SECURITY. Nearly 20 years ago, Nick Venetucci and his wife, Bambi, donated 15 acres of land on the Venetucci Farm property in Security for the construction of a new Catholic church to serve the Fountain Valley. Bishop Michael Sheridan and Father Bill Carmody celebrated a Blessing of the Land on May 9, 2004, and along with the Building and Grounds Committee, they led the official groundbreaking ceremony on July 7, 2007.
On Aug, 12, 2008, Holy Family Parish in Security and St. Joseph Parish in Fountain were suppressed in a decree issued by Bishop Sheridan, paving the way for the new parish, which was temporarily located at the former site of Holy Family, to begin operating. On Nov. 30, 2008, the first Sunday of Advent, St. Dominic Parish was born, with Father Carmody named as pastor.
The name of the new parish was chosen by Bishop Sheridan from suggestions submitted by members of Holy Family and St. Joseph. Construction on the new church building continued throughout 2009.
The official dedication of St. Dominic Church took place on March 16, 2010. The new church had seats for 1,500 people and beautiful views of the Front Range.
Since the death of Father Carmody in 2016, St. Dominic parishioners and the current pastor, Father John Stearns, have wanted to build Carmody Parish Hall as a memorial to honor their beloved priest.
Carmody Parish Hall would be a place where parishioners can meet for their ministries, have coffee hour after church, hold events such as wedding and funeral receptions, and more.
Catholics who loved Father Bill can show their support by purchasing a memorial ribbon for a loved one or friend who has died. All money raised will be earmarked for the Carmody Parish Hall Building Fund. Each parish within the diocese will be running information in their bulletins about how to order memorial ribbons.
A special Memorial Mass will be offered on Jan. 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic for all the people for whom memorial ribbons are placed on the Christmas tree. For more information visit www.stdominiconline.org.