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Welcome to

Christ The King!

A Roman Catholic Parish in Denver, Colorado.

Welcome to Christ The King!

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with great joy, we want to welcome you to Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish

As a Catholic parish, we offer many opportunities to serve the Lord and our brothers and sisters within and outside our parish family.  With every ministry within the parish we are intentional about the work of the Gospel and the values of our faith.  Christ Jesus, our great and mighty King, reigns in our hearts and watches over and protects our parish family from our youngest children to our elderly brothers and sisters.

Our Parish Pastoral Staff and our parish family are here to assist you and to offer you opportunities to deepen your relationship with God, sharing your time, talent and treasure in service of God and His people and help us follow the will of God. 

We welcome you to our Parish family and ask that you register by submitting a Parish Registration Form below.

As a stewardship Parish, we all need to contribute to the work of the Gospel.  In this way, we grow in faith, hope and love accomplishing God’s will.

If you have any questions about the Parish or how you can get involved, feel free to call the office at 303-388-1643. Please, browse through our various ministries below and don’t forget to sign up for Flocknote in order to stay informed! Welcome and God bless you on your journey of faith with our Parish family.

God’s peace, love and prayers,

Father Grzegorz (Gregory) Cioch


 

Mass/Confession Times

Saturday: 4:30pm

Sunday: 7:30am, 10am & 12pm Noon

Daily Mass Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00am in the Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel. 

  • Wednesday - 8:30am in the church. (School Mass)

Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment.

Do you want a Mass said for a loved one? Call our parish office!

Our Location

830 Elm Street
Denver, CO 80220

Office Information

M-F 8:00am–5:00pm (closed Noon-1:00pm).

Office: (303) 388-1643

Fax: (303) 355-0141

The Olive branch and crown in our parish logo are symbols of the kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe.

Meet Our Clergy

 
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Rev. Grzegorz Cioch

Pastor

+ About Father Grzegorz

My name is Father Grzegorz Cioch but I you will be happy to hear that I go by Fr. Gregory. I was born and raised in Krakow, Poland. My vocation and coming to Denver has been inspired by St. John Paul II, who before becoming the pope was my archbishop. In 1994, after the second year of formation in the Seminary of the Krakow Archdiocese, I volunteered to come to America and was accepted to the Denver Archdiocese, where I was ordained in the year 2000 and fruitfully served in variety of assignments and ministries until my appointment as the Rector of the American Seminary in Poland where I spend the last four years. Being back there with my mother (and my two sisters and their families) after my father's death was a nice “perk" however I have missed being a pastor in the dynamic Denver Archdiocese and was happy to come back!

In God's providence, my coming home happened in the exact time that you needed the new pastor. I'm eager not only to fill the shoes but to share my life of faith with you, paraphrasing the words of St. Augustine “with you I'm a Christian, for you I'm a pastor.” I'm looking forward to meet and to know you. I have already discovered that I have met some of you in the past. Maybe recalling my footsteps will help you to know me better and remember where and when our paths might have crossed.

After my ordination in the year 2000, I was the Parochial Vicar at the Risen Christ Parish and the Chaplain of the Bishop Machebauf High School in Denver. In 2002, I became the administrator and later pastor of the Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Estes Park. From June 2009 to 2014 I was the pastor of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins. In addition to the pastoral responsibilities, from December 2007 to June 2014, I served as a Dean, a member of the Priests Council and the Personnel Board. Moreover I had helped as a mentor, supervisor and counselor of the seminarians, newly ordained priests and the new pastors. I was also a chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, the Serra Club, the firefighters and the police.

I am a proud graduate of the "Good Leaders Good Shepherds" program by the Catholic Leadership Institute and the School of Evangelization by the Evangelization Committee of the Polish Conference of Bishops. In the spring of 2011 I was asked to discern joining the seminary staff of my alma mater what resulted in the doctoral studies at the Saint John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow, the heir of the theological department of the prestigious Jagielonian University est. way back in 1364, where I received the ecclesiastical licentiate degree in theology in the specialization of the liturgy focusing on the homiletics and religious communication.

I hope and pray that the rich experience and education will allow me to serve you well. I count on your prayers and support.

