Ministries at Carmel Mission Basilica

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them responsibly, shares them with justice and love and returns them with increase to the Lord. We invite you to consider the various opportunities available in our parish community where you can share the gifts of your time and talent here at Carmel Mission. There are ministries that serve educational and formational needs of people of all ages. Among these are programs especially designed for children, for youth, for families, and for adults.In addition there are opportunities for all ages to come together and to learn together. There are opportunities to share one’s faith in small groups and large groups and to be a part of the ongoing lifelong formation in the faith. Those of maturing Christian faith can act as mentors to the young, or as catechists for sacrament programs and religious education classes. The parish community is further served by the liturgies, music, and seasonal celebrations of the Church. Celebrations of the sacraments are central to the life of the community. Inviting and welcoming new members into the parish community is an integral work of all parish ministries.


Acolytes serve at the altar to assist the priest and deacon. The Acolyte is responsible for preparing the altar and the vessels and, as an extraordinary minister, to distribute Eucharist to the faithful.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,

Altar Society

The Purpose of this Society is to provide care of the vestments, upkeep of the altar linens and to give financial assistance for additional needs of the altar. Membership: All women who are interested and in accord with the purposes of the Society are eligible for membership. Three social events and a Day of Recollection enrich the membership.

Contact: Elinor Laiolo

Altar Servers

Altar Servers are participants in the liturgy as they assist the priest and the acolyte by processing with Cross and candles and holding the Sacramentary and vessels for the priest.

Contact: 831-624-1271 ext. 218,


The Carmel Mission Bereavement Ministry provides caring consolation and spiritual support to parish families who are grieving the death of a loved one. The Ministry also offers assistance with funeral Masses and receptions held in Crespi Hall.

Contact: Marilyn Bachik, Call parish office: Ph:831-624-1271 ext. 200

Children’s First Eucharist & First Reconciliation

This preparation is offered in the second grade at Generations of Faith festivals. The preparation culminates in the celebrations of First Reconciliation in March and First Eucharist in May. Older children can also be accommodated in this program.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 216,

Coffee & Donuts

This ministry of welcome and hospitality is offered on Sunday after 7:30 am Mass. Teenagers and young adults are encouraged to inquire. Total monthly commitment is one to two hours.

Contact our Parish Office: Monday thru Friday Ph: 831-624-1271

Confirmation: Adults

Adult Confirmation is for those adults who have not been confirmed, but have been baptized, catechized, and had First Communion. After a preparation period, candidates will join with other adult candidates from the Diocese of Monterey for the Rite of Confirmation.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 216,

Carmel Mission Docent Association

There are many opportunities to share your love and knowledge of Carmel Mission by becoming a docent and volunteer. Training is offered quarterly with a professional tour guide, and on-going support is available. We need many volunteers to build a strong program to welcome the strangers in our midst. Total monthly time commitment is one to four hours.

Contact: 831-624-1271 ext. 213

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy communion assist the priest with the reverent sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ with our sisters and brothers. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is one who is mature in faith and who shows reverence and love for the Eucharist.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,


Every year, on the fourth Sunday of September, Carmel Mission celebrates the annual Fiesta of San Carlos Borromeo de Rio Carmelo. Hundreds of art and craft exhibitors display in the Mission corridors; mariachis, bands, food & drinks of all kinds make this festival a hallmark of Carmel Mission.

Contact: Junipero Serra School, 831-624-8322

Carmel Mission Museum Store

The Museum Store provides religious items and artifacts but most importantly an environment of welcome to all who visit Carmel Mission.

Contact:  831-624-1271 ext. 210 

Garden Angels

Helping maintain the colorful gardens at Carmel Mission is our mission. From the agapanthus (lily of the Nile) to the zauschneria (California fuchsia) everything needs a helping hand to shape, fertilize, weed out, deadhead, and tidy up. Learn from others and with others how to care for the many flowers and shrubs in our beautiful courtyards. Work at you own pace and your own times.

Contact: Kathy Fredrickson, 831-262-4245

Homebound Eucharistic Ministers

Homebound Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Holy Communion to those who are ill in their homes and are unable to get to Mass.

