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.
The year of mercy has begun informally with the Holy Father opening of the doors in Bangui. On December 8, the formal opening of the Door of Mercy will take place at the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran. The Third Sunday of Advent, the holy door will be opened in every cathedral church and designated pilgrimage church throughout the world.
Once pilgrims have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an "Our Father" – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, "Merciful Jesus, I trust in You").
Pope Francis Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and
Designated Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Santa Barbara Pastoral Region: St. Louis De Montfort (Santa Maria), St. Raphael (Goleta) and Santa Clara (Oxnard) San Pedro Pastoral Region: St. Dominic Savio (Bellflower), St. Mary of the Assumption (Whittier), American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach), St. Anthony (Long Beach) San Gabriel Pastoral Region: Resurrection Parish (Los Angeles), San Gabriel Mission, Immaculate Conception (Monrovia), St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Walnut) San Fernando Pastoral Region: Our Lady of Lourdes (Northridge), St. Mary (Palmdale), Holy Family (Glendale), Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Sun Valley) Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region: Christ the King (Hollywood), Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood), St. Joan of Arc (Los Angeles)
Archbishop José H. Gomez, joined by health leaders, mothers and babies, launched a digital App designed to offer prayers, resources and support for thousands of women and girls nationwide in crisis pregnancies. The launch coincides with the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
"Today we are taking a big step to expand our circle of care and concern for unborn children and their mothers," said Archbishop Gomez. "Through this App we are launching today, we are creating a network of prayer and practical support to help women facing crisis pregnancies. This App will also engage Catholics and others, especially our young people, in the great spiritual work of praying and building a true culture of life here in Los Angeles and throughout our nation."
The Archdiocese's Office of Life, Justice and Peace has partnered with Options United, a Pasadena-based nonprofit, on the App available on smartphones and iPads by visiting www.optionsunited.org.
The Options United App lists services such as free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and post-abortion healing. App users, including friends and relatives of expectant mothers, are also just a click away to send a call for prayers to support pregnant women and girls in their decisions.
At the press event, Archbishop Gomez launched the App by sharing the App through his Facebook page and asking followers to join the virtual community and share the App with their family and friends.
Archbishop Gomez was joined by Jaime Hernandez, President of Manto de Guadalupe, Astrid Bennett, Executive Director, Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and Thomas Rudkins, of Options United. Archbishop Gomez was also joined by mothers, children and two women, Irene Beltran and Estella Piña, who delivered post-abortion testimonials.
The southern California region of the App includes 78 pregnancy centers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and neighboring dioceses that include the following counties: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties. People, pregnancy centers and pro-life resources nationwide are invited to register.
The App was prompted by national statistics reporting about 1.2 million abortions per year. (Source: Guttmacher Institute.) In Southern California, about 220 abortions happen daily.
PHOENIX (CNS) -- California Catholic leaders will revamp church curriculum and museum programs on the California mission system to more accurately present history, the perspective of California Indians and the missions' impact on Indian life.
"We have told the story of the missions in a way that has shown them as harmonious. In reality, conquest does not work that way," said Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Edward W. Clark, one of several people working on the project. "We see weakness in our curriculum on the mission era. We want to strengthen that."
The initiative is part of a larger program of the California bishops and Franciscan leaders preparing for the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra, Spanish Franciscan missionary and founder of the California mission system.
Pope Francis will canonize him during a Sept. 23 Mass in Washington.
Many Native Americans and organizations have criticized the upcoming canonization, saying that Blessed Serra was part of a system that destroyed Indian life
"The Indian experience has been ignored or denied, replaced by an incomplete version of history focused more on European colonists than on the original Californians," said the president of the California Catholic Conference, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, in a Sept. 4 statement on the curriculum and cultural review.
"The time has come to confront that incomplete history and to work with Native American educators, respected historians, Catholic school officials and others to change that and to reflect the best scholarship we can about that era," added Franciscan Father Ken Laverone, provincial vicar of the Franciscan Province of Santa Barbara, and co-postulator in the cause of Blessed Serra.
With backing and oversight of the Spanish crown, Blessed Serra founded nine missions in California between 1769 and his death in 1784. Another 12 were erected after his death.
Before Spanish colonization, Indians in California numbered more than 300,000. By 1860, there were just 30,000, a consequence of diseases that had been unknown there before the Europeans' arrival, assimilation, the influx of gold miners and other factors. Franciscan missionaries had baptized around 80,000 California Indians. Historians say that by 1834, 60,000 of them had died.
Two church committees -- one looking at Catholic school history curriculum for third and fourth graders, and the other looking at mission displays and programs -- will review and revise materials to "better reflect modern understandings of the mission era and the relationship between Spanish civil authority, the Catholic missions and local Indian tribes," said the statement.
Following the committee work, new guidelines will be presented to archdiocesan and diocesan leaders and educators through the California Catholic Conference, Bishop Clark said.
He said descendants of mission Indians make up part of each committee, and access to missions by California Indians is one issue they will consider.
Andrew Galvan, an Ohlone Indian Catholic and curator of Old Mission Dolores in San Francisco, heads the committee on cultural review of mission exhibits. Earlier this summer, he told Catholic News Service that he is dismayed by how Indians are treated and represented at the missions.
He said he is "outraged" when he walks up to a mission, one that his ancestors likely built, and he is told, "That will be $5 to get in." Or when a mission guide says, "The padres built the missions."
"Could we simply get every guide in California that gives a tour at a California mission to say it this way, 'The Indians, under the supervision of the padres, built the missions?'" he asked.
In the first 60 years of the missions, every baptism, marriage and funeral is of an Indian. Indian burial grounds are located at the missions.
"So the mission churches are churches built by Indians, before anything else, used by Indians before anyone else," Galvan said. "But today those same people feel so unwelcome to come there."
He said the church today is asking, "What can we now do to invite and to happily have native people come to the places that they built?"
The California Catholic Conference is the public policy arm of the Catholic bishops of the Los Angeles and San Francisco archdioceses and the state's 10 dioceses.
The Franciscan Province of Santa Barbara encompasses California and Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.
The Franciscan province administers three of the 21 California missions. Sixteen have oversight by the dioceses within which they are located. Two missions are state parks and not active churches.