News & Events for March

From Social Outreach

Monday April 8th

Sit and Sort 4  Birthline! 

Join MPB teacher, Cathy Collins, as we support moms at 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 moms.

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 2018 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center

Carpool from MPB leaves at 9:30 am (please indicate on sign up if you’d like to carpool from MPB)

Lunch & bottled water provided.

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeApril19

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation: Catholic Social Teaching

Many enjoyed a lively evening with community as we explored Catholic Social Teaching. MPB Justice Matters Ministry hosted the evening where we discerned our “Lenten Campaign for Action” by living our faith through the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Interested in learning more about Justice Matters, contact Ann.

Social Outreach Committee  Report

Through your weekly generous donations, social outreach committee was able to support the following agencies during this 3rd quarter.

Casa de Paz. $2,200

Maria Droste $2,000

New Foundations AVP $1,000

Delores Project.  $3,000

Metro Caring  $3,000

Alternatives Pregnancy Center $1,500

RMIAN (Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network) $4,000

Center for Spirituality at Work  $3,000

Please visit these agencies on the web and explore the good work they do. Thank you for your support.

From Family to Family-Thank you!

A resident at Tapiz Apartments called to thank the MPB parishioner who sent her a Valentine. She was so surprised and appreciative. The Valentine made her day! She said it was the only Valentine she received.  Thank you for the time to reach out to one who needed to be lifted up!

Stations of the Cross:

Please join every Friday evening during Lent at 5:30 pm for Stations of the Cross.

March 8th Theme: Social Justice Presented by Second Half of Life

March 15th Theme: Living Stations Presented by MPB School

March 22nd Theme: Stations Presented by RCIA

March 29th Theme Stations of the Cross Presented by Creation Care with JP II , Ecological Conservation

April 5th Theme: Praying for Truth, Presented by MPB’ers for Change Justice, Reform & Healing in Response to Clerical Abuse

April 12th Theme: Migrants and Immigrants Presented by Justice Matters

From Social Outreach

Tuesday March 12th: An Evening of Reflection and Conversation: Catholic Social Teachings

Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, reflect on scripture, and share in conversation. This is a wonderful way to connect with others and journey together through Lent.

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

Thursday March 14th: WOO Mini Retreat

Join Angeline Hubert and the Ladies of WOO at our Lenten Retreat -The Lenten Journey: A Call to Conversion. Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy speaks of Lent as a time when we can grow closer to the Word of God. As we begin our Lenten journey, we’ll look at that Word and reflect on what it tells us about our call to conversion and new life.

Time: 6:15-8:00 pm

Location: Gathering Space of the Church

All Ladies are Welcome!

March 22nd Day to Serve 

Start your Friday morning off in community, by joining MPB teacher, Donna Simington, as we support Food for Thought. Food for Thought Denver strives to eliminate childhood hunger by providing healthy snacks for children. Help pack “Power Sacks” on Friday, March 22 from 7:15am-9:15am. For more information and registration https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeMar19 contact Ann Zimmer

From Social Outreach-Lenten

A Lenten Journey- Catholic Social Teaching

Each week during Lent, we will focus on a Catholic Social Teaching theme. Catholic Social Teaching is central to our faith, and is based on — and inseparable from — our understanding of human life and dignity. These teachings are derived from: The Gospels and the words of Christ; papal statements and encyclicals; and Catholic bishops’ statements and pastoral letters. Catholic social teaching calls us all to work for the common good, help build a just society, uphold the dignity of human life and lift up our poor and vulnerable brothers and sisters

This week’s theme is: Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

The Lenten Journey: Catholic Social Teachings

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, every person’s life and dignity must be respected and supported from conception through natural death. We believe that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person. Source: Minnesota Catholic Conference. This information has been adapted from: “Catholic Teaching and Principles,”U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflect on Tradition

“When we speak of mankind, we must never forget the various attacks on the sacredness of human life. The plague of abortion is an attack on life. Allowing our brothers and sisters to die on boats in the Strait of Sicily is an attack on life. Dying on the job because the minimum safety standards are not respected is an attack on life. Death from malnutrition is an attack on life. Terrorism, war, violence; so is euthanasia. Loving life means always taking care of the other, wanting the best for him, cultivating and respecting her transcendent dignity.” —Pope Francis, Address to Meeting of the Science and Life Association

Examen:

  • Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death?
  • Do I recognize the face of Christ reflected in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities?
  • Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened?
  • Am I committed to both protecting human life and to ensuring that every human being is able to live in dignity? U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2010

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation:

Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, reflect on scripture, and share in conversation. This is a wonderful way to connect with others and journey together through Lent.

Tuesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

2019 MPB Lenten Journey

During Lent this year, we will focus on Catholic Social Teachings and how we live what our faith calls us to do. We have three ways to focus on these during Lent.

  • Stations of the Cross: Many of our stations will have a focus on this theme. Stations will be held in the church on Fridays at 5:30 and will be hosted by various MPB groups. Because of our challenges with space there will not be a soup supper following the services and we encourage parishioners to connect and join in community at local restaurants. Our first stations will be hosted on March 8 by the Second Half of Life ministry with a theme of “Social Justice”.
  • An Evening of Reflection and Conversation on Catholic Social Teachings: Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, connect them to scripture, and share in conversation. The evening will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the RCIA room and is hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry.