About St. Sebastian’s

St. Sebastian Catholic Church is a young parish that has been nestled in the heart of Santa Paula since 1896.  We are the third oldest parish in Ventura county, and our present church was built in 1955.

Today we are comprised of about 600 families and situated in the central Santa Clara valley, Ventura (St. Bonaventure) County, California.  We are a part of Deanery 3 of the Santa Barbara region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Our pastor is Father Pasquale Vuoso C.R.I.C..  Our local ordinary is Archbishop Jose Gomez.  Our dean is Rev. Msgr. Jon F. Majarucon, V.F..

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Historic Los Angeles Times coverage of our centennial celebration in 1996.

Our Mission Statement:

St. Sebastian Parish of Santa Paula, as a Catholic Christian family, strives to further the Kingdom of God by being the spiritual center which, through the Eucharist and the proclamation of God’s Word, nourishes and strengthens us to use our individual gifts for the glory of God and the service of all.

Our Patron:

St. Sebastian is a Roman martyr of the early Christian church whose burial on the Appian way was documented in the year 354.  St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, observed his veneration in Milan in 1497, which had endured for over a thousand years after his death and burial.  St. Sebastian is also patron of one of the seven principal pilgrimage churches in Rome, the one nearest the catacombs along the Appian way.  He is also known to be a special protector against the plague.  His feast day is January 20th.

Discover more about St. Sebastian in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

A Prayer for our Parish:

Heavenly Father, we are gathered here as disciples of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Send your Spirit into our hearts to give us wisdom to know what you are asking of us at this time and in this place.  You have sent us to spread the Good News of the Kingdom.  Help us to see how we can do this most effectively in the community of Santa Paula.  Give us the courage to put aside our own personal preferences and to work wholeheartedly for the common good of all.  And give us your gift of love so that we may be sensitive to the needs of all our brothers and sisters.  We ask this, Heavenly Father, as your own dear children through Christ, our brother and Lord.  Amen

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