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On the left is a view of our parish, before the highway (I70) was running just next to our doorstep (pic.1). The St. Joseph Church was built in 1902, erected by the united work of Polish emigrants living there in Globeville, which then was occupied mainly by European emigrants. Father Teodor Jarzyński was the firt pastor; from June 14th 1902 till his death, on June 14th 1922.
Fr. Jan Guziński became the second pastor. In his time the church was enlarged, and a school building next to the church was erected (earlier all we had was a frame depot from railway company. With few nuns the school educated the youth of our congregation and others who wished to come. (pic.2). The school was free of charge.
In 1944 the community of St. Joseph's church welcomed father. Frączkowski, who took care of his "sheep" while fr. Guziński was hospitalized for extended time. In 1948 return of fr. Guziński forced fr. Frączkowski into another assignment, since our small community could not afford two priests. In the year 1965 fr. Guziński erected yet another building, a convent for the sisters taking care of our school. He has died on April 4th 1969.
Fr. Frączkowski became the third pastor of our Polish parish. Most of his work was spent on supporting, maintaining and fixing all the buildings belonging to the parish. He brought many improvements to the property of our church. He died on November 19th 1973.
Fr. Jan Mucha became the next, fourth, pastor; and he shepherds us still. He came to Denver in 1970, but not right away to our parish. For a while he was traveling around the country, and he spent some time in Chicago. He visited Denver's Polish parish from time to time, so he was known to the community. Since he became the pastor in 1973, he initiated a lot of growth in our church. Even though we do have some English Masses and services, the parish is Polish, very Polish in every way. Also in time of His shepherdhood the convent building was changed to an elderry care home. A bit before that, while we still had our previous pastor, the school was rented out to Denver's Public Schools, since for lack of funds the nuns had to leave. Shortly after fr. Jan took over, the school came back to us, but for a time being not much happened there. Now, on Sundays as on special occasions we have Polish dinners, pastries and coffee there after Mass. Often the school hosts weddings, baptism, other parties. Also on Sundays we hold there lessons of the Polish language as well as preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. The school building is also used for any religious meetings of our community, as well as for any meetings and activities related to our Polish heritage. On the 3rd picture you can see the church and the parish office, prioest's house, from the parking lot of the school. This picture was taken in 1993, during the 13th World Youth Day, that is why there is a big bus in front of the church - it brought group of Polish pilgrims. Our church is the only Polish one in the whole central U.S.A., therefore during Christmas, Easter, Corpus Christi, as well as some other occasions, our Masses are attended by Polish people from all over the US, often even ones out of US.
Not long ago ZHP started it's work here, a Polish equivalent of boy/girl scouts. In general we try to do as much as we can here; of course I will post info here as new things happen and anything becomes available. As you can see on this picture (10) we do have quite a few altar servants. Not all are on this picture, and some of these left already replaced by others, but still, we do have quite enough of them. In the center of the photograph is our Fr. Jan Mucha; and just to the left is our deacon, Grzegorz Cioch. Greg is studying in the Polish seminary in Orchard Lake, and now he's preparing for the ordination to become a permanent deacon. Now he is on practice in Denver, but not in our parish; he was designated to one of the American parishes, but he still visits us often, and we hope that when and if the need arises he will come to serve us as a priest.
Since the 80ties, when the Polish population started to grow with new refugees and emigrants from Poland, more and more people come to our humble church. Not long ago, in 1997, a grotto of Virgin Mary was raised between the church and the pastor's house (pic.5). In 1994 in remembrance of parish Missions a cross was erected in front of the church; a fragment of it is visible on the picture of the grotto; as soon as I get a better picture I will add it to this page. Since the 80ties a lot is happening here, at St. Joseph's. In 1993 we were visited by the Primate of Polish church, cardinal Józef Glemp, which followed by the pilgrimage of the Polish youth from all over the world for the meeting with John Paul II in Denver, during the World Youth day in the 1993 (pic.6, 7, 8) in which time we were visited by many young people, priests and bishops from all over, mainly Poland. Now it does not happen that we would have no retreat and special teachings during Easter, handled by priests visiting us. Often also on other occasions we host visiting priests from Poland or elsewhere in the world; and as we are the only Polish center in this part of the country, everyone who's around always visits us.
In the conclusion, 2 more pictures: the view of the inside of the church
from the choir (pic.4).
Currently on the left side of the Altar there is a big screen which we use
to display the words of songs we sing during Mass, and with some of the
responses for the services. Picture with that is being worked on as well.
The idea of using a slide projector was taken by me from my old
parish back in Poland in the city of Wrocław. With the help of fr.
Mucha, and many parishioners we managed to implement it here. Part of the
equipment was even donated by some local American people willing to help
us! the next picture is taken from the west side of the presbytery (left
of the altar) towards the back of the church. In the pews are the pilgrims
for the Youth Day in 1993.
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