News & Events for July

SCAM ALERT

From Health and Wellness Ministry:

Area Blood Clinics are always in need of blood.  This need usually increases during the summer months.  Due to our construction on campus, Health and Wellness is not able to host a Blood Drive this summer.  We encourage those who have given in the past or would like to give this summer to call Vitalant (formerly Bonfils) at 303-363-2300 to set up a time to give at one of their local clinics.  We appreciate your commitment to saving lives through donating blood!

Family to Family School Supply Drive

Back to School already? It’ll be here before you know it and shopping deals are popping up! We’ll be collecting new supplies along with notes of encouragement for teachers and students Aug 3-4. More details in the July 20 bulletin or go to http://tinyurl.com/F2FBTSSupplies2019

Day 2 Serve Thank You!

Thanks to all the volunteers who “dug in” to help out at Earth Links with MPB teacher Cathy Schilling. EarthLinks is an innovative, urban nonprofit, that provides a work program for people who are homeless and low-income to learn skills and create Earth-friendly products that sustain people and the planet. Volunteers pulled weeds and laid bricks to provide a new garden path. Your work lifted up those who are on the margins!

WOO in the Park!

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

Thursday, July 11 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 Ann azimmer@mpbdenver.org

Birthline is in Need

Birthline, which supports single moms, is in critical need of strollers and Pack n’Plays. These items need to be in good condition. Please contact Claire 303 832-2858 cwmorganlady1@yahoo.com to make arrangements to deliver them to her. Because of lack of storage we cannot accept items at the church or MPB office.

School Supply Drive:

Start shopping those bargains! See the list of requested items and details: https://tinyurl.com/F2FSchoolSupply19 We’ll be collecting donations Aug 3-4.

News & Events for June

Important Construction Updates

 

Day to Serve – Dig in and Serve! Thursday, June 27th

Looking for a way to reach out and serve others? Come join MPB teacher leader, Cathy Shilling, as we dig in at Earthlinks, Thursday, June 27 9:00 am-12:00pm. This is a great family service project so feel free to bring the kids!

EarthLinks is an innovative, urban nonprofit in Denver, Colorado, that provides a work program for people who are homeless and low-income to learn skills and create Earth-friendly products that sustain people and the planet. They are a community of people who are currently experiencing or who have previously known homelessness. Together, let’s care for each other and for Earth. Sign up and more information https://tinyurl.com/day2servejune19

 

(Becoming more fully alive after 50)  We are kicking off the summer with a PICNIC at Observatory Park!  Join us on Wednesday, June 26th, 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.   PLAN TO JOIN US!!  We’ll have updates on other upcoming 2ndHalf events!

Just Faith Ministries – Jack Jezreel Be Inspired! June 17th

Pope Francis invites us to be “missionary disciples” who seek out those in our world who have been abandoned and suffer. How do we take the first step?

Come be inspired by Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries. Just Faith Ministries, through their programs, challenges participants to explore contemporary social issues while building community. MPB recently participated in Just Faith, Exploring Migration module which was highly rated by MPB participants. We’ll be offering another session in the Fall.

Jack will be presenting Monday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church. The event is free. Register at justfaith.org/denver-workshop. More info https://tinyurl.com/JustFaithDenver Questions: Contact Nancy Rosenberg nancyrosenberg09@gmail.com

Creation Care presents: Let’s Ride! June 23rd

Are you wanting to get on your bike and ride? Want to get some exercise and also help our Denver air? Not sure what to do if you need a quick bike repair? Are you concerned about where you can safely ride? Got a new bike and don’t know what to do with your old one? We’ve got the answers! Join Denver area biking specialists and Creation Care team as they invite you to “On the Road to Cleaner Air” Part 2 Bike Event “Let’s Ride”

Sunday, June 23rd 12:15-2:15

In the MPB Parking Lot / RCIA Room

Learn:

  • simple bike repair & tune-up skills
  • safer routes to where you want to go on Denver area streets
  • health benefits of biking

Do:

  • take a guided round trip ride to Observatory Park
  • donate used bikes to charity (June 23rd 12:15-2:15 ONLY)
  • sign up for our “Drive Less Challenge”
  • ENJOY A FAMILY FUN DAY!

Bring your bike to MPB and join in community to learn about bike safety, bike repair, health benefits and at the same time do your part to clean up the Denver air. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/MPBLetsRide

Or grab a flier in the Gathering Space.

