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.
SB 128 Passes Committee, But List of Disability Rights Groups Opposing Grows. There is a second Committee hearing this Tuesday, July 7, 2015. It is imparrative that we take action and call or email our state representatives to VOTE NO on SB-128. Go to ahardpilltoswallow to register your vote.
The controversial physician-assisted suicide bill (SB 128) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The development was widely anticipated since four co-authors of the dangerous legislation serve on the seven-member panel. (See who has voted for or against the bill so far.) The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
While the bill passed its second committee, the list of those opposing assisted suicide continues to grow with the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center and Communities United in Defense of Olmstead joining disability rights organizations like The Arc CA, United Cerebral Palsy, Autism Self-Advocacy Network, California Foundation of Independent Living Centers and others opposing SB 128. (Click here for a complete list.)
The medical community also continues to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics program at UC Irvine School of Medicine, outlined the concerns of doctors and health professioanls in his testimony before the Senate Health Committee.
There are more than 75 million Catholics in America. We're the largest religious group in this diverse nation of ours. And what's the second largest? Actually, that would be former Catholics.
Why is that so many no longer participate in the life of the Church? Well, that is usually the start of a long argument. But one thing is clear – even many who consider themselves faithful Catholics skip weekly Mass.
The pews on Christmas and Easter Sunday are overflowing...and that is a great thing...for the great solemnities of Christmas and Easter are the celebrations of God's outreach to us and the triumph of Jesus Christ over death. To Christians everywhere, Christmas and Easter represent the coming of God's Kingdom.
A life in Christ is about more than coming to church on Christmas and Easter. A lufe in Christ is about more than just being a good person and avoiding sin.
A life in Christ means being a fully active part of the Body of Christ. As Jesus told his disciples, "where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). The Holy Mass celebrates the presence of Jesus in our midst – and it is through our church that we not only come to know our Lord, but can also work together to be the light unto the world that He asked us to be.
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? Although it may be crowded at Christmas Easter, we always have a place for 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."