- August 28, 1791
- Parish Chapel of the parish of the Holy Cross of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey. The mission chapel is a reduced scale replica of the original church and is a popular site for weddings.
- Santa Cruz was founded on August 28, 1791, and is named for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Christianity. This mission is located on a bluff in the city of Santa Cruz, near the mouth of the San Lorenzo River.
126 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. in the Mission Chapel
Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m. in Parish Church
Sunday (all Masses in Parish Church)
7:00 a.m. (English)
8:30 a.m. (English)
10:30 a.m. (English)
12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Weddings and Other Special Services
Weddings are held at both the Holy Cross Parish Church (holds 472 people) and the Mission Chapel (holds 65 people) on Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. For complete details see http://www.holycrosssantacruz.com/Weddings.pdf
The mission chapel is an authentic, smaller one-third scale replica of 1795 church. There is a 1797 oil painting of the Virgen de Guadalupe hanging on the side wall of the church.
The interior of the chapel is very inviting and a popular site for baptisms.
There is a small garden behind the mission. The original hand-carved baptismal font, once located in the sanctuary, is here.
A portion of the only original 1822 neophyte housing at Santa Cruz has been restored and it is the central attraction in the Santa Cruz Mission State Historical Park. The Historic State Park is about two blocks from the mission, on School Street, just off Mission Plaza.
For information 831-429-1840
Tips for Visitors
The Holy Cross Parish Church is an imposing, ornate Gothic-style church, built in 1887. If you walk behind the church you will see a marker indicating that this is where the original mission was located.
Be sure to visit the Indian Adobe housing.
It takes some patience and skill to photograph the chapel as high tension wires pass in front. One option is the photograph the chapel from the side. Another interesting vantage point is the view through the gothic arches in front of the Parish Church.
Other Places to Visit
The city of Santa Cruz was founded in the mission era as the Villa de Branciforte. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has a permanent history room.
Santa Cruz has a beautiful coastline SCruzV08. Take the West Cliff Drive if you have time.