In 1910, after having Mass once a month in a hall above a bank, St. Charles members built a church. Father
Alphonse C. Keiffer was appointed the first pastor in 1913. In 1915, a two-story brick rectory was built, followed
by an academy in 1920. After the Great Depression and drought, timely rains returned, followed by good crops
and the generosity of the parishioners, leading to a new and larger church dedicated on July 28, 1949. In 1952
a large hall, auditorium, kitchen and dining facilities were built and dedicated on Dec. 15, 1952. In 1969, the
academy was closed, torn down and left a vacant lot. In 1996, in an effort to eliminate taxes on the church’s
unimproved lot, Father Will Menard created prayer parks, “Our Lady of the Plains” and “Our Lord of the Plains.”
The prayer parks were funded from garage sales, bake sales, memorial funds and gifts of time and talent. They
are adorned with bronze statues created by Herberto Maestas of San Luis, Colo., and Norbert Ohnmacht of
Burlington, Colo. These parks are visited frequently by travelers off I-70 and tour groups.
The parish also stresses vocations to the priesthood. Over the years three young men have become priests, one has entered the permanent diaconate and eight women have entered religious life.
One of the most popular activities of the parishioners is the annual St. Charles Bazaar, originally known as the
Fall Festival and the Harvest Festival. The bazaar started out as a way to erase the church debt and, over the
years, has turned into a tradition. Along with a dinner served by the Altar Rosary Society, bingo, carnival games,
a quilt raffle, an auction and a reverse raffle make for a popular community event and fundraising effort.
When St. Catherine of Siena Church was destroyed by vandalism and a fire in 2004, St. Charles Borromeo Parish provided spiritual support and facilities.