Parish Life

Parish Life

Guided by the Holy Spirit, Mission San Buenaventura is a parish rich in Catholic heritage called to "go forward" in worship to spread God's Word through compassionate service.

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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".

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Visitor Information

Visitor Information

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.

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Holy Cross School Auction 2017

Ya'll Come, ya hear!  

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Holy Cross School, 211 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, 805-643-1500
Auction Highlights:
  • LA Lakers Basketball Tickets 2017 season center fifth row
  • Notre Dame Football (4) tickets w/ lodging Sept. 30 vs. Miami of Ohio
  • Notre Dame Football  (2) tickets vs. Stanford, Nov. 25
  • Passion Flowers 12 monthly bouquets
  • Gourmet Dinner for 12 by Chef Fr. Tom Elewaut
  • John Wooden autographed UCLA Basketball w/provenance
  • Disneyland Family 4-Pack
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim autographed baseballs
  • Framed Color Portrait of the Mission by Tony Jankowski Studio
  • Chandelier by David Chipperfield, 2014 66"x66"x7.8" $5,000 value
  • WinCo Shopping Spree
  • Wool Area Rug, majestic 14'x17' $4,000 value
  • Total Gym XLS
  • Multitude of Silent Auction Must Haves!



Pastor's Message

Welcome to Mission San Buenaventura! 361 days of the year!

At the Mission, we often sing the hymn "In This Place" composed by Trevor Thompson that reminds us of the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ 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.

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 12:15pm. We have a hugely attended Mass in Spanish at 10:30am in O'Brien Hall, the three story building behind the Mission church.

Join us, won't you?

Click here to take a tour of the Mission with Fr. Tom and Joe Estevez as seen on "All Things Catholic" NETNY.TV Brooklyn, New York Television

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."  Shalom, Fr. Tom Elewaut, Pastor.

Credo Choir presents "The Seven Last Words of Jesus" on Good Friday

Credo Choir presents "The Seven Words from the Cross" by composer Knut Nystedt at Mission San Buenaventura. Written in 1960, this piece is a musical setting of Jesus' last words as he hung dying on the cross.

The choir sings the "words" (actually short phrases,) and the Evangelist, sung by Fr. Albert Van der Woerd, chants the Gospel readings. The choir will also sing motets by Lotti, Bach, Mozart, Crüger, Victoria and Hassler. In between the "words," a candle will be extinguished. The final meditation is a composition by Arvo Pärt for violin and piano, "Spiegel Im Spiegel," (Mirror in the Mirror.)

The classical meditative concert will be held on Good Friday, April 14 at 1:30 PM at Mission San Buenaventura. The free concert is open to the public.

The Good Friday liturgy at the Mission precedes the concert and begins at the noon hour with the proclamation of the Lord’s Passion, veneration of the Wood of the Cross and Holy Eucharist.

Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
According to the gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday. Jesus was sent to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province. To prevent a riot and to protect his station, Pilate reluctantly agreed to execute Jesus and sentenced him to crucifixion at Calvary.

During Christ's last few hours on the cross, darkness fell over the whole land. Prior to death, Jesus spoke His last words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

The events of Good Friday are also commemorated in the Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion often performed during Lent and especially on Good Friday. Good Friday is a day of fasting within the Church. There is no Mass on Good Friday; church bells are silent; altars are left bare. The solemn, muted atmosphere is preserved until the Easter Vigil.

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Masses / Misas

Weekdays: 7:30 A.M.
(Except Tuesday: 8:15 A.M. during school year: August-June)

Saturday / Sábado:
7:30 A.M.
5:30 P.M. Vigil (English)
7:30 P.M. Vigilia (Español)

Sunday / Domingo:
  7:30 A.M. (English)
  9:00 A.M. (English)
10:30 A.M (Español in O'Brien Hall)
12:15 P.M. (English)
Holy Days/ Días Santos:
7:30 A.M. (English)
9:00 A.M. (English)
6:30 P.M. (Bi-lingual)
First Friday / Viernes Primeros:
7:30 A.M. (English); 7:30 P.M. (Español)
Eucharistic Adoration/
Adoración Eucarística:
Serra Chapel / Capilla Junípero Serra
Monday 6:00 A.M.- Thursday 6:00 A.M.
de Lunes 6:00 A.M. a Jueves 6:00 A.M.
Confession / Confesiones:
Friday/Viernes 5 P.M.
Saturday/Sábado 4 P.M.
Baptism / Bautismos:
By Appointment Only: Guidelines 2017
Hacer Cita Un Mes Antes: Normas 2017
Marriage / Matrimonios:

By Appointment Only
Por Cita Solamente 

Parish Center Office Hours:
Horario Oficina del Centro
Monday-Friday/ Lunes a Viernes
8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

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