“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.
What’s new for 2018-2019?
We are excited to bookend our Faith Formation programming for the year with Family Service Sundays on September 23, 2018 and April 7, 2019! During the year, we’ll also gather for a “mini” Family Service Sunday on January 27, 2019. Due to construction events on campus, we are space-limited this year, and this “mini” event will allow us to continue the Family Service Program on a smaller scale. The smaller Family Service Sunday will involve an advanced sign-up to ensure we don’t overcrowd the space we have. We’ll provide sign-up information and more details, as the date approaches.
Participation in the large format Family Service Sundays is a required component of our FAITH program and all of our sacramental preparation programs. Please mark your calendar with the September and April dates.
Family Service Sundays 2018-2019
September 23, 2018 – Family Service Sunday (first FAITH gathering for the year)
January 27, 2019 – Mini Family Service Sunday: Older Youth and Confirmandi
April 7, 2019 – Family Service Sunday (last FAITH gathering for the year)
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Kate Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org).