Contact: Joan Brophy, Call parish office: Ph:831-624-1271 ext. 200


I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) – Monthly program on every fourth Wednesday of the month in Crespi Hall. Provides evening meal and temporary lodging for homeless men. 
Monthly program on second Monday of the month in Crespi Hall. Provides evening meal and temporary lodging for homeless women.

Contact: Dave and Wendy Banks, Call parish office: Ph:831-624-1271 ext. 200 

Infant Baptism

This program is designed for children under the age of seven. For more information, click here.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,

Infant Baptism Instruction Class

This session is offered for all parents and godparents preparing for a baptism. We discuss the history, theology and spirituality of baptism, the rich liturgy and its symbols, and the practical aspects of this sacrament. Before any baptism, parents and godparents must attend this session.

Contact: 831-624-1271 ext. 216, 

Junipero Serra School

The parish school, K through eighth grade, establishes an environment which reflects the gospel message of love, joy and service, where the unique potential of each child is developed in the Spirit of Jesus.

Contact: Bruce J. Stewart, School Principal

Knights of Columbus

Catholic men’s organization whose purpose is charity, fraternity and unity in support of the pastor and the parish. The Knights meet on the first Tuesday of each month in Crespi Hall. They provide the Columbus Day and St. Patrick’s Day parish dinners, pancake breakfasts for the 5th Sunday of the month, and participate in Founders Day.

Contact: Ken Anderson, Call parish office: Ph:831-624-1271 ext. 200 


This ministry is open to all confirmed Catholics both teens and adults. They proclaim the Word of God during the first part of Mass as well as lead the prayers of the faithful. The extra preparation that this ministry requires is well worth the investment in familiarity and understanding of the scriptures. Help the congregation to engage with scripture in a more meaningful way through your voice.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,

Legion of Mary

Lay Catholic association focused on prayer, faith instruction and work of apostolate. Meets every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in McMahon Hall. The purpose of this international group is to give glory to God by visiting families, the sick, and the lonely and the newcomer.

Contact: Barrie Mc Cleary

Music Ministry / Choir

Our Adult Choir enhances liturgy at 11:00 AM Mass every Sunday and holidays. Practice every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the Basilica. Newcomers always welcome.

Contact: Kathy Anderson (Choir Director)

Prayer Line

The Prayer Line is a group of our faith community who spend some time each day in prayer asking for God’s help and grace for the many special needs of our community. This is done individually, not as group, at a time and place that works best for each of us. This is a ministry that requires only a small amount of time, approximately 15 minutes daily, in prayer for the special intentions called into our Mission prayer line.

Contact: 831-624-1271 ext. 200

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

R.C.I.A. is a process of formation through which adults enter into the Catholic Church. It includes several stages in which individuals undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospels, experience prayer and celebrate rites of Mass. The R.C.I.A. process follows the ancient practice of the Church which was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism and reception into the Catholic Church.

Contact: Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,

Sacrament Preparation for Children and Parents

Sacrament preparation for children and parents is included in the Generations of Faith program for those who will be receiving the Sacraments of First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation.

Contact:  Rosellen Sanna, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,


Sacristans prepare the worship space as to aid in the prayerfulness of the weekend liturgies. The sacristan ministry accomplishes what is seldom noticed, a ministry of hospitality similar to readying our home for visitors. You will be expected to learn the different vessels used in the liturgy of the Eucharist, their importance, and their proper use and cleaning.

Contact: Geoffrey Lopes da Silva, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,  

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

This society helps those who are less fortunate. Serves the needs of parish families in emergencies. Stocks a parish food pantry, aids homeless shelter and supports an outreach to needy migrant farm worker families as far as King City. All are welcomed to join this ministry.

Contact: Joe Kepp

Ushers & Greeters

This is a crucial ministry of providing a warm welcome to all those who walk into the doors of church before, during, and after Mass. They are the first and last impressions of the church for visitors and parishioners alike and they provide directions and assistance throughout Mass. Being an usher and greeter is open to all including families with children, young couples, retirees, teens, single young adults and others.

Contact:  Geoffrey Lopes da Silva, 831-624-1271 ext. 218,