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Deacon David Mumby

Deacon

 

Meet Our Pastoral Staff

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Regina Sodia

Business Administrator

+ About Regina

Regina Sodia grew up in a small hill country town branded as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” Bandera, TX. She loved the small-town life as a child and everything that life had to offer including learning to drive a standard transmission truck on the dirt roads at the age of 8 and swimming in the creek.

She moved to Colorado 25 years ago. She always knew she wanted to live in Colorado after many summer vacations as a child with her family, so in her mid-20’s she packed up a U-Haul truck and never looked back. One of her favorite things about Colorado is the winter weather especially the snow.

She has 23 years accounting and bookkeeping experience and 13 years of that has been with Christ the King. She began this adventure at Christ the King with her daughter who started the Pre School one month prior. Her daughter is now graduating from Bishop Machebeuf High School this year.

She enjoys family time with her daughter, cooking and cheering for the Denver Broncos!

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Anthony Fortunato

Director of Parish Ministries

+ About Anthony

Anthony has served as Director of Parish Ministries at Christ the King since the summer of 2017. He grew up in Aurora, CO and made his First Communion here at Christ the King. He has served in parish ministry since he was a six years old and began working full time in ministry at eighteen. He began as an Altar Server at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, he taught Confirmation classes there as well. Later he served as a pastoral musician at St. Michael’s parish in Aurora, and then as a full time staff member at Light of the World in Littleton where he oversaw the parish liturgical ministries, youth ministries and parish communications for almost nine years.

He has an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver, a masters degree in Pastoral Theology from the Augustine Institute and is currently earning a masters degree and a doctorate degree from the Catholic University of America.

His joy comes from the opportunity to teach the faith and to serve alongside a faithful catholic community. He and his fiancé have served in parish music ministry together since they were both teenagers. Anthony loves teaching, technology and sports and most importantly serving the Church in whatever way is needed.

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Bernadette Hensen

School Principal

+ About Bernadette

Bernadette "Detty" Hensen earned a B.S. in English and Psychology as well as an M.S. in Management from Regis University. After beginning her career in administration with St. Anthony Hospitals, she spent 10 years teaching English, literature, social studies and religion at Notre Dame Catholic School, and served one year as Assistant Principal at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. A product of Catholic education herself, Detty’s four sons have all attended Catholic Schools.

This is her seventh year at Christ the King, and she feels blessed to be involved in such an important ministry as Catholic education, and to have been guided to the wonderful Christ the King community. Fun fact: Detty and her family are big baseball fans and they have traveled to Arizona for Spring Training every year but one to see the Colorado Rockies play ball. Go Rockies!


Roberta Marsh

Faith Formation Coordinator

+ About Roberta

Roberta Marsh, our Faith Formation Coordinator, comes to us from a wide range of experiences working primarily in parishes in the area of religious education. Her love for the Catechism, family-based faith formation, and evangelization, brings a depth of knowledge and a passion for helping parents understand and live out their role as the primary educators of their children in the Faith, and to help them build up a Catholic culture in the home where Christ is known and loved above all things. Colorado has been her home since the early 1980’s with her husband, Dana and son, Paul.

Roberta loves to go cycling in Cherry Creek State Park, take an occasional hike in the mountains, and listen to great music.

Heidi Dignan

School Administrative Assistant

+ About Heidi

Most people know Heidi as “Miss Heidi”. This is her 16th year working in the school office. She grew up just a few blocks away from Christ the King and graduated from Arizona State University. Prior to her career at CK, she worked in sales for Nestle Food Service and then took time to be home with her two young daughters (who attended CK and are now almost 24 and 21).

She loves the Colorado mountains for hiking and biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. But really, her favorite activity is traveling the world.

She is so grateful to be a part of this amazing CK community. She loves her peers, parents and of course, the children who all make her job the best!

Meagan Rivers

Parish Secretary

+ About Meagan

Meagan Rivers is the Parish Secretary. After living in NY and AZ, she moved to CO to be closer to her husband, who is a PhD candidate at UC Anschutz.

Her free time is spent sewing, reading, and climbing every mountain possible. So far, she has climbed 16 of the 14ers of CO, as well as 80 other ranked peaks. Meagan makes the church bulletin, is the first person you speak with on the phone when you call the Parish Office, and sets up the coffee & donuts on our Community Sunday weekends.


