“I am the Good Shepherd and I know mine and mine know me.” John 10:14
Welcome to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, where people of all ages come together to celebrate that we are loved by God and have received the fullness of his mercy through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
We are privileged to join Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the world in celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy as a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
We are a parish community of the Archdiocese of Denver, located in the Congress Park neighbourhood on historic 7th Avenue Parkway. We are a growing community of young adults, married couples, singles and families. We are blessed with an outstanding Catholic school and Faith Formation Program. We also have many active ministries that we encourage you to consider joining, including an adult choir and a children’s choir, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a wonderful Hospitality Committee, the Men of Good Shepherd, and Endow. In addition, we are always grateful for the service of our parishioners as lectors, altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, greeters and ushers. Please take a moment to learn about these and many other important opportunities on our “Ministries” page.
Our Parish offers people of all ages a chance to know the Good Shepherd and to be known by Him. I invite you to join us as we grow together in a greater love of God and His people.
We know volunteers don’t sacrifice their time in order to be appreciated in public, but they do enjoy knowing their efforts are making an impact within the community. All of our many ministries are only possible with the help of volunteers. Their dedication to the church and mission are greatly appreciated. We couldn’t be a thriving, successful parish without all of you!
Ministry of the Month Spotlight
Join us Saturday September 24th for SVdP's 9th annual "Friends of the Poor Walk/Run". This year's walk will be hosted and held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church located at 2309 Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80205. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30 am with the walk through City Park beginning at 10:00 am. You may also pre-register at: https://www.svdpusa.net/fop. Click HERE for more information.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) - The Society of SVdP is a worldwide Catholic organization founded in Paris in 1833. It consists of lay men and women called Vincentians. There are approximately 24 SVdP conferences in the Metro Denver area. Our mission is to increase our spirituality by service to those in need regardless of race, ethnic, religious or political backgrounds. Potential clients call in on our SVdP phone line leaving identifying information and requesting help. Most requests are for rental, utility and food assistance. Two Vincentians visit the clients in their homes to evaluate the request and normally provide assistance. A formal (one hour) meeting of Vincentians is held once a month on the second Monday at 5:00pm to discuss SVdP activity. This ministry is a great opportunity for teenagers and up to participate in visits and meetings, fundraisers like Walk for the Poor, stock food, and distribute the excess to other charities. If you are interested in participating in this important outreach ministry please contact: Cristin Penning at Good Shepherd Parish - firstname.lastname@example.org
A Reliance on Prayer
Every parish is a place of prayer. At Mass, Adoration, Bible Study and a host of other activities, prayer is central. However, when it comes to running our parishes, we all too often forget that prayer must be central, and that God wants us to turn to Him, every day, with intentionality and regularity. The best efforts in our prayers around leadership, management, catechesis, study and operations are nothing compared to the realization that God is in charge and wants us to acknowledge His hand in what we’re doing. This seems so obvious, and yet, in the course of the details and procedures involved in running a parish day in and day out, it is often forgotten or ignored. What exactly does this mean, then? It means we must organize regular and intentional prayer efforts around the guidance and success of our parish, generally and specifically around individual programs and initiatives. It also means we must believe that God hears us, and wants to answer our prayers according to His will. (Our Lady of the Mountains Church, Estes Park, Colorado)