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 begins on Ash Wednesday (February 18) and lasts for 40 days. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent f40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation before he began his public ministry. Lent commerates these 40 days. 

Join us on Wednesday at 7PM in the Parish Hall:
Date           Topic                                  Speaker
  2/25       Paschal Mystery                   Fr. Jack Brennan

  3/4         Sacraments in Meeting        Fr. Leon Hoffman
Jesus in Daily Life                      

  3/11       Joy of the Gospel            Msgr. Padraic Loftus
  3/18       The Mission                          Suzie Raphael    
   3/25       Two Different Ways of          Fr. Jim Clark        
             Celebrating Lent                                       

"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


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

Welcome Message from Father Gerald

Welcome from Fr. Gerald


The Sacrament of Reconciliation*:

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

En Español: 
Saturday 6:15 - 6:45PM

* Sacrament is also known as confession

Our Holy Father's Intentions for January

Universal: Peace. That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
For Evangelization: Consecrated life. That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.

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Parish News

Registration is now open for adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation . A series of 10-week sessions will begin Sunday, January 25, from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM. Classes will meet in the parish conference room. Adults... Read more
Teens and tweens frequently post photos online using their cell phones. One of the most popular mobile applications (apps) for photo sharing is called Instagram. Instagram allows members to digitally edit, upload and share photos... Read more
On Friday, January 23, our Parish Youth Group will leave for San Francisco to participate in the Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, January 24. Please join us at 9:00 AM on Friday, January 23 here at the Mission, as we send... Read more
Save the date!!! Everyone is invited to celebrate the Feast of Santa Inés (Saint Agnes), patron saint of Old Mission Santa Inés on January 21, at 7:00 PM, in the Mission Church with a bilingual Mass. Read more
Thank you to parishioners and the Santa Ynez Valley community for helping us make Christmas a reality for struggling Santa Ynez Valley families. Through the Christmas Basket Program , gifts and a food box were provided to 159... Read more