“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.
Devotion of the Month
Month of the Holy Name of Jesus
The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the Child’s name should be called Jesus, meaning “God Saves.” According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth a male child was to be circumcised, receive his name, and become a full member of God’s covenant people. According to the old Roman liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus was celebrated on January 1st, eight days after Christmas, the same day that He was given His sacred name. Currently we celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God on January 1st and honor the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd. For Catholics, Jesus’ sacred name is the object of a special devotion symbolized by the monogram “IHS,” (sometimes called a Christogram), which is the first three letters of the Greek spelling of His name.
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)