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

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, that would be former Catholics.Fr Thomas J Elewaut 1986

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 on Easter Sunday will be overflowing...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.

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.

A life in Christ means being a fully active part of the Body of Christ. As Jesus told his disciples, "where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).  The Holy Mass celebrates the presence of Jesus in our midst – and it is through our church that we not only come to know our Lord, but can also work together to be the light unto the world that He asked us to be.

You don't need a formal invitation to attend Mass at the San Buenaventura Mission. But if you want one, here it is: You are cordially invited to attend Mass at the Mission.  We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on tuesday) and we have six Sunday Masses every weekend. Since the Lord's Day begins at sunset, we have Saturday Vigil at 5:30pm in English and 7:30pm in Spanish in the Old Mission Church. We have three Sunday Masses in English at 7:30am, 9am and noon. And we have a huge Mass in Spanish at 10:30am in O'Brien Hall, the three story building behind the Mission church.

Here at the Mission, we often sing a hymn that reminds us of the presence of the Lord amongst 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? Although it may be crowded at Easter, we always have a place for you.


To help sustain the legacy of our historic Mission:  please remember San Buenaventura Mission in your will or Trust planning.

"Siempre Adelante: United in the love of God as a Mission Family."

Physician-Assisted Suicide

SB 128 Passes Committee, But List of Disability Rights Groups Opposing Grows  Click here to download an informative brochure y en Espanol click here.

The controversial physician-assisted suicide bill (SB 128) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The development was widely anticipated since four co-authors of the dangerous legislation serve on the seven-member panel. (See who has voted for or against the bill so far.) The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

While the bill passed its second committee, the list of those opposing assisted suicide continues to grow with the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center and Communities United in Defense of Olmstead joining disability rights organizations like The Arc CA, United Cerebral Palsy, Autism Self-Advocacy Network, California Foundation of Independent Living Centers and others opposing SB 128. (Click here for a complete list.)

The medical community also continues to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics program at UC Irvine School of Medicine, outlined the concerns of doctors and health professioanls in his testimony before the Senate Health Committee. You can read Dr. Kheriaty's testimony here.

Easter and Religious Freedom

By Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 

April 5, 2015, The Tidings


It was a beautiful Easter. More than 10,000 people came to join us for worship services at the cathedral during Holy Week. And across the archdiocese, we baptized nearly 2,000 new Christians at Easter.  What a witness to the power and vitality of the Catholic faith here in Southern California!


At the same time, however, this Easter season reminded us that the freedom to worship we enjoy is not widely shared in the world — and may be at risk here too in the years to come.  As Pope Francis said this week, in many places Christians are being “persecuted, exiled, killed, beheaded — for the only reason of being a Christian.”


The persecution of Christians gives us a kind of global perspective on the debates that began here in the United States just before Holy Week.  These debates over Indiana’s new religious freedom law are continuing. And there continues to be a lot of misinformation and disinformation about this new law.


The truth is that Indiana’s law is modeled after the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This act which was strongly supported by the U.S. Catholic bishops and most other faith groups.


Over the years, this law has helped protect the freedoms of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Native Americans and others — even a group of Chicago churches that used the law to successfully fight a government “ban” on feeding the homeless.  But the issues at stake in the Indiana debate are about much more than the meaning of this one law.  Our country is in a time of change.


Just a generation ago, America was a country where religious faith was publicly respected and churches and other religious institutions were an accepted part of ordinary daily life.  This is no longer true.


Most Americans still profess faith in God, and still pray and worship with others who share their beliefs in churches, synagogues and mosques. Religious institutions still carry out works of charity, justice and social service in most communities.  But our society and culture are growing more secularized. Those who govern and shape the way Americans think and behave — in politics and law, education, entertainment and the popular media — form an increasingly secularized elite that has little tolerance for religious institutions or values.


As a result, secularization and “de-Christianization” has become a kind of unspoken “mandate” in our courts, media, and civic life.

The debates we have been seeing in recent years over such things as prayer and religious symbols in public places, the Church’s role in the public square, health care services, and the “redefinition” of marriage and sexual morality — these are all a part of this broader effort to remove religion from American life.


It is important in all this to remember that as Catholics our faith is not a set of “positions” that we hold on “issues.”  Our faith is rooted in what Jesus has revealed about God’s purposes in creation and his will for every person.  That is why every year during the Easter Vigil, we listen again to the creation story from the Book of Genesis — the beautiful story of man and woman created in God’s image and called to be fruitful and to make this world God’s Kingdom.


In his own teaching, Jesus pointed us back to this “beginning.” He told us that the marriage covenant between man and woman is at the heart of God’s design for creation — and that no one has the power to change that design.  That is why marriage and family are so important for the Church.


And that is why it is no small matter to ask a Catholic — or any Christian, Jew or Muslim — to cooperate with policies that we believe disrespect God’s purposes for creation and his beautiful plan for the human person.  These debates in Indiana and elsewhere across the country are important for the future of our freedoms as Americans and as Catholics. What’s at stake is our ability to live as God calls us to live and to serve him as he calls us to serve him.


Catholics respect the pluralism and diversity of American society. We are not trying to impose our faith on others or deny their rights to believe and live the way they want to.  But I’m sad to say that right now across the country, others are trying to impose their  “faith” — a secularized ideology and an anti-religious morality — on religious believers and it is our rights that are at risk of being denied.


So let us pray this week for our country.


May our Blessed Mother Mary help us to a new awareness of the importance of tolerance, religious freedom and respect for conscience.

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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 2015
Hacer Cita Un Mes Antes: Normas 2015

Marriage / Matrimonios:
Saying "I Do" Marriage Video
By Appointment Six Months in Advance: Guidelines 2015
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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