Old Mission
Founded 1804
Capuchin Franciscan
Santa Inés
Solvang, California
Sacred Heart Sisters
Mission Santa Inés

Useful Links

Los Angeles Archdiocese

Los Angeles ArchdioceseThe Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the largest Archdiocese in the United States and it includes three counties: Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara covering 8,762 square miles and as of 2005 includes 4,349,267 Roman Catholics and a total population of 11,258,600. There are 288 parishes located in 120 cities including seven missions and chapels and nine Eastern Catholic churches. There are 225 Catholic elementary schools with around 65,000 students and 53 Catholic high schools with about 30,000 students. Together they are one of the three largest school systems in California in the public or private sectors. The Archdiocese is in a culturally mixed environment and 72 different ethnic services are offered including clergy, liturgy, social services, publications, counseling, and cultural affairs.

The Tidings Online - The Tidings is published weekly, 49 times a year, under the direction of Archbishop José H. Gomez as a service to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Newspaper began publication in 1895.  With a circulation of 80,000, it is the oldest weekly newspaper in the Los Angeles market and the oldest continuously published Catholic newspaper on the West Coast of the United States. The Archdiocese reports that the paper reaches 230,000 active adult readers every week. Past issues dating back to 2005 are available on the paper's web site.  You can subscribe to The Tidings by email.

Santa Barbara Pastoral Region - is a pastoral region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles covering Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. It serves Deaneries 1-4. Deanery 1 is Santa Maria, Lompoc and Solvang. Deanery 2 is Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria.  Deanery 3 is Ojai, Ventura, Port Hueneme and Oxnard.  Deanery 4 is Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Moorpark and Simi Valley. There are 37 Parishes, 6 High schools, 3 hospitals, and 4 Spanish Missions.  The region is home to over 1 million Catholics. 

Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. Its purpose is "To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being." 

The Vatican

THE HOLY See - the official Vatican site
       Pontifical Council for Social Communications - PCCS 
       Press office - Vatican Information Service 
From the Pope - Messages, Homilies, Tweets from Pope Francis, Vatican Events, 

Catholic Online and Social Media Sites

americancatholic.org - On this site you will find reliable information on the Catholic and Christian faith. Much of this comes through he online edition of our family magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, and through our catalog of books, videos, audiocassettes and subscription products. Our sister site, CatholicSAMPler.com, offers free samples of Franciscan Media products. A variety of features, like Saint of the Day and Minute Meditations, appear exclusively on AmericanCatholic.org. CatholicGreetings.org, offers attractive Catholic e-cards for all occasions. Franciscan Media conducts its publishing ministry with the official ecclesiastical approval of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cincinnati. Social media is one of the ways we want to engage with you! We're on all the major social networks, which we’ve grouped accordingly and listed below for your convenience. Connect with us! We'd love to hear from you. 

catholiconline.org - Inform, Inspire, Ignite is the mission of this catholic based website.

catholicculture.org - The mission of CatholicCulture.org is to give faithful Catholics the information, encouragement, and perspective they need to become an active force for renewal in the Church and in society, working to shape an authentically Christian culture in a secular world through  the distribution of news, commentary, spiritual resources, and practical suggestions, in conformity with the mind of the Church.

Catholic Education Resource Center - An online resource library for the best in Catholic faith and culture featuring the latest articles from outstanding writers and journalists around the world. Offering the facts in context, proclaiming the Church in the world, serving the faith through education.

Living the Spirit of the Seasons of Advent and Lent 

Catholic Mom - Celebrating all things Faith, Family and Fun - Website, Social Media Community, Books, Podcasts and More! Useful tools for religious education for children.


EWTN - Global Catholic Network offering Television, Radio and YouTube delivery of Catholic programming and news in English, Spanish and German. 

EWTN Kids - interactive children's website. Children will have a blast learning about their Catholic faith while exploring this small town where faith is the center. Play games, music and even light a prayer candle. Fun for adults too. Children's programming information is also on the website.  Children's programs air Monday-Fridays 4-5:30pm eastern.  Click here for Television Channels in 93463 zip code to find the channel based on your provider.