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: 9:00-9:45 a.m. - see schedule below

Monday, July 13, 2015

Archconfraternity of Saint Stephen

Over the past year, work has been done to develop a group of Altar Servers dedicated to serving the Latin Mass that could go anywhere in the Archdiocese if asked. They have coordinated with Fr. Fryar and other priests to insure that Masses have been covered, both on Sundays and Weekdays. The next steps of establishing the Archconfraternity of Saint Stephen for Altar Servers is to extend an invitation to all servers of the Archdiocese. This is a worldwide program used by many Traditional Communities, including the FSSP in Sacramento:

The Guild of St Stephen is an International Organization of Altar Servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a Society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London. In 1905, Pope Pius X gave his approbation to the Canonical establishment of the Guild at Westminster Cathedral and in 1906, the Sacred Congregation of Rites made the Guild an Archconfraternity prima primaria enabling all the parish branches to be linked with it. The Guild spread, and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all Guilds of Altar Servers throughout the British Commonwealth to be affiliated with the Archconfraternity at Westminster.

The objectives of the Guild:  To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church's liturgy and so contribute to the whole community's participation in a more fruitful worship of God. To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life. To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.

The organization is an Archconfraternaty which includes a special Mass of enrollment and presentation of a medal that may be worn whenever serving.  For more information, please contact Charles Coulombe at