Questions: contact Lisa Penley lisa.penley@rocketmail.com

It’s time again for our Annual WOO Dinner

Take the night off from cooking and dishes! Mark your calendar! 

Come join us at our annual WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization) dinner on Thursday,  June 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Citron Bistro 3535 S Yosemite St, Denver, CO 80237   Please RSVP here (by June 3) or email Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com, so we can get a head count.  Come gather and enjoy and connect with friends! All Ladies are invited!

Ending Homelessness One Family At A Time …

FamilyPromiseOfGreaterDenver.org

Volunteer Opportunities with Family Promise formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network

MPB has a long history of hospitality with Interfaith Hospitality Network. IHN is now “Family Promise”. We are partnering with Grace United Methodist to support families in need. Grace is located at 4905 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80222 and is a little over a mile from MPB. Although we will not actually “host” the families on campus, we now have the opportunity to continue our support to this ministry.

Grace will be hosting the families from June 16-22, 2019.  They need help unloading beds and luggage, setting up rooms on June16  which takes about 1.5 hours and then take down and loading beds and luggage on June 22 .  Their greatest need is for van drivers from Grace to the day site and back in the afternoon Monday through Friday during the week. This takes about 2.5 hours per day. There is also a need to provide meals and side dishes for the guests. Please e-mail Carol Greenwald at carol.greenwald@ucdenver.edu for more information and sign up to help.

Road to Cleaner Air

Phil Von Hake from the CO Dept of Health and Environment shared at the Creation Connections gathering important information regarding air quality and how to reduce our carbon footprint. Colorado has many initiatives in process to reduce our air pollutants. His presentation can be accessed following this link: https://tinyurl.com/MPBCleanAir

Want to know what you can do? Take the Creation Care 6 week challenge! Contact Lisa Penley for more information. lisa.penley@rocketmail.com

Day 2 Serve Serves Many! 

Thank you so much to the MPB school staff and community for sharing your time and talents in order to serve those on the margins through MPB Day 2 Serve Ministry.

Many people benefitted from your monthly service this year. This ministry served at 8 agencies; Earthlinks (2x), Project Cure, Food 4 Thought (2x), Metro Caring, Denver Santa Shop, and Birthline.

Approximately 80+ volunteers served throughout the year. Our final Day to Serve this year will be At Earthlinks on June 27. More info and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/day2servejune19

Annual WOO Dinner

June 6

Come join us at our annual WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization) dinner on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Citron Bistro 3535 S Yosemite St, Denver, CO 80237 Please RSVP https://tinyurl.com/WOOdinner2019 by June 3 or email Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com, so we can get a head count. Come gather and enjoy and connect with friends! All Ladies are invited!

Thank You for Welcoming the Refugees

55 refugees from various Central American Countries arrived in the early morning hours on May 13. Three area churches hosted these men, women and children while arrangements could be made for them to unite with sponsors and family members across the country. Many Justice Matters Ministry and other MPB community members reached out to make them feel supported and welcomed through donations of clothing, food, toiletries, money and companionship. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ.

Social Outreach Committee Funding

Through your generosity in weekly giving , the social outreach committee was able to review applications and approve funding requests from various charitable organizations. During the 18-19 fiscal year, 25 agencies have been supported. The MPB website will have a list of all agencies funded with links to explore their work and how you can connect to serve further.

Thank you for your generosity!

The following agencies have been funded this 4th quarter as follows:

St Francis Center: $2,000

Fr Woody’s Haven of Hope : $2,000

Sacred Heart House: $2,000

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers: $2,000

Dry Bones: $2,000

CASA Child Advocacy: $1,300

News & Events for May

Creation Connections: “The Road to Cleaner Air”

You are invited to a presentation and discussion by Phillip Von Hake at Creation Care’s Creation Connection event May 21, 2019, 7:00pm in the RCIA Room.

Phil von Hake has worked since 2012 as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Phil not only works on cleaner cars, but also fewer cars: chairing the CDPHE Transportation Alternatives Committee, and co-founding the #CDPHEbikes team.

This event precedes June’s Bike Safety & Repair family event.

Detention Center Vigil

Members of the MPB Justice Matters ministry along with additional MPB community members, showed their support for those being detained at the GEO Detention Facility in Aurora on Monday, May 6. We were able to experience the stories of real people struggling to overcome the extreme consequences of the immigration system. We shared in the sorrow of wives whose husbands are facing deportation, fathers who are separated from their children, and women who are isolated in sanctuary. Justice Matters meets monthly to explore opportunities for advocacy and support for those on the margins. Contact Ann for more information.

