News & Events for September

From  Ministry

On Wednesday, October 24th, the 2nd Half of Life Ministry will be sponsoring another VINO VERITAS- “in wine there is truth”.  Join us at Citron Bistro (Hampden and Yosemite) from 5-7pm for dinner (order from menu) and a presentation and discussion led by Fr. Pat. Space is limited.

RSVP to Christine at the parish office or at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org by Friday, October 19th.

From Social Outreach

The Delores Project Needs our Continued Support

The mission of the The Delores Project (TDP) is to provide safe, comfortable overnight shelter and services to unaccompanied adult women who are homeless and have limited resources. TDP assists women in developing the skills and resources necessary to stay off the streets and move towards stability.

For close to 20 years MPB has supported the ladies at TDP through meals and other resources. It is estimated in 2017-18 your donation of 108 meals was valued at over $31,000. Thank you!

Because of the construction on our campus and also the transition occurring at TDP to their new location, our meal support will be changing and TDP is experiencing a critical need for nightly meals.

Please help! You can go to TDP site, and choose a date to bring a meal that works for you. Grab friends for an afternoon of cooking or organize and host a drop off base for a meal. If you need ideas or help on

how to organize a meal team, contact Mary Ann Tarpey maryanntarpey@gmail.com or Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.308 The URL for sign up is https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMeals18-19

“We are grateful to be able to feed the hungry, rather than being one of the hungry.”

From WOO

October Gathering, Thursday October 11 at 6:15pm in the Gathering Space.

Sister MaryAnn Figlino will be our guest speaker presenting- “Jesus, Eating His Way Through the Bible”

From the Parish Office

Our 2018 Annual Report is here.

A few other highlights about the 2018 Annual Report

  • The difference between income and expenses for the entire campus was a surplus of $360,000. These funds went into savings so we can continue to maintain our aging campus.
  • We saw a 45% increase over 2017 results of financial support and donated goods by our parishioners to the now 53 organizations served by our social outreach programs.
  • One out of every three of parishioners’ volunteers in any number of ways across our campus. We are truly living the mission of our faith!
  • We have seen an increase of nearly 8% in our weekly offertory, and about a third of our families use Faith Direct, our electronic giving tool.

How do we compare with other Catholic parishes nation-wide?

  • To date, 55% of our registered parishioners have pledged or given to the Here for Good campaign. Nationally, only 15-25% of registered parishioners support their capital campaign.
  • We are proud to share that 61% of our registered parishioners support MPB through the offertory, compared with the national average of 45% to 55%.

Construction News!  Watch our progress….live

We now a have a live construction camera. Click here to check out the construction of the Parish Offices.  Picture refreshes every few minutes.

MPB receives “Shining Star Award”

Because of your endless generosity and willingness to reach out to lift others up MPB has been awarded the Denver Housing Authority “Shining Star Award”. We received the following letter from DHA:

“It is my pleasure to inform you that Most Precious Blood has been chosen as one of Friends of DHA’s 2018 Wall of Fame winner!  The Wall of Fame is our annual awards ceremony that recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Denver Housing Authority.  Most Precious Blood is the recipient of the Shining Star Award for your commitment and contributions to DHA and most importantly the residents at Tapiz and North Lincoln.  I have had the great pleasure of working with Most Precious Blood, and I am routinely amazed by your commitment and dedication to serving not just our population, but seniors across Metro Denver.  The lunches, holiday presents, Thanksgiving donations, and funds to support the Senior Ball and programming at both North Lincoln and Tapiz has been integral to the success of our communities.”

Thank you MPB community!

Becoming more fully alive after 50 – Dealing with Stuff

Join us for a three- part series this Fall examining three areas of “stuff” we deal with at this stage of life.   All three evenings will take place in the Gathering Space/RCIA Room from 6:30-8pm.

Our topics will be:

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8pm – Let’s Begin – Taking the Anxiety out of Clutter

Speaker:  Suzanne Woodward, parishioner and professional organizer

“Why can’t I do this?”

Let’s poke around at our present relationship to clutter. I believe that making space can be a CREATIVE process (not so scary) and can lead to greater creativity and freedom at this time in our lives.

Please bring your questions! This evening will address the interests of those who attend.

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8pm – Navigating Government Benefit Programs – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits…

Speaker:  Frank Baysore, parishioner and fiduciary services

Frank will explore with us questions like: Do you know the optimum age to file for Social Security? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? What are my options for Medicare plans? I’m a low-income veteran. What programs are available for me? What do I need to do to file for Social Security Disability?

Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30-8pm – Life Transitions – Endings and Beginnings

Speaker:  Lynette Reiling from Boomers Leading Change, Boomers Leading Change

Change and the transition that follows is a normal part of life, yet it can be frightening. In this workshop you will learn about the three phases of transition and how to understand them. This is a roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into the future.

From WOO

WOO 2018-19 Kickoff!   Thursday September 13th at 6:00 pm

Spiritual Potluck with Father Pat

Share a dish and a question for Father Pat

For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOPotluck18

All ladies are welcome, bring a friend and build community!

Questions: contact
Karen Peterson kpeterson2@me.com

Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com

Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

From Social Outreach

Day to Serve

Looking for an opportunity to serve others? Day to Serve is kicking off its second year. This is a collaborative ministry combing MPB school staff and MPB Social Outreach ministry.   Each month, a teacher leader will join volunteers at a service site to serve others. This is a great opportunity to build community while experiencing the many amazing charitable agencies across the metro Denver area.

We’ll kick off the year at Earthlinks with MPB teacher Conor Boyle on Wednesday Sept 19. We’ll meet at Earthlinks at 8:30am and serve till 12:00. Carpool opportunities also are available from MPB. More information and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeSept18

“Let serving others serve as our belief” – Fr. Patrick Dolan… “Prayer of the Body and Blood of Christ”

Sit and Sort 4 Birthline!

Birthline is an organization which supports the lives of the unborn by supporting young women with counseling and support.

Birthline needs 75 volunteers to help sort donated clothing items. Bring a chair, “sit and sort” and meet new friends as you help these young moms.

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2018 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center

Carpool from MPB leaves at 9:15 am (please indicate on sign up if you’d like to carpool from MPB). Lunch & bottled water provided.

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BirthlineFall18

Questions: contact Ann Zimmer 303.756.3083 or azimmer@mpbdenver.org

More Opportunities to Serve in September!

Delores Dinners tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBSept18 and Sunday Lunch Program tinyurl.com/SLP1Sept18 need helpers in September. Both require little time, but a big heart to help! Please check out these opportunities.

From St. Vincent de Paul Society

Feast day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Frederic’s first act of charity was to take his supply of winter firewood and bring it to a widow whose husband had died of cholera.

Today your Society of St. Vincent de Paul members visit our neighbors and assess their current needs.

Recently, two MPB Vincentians made a home visit with a patient who was going through a second treatment for brain cancer and the prognosis was not good, with only months to live.
This person was not able to work because of seizures and was behind on rent.  Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to help this patient with rent. The gratitude expressed at this visit was unbelievable.

We were able to do this because of the generous financial donations of this parish. Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have special collection envelopes in the pews the weekend of September 29th and 30th. Thank you for contributions.

Join for our Walk for the Poor. Saturday September 29 at Bishop Machebeuf High School at 9:30 am. Here is the link to register www.fopwalk.org/eventlisting/?search=CO

From Health and Wellness Ministry

Meditation and Movement: Please join us for Meditation and Movement on Tuesdays, September 18, 25th (RCIA Room) and October 9th (Music Room), from 5:30-6:30pm. The theme continues from the previous session “Practice the Pause, Pray Unceasingly”. Hope you can join us!

From Pastoral Outreach

Communion for the Homebound

MPB has ministers who are available to bring Communion to the homebound of our parish. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion at home, please contact Christine at the parish office.

 

Faith Formation News

For those who are registered, please remember the parent meetings for sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and Restored Order are coming soon!

First Reconciliation- Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9:00 in the gym OR Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 in the church

Restored Order- Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:00 in the church or Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.

Registration is open on the website for the FAITH program and Sacrament Preparation until August 31.

News and Events for August

Creation Care Presents: Creation Connections featuring Jeff Lyng

“Colorado’s New Energy Economy: Past, Present and Future”

Monday, August 13, 2018

RCIA room 7:00-8:30 pm

Jeff Lyng is the Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at Xcel Energy, a U.S. utility serving 3.3 million electric and 1.8 million gas customers in eight states. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic direction and policies that will continue the company’s leadership in the clean energy transition while keeping customer bills low. In previous roles, Jeff was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University and Renewable Energy Policy Manager in Governor Ritter’s Energy Office. He is a past Chair of the American Solar Energy Society and project manager for the 2005 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team.

He is looking forward to sharing his experiences and understanding with the community.

All are welcome! Come and learn about the MPB Creation Care Ministry and how we can be best stewards of our common home.

Health and Wellness Team News

MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE will be Sunday, August 26th from noon to 4pm in the Church Nursery! Call Bonfils at 303-363-2300 to schedule an appointment or go to donors.bonfils.org and use site code E044. This Blood Drive is sponsored by MPB’s Health and Wellness Ministry. Look for Health and Wellness Ministry members after all the Masses next weekend (Aug 11/12) for more information.

Adult Faith Formation News

RCIA classes begin September 6th. Contact Tony Haas for registration. Need more information about the RCIA click here for details: https://mpbdenver.org/formation-education/becoming-catholic-rcia/

Music Ministry- Children’s Choir News

Register Now – MPB Parish Children’s Choir!

Come put your faith into action by serving at Mass and discover your unique voice and talent! MPB Children’s Choir is open to all parish children, of any school, grades 2-6 (7th grade and higher are very welcome as helpers or they can join the Adult Music Ministry). We sing once a month at alternating Masses and we rehearse every other week on Mondays at 6:30pm. You may register for Sept-Dec and/or Jan-May. Do both or “one semester”. Most intermediate level instrumentalists are also welcome. Our 1st rehearsal is Monday, 9/10/18, at 6:30pm in the church. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/mpbchchoir or email Teresa at tstone@mpbdenver.org.

WOO News

Join the Women’s Outreach Organization for a casual gathering in Observatory Park!

Thursday, August 9 at 6:15 pm.

Bring a picnic dinner and a chair or blanket and make and renew friendships.

We’ll meet north of Warren on the Fillmore Street side.

Bring a friend and join in community!

Meditation and Movement will be Tuesdays, August 7, 21, 28th and September 4th from 5:30-6:30pm in the RCIA Room (NO class on August 14th) The theme of this session is: Practicing the Pause: Praying Unceasingly. As we move, we will reflect on becoming more aware of our lives, of how we can practice the art of praying all the time.

News and Events for July

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization:

Join the Women’s Outreach Organization for a casual gathering in Observatory Park!

Thursday, July 12 at 6:15 pm.

Bring a picnic dinner and a chair or blanket and make and renew friendships.

We’ll meet north of Warren on the Fillmore Street side.

Bring a friend and join in community!

In case of inclement weather, check in with Lynn lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com or Ann azimmer@mpbdenver.org 

Delores Dinner Volunteers –

We are changing the volunteer sign up process for Delores Dinners. You may now choose which days are best for you and which items you want to supply. Please sign up using the following links:  July- https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBJuly18

August- https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBAug18

September – https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBSept18

If you need assistance with the sign up process, please contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@MPBDenver.org 303.756.3083

If you would like to be a part of this wonderful service opportunity or get additional information,  please contact: Mary Ann Tarpey mtarpey@comcast.net 303.753.6452

Michele Luttrell michele.luttrell@gmail.com 303.713.1033 or

Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083

Mark your calendars:

MPB School Supply Drive Aug 4-5. Check back for more details.

Communion for the Homebound

Communion for the Homebound is a special ministry that brings the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound or in a nursing facility. Eucharistic Ministers visit weekly or bi-weekly to pray and share the Eucharist with those who can’t be with us on Sundays.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact Christine Maschka in the parish office or atcmaschka@mpbdenver.org (Training provided).

News and Events for June

 

Sunday Lunch Program Needs YOU!

Looking for a way to lift others up this summer? The Sunday lunch Program needs help, especially during the summer months. This is a great family activity and way to build community. Join together after 9:00 Sunday Mass and make lunches for seniors. Sign up for June at: https://tinyurl.com/SLPJune18, July: https://tinyurl.com/SLPJuly18 or contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org for more information.

Faith Formation at MPB: Hopes for the Future

Join the MPB Faith Formation team to talk about future programming for families and children/youth at MPB.  We would love to share our thoughts with you and also hear your thoughts on how we can best accompany families on their faith journey.

Please come for a brief gathering in the RCIA room the weekend of June 2 and 3.  Join us prior to the 4:30pm Mass at 3:15pm on Saturday, June 2 OR immediately following the 10:45am Mass on Sunday, June 3, around noon.  We anticipate this conversation lasting about an hour.  If you have questions, please contact Kate Rice (krice@mpbdenver.org).

 

(Becoming more fully alive after 50)  We are kicking off the summer with a PICNIC at Observatory Park!  Join us on Wednesday, June 6th, at 5:30pm.  Bring your own picnic dinner and a lawn chair.  We will provide drinks.  Look for us on the west side of the park(Fillmore St) between Warren and Evans.  Updates from our May planning meeting will be shared.  PLAN TO JOIN US!!

