sacramental Marriage” is the program base for the marriage preparation program. Unitas meets for seven consecutive Fridays from 7:00 -9:00 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each session follows a general format: topical presentations followed by small group discussions, or discussions as a couple. Couples are assigned to a sponsor couple who help lead the small group discussions. Each couple receives a workbook, which contains activities and worksheets for in-class and homework assignments. In addition to the Friday sessions there are two rituals administered at Sunday mass. The program is designed to aid engaged couples in gaining additional insights into their relationship and involve them in the parish community. Unitas satisfies the Step 3: Life Skills requirement for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Our Lady’s Men of Christ (Men’s Ministry)
Our Lady's Men of Christ provides opportunities for Christian fellowship with Catholic men while focusing on education, prayer and evangelization. Our mission is to better understand what it means to be Catholic men and to better prepare ourselves to share the love of Jesus Christ with our families, friends and communities.
We meet at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Mc.Cready hall on select Saturday mornings. To get on our email list (we send emails or texts about upcoming events) or to get more information contact Sean Kelly by text or email.
Religious Education for Children & Teens
Our young parishioners are an integral part of Faith Formation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. To teach our children about Our Faith and offer Sacramental Preparation follows the teaching of Our Lord and Savior. Through this ministry, our children are taught to know, love and serve God. Children and teens are required to attend at least two years of Religious Education Classes before receiving the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation which they can receive on third grade or older. Grades 1st – 6th meet on Sundays from 10:20-11:45am. Grades 7th – 12th meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. RE programs run every year from the end of August until May.
Sr. Maria Cristina Linares
480) 967-8791 ext. 222
Women’s Studies Ministry
The OLMC Women’s Studies Ministry is dedicated to helping women grow in their relationship with God through fellowship, scripture teachings and group discussions. Our ministry typically runs two Bible study sessions (one in fall and one in spring) based on a specific book or topic, and an annual retreat (in the winter).
Past studies have included the Holy Spirit, the Year of Faith, St. Paul-the Apostle, our Blessed Mother Mary, 33 Days to Morning Glory; A Marian Consecration, and Discovering the Feminine Genius; a Theology of the Body study.
The Women’s Studies Ministry is always looking for women interested in sharing their time and talent to help plan and run our Catholic/Bible study sessions and our annual winter retreat.