Founded on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, San Buenaventura Mission is the ninth and last mission consecrated by Saint Junipero Serra. Named in honor of Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274: Cardinal and Doctor of the Church), it is known as the "Mission by the Sea".
The Old Mission welcomes visitors from sunrise until sunset. Known for its beautiful gardens and faithfully restored artifacts the mission is a always an experience to visit. Tours available daily.
All are welcome to participate at our Ash Wednesday services at the Mission:
7:30 AM English Mass with distribution of Ashes
9:00 AM English Mass with distribution of Ashes
12:00 PM (noon) English Liturgy oif the Word with distribution of Ashes
5:30 PM English Mass with distribution of Ashes
6:30 PM Spanish Mass with distribution of Ashes in O'Brien Hall
7:30 PM Spanish Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Ashes in O'Brien Hall
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday (40 fasting days, if the 6 Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) and marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest or minister applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.
Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass.
It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance. It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.
I am grateful to Fr. Damian and our Support Staff who will cover for me while I am on sabbatical January 31 through April 30 with a brief return to the Mission for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Additioanl gratitude to Msgr. Michael Jennett, Fr. Cyprian Carlo and Fr. Larry Jerge who will assist Fr. Damian. I will study Spanish at the Guadalajara Language Institute for the first seven weeks and then practice what I hopefully learn while visiting our Sister City in Loreto, C.B.S. in April.
You don't need a formal invitation to attend Mass at Mission San Buenaventura. But if you want one, here it is: You are cordially invited to participate at Mass.
We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on Tuesday during the schoolo year) and we have six Sunday Masses every weekend. Since the Lord's Day begins at sunset, we celebrate the Saturday Vigil at 5:30pm in English and 7:30pm in Spanish in the Old Mission Church. We celebrate three Sunday Masses in English at 7:30am, 9am and noon and we have a hugely attended Mass in Spanish at 10:30am in O'Brien Hall, the three story building behind the Mission church.
At the Mission, we often sing a hymn that reminds us of the presence of the Lord among us. One verse goes like this:
We are gathered at table as one in the Lord.
We are gathered as people who are living the Word.
Our hearts and our spirits are nurtured by grace.
It is Jesus who fills us. He is here in this place.
Join us, won't you?
To help sustain the legacy of our historic Mission: please remember Mission San Buenaventura in your Will or Trust planning.
"Siempre Adelante: United in the love of God as a Mission Family."
During the season of Lent, The University Series™ offers more than 106 seminars connecting faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture, prayer, and other priorities set by the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Synod. Sessions include multi-media presentations and always allow time for your questions. Some Spanish presentations are available.
The 2016 season will run February 11 - March 18 at 11 parishes that span the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Our faculty have extensive knowledge in their fields and love to teach. They include international authorities, priests, religious, professors, authors, lay people, and local favorites who are all passionate about helping students grow in knowledge and faith.
An affordable tuition per class ($5 during pre-registration or $8 at the door) allows each student/participant to bring a guest for free.
A Season Pass for all classes is available only during pre-registration for $85 (a $208 value!) and includes your guest. Remember: these special discounts end when pre-registration closes January 25, 2016.
The University Series strives for excellence because our Catholic faith deserves our very best efforts.
Presentations at the Mission are offered on Monday evenings and Friday at noon.