News & Events for July

Family to Family Back to School (supply) Drive

Family to Family Back to School Supply Drive is back…. with a different look. Because of the current pandemic, schools and families are in flux. What school will actually look like is still to be determined and may change quickly. Instead of asking for supplies, we are requesting monetary donations. These donations can be used by the schools at their discretion. Perhaps a school may need the funds to help with technology needs to deliver on-line learning. Maybe families may receive gift cards from the school to purchase their school supplies. Perhaps the funds will be used to help provide tuition assistance so that students can attend school this year.

The needs are greater and more diverse than ever. And so, we ask your help by making a monetary donation.

How to donate:

Donations are being accepted now through Aug 10. Donate through Faith Direct

Drop off a check to the parish office between now and Aug 10. Checks may be made out to MPB and note “Back to School” in the memo line.

Because of COVID we are NOT accepting any actual school supply items this year. Questions and more information: or contact Ann

MPB Justice Matters

MPB Justice Matters Ministry Presents:

Living Room Conversations

Racial Justice 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

About This Series

In this series of in-depth conversations, participants explore the complexities of four issues that impact racial justice in our country. This conversation series is an opportunity to explore our varied experiences of these issues and our view of how that

impact racial equity. Coming to a conversation around these help us to better understand ourselves and others and how various experiences form us.

Now, more than ever we are called to address the inequities that our society has created. We begin through civil conversation, in order to dig deeper into our own beliefs and understandings and then to listen with an open heart to others.

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. This is an opportunity to become acquainted with others both within our Most Precious Blood community and beyond. In doing so, it allows us to build on one of the pillars of MPB — a strong sense of caring for, and being attentive to the needs of one another.

Conversations will be held on ZOOM. Each conversation is 90 minutes. You will receive additional information a few days before the conversation.

For more information on Living Room Conversations- go to their website

Series Schedule

Race and Incarceration: Monday July 13 Completed

Race in the Time of Corona: Thursday, July 23 Completed

Police-community Relations: Tuesday, July 28 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Status and Privilege: Tuesday, August 4 9:00 am-10:30 am

You can sign up for one session or all four sessions, choose which ones fit your schedule and meet you interests.

Registration: Registration and more Information

Questions? Ann Zimmer

Breaking Open to Make Whole

Learn of justice from the oppressed

From Prayer of the Body and Blood by Father Pat

Justice Matters is pleased to welcome Will Snowden to MPB!

Please join Will as he presents:

Promoting Excellence: An Understanding of Implicit Racial Bias and Racial Anxiety and How They Influence Our Daily Interactions

Join in community as we break open this topic

to better understand our place in our daily race interactions.

Monday, July 27 6:30-7:45 PM

Will is the New Orleans Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. In this role, he continues and strengthens Vera’s existing partnerships with criminal justice actors and community leaders while identifying new collaborative relationships with government entities and community organizations. The collaborations focus on improving criminal justice systems in the South.

Promoting Excellence: An Understanding of Implicit Racial Bias and Racial Anxiety and How They Influence Our Daily Interactions

This presentation aims to provide three things: 1) an understanding of the mind sciences of implicit racial bias and racial anxiety; 2) real-word examples from personal experience and research studies showing how implicit racial bias and racial anxiety show up in the real world; and 3) intervention strategies to guide participants on how to reduce the influence these mind sciences have on the way we perceive, treat, and interact with each other.

This will be a ZOOM gathering and the link will be shared the day before the presentation.

All are welcome! Registration is required and closes at 4:00PM July 26

Questions: Contact Ann Zimmer

Thank you to Karen!

Karen, an MPB parishioner, has now made over 500 masks for those in need. Her latest supply of 175 masks is helping the seniors at Senior Support Services stay safe and healthy. Thank you Karen and all our amazing mask makers!



7:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays SW or NE Intersections of Colorado & Hampden

For a few weeks, we have been gathering in peaceful demonstration of solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We are now announcing a new schedule, encouraging folks to gather on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00pm on either the SW or the NE corner of Hampden and Colorado.

First Plymouth is hosting a vigil on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00pm in front of their church (on the southwest corner of Hampden and Colorado). If folks plan to be on the southwest corner, they can register at the link below, but no registration is needed for the northeast corner, where we will continue to gather in front of First Universalist with other University Hills neighbors.

Sign up:

Here is some more information from First Plymouth:

First Plymouth will host these vigils each Monday and Thursday at 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM through Thursday, July 30.

Please wear a mask and maintain a distance of 6 feet apart. Participants are encouraged to display signs with messages such as:

  • Black Lives Matter · Resist Racism
  • Silence is Violence
  • Action for Racial Equity

For more information about these gatherings, please contact First Universalist Racial Justice Task Force members Mary Raynard

Contact Frank Ambrogio for more details, @

Breaking Open to Make Whole….

Learn of justice from the oppressed….

From Prayer of the Body and Blood by Father Pat

Join in community as we break open ourselves to deepen our understanding of social injustices.

The film Just Mercy, is based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, and is a powerful resource to offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. Just Mercy is available to rent across digital platforms.

We believe that to actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we need to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today.

Please view the movie prior to our gathering.

Join in community as we discuss this movie:

Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00- 8:15 pm

Via ZOOM More information and registration or contact Ann Zimmer


“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
-Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things”