Mother’s Day 4 Others

Aka Family to Family Diaper Drive May 4-5

This year there are 4 ways to support struggling moms.

  1. Donate diapers, formula, baby wipes for Birthline and Sacred Heart House
  2. Support the moms by writing a check to Catholic Charities – Bottom Line Diaper Bank. Bottom Line is able to purchase diapers at a bulk rate and then distributes them to many charitable organizations.
  3. Purchase or make a card to express support for these moms.
  4. Pick up a prayer card in the Gathering Space and pray for these moms during the month of May.

Family to Family members will be in the Gathering Space the weekend of May 4-5 to gather your donations, and cards after all Masses. Prayer cards will also be available.

WOO –May 2

Join the ladies of WOO as we serve the moms at SafeHouse and Sacred Heart House. We will be gathering to assemble Mother’s Day gift bags and creating personalized cards for the ladies. Contact Ann if you’re interested in making a donation to this service project.  All ladies welcome!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

6:15-8:00 PM   MPB School Cafeteria

Waste Recycling Event—May 4th

First Plymouth Congregational Church, West Parking Lot

3501 S. Colorado Blvd, Englewood, CO 80111

The Whole Earth Ministry at First Plymouth Congregational Church will be hosting a community-wide electronic waste collection event on Saturday, May 4th in the west parking lot of the church. They will be supported by METECH Corporation noted for its commitment to safe and responsible disposal of electronic waste. First Plymouth is located art 3501 S. Colorado. For more information view the flyer in the Gathering Space or https://tinyurl.com/CCRecycle19 Questions contact Bruce Glenn at 303-981-1561

Love Knows No Borders- May 6th 6:00-7:00pm

Show your support for immigrants being held in detention. Join the MPB Justice Matters Ministry along with other faith groups as we hold vigil at the Aurora ICE Detention Center

(3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010), Monday May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Carpool leaves MPB at 5:15pm. We’ll gather after to share our experiences. Contact Ann if you’re interested in participating.

Thank you for your Support of Annunciation House

Thank you for supporting Annunciation House in El Paso during the Holy Thursday Service. The mission of Annunciation House is to accompany the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. They are especially in need at this time as they are experiencing high numbers of refugees, 400-600 a day, who are in need of shelter and support. If you missed the opportunity to support this outreach, you can get information on how to contribute directly on their website. https://annunciationhouse.org/ Thank you for reaching out to those whose human dignity has been denied.

News & Events for April

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASS SCHEDULES:

Thursday April 18th: Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm

Night Prayer at 9 pm

Friday April 19th: Good Friday

Morning Prayer at 9 am

Stations of the Cross at 3 pm in Observatory Park, if weather is bad it will be in the church

Passion of the Lord at 7 pm

Saturday April 20th: Holy Saturday

Morning Prayer at 9 am

Easter Vigil at 8 pm

Sunday April 21st:Easter Sunday

7:30 am mass

9:00 am mass in church and gym

10:45 am mass in church and gym

No 5:30 pm mass

For the latest Construction News 4/10/19 click here.

Mother’s Day 4 Others

Aka Family to Family Diaper Drive

May 4-5

This year there are 4 ways to support struggling moms.

  1. Donate diapers, formula, baby wipes for Birthline and Sacred Heart House
  2.  Support the moms by writing a check to Catholic Charities – Bottom Line Diaper Bank . Bottom Line is able to purchase diapers at a bulk rate and then distributes them to many charitable organizations.
  3. Purchase or make a card to express support for these moms.
  4. Pick up a prayer card in the Gathering Space and pray for these moms during the month of May.
    Family to Family members will be in the Gathering Space the weekend of May 4-5 to gather your donations, and cards after all Masses. Prayer cards will also be available.

Volunteer Opportunity!

When: Either Sunday May 5 or Sunday May 12

Where: Denver Rescue Mission

Details: If you are interested in prepping or serving a meal at one of the Denver Rescue Mission locations, let us know! We need a general headcount and preference for meal prep (4-6 ish) vs serving (5-7 ish) prior to booking the volunteer event. If you are interested, please email MPBYoungMarrieds@gmail.com with your preference of date and activity by April 15th and we will get it booked!

Outlaws Lacrosse

When: Thursday June 27th

Time: 7 PM

Details: We have 6 FREE premium tickets to the season opener of the Outlaw Lacrosse game at Mile High Stadium!! If you are interested in attending, please let us know ASAP.

