Basic Information

Mass Location: St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Mass Time: Sunday 10 a.m. (check parish website bulletin for special feastdays which may be different)
Confessions: 9:15-9:45 a.m. - see schedule below

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New CD from Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles

The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles release new CD called:  Angels and Saints at Ephesus  View YouTube Press clip here

Having spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music Chart with their debut release Advent at Ephesus, the Benedictines of Mary unite their voices once more in Angels and Saints at Ephesus. Featured on NPR, USA Today, EWTN, Vatican Radio, People Magazine and The Washington Times as well as countless other critically acclaimed press outlets, The Benedictines of Mary have created another beautiful collection of music designed to inspire.  Angels and Saints at Ephesus features 17 English and Latin pieces sung a cappella on the feasts of the holy Saints and angels throughout the year at their Priory in the heart of America. In the pure fusion of their now well established bell-like choir sound, the Sisters once again radiate peace with their hymns of Praise of God in the company of all of His angels and Saints.
Producer: Christopher Alder (International 9x Grammy Award Winner)
Engineer: Mark Donahue (2x Grammy Award Winner)

Order directly from the Sisters at:

Nota Bene:  A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, class of 2007,  Kathleen Holcomb has just taken her first vows as a member of this religious community.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to Use the St. Edmund Campion Missal-Hymnal

Here is a short video clip on how to use our new Saint Edmund Campion Sunday Missal and Hymnal so that you can follow the full Mass, whether a Low Mass or a sung High Mass.

Propers (Introit, Gradual, Offertory, Communion) vary each day.  You can tell which Sunday to turn to in the hymnal by looking at the Event Schedule at top of this web page. 

Hymns will be posted on the sign-board in the left side of the sanctuary (Processional, Post Communion, Recessional). 

Ordinaries (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) will be Mass VIII (De Angelis) and Credo III.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Power of Holy Water

Holy water is a sacramental that remits venial sin. Because of the blessing attached to it, Holy Mother Church strongly urges its use upon her children, especially when dangers threaten, such as fire, storms, sickness and other calamities. Every Catholic home always should have in it a supply of holy water.

We do NOT take advantage of the benefits derived from holy water. Let us cultivate its use.  Untold spiritual wealth is concentrated in a tiny drop of blessed water. And we give it so little thought!

Did we realize now, as we shall realize after death, the many benefits which may be derived from Holy Water, we would use it far more frequently, and with greater faith and reverence. Holy water has its great power and efficacy from the prayers of the Church, which its Divine Founder always accepts with complacency.

Following are some of the petitions the priest makes to God when He blesses water:

“Oh God…..grant that this creature of Thine (water) may be endowed with divine grace to drive away devils and to cast out diseases, that whatever in the houses or possessions of the faithful may be sprinkled by this water may be freed from everything unclean, and delivered from what is hurtful…..  Let everything that threatens the safety or peace of the dwellers therein be banished by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health which they seek by calling upon Thy Holy Name may be guarded from all assault.”

PRAYERS EFFECTIVE - These prayers ascend to Heaven each time you take holy water and sprinkle a drop either for yourself or for another, whether he be present or absent; and God’s blessings descend on soul and body.

DISPEL THE DEVIL - The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.

DO YOUR DEAR ONES LIVE AT A DISTANCE? - Holy water, sprinkled with faith and piety, can move the Sacred Heart to bless your loved ones and protect them from all harm of soul and body.  When worry and fear take possession of your heart, hasten to your holy water font, and give your dear ones the benefit of the Church’s prayers.

THE HOLY SOULS LONG FOR IT! - Only in Purgatory can one understand how ardently a poor soul longs for holy water. If we desire to make a host of intercessors for ourselves, let us try to realize now some of their yearnings, and never forget them at the holy water font. The holy souls nearest to Heaven may need the sprinkling of only one drop to relieve their pining souls.

