News & Events for December

Details on Christmas

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses: No live or in-person Mass

Mass will be pre-recorded this year and available online at mpbdenver.org at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve.

Weekend Mass-Feast of the Holy Family: December 26th and 27th will be as usual at 4:30 pm and 9:00 am

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: No live or in-person Mass

December 31st and Jan 1 will be a pre-recorded Mass and will be available online at 4:30 pm on December 31st

January 2nd & 3rd will be as usual at 4:30pm and 9 am.


Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege Module

This is an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

We’ll introduce a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities by looking at power and privilege and how they contribute to racial injustice.  Later sessions will take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, lack of equal access to educational opportunities, disparities within the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.  

The Faith & Racial Equity Module will be offered :

Monday Evenings 6:30pm-8:00pm Via ZOOM

January 4- Feb. 22, 2021

Tuition: $50 (scholarships available) includes all materials

Limited number of spots are available so early registration is recommended.

Module information: https://tinyurl.com/FREW2021Flyer

If you would like more information or to register contact Ann Zimmer via email.

Registration Closes Dec 28

Family to Family

Despite the pandemic and a whole new way of supporting those in need…. The MPB community has once again stepped up in over the top generosity and love. Over the next few weeks, I will share updates on the amazing outpouring of compassion demonstrated by our community to various group of those in need.

Family to Family School Families:

We had a total of 141 households from Annunciation, St Rose, Guardian Angels and St Therese turn in applications for sponsorship this year. Although we could not meet the families  personally to give them actual requested gifts this year, we supported families through gift cards from their preferred vendors. Many of you reconnected with your family from past years again this year with gift cards. We were able to support all of the families which included  274 adults and 378 children. Although I cannot give an exact amount in gift cards that were donated, I’m estimating that there was a total of approximately $30,000 worth of donated gift cards made to these families. These were delivered to the schools for distribution to individual families so that they can now brighten their Christmas with gifts.  And to top it off, there was 100%  “turn in on time” with this new process. Again, thank you for stepping up to be the hands and feet of Christ during this challenging time. Now, please continue to support the families through your prayers.

Family to Family Holiday Giving Part 2

So last week I share with you how your generosity supported 141 school families with generous gift cards this Christmas.

This week I want to share how you reached out to 135 residents at North Lincoln, Olin and Tapiz housing communities.

Because of COVID we wanted residents to be safe while letting them know they were remembered and cared for. Every resident was sponsored with a personal card and a “comfort bag”. The bag included a blanket, scarf, socks, coffee mug, soup mix, hand sanitizer, cookies, a mask, coffee, muscle milk, trail mix, Nutria Grain bar, tea, hot chocolate, and fruit. These items were purchased through your very generous financial donations. Thank you!

Let me also share a few stories behind some of these gifts.

-Colorful masks were made by crafty parishioners.

– Warm scarves, which included a heartfelt note, were made by FAITH families.

– 350 additional pairs of socks for residents were donated by “Sock It To ‘Em Sock Campaign”. Lots of happy feet!

– The healthy soup mix came from The Women’s Bean Soup project which is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. This soup warmed many hearts!

-Yummy cookies came from SAME Café (So All May Eat). SAME Café is a donation-based, fair exchange restaurant that serves healthy food to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Their mission is to create community through healthy food access. SAME Café is the first nonprofit restaurant in Denver! Everyone who comes through the door is treated exactly the same. Along with the cookies they included a coupon for a free meal at the Cafe.

Thank you to all who crafted! Please support these non-profit agencies.

So, your gift to the residents went beyond the residents to support those in need.

A big thank you to Jeanine Garcia who was the head thrift shopper and the hearty group of volunteers who assembled and delivered the bags through the snow. We were grateful to have the space and warmth of the new Parish Center to safely do our work! The residents in these communities are so very grateful knowing that the MPB community is there for them.

Next week I’ll share how your Family to Family financial donations went further to support additional neighbors in need this Christmas.

Peace and Joy this Christmas season, Ann

A Big Huge Thanksgiving Thank You!

MPB community is amazing! During these challenging times you showed up to support our neighbors for Thanksgiving. Not snow nor wind could stop you as we collected over 200 bags of groceries, 30+ rolls of paper toweling and 289 rolls of toilet paper. The seniors thank you. And a big hearty thank-you to the volunteers who greeted, carried bags and counted goodies with cheer despite the weather! We have so much to be thankful for.

Moving Forward Together: Make Us A Channel For Your Peace

We have been pulled apart as a nation. Talking with others can help heal those divisions.

Toward that end, the MPB Justice Matters Ministry is offering a new series of respectful and thoughtful conversations online via ZOOM. The program is called “Living Room Conversations”. No advance preparation is necessary. Simply bring a willingness to listen and learn from one another. We encourage you to give it a go! It is a wonderful opportunity to meet others from the MPB community during this time of physical separation from one another.

What other attendees have said:

“ I don’t know what I would have done during the past 8 months without these LRCs!”,

“So valuable hearing others’ perspectives and wisdom. Shared concerns, but different thoughts and approaches to ponder.”

“It’s OK to let in information and ideas from “the other side”

“I feel less and alone and more connected to others.”

Please join us as we focus on that which unites us rather than that which divides us. You can sign up for single or multiple conversations.

Political Peace-Building Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-8:00 PM

Politics and Personal Relationships Wednesday, December 9, 9:00-10:30 AM.

Registration and additional information: https://tinyurl.com/LRCMovingForward Registration is necessary.

Hope for the Holidays

Make Holiday Cards for Detained Immigrants
This is the 4th year MPB has partnered up with Casa de Paz to support our brothers and sisters in detention. Ring in the holiday season by creating cards for immigrants locked in ICE detention centers.  Let’s remind them they are in our hearts during this season of love, hope, and peace.

Casa de Paz will be delivering holiday cards and candy bars for each immigrant locked in Colorado’s detention center. These cards and candy bars matter and it’s a small act of kindness that we can all be part of.

You can make these cards from the comfort of your own home! Please find the instructions here. https://tinyurl.com/CasaCards2020 Cards need to be received by Casa Dec 11.

Casa de Paz is pairing each card with a candy bar.  Since the candy can only be purchased through the detention center, Casa de Paz will buy the actual candy.  If you would like to support this effort, donations for the candy bars can be made here. https://tinyurl.com/CasaCandy2020

Brent’s Place Thanks WOO! (not timely)

Thank you to the ladies of WOO for your support of Brent’s Place. This year we delivered 68 hand tied blankets to the families at Brent’s Place. These will make these challenging times while facing cancer, a bit easier as they feel the warmth of love. The staff was overcome with gratitude as the blankets were delivered!

Save the Date

WOO

Great Intentions in 2021

Thursday, January 14 6:30-8:00pm via ZOOM

Start the new year out with great intentions with Jan Haas

More information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOJan2021

All ladies are welcome!