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, March 30, 2021

Easter Sunday mass, and community updates

Easter Sunday mass will be celebrated at 1 PM at the Mary Magdalen Chapel. This is the only Extraordinary Form Triduum service at the Chapel.

All other Sunday Tridentine masses remain at 10 AM at the Chapel.

We are now having mass inside! This does mean there are attendance restrictions, so arrive early to get a seat. Masks are mandatory, per the policies of Mary Magdalen Parish, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Masks     are also mandatory at St Vvitus FSSP Parish, where priests celebrating our mass usually also celebrate mass.

We would also like to announce that Dr. Skylar Covich is now responsible for the Latin Mass Community email list, and he is the one making announcements about masses and community events for this blog beginning with this post. As pandemic restrictions lift, we want to do all we can to build this community, and Skylar is         happy to discuss ideas about that by email.

Prayers for a blessed Holy Week and Easter Week        .        

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Divine Mercy Novena Starts Good Friday

The Divine Mercy Novena runs from Good Friday to the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday after Easter). 

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on  Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:  "These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy." 

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:  "On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

For more information about the Divine Mercy devotion, including information about the Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence — and instructions on saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet:

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Video Collage of Palm Sunday Liturgies

Video Collage of several Traditional Latin Mass Palm Sunday Liturgies at Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel starting in 2014.  With our Latin Mass choir.

View Video here...
(9:25 minutes)

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Seven Sorrows Devotion

Devotion to the sorrows of Mary has always been a favorite devotion among Catholics. It has been sanctioned by the Church and introduced into the Missal and Breviary. In order to keep before our minds the inexpressible sufferings endured for us by the Mother of God while she lived here on earth with her Divine Son, the Church observes two feasts in honor of the Seven Dolors of Mary: one on the Friday before Good Friday and the other on September 15.

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows).  The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget of Sweden.

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
1. St. Simeon’s Prophecy
2. The Flight into Egypt
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Way to Calvary
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Descent from the Cross
7. The Burial of Jesus.

Graces and promises attached to the practice of the devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sorrowing:

According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori (The Glories of Mary) it was revealed to Saint Elizabeth that at the request of Our Lady, Our Lord promised four principal graces to those devoted to Her Sorrows:

1. That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
2. That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
3. That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
4. That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.

In addition to these four graces there are also seven promises attached to the practice of daily praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on Our Lady’s Tears and Sorrows. These seven promises were revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden:

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
2. “They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries.”
3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of My divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death — they will see the face of their Mother.”
7. “I have obtained this grace from My divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Solemnity of Saint Joseph - March 19

To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Year of Saint Joseph

The Church has proclaimed the "Year of Saint Joseph" from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it's time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons.

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?

What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance.

If you have already consecrated yourself to the Virgin Mary, can you be consecrated to St. Joseph, as well?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” God desires that all children be committed to the care of a mother and a father. You are not a member of a single-parent spiritual family. Mary is your spiritual mother, and St. Joseph is your spiritual father. The spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph is extremely important for your spiritual growth. Total consecration to Mary is not diminished by total consecration to St. Joseph. Mary wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Jesus wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Everything you have given to Jesus and Mary can also be given to St. Joseph. The hearts of Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph are one.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

January 1st, 2021 - Circumcision of Our Lord

Mass will be at 10am on Friday, January 1st

No Confessions

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas Mass 12-25-2020

Christmas Mass is at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 25th, 2020

No Confessions!

Puer Natus Est Nobis (A Child is Born to Us)!

Detail from one of the stained glass windows of Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel made by F.X. Zettler in Munich Germany.

Introit (Isaiah 9: 6)
Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis: cujus imperium super humerum ejus: et vocabitur nomen ejus magni consilii Angelus. Vs. (Ps. 97: 1) Cantate Domino canticum novum, quia mirabilia fecit. Vs. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis: cujus imperium super humerum ejus: et vocabitur nomen ejus magni consilii Angelus.

A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: Whose government is upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called, the Angel of Great Counsel. Vs. (Ps. 97: 1) Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: Whose government is upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called, the Angel of Great Counsel.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stained Glass Windows at Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel

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Window 1- Adoration of the Shepherds (Luke 4:9, 4:14) 

"In the countryside close by there were shepherds who lived in the fields ...the angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of Ihe Lord shone around them. They were terrified but the angel said 'Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, to be shared by the whole people. Today in Ihe town of David a savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." The shepherds were the first receivers of the message of salvation. David was a shepherd. "To shepherd" was a synonym for ruling. God himself was called "The Shepherd of Israel." (Psalm 23:I)  

Symbols: The seed is small yet has the capability to become a tree. The two doves drinking from a fountain; the fountain is one of the attributes of the Virgin Mary, who is regarded as "the fountain of living water." In the Mosaic law, the dove represented purity and peace. For this reason the dove was used as an offering for purification after the birth of a child.  (Luke 2:22, 24)

Window 2 - Holy Family at Nazareth  (Matthew 4:4)

"They went and settled in the City of Nazareth so that the words which were spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled: 'He shall be called a Nazarene.'"  St. Joseph's role as a carpenter parallels the creative work of God the Father. The Child Jesus is carrying a cross, which is His future redemptive undertaking.

