News & Events for September

From  Ministry

On Wednesday, October 24th, the 2nd Half of Life Ministry will be sponsoring another VINO VERITAS- “in wine there is truth”.  Join us at Citron Bistro (Hampden and Yosemite) from 5-7pm for dinner (order from menu) and a presentation and discussion led by Fr. Pat. Space is limited.

RSVP to Christine at the parish office or at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org by Friday, October 19th.

From Social Outreach

The Delores Project Needs our Continued Support

The mission of the The Delores Project (TDP) is to provide safe, comfortable overnight shelter and services to unaccompanied adult women who are homeless and have limited resources. TDP assists women in developing the skills and resources necessary to stay off the streets and move towards stability.

For close to 20 years MPB has supported the ladies at TDP through meals and other resources. It is estimated in 2017-18 your donation of 108 meals was valued at over $31,000. Thank you!

Because of the construction on our campus and also the transition occurring at TDP to their new location, our meal support will be changing and TDP is experiencing a critical need for nightly meals.

Please help! You can go to TDP site, and choose a date to bring a meal that works for you. Grab friends for an afternoon of cooking or organize and host a drop off base for a meal. If you need ideas or help on

how to organize a meal team, contact Mary Ann Tarpey maryanntarpey@gmail.com or Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.308 The URL for sign up is https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMeals18-19

“We are grateful to be able to feed the hungry, rather than being one of the hungry.”

From WOO

October Gathering, Thursday October 11 at 6:15pm in the Gathering Space.

Sister MaryAnn Figlino will be our guest speaker presenting- “Jesus, Eating His Way Through the Bible”

From the Parish Office

Our 2018 Annual Report is here.

A few other highlights about the 2018 Annual Report

  • The difference between income and expenses for the entire campus was a surplus of $360,000. These funds went into savings so we can continue to maintain our aging campus.
  • We saw a 45% increase over 2017 results of financial support and donated goods by our parishioners to the now 53 organizations served by our social outreach programs.
  • One out of every three of parishioners’ volunteers in any number of ways across our campus. We are truly living the mission of our faith!
  • We have seen an increase of nearly 8% in our weekly offertory, and about a third of our families use Faith Direct, our electronic giving tool.

How do we compare with other Catholic parishes nation-wide?

  • To date, 55% of our registered parishioners have pledged or given to the Here for Good campaign. Nationally, only 15-25% of registered parishioners support their capital campaign.
  • We are proud to share that 61% of our registered parishioners support MPB through the offertory, compared with the national average of 45% to 55%.

Construction News!  Watch our progress….live

We now a have a live construction camera. Click here to check out the construction of the Parish Offices.  Picture refreshes every few minutes.

MPB receives “Shining Star Award”

Because of your endless generosity and willingness to reach out to lift others up MPB has been awarded the Denver Housing Authority “Shining Star Award”. We received the following letter from DHA:

“It is my pleasure to inform you that Most Precious Blood has been chosen as one of Friends of DHA’s 2018 Wall of Fame winner!  The Wall of Fame is our annual awards ceremony that recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Denver Housing Authority.  Most Precious Blood is the recipient of the Shining Star Award for your commitment and contributions to DHA and most importantly the residents at Tapiz and North Lincoln.  I have had the great pleasure of working with Most Precious Blood, and I am routinely amazed by your commitment and dedication to serving not just our population, but seniors across Metro Denver.  The lunches, holiday presents, Thanksgiving donations, and funds to support the Senior Ball and programming at both North Lincoln and Tapiz has been integral to the success of our communities.”

Thank you MPB community!

Becoming more fully alive after 50 – Dealing with Stuff

Join us for a three- part series this Fall examining three areas of “stuff” we deal with at this stage of life.   All three evenings will take place in the Gathering Space/RCIA Room from 6:30-8pm.

Our topics will be:

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8pm – Let’s Begin – Taking the Anxiety out of Clutter

Speaker:  Suzanne Woodward, parishioner and professional organizer

“Why can’t I do this?”

