News & Events for October

Family to Family Christmas: The Kiosks are Out!

Christmas Kiosks are out this weekend and next, Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Contact Ann. Please be sure to leave the bottom portion of the form at the volunteer table in the Gathering Space so we can assure all our neighbors have sponsors. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Translators Needed:

We are looking for translators to help with the Christmas program. If you speak another language, especially Spanish, and would be available to help cross the language barrier, please contact Ann. We especially need translators the Saturday, Dec 6.

Vigil at the Aurora GEO Detention Center

Hosted by AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and Colorado People’s Alliance
Monday, November 4 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010-1502

Supporters gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. The spirit of this vigil is to lift the stories and experience of real people struggling to overcome the extreme consequences of ensnarement in our immigration and criminal justice systems. All people are important to the fabric of our community and deserve our support. Our immigration system treats people cruelly and unfairly, both inside detention centers and through deportation that rips families and communities apart.

The November vigil will have an altar for Day of the Dead to remember those who have died in detention.

MPB Justice Matters Ministry is organizing a group to join in support. Meet at MPB office at 5:00 pm and carpool leaves at 5:15 pm. We’ll gather after to reflect on our experiences back at MPB. Contact Ann if you’re interested in participating.

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Advocacy can take many forms. Here are 5 ways to be an advocate at a public or legislative level:

  1. Letters to the Editor/ OP Ed Piece: submit these to the local paper
  2. Emails and Phone Calls : Emails work better than letters. Make them personal by introducing yourself… I’m Mary, a Catholic and grandmother…
  3. Town Hall Meetings: attend a meeting, voice your stand and build community
  4. Visits with Legislators: they really want to hear from you, their constituents
  5. Day at the Capitol : spend a day and learn about and discuss important policy affecting the various state issues.

All Souls Day Mass Saturday November 2nd

The Lazarus Bereavement Ministry invites all parishioners to an All Souls Day Mass on Saturday, November 2nd at 9am in the church.  This special liturgy will be an opportunity for all those who have lost a loved one to honor and celebrate those lives with the MPB community.  You are invited to bring a picture of your loved ones with you

PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MOVEMENT AS WE AGE-November 6th

Health and Wellness Ministry and 2nd Half of Life Ministry invite you to join them for an evening of information and inspiration, on Wednesday, November 6th,   from 6:30-8:30pm in the RCIA Room.  Dr. Judith Wilson is a pediatric physician and is living with Parkinson’s.  Come hear her inspiring story of living with this disease and the impact she is making in the Parkinson’s community.  Renee King, PT is a Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist who works at UCHealth with Parkinson’s patients as well as other patients affected by neurological diseases.  Renee will be talking about the importance of movement whether we are living with a neurological disease or dealing with the effects of aging.  Questions?  Contact Christine at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.

Family to Family Christmas

It’s only October but we’re already gearing up for another great season of lifting others up. The Christmas Kiosks, with families and seniors needing support this holiday season, will be up the weekends of Oct 26-27 and Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas and hopefully continue a lasting relationship. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Please connect with Ann before the kiosks are out. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Translators Needed:
We are looking for translators to help with the Christmas program. If you speak another language, especially Spanish, and would be available to help cross the language barrier, please contact Ann.

Save the Date

Friday, November 15   Stories from the Margins….Building Bridges of Compassion  An Evening of Stories, Music, Prayer and Reflection

7:00 PM in the  Church

WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization)

Thursday, Oct 10
6:15-8:00 pm
Gathering Space

WOO welcomes Lindsay Moore, Executive Director of Bridge of Hope. Bridge of Hope serves single mothers and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Greater Denver area.
Along with learning about Bridge of Hope and their unique programming, Lindsay will share her expertise on “The Brain and Poverty”. Surprisingly, poverty and the brain are closely interrelated.
Come and grow in understanding of our brothers and sisters who live in poverty.

All ladies are welcome!

Day to Serve 

Friday October 18th

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, Oct 18 from 7:15am-9:15am. For more information and registration https://tinyurl.com/DaytoServe19-20 or contact Ann Zimmer

Family to Family Christmas

It’s only October but we’re already gearing up for another great season of lifting others up. The Christmas Kiosks, with families and seniors needing support this holiday season, will be up the weekends of Oct 26-27 and Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas and hopefully continue a lasting relationship. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Please connect with Ann before the kiosks are out. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

A BIG THANK YOU!

Thanks to your weekly generosity, Social Outreach Committee was able to support the following agencies this first quarter.

St Vincent dePaul $12,000 (3,000 per quarter)
KARIS Community $2,500
Food for Thought $2,500
Earthlinks $3,000
Habitat for Humanity $3,000
Promise of Hope $3,000

Take a minute to research these agencies to learn about how they are helping those who live on the margins.