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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Solemn High Requiem Mass

Solemn High Requiem Mass For the intentions of the repose of the soul of Guy J. C. Coulombe (died: 1 July 1996) and for the families and loved ones of all present.  Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 7PM, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6657 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.  Parking lot behind the church and school compound is accessible via Selma Ave.  Celebrant: Father Robert Bishop.  Tentative reception following Mass. For more information, please contact Charles Coulombe at 818-794-9461.  Sponsored by the Coulombe Family & Blessed Sacrament Church.

Centennial of St. Mary Magdalen Chapel Cornerstone Dedication

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Cornerstone of St. Mary Magdalen Chapel on July 1, 1913, there will be a special Mass at the Chapel on Ventura Blvd. on Saturday July 6 at 10 am. This will be a bi-lingual Mass in English and Spanish. There will be a reception with Mariachi music after Mass in the Courtyard until 2 pm. For details, please see the Chapel Centenary website.

Ordinary Form Mass in Latin

The Adolfo Camarillo Knights of Columbus (Council #5272) are having their Installation Ceremony on Saturday 6/29 at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel on Ventura Blvd at 4:30 pm. This will be immediately followed by a special Ordinary Form Mass in Latin at 5:15. Fr. Cornelius Buckley, S.J. of Thomas Aquinas College will be the celebrant and the Traditional Latin Mass Choir of St. Mary Magdalen will be the Schola. This is the anticipated Mass for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and thus fulfills the Sunday Obligation. There will also be a dinner following the Mass in the School Hall: $10 RSVP or $12 at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Brendan Purdy at 949-331-7746 or

Monday, June 24, 2013

William V. Maddux - 1/31/28-6/21/13

William came into this world at the Old Soldiers Home in Leavenworth, Kansas, delivered by the hands of his grandfather, Dr. Frank G. Ellis.  He grew up in Monterey Park, California, and was a long time member of St. Stephen’s Parish, where he went to grammar school and served at Mass for several years.  William served in the Army from March 1946 until March 1947 at Fort Bliss, Texas, being discharged due to the end of the war. William met Catherine Cahill in St Stephen’s choir about 1955 and they were married March 1958 and had three sons.  William and the family moved up to Goleta in 1971, buying a house that he would live in until his death.  Many happy years followed the move, including participating in several community organizations as well as singing in the church choir at Our Lady of Sorrows church for a number of years, where his boys helped sing in the choir and serve at the Latin Novus Ordo Mass.  During the late 80’s, a monthly TLM was offered at the Poor Clare’s chapel in Santa Barbara which he regularly attended.  In his later years, he was occasionally able to attend the TLM in Ventura, and attended the last Mass there on March 17th.  He was very happy to be able to attend the Easter Mass at our new location at Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel, which turned out to be the last Mass he was healthy enough to attend.  William passed away in his sleep at home, June 21st, 2013.  He is survived by his sons William, Kevin (Laurie) and Brian (Paula), and grandchildren Christopher, Kaylie, Rebeca, and Sean.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lyndall and Vincent, his sister, Betty and his wife, Catherine.  He will be greatly missed by all of us. 

Visitation and Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 4 PM at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Dr  Santa Barbara, CA 93111. 

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 28th at 10 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1300 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

An Invitation: Barnyard Folk Festival

An invitation from members of our Latin Mass Community:
Please join us for an evening of music and friendship!  
Hope and Justin’s CD  Release Party And Barnyard Folk Festival

Friday, June 28 from 6-10pm
at the Schneir Residence:  210 avocado place, Camarillo, CA

Featuring Local Folk and Celtic musicians and The Hope and Justin Band
Hollywood bowl style!  Bring your own  picnic dinners, lawn chair, or blanket. 
Carpooling encouraged!  Limited street parking on Avocado place. 
Overflow parking will be at Mary Magdalene’s Church parking lot (corner of Las Posas & Crestview) with shuttle service provided-call or text 805-279-4373 for pick up
Admission (Suggested Donation): Adults $5.00 Children $2.00
Invite your friends, neighbors, and family...all are welcome! 
for more info contact

News Special report: Sisters of the Mountain

The Norbertine order whose priests have supported our TLM community have recently completed a new monastery.  News Special report: Sisters of the mountain:  Nestled in the mountains just outside Tehachapi, there is a community of cloistered Catholic nuns, doing the Lord's work in seclusion, separated from the outside world.  The Sisters of the Norbertine Order recently moved into their brand new monastery.  It's a new home for these women of remarkable faith for the rest of their lives.  KGET channel 17 News takes you to on an exclusive peek inside the cloistered life of the Sisters of the mountain.  They represent the first community of Norbertine cannonesses in the United States.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Silent Retreat by Fr. Buckley. FSSP

Fr. Buckley FSSP will be hosting a silent retreat from August 19-23, 2013 using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola at Prince of Peace Abbey; 650 Benet Hill Rd., Oceanside, CA 92058. There will be a Tridentine Latin Mass daily.  Fr. Buckley, FSSP is a retreat master, spiritual director, and professor at our Lady of Guadalupe (FSSP) Seminary. Fr. Buckley has also had articles published in FSSP's monthly newsletter and was the retreat master for the parish retreat at St. Anne's in San Diego two years ago.

