Becoming Catholic


Have you thought about becoming Catholic?

Are you curious about the Catholic way of life? Do you have questions about our Catholic tradition? Is God calling you to consider becoming Catholic?

You are invited to consider the RCIA journey. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process to learn more about Catholicism. This journey begins with a period of inquiry; a time to ask questions, receive the good news of Jesus Christ and open the way for spiritual growth.

Who can benefit from the RCIA?
1. Individuals who are unbaptized.
2. Individuals baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
3. Individuals who were baptized Catholic and have not received Confirmation.

Becoming Catholic for Children and Youth
There is a process for children and youth seeking to become Catholic too. RCIA includes children and youth 7 years and older who have never been baptized or who were baptized into another Christian community of faith.

How to Begin the Process

If this describes you or someone you know, contact Christa Blomstrom for more information at 757-595-0385 ext. 107 or complete the form below and we will contact you.

RCIA Contact Form

Youth Ministry & Confirmation Fall ’19

“When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~ Matthew 26:40

While Jesus was focused on preparing for His upcoming Passion and the salvation of mankind, Peter and the other disciples were found asleep. It always surprises me how many instances of the gospel from 2000 years ago still relate today. How often does God have something important happening and we are found sleeping?

The summer can be a blast and involve many wonderful vacations, camps etc. but it has the tendency to get us off track spiritually because we get out of the habit of a daily routine. We become lazy and sleepy regarding the spiritual life. Faith doesn’t simply “happen” but is intentionally grown through relationship with Christ. I challenge you, as the school year begins, to make a commitment to growing in your spiritual life while you grow academically

One way you can do this is by intentionally scheduling time for faith growth. At OLMC, we offer many opportunities for this. See below for the many faith growth opportunities and how to sign up for them. . Make Jesus important because He makes you important every second!

Life Teen – Life Teen meets on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30pm and includes dinner, games, a teaching about our faith, small group discussion and prayer. This is for all those in 9th-12th grade. The first Life Teen is on September 15th at St. Michael Hall. At least one parent is required to attend the Parent Meeting on Monday, September 16th at 6pm at St. Michael Hall.

Edge – Edge meets on Tuesday nights from 6-7:15pm and includes games, teaching, fellowship and prayer. This is for all those in 6th-8th grade. The first Edge meets on September 17 in the Gathering Room at the Church.

Confirmation Preparation – Confirmation meets twice a month on Sunday from 3:15-4:45pm at St. Michael Hall. High School Confirmation prep is for all those in 10th, 11th or 12th grade starting this Fall. The first Confirmation session is on Sunday, September 15th.  At least one parent is required to attend the first session. Visit the Confirmation page for more details. 

“Summit” Wednesday – Summit is a weekly Bible Study that meets on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm. It includes fellowship, prayer and a chance to reflect on the upcoming Sunday scripture. This is for all those in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. Our first “Summit” will be on Wednesday, September 18 at the Gathering Room in the Church.

Click here to register for Life Teen, Edge and/or Summit.

Click here to register for Confirmation Preparation.


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 .

Ayude en el Ministerio de Niños

¿Has considerado ayudar a formar la próxima generación de católicos en su fe? Lo invitamos a unirse a nuestro equipo de catequistas de formación en la fe de los niños y a llevar a Jesucristo de una manera muy especial a los miembros más jóvenes de nuestra parroquia. Siempre podemos usar más ayuda, ya sea un compromiso ocasional o semanal, por favor considere involucrarse.

Cómo puedes involucrarte:
Reunido por Grace Catechist – Pre-K a 6to grado

La adoración de los niños del reino – Liturgia de la Palabra para niños de 10:00 a.m. y 2:00 p.m. Masas

Catequesis del Buen Pastor: todos los domingos de 8:30 a 11:00 a.m.

Si está interesado en ayudar, comuníquese con Cristy Barton a o al 757-595-0385 ext. 131.

Assist with Children’s Ministry

Have you considered helping form the next generation of Catholics in their faith? We invite you to join our team of children faith formation catechists and bring Jesus Christ in a very special way to the youngest members of our parish. We can always use more help, whether it is occasional or a weekly commitment, please consider getting involved.

How you can get involved:
Gathered By Grace Catechist – Pre-K thru 6th grade

Kingdom Kids Worship  – Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Masses

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Every Sunday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Cristy Barton at or 757-595-0385 ext. 131.

VBS Sign-Up

Sign-up your children for Vacation Bible School this summer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel!
June 17 – 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

School is over, now what?

How to get kids to fall in love with Christ when school is over?

This is a question that I ask myself regularly as a mother but also working with families and children. The answer is not always a clear or easy one. But what I do know is that getting children to know that Jesus loves them through their friends, family and church community is a great start. Vacation Bible school is a wonderful opportunity for kids to have fun getting to know their best friend: Jesus. By having them interact with friends of different ages, they get to collaborate, look up to the “older ones”, and be compassionate and caring for the “little ones” in their group.  Our children learn about bible verses and stories in the Bible adventures station, they think deeper about Catholic Social Teaching.

But love is also fun, right? These boys and girls will have the amazing opportunity to praise the Lord and be loud, they will be praying, playing, laughing and then they will realize that God’s love has been around them and within them the whole week. One of the most striking things for me is getting to see the adults that come and are transformed for a week as they radiate Christ’s joy every time they are running a station. I love seeing teenagers that are willing to sacrifice their summer sleeping-in schedule to volunteer for VBS. At first, they might come in yawning but throughout the week they become vibrant young leaders; not only do they have a renewed awakening of their Catholic faith, but they are opening their hearts to Jesus by caring for His children. Let this be your summer where your children (and yes, even your teenagers!) will come home talking about Jesus; let them reignite your faith by asking them how their day at VBS was, and who knows, maybe they will be bringing Jesus to their school when the summer ends.

VBS is from Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21, 2019.

To volunteer please fill out the form here:

To get involved with Vacation Bible School, please contact Cristy Barton at