Name of Church Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Address 13541 Stoney Creek Road, San Diego, CA 92129
Phone number (858) 484-1070
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. (Spanish) and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and 1st Saturday at 8 a.m.
Confessions Saturdays, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m. & Sundays, 12:45 p.m. and 3:30-4:25 p.m.
Names of priests Fr. Anthony Saroki, pastor. Fr. Ignatius Kipchirchir, associate pastor. Fr. Saroki was an attorney who instead opted for the priesthood. Very articulate, orthodox and well spoken. Click on the homilies tab on the parish webpage and listen to him. He also has many videos on YouTube; listen to him below, for example, talking about the Psalms. Among his other involvements, he is chaplain for Legatus, an organization for Catholic CEOs.
Music Traditional and contemporary hymns; listen to selections on the parish website.
Parish Groups prayer groups, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, mom’s and men’s groups, young adult ministry, Hispanic and Filipino groups, faith formation groups, Pro-Life Committees, Small Church Communities.
Parking The parish is located near the intersection of the I-15 and the Ted Williams freeway, opposite the Black Mountain Open Space Park. There is a large parking area near the church.
Additional observations Our Lady Mount Carmel is a parish of the Diocese of San Diego. The church was completed in 2013. It has some nice features; take a tour on the parish website: https://www.olmcsandiego.org/church-tour. The parish is engaging in a capital campaign (“Built on Rock”) to build further on the parish grounds, including a Discipleship Center. Here is an overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY3u-RGx_oE&t=1s.
I recommend going to St. Anne’s Church in Logan Heights an older area with mostly Hispanics who are dedicated to this church run by the F.S.S.P. and only the Traditional Latin Mass is offered there, I recently went back to San Diego and visited this wonderful and very vibrant church with an overflow area outside since the Latin Mass is packed on Sundays. The F.S.S.P. have been wonderful for this rather poor neighborhood and have given these people the Mass of All Times. I remember living in San Diego during Bishop Brom’s time and we had to attend the TLM in the diocesan cemetery called Holy Cross we had no where else to go and no Novus Ordo parish would take us, dark times in those day’s but I drove the 45 minutes like most TLM Mass goers do just to attend the Mass of All Times even thought you might have a church or two within a few blocks from you. But I would rather drive the hour or more than have to put up with giant puppets, altar girls, lay lectors, dancing girls in black leotards or effeminate men prancing around with scarfs, drums, bongos, guitars, folk, rock, mariachi, hand holding, kiss of peace, priests dressed as clowns, communion in the hand while standing.
I am glad that you attend a licit TLM. Since you don’t attend the OF, you don’t know that they are reverential and serious prayer. There can be altar girls. There most likely will be communion in the hand while standing and lay lectors but you can always kneel and receive on the tongue. There are no giant puppets, dancing girls in black leotards or effeminate men prancing around with scarfs, or priests dressed as clowns.
I have seen hand holding during the Our Father. I have never seen people kiss at the sign of peace except occasionally a husband and wife will.
Music depends on where you attend but drums and bongos I have only seen occasionally at a youth mass.
We don’t ever get rock music or folk music. I don’t attend the Spanish Mass often but there was not mariachi music when I did.
Editor, please don’t approve any more posts that disparage the new Mass.
Editor please do not approve anymore posts by anyone who attack the TLM or Traditional Catholics
It is not the new Mass. It is just Mass.
RA, why can’t you be happy about a good parish?
(There are no clowns or giant puppets at Mass at this parish, or any other parish that I know of.)
Do you believe that Mass in the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo) is valid?
Not every story has to be about the traditional Latin Mass and you do the traditional Latin Mass movement a disservice by some of your comments.
This is a beautiful church. Thanks to Rev. Patrick Murphy who was the pastor when the church when the church was built and Rev. Mr. Robert Holgren who oversaw the project, there are more than a few wonderful features to this beautiful church.
Fr. Saroki gave an excellent explanation of the Psalms and how they were written on the video, and he has a most pleasing, calming voice. The church seems to be filled with much wonderful Biblical symbolism which is explained to the parishioners so well. The church has a good selection of both traditional and more contemporary hymns.
St. David, pray for us.
St. Elijah the Prophet, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.