Shelbyville, Shelby Co.
Established 1860
Registration: 1,100


Church of the Annunciation
(Please note: parish mailing address is different from its location.)
Location: 105 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065-1021

Parish Information

Mail To: 120 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065-1022
Phone 1: (502) 633-1547
Phone 2: (502) 257-7558
Fax: (502) 633-1547

Annunciation Parish


Pastor: Rev. T. Michael Tobin
Associate Pastor: Rev. José J. Márquez
Permanent Deacons: Joseph E. Bland, Robert J. Hart

Pastoral Staff

Director of Religious Education: Lynette Kessinger
Part-Time Youth Minister: Jessie Smith
Director of Music and Worship: Wayne Gilliam
Bookkeeper: Mark Elmore
Administrative Assistant: Shirley Green

Mass Schedule

Sundays — Sat evening: 5:30 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Holy Days — See bulletin
Daily — Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.


Saturdays — 4 p.m., First Saturday 7:30-9 p.m. in the Chapel (Spanish)

Eucharistic Adoration

Sundays — 5–7 p.m.
Mondays — 2–9 p.m.
Tuesdays — 9 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Wednesdays — 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursdays — 4–9 p.m.
Fridays — 3–9 p.m.


Annunciation Parish originated in 1855 when Father John H. Bekkers made his first trip from the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville to Shelbyville. Father Bekkers visited every three or four months to encourage the Catholics in Shelbyville to establish a church of their own. Land was donated in 1859; the newly constructed church (the current chapel) was dedicated on October 2, 1860. At first it consisted of only wall frames and rough floors. Through a series of additions, the chapel took on the present form. Father Michael D. Lawler was the first pastor.

Other buildings and supporting structures were added to Annunciation over time. The rectory was expanded in 1910. In 1975 it was completely remodeled from a frame house to brick. The education building was constructed about 1967. The Cotter Center was added in 1999 and serves as a wonderful space for staff offices, religious education classes, and other church activities. Plans were drawn up for a new worship space, and the new church was dedicated on February 6, 2000, by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P.

The Hispanic faith community is an integral part of Annunciation. Shelby County has seen a steady growth in the Hispanic presence going back as far as 1972. In 1987, Sister Lupe Arciniega, S.L., started an outreach ministry. In 1997, the Centro Latino was established to provide emergency assistance, counseling and help with health, education, and legal needs. Annunciation Parish, now with more than 2,400 parishioners, has responded with bilingual Masses and group hospitality to new parishioners.

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