From Social Outreach Ministry

Day to Serve Outreach

This has been the kick off year for this amazing service opportunity for the MPB Community. This was a joint effort by the MPB school and Social Outreach Ministry. 10 MPB teachers coordinated and facilitated this monthly outreach project serving 7 Denver agencies. 87 volunteers contributed over 290 hrs of lifting others up. Thank you to all who supported this ministry. We will kick off our new year in September and welcome all to join to build community while serving others!

WOO Annual Dinner

It’s time again for our Annual WOO Dinner!!!

Come join us at our annual WOO dinner on Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Citron Bistro ( 3535 South Yosemite Denver 80237)

Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/WOOdinner18 or email contacts below so we can get a head count.
Come gather and enjoy and connect with friends!

Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com,
Karen Peterson kpeterson2@me.com, or
Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

News and Events for May

From Social Outreach:

As we are preparing for construction to begin, our storage space is now nill.   Please click here to be linked to the resource page where you can take your “treasures” for others can benefit from them.

The 2nd Half of Life Ministry will be meeting on Wednesday, May 9th, from 6:15-8:15pm in the RCIA Room.

Please join us for dessert and fellowship at 6:15pm followed up an update from our gathering on April 7th and an opportunity for “work groups” to begin some planning for the months ahead.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Christine at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org or call 303-756-3083 by Monday, May 7th.

Mother’s Day 4 Others, May 5-6,

4 ways to support Mom’s in need, click here for details.

Creation Care wants you to know:

Electronic Waste Collection Day – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12

First Plymouth Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd Greenwood Village 80113 (SW Corner Colorado and Hampden)(west parking lot)

The Whole Earth Ministry at First Plymouth will be working with METECH Corp., a certified E-steward to legally and safely collect and recycle most all types of small household electronics; they will not accept large appliances like refrigerators, stoves or A/C. Due to the expense of safely recycling these electronics, there will be a charge for items received. For specific information on costs and items, go online https://tinyurl.com/ewastesp18 or check in the “Welcome Center” in the Gathering Space for a flyer.

WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization)- Thursday May 10th, 6:15 to 8pm

Gather all ladies, and enjoy an evening of community and sharing of stories as we welcome Michelle VanDenBerg, Pastor of Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, a member of Father Pat’s Ecumenical group. She will share “Telling Stories: God’s Story, My Story, Your Story”.

Thursday May 10 6:15-8:00 pm in the Gathering Space in Church. Bring a friend, we all have a story to share.

Questions:
Karen Peterson kpeterson2@me.com
Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com
Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

May Day to Serve, Friday May 18th, 7:15-9:15 am

Start your Friday morning off 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.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018

Time: 7:15am-9:15am

Location: 1600 West Colfax Denver, CO 80204

For more information and sign up: tinyurl.com/daytoservemay or contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

News & Events for April

The 2nd Half of Life conversation in the Church – Saturday April 7th   8:30am to 11:30 am.

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization – Thursday April 12th, in School Cafeteria at 6:30 pm

16th Annual Mother’s Day Men’s Choir

Do you have something creative and from the heart for your wife or mother for Mother’s Day? Not yet? Well, sing for her at church! Could there be a better gift? All men, ages 13 – ?, are welcome to gather for fellowship, music and worship. You do not need to be a current member of the music ministry, but many music ministry members will also participate to create a huge, amazing men’s choir. You simply should enjoy singing and want to make this day special for the women of the parish. 16 years ago, Dan Feiten (parishoner, founding member of Ekklesia and composer of Seed, Scattered and Sown), created this special event that continues to this day.

This unique ministry consists of:
One Rehearsal in the Church – Monday, May 7, 7:30 – 9:00pm

And, of course:

Singing at 9:00 am Mass on Mother’s Day – Sunday May 13, 2018
Register here so we know how much music to prepare, or just show up to rehearsal!

Questions? Contact Teresa Stone at tstone@mpbdenver.org

News & Events for March

Lenten Book Club, continues on Wednesdays at 7pm or Thursdays at 9:30 in the Gathering Space.

2nd Half of Life Program Registration.  Program is on April 7thClick here for details.

Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper continues every Friday until March 23rd.
Stations are at 5:30 pm in the church, followed by a Soup Supper in the Parish Center.