Symbols:  The ring is a symbol of unily of the family, the crown a symbol of the kingship of Christ, and the rose represents Mary as a "Rose without thorns."

Window 3 - Jesus Among the Doctors of the Law  (Luke 2:41)

"When Jesus was twelve years old. His family took Him to Jenrusalem for the Feast of the Passover.  As the family was on the return journey, they found that Christ was not with them.  Hurrying back to Jenrusalem, they found Jesus in the temple, surrounded by several doctors or Jewish Rabbis, with whom he was in deep discussion. The Law prescribed the pilgrimage on major feasts, Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. (Exodus 23:14,  Deuteronomy 16:16)

Symbols:  The equilateral triangle is the oldest symbol of the Trinity - three equal angles yet distinct.  The circle is the circle of eternity.  The two tablets of stone represent the Law of the Old Testament.

Window 4 - Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene  (John 2O:15)

"...Jesus said 'Woman, why are you weeping?  Who are you looking for?'  Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said 'Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him and I will go and remove Him.'  Jesus said, 'Mary!'  She knew Him then and said in Hebrew. 'Rabboni'" which means Master."  (John 20:15)

Symbols:  "IHS" is the abbreviation for the Greek word meaning Jesus.  The Passion flower is the symbol of the Passion of Jesus Christ:  the central column of the flower represents the column of scourging, the ovary is shaped like a hammer which was used to nail Jesus to the cross. the three styles represents the three nails, the five stamens represent the five wounds, the ray within the flower is our Lord's divine glory, the leaf is shaped like a spear and the ten petals represent the ten apostles who forsook Jesus, leaving Judas the traitor and John who stood beside the cross.

Window 5 - Jesus Blessing the Little Children  (Mark 10:13)

"People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, 'Let the little children come to me: do not stop them for it is of such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'"  Christ's reaction suggests that some important principle is at stake. Infant Baptisms - "Do not prevent them."

Symbols:  The dove represents the Holy Spirit, the cross - faith, the anchor - hope, and the heart - charity.  These are the three theological virtues received at Baptism.

Window 6 - Agony in the Garden (Luke 26:40)

After the Last Supper, Christ, knowing the betrayal of Judas, retired with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane.  There he took Peter, James and John, He asked them to walt for Him and watch while He went by Himself to commune with God.  After He prayed, He returned to find the three disciples asleep and said ... "What, could you not watch with me one hour?"

Symbols:  The chalice symbolizes Christ's agony in the garden and the celebration of the Eucharist when we remember Christ's blood shed for us.  The lamb symbolizes Christ, the Lamb of God who sacrificed His life for us.

Window 7 - The Crucifixion (Luke 23:33)

"When they reached the place called "The Skull", they crucified Him there."  Mary, His mother, Mary Magdalene, and St. John (found only in his gospel) were present.

Symbols:  The reed in the Crown of Thorns represent the Kingship of Christ.  The whip represents Christ becoming man.  The pelican is a symbol of Christ in feeding us with His flesh and blood in the Eucharist, as the pelican in extremes, feeds her young with her flesh. "I am like a pelican of the wilderness."  (Psalm 102:6)

Window 8 - Resurrection (Matthew 28:1)

"After the Sabbath and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to visit the sepulcher.  And all at once there was a violent earthquake, for the angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.  His face was like lightning... The guards were so shaken, so frightened of Him that they were like dead men."

Symbols:  A cross and four rivers are representative of the four gospels flowing from the cross of Christ, to irrigate the earth with the waters of life.  The Phoenix is a legendary bird, The legend is that it lives from 4 to 5 hundred years.  After gathering a nest of sweet-smelling twigs, the nest is set on fire by the heat of the sun. The Phoenix is consumed in the fire, however, out of these ashes the bird rises again, recreated and young, destined to live another 4 or 5 hundred years.  St. Clement introduced the Phoenix as a symbol of Resurrection during the first century.

Window 9 - Penitent Mary Magdalene Washes Feet of Jesus in the City of Capernaum (Luke 7:36)

"Jesus was asked by a Pharisee, named Simon, to enter his house and eat. While Jesus was at the meal, a woman of the city entered and began to wash His feet wilh her tears, to wipe them with her hair and to kiss them. Simon the Pharisee was astounded, for he believed that if Jesus were a true prophet, He would refuse her touch.  But Jesus said, 'Her sins which are many are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little'.  To the woman Jesus said, 'Your faith has saved you, go in peace.'"

Symbols:  The serpent symbolizes the evil spiril, tempter of Adam and Eve.  The keys represent the Office of Keys, the one key representing excommunication and the other key representing absolution.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful in the current pandemic, 23.10.2020

This year, in the current circumstances due to the “Covid-19” pandemic, the Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful will be extended throughout the entire month of November, with adaptation of works and conditions to guarantee the safety of the faithful.