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Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The beautiful Mission, named the first canonical parish in Southern California by Bishop Francisco Diego y Moreno in 1843, continues to serve as an active Catholic parish within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Mission grounds include Holy Cross School (PreK - 8th Grade), a museum and gift shop. The Church and Mission Garden are open to visitors daily from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Masses / Misas

Daily - 7:30A.M.

Except Monday - 9:00 A.M. during the school year

Saturday / Sábado - 5:30 P.M. Vigil, 7:30 P.M. Vigilia (Español)

Sunday / Domingo - 7:30 A.M., 9:00 A.M., 10:30 A.M (Español), 12:15 P.M.,

Holy Days/ Días Santos - 7:30 A.M., 12:00 Noon, 6:00 P.M English, 7:30 P.M. Spanish

First Friday / Viernes Primeros - 7:30 A.M., 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

Fridays/ Viernes 5 P.M.

Saturdays/Sábado 4 P.M.-

Baptisms/ Bautismos

By Appointment Only

Hacer Cita Un Mes Antes

Marriage / Matrimonios

By Appointment Six Months in Advance

Por Cita Seis Meses Antes de la Boda


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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  • This was one of the top places I wanted to visit on my vacation to Thousand Oaks. It did not disappoint. The mission is beautiful and peaceful. The interior of the chapel is well-maintained. The...  more »
  • I enjoyed the self guided tour and artifacts in the museum. Church music was played on the premises to really set the tone for the experience. The chapel itself is beautiful and well maintained and...  more »
  • On my Mission pilgrimage up the coast. San Buenaventura is a nice visit. It's not as big as the other Missions but lots of historic artifacts to make up for its size. The church is breathtaking with the Pieta and Main Altar. Weddings and church services were going on, will visit again when not so much activity, weekdays are better.
  • This was father Sierra and the help of the locals to build this beautiful Church in this area. It located in the center of the heart of Ventura, surrounded by local stores and shops. From the front of this church, you can see the beautiful beach in short walking distance. Closed by, there were Museum and the park also the City Hall in a close walking distance. This is a beautiful Church as you can find them from the Southern to Northern of California along with the coastal areas. Next, to the church, there was a small gift shop that sells the pictures or related to religious memorials. I am a fan of The Mission Church, I have been visiting most of the Mission along California, and love all of them. I like the old styles and how they are built. The statutes and the altars are beautiful and the craftsmanship also incredible, that you could not find anywhere. Will be visiting more of these Mission Church any opportunity that I can.

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