Founded 1804 - Solvang, California

Join Us for Mass

In English:
Daily 8AM, Saturday Vigil 5PM, Sunday
8AM, 9:30AM, 11AM, 5PM (Youth)

En Español:
Saturday 7PM, Sunday 12:30PM

Welcome to Old Mission Santa Inés Parish

The Season of Lent at Old Mission Santa Inés
A time for Pennance, Reflection, Prayer, Fasting, Charity and Preparing for the Easter Resurection of Jesus. The Season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday (February 18) and lasts for 40 days. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation before he began his public ministry. Lent commerates these 40 days.  

 8:00 AM - Mass in English
7:00 PM - Mass in Spanish

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 3:00PM - English  (outdoors)
6:30 PM - Spanish (church)

Join us on Wednesday at 7PM in the Parish Hall:

Our Lenten Series will be Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM for five weeks as
shown below. Snacks, a speaker and prayer time make these evenings a perfect
way to spiritually prepare for Easter.

February 25 The Paschal Mystery Fr. Jack Brennan
March 4 Sacraments in Meeting
Jesus in Daily Life
Fr. Leon Hoffman
March 11 The Joy of the Gospel Msgr. Padraic Loftus
March 18 Walking the Gospel Way Sister Lucia Tu,
Suzy Raphel                      
March 25 Two Different Ways of
Celebrating Lent  
 Fr. Jim Clark        

"There are three key words for the Season of Lent: prayer, fasting, and charity. All three share the need to not let appearances take over. Looks don't matter. The value of life does not depend on the approval of others, or on success, but of what we have inside.  We know that this world, ever more artificial, makes us live out in a culture of 'doing,' of the 'useful,' where, without realizing it, we exclude God from our horizon, and we exclude the horizon itself. Lent calls us to 'wake up,' to remind us that we are creatures, that we are simply not God."  Pope Francis

Our Heritage
Old Mission Santa Inés or the "Mission of the Passes" is the nineteenth of the twenty-one California Missions established by Franciscan priests from 1769 to 1823. The Mission was founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estevan Tápis and was named in honor of Saint Agnes, a Christian martyr of the fourth century. Mission Santa Inés has a rich collection of artwork and paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts.

The Mission, which commands a superb view of the Santa Ynez River Valley and the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges, plays a central role in the spiritual and social life of the Santa Ynez Valley as an active parish church of English and Hispanic ministries serving many families. The Mission is administered by the Capuchin Franciscan order. We celebrate Catholic mass as well as special services for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. The Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart lead our religious education classes, youth programs, and adult faith formation programs.

Visitors from around the country and around the world make the Mission a "must see" stop during their visit to Solvang. Local community groups use the Mission facilities for public events - the Rotary Club 4th of July celebration, the annual Rancheros Visitadores event and Vintners Festivals. The Mission grounds are used as the staging area for many parades and cycling or other events.

Today the process continues to restore, preserve, and return the "Mission of the Passes" to the grandeur of the early Mission era. Visitors are always welcome to stroll the mission grounds, take a tour of our museum and join parish members in a Mass celebration. A taped audio tour is available in our gift shop to guide visitors through the Museum rooms, church, and garden.

As you visit this picturesque Mission, may you be enriched spiritually by the drama, history, and tradition contained within the walls and grounds of Old Mission Santa Inés, called "The Hidden Gem" of the Missions.

Bulletins and Daily Readings and Saint of the Day


Parish Events

Mar 3 2015 - 5:45pm
Mar 4 2015 - 7:00pm
Mar 10 2015 - 5:45pm
Mar 11 2015 - 7:00pm
Mar 13 2015 (All day) to Mar 15 2015 (All day)

Ongoing Parish Events

Prayer Ministries:

Blessed Sacrament Adoration & Benediction
3rd Thursday of each month
7:00 PM in the church

Divine Mercy Chaplet
7:45 AM Monday - Friday
Madonna Chapel
Divine Mercy Cenacle
Tuesdays in Classroom B
Divine Mercy Spanish
Wednesdays 7PM

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday thru Friday
6:00 AM - Midnight
Wednesday opens at 5:00 AM
24 Hour Adoration
1st & 3rd Friday/Saturday

Healing Mass
4th Thursday of each month
7:00 PM in the church

Rosary for Life
after 8:00 AM Mass in Church

Rosary for Vocations
1:00 PM Monday-Friday
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Faith Formation:

Eagles Wings
Wednesdays 7:00 PM

Jovenes Adultos &
Grupo De Adolocentes
Tuesday 7: 00-9: 00 pm

Youth Ministry & Confirmation
Sunday after 5:00 PM Mass

Service and Community Care:

Danza Azteca Ballet Folklorico Y Xochiquetzal
Twice a month on

Grupo de Parejas
Tuesdays 7:00 PM

Hospitality and Community Care
Breakfast meetings 
First Wednesdays
 Lower Conference Room

Mission Book Club
3rd Tuesday
6:30 PM ClassRoom C

Parish Men's Club
Business Meeting:
Monthly - First Monday
7 PM.
Pancake breakfasts: 
Monthly - 3rd Sunday

St. Vincent de Paul Society
2nd Thursday 6:00 PM
Lower Conference Room
4th Thursday 8:30 AM
Classroom B



Thursday, March 26, 7:00 PM


The Sacrament of Reconciliation*:

In English:
Saturday 4:00 - 4:45PM

En Español: 
Saturday 6:15 - 6:45PM

* Sacrament is also known as confession

Welcome Message from Father Gerald

Welcome from Fr. Gerald

Our Holy Father's Intentions for March

Universal: Scientists. That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women. That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.

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