 

News & Events for March

From Social Outreach

Monday April 8th

Sit and Sort 4  Birthline! 

Join MPB teacher, Cathy Collins, as we support moms at 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 moms.

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 2018 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center

Carpool from MPB leaves at 9:30 am (please indicate on sign up if you’d like to carpool from MPB)

Lunch & bottled water provided.

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeApril19

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation: Catholic Social Teaching

Many enjoyed a lively evening with community as we explored Catholic Social Teaching. MPB Justice Matters Ministry hosted the evening where we discerned our “Lenten Campaign for Action” by living our faith through the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Interested in learning more about Justice Matters, contact Ann.

Social Outreach Committee  Report

Through your weekly generous donations, social outreach committee was able to support the following agencies during this 3rd quarter.

Casa de Paz. $2,200

Maria Droste $2,000

New Foundations AVP $1,000

Delores Project.  $3,000

Metro Caring  $3,000

Alternatives Pregnancy Center $1,500

RMIAN (Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network) $4,000

Center for Spirituality at Work  $3,000

Please visit these agencies on the web and explore the good work they do. Thank you for your support.

From Family to Family-Thank you!

A resident at Tapiz Apartments called to thank the MPB parishioner who sent her a Valentine. She was so surprised and appreciative. The Valentine made her day! She said it was the only Valentine she received.  Thank you for the time to reach out to one who needed to be lifted up!

Stations of the Cross:

Please join every Friday evening during Lent at 5:30 pm for Stations of the Cross.

March 8th Theme: Social Justice Presented by Second Half of Life

March 15th Theme: Living Stations Presented by MPB School

March 22nd Theme: Stations Presented by RCIA

March 29th Theme Stations of the Cross Presented by Creation Care with JP II , Ecological Conservation

April 5th Theme: Praying for Truth, Presented by MPB’ers for Change Justice, Reform & Healing in Response to Clerical Abuse

April 12th Theme: Migrants and Immigrants Presented by Justice Matters

From Social Outreach

Tuesday March 12th: An Evening of Reflection and Conversation: Catholic Social Teachings

Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, reflect on scripture, and share in conversation. This is a wonderful way to connect with others and journey together through Lent.

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

Thursday March 14th: WOO Mini Retreat

Join Angeline Hubert and the Ladies of WOO at our Lenten Retreat -The Lenten Journey: A Call to Conversion. Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy speaks of Lent as a time when we can grow closer to the Word of God. As we begin our Lenten journey, we’ll look at that Word and reflect on what it tells us about our call to conversion and new life.

Time: 6:15-8:00 pm

Location: Gathering Space of the Church

All Ladies are Welcome!

March 22nd Day to Serve 

Start your Friday morning off in community, 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. Help pack “Power Sacks” on Friday, March 22 from 7:15am-9:15am. For more information and registration https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeMar19 contact Ann Zimmer

From Social Outreach-Lenten

A Lenten Journey- Catholic Social Teaching

Each week during Lent, we will focus on a Catholic Social Teaching theme. Catholic Social Teaching is central to our faith, and is based on — and inseparable from — our understanding of human life and dignity. These teachings are derived from: The Gospels and the words of Christ; papal statements and encyclicals; and Catholic bishops’ statements and pastoral letters. 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

This week’s theme is: Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

The Lenten Journey: Catholic Social Teachings

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, every person’s life and dignity must be respected and supported from conception through natural death. We believe that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person. Source: Minnesota Catholic Conference. This information has been adapted from: “Catholic Teaching and Principles,”U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflect on Tradition

“When we speak of mankind, we must never forget the various attacks on the sacredness of human life. The plague of abortion is an attack on life. Allowing our brothers and sisters to die on boats in the Strait of Sicily is an attack on life. Dying on the job because the minimum safety standards are not respected is an attack on life. Death from malnutrition is an attack on life. Terrorism, war, violence; so is euthanasia. Loving life means always taking care of the other, wanting the best for him, cultivating and respecting her transcendent dignity.” —Pope Francis, Address to Meeting of the Science and Life Association

Examen:

  • Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death?
  • Do I recognize the face of Christ reflected in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities?
  • Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened?
  • Am I committed to both protecting human life and to ensuring that every human being is able to live in dignity? U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2010

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation:

Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, reflect on scripture, and share in conversation. This is a wonderful way to connect with others and journey together through Lent.

Tuesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

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.

News & Events for February

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!

Construction News

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 RestoreSecond 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

WOO

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.

News & Events for January

February Day to Serve

Join MPB teacher leader Anne Schwieterman as we serve at The Denver Rescuce Mission/ “The Crossing”.We 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

WOO

The Ladies of WOO enjoyed a motivating evening with Jan Haas as she presented the “The Secret Power of Intention” Our next gathering will be Thursday Feb 7 where we will be creating hearts to share with 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.

           

Creation Care Recycles the Old Parish Office

Thank you to the CC team and MPB parishioners who came in and disassembled window shades, light fixtures, medicine cabinets and numerous other treasures . These and other items are finding new homes at Habitat Restore.

                               

Family to Family by the Numbers

Your generosity over the holidays was over the top. Here are a few of the numbers:

240 bags of food were distributed to seniors

94 families received gift cards for Thanksgiving groceries

179 seniors were sponsored by MPB families for Christmas

130 school families were sponsored by MPB families for Christmas

600+ toys and clothing items distributed to moms and children at Birthline, Sacred Heart House, and Gabriel House

50+ single moms received “self-care” gift bags.

Your generosity of both time and gifts lifted so many over the holidays. Please, consider keeping in touch with your family or senior. Perhaps send them a Valentines note letting them know you’re thinking of them. If you need their contact information, contact Ann.

Also, if you’d like to reconnect with the same family or senior next year, contact Ann and she can reserve your family/senior.

Denver Santa Claus Shop says Thank You MPB

On behalf of the Denver Santa Claus Shop Board, I want to thank all the MPB Parishioners who volunteered at the Shop this year. We had a wonderful team of volunteers who came during our pre-shop days as well as shop days to help sort & organize toys, haul trash, help with set up, handing out toys to clients along with the many toys donated from MPB school families. We distributed toys to over 12,000 kids this year & none of this would happen without our wonderful volunteers. Thanks so much for your time, talent & support.

Lynn Stambaugh

Denver Santa Claus Shop Board Member and MPB Parishioner

From Social Outreach

Sunday Lunch Program

Join in community every Sunday as we make lunches for seniors who live in subsidized housing. Lunches are made in the school cafeteria after the 9:00 am Mass; 10:00am -11:15am . We are especially in need of volunteers in January as we serve over 200 senior households. For more information and to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/SLPJan19

News & Events for December

From Social Outreach

Many Thanks!

Family to Family

How do you say thank you for the generosity of time, talents and gifts that were shared with over 250 school families and seniors over the holidays? In addition to the families and seniors, hundreds of moms and their children will also have a brighter Christmas at Birthline, Sacred Heart House and Gabriel House because of the hundreds of toys that were donated by the MPB parishioners and MPB school families. And it all happened because of the many Family to Family coordinators and volunteers who answered questions, delivered and sorted toys, connected families, and planned gatherings. The success of this ministry is because of the MPB community’s belief and commitment to being the hands and feet of Christ by lifting others up. Thank you!

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

This 8-week program, Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey, invites participants to formulate a personal response to the 21st-century reality of migration inspired by their Christian beliefs. It explores some of the central questions related to the reality of migration on a global level and in the U.S. context. The sessions provide historical, biblical, and theological perspectives and suggest ways participants can take action in their own context.

Cost is $40 and registration is limited. To register, contact Ann. Additional information: https://tinyurl.com/JMflyerW19 or https://justfaith.org/exploring-migration-faith-journey/.

Hope for the Holidays- Immigrants Know We Care

Thanks to the MPB community for taking the time to create holiday wishes for the detainees in the ICE Detention Center in Aurora . Over 950 cards were created by the MPB community, and delivered through Casa de Paz. Because of the success of this ministry, many of the cards will also be delivered to those at the border this Christmas. You have helped many immigrants know that they are not forgotten this Christmas. Thank you!

Merry Christmas from all of us at MPB!

CHRISTMAS MASS AND INFORMATION

Parish Office Closing for Christmas – December 21-January 1st

The Parish office will be closed for the Christmas holiday beginning at noon on December 21 through January 1st.

Parish Office Closure for our Move

The office will remain closed until January 7th while we move into our new offices. From January 2nd to the 4th, we will be checking voice and emails daily and will return them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience during this transition into our new space.

Christmas Mass times

Christmas Eve- Masses will be at 4, 5:30, 7:30 pm and midnight. The 4 and 5:30 pm masses will be celebrated in the Church and the Gym simultaneously.