Let’s poke around at our present relationship to clutter. I believe that making space can be a CREATIVE process (not so scary) and can lead to greater creativity and freedom at this time in our lives.

Please bring your questions! This evening will address the interests of those who attend.

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8pm – Navigating Government Benefit Programs – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits…

Speaker:  Frank Baysore, parishioner and fiduciary services

Frank will explore with us questions like: Do you know the optimum age to file for Social Security? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? What are my options for Medicare plans? I’m a low-income veteran. What programs are available for me? What do I need to do to file for Social Security Disability?

Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30-8pm – Life Transitions – Endings and Beginnings

Speaker:  Lynette Reiling from Boomers Leading Change, Boomers Leading Change

Change and the transition that follows is a normal part of life, yet it can be frightening. In this workshop you will learn about the three phases of transition and how to understand them. This is a roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into the future.

From WOO

WOO 2018-19 Kickoff!   Thursday September 13th at 6:00 pm

Spiritual Potluck with Father Pat

Share a dish and a question for Father Pat

For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOPotluck18

All ladies are welcome, bring a friend and build community!

Questions: contact
Karen Peterson kpeterson2@me.com

Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com

Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

From Social Outreach

Day to Serve

Looking for an opportunity to serve others? Day to Serve is kicking off its second year. This is a collaborative ministry combing MPB school staff and MPB Social Outreach ministry.   Each month, a teacher leader will join volunteers at a service site to serve others. This is a great opportunity to build community while experiencing the many amazing charitable agencies across the metro Denver area.

We’ll kick off the year at Earthlinks with MPB teacher Conor Boyle on Wednesday Sept 19. We’ll meet at Earthlinks at 8:30am and serve till 12:00. Carpool opportunities also are available from MPB. More information and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeSept18

“Let serving others serve as our belief” – Fr. Patrick Dolan… “Prayer of the Body and Blood of Christ”

Sit and Sort 4 Birthline!

Birthline is an organization which supports the lives of the unborn by supporting young women with counseling and support.

Birthline needs 75 volunteers to help sort donated clothing items. Bring a chair, “sit and sort” and meet new friends as you help these young moms.

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2018 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center

Carpool from MPB leaves at 9:15 am (please indicate on sign up if you’d like to carpool from MPB). Lunch & bottled water provided.

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BirthlineFall18

Questions: contact Ann Zimmer 303.756.3083 or azimmer@mpbdenver.org

More Opportunities to Serve in September!

Delores Dinners tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBSept18 and Sunday Lunch Program tinyurl.com/SLP1Sept18 need helpers in September. Both require little time, but a big heart to help! Please check out these opportunities.

From St. Vincent de Paul Society

Feast day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Frederic’s first act of charity was to take his supply of winter firewood and bring it to a widow whose husband had died of cholera.

Today your Society of St. Vincent de Paul members visit our neighbors and assess their current needs.

Recently, two MPB Vincentians made a home visit with a patient who was going through a second treatment for brain cancer and the prognosis was not good, with only months to live.
This person was not able to work because of seizures and was behind on rent.  Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to help this patient with rent. The gratitude expressed at this visit was unbelievable.

We were able to do this because of the generous financial donations of this parish. Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have special collection envelopes in the pews the weekend of September 29th and 30th. Thank you for contributions.

Join for our Walk for the Poor. Saturday September 29 at Bishop Machebeuf High School at 9:30 am. Here is the link to register www.fopwalk.org/eventlisting/?search=CO

From Health and Wellness Ministry

Meditation and Movement: Please join us for Meditation and Movement on Tuesdays, September 18, 25th (RCIA Room) and October 9th (Music Room), from 5:30-6:30pm. The theme continues from the previous session “Practice the Pause, Pray Unceasingly”. Hope you can join us!

From Pastoral Outreach

Communion for the Homebound

MPB has ministers who are available to bring Communion to the homebound of our parish. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion at home, please contact Christine at the parish office.