Our Stories

Of Mary Leading Us to Jesus


To celebrate the Fatima Centennial, we asked parish pioneers what it has meant to be at a parish with our Blessed Mother as the patroness and to share memories of events and people that impacted their faith life. We also collected parish ministry histories and narratives on parish art and architecture. We hope you enjoy the stories and archive photos!


Parish Pioneers

Parish Pioneers

Claude & Mary Barkmeier

Claude and Mary first joined the parish in 1961; then after moving out of state, rejoined the parish in 1974. Sadly very recently, in August 2017, Claude passed away. We share their story with love in our hearts. Claude: A memory I have about the early years, Fr. Webber ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneer

Alice Hosier

Alice Hosier and her husband Jewell were married in 1956 and moved into their home on Lee Street, just six blocks from Our Lady of Fatima. When the new parish boundaries were set in 1958, they ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneer

Patty Opp

Fatima has been my spiritual home since 1969. I remember attending Mass in the school gym. What I remember about the first years being a member of the parish was the active presence of having a ... [Read More]


Norma & Jack O’Grady

The O’Grady family joined Our Lady of Fatima Parish in 1966 when they moved from Northwest Denver. They have six children, and four graduated from Our Lady of Fatima School ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneers

George & Mary Ann Marcoux

The Marcoux family joined Our Lady of Fatima Parish in December 1969 when they moved from St. Mary’s Parish in Littleton. George, nicknamed “Buzz,” was in the construction ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneer

Barbi Duggan Eggar

I’ve been a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima my entire life. I was a baby when the founding pastor, Father Robert Syrianey baptized me in 1960. The truth is I received all of my sacraments, including ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneer

Ruth O'Keefe

I’ve been a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Parish since 1961. My late husband and I joined the parish after purchasing our home, which is only about six blocks from the church. At first, we ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneer

Patricia (Jackson) Routa

The Jackson family built their home on Newcombe Drive in Lakewood, Colorado in 1957, just five houses from the lot that would become Our Lady of Fatima Parish. The family included Frank and ... [Read More]

Parish Pioneers

Marge Zarlengo, Carla O'Leary & Bob Zarlengo

The Zarlengo family, headed by Dr. Charles and his wife, Marge, joined Our Lady of Fatima Parish after moving to Lakewood in 1958. They were thrilled to hear that Archbishop Urban J. Vehr had ... [Read More]


Ministry Histories

Established 1987

Funeral Ministry

Our Lady of Fatima funeral ministry serves food and beverages at funeral receptions of deceased parishioners and parishioners’ family members. The typical meal served consists of fried chicken, lasagna ... [Read More]

Established 2004

Pastoral Council

The initial meeting of the Our Lady of Fatima Pastoral Council, was called to order on March 4, 2004. Monsignor shared with all, his vision for the Pastoral Council. In particular, he discussed his desire for the parish to become a more vital place in parishioners' lives ... [Read More]

Established 1965

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion did not exist until after Vatican II, which was started with Pope John XXIII on Oct 11, 1962 and concluded under Pope Paul VI on ... [Read More]

Established 1987

Knights of Columbus

Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus Council 9597 was chartered June 24, 1987 and has grown into an active group of approximately 100 members who have been instrumental in the work of the ... [Read More]

Established 1958

Altar & Rosary Society

Our Lady of Fatima Parish was established on August 13, 1958 with 450 families who had previously been members of St. Bernadette, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Mary Magdalene or St. Joseph. The Altar ... [Read More]


Parish Art, Architecture & Artifacts



...Our Lady is on a blue cloud and her gown is blue. They appeared iridescent! The gold on Our Lady’s veil started to shine! It was then I looked behind me and noticed the sun was at ... [Read More]

Parish Art

Holy Door Carvings

As I enter Our Lady of Fatima’s church, my eyes immediately lay upon two wood carvings on the holy doors. As my eyes are drawn to an image of a Madonna looking down on three children, I find ... [Read More]

Parish Relics

Blessed Francisco & Blessed Jacinta

Francisco Marto was born on June 11, 1908 in Aljustrel, Portugal. His sister, Jacinta Marto, was born on March 11, 1910. They are the two youngest shepherd children to whom Our Lady ... [Read More]

Parish Art

Our Lady of Fatima Statue

October 13, 2016 will be remembered as one of the great moments in the faith history of the people of Our Lady of Fatima as we held a celebratory Mass for the dedication of the new statue of ... [Read More]


Our Blessed Mother

A Mom and Daughter’s Journey of Healing

Tatianna Gajecky-Wynar

Early last summer my daughter and I were at a very low point in our lives. The long illness and death of her father, which caused bitter divisions in our family, left us physically and emotionally ... [Read More]

Our Lady of Fatima Opens New Doors for Faithful

Luella Elenz

At age 90, Our Lady of Fatima parishioner Luella Elenz still works. She’s employed as a messenger. God is her boss and the Blessed Mother her guide. Luella has amassed multiple copies of prayer cards ... [Read More]

today, I consecrated my Life to Mary

Kate Earleywine

Today, I consecrated my life to Mary for the first time. Arriving at this place, where I feel confident and ready to commit my life even more fully to Jesus by entrusting my life to Mary’s care, has ... [Read More]