Christmas Day- Mass will be at 10 am.

From Social Outreach:

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

Jan 15- March 5

This 8-week program, Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey, invites participants to formulate a personal response to the 21st-century reality of migration inspired by their Christian beliefs.

It explores some of the central questions related to the reality of migration on a global level and in the U.S. context. The sessions provide historical, biblical, and theological perspectives and suggest ways participants can take action in their own context.

Session will be held Tuesdays January 15- March 5 from 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm in the parish office conference room. Cost is $40 and registration is limited. For registration information and questions contact Ann Zimmer. Additional information: https://tinyurl.com/JMflyerW19 or https://justfaith.org/exploring-migration-faith-journey/

Welcome to Advent

December 8th-Holy Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and New Parish Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Mass will be at 9 am; the groundbreaking will follow the Mass. All are invited to join in this celebration and blessing.

Advent Penance Service

Tuesday December 11 at 7pm in the Church

Parish Office Closing for Christmas – December 21-January 1st

The Parish office will be closed for the Christmas holiday beginning at noon on December 21 through January 1st.

Parish Office Closure for our Move

The office will remain closed until January 7th while we move into our new offices. From January 2nd to the 5th, we will be checking voice and emails daily and will return them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience during this transition into our new space.

Christmas Mass times

Christmas Eve- Masses will be at 4, 5:30, 7:30 pm and midnight. The 4 and 5:30 pm masses will be celebrated in the Church and the Gym simultaneously.

Christmas Day- Mass will be at 10 am.

Christmas Outreach Opportunities from Social Outreach

Hope for the Holidays!

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigration detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each person who is detained in the Colorado immigration detention center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter, they are not forgotten about and we do care about them.

There are important specific details for making the cards so that they fit the detention center guidelines. Please check https://tinyurl.com/MPBHope4Holidays for those details.

Cards can be completed and dropped off to the office or back of church by Monday, Dec 10. We will also join in community to make cards on Sunday, Dec 9 after the 10:45 Mass in the RCIA room from 12:00-1:30. Cookies will be served. Come and join in support for those who have been marginalized. Questions: Ann Zimmer azimmer@MPBdenver.org

Want to get in the holiday spirit? No way better than to serve others. Join MPB teacher, Katie Cawley, as she leads a group on December 17 from 9:00 -12:00 volunteering at the Denver Santa Claus Shop.

The Denver Santa Claus Shop is a volunteer-run, nondenominational, nonprofit that shares the spirit of the Holidays with Denver children in need – many of whom might not otherwise have a toy to open at Christmas.

More info and sign up tinyurl.com/Day2ServeDec18 Questions: Contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

Family to Family

Christmas Updates:

  • Thanks to all of you who are reaching out to connect with your families and seniors. Please be persistent ion connecting.
  • We have recently received the names of 3 families who need sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring them, please contact Ann
  • All group gatherings are at the site locations, NOT MPB. Upcoming gift exchange gatherings:
    • Dec 1 Guardian Angels 2:00
    • Dec 8 North Lincoln 1:00 and St Rose of Lima 4:00
    • Dec 15 St Therese 3:00 and Tapiz 12:00
    • Dec 16 Olin 12:00
  • Birthline Angels (unwrapped) gifts can be dropped off in the back of church before Dec 17.
  • We still have 9 missing sponsor slips for our Seniors and Families. If you have one, please return it to the office ASAP. It’s important to have those to ensure everyone receives their gifts this Christmas.
  • We have a small number of free beautiful, homemade afghans available for seniors as part of their Christmas present. Stop by the office to pick one up while they last.

More Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanks to MPB School families and students, we were able to provide $35 grocery gift cards to those in need at St Rose of Lima, St Therese and Guardian Angels. As always, thank you for your generosity!

News & Events for November

Family to Family Christmas 2018

Thank you for your overwhelming support of the Family to Family Christmas ministry. A few updates:

  • PLEASE make sure you have returned the bottom portion of the card for your family. We are missing 15 slips from the bottom of the cards that were taken. It is important for us to track who has been sponsored so that no one is left out. You can leave the slip in the offertory basket, drop it off in the office or mail chute, or call Ann with the information. Thank you!
  • Reach out and connect with your family or senior before Nov. 12 to introduce yourself.
  • If you can’t reach your family or senior, be persistent, try try again! Also, you can contact a coordinator listed on your card for