Reunion of St. Philomena School students set for Sept. 15
Special to the Denver Catholic Register
On Sept. 15, former students, teachers, parishioners and friends of the former St. Philomena School and Church in Denver are invited to an open-house-style reunion. The event will be held at the Waldorf School, the former site of St. Philomena School at 940 Fillmore St. in Denver, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The special event is believed to be the first of its kind, bringing together members of the community to share their stories, photos and reunite friends from the past. A representative from the Denver Public Library will be on-site to collect stories and to scan images to preserve the history of the community on the “Creating Your Community” social archive website, launched by the library in early 2012. For more information, visit http://creatingcommunities.denverlibrary.org/community/st-philomenas-reunion.
September 15 marks the 99th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in the former church. The parish was established the summer of 1911 by Bishop Nicholas C. Matz, who later completed the Romanesque church at the southeast corner of East 14th Avenue and Detroit Street. Father Michael Donovan served as founding pastor.
During the 1970s, when membership declined at St. Philomena, as well as nearby St. John the Evangelist, the two neighboring congregations were merged into one new parish, Good Shepherd. Both the old St. John School at 620 Elizabeth St. and the old St. Philomena School at 940 Fillmore St. were used for the new school program.
Following the reunion, guests are invited to a 7 p.m. Mass at Good Shepherd Church at 2626 E. Seventh Avenue Parkway in Denver.
Admission to the reunion is $10. Children under the age of 10 are free. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale from local restaurants. Attendees may also bring their own food. Proceeds will be donated to the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department. For more information, contact Thomas Martin at 720-231-2989 or Tom.Martin727@gmail.com.