Ministries & Societies

Faith Ministry Groups

We invite every Family and Parishioner to share their Time, Talent and Treasure with our Parish Community as we journey together in faith. Please contact the Parish Office at (203) 756-8981 if interested in any of the following opportunities.

St. Ann Society

Women are invited to honor St. Ann, the Mother of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, through prayer and action. Meetings occur 4 times per year, generally March, May, September and November. The Society hosts a fundraising event in October to support the ministries of the Parish, as well as a Christmas celebration in December.

Forever Young Seniors

This senior citizen organization offers spiritual, educational and social activities for those ages 60 and older. The Society sponsors several activities throughout the year; a donation to the OLMC Knitting Ministry, a scholarship to an Our Lady of Mount Carmel School 8th Grade Graduate, a donation to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Annual Italian Feast, a Thanksgiving Day Dinner for approximately 85 nursing home friends, and gifts to Easter Seals children at Christmas, along with other Parish activities. The society meets on the first Monday of each month from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM, for their Regular meeting and the second Monday of each month for their Board Meeting from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon, with complimentary coffee and dessert. Guest speakers and/or entertainment are often scheduled. They have partnered with Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resource Action to Serve Seniors) with exercise, crafts, and nutrition classes for the elderly. They also offer HARVEST, another Waterbury program, which provides Mount Carmel parishioners and friends with the opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce.

Altar Society

This society is comprised of women and men of the parish. They prepare the Altar during the liturgical year for Holy Days, Easter, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and weddings.

Knitting Ministry

The mission of this ministry is to provide a prayerful environment for individuals to share their love of knitting and/or crocheting and to reach out to those in need of comfort with solace and prayers. The knitter and/or crocheter begins each prayer shawl/scarf/afghan with prayers and blessings for the recipient, and when the creation is completed it is blessed by the Priest before being presented to the recipient. Baptismal blankets are also created for all children baptized here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All creations are free and available to all who request them. Knitting meets Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM in the Church Hall. New Knitters are always welcome. Please contact the Parish Office if interested.

"Shawls...made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover and give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles."

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast

Parishioners, volunteers, and friends of the Church alike prepare, organize and execute the planning and implementation of the Annual Feast and Procession in July honoring Our Blessed Mother. It is through the ongoing efforts of many Parishioners and Friends who have for decades made this annual celebration the success that it has become. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Parish Office at (203) 756-8981.

Knights of Columbus #0036

In Service to One, In Service to All. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Our Church-sponsored local Council is now comprised of 35 active members who strive to improve our Church and our community with the following 3 principles of the order, Charity, Unity and Fraternity.   Business meetings are the 4th Tuesday of every month, September to June. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Parish Office at (203) 756-8981.

Homebound Ministry

If you or a loved one (within our parish) is homebound due to age, infirmity, or recovering from hospitalization, and unable to attend Mass but would like to receive the Eucharist from one of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at home, please call the Rectory (203) 756-8981 to make arrangements.