General Information

Church Address:
600 Galapago St. Denver CO 80204
Parish Mailing Address:
623 Fox Street, Denver CO 80204
Tel.: 303-534-4408
Fax: 303-534-0177

Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekend Masses

6:00 p.m. (Spanish Anticipated Mass)

9:00 a.m. (English)
11:00 a.m. (Spanish)
1:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Weekly Mass
7:45 a.m. At the Convent
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
or by appointment

A Change of Cultures

    The post-war years were good and prosperous. The economy had recovered and things were beginning to look up. Fr. Harry Smith, C.Ss.R., the pastor began construction of a gymnasium in 1950, which would serve also as an activity center for the parish and in fact for the entire West Side Community. The members of the parish donated thier time and their skills. Under the direction of architect Patrick Horgan, the gymnasium was completed in January of 1950. The Korean conflicto occupied a major part of the 1950’s, and ten years later, the Vietnam War seperated sons from their families and their parish again.

    The post-war years brought major change to the city of Denver and toSt. Joseph’s Parish population. Originally, the parish had been populated mostly by Irish and German immigrants, many of whom were employed by the railroads. It had been primarily a working class parish. Following the war, another group of working people began to populate the area surrounding the parish, bringing with them a cultural heritage which has been a constant blessing for the parish throughout the past forty years. In the church which held the first services in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help west of the city of St. Louis, and in which was enshrined the first replica of the famous icon in the West, which began a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe that deepened and expanded the love for Mary which had been so prevalent for so many years. By the late 1950’s the influence of Hispanic families in the parish had become so noticeable that a Spanish mision was preached for the first time from October 11-25, 1959, by Fr. Cipriano Mayo. Soon afterwards, the parish began a regular Mass in Spanish, to this day, the parish has remained primarily Hispanic in population. Fr. Joseph Meunier, C.Ss.R. began an organization of Catholic deaf and hard of hearing persons, and began to say Mass regularly for them in sign language. For years, until his death, he labored tirelessly to serve the spiritual needs of these people whom he loved and whom he believed God had given to him. This organization still exists and celebrated its 25th anniversary in the summer of 1982. It is no longer centered at St.Joseph. Fr. Meunier’s work was continued through the 1970’s by Fr. Cambell, who was instrumental in founding the Denver chapter of the Legion of Mary amoung the deaf.