Museum & Gift Shop
RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION CLOSES MISSION ROAD FOR 6 MONTHS
The lowering of the railroad tracks project will close Mission Road at Junipero Serra Dr. for building a bridge from Oct. 13, 2014 through April 17, 2015. Detour routes are from 10 Freeway go north on Del Mar about two miles to Broadway, make a left, go to stop sign and make left to get to the mission. Another route that possibly may be easier, especially for school buses, is from 10 freeway go north for two miles on New Ave which name changes to Ramona north of Valley Blvd. After Valley Blvd. stay on Ramona to the right at the Y and follow the street north, When going over the railroad tracks go right and stay in the left lane to the end of the mission parking lot to easily turn into the parking lot. When leaving, buses should go out the corner where they came in to avoid scraping the bus when it leaves the mid point parking lot exit.
ADMISSION FEE CHANGE EFFECTIVE AUG. 1, 2014
San Gabriel Mission Church, Museum, Gardens and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday for a self-guided tour at a admission fee of age 0 to 5 is free, age 6-17 is $3, age 18-61 is $6, and senior age 62 and older is $5. While there is NO EXTRA fee for special events, a regular admission fee still applies.
Admission fee includes a self-guided tour brochure (in English or Espanol) with a map and historical information. It's best to start a self-guided tour no later than 3 p.m. There is no charge to visit old Mission Church and Gift Shop.
Entrance to old Mission church, museum and gardens is through San Gabriel Mission Gift Shop at 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr. (at Mission Road), San Gabriel, CA 91776.
There is free parking in the church lot or on nearby streets.
All of these areas are closed on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, and open 9 a.m. to Noon on Dec. 24. The old Mission Church is not available on Saturdays during Baptisms or Weddings or Funerals or during Sunday morning mass from 9:30 a.m. to about 10:45 a.m.
For more information call the gift shop at 626-457-3048.
Mission's Gift Shop has gifts for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, Christmas and more! Among some of the gifts are many Bibles and an expanded section of books, bookmarks, rosaries, chaplets, statues, crucifixes, medals, pictures, paintings, picture frames, prayer coins, greeting and prayer cards in English and Espanol, bracelets, post cards, music, movies and more! Ask about sale dates!
Mission's Gift Shop also has a special section about mission history in California.
That section includes books, bookmarks, mission foam kit and kit accessories, magnets, miniature models of missions, bells, puzzles, post cards, bracelets, souvenir spoons, cups, ceramic tile, pens and more while in stock!
ORIGINAL WINE GRAPE VINEYARD WAS DEDICATED OCT. 23, 2014
San Gabriel Mission's Original Wine Grape Vineyard Project was dedicated on Oct. 23, 2014. The project was started to show visitors how dessert wines were grown in Spain in a goblet style to save water instead of on line fencing. The seven vines in the vineyard are from the mother vine at the mission.
WOOD GIFTS AVAILABLE IN MISSION GIFT SHOP FROM YOUTH WORKSHOP!
Wood crosses, gift/jewelry boxes and pictures carved into wood are made by children near southwest side of Chicago behind the old stockyards at San Gabriel Mission's sister parish, Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary. The children hand make the items by drilling and carving them from wood on donated machines to teach them skills and to help raise money for their projects.
MUSEUM SATURDAY IN SAN GABRIEL, MONTEBELLO, MONTEREY PARK AND SAN MARINO
Museum Saturday usually takes place on the first Saturday of the month. The following museums are open free to the public: Ramona Museum of California History in San Gabriel within one block of the mission is usually open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, San Gabriel Historical Museum/Hayes House in San Gabriel within two blocks of the mission is usually open the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe Museum in nearby Montebello is usually open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monterey Park Historical Museum located at Garvey Ranch Park in Monterey Park is usually open Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and El Molino Viejo Old Mill Museum in nearby San Marino is usually open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Any donations are appreciated at these museums.
