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 the annual Walk and Mass at the Cross on Saturday, May 7. See below.
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?
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."
Fr. Damian Fernando has had a brighter twinkle in his eye and a broader smile in recent weeks as his retirement date approaches. Having reached the age of retirement and culminating 46 years of priestly ministry, Archbishop Jose Gomez has approved Fr. Damian’s request and he officially retires June 30, 2016. He won’t be going far, however. He will retire in the Mission rectory and may assist with Mass occasionally when he is not traveling or fulfilling other commitments. Hopefully he will not retire from posting in the weekly bulletin his humorous and poignant quips on life and relationships.
Please mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon on June 26. We will honor Fr. Damian with a pot-luck luncheon at 1:30 PM in O’Brien Hall. Our Pastoral Council will communicate further details in coming weeks. We desire to gift Fr. Damian with a new car to begin his retirement and we have set a budget of $21,500. Parishioners willing to assist with this gift may contact Fr. Tom directly or Mary Kay Huszar in the Business Office. Donations should be made payable to the Mission parish and are tax deductible. We will take a second collection on the weekend of May 28/29 so that all parishioners may have an opportunity to participate in this gift.
Ordained to the priesthood in his home county of Sir Lanka in 1970, Fr. Damian was incardinated as an Archdiocesan priest for Los Angeles in 1986 while ministering at St. Jerome Catholic Community in Los Angeles. He arrived in the Archdiocese in 1977 and served at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Irwindale (1977-1979). His second assignment was at St. Jerome (1980-1989). While at St. Mary Magdalene parish in Camarillo (1989-1995) he made many friends. Fr. Jim Stehly, former pastor at St. Mary Magdalene, frequently states that parishioners spoke of Fr. Damian as if he were still there long after he left the parish. From 1995 to 2000 he ministered at Holy Trinity in San Pedro and then at Our Lady of Lourdes Tujunga (2000-2006). Arriving at the Mission in July 2006, he served as priest administrator for one year and led the parish to celebrate the 225th anniversary of our beloved Mission.
On a personal note I am sincerely grateful to Fr. Damian for his warm welcome when I arrived here and for his priestly and personal support. He is a brother priest who helps me keep centered in the Liturgy of Hours and who is flexible in ministry assignments as we share the pastoral care of the parish. We both anticipate our mutual commitments and readily offer support and are adaptable as needed. Fr. Damian enjoys cooking and he is the chief birthday cake baker for our parish staff celebrations.
I cannot think of a better way for a priest to retire than to do so in the rectory and help form a newly ordained priest to set prayer as a priority and live and support one another as brother priests to best serve the people of God.
Tidings of Joy! Deacon Albert Van der Woerd is assigned as Associate Pastor at Mission San Buenaventura. Deacon Albert will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Archbishop Jose Gomez on June 4 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
The parish will sponsor a bus departing at 7 AM on June 4 for the 9 AM Mass of Ordination. Please contact the parish office to reserve your seat for both the bus and the Mass…a nominal fee of $20 will help defray the cost of the transportation. What a great way to welcome (Fr.) Albert to our Mission family by witnessing his priesthood ordination!
(Father) Albert Van der Woerd was inspired to study for the priesthood during his sabbatical in California. He has recently completed his course of study and formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.
For 20 years he was a religious member of the Brothers of Our Lady, Mother of Mercy, from the Netherlands where he taught music. “The ordinary contact with parishioners in parishes shone a light on my vocation that brought me to the conclusion: 'I am working on the wrong side of the altar,'" said Deacon Albert. He received permission from his superior to pursue the priesthood. He left his home in the Netherlands and his religious community and faced the challenge to build his life up again and to embrace all the possibilities and the great charism of the church in Southern California.
The faithful parishioners of Mission San Buenaventura welcome (Father) Albert Van de Woerd to our parish family and his new home. Let us rejoice and be glad!