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.
"The People of God." That's how the second Vatican Council (Vatican II) described believers, drawn
from the Biblical Scriptures.
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, the next largest 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 will be overflowing this weekend – 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.
But 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.