REMITS VENIAL SINS - Because holy water is one of the Church’s sacramentals, it remits venial sin. Keep your soul beautifully pure in God’s sight by making the Sign of the Cross carefully while saying: “By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord.”

Imprimatur: Albert G. Meyer, Archbishop of Milwaukee, Jan. 13, 1958

Monday, April 22, 2013

Second Annual KofC Baby Shower in support of VC Life Centers

The Knights of Council 5272 is sponsoring their Second Annual Baby Shower to benefit the Ventura County Life Centers. The Life Centers supports pregnant women to make the choice of life when facing a crisis pregnancy.

You may drop-off the items at one of the cribs located at St Mary Magdalen Church or Padre Serra Parish before or after Mass on Saturday 4/27 or Sunday 4/28. You can come by St Mary Magdalen School Hall on Ventura Boulevard for the Baby Shower on Sunday 4/28 between 11:00 am and 1 pm, where you can drop-off your donations and stay for some free food and fellowship.

While most new and (slighly) used items for children and their mothers are welcome, the VC Life Centers is in most need of the following: Diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5); baby wipes; boys and girls clothers (0 - 12 months); formula and pre-packaged baby food; strollers, pak n plays (portable cribs), walkers, and bouncers. The Center is unable to take car seats or cribs. Also, the mothers love handmade items like blankets.

Further, please consider donating to the Life Centers Ultrasound Fund. Local KofC Councils need to raise $13,225 to pay for half-of the cost of an ultrasound machine that is the final step for the VC Life Centers to become a fully-operational medical clinic. (The Supreme Council will cover the other half.) If you are writing a check, please make it out to “Knights of Columbus” with “VC Life Centers” on the memo line. Lastly, don’t forget to buy your orchid corsages Mother’s Day weekeend to support the VC Life Centers! For more information,
see flyer or contact:

Brendan P Purdy, PhD, Deputy Grand Knight
Program Director/Culture of Life Chair
Adolfo Camarillo Council #5272, Knights of Columbus

Saturday, April 20, 2013

For Greater Glory!

If you are interested in being more involved...we have the opportunity for you!  Experience is not necessary as training will be provided.  The bonus is... extra graces!

Altar Servers or Ushers
Contact:  Brian Maddux

Choir or Hospitality
Contact:  Leo Raab

Friday, April 19, 2013

In Memoriam: John Wesley Blewett

June 1, 1928 – February 8, 2013
Nearly 500 people arrived on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College Saturday, filling the pews of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel to remember and to pray for the soul of John W. Blewett. A former vice president of the College who, for 18 years, oversaw the development of the campus, Mr. Blewett played a key role in the history of the College.  Subsequently, he served for several years as the president and CEO of the Wanderer Forum, and then as the managing editor of The Latin Mass magazine. 
John Blewett Requiem Mass Audio  (138 MB)  Download
John Blewett Eulogies Audio  (158 MB)  Download

Father Joseph Illo's Blog

Father Joseph Illo is a chaplain at nearby Thomas Aquinas College and who generously supports our community by singing Missa Cantata for us regularly.  He writes actively on his blog (Fr. Joseph Illo's Blog), which includes some great inspirational topics!  Take some time and explore!

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal for the Traditional Latin Mass

Due to the generosity of the Neimeyer family, we now have one hundred copies of the first new Missal designed for the Traditional Latin Mass since Summorum Pontificum.  It has many features which makes it a wonderful way to pray the Mass, including:
  • A slightly larger size (6” x 9”) which allows for larger type
  • Separate sections for both the High and Low Mass showing the Latin text with the English  translation, and color photographs on each page showing what the priest, deacon, subdeacon,  and acolytes are doing at the point in the Mass
  • A complete set of Propers for each Sunday and Feast
  • A complete Kyriale, showing the Ordinary parts of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria,  Santcus, and Agnus Dei) for all 18 Gregorian chant settings of the Mass, plus  the six settings of the Credo
  • A hymnal of 150 high quality hymns