The Catholic church has played a central role in the history of France and Paris since the baptism of King Clovis. In 496, King Clovis was baptized by Bishop Remi in Rheims, the capital of Champagne east of Paris. Clovis was the first Christian French King. Clovis also established Paris as the capital of France in 508.
Christianity is everywhere visible in Paris. Many churches from the 11th century up to the 20th century embellish the city and structure its spiritual life.
Notre-Dame, Sacre Coeur and Sainte Chapelle are rightly world famous. Saint-Etienne du Mont, Saint Eustache, Saint-Gervais, Notre Dame des Victoires, Saint Roch and Saint Denis Cathedral deserve a visit.
Paris catholic churches are not just great monuments. Christianity is very alive in Paris. See Paris mass times.
Christian faith is very visible at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal and its 2 million pilgrims.
Go to Notre-Dame, a perfect shrine for god's prayer, for Sunday 10am mass sung in Gregorian.
Notre-Dame Cathedral page
Sainte Chapelle page (no masses)
Sacre Coeur page
Chapel of Miraculous Medal page
Saint Denis Cathedral page
Saint Eustache web site (Paris map)
2 impasse Saint-Eustache 75001 Paris
Saint Etienne du Mont web site (Paris map)
Place Sainte Genevieve 75005 Paris
Saint Gervais web site (Paris map)
Place Saint Gervais 75004 Paris
La Trinite web site (Paris map)
Place d'Etienne d'Orves 75009 Paris
Saint Sulpice web site (Paris map)
Pace Saint Sulpice 75006 Paris
Notre Dame des Victoires web site (Paris map)
Place des Petits-Pères 75002 Paris
Saint Roch web site (Paris map)
296 rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris
St Joseph's Church is the english speaking Catholic Church of Paris. Founded in 1863, it is staffed by priests of the Congregation of the Passion and located 50, avenue Hoche 75008 near Champs Elysees.
Masses: Saturday - 11am and 6.30pm, Sunday - 9.30am and 11am, 12.30pm and 6.30pm, Monday through Friday - 8.30am, July & August - Sunday 10am, 12.00 noon and 6.30pm.
Web site and detailed information
If you have some time to spend in France besides Paris, we can recommend you a few great pilgrimage places. First of all, Lourdes is a faithful pilgrimage city. Count two days from Paris. See Lourdes details.
Close to Paris, Chartres is one of the most beautiful Catholic Cathedrals in Europe and a fervent pilgrimage destination. There is a possibility to go to famous Mont Saint Michel or Vezelay Basilica on a tour from Paris.