The cost for the retreat is $380.  Mail a check or money order made out to St. Anne Church.  There is a $100 non-refundable deductible to reserve your room due by July 16. The complete payment for the retreat is due by August.  Those interested may call Briana Majas at 619-81-2607 or email her at (include your name and contact information).

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pope Francis re-affirms Summorum Pontificum

Pope Francis shoots down bishops who want Summorum Pontificum overturned
The following comes from a May 29 posting on Father Z’s (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) blog.

Recently there was a news item about some Italian bishops griping (that’s not news) to Pope Francis (ditto) about Summorum Pontificum (as before). They think it should be extirpated (more of the same). Francis shot them down. That’s news.

I am having days filled with museums at the moment, and therefore living on my computer is low on my list. However, my friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, has the low down. Let’s see what clever analysis he offers (my emphases and comments):

The Bishops of the region of Tavoliere met recently with Pope Francis on an ad limina visit. On their return home, one has given a fascinating glimpse of the attitude of Pope Francis to those who are seeking to use the opportunity of his papacy to attack the traditional Mass. This is reported in the Italian paper Il Foglio, in the article: La messa antica non si tocca, il Papa gesuita spiazza ancora tutti (The old mass is not to be touched, the Jesuit Pope wrong-foots everyone [spiazza... floors, shocks])

Here is [Fr Finigan's] translation of the relevant part of the article which tells of other bishops raising concerns with the Holy Father and goes on to speak of the intervention concerning the old Mass:

Then it was the turn of the bishop of Conversano and Monopoli, Domenico Padovano, who recounted to the clergy of his diocese how the priority [what a sad group of men] of the bishops of the region of Tavoliere had been that of explaining to the Pope that the mass in the old rite was creating great divisions within the Church. The underlying message: Summorum Pontificum should be cancelled, or at least strongly limited. But Francis said no.

Mgr Padovano explained that Francis replied to them saying that they should be vigilant over the extremism of certain traditionalist groups but also suggesting that they should treasure tradition and create the necessary conditions so that tradition might be able to live alongside innovation.  [Right.  And we could even have a document that says that!  It could be called... how 'bout... Ecclesia Dei adflicta?  In it the Pope could command by his Apostolic authority that bishops do that.] This is not really a surprise (did anyone expect that Pope Francis would somehow repeal Summorum Pontificum? [Apparently those bishops did.]) but it is a welcome confirmation of what we would all expect.

One thing that jumps out of the story is that the bishops of this region judged that their main pastoral priority to be communicated to the Pope on a five-yearly visit was to attack Summorum Pontificum. ["priority"] Forget abortion, embryo experimentation, the push for same-sex marriage throughout Europe, the loss of faith of many Catholics and our failure in catechesis and evangelisation. No, the really big problem is a small number of priests legitimately saying the old Mass. [small but growing, especially as the Biological Solution kicks into gear] Given what Pope Francis has said about the danger of being a self-referential Church, I can well imagine he gave them short shrift.  [Good insight.]  To read original blog, click here.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Should people make responses during the Traditional Latin Mass?

From Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's blog

QUAERITUR: Should people make responses during the Traditional Latin Mass?
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From a reader:  "I have been attending the TLM almost exclusively for four years now. Where I used to live the responses were always given by the servers and we were expected to unite ourselves silently. However I’ve just moved and here there is a bit of tension around whether the congregation should say the responses or not. Is there any reason they should or shouldn’t?"

I think people should make the responses.  Popes of the 20th century were speaking about active participation before the Second Vatican Council. They advocated making responses. The Holy See then clarified the different ways or levels of vocally active participation, depending on the sort of Mass being celebrated and the occasion.  In a nutshell, before the Council, it was strongly encouraged that people make responses, especially at Solemn and Sung Masses. This applied often to Low Masses as well, the so-called dialogue Mass.

Is there a good reason why not to respond? Why not to respond Et cum spirit tuo, for example?  It is hard for me to think of one.  As a matter of fact, it would be great for congregations who are capable of doing so to sing the Ordinary chants (Kyrie, Gloria, etc.), though that takes a while to learn.  I don’t think people should be bludgeoned into responding by someone with a microphone waving her hand around, as often happens with affliction liturgy in the Novus Ordo.

The argument is sometimes made that since all the responses are texts of Mass they should therefore be spoken by clerics or those who substitute for clerics (such as a choir).  That said, if no one else at the place you are going makes responses at all then I don’t recommend making them loudly all by yourself.
I think it would be good for congregations to make responses. People don’t have to shout, but they should not just sit there when they have been addressed by the priest.  The bottom line is, however, that the first and foremost way of active participation, which should give rise to any exteriorly active participation, is the interiorly active receptivity we should foster during every Mass. Active participation begins within and then gives rise to outward expression.