“As I have loved you, so you should also love another.” John 13:34
This new commandment of Jesus challenges us to actively love and care for each other; our faith calls us to lives of action and service by which we work to make this commandment of love a reality for those around us and for those we do not know. The Family Service program began in 2015 as a response to Jesus’ commandment: a way for families to do the work of the Gospels.
At each Family Service Sunday, Most Precious Blood families gather to complete a variety of service projects that support non-profit organizations in the greater Denver community, as well as those in our own MPB community. The materials and supplies needed to complete each project are provided at each “service station”. Families are invited to visit as many stations as time allows, complete a wide variety of projects, and learn about the organizations in our community who work daily to love, support, and care for the vulnerable.
How does it work?
Each Family Service Sunday begins with 9 am Mass in the church. Immediately following Mass, families gather in the gym for a brief theological reflection beginning at or around 10 am. Families will then visit the stations where they feel called to serve. Families are invited to take a moment to learn about the organization they are serving before completing the project. After completing each project, families are invited to hold the person who receives their particular project in prayer over the coming months. Families generally have time to complete 3-4 different projects at each event. It is our hope that these gatherings inspire your family to seek out ways to serve and live our Catholic Christian faith.
Family Service Sundays 2020-2021
Due to the uncertain climate of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our programming for this year will look different than in typical years. Family Service Sunday is usually a gathering of 400-600 people, and so, we are unable to safely gather in the traditional way this year.
In place of our traditional FAITH (Faith Alive In the Home) and Family Service Programs, the Faith Formation Team will send out a monthly newsletter via Flocknote. This newsletter will offer ideas for monthly prayer, discussion starters on topics of faith, information on the liturgical year and important feast days for the month, and ideas for serving the community as a family. All families enrolled in sacramental preparation and past FAITH families will receive this Faith Formation newsletter. Please look for the newsletter in your email starting the month of October.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Kate Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org).