Name of Church Old Mission Santa Inés
Address 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang CA 93464
Phone number 805-688-4815
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish); Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. ; Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m.; Holy Days, 7 p.m. vigil (the night before), 8 a.m. and noon.
Confessions Saturday, 4 – 4:45 and 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. (Spanish)
Names of priests All Capuchin Franciscan Friars: Fr. Gerald Barron, pastor. Fr. Brendan Buckley, associate pastor. Fr. Harold Snider, in residence. The Capuchins have a formation house and retreat center seven miles away from the mission. Seventy-three-year-old Fr. Barron came to California from Ireland nearly 50 years ago, and is one of a handful of Irish-born priests still serving on the West Coast. (San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy has said that Fr. Barron’s “example of lived holiness” inspired him to become a priest.)
School No school. Three nuns in residence teach religious education classes.
Special activities and groupsAdoration, Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – midnight; rosary for vocations, Monday – Friday at 1 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel; Docent Society; St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Music Many weekend Masses have choirs.
Fellow parishioners It’s an active parish, majority Anglo with a significant Hispanic population.
Cry room No. There is an Immaculate Conception Chapel in the back into which you can take your children if they are noisy.
Parish bulletin View online at the parish website.
Additional observations Mission Santa Inés was founded by Franciscan priests in 1804 to instruct the local Chumash Indians in the Catholic faith. The original church collapsed in an earthquake in 1812; a second church was built in 1817. The Mexican government seized the mission and its lands in 1833, the mission was later returned to the church. The quaint Danish town of Solvang was built up around the mission about a century ago. The Capuchin Franciscan Friars from Ireland took over care of the mission in 1924. Today, it is a parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visitors can enjoy historic artwork, documents, vestments and other artifacts. Tour the mission daily, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Cost is $5 for ages 12+.) It is a beautiful old mission worth a visit.
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