Name of Church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Address 1441 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach CA 92661
Phone number (949) 673-3775
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil at 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 5 p.m. Monday – Satuday, 8 a.m.
Confessions Saturdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Names of priests Monsignor Lawrence Baird, pastor. Father Scott Borgman, parochial vicar. Father Sean Condon, priest in residence. Monsignor Baird is a faithful priest with a long history in the diocese of Orange. He has served at a variety of parishes, and in multiple positions at the chancery office. He served as director of communications and editor of the diocesan newspaper for former diocese of Orange Bishop Norman McFarland (1922 – 2010). He turned 75 in December, and will retire as pastor on July 1.
Father Borgman grew up in Africa as part of a Protestant missionary family; he and his parents were later received into the Catholic Church. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Toulon, France and served in Rome for a time. He spent summers serving at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel before becoming parochial vicar. (Listen to Father Borgman share his story. Father Condon is an 80-something-year-old retiree priest from Ireland (60 years a priest!).
Special activities and groups Bible studies, Knights of Columbus, Respect Life, St. Vincent de Paul Society, ministry to the sick and homebound, women’s group, adult Catholic education series.
Music All the weekend Masses have music. The 10 a.m. has an adult choir, the others have a cantor, often with some kind of musical accompaniment. There is an effort going on to establish a children’s choir.
Parking You’re on the beach, so there’s often a lot of people around. The parish has a small lot, or you can park on the street.
Additional observations Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a parish on the Balboa peninsula section of Newport Beach. It is located on the beach; many of the surrounding properties are beach rentals. It is part of the diocese of Orange in Southern California, and dates back to 1924.