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, October 20, 2016

Hector Tarin – January 5th 1931 - October 20th 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Hector Tarin who died today 10/20/2016.  Hector was one of the original Altar Servers for the Traditional Latin Mass at Mission San Buenaventura almost 18 years ago!  How fitting it is that his Requiem will be at the Mission where he served faithfully at the foot of the Altar.  Hector & Alicia have been a shining example of marital fidelity for over 62 years!

Fr. Carcerano blesses Hector & Alicia for their 60th Wedding Anniversary


Father Michael Carcerano will conduct all of the services.

Rosary on Wednesday 10/26 at 6:00 pm
Reardon Funeral Home
757 East Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

Sung Requiem Mass on Thursday 10/27 at 11:00 am
Mission San Buenaventura
211 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

Interment immediately following
Ivy Lawn Memorial Park
5400 Valentine Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sermon - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost - October 16, 2016

Audio recording of Fr. Fryar's sermon on "Politics and Virtue" at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel in Camarillo, October 16th, 2016
Sermon (6.2 MB,  6:35 min)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mozart Requiem - Saint Mary Magdalen Parish

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Presents - Mozart Requiem

St. Mary Magdalen Church
25 N. Las Posas Road (at Crestview)
Camarillo, CA 93010

Friday, November 4th, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Featuring singers from:  St. Mary Magdalen Church, including one of our own Traditional Latin Mass choir members, Bruce Markovich who will sing a Bass solo, as well as Gold Coast Chorus;  King of Glory Lutheran Church;  Our Lady of the Assumption Church;  Pacific Shores Master Chorale;  St. Julie Billiart Church

Tickets are available for purchase at the Parish office or at the door. General admission is $7.00 donation.  View event flyer...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sermon - 21st Sunday after Pentecost - October 9, 2016

Audio recording of Fr. Fryar's sermon on "Forgiveness & Pride" at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel in Camarillo, October 9th, 2016
Sermon (3.7 MB,  3:59 min)

Photos of Solemn High Mass at Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference

Photos taken by the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco

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Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form celebrated at Our Savior Parish, USC Caruso Catholic Center in Los Angeles, October 1st, 2016, as part of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. The celebrant was Fr. Federico Masutti, FSSP, assisted by Fr. James Fryar, FSSP (Deacon, homilist), and Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP (Subdeacon).

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sermon by Fr. Fryar at Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference

Sermon given by Fr. Fryar during the Solemn High Mass on October 1st, 2016 for the Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy (The perfect Sacrifice, a Mystery enveloped in mysteries)

Audio recording  (3.9 mb, 4:18 min)

To be sacred or holy is to be set apart from the profane. The sacred things of God are set apart by barriers. These layers of sacred barriers increase until we reach where He Who is Most Holy abides.

This we see in the construction of the Temple in the Old Testament, which was divided into courts, and this we also see in the construction of the church, which is likewise divided up into parts - the vestibule, the nave, the sanctuary, the altar, the tabernacle.  Each is a step or barrier closer to the center, where He Who is Most Sacred resides.

We can see this design of barriers toward the most sacred in the prayers at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  In the center of the Mass is the most sacred part - the Consecration.  Surrounding the Consecration like a perfect circle is the Canon of the Mass. Nobody knows who wrote the Canon and yet it is so perfect that it can be divided and subdivided and admired.  It is like a perfect circle that begins with God - 'Te igitur clementissime Pater" and ends with God - "Omnis honor et gloria."

If you step back and look at this circle you will see that all the sides mirror each other.  The Memento of the Living is mirrored on the other side of the Consecration by the Memento of the Dead.  Before the consecration we pray for the church, after we commemorate the Old Testament.  Before there is a list of saints and after, a list of saints. 

And as you step back further you will see that the Canon is likewise in a frame.  Before it we see the Preface, symbolizing the prayer of Our Lord giving thanks to His Father at the Last Supper: 'Vere dignum et iustum est.. gratias agere."  After is the Our Father - the perfect priestly prayer of Christ to His Father that contains the seven things we need to pray most in order of importance.  These are likewise framed by the Offertory and the Communion.  Which are likewise framed by the readings - symbolizing the public life of Our Lord, and the Last blessing which represents the Ascension.  Finally another frame of introduction and conclusion - the prayers of preparation at the Foot of the Altar and the Last Gospel. 

God's creation is so perfect that it can convert an atheist. We can admire the intricate parts of a flower or the perfection of the planets. It is fitting that right worship offered to a perfect and intricate Creator likewise be perfect, reflecting the perfection of He Whom we worship. This is what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is.  We are honored to be here, to have the privilege of participating in a perfect Sacrifice, a Mystery enveloped in mysteries, a glimpse of Heaven and a participation in the Life of the Trinity!