Guardian Angels original church photo


Know Your Past to Shape Your Future


Guardian Angels Centennial Celebration 1911-2011

Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Mead, Colorado, was founded in 1911, five years after the town of Mead was established. In 1910, Mead claimed 114 residents, including 25 Catholic families living in and around the town, who bought the old Mt. Zion United Brethren Church located at Highway 66 and Weld County Road 7. They hauled the building one mile up County Road 7 to its present crossroads location, refitted it and rechristened it as Guardian Angels Catholic Church. The first Mass was celebrated there on January 1, 1911. At that time, Guardian Angels was a mission of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. The first pastor was Father Bernard Hamburger, who traveled from Longmont to Mead on alternate Sundays.


Vigorous growth characterized Mead and the church during the first two decades of the 20th century. Standing-room-only Masses led the parish to construct an addition to the rear of Guardian Angels in 1929, doubling its size. The architecture is an example of carpenter Gothic, common in the late 1800’s.


Guardian Angels was tended to by the Longmont Benedictines until 1945, when it became a mission of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Frederick. In 1964, the congregation built a parish hall next to the church. The church hall is used for religious education classes and parish functions.

Fast Forward to


Guardian Angels Church from 1911 photoThe original country church building is currently undergoing repair and restoration. The old parish hall is now called the Catechetical Center, or CC Center, and is used for Faith Formation classes and other parish classes and meetings.


Masses are held in the newly built, brick church building that came to fruition in 2018.


In 2022, the Rosary Walk and Mary Grotto was added to enhance the parish grounds. It is not uncommon to see someone pull off the road and enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation in front of the inspiring Mary statue that seems to invite a prayer.


From humble beginnings, Guardian Angels continues to grow in size and faith, with over 400 families now calling the parish their home.