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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Pastor's Message

West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands DVD now on sale at the Mission Gift Shop!

Three 60 minute programs tell the human history of California's eight Channel Islands. It is a remarkable saga, including discovery of the oldest human remains in all of North America, the first contact with Europeans in 1542, a thriving Native American culture, the Mission period, and more recent efforts to preserve the islands, including leadership by rock musician Joe Walsh. The programs took three years to create, including 70 shoot days and 18 months of editing. Veteran Hollywood screenwriter Peter Seaman and long time independent producer Sam Tyler donated their time to the project.

Explore Loreto, our Sister City and Sister Misison....please see below and under Links on this website.

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.

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 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.

Pilgrim Icons at the Mission

Mission San Buenaventura will host a spiritual pilgrimage of the blessed pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Peregrina,” and St. Juan Diego, a gift to our Archdiocese from the Basilica in Mexico City and blessed by St. John Paul II.

The venerable images will arrive at the Mission by the noon hour on Friday, November 11 and will be on display until the evening of Saturday, November 12. The Mission Guadalupanas Society will coordinate the spiritual activities for this special occassion.

During the months of October and November, the blessed pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Peregrina,” and St. Juan Diego are brought to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the Basilica in Mexico City to visit parishes throughout all the pastoral regions of the Archdiocese as part of a spiritual pilgrimage in preparation for the annual Archdiocesan celebration.

Every year, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles invites all faithful to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Annual Guadalupe Procession and Mass at the East Los Angeles College Stadium. This year’s celebration will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

This pilgrimage provides different parishes each year with the honor of hosting the pilgrim images Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego in preparation for their feast days in December. As the year of Mercy comes to a close, the planning committee saw in the pilgrim images a great opportunity to invite people to enter their own pilgrimage as they visit host parishes. The venerable icons are scheduled to visit Santa Barbara Pastoral Region from November 5 to November 19.

1:30 pm Holy Cross School Prayer Service
4:00 pm Rosary by Altar Rosary Society (English)
6:30 pm Youth Group
7:00 pm Rosary by Guadalupana Society (Spanish)
7:30 pm Mass in Spanish

7:30 am Mass (English)
10:00 am Quinceañera Mass
11:00 am Religious Education Visit
12:00 pm Quinceañera Mass
3:30 pm Religious Education Visit
4:00 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Mass (English)
7:00 pm Candlelight Procession via Figueroa Plaza
7:30 pm Mass (Spanish)

El Camino Real Exhibit

Mission San Buenaventura will present a special art exhibit from August 6 through November 5, 2016: a trilogy titled “El Camino Real” by late artist and architect Aurelio G. D. Mendoza.

Three large mural-like oil paintings depict the conversion of the indigenous people in Mexico; another depicting Fray Junipero Serra directing his companions forward on their travels; and the third painting depicting the construction of the first mission in Alta California, Misión San Diego de Alcala. Fray Junipero Serra founded the first nine of the famed 21 California missions.

Mendoza was a noted artist and architect in his day. His lasting legacy is "La Ofrenda," the construction of which began when Mendoza was 80 years old. Erected on the grounds of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Mexico City, the monument adorns the Tepeyac gardens and includes 17 larger than life-sized statues depicting Mexican natives offering gifts of food and game to the Virgin of Guadalupe, who stands with open arms to the people of Mexico. Millions visit the site annually.

Mendoza never had his “El Camino Real” trilogy exhibited during his lifetime. It is thanks to the love and generosity of his daughter-in-law, Emma Mendoza, that the exhibit is made possible.

In honor of St. Junipero Serra, the first Hispanic saint to be canonized (September 23, 2015) on American soil, the exhibit will be on display to the public in the Mission San Buenaventura Gift Shop, 225 E. Main Street, Ventura. The Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a nominal fee to tour the Mission Museum, Gardens and Church.

The El Camino Real originated in Loreto, Baja California Sur and stretches from Baja in Mexico to San Rafael in Alta California in the United States of America. Presently, U.N.E.S.C.O. is considering the nomination of the El Camion Real and all the missions of the Californias for recognition as a World Heritage Site.

For more information on Aurelio Mendoza and his art please visit:!select-past-works/ctdr


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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)
Advent-Christmas Liturgies
Lent-Easter Liturgies
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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