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.
A life in Christ means being 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. We celebrate Holy Mass daily 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 behind the 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 have a place for you always.