The Mission of the Mission

Old Mission Santa Barbara bears witness to the Franciscan missionary spirit through service to God and God’s people; as stewards of the Franciscan heritage in the West, we welcome all and strive to build a future based on reconciliation and justice which honors creation and all people.

Mission Statement for Saint Barbara's Parish

In the Franciscan tradition, we strive to live the gospel in prayer, evangelization, outreach and stewardship, in the tradition of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to be the welcoming presence of Jesus Christ to each and every person who comes to the Old Mission.

Our Parish Prayer

Loving God, as a parish community,we stand with You as a beacon of hope in the heart of our city.

You have blessed us with devoted members who have been nourished by Your Word and Eucharist, who have been reconciled. We prayerfully remember those who have been welcomed into eternal life and now pray for us.

We pledge now to continue Your Mission with wisdom and generosity, to be a sign of peace and welcome, to show reverence for one another and for all of creation, to use our gifts and talents to lift the burdens of the needy, to praise You with our voices and the witness of our lives.

To you, O God, be the glory forever and ever. Amen