The Catholic church has played a key role in the history of Paris since the baptism of King Clovis (picture). In 496, King Clovis was baptized by Bishop Remi in Rheims, the capital of Champagne. Clovis was the first Christian French King. Clovis 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 (picture), Saint Eustache (picture), Saint-Gervais (picture), Notre Dame des Victoires (picture), Saint Roch (picture), Val de Grace 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.
Sainte Chapelle (no masses)
Chapel of Miraculous Medal
Saint Denis Cathedral
Saint Germain des Pres
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
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
Val de Grace
Place Alphonse Laveran 75005 Paris
Christian faith is most visible at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal with its 2 million pilgrims yearly, at Sacre Coeur with its daily night adoration, at Notre Dame des Victoires and Saint-Louis d'Antin, two always on communities. The Saint Germain des Pres Catholic Community is very active, including the well known Even student programme.
Go to Notre-Dame, a perfect shrine for god's prayer, for Sunday 10am mass sung in Gregorian.
Paris concert halls regularly stage great religious music.
The only Catholic masses in English in Paris are held at St Joseph's Church, 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, 6.30pm, Sunday - 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 6.30pm, Monday through Friday - 8.30am, July & August - Sunday 10am, 12.00 noon and 6.30pm. Web site
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.