2019 MPB Lenten Journey
During Lent this year, we will focus on Catholic Social Teachings and how we live what our faith calls us to do. We have three ways to focus on these during Lent.
- Stations of the Cross: Many of our stations will have a focus on this theme. Stations will be held in the church on Fridays at 5:30 and will be hosted by various MPB groups. Because of our challenges with space there will not be a soup supper following the services and we encourage parishioners to connect and join in community at local restaurants. Our first stations will be hosted on March 8 by the Second Half of Life ministry with a theme of “Social Justice”.
- An Evening of Reflection and Conversation on Catholic Social Teachings: Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, connect them to scripture, and share in conversation. The evening will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the RCIA room and is hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry.
The Delores Project
The MPB community has been serving the residents at The Delores Project for close to 20 years. The great news is they are getting closer to their move in date to their new Arroyo Village. Arroyo Village is an important step for The Delores Project to continue increasing their locally unmatched success in moving guests from emergency shelter to stabilized housing. A major part of the Delores success are the active volunteer groups. Your help is needed, check out these opportunities https://tinyurl.com/DeloresVolunteerMPB
Sunday Lunch Program
In the month of March, MPB will be providing over 200 lunches to seniors every Sunday. Volunteers make and pack the lunches every Sunday in the school cafeteria after 9:00 Mass. Want to help make lunches and perhaps deliver them? More info and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/SLPMarch19
Your Love Has Been Shared!
The MPB community has made many of those held in detention felt loved this Valentine’s Day. We delivered over 550 wonderful homemade Valentines to our brothers and sisters.
Along with Valentines, WOO ladies braved the cold and made 40+ heart pillows for cancer patients. Along with the pillows, over 100 personal notes of encouragement were shared. WOO ladies also crafted 75 heartfelt Valentines for the detainees.
Day To Serve Volunteers joined MPB teacher Anne Schwieterman in serving over 100 residents lunch at The Denver Rescue Mission.
Blessed are you for lifting the poor in spirit, thank you!
On January 23 at a gathering of parish staff, project architect and contractor, Fr. Pat blessed the new Parish Office in a small ceremony. The staff also took the opportunity to thank a special parishioner who facilitated the donation of gently used office furniture to furnish all 15 offices, 3 conference rooms, open workspace and reception area, saving the parish thousands of dollars. The 10,000 square foot space is spacious, airy and full of natural light through both numerous windows and several sky lights.
Everyone is welcome to stop in and visit the new offices and see the outcome of your generosity through the Here for Good capital campaign. The old offices in the former convent will be coming down in the next month, making room for a new artificial turf field and playground for the school, to be opened in early 2020. The “big dig” creating space for the basement of the new Parish Center is progressing on schedule, as are the upgrades in the sanctuary, including the fire suppression system, new interior paint, new sacristy and new sound system.
Click here to catch up on the latest construction news.
Here for Good—Spending Your Money Wisely
As we prepare to see the former convent come down later this month, many have asked why we just didn’t renovate that building instead of tearing it down and building a new building. Parish leadership, both the administration and the Finance Committee, investigated many options in determining the best use of our space and value for our dollar. In the end, it was going to be far more expensive to refurbish the 50+ year old building than proceeding with renovating the former Parish Center and building a new Parish Center.
However, throughout the process of moving out of the building, every effort was made to reduce expenses and reuse or recycle as much as we could. Habitat for Humanity Restore, Second Chance Center and some of our own staff and parishioners were the recipients of most of the furnishings from the building. The majority of boxes used for packing were second-hand and then passed onto another nonprofit after we were done. Thanks to the parish staff and many volunteers for helping to pack up the entire building and church before moving. As was shared in a recent bulletin, all of the furniture in the new offices was gently used prior to our acquiring it at no cost, thanks to parishioner Ben Diaz who facilitated the donation. And, thanks to the generosity of long-time parishioner Adel Nassif, we have been able to store the contents of the Parish Center and all donated furniture throughout this extended transition period at no cost.
Dollars raised from the Here for Good capital campaign have been carefully stewarded throughout the construction process. Every single gift, regardless of size, has enabled the parish to get closer to the total project cost of $9.7 million. With just $2.3 million left to go, everyone will be asked to consider extended their pledge or making a new pledge if they haven’t yet supported the campaign. With every dollar donated, please know how much your gift is appreciated and spent wisely.
Click here to catch up on our latest photos of the construction site.
From Social Outreach
February Day to Serve
Join MPB teacher leader Anne Schwieterman as we serve at The Denver Rescue Mission/ “The Crossing”. We will lift up our neighbors at The Crossing from 10:30am to 1:30pm on February 8th. . Our outreach will involve preparing and serving lunch to the people living there. There are only 6 shifts available for this service opportunity. For more information and sign up contact Ann or https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeFeb19
Service Outreach Project Valentine
Join us as we share our love with those being treated for cancer. Our next gathering will be Thursday Feb 7 where we will be creating hearts for Project Valentine. Project Valentine brightens the day for over 570 cancer patients young and old, at 18 infusion centers across the metro area on Valentine’s Day. We’ll gather in the school cafeteria from 6:15-8:00. No sewing experience needed. Bring a friend and craft and serve in community.
Share the Love!
You were over the top at Christmas providing Holiday greetings to over 950 detainees at the Aurora Detention Center, thank you! So, here’s another opportunity to share the love. We are showing our support for our brothers and sisters with Valentine cards. These cards will be distributed to detainees and day laborers. Homemade cards can be dropped off in the gym in the tubs marked “Share the Love” the weekend of Feb 9-10. Deadline for cards is Feb 11. Important information for the cards at: tinyurl.com/sharethelovempb19 or contact Ann Zimmer.