Synopsis & Background

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish was founded in the Archdiocese of Denver in August of 1967 and in 1969 the cornerstone was placed. The parish is located in the northern Denver metropolitan area. The parish will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary. The community has grown to one of the largest in the Archdiocese of Denver, with over 6,000 registered families. It has been considered a leader and example to the greater Archdiocese. 

The vibrant church community has an assortment of ministries and programs to supplement the Sunday and weekday liturgies, but what makes Immaculate Heart of Mary unique is the unified call of Discipleship. Pastor of the parish Fr. James Spahn, answering Archbishop Aquila’s call, has directed the messages of Catholic Discipleship Night (CDN) on Wednesdays and Sunday homilies toward encouragement of parishioners to be disciples of Jesus Christ.  The parish has also participated in the Amazing Parish Conference as well as a Disciple-Makers Training program for leaders in the parish to adopt the practice of spiritual multiplication. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary also operates a food bank of substantial size for outreach to the community. The Outreach Center, as it is known, provides groceries and meals to those who live in the community. Immaculate Heart of Mary has a perpetual adoration chapel, Our Lady of Sorrows, which was built onto the parish during the remodel. Every hour of the week there are parishioners spending time in Eucharistic Adoration. Immaculate Heart of Mary has a sister parish, Christ the King, located in Tanzania. Fr. James Spahn has visited on multiple occasions and Immaculate Heart of Mary contributes to help sustain the financial needs of the African parish and all-girls high school. 

In a time where Catholic parishes in the United States are closing or combining, Denver is one of the few places in the country seeing an expansion. Immaculate Heart of Mary has come full circle, as it was once a new parish but now provides Sacraments to help start another just a few miles north-east of the parish campus.

Documentary Objectives

In expectation of the 50th anniversary of the parish, the documentary will be a retelling of the history of the founding of the parish up to current day. The film will include a variety of interviews as well as narration. The interviewees will include the current pastor, Fr. James Spahn, previous pastors, clergy, staff, and lay parishioners from the community. The narrative will cover the growth of the parish and the stories that will be discovered within. The sections of the film are as follows:

  1. History & Founding

  2. Mission

  3. Architecture & Design

  4. Moving Forward