Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish hosts a variety of ministries that assist our parish, our community, and our world. Scroll through to learn more about some of the groups that work through and for the OLMC family.
Social Concerns and Caring
Christ calls us all to love our neighbors. As Catholics, we recognize the importance of serving our brothers and sisters.
OLMC has been able to help those in need, and through the love of our parishioners and their desire to grow service to others,
we will continue to be able to deliver these services.
Christmas Giving Tree
Each year, many families are helped at Christmas thanks to your generosity from the Christmas Giving Tree.
This ministry meets monthly to reach out to inactive and/or alienated Catholics and offer support to those also in full communion with the Church.
As a part of our environmental campaign, parishioners are asked to drop off newspapers, magazines, etc. into the ABITIBI recycling bins located in our parking lot.
Sandwich makers meet monthly to prepare food to be donated to St. Agnes/Our Lady of Fatima Outreach Meal Program in the inner city. Annually, they make 3,600 sandwiches. Project Hope for the Homeless in Painesville receives 360 hot meals.
St. Vincent de Paul Outreach
One of our parish's largest ministries, the St. Vincent de Paul Society serves families and individuals month through a community meal every Monday and hosts a food bank throughout the week.
As an outreach to our seniors who are unable to obtain transportation to weekend services, we provide a free pickup service for 4:00 pm Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday Masses. If you are interested in driving the van or helping load passengers, we could use your help.
Service to the Parish
OLMC has been a staple of the Wickliffe community since 1920. Through the generosity of our parishioners, we are able to supply our local Wickliffe family with opportunities to worship, serve, and learn. All families require the support and energy of its members. Consider joining us in helping to sustain our facilities and infrastructure.
Every Sunday members of this group gather to open and count the weekend collection.
This seasonal group works to prepare, plant, and maintain our flower beds, shrubbery, etc. Their efforts help make OLMC a warm and inviting community and enhances the overall appearance of the property which is centrally located in the city.
The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body that helps the pastor in the administration of parish property and goods, financial resources, buildings, and grounds. Members of the Finance Council provide expertise in finance, administration, business, and law. Membership is by appointment of the pastor.
Parish Life and Community
Beyond worshiping together, OLMC provides all parishioners and guests opportunities to grow together in a community of faith. Groups and ministries are available for all ages. In the words of our pastor, Fr. Behrend, “You are strangers until you come into our doors. Then you are part of our family!”
Altar and Rosary Society
This group of dedicated women serve our parish through prayer, community, and fundraising efforts.
Legion of Mary
These dedicated women visit the homebound of our parish and also visit the local nursing homes to provide caring conversation and Eucharist for those who wish and are able to receive.
Magnificat Prayer Group
This prayer group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, following 7:00 pm Mass in the Adoration Chapel.
Men’s Prayer Group
All men of the parish are welcome to join together in prayer every Saturday morning following the 8:30 am Mass in the church.
Mt. Carmel Players
The Mt. Carmel Players is the only local parish sponsored performing arts group in the area, and produce a well-known musical every summer. The history of the Mt. Carmel Players extends back over 35 years and they are always looking for an extra hand or voice to join them.
Mt. Carmel Society
This is one of the original women’s service groups in our parish. They meet the first Tuesday of the month for prayer and camaraderie. Twice yearly, the Mt. Carmel Society hosts a traditional family-style spaghetti dinner and all proceeds are donated to the parish. In honor of the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (celebrated the nearest Sunday to July 16), the Mt. Carmel Society hosts a gathering of prayer, community, and ice cream.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s annual summer festival is an important local event hosted by our parish. It is our biggest fundraiser for the year and all work (food, set-up, break-down, etc.) is done by parish volunteers. It is a wonderful way to gather with friends for the good of the parish.
Every Sunday (excluding holidays) parish ministries and/or groups host hospitality after all Sunday Masses. We invite you to join us and meet new parishioners as well as share fellowship with friends.
This event is scheduled each year after Thanksgiving morning after 9:30 am Mass. It is a buffet style brunch hosted by parishioners to promote community and thanksgiving for the many gifts God has bestowed on all of us.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Each year in November, the parish staff takes time to thank the great number of volunteers who make our parish so vibrant and active. This is a fun evening of dinner and dancing that is well attended by our parish volunteers.