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.
Come and join us for the annual Walk and Mass at the Cross on Saturday, May 7. See below.
You are cordially invited to join us for our liturgies. We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on Tuesday during the school year). We have six 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. 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."
Come and join us for the annual Walk To The Cross with Mass
Caminata a la Cruz con Santa Misa Bilingüe
Grant Park, Ventura, Saturday/Sábado, May 7, 2016
730 A.M. Walk begins in the garden at San Buenaventura Mission pray the Rosary as we Walk To The Cross
8:15 A.M. Mass celebrated at the Cross Grant Park, Ventura
Refreshments served following Mass
In 1782 Father Junipero Serra founded the San Buenaventura Mission. Soon after, a large wooden cross was placed on a neighboring hillside as a guidepost for travelers. Over the years, the original cross and a series of replacements were lost to the elements, but locals never gave up. The current cross has stood atop its circular stone pedestal since 1941, and today the Preservation Trust and community volunteers are committed to maintaining and improving the park for everyone’s enjoyment.
The year of mercy has begun informally with the Holy Father opening of the doors in Bangui. On December 8, the formal opening of the Door of Mercy will take place at the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran. The Third Sunday of Advent, the holy door will be opened in every cathedral church and designated pilgrimage church throughout the world.
Once pilgrims have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an "Our Father" – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, "Merciful Jesus, I trust in You").
Pope Francis Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and
Designated Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Santa Barbara Pastoral Region: St. Louis De Montfort (Santa Maria), St. Raphael (Goleta) and Santa Clara (Oxnard) San Pedro Pastoral Region: St. Dominic Savio (Bellflower), St. Mary of the Assumption (Whittier), American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach), St. Anthony (Long Beach) San Gabriel Pastoral Region: Resurrection Parish (Los Angeles), San Gabriel Mission, Immaculate Conception (Monrovia), St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Walnut) San Fernando Pastoral Region: Our Lady of Lourdes (Northridge), St. Mary (Palmdale), Holy Family (Glendale), Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Sun Valley) Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region: Christ the King (Hollywood), Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood), St. Joan of Arc (Los Angeles)