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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Imagine Italy Live Auction Items

Imagine Italy: Auction Dinner Saturday, April 30 Honoring Norma and Robert Ladwig

Check out these LIVE AUCTION ITEMS…that you can’t do without!

Notre Dame Football (4) tickets vs. Nevada State, September 10 or vs. Duke, September 24

Notre Dame Football (4) tickets vs. USC, November 26

LA Dodgers (4) tickets July 8 vs San Diego (between home plate and first base loge section 112lg row M seats 1-4) includes parking pass.

4th of July Family Getaway in Fabulous Las Vegas: 2 bedroom unit (max occupancy 6) @ Worldmark Resort on Las Vegas Blvd. Saturday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 9th, 2016

"Ojai Vista" painting by Jannene Behl, a pastel artist in Ojai who has received numerous awards including Best of Show 2004 in the "Pastel Journal Magazine", Best of Show in the Westlake Art Guild Competition 2001, and 1st Place in "The Artist Magazine 2004.

Gourmet Dinner for 12 in the historic Mission San Buenaventura Rectory prepared by Father Tom

HCS Reserved Parking spaces…don’t park in the priest’s or these reserved spaces! The one thing even confession cannot  absolve!

Fresh flowers delivered every month for a year courtesy of Passion Flowers

4-One Day Park Hopper Passes at Disneyland Park & California Adventure

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Ventura: One month of Ventura Date Nights: (Lure, Capriccios, Ventura Improv, Barrel House 101, Johnny Cash Roadshow Revival and more!

WinCo Foods $400 gift certificate

Join us at 5:00 pm for a complimentary Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction in Parish Center Auditorium

Then take a short gondola ride for Dinner, Live Auction, and Dancing in O’Brien Hall.

What a great way to support our parish school, enjoy an evening out, purchase an item you cannot live without…or pledge to Adopt-A-Student to enroll low-income families from the parish. Dinner tickets are $35 per person or reserve a table for eight (or 16 if you like!) at $240 per table.

Chef Jason Collis from Catered Events will provide the cuisine al la Italiano.

For reservations please contact Holy Cross School at 805-643-1500 or email Cynthia Herrera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Name: ______________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: _____________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________________________________
E-Mail: ______________________________________________________________

I desire to purchase:
# _________ Dinner Tickets @ $35.00 per person OR
# _________ Table(s) @ $240.00 (seats 8 and one complimentary bottle of wine) OR
• Silver Sponsorship @ $500 (includes 2 Dinner Tickets)

I/We cannot attend the auction and offer the following donation to support Holy Cross School
• Exclusive Sponsorship @ $3,500
• Platinum Sponsorship @ $2,000
• Silver Sponsorship @ $500
• $_______________
Enclosed is my check #__________ totaling $__________

Please make checks payable to Holy Cross School and remit by April 22 to Holy Cross School Auction Committee, 211 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001.

Guest Name and Dinner Preference (Circle: Beef, Chicken, Vegi)
1.______________________________________ B C V 5.________________________________________B C V
2.______________________________________ B C V 6.________________________________________B C V
3.______________________________________ B C V 7.________________________________________B C V
4.______________________________________ B C V 8.________________________________________B C V

Thank you for your Support! Grazie per il vostro sostegno!

From the desk of Fr. Tom

I am grateful to Fr. Damian and our Support Staff who will cover for me while I am on sabbatical January 31 through April 30 with a brief return to the Mission for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Additional gratitude to Msgr. Michael Jennett, Fr. Cyprian Carlo and Fr. Larry Jerge who will assist Fr. Damian.  I am studing Spanish at the Guadalajara Language Institute for the first seven weeks and then practice what I hopefully learn while visiting our Sister City in Loreto, B.C.S. in late April.

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 noon.  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?

Click here to take a tour of the Mission with Fr. Tom and Joe Estevez and 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."

Walk To The Cross May 7

Come and join us for the annual Walk To The Cross with Mass

Caminata a la Cruz con Santa Misa Bilingüe

Grant Park, Ventura, Saturday/Sábado, May 7, 2016 

730 A.M. Walk begins in the garden at San Buenaventura Mission pray the Rosary as we Walk To The Cross

8:15 A.M. Mass celebrated at the Cross Grant Park, Ventura  

Refreshments served following Mass

In 1782 Father Junipero Serra founded the San Buenaventura Mission. Soon after, a large wooden cross was placed on a neighboring hillside as a guidepost for travelers. Over the years, the original cross and a series of replacements were lost to the elements, but locals never gave up. The current cross has stood atop its circular stone pedestal since 1941, and today the Preservation Trust and community volunteers are committed to maintaining and improving the park for everyone’s enjoyment.

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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 2016
Hacer Cita Un Mes Antes: Normas 2016

Marriage / Matrimonios:
Saying "I Do" Marriage Video
By Appointment Six Months in Advance: Guidelines
Por Cita Seis Meses Antes de la Boda: Normas

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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