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

The Beginnings


St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish was born on November 18, 1883. On that day, Fr. Percy Alfred Phillips, former chancellor of the Diocese, gathered with some twenty-five families in an old abandoned store building on the corner of Vasquez and South Water streets to celebrate the first church service of his new parish. Fr. Phillips continued to celebrate Mass and to minister out of his temporary lodging for the next three years, and under his direction, the infant parish began to grow and flourish.

In 1886, Bishop Matz appointed Fr. Thomas Malone as the new pastor. Fr. Malone perceived the need for a larger and more permanent space in which to worship. It is estimated that in ten years of St. Joseph’s Parish, 82% of the present residential area comprising the Baker neighborhood came into being. With this rapid growth of a surrounding residential neighborhood came the parallel need for a larger and more suitable place in which to hold worship services. In order to meet this need, Fr. Malone began construction of a permanent Church building at the corner of West Sixth Avenue and Galapago Street, the site upon which St. Joseph’s Church has stood continuously until today.

Fr. Malone was a man of vision. He saw very clearly the value of a solid parochial education. He therefore designed the Church building so that the ground floor could be used as a parish school, while the upper floor would be used for worship services. The buildingwas completed in November of 1889, at which time Fr. Malone invited the Sisters of Mercy to come, and the school was opened. The infant parish now had a home and school of its own. Its children were secure and beinning to learn.