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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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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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Archdiocese Programs and Actions for the Protection of Children

October 15, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 218 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) on Sunday October 13, 2019, a bill that opens a window for three years to allow decades-old lawsuits to be brought against public and private entities.

Our Church has confronted this issue of child sexual abuse for more than two decades now. This has been a sad and shameful chapter in our history as a Church, but it has also been a time of reform and a time for providing much needed support for victim-survivors of abuse.

The Church in California cooperated with then-Governor Gray Davis and the legislature during the previous opening of the statute of limitations in 2003. Since then, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and other dioceses in the state have continued to provide pastoral care and financial support for victim-survivors, no matter when that abuse occurred. And we will continue to do so.
Earlier this year, as part of our commitment to victim-survivors, the Archdiocese decided to take part in the new Independent Compensation Program (ICP) for victims of sexual abuse by diocesan clergy as minors, again no matter when the abuse occurred. The program was launched last month and serves all victims of abuse, including those who may be reluctant to come to the Church for assistance and would prefer to seek redress and healing through an independent

We encourage those who have been abused by diocesan priests in our Archdiocese or in the dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento, to seek assistance through the Independent Compensation Program at

Here in Los Angeles, we will continue to cooperate with the Governor and the legislature in accordance with this new law. The Archdiocese settled the previous claims that came forward after the removal of the statute of limitations in 2003 by using unrestricted funds from the Archdiocesan Catholic Center, the sale of surplus properties, a bank loan, and substantial payments from commercial insurance, with the understanding that the insurance companies would pay those claims, but there would be no coverage for future abuse claims. No parish, designated, or restricted funds were used. Since the 2007 global settlement, the Archdiocese has set aside funds in a risk management program which are intended to be available to help defray the cost of future settlements under AB 218 and under the ICP. As was the case in 2007, we will not pay for these settlements from parish funds, donations to our Together in Mission appeal, our Called to Renew capital campaign, or other donor-designated gifts.

It is our hope that all victim-survivors of childhood sexual abuse in all institutional settings will be able to have their pain and suffering addressed and resolved. We pray that AB 218 will be a step forward in that direction.

It is also important to note that, as we seek to heal the wounds of the past, we have put in place effective systems for the protection of children. As a result, new cases of abuse are rare today in the Church in Los Angeles and in the Church statewide. For more information on the abuse prevention and protection efforts of the Archdiocese and our outreach and support for victim survivors, please visit

Again, I want to apologize to all victims of priest sexual abuse and express my deep sorrow and regret for our past failures and the trust that was broken. I realize, as you do, that no program, however well-intentioned and well-designed, can repair the damage done to victims and their families. But I pray that this new program, and this new law, might provide another avenue toward healing and hope.

May we find hope in Jesus Christ, may the Blessed Virgin Mary be a mother to us all, and may God grant us peace,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For more than two decades now in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, we have been working together to promote healing and make amends for the terrible harm suffered by victim-survivors of abuse by members of the Church.

Again, I want to express my sorrow for this abuse and to apologize to everyone who has suffered. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect children, report abuse and reach out to support victim-survivors.

And that is why today, (May 14, 2019) we are joining with five other dioceses in California in a new initiative to provide pastoral care and financial support to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by a diocesan priest.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with Dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento, has been working for the past seven months with Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, respected mediators and compensation program administrators, to establish this new program.

The Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests (ICP) in California, is similar to other programs established by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Those programs have already assisted hundreds of victim-survivors directly.

We have been providing pastoral care and financial support for victim-survivors here in the Archdiocese for many years. We will continue to do so. But we also understand that some victim-survivors are reluctant to come to the Church for assistance. Our hope with this new program is to give these people a chance to seek redress and healing through an independent program.

Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros will have complete administrative control over the ICP. In addition, the program is overseen by an independent board that includes former Governor Gray Davis and business leader and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet.

You can find documents from the California Catholic Conference with more information regarding the program at this link: Program coordinators have been working with each of the participating dioceses for several months and will be announcing the start of the program in the coming weeks.

I am grateful to all who have joined in our Archdiocesan abuse prevention and protection efforts, especially our many lay staff and volunteers in our Safeguard the Children programs and Victims Assistance Ministry who have worked tirelessly to make our parishes, schools and ministry safer. May God bless you as you continue this vital work.

Please join me in continuing to pray for all those who have suffered abuse. And let us continue to work together so that abuse is prevented and children are protected in our parishes, schools and ministries.

Again, I apologize to the victims of priest sexual abuse and express my deep sorrow and regret for our past failures and the trust that was broken. I realize, as you do, that no program, however well-intentioned and well-designed, can repair the damage done to victims and their families. But I pray that this new program might provide another avenue toward healing and hope.

