Annual Events


May Procession with Holy Mass at the Serra Cross at Serra Park-Grant Park

Join us as we make the short pilgrimage from the Mission garden up to the Cross in Grant Park.  We depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Mission on the first Saturday in May to commorate the Feast of the Holy Cross (formerly observed on May 3).  Outdoor Mass is celebrated at the Cross with a spectacular view of San Buenaventura and the coastline.  

Following Mass refreshments are served compliments of the Guadalupana Society.


Holy Cross School Spring Auction

Each spring (March-April) Holy Cross School holds an entertaing and fun-filled auction dinner and dance.  A hosted reception is held in the Parish Center Auditorium with a theme beverage and appitiezers and of course the SILENT AUCTION where you may purchase items of interest.  Then our guests move to O'Brien Hall for the formal dinner with LIVE AUCTIONS items for vacations and sport events and more.  The ADOPT-A-STUDENT campaign raised funds for tuition assistance to help many students enroll at one of the finest schools in the area.  Please see the Holy Cross School webstie for further details or call the school at 805-643-1500. 

San Buenaventura Feast Day
July 15
Our patronal feast day is July 15.  When this feast day falls on a weekday (Monday through Friday) a special Mass is observed at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Mission Gardens.  When the feast day falls on a weekend the Sunday Mass schedule is observed with refreshments served after each Mass in the Missioin Gardens.  
For the Sunday observance, parishioners are encouraged to bring a plate of their favorite home baked treats to share with the community following Mass.  To read more about St. Bonaventure see our "History" section on this website.  All are welcome to join the parish community of San Buenavnetura Mission as we celebrate this solemn day.
Christmas Tree Lighting
First Friday after Thanksgiving Weekend
An annual MUST ATTEND family tradition for more than 75 years. The two historic Norfork Pine Trees come alive with festive lights while carolers sing and entertain the 2,000+ people who gather in front of the Mission, Figueroa Plaza and in Mission Park. Main Street is closed between Ventura Avenue and Palm Street.  The festivities include a (Christmas Village with a variety of boths including food and beverages for the family) in Figueroa Plaza and the canned food Christmas trees sponsored by Food Share.
The festivities begin at 3:30PM.  A live Nativity sponsored by Holy Cross School is held on the front steps of the Mission.  At 6:45 PM our Mayor and the Pastor of the Mission welcome Santa Claus.  When Santa lights the trees the majic begins with snow and festive music. Activites for children of all ages are sponsored by the businesses of the Downtown District.  Bring a chair and enjoy the evening.
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12
Each year we commemorate the feast day of Our  Lady of Guadalupe.  Mariachi traditional songs are played at 5:00 AM in O'Brien Hall followed by Mass at 5:30 AM.  Then our guests are invited to a menudo breakfast in the Parish Center Auditorium.  At 6:00 PM, in the Mission Church, Aztec dancers pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe and a procession is held on Main Street from the Mission to Palm Street to Juniper Serra Way and O'Brien Hall.  Mass includes a dramatized representation of the apparition at Tepeyac Hill in Mexico.  The evening concludes with pan dulce and chacolate in the Parish Center Auditorium.