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Daniel Leslie

Director of Facilities

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Richard Sims-Herrick

Music Director

+ About Richard

Richard Sims-Herrick is a retired music instructor originally from South Dakota but continued his teaching in Southern California until he took an early retirement and moved to Denver with his family 8 years ago. He is a keyboard and instrumental double major. He taught in public and Catholic schools.

Richard presently teaches private lessons on piano and guitar and band instruments and substitutes at Christ the King Catholic School. He started his participation at Christ the King as the organist/accompanist in the Fall of 2017.

 

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Grace Israel-Kiernan

Financial Assistant

+ About Grace

Grace assists the business manager in the weekly processing of offertories, payables and deposits for both the church and the school. She loves to read, garden and travel. She also enjoys murder mysteries and interior decorating and has been doing accounting for 30 years.

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Zach Lara

Facilities Assistant

 
 

Upcoming Events & Special Announcements

As a parish seeking to live out the call of missionary discipleship, we seek to provide our community with a number of events and opportunities to socialize and grow together in community, to learn about the faith and to encounter Christ in worship. Check out some of our upcoming events below and if you have any questions call us at 303-388-1643 or email us here!


Grow in virtue and holiness this Lent!

Did you miss Father Gregory’s presentation on Confession? Listen to it here!

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Stations of the Cross

Fridays During Lent | 6pm

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Catholics have been praying the "way of the cross" since the 1st century. Join us for this ancient form of prayer as we gather in the church and meditate on each step of the journey our Lord took to Calvary, fulfilling His mission to die for each one of us.

Join us every Friday during Lent from 6:00pm-6:30pm.

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Sundays during Lent

8:30am - 9:30am

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Join Father Angel Perez-Lopez every Sunday during Lent as we explore the Catholic virtues. Together we can use this Lent to grow in virtue and holiness and to bring authentic Catholic morality back to our world.

Every Sunday during Lent from 8:30am-9:30am in the church.

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RISE Youth Ministry

April 3rd | 6-7:30pm

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All 7th-12th grade youth are invited to join us for an INTERACTIVE WAY OF THE CROSS on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

This will not only count for your faith formation, but also a Lenten Devotion!

This is a really wonderful opportunity for youth to really enter in to the journey of salvation. This is not a regular stations of the cross, it is specifically designed for youth to interact with different aspects that led Christ to the cross!

All are welcome and please bring a friend!


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Holy Week

April 15-20th

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Monday, April 15th - Mass 8:00am in the Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel

Tuesday, April 16th - Mass 8:00am in the Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel

Wednesday, April 17th, - Mass 8:30am in the church

Holy Thursday, April 18th

  • No Morning Mass
  • Pastoral Office Closed at Noon
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00pm

Good Friday, April 19th

  • No Morning Mass
  • Pastoral Office Closed
  • Stations of the Cross 3pm
  • Celebration of the Lord's Passion 7pm

Holy Saturday, April 20th

  • No Confessions
  • Blessing of the Easter Food 12:00pm Noon (Ballard Hall)
  • Easter Vigil 8:16pm
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Easter Sunday Masses

April 21st | 7:30am, 10am, 12pm

Our Parish office will be closed Monday, April 22nd.

 

Other Upcoming Community & Faith Formation Events

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Weekly Faith Formation

March 21st at 5:30pm

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Come refresh yourself with our beautiful Catholic Faith each week from 5:30-6:30pm in Ballard Hall, as we continue on Thursday evenings—all are invited!

“. . . they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 8:14-17

On March 21st, we will explore the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Baptism is the beginning of the Christian life, and the doorway that opens up to all of the other sacraments. In this powerful sacrament, we are freed from Original Sin and all personal sin, and become a “new creation” (2 Cor 5:17) in Christ. Confirmation completes the grace given in Baptism, and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes upon us superabundantly. This extraordinary power is given to us so we, like the Apostles at Pentecost, can be sent out as life- changing witnesses of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

". . . the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace . . . the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit . . .” – CCC 1285

There is no cost for the program. For questions or more information contact Anthony or Roberta in the parish office at 303-388-1643.

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Jewelry Sale

Collections begin in March!

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Join us for the yearly Altar & Rosary Jewelry Sale on April 27th & 28th following every Mass!

