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by Linda Hoernke
St. George, Utah
August 2, 2011
From journal 2 Days in San Diego
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
May 4, 2003
The past at the Mission is the birthplace of Orange County, California and the seventh mission in the chain of 22 missions built by Father Junipero Sera in Mexico's quest to settle the west coast and bring Christianity to the Indians. Mission San Juan was founded over 200 years ago.
The present at the mission plays tribute to the many cultures that have melded together to form and preserve this great place. Ongoing excavations can be seen all around the Mission grounds. Not only is the Mission a historical sight but also a functioning Catholic congregation, church, and school are located within the Mission walls.
What was once the center and in fact the entire community of San Juan Capistrano remains the center of the village and the life of the people who live there. Once the center for religion and education, it still remains the same today.
All who enter it's gates and within its walls experience peace and tranquility amid the 10 acres that are beautifully landscaped. Flowers and fountains abound all year long.
There are few swallows that return yearly on St. Joseph's Day as in days gone by in the famous song by Pat Boone, but otherwise the Mission is very much like it has been and will be in years and decades to come.
My favorite site within the Mission walls is the original small Serra Chapel. It has a spirituality all to itself and you can't help but feel at peace while there. The Great Stone Church is being excavated brick by brick to uncover and restore what an earthquake toppled. The Padres and Soldiers quarters as well as the cemetary all add to the story of life within its walls.
The Mission is open daily 8:30am to 5pm. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Good Friday afternoon. Admission Donation is $6 adults, $5 senior 60+, and $4 for children 3 to 11. Under three are free. There are no advance ticket sales.
To reach the Mission San Juan Capistrano take Interstate 5 to Ortega Highway. Go west one block to the entrance on the right at the corner, center of town. Parking is on the street and is free. You can take self or docent guided tours.
If you wish to attend Mass, mass shedule at the small Historic Serra Chapel are Monday through Saturday at 7am. The larger, newer Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica Mass schedule can be secured by calling 949/234-13650.
From journal When the Swallows Return to Capistrano
, New Mexico
January 26, 2001
An afternoon stroll through the mission grounds will cost you $6.00. It’s worth it even if all you want is to escape the hustle of the traffic and the crowds.
From journal Capistrano of the Swallows