Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Phone: (303) 841-3750
Fax: (303) 841-2412
Website: www.http://avemariacatholicparish.org/
Parish Clergy

PASTOR: Rev. Nathaniel J. Hinds

PAROCHIAL VICAR: Rev. Tomasz Jamka

DEACONS: Deacon Greg Archunde and Deacon Pete McCann

Mass & Confession Schedule
Saturday Anticipated

5:00pm

Sunday Mass

7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, & 5:00pm

Weekday Mass

Monday - Friday 9:00am; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Holy Days

7:00pm

Advent Services

Advent Holy Hour and Confessions — Fridays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 17 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Services

Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses: Mass at 4 p.m. in the church will be livestreamed in Brownstein Hall; Masses also at 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight in the church. Dec. 25 — Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

New Year's Services

Dec. 31 — Vigil Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 5 p.m. Jan. 1 — Masses for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 9 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Confession

CONFESSIONS — Available during Stations of the Cross, Lenten talks, Sat. mornings during Lent, 7-9 a.m. Also regular confessions, 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturdays.

Adoration

Chapel available for adoration 24 hours a day, contact parish office for details

Other Services

Parish Map

9056 East Parker Road
Parker CO  80138
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Parish History
The origin of Ave Maria Parish is clouded due to the lack of records and data, but it is believed to be one of 13
missions administered by Msgr. John Judnic out of Colorado Springs from 1913-1935. Due to the distances and
means of transportation available, Mass was generally celebrated by various priests once a month. Around 1955,
along with the other missions, Ave Maria closed. The altar, organ, statues and other church furnishings were
taken to Castle Rock and auctioned. The church building was boarded up until it was moved by St. Matthew’s
Episcopal Mission to its present location at 6930 East University Park Place in Parker.

In 1975, Theatine Father Pat Valdez came to Parker to celebrate Masses at the home of a parishioner. The
number of families grew so quickly that a move was made to Parker United Methodist Church. In January 1976,
the Parker Catholic Mission was formally established and moved to Joy Lutheran Church. Father J. Anthony
McDaid became administrator of the mission that fall. Masses were soon moved to Pine Lane Elementary School
(now Pine Lane Intermediate School), then to Parker Junior High School. In May 1979, the Parker Catholic
Mission Council approved the establishment of a fund for a permanent facility. In March 1983, Archbishop James
V. Casey officially established Parker Catholic Mission as a parish and restored the former name of Ave Maria.
Construction of the new church was hampered by many delays brought on by a harsh winter. The first Mass was
celebrated in the new church on Oct. 7, 1984. Ave Maria was the first church dedicated in the new Diocese of
Colorado Springs on Feb. 10, 1985. A 70,000 square-foot evangelization center (school) opened in 2000 and includes
the first Catholic pre K-8 elementary school in Douglas County. The parish has grown 350 percent in the past 16
years and 200 percent since 1990. A new parish life center opened in September 2011.