Name of Church St. Rose of Lima Church
Address 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley CA 93065
Phone number (805) 526-1732
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish). Sundays, 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish) & 5 p.m. Daily 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Confessions Monday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Tuesday, 4 – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Thursday, 4 – 5 p.m.; Friday, 6 – 7 p.m.; Saturday 3 – 5 p.m.
Names of priests Father Joseph Shea, pastor. Father Budi Wardhana, associate pastor. Father Kevin McCracken, assisting priest. Father Shea is an orthodox pastor who delivers a good homily. Many of his homilies have been posted on YouTube, so go online and see what you think.
Special groups/activities Mother of Perpetual Help novena Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Divine Mercy holy hour with benediction on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Contemplative Prayer Group, Respect Life Ministry, group for divorced, separated, widowed, 24-hour adoration chapel.
Music Cantors for many of the Masses, although the 9 a.m. had a traditional choir, the 11 a.m. a children’s choir and the Sunday 5 p.m. a youth choir (band).
School Yes, grades 1-8.
Fellow parishioners Predominantly English-speaking, although there is a significant Hispanic community and two weekend Masses in Spanish.
Parking No problem.
Additional observations St. Rose of Lima is a parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was founded in what was previously a Presbyterian church in 1921. The 60-seat building served about 20 families. The parish outgrew its church, and the parish moved to its current location in 1964. (The original church was restored and can be seen at nearby Strathearn Historical Park and Museum.) The newer church seats about 900; highlights today include a 24-hour Blessed Sacrament chapel, daily confessions, and a faithful pastor. Come to the Blessed Sacrament chapel any time you wish to pray, but if you come after 10 p.m., you’ll need a code from the parish office to get in.
“It was founded in what was previously a Presbyterian church in 1921.”
think crystal cathedral!
but i just KNOW someobdy is going to get mad that they celebrate mass in spanish…
Confessions six days a week !, great if you cannot get to the usual Saturday confessions. God bless this church and it’s staff, a 24 hour adoration chapel is also a great blessing for before or after mass or confession. I have been to this church it is well worth the visit, I hope that they add a Latin mass soon.
There are eight Masses each weekend, two of them in Spanish. The Latin Mass is a rich part of our Catholic heritage. No, Max, I am not angry, just disappointed. When a Latin Mass is offered, people flock to it.
well, even though they don’t have a latin mass, at least they do have a latino mass…
This is another great parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. With 24 hour adoration and confession on a daily basis, this is a parish that is what all parishes should strive to be, a place of repentance and prayer. Both Fr. Shea and Fr. Budi are awesome. Fr. Budi is a graduate of the Franciscan University and is deeply in love with the Lord. I rarely get to this parish, but when I do get to visit, I can truly feel the graces pouring out upon this parish. God Love You.
I have worked on a special project with one of these priests and was fortunate in being able to spend some time in the priests’ residence, where the priests are relaxed and natural. These are all wonderful human beings, spiritual, caring, active and positive, and in love with people as well as The Lord. St. Rose of Lima has become a beautiful place for me as a result of getting to know a number of the parishioners personally too. The love there is overflowing. May God continue to bless St. Rose of Lima parish and all who worship there.
“Altar girl” alert in the picture of the church! Boys and only boys are to be Altar servers, the whole concept is to increase the priesthood. It serves no purpose to have girls doing this, for they can never become a priest so why give them false hope???? Also no Traditonal Latin Mass the Mass of All Times!!
THE POPE AND ALTAR GIRLS, FROM THE N.C.R.:
Aug. 6, 2010 – “Earlier this week, more than 50,000 young altar servers from around the world flocked to Rome for a gathering with Pope Benedict XVI. It’s a regular event, but this year there was a twist: For the first time, altar girls outnumbered the boys roughly 60-40.
“On the front page of Saturday’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano (which is released in Rome Friday afternoon), the official Vatican newspaper, essayist Lucetta Scaraffia styles the post-Vatican II acceptance of altar girls as an important breakthrough, saying that it marks the end of “any attribution of impurity” to females, and corrects a “profound inequality.”
“Being an altar server was always understood as a service but, at the same time, as a privilege, because it leads one into the heart of the liturgical celebration, in the space of the altar, to direct contact with the Eucharist. The exclusion of girls from all this, for the sole reason of belonging to the female sex, has always weighed heavily and signified a profound inequality within Catholic education, which fortunately has been cancelled by now for several decades. Even if perhaps many pastors have been resigned to altar girls only in the absence of available boys, for young women overcoming this barrier was very important, and in fact that’s how it’s been understood: the presence of a female majority at the tenth gathering of ‘ministrants’ which recently took place in the presence of the pope demonstrates it.”
the problem is under their robe the altar girl wears tight jeans/short shorts/halter tops
besides big hoop earrings and various distracting hair do’s
not all of them of course but girls will be girls so stay away from the santuary!
at our parish, the girl are often less distracting than the b0oys:
– they were proper black shoes, for example.
one of our pastors trusted NO lay people to have tyhe good sense to know how to dress for church, so he insisted that all men and women (and kids) wear albs to ‘cover up” their street clopthing when they were serving as lectors, ecommunionn ministers, acoyltes, etc.
BUT the pastyor would show up with a dirty alb, wrinkled, hair mussed up, and looking like a mess. not a very fine example.
Fr. Jim Maher, a very holy 82 year old priest ordained in 1992 is about to join this parish to help as well. The blessings just keep coming here!