Christmas Children’s Choir

Has your child wanted to sing with the children’s choir but couldn’t due to schedule conflicts or other factors? Then come join us in December for our annual Christmas Children’s Choir! Practices will be held on Sunday afternoons after the 10:00am Mass. See below for the detailed schedule.

  • Sunday, 12/15, 11:30-1:00 p.m. rehearsal in Church
  • Sunday, 12/22, 11:30-1:00 p.m. rehearsal in Church
  • Tuesday, 12/24, 2:30 p.m. rehearsal in the Church; carols at 3:30pm; Holy Mass at 4:00pm
To register email our Music Coordinator, Johanna Smith, at or call the office at 595-0385, ext 117.

Bicentennial Website

Check out the official website for the Diocese of Richmond’s bicentennial celebration to view a calendar of events and more information on our 200th anniversary!

Join the Diocese of Richmond for the 2020 Bicentennial year, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Richmond. There are many exciting activities planned in the commemorative year ahead, including special, diocesan-wide Masses; pilgrimages to historic churches; service opportunities; and a monumental celebration of the Eucharist never before held in Virginia called a Eucharistic Congress.  Visit
Parish Liaison is Christa Blomstrom,

Thank you so much for your willingness to share your regular tithe with us through a direct deposit giving program.  Direct Deposit giving is good for our parishioners – allowing them to give a prayerful sacrifice to the work of the Church and maintain a consistent giving.  It is also a great benefit to the parish – allowing us to be consistent in our budgeting, prevent gaps from travel or vacations, and saves us considerable overhead in data entry and depositing.  We are so grateful that you have chosen to make your sacrificial gifts to the parish through Direct Deposit tithing.

Our current E-giving platform, NCS services, has served us well.  But after some research, we have found a better provider which is more user friendly and less expensive.  After a lot of research and looking and E-giving firms, we have decided to move our E-giving and Direct Deposit tithing process to a company called operates for the cause of ministry and the spread of the Gospel.  We chose them for ease of use and the ability to give a recurring or one-time gift.  Their fees are also less expensive than our previous vendor.

As we make the transition, we need to ask all of our families with scheduled donations to please delete and transfer their Direct Deposit giving to the new company.  As one of our regular users of E-giving, could you please take a few minutes to help us with this transition by following the directions below?

If you are currently giving through NCS, please first delete your giving with them:

Log into your NCS e-giving account here:

To delete scheduled donations:

  • Log in to above link
  • select SCHEDULED from menu to access your scheduled giving payments
  • select down arrow to the right of each scheduled donation
  • select trash can icon to delete donation

Next, delete payment method (credit card or bank info):

  • Log in to above link
  • select blue circle icon at the top right of the screen
  • from the drop down menu select My Account
  • select Payment Methods link on the left to access your default and saved payment methods
  • select dropdown arrow to the right of each payment profile
  • select trash can icon to remove payment

To begin regular giving with

Sign up with for a recurring donation by following this link.  It is simple and easy to create a new account with them and sign up to tithe regularly. The fees are lower if you will use your checking account to directly tithe.  If you use a credit card or debit card, you might consider “covering the fee” so that the parish does not have to pay the fee.  Either way, it is your choice.

Again, to sign up online, simply go to at this link and begin.  You can create your own account from that page in order to manage it.


If you would prefer to simply sign up with over the phone, please call Carla Weimer in the parish business office at 757-595-0385 and have your banking or credit card information ready when you call.

Join a Small Group

Life is better CONNECTED. Join a Small Group!

Life is all about relationships. Small groups deepen our relationships with Christ and one another. The groups will

  • Discuss life and faith
  • Reflect on God’s Word together – applying the Sunday readings to daily life.
  • Seek God together
  • Pray for and with one another

We currently have active small groups for men, women, couples and young adults. Contact us below to find out more!

Jesus was in a small group with the twelve; let’s do what he did!

Interested? Fill out the form below!

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

Installation of Fr. Beeman

Bishop Knestout will celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, August 24. During the Mass, he will officially install Fr. Dan Beeman as the pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.*

There will be a small reception immediately following the Mass. We hope to see you there!

*Incense will be used at this Mass.

Solemnity of the Assumption

August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation.  Mass times for the holy day will be:

Wednesday August 14 at 6:30 p.m. (Vigil in English, incense will be used)

Thursday August 15 at 8:05 a.m. (English)

Thursday August 15 at 6:30 p.m. (en Español, incense will be used)

As stated in the Code of Canon Law, on all Sundays and holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in Mass. Insofar as possible, they are also to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body (canon 1247).

