News & Events for November

Please remember to check our Parish Calendar for the most up to date information.

Day to Serve:

Want to get in the holiday spirit? No way better than to serve others. Join MPB teacher, Katie Cawley, as she leads a group on December 13 from 9:00 -12:00 volunteering at the Denver Santa Claus Shop.

The Denver Santa Claus Shop is a volunteer-run, nondenominational, nonprofit that shares the spirit of the Holidays with Denver children in need – many of whom might not otherwise have a toy to open at Christmas.

More info and sign up tinyurl.com/Day2ServeDec19

Family to Family Holiday Update

Christmas

Your support and generosity are amazing. Thank you to all who are sponsoring over 275 families and seniors plus nearly 500 angel gifts!

  • If you missed your opportunity to sponsor a family or senior, please contact Ann. We have a waiting list and will try to make a match.
  • Please be persistent in reaching your family or senior. If they don’t answer the first time, try try again. Contact one of the coordinators on your card if you have challenges or need assistance. We have found that some recipients would prefer to call YOU, so consider sharing your number with them through us.
  • If your family / senior speaks Spanish and you need a translator to connect with them, please contact Ann and we can arrange a translator for you.
  • Birthline toys (red angels) can be returned unwrapped to the Gathering Space Dec 1-15

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Group Gatherings:

Many participants have indicated that they would like to connect with you at a “group gathering”. Please contact your family or senior and let them know you’ll be there. Here are the details for the group gatherings:

Guardian Angels: Saturday, Dec 7 @ 2:00 w/ service project, cookies and drinks followed by 4:00 Mass
1843 W 52nd Ave. Denver 80221

St Rose of Lima: Saturday, Dec 7 Mass @ 4:00 followed by gathering, cookies and drinks
1345 W Dakota Ave Denver 80223

North Lincoln Seniors: Saturday., Dec. 7, 1:00 Gathering and cookies and drinks
1425 Mariposa, Denver 80204

Olin Apartments: Sunday, Dec. 8 @3:00 Gathering and Pizza Party
1420 Logan St, Denver 80203

Tapiz Seniors: Saturday, Dec 7, 11:00am -1:00pm Cookies and Drinks
1099 Osage, Denver 80205

Missing Slips!

It is important that we receive the bottom portions of the family and senior cards for Christmas. We are missing:

Annunciation #36
St Rose of Lima #5
Olin #27
Tapiz #60
Sarced Heart Neighborhood #4

Hope for the Holidays! 

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigrant detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each person who is detained in the Aurora GEO Detention Center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter; they are not forgotten and we do care about them.

There are important specific details for making the cards so that they fit the detention center guidelines. Please check the specifics at https://tinyurl.com/CasaH4H19 or in the Welcome Center. This video provides the story behind the cards https://tinyurl.com/casacards18

Cards can be completed and dropped off to the office or back of church by Monday, Dec 10. Contact Ann with questions. Sponsored by MPB Justice Matters Ministry

Social Outreach Committee Funding

Because of your weekly generosity, the Social Outreach Committee was able to fund the following agencies through an application process. Please check them out on line and see the good work they’re doing to lift others up.

Casa de Paz $3,000
Denver Catholic Workers Soup Kitchen $2,500
Bessie’s Hope $1,000
Sacred Heart House of Denver $3,000
Dominican Home Health Agency $500

Life After Loss meeting

Tuesday, November 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Office’s conference room.
This group is facilitate by Rosemary Classen, an experienced grief group facilitator.

Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday November 28th at 9a.m.

Family to Family Holiday Update

Christmas

  • If you missed your opportunity to sponsor a family or senior, please contact Ann. We do have a waiting list and many times we have late applications.
  • PLEASE make sure you have returned the bottom portion of the card for your family. It is important for us to track who has been sponsored so that no one is left out.
  • Please be persistent in reaching your family or senior. If they don’t answer the first time, try- try again. Contact one of the coordinators on your card if you have challenges or need assistance. Perhaps send a card to your family / senior to introduce yourself.
  • Reach out and connect with your family or senior before Nov. 10 to introduce yourself.
  • Birthline toys (red angels) can be returned unwrapped to the Gathering Space Dec 1-15

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.

Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Food bags for our seniors at Tapiz and North Lincoln will be distributed after all Masses Nov. 9-10. Please return the filled bags with requested items to the Gathering Space after all Masses on Nov 16-17. We will be delivering the bags to the seniors on Nov 19. If you’re interested in helping to deliver and enjoy a pizza lunch with the seniors, contact Ann Zimmer.

WOO SERVICE OUTREACH

Blanket’s for Brent’s Place

Join the ladies of WOO on Thursday, Nov. 14 6:15-8:00 pm, as we make blankets for Brent’s Place. We’ll be meeting in the school cafeteria. Join in community as we serve others and also learn about the wonderful services offered by Brent’s Place for children with cancer. Get more details at: https://tinyurl.com/BrentsWOO19

All ladies are welcome!

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
Carpool leaves MPB at 5:15, arrive at Parish Office @ 5:00.
Movie at 4:15 @ Parish Office

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. 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 at 5:00 pm and carpool leaves at 5:15 pm. We’ll gather after to reflect on our experiences back at MPB. You are also invited to view the short video @ 4:15pm, before the vigil, “Immigrants for Sale” which documents how immigrants are used to profit the private prison industry. Contact Ann if you’re interested in participating in either the vigil or the movie.

Day to Serve-

Metro Caring
Nov 20 9:00am-12:30pm

Join MPB teacher Barbara Garrett as we serve the working poor at Metro Caring. As Denver’s frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring builds equity by nourishing neighbors, providing tools to thrive and fostering community. Metro Caring uses a holistic approach to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while also sustainably addressing the root causes of hunger.

To sign up and get more information go to: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeNov19 or contact Ann Zimmer

Thank you to all who served at Food 4 Thought on Oct 18. The MPB School “Charity Team” along with other MPB community members packed power sacks for over 30 area schools needing healthy food for the weekends.

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Often advocacy can take the form of having a courageous conversation with someone who may have a different view or opinion. How do we have those compassionate conversations? Here are a few ideas: https://tinyurl.com/compassionateDialogue

Stories from the Margins….Building Bridges of Compassion

An Evening of Stories, Music, Prayer and Reflection
Friday, November 15 7:00pm MPB Church

Come join for an evening of stories and music sponsored by the MPB Music Ministry and Justice Matters Ministry. The evening will feature the stories of our neighbors who are marginalized along with the opportunity to process in community and delve deeper through the power of music, reflection and prayer.