FIRST WINE GRAPE VINEYARD IN DECADES WILL BE DEDICATED OCT. 23
San Gabriel Mission will dedicate its historic Original Wine Grape Vineyard Project on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:45 p.m. in mission's gardens at 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776. San Gabriel Mission started the original wine grape vineyards of the missions in California and supplied many missions with wine in the early mission era.
Like the historic orange tree grove in mission's gardens that came from the original trees and is the first original orange tree grove at the mission in decades, this is the first working original wine grape vineyard at the mission in decades!
There is a sign with lots of valuable information about our vineyard. Local wine consultant Arthur Przebinda and San Gabriel Mission Marketing Director Chuck Lyons are co-directing this project, along with help from University of California at Davis for DNA testing mission's original wine grape vines from which the new vines are propagated. The mission is thankful to Carlos Galeazzi and John Zago for building and donating new sign holders in mission's gardens in the past few years.
After the brief vineyard dedication and blessing at 4:45 p.m., there will be time to walk to the old mission cemetery a few feet away for a brief prayer service at 5:30 p.m. for Claretians, Gabrieleno Indians and other people buried in the cemetery as part of San Gabriel Mission's Seventh Annual Candles for Claretians event! Candles can be purchased in mission's gift shop in advance and that day until 5:30 p.m. and will be lit on Oct. 23, so the three-day candles are lit the whole day on Oct. 24, St. Anthony Mary Claret Feast Day. St. Claret's clergy order is the Claretian Missionaries who serve world wide and have served at San Gabriel Mission since February 1908.
Admission to both events is free. Entrance will be at San Gabriel Mission Museum and Gift Shop entrance, 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr., San Gabriel. More information is available from Lyons at 626-457-3035, extension 249.
HISTORIC ORANGE HARVEST
San Gabriel Mission Business Manager Al Sanchez on Dec. 21, 2012, picked Aqua Tibia sweet oranges in the mission's gardens marking the first orange harvest on the mission grounds for an unknown number of decades since the previous harvest. Toots Bier of University of California Riverside Citrus Clonal Protection Program was informed of an old orange tree a few miles from the mission and after DNA testing it was determined it was an original orange tree in California like the ones planted by San Gabriel Mission to start orchards of oranges. Those original orange trees disappeared at the mission grounds for unknown reasons over the years. The current historic trees at the mission were started in 2004 by Bier, and were planted at the mission in 2006. They can be seen on a self-guided tour of the old mission church, museum and gardens.
SAN GABRIEL MISSION 2ND ANNUAL EASTER MORNING RUN/WALK OF ST. JOHN WAS FUN!
A record 96 runners/walkers and two dogs participated in the 5K fun run/walk round trip to Vincent Lugo Park in San Gabriel and back where they enjoyed a free big delicious breakfast and free a gift! Thank you to San Gabriel Mission Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for set up, decorations, cooking and serving, and cleanup. Thank you to Mission San Gabriel Council Knights of Columbus for doing registration, helping cook, set up and clean up and working with news media, and other parishioners in the effort for a fun morning!
MISSION 2ND ANNUAL CAR SHOW ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21, WAS A NICE SUCCESS
San Gabriel Mission's 2nd Annual Car Show included a record 59 cars/trucks/motorcycles/bike on the mission school grounds on June 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There was delicious food and Hawaiian shave ice sold, free entertainment, prize drawings, and beautiful colorful souvenir car show tee shirts!
SAN GABRIEL MISSION 244TH ANNUAL FIESTA IS SEPT. 4-6, 2015
San Gabriel Mission 244th Annual Fiesta on Sept. 4-6, 2015 will feature religious and cultural festivities, game and food booths, bingo in the air conditioned parish center, small and large rides and free entertainment in the evenings! San Gabriel Mission Fiesta is a birthday celebration of the mission's founding on Sept. 8, 1771. San Gabriel Mission is the birthplace of the Los Angeles region. Sponsorships may be available, contact the rectory at 626-457-3035.