If you’re in the middle of Tidying Up, make sure to set aside the jewelry that no longer sparks joy for you. We’re accepting your used & new donations in the Church vestibule, at the Parish Office, and in Ballard Hall during our next TWO Community Sunday weekends.

 

 
 

Parish Faith Formation

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Encountering Christ Together

OUR VISION FOR FAITH FORMATION

Our mission is to follow the call of the Church and provide opportunities for you to encounter Christ and grow in holiness. Our Parish Faith Formation gives each of us the tools we need to grow in relationship with God and bring that love to the community. All are welcome to participate.

PARISH FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS

We invite you, and the entire parish, to join us weekly on Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Ballard Hall for parish faith formation sessions. 

Here is a glimpse of some of the topics you can expect to explore this year!

  • Why be Catholic when I can just be "religious" or "spiritual"?

  • Is it reasonable to believe in God in today's scientific culture?

  • What is the purpose of our lives?

  • How do we know today what Jesus really said and taught over 2000 years ago?

  • Where does the Catholic Mass come from and why is it important?

  • How do we pray and how does God lovingly pursue us in our prayer?

  • How can married couples image the love of God to their children?

  • Keeping yourself and your family safe on today's technology

  • And much more!

  • Throughout the year we will invite guest speakers, in addition to our Faith Formation staff, who will lead us in the exploration of these topics!

All are invited to these Parish Faith Formation sessions in addition to our other formation offerings including Financial Peace University, The Catholic Biblical School and Dwell: Evenings of Praise and Adoration. 

FAITH FORMATION AS A FAMILY

Families with children in grades 1-6 are invited to a weekly session from 5:30pm-6:30pm. All adults in the parish are welcome to attend a faith formation presentation on various topics each week during this time in Ballard Hall. The children will attend their education classes during this time. 

Parents with children taking faith formation classes are required to attend every session on the first Thursday of the month. 

Please download an information packet below. Please be aware there are separate registration packets for students who will be studying for the Sacrament of Confirmation.


OUTLINE

1st Grade - Religious education class

This class will begin preparing them to receive the Sacraments in the following years.

2nd Grade - Sacramental Preparation for their 1st Reconciliation (Confession)

This class will receive their 1st Communion AND Confirmation when they are in 3rd Grade next year.

3rd Grade - Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation

If your 3rd grader has not received 1st Communion or 1st Reconciliation, they will prepare to receive it this year with Confirmation (All at one Mass!)

4th Grade - Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation

If your 4th grader has not received 1st Communion or 1st Reconciliation, they will prepare to receive it this year with Confirmation (All at one Mass!)

 

5th Grade - Religious education class

 Strengthening the Grace received in the Sacraments

If your 5th grader has not received Confirmation, they will prepare to receive it this year

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Strengthening the Grace received in the Sacraments

*If your 6th grader has not received Confirmation, they will prepare to receive it this year.

PARENT FAITH FORMATION

The parish will be offering Adult Faith Formation sessions from 5:30pm-6:30pm each Thursday.

Parents with children in our religious education program are invited to attend these sessions each week but are required to attend this session on the first Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. 

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*Contact our parish office for the FORMED.org access code!


 
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Roberta Marsh

Faith Formation Coordinator

Roberta is our Faith Formation Coordinator. Please contact her at the 303-388-1643 and introduce yourself and your family!

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SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION

Baptism

Parents who wish to have their child baptized must be a registered, contributing member for at least 6 months. In the rite of Baptism, parents are called to be the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of the faith. 

The parish is only able to attest to this by the ongoing participation and contribution of parents. 

A baptismal preparation class is required prior to the baptism. Call the parish office at 303-388-1643 for more information and to register for the class.

Holy Eucharist

Elementary faith formation is offered from September - May. Students who have reached the age of reason will be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Please call the parish office for more information and to register for our Family Faith Formation program

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament which completes Baptism. Classes for Confirmation are held from September - May. Please call the parish office for more information and to register for our Family Faith Formation program

Restored Order

In the Archdiocese of Denver parishes are in the process of the restored order for the Sacraments of Initation. We begin this process by lowering the age for the reception of Confirmation and concluding the reception of the Initiation sacraments with Holy Eucharist. Further information will be forthcoming on how this will affect our parish. For more information about the restored order please click here.


SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

Reconciliation/Confession

Classes are taught September - May and students receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the reception of First Holy Communion. Please call the parish office for more information and to register for our Family Faith Formation program

Confessions are offered on Saturdays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm or by appointment.

Our Pastor recently held a Q & A session on the Sacrament of Confession. We invite you to listen to it below:

Anointing of the Sick

Following morning Mass on the first Fridays of the month the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered to those persons in need of this healing sacrament. Individuals who are going into the hospital or who have a terminal illness should request the Anointing of the Sick from the priest before or after the weekday or weekend Masses. 


SACRAMENTS OF VOCATION

Holy Matrimony

Arrangements for being married in the church and/or by the pastor or deacon need to be made eight months to a year prior to the ceremony. Contact the parish office at 303-388-1643 for more information.

Holy Orders

If you are discerning a vocation please call the Parish office at 303-388-1643 or contact Father Gregory for guidance.

Please continue praying for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life! 

Christ The King Parish Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers - Altar servers must have received their First Communion and serve with reverence and attentiveness during Mass. 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - If you have a joyful understanding of the Eucharist and a reverence for the community as the Body of Christ please consider this ministry!

Safe Sanctuary - Our Safe Sanctuary ministry is responsible for providing a safe, worry-free atmosphere for us to worship. These individuals greet us as we come to Mass and assist during the Mass by taking the collection and passing out bulletins, among other responsibilities.

Lectors - Our Lector ministry proclaims the Word of God; communicating the truths contained in Holy Scripture at Mass. You must be comfortable proclaiming the Word of God in front of the assembly.

Music Ministry - Those with musical talent are called to lead the sung worship of the faithful at Mass. Please consider joining a choir (vocal and bell) and leading our parish in song.

 

Faith Formation

Opening The Word - Join us Thursday mornings after the 8:00am Morning Mass for a bible study on the upcoming Sunday readings. We meet by the Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel and coffee/breakfast is served to all who join us!

Religious Education - Elementary Faith Formation (1st - 6th grades) is in conjunction with our Family Faith Formation program. For more information click here.

Youth Ministry - RISE is a ministry for grades 7-12 that seeks to provide our youth with a personal encounter with Christ that they can build on for the rest of their lives. Click here for more information!

RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process of welcoming all those who have reached the age of reason and want to become part of the Catholic Church. Call the parish at office 303-388-1643 for more information.

Men's Group - Men looking to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and to come together in fellowship. We meet weekly, contact the parish office for more information!

Prayer/Worship

Dwell: Evenings of Praise and Adoration - These monthly evenings are an opportunity for praise and worship, scripture study and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome!

Eucharistic Adoration - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available 9:00 AM — 9:00 PM each Thursday in the "Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel".

Divine Mercy Holy Hour - Divine Mercy Holy Hour and Benediction occur the first Friday of the month at 3:30 PM in the "Mary, Queen of Mercy Chapel”. 

 

Community/Outreach

Community Sunday - Fellowship and refreshments are available after each Mass on the first Sunday of the month.

Food Drives - We collect non-perishable food items every Community Sunday weekend for various organizations and ministries around the Denver area. 

Helping Hands - Helping Hands serves the various needs of our homebound, elderly and disabled parishioners. We seek to assist these parishioners with tasks such as running an errand, light housekeeping or companionship. 

Men's Group - Men looking to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and to come together in fellowship. We meet weekly, contact the parish office for more information!

Knights of Columbus - A Catholic men's fraternal organization in service of the Church and specifically the parish with various meetings and projects to support those in need.

 


Questions about any ministries? 

Contact Anthony, our Director of Parish Ministries at 303-388-1643 today!

Connect

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Flocknote

WHAT IS FLOCKNOTE?  

Christ The King partners with Flocknote; a communication service created by Catholics for Catholic Parishes. Stay connected to your parish by receiving emails or even better, texts from us! We promise never to bombard you with useless information!

We only send one email/text a week, along with occasional reminders for Parish events, Holy Days of Obligation and other information to help you grow in your faith! You can also choose to receive updates from any of our ministries or parish groups.

Weekly Bulletins

All of the same information included in our weekly Flocknote, and more, can be found in our weekly bulletin!

Grab one at Mass or read our most recent bulletin online today!


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Homilies

Want to listen to the homily from the weekend again? You can listen to some of our most recent homilies below!