Welcome to the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne!
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” -Matthew 28:19, 20
The Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne provides a holistic spiritual environment, ministering to youth; teens; young adults; adults; and seniors. We offer a variety of ministries to gain spiritual growth and development to building strong families, strong relationships, strong community and true moral values. We are an alliance of people dedicated to serving, through faith and spiritual development, all ages in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Our Mission Statement:
The Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne exists to inspire, educate and demonstrate the truth of Christ by what we say and what we do. By being an example of how we live the Catholic faith today, we will lead our growing community to respond to God’s call with personal commitment and communal action. We come together as a diverse Catholic community to welcome all in proclaiming the good news.
This statement is reflective of identified themes derived from past mission statements from each church along with faith formation and SACS. These themes are weaved throughout this simple 3-tiered charter for an active, growing and collaborative Catholic community. The themes identified include:
- Service to Others
- Sharing of and in each others lives
- Christian education and development
- Growth and expansion of our community
- Proclaim the good news (Gospel)
- Setting examples of faithful life
- Fostering all ages
- Building upon the history/tradition
- Making ourselves accountable for the mission
St. Mary’s opened its doors in 1865 to kindle the spirit our Catholic faith. We look back at our parish history and realize the tremendous growth we have achieved as a family. Our liturgical and spiritual past, is one built on guidance from our heavenly Father and the breadth of Tradition deposited and entrusted to us. While nourishing us with His sacraments our Lord Jesus has led us down many paths. Through the Spirit, we have experienced the purest of love. This unconditional love ignites our passion for understanding, and continues to build our need to fulfill His will. Our congregation continues to grow in love and understanding. It is our hope and prayer, that you will receive the many gifts waiting for you in accordance with God’s plan. May the Lord continue to watch over you, and guide you through life’s journey.
ST. MARY’S SITE | 535 Lewis Street, Shakopee | Phone: 952-445-1319
The St. Mark’s Campus was erected in 1856 using German Gothic styling. The stained glass windows hail from the family chapel of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. In August of 2005 a massive electrical fire blazed throughout the interior, eventually being put out with the help of over 150 firefighters from other cities. The church, originally designed to hold 600 people was renovated from the inside out, with everything replaced except the stained glass windows and pews.
ST. MARK’S SITE | 350 South Atwood Street, Shakopee | Phone: 952-445-1319
St. Mary of the Purification, also known as the Marystown Church, was founded in 1855 by Benedictine Father George Keller along with 30 families. The church was built in 1883, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church was recently renovated with a new interior and stained glass window depicting the crucifixion. The church is located six miles south of the city of Shakopee out in the country on Marystown Road (County Hwy. 15). Every year all our parishioners join together for our famous campus festival which is held the third Sunday in August.
MARYSTOWN SITE | 15850 Marystown Road | Phone: 952-445-1319