May we find hope in Jesus Christ, may the Blessed Virgin Mary be a mother to us all, and may

God grant us peace,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Archbishop of Los Angeles


A Brief Overview of Archdiocesan Programs and Actions
for the Protection of Children and Young People

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is committed to providing a safe environment for young people in our schools, parishes and other ministries.

Since the early 2000s and even before that, the Archdiocese has had in place a system for reporting and investigating suspected abuse by priests and for removing offenders from ministry. We have also established an extensive program of education and background checks to make sure our children are safe and cared for.

Many of our programs and policies were initiated under the leadership of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who served as Archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011 and is now retired.

During his time as Archbishop, Cardinal Mahony was confronted with the allegations of abuse by clergy that spanned a timeframe of over seventy years. The majority of these cases involved abuses that allegedly occurred before he became Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985. However, he took responsibility for failures and mistakes in the way abuse cases were handled in the past and issued apologies to victims and to the people of the Archdiocese. He also instituted a strict “zero tolerance” policy to ensure that future allegations would be reported to authorities and that anyone found to have committed abuse — whether a priest, deacon, religious or lay person — would be held accountable and permanently removed from ministry in the Archdiocese.

In 2004, he directed the publication of the “Report to the People of God,” the first time a U.S. diocese had issued a comprehensive listing of all clergy to have been publicly or credibly accused of abuse from 1930–2003. Files of clergy with credible abuse claims against them were made public in 2013, as part of a global settlement the Archdiocese reached with victimsurvivors of abuse in 2007.

Over the years, Cardinal Mahony met with many victims personally and apologized to them. He established the Office of Victim’s Assistance Ministry so that victim-survivors would have an advocate in the Archdiocese. This vital ministry continues to provide support for victim-survivors and their families and is also reports abuse to the authorities.

In addition, he established the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board (CMOB) that is comprised primarily of lay people, including a victim-survivor of abuse by clergy. CMOB reviews the investigations of reported misconduct by clergy that is carried out by retired FBI agents retained by the Archdiocese and recommends an appropriate course of action.

The Archdiocese follows a strict process when reports of abuse are made:
• The allegation is reported to law enforcement; the Archdiocese cooperates fully with the investigation.
• The accused priest or layperson is immediately removed from ministry pending the result of the investigation.
• Parishes or schools where the accused is serving are notified.
• In cases where the statute of limitations does not allow for criminal prosecution, retired FBI investigators retained by the Archdiocese investigate the matter and report to the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board which makes final recommendations.

The Archdiocese has also instituted abuse prevention and reporting programs for adults and minors; fingerprinting and background checks for employees and volunteers at parishes and schools; and clergy formation programs to prevent abuse. A toll-free number (800) 355-2545 was also established for reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Church personnel. These programs continue to serve as the backbone of abuse prevention and child safety efforts in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles today.

Since these programs were established 15 years ago, more than 329,000 adults have been trained in abuse prevention and reporting; 1.4 million Catholic school students have received age appropriate training that teaches them to understand appropriate and inappropriate boundaries and gives them the tools that empower them to take action and report if they feel uncomfortable, scared or confused; and more than 168,000 adults have been fingerprinted and undergone background checks.

These programs and policies do not take away from the very real harm that was done and the trust that has been broken in the Church. However, they are a testament to the commitment of the people of the Archdiocese, the majority of whom are lay Catholics who have worked for almost three decades to implement and carry out these programs to ensure:
• that abuse is reported to the police and investigated regardless of the statute of limitations;
• that victim-survivors and their families receive healing support; and
• that anyone found to have abused a minor at anytime in their lives, regardless of whether a member of the clergy or a lay person, is not allowed to serve in any capacity in the Archdiocese under zero tolerance.

In the face of recent scandals involving child sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reaffirms our unwavering commitment to the healing of victim-survivors of abuse and protection against abuse and misconduct.

In order to address questions on what we have done and continue to do regarding the issue of abuse, the Archdiocese has compiled a timeline of efforts and actions taken since the issue began to be addressed nationally in 1985.

For more information on the Archdiocese’s policies and protocols concerning abuse prevention and support for victim-survivors, visit

Timeline of Actions to Adress the Issues of Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1985-2018

Acciones Arquidiocesanas y Cronología en Español

Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Abuse by Diocesan Clergy (ICP) To Begin Sept. 16, 2019


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Sunday / Domingo:
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Holy Days/ Días Santos:
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Triduum-Easter 2020
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Friday/Viernes 5:00 P.M.
Saturday/Sábado 4:00 P.M.
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