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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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. Additioanl gratitude to Msgr. Michael Jennett, Fr. Cyprian Carlo and Fr. Larry Jerge who will assist Fr. Damian.  I will study 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, C.B.S. in April.

You don't need a formal invitation to attend Mass at Mission San Buenaventura. But if you want one, here it is: You are cordially invited to participate at Mass.  

We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on Tuesday during the schoolo year) and we have six Sunday 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 and 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."

The University Series 2016

During the season of Lent, The University Series™ offers more than 106 seminars connecting faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture, prayer, and other priorities set by the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Synod. Sessions include multi-media presentations and always allow time for your questions. Some Spanish presentations are available.

The 2016 season will run February 11 - March 18 at 11 parishes that span the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Our faculty have extensive knowledge in their fields and love to teach. They include international authorities, priests, religious, professors, authors, lay people, and local favorites who are all passionate about helping students grow in knowledge and faith.

An affordable tuition per class ($5 during pre-registration or $8 at the door) allows each student/participant to bring a guest for free.

A Season Pass for all classes is available only during pre-registration for $85 (a $208 value!) and includes your guest. Remember: these special discounts end when pre-registration closes January 25, 2016.  

The University Series strives for excellence because our Catholic faith deserves our very best efforts.

Presentations at the Mission are offered on Monday evenings and Friday at noon.

Visit The University Series website for further information:  click here. 


Partners In Service Awards Dinner

You are cordially invited to help us honor outstanding parishioners from Ventura County at the Catholic Charities of Ventura County 15th annual Partners in Service Awards Dinner.

Mission San Buenaventura will honor our St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference ministers in recognition of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

5pm - No Host Bar 6:30pm - Dinner Served

Honored Guest: Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, Episcopal Vicar, Santa Barbara Pastoral Region

Location: Serra Center at Padre Serra Church, 5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo

Attire: Dressy

Tickets: $100/person or $1,000/table of ten
Make check payable to "Catholic Charities" and mail to:
35 W. Main St, Suite B, #102, Ventura, CA 93001

RSVP: Call (805) 643-4784

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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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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