Carmel Mission has been a part of the Carmel Community since 1771 and has continued to offer a beautiful and historical place to take part in worship, celebration, and education. Carmel Mission is an active parish and hosts weekly mass, a variety of various ministeries, tours, weddings, community events, and even its own Elementary School. One of the most unique things about Carmel Mission is just how incredibly active it is in the community. The mission under the direction of Reverend John C. Griffin, frequnetly hosts community festivals, parties, and even music concerts. The “progressive” nature of the mission moves people to contribute funds and to look out for the well being of the Mission in their Carmel community.
Carmel Mission’s traditional choral ensemble leads the congregation in song every Sunday Mass at 11:00am. The choir also takes part in “Lessons and Carols” every year during Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The songs of the Cantorum are taken from both modern and traditional ceremonial music.
Carmel Mission makes Adult tours, self-guided tours, and school tours available to anyone interested in visiting this beautiful landmark. The areas included in the tour are the mission courtyards, the Indian cemetary, the mission museums, and the Basilica. Many people who visit Carmel Mission utlize the self guided tours and use the informational brochure to learn more about the different areas and history of Carmel Mission. Adult tours include guided tours with a Mission docent for groups of 15 people or more. One docent for each group of 20 persons is provided for groups of visitors that include no more than 80 people. The Carmel Mission docents are wonderful at providing intersting, informative tours for any type of group whether it be business, wedding, ect. The missions of California are studied as part of the California Elementary School course of study, and school tours to Carmel Mission are gladly welcome. Each tour is accompanied by a docent that provides interesting details about the mission and who makes the tour enjoyable for the students.
Mass at Carmel Mission is done Monday through Sunday. Weekly masses (Monday-Friday) are done three times day during the early morning, at mid-day, and then again in the evening. Weekend mass is held two times day on Saturday and six times on Sunday. Mass is held at the Carmel Mission Basilica and at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Carmel Mission hosts a variety of various events throughout the year. Some of these include, music concerts, plays, seasonal celebrations, food and wine events, and relgious ceremonies.
There is always something fun and exciting going on at Carmel Mission, and the best part about the events is the spectacular location where they are held. For more detailed information about events please visit the Carmel Mission website.
Junipero Serra School established at the church in 1941, is a Catholic elementary school that takes part in educating local Monterey Peninsula youth. Classes are taught on site at Carmel Mission by accredited teachers. The school currently has one class for every grade and the average class size is less than 25 students. For more information about Junipero Serra School please visit the Junipero Serra School website.