News & Events for June

Justice Matters Presents

Living Room Conversations: Race and Ethnicity Series

My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. ” Pope Francis on the death of George Floyd. 6.3.2020 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.

About This Series

In this series of three in-depth conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life. The expressed American ideal is the creation of a society that is fair and has opportunity for all, regardless of individual or group identity. Even as we work to build a nation that reflects those ideals, there are challenges to living into its fullest expression. Never have these challenges been more evident. This conversation series is an opportunity to explore our varied experiences of race and ethnicity in the American context. Where are we and what do we aspire to for ourselves and our communities?

More about Living Room Conversations

The Justice Matters Ministry is excited to offer this opportunity to have stimulating conversations. Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that may divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in congenial yet meaningful conversation. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and can help us build community during these times of isolation. Conversations will be held on ZOOM and are 90 minutes. For more information on Living Room Conversations- go to their website https://www.livingroomconversations.org.

To maximize this experience, it is highly recommended that one participate in all 3 sessions. Each conversation builds upon the other. The third session is dependent on attending one of the previous two sessions.

Series Schedule (more sessions have been added)

Race: Completed

Ethnicity: Tuesday, June 23 6:30pm-8:00pm

Race and Ethnicity: Wednesday, July 1 9:00am-10:30am

For more information and registration: https://tinyurl.com/LRCRaceEthnicity1

Questions contact Ann.

MPB Community showing solidarity.

Denver Inner City Parish Needs Volunteers!

1212 Mariposa Street in Denver

Denver Inner City Parish is in need of regular volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to help out at their food pantry, packing and delivering boxes of foods. The specific times needed are:

  • Tuesdays 1pm-4pm (usually done before then) – packing boxes
  • Wednesdays 8am-12pm – delivering boxes in personal vehicle
  • Fridays 1pm-3pm packing boxes

Only requirements are that volunteers are in good health. They prefer that the volunteer be able to come regularly (at least every other week, if not every week), and we can be somewhat flexible on the times as well.

Contact Michael Bruno Michael@DICP.org

Your Vote Counts!

Not sure if you’re registered? It’s easy to find out, go online to sos.state.co.us/voter. Primary election is June 30!

Reaching Out to our Neighbors

Your Caring Means More to Them Now, than Ever

Thank you to so many of you who have reached out to check in on your Christmas families and seniors over the last weeks. These neighbors are many times the marginalized who have been heavily impacted by the virus through loss of employment and high health risks. My own senior that I recently contacted was recovering from COVID-19.

Consider reaching out and connecting with your “Family to Family” senior or family to check in and let them know you care. It would mean the world to them. If you need their contact information, please contact Ann.

Thank you for your Generosity!

Because of your continued weekly generosity, Social Outreach Committee was able to support these frontline agencies. These agencies serve some of those who are most impacted during COVID-19. Thank You!

St Francis Center $2,000

Father Woody’s Haven of Hope $2,000

Dry Bones $2,000

 

WOO

You’re Not Alone in How Crazy You May Be Feeling-

Validating and Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Thursday, June 11 6:30-8:00 pm

Via ZOOM

Let’s gather in WOO ZOOM community and learn about how COVID-19 impacts our mental health. We’ll look at some of the research behind one’s experiences within a pandemic and how it affects our mental health. We’ll explore common experiences such as random anxiety out of nowhere, and feeling tired even when you have not done as many things throughout the day. We’ll examine why this isolation during the pandemic can feel worse compared to typical stress and make our emotions feel out of control. And… there’s hope as we learn about the neurological benefits of certain routines and how to take care of mental and emotional health during this pandemic.

Join Matt Abbott and Binta Cross from Maria Droste Counseling Center as they journey with us through these “crazy” times.

All ladies welcome, contact Ann for ZOOM log-in information.

Reaching Out to our Neighbors

Your Caring Means More to Them Now, than Ever

Thank you to so many of you who have reached out to check in on your Christmas families and seniors over the last weeks. These neighbors are many times the marginalized who have been heavily impacted by the virus through loss of employment and high health risks. My own senior that I recently contacted was recovering from COVID-19.

Consider reaching out and connecting with your “Family to Family” senior or family to check in and let them know you care. It would mean the world to them. If you need their contact information, please contact Ann.

Seniors are Safer and Their Day Has Been Brightened!

Thanks to FAITH families, seniors at Olin Apartments and North Lincoln Housing received beautiful home-made spring cards to brighten their day. The cards were delivered to residents along with 140 masks. You are the hands and feet of Christ!

Marvelous Mask Makers!

Thanks to the super sewers who have now made over 600 masks for our neighbors. Recently, Metro Caring received 100 adult and children masks for their clients who because of their living situations are most at risk. If you are making masks and want to share them with most in need, contact Ann.

Thank You Homebound Helpers!!

Through the Stay at Home Orders and now in the Safer at Home phase, we have numerous parishioners checking in on our homebound weekly with calls, cards, running errands, dropping off Spring surprises, etc.  Here is just some of what is happening!

Molly C says “I check in with my new friends Bernie and Stew every week or two!” Katie C runs to the grocery store once a week for Eileen.  Mary G. calls Susanna and Becky regularly and dropped off crossword puzzle books for Susanna.  Brian B and family check in with Cecilia regularly, dropped off a Lily for Easter and shared home baked bread with her.  Joanne F. made “Happy Spring” Bags for several residents at Clermont.  And Krista K’s girls painted pictures for Dorothy and Lois.  And so much more!  Thank you to all our homebound helpers during this time!!