WOO-Women’s Outreach Organization-March 8th in the Parish Center
6:15 pm-Fellowship
7:00 pm-Rosary with St. James, A contemporary rosary on the mysteries of Discipleship.

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE– Thursday March 22 at 7:00 pm.

AGAPE Dinner, Thursday March 29 at 5:30 pm.  Tickets will be on sale the weekends of March 17/18 and March 24/25.

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday- March 29th

Agape Meal – 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Center
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m. in the Church
Night Prayer – 10:00 p.m. in the RCIA Room

Good Friday – March 30th

Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. in the Church
Stations of the Cross – 3:00 p.m. in Observatory Park (at MPB if inclement weather)
Veneration of the Cross & Passion of the Lord – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday – March 31st

Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. in the Church
Easter Vigil – 8:00 p.m. in the Church
Easter Sunday – April 1st

Masses – 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. in the Church
9:00 and 10:45- Also in the Gym.
NO 5:30 pm Mass

News and Events for February

End of Year Statements

2017 Giving statements were mailed January 26, please allow for 1 week for delivery. If you haven’t received your statement by February 6th, please contact the Office.

Ash Wednesday, Wednesday February 14th

Masses will be at 7, 8:30 am and 7 pm. We will also have a prayer service with ashes at noon.

Lenten Book Club 2018

Our Lenten book club will begin on February 21/22 and run through March 21/22. There are two sessions to choose from, either Wednesday evenings at 7pm or Thursday mornings at 9:30. Our discussions are about 1 ½ hours long.

Book Title: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty, by Bill Ehlig & Ruby K Payne, Ph.D.

Books will be available for purchase the weekend of February 3rd and 4th following each mass. Cost is $20.00. Please complete the RSVP slip, found at the book table, if you plan to attend the sessions, or contact the Parish Office. We need to know how many people to plan for. Childcare will only be available for the Thursday morning sessions, again please RSVP with this information.

Click here for more details and session syllabus.

The Great St. Vincent de Paul Cover-Up

February 17 & 18

On the first week end of Lent, your St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers will be collecting gently used, clean blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves and mittens for Father Woody’s Haven of Hope.

If you recently downsized and have extra blankets or if you purchased a new bed and the blankets don’t fit or if you have new camping equipment or don’t go camping anymore and have an extra sleeping bag, this is the opportunity to recycle those surplus items and help a homeless person keep warm.

Please drop off you donations, curbside, before and after the Masses on February 17 and 18. Thank you!

Stations of the Cross

5:30 p.m.  Friday, February 16 through  Friday, March 23

Lenten Soup Suppers

After Stations of the Cross in the Parish Center Friday, February 16 through Friday, March 23.

Most Precious Blood Community Blood Drive

Sunday, March 4, noon – 4 pm in the Parish Center

To schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils at 303.363.2300 or visit donors.bonfils.org and use site code E044.

News & Events for December

As we approach the Advent and Christmas season, our staff at Most Precious Blood wishes you and yours a blessed and peaceful season.

Advent and Holiday News and Events

Daily Advent Reflections Opportunity

We invite you to take part in an offer from Liturgical Publications.  They are providing an email of daily Everyday Stewardship Advent Reflections beginning Sunday December 3rd and ending December 24th.  Click this link to sign and receive free reflections during this Advent Season.  http://go.4lpi.com/2017AdventReflections-Sign-Up.html

Advent Concert

Friday December 1st  at 7pm-Loving our World Through Song

MPB choir invites you to join in an evening of music of peace, beauty and justice to prepare for the coming joy of Christmas.

Immaculate Conception, Holy Day

Thursday December 7th, Anticipatory Mass  at 7 pm
Friday December 8th Holy Day Mass at 7:00 am

*CANCELLED* Advent Parish Penance Service

Tuesday December 12th at 7pm in the church

Christmas Schedules—Please note the changes

December 24th   Morning Masses will be at 7:30 and 9:00 am.

Christmas Eve Masses- Please note the time changes

Sunday December 24th masses will be celebrated at 4:00pm, 5:30pm , 7:30pm and midnight.  At  4:00pm, masses will be held simultaneously in the Church, Gym and Parish Center by 3 priests.

Christmas Day

Mass will be celebrated at 10 am.

Sunday December 31st Mass times will be 7:30, 9:00 and 10:45 am, there will not be a 5:30 pm Mass

Holy Day, January 1st

Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 am

Please consider a year end gift to Most Precious Blood offertory and/or the Here For Good Campaign, please go to mpbdenver.org and click on the slider for Year-end giving for information and donation.