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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Holy Cross School Auction 2017

Ya'll Come, ya hear!  

Auction Invitation Final2017

Holy Cross School, 211 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, 805-643-1500
Auction Highlights:
  • LA Lakers Basketball Tickets 2017 season center fifth row
  • Notre Dame Football (4) tickets w/ lodging Sept. 30 vs. Miami of Ohio
  • Notre Dame Football  (2) tickets vs. Stanford, Nov. 25
  • Passion Flowers 12 monthly bouquets
  • Gourmet Dinner for 12 by Chef Fr. Tom Elewaut
  • John Wooden autographed UCLA Basketball w/provenance
  • Disneyland Family 4-Pack
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim autographed baseballs
  • Framed Color Portrait of the Mission by Tony Jankowski Studio
  • Chandelier by David Chipperfield, 2014 66"x66"x7.8" $5,000 value
  • WinCo Shopping Spree
  • Wool Area Rug, majestic 14'x17' $4,000 value
  • Total Gym XLS
  • Multitude of Silent Auction Must Haves!



Pastor's Message

Welcome to Mission San Buenaventura! 361 days of the year!

At the Mission, we often sing the hymn "In This Place" composed by Trevor Thompson that reminds us of the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ 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.

You are cordially invited to join us for our liturgies. We celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM (8:15 AM on Tuesday during the school year). We have six 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 12:15pm. We have a hugely attended Mass in Spanish at 10:30am in O'Brien Hall, the three story building behind the Mission church.

Join us, won't you?

Click here to take a tour of the Mission with Fr. Tom and Joe Estevez as 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."  Shalom, Fr. Tom Elewaut, Pastor.

The University Series 2017

During the season of Lent, The University Series™ offers 90+ 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 2017 season will run March 2 - April 7 at 12 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 Monday, February 13, 2017.  

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. 

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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 2017
Hacer Cita Un Mes Antes: Normas 2017
Marriage / Matrimonios:

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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