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 an incredibly fun evening with delicious food, lively conversation, and support a school on a Mission with a mission to offer the best Catholic education for our youth.
For tickets and information call
Holy Cross School
at 634-1500 or email:
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 Easter Sunday will be overflowing...and that is a great thing...for Easter is the celebration of the triumph of Jesus Christ over death. To Christians everywhere, Easter represents the coming of God's Kingdom.
A life in Christ is about more than coming to church on Easter and Christmas. And it 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 the San Buenaventura Mission. But if you want one, here it is: You are cordially invited to attend Mass at the Mission. We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on tuesday) and we have six Sunday Masses every weekend. Since the Lord's Day begins at sunset, we have Saturday Vigil at 5:30pm in English and 7:30pm in Spanish in the Old Mission Church. We have three Sunday Masses in English at 7:30am, 9am and noon. And we have a huge Mass in Spanish at 10:30am in O'Brien Hall, the three story building behind the Mission church.
Here at the Mission, we often sing a hymn that reminds us of the presence of the Lord amongst 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 Easter, we always have a place for you.
To help sustain the legacy of our historic Mission: please remember San Buenaventura Mission in your will or Trust planning.
"Siempre Adelante: United in the love of God as a Mission Family."