Morning Retreat for Moms

Join Us… 
There will be a  morning retreat for mothers to end your summer on Thursday, August 8th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. After you drop off your kids at either the nursery (for children 4 and under) or at the playground (supervised by the youth ministry), you can make your way over to the adoration chapel to spend the first hour in prayer, adoring Our Lord. Regularly scheduled Confessions will also be taking place at this time, and you are encouraged to participate in the sacrament.

At 9:00 a.m., Mrs. Kathy McKenna will lead a discussion on Beauty in the Gathering Room.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please sign-up using the form below so we know how many people (mothers and children) to expect. If you have never used our nursery before, please feel free registering them in advance:

Morning Retreat for Moms

  • Please drop these children off at the Nursery.
  • These children will be playing on the swingsets and in the gym with volunteers from our youth and young adult ministry.

Children’s Faith Formation


At Gathered By Grace, adults and children come together twice a month. During each session, adults participate in adult presentations and discussions. At the same time, children are introduced to a new unit of study by catechists in age-appropriate groups. Parents then reinforce the unit theme with their children throughout the month.

Preparation for sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion is in addition to the Gathered By Grace Sundays. Please register for First Sacraments (Baptized Catholics from 2nd grade through 5th grade) at or by using this link:

The cost for Gathered By Grace is $25 per person for 1st grade through adults (children 5 and under are free).
Total fees for Gathered By Grace and sacramental preparation combined will not exceed $150 per family.

We ask families to pay what they can, when they can.
If you prefer to make periodic payments, feel free to do so via E-Giving or personal check.
Scholarships are also available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Cristy Barton at or 757-595-0385, ext. 131 for more information.

Nursery (Ages 1-3) – Nursery (** Must also register for KidCheck. See link below.)

Pre-K/K (Ages 4-5) – Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Curriculum (** Must also register for KidCheck. See link below.)

Elementary (Grades 1-5) – Alive in Christ Curriculum

Adults – Adult Faith Formation

Register free for KidCheck (nursery, pre-K/ K) at here.

To register your family to Gathered by Grace, please fill out the following form HERE .

New Processional Cross

Our new processional cross made its debut at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday July 21 as part of our parish feast day celebration.  The making of the new cross was a collaborative effort.  The corpus was purchased through a parishioner’s generous donation.  Made in Italy, it is cast bronze.  The cross and staff are white oak.  The cross was made by Bill Blomstrom and the staff by Jonathan Sargent, two very talented woodworkers in our parish.  The corpus and cross are very similar to those that make up the crucifix over the altar in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  Many thanks to those who were so generous with their treasure, talent, and time.  This beautiful, new cross will enhance our parish’s liturgies for many years to come.

Welcome To Our New Priests!

Fr. Dan Beeman – Pastor
Fr. Dan Beeman, an Oklahoma native, was ordained a priest on June 2, 2007. He comes to Our Lady of Mount Carmel from his most recent assignment at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, VA. Fr. Beeman grew up in a Methodist family with two older brothers, and made his way to Virginia from Oklahoma when he attended the University of Richmond for his undergraduate degree. He entered the Catholic Church as a freshman while there. Fr. Beeman worked in private sector banking prior to entering seminary.

In addition to his duties as pastor here at OLMC, Fr. Beeman serves Bishop Knestout as Vicar for Catholic Mission and Identity for Catholic Schools, as Chairman of the Diocese of Richmond Priests’ Council, and serves on the College of Consultors for the Bishop.

Father Dan is excited to be in a vibrant community, to serve both parish and school, and to work with a great staff and priests here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Fr. Miguel Melendez – Parochial Vicar
Fr. Melendez, a Virginia native from the South Western part of the state, comes to us after being ordained a priest on June 3, 2017 and serving as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg, VA for the past two years. Fr. Melendez grew up in a Catholic household and attributes his love for our Faith to this upbringing. Father went to the Coast Guard Academy with the idea of serving our country and doing something humanitarian, but started considering the priesthood his sophomore year. After finishing at the Academy and serving for five years in the Coast Guard, his vocation to the priesthood was affirmed and he entered seminary.

Fr. Miguel is excited to be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to continue to learn how to be a priest, and he is excited to get to know the people here and for all of us to get to know him as we walk together on a common journey toward the Lord. Fr. Miguel loves the water, loves to surf and is a big fan of seafood. Father is here for the whole community (both Spanish and English speaking).