Name of Church Mission San Juan Bautista

Address 406 Second Street, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

Phone number 831-623-2127


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon (Spanish), 1:30 p.m. (Spanish)  Daily, Wednesday – Friday, noon in the Guadalupe Chapel.  (The Guadalupe Chapel is a smaller, 70-seat church which was used in the years the main church was being built, and was restored for use in 1997.)

Confessions 4 p.m. in the Guadalupe Chapel.

Names of priests Fr. Alberto Cabrera, pastor.

School No.

Special groups and activities Moms in Prayer group, Friday night adoration, rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer group.

Fellow parishioners English and Spanish-speaking communities.
Parking San Juan Bautista is a tourist town, so it gets crowded on the weekends.  However, you should be able to find parking on the grounds or street.  In the summer, a community festival may shut down the main street by the Mission.

Acoustics  Good.

Cry room No.  There’s a garden area alongside the church you can take your children if they get noisy.

Additional observations  Mission San Juan Bautista was founded by Fr. Fermin de Lasuen, successor to Blessed Junipero Serra, in 1797.  It is the 15th of California’s 21 Spanish missions.  Work began on its church began in 1803; it was dedicated in 1812.  It has been in continuous use since then.  It is the widest of the mission churches, and the largest of the California missions.  Other buildings on the ground include a barracks, convent and the Jose Castro House, which are located around a large grassy plaza.  There is also a historic cemetery containing the remains of 4,000 Indians and Europeans.  The Mission was prominently featured in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock/Jimmy Stewart movie “Vertigo,” although the bell tower that is part of the plot is a Hollywood creation.  (But, you can still see the carriage and mannequin horse where Jimmy Stewart talks with Kim Novak.)  Visit the gift shop to purchase mission-related and religious items or for tourist information.  The historic grounds are open daily 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Gift shop and tour information: (831) 623-4528.  Take a video tour here: