Phone: 941-966-0807 | Fax: 941-966-3909
425 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229


 Fr Fred



May 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

It was such a joyful feeling and a cause of celebration to welcome you back to the celebration of the Mass this past week. Everybody expressed their relief and their happiness at getting back to the sacraments. The anticipation of crowding and how to handle the overflow however did not occur. Our attendance at the four Masses was 30…48…85…76.

Of course, we had no experience to go on, so we decided to plan for the largest turn out by keeping the winter schedule of 4 weekend Masses. Clearly this was not necessary. We understand and continue to encourage those who are most vulnerable and/or worried about their safety to stay at home and participate in our Mass through your prayers, observance of the Mass on TV and making a spiritual communion with the rest of our parishioners. The bishop extends the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation until June 28th.


Therefore, we will begin the summer schedule of Masses this weekend, May 31, June 1st.

Saturday Vigil Mass will be at 4:00 PM

Sunday Masses will be at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

Confessions will be heard at 3:00 PM on Saturday.

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost and the last day of the Easter season.

 Once again, I remind you of the following safeguards for all to follow:

  • Sanitize your hands before entering the Church and after leaving. This is especially true for all liturgical ministers and ushers. Bring your own sanitizers if possible.
  • Facemasks must be worn by all.
  • COMMUNION IS TO BE RECEIVED ON THE HAND ONLY. Please hold your hand firmly and flat so that the eucharistic minister can place the host on your hand without touching you.
  • Every other pew is blocked off to help with social distancing but you will have to use your own judgment as to how close you can sit next to another unrelated person.
  • Please do not socialize at the counter or in the vestibule or porticos of the church before or after Mass. In normal times this is a hall mark of our parish’s friendly atmosphere and I deeply regret that it must be suspended for the time being.
  • For communion, the ushers will direct the flow to the front. Take your time coming out of each pew and observe the distancing marked on the floor. Take off your mask to receive the eucharist and then replace it on your way back to your pew.
  • Offering baskets will not be passed. Instead, they will be placed on tables throughout the church. You can place your offering in them as you come or leave the service.
  • Don’t forget that we will not hold hands or shake hands during the Mass. A simple nod of the head gives the same message.
  • At the end of Mass, please use all the exit doors in the church including those doors which we normally don’t use. Please proceed slowly so that there is not a rush or grouping at the back door. If you are concerned, please wait until others have left and then take your time exiting.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Fred


 We are a Catholic community of stewards, called to be the Body of Christ.  We worship together, serve those in need, and build a Christian Community with Gospel Values.


Parish Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Mass Schedule

8:30 AM, & 10:30 AM

4:00 PM 

 Daily Mass
Monday - Saturday
8:00 AM

Holy Days
8:00 AM & 5:30 PM

3:00 PM 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church

425 S Tamiami Trail
PO Box 1097
Osprey, FL 34229

Phone: 941-966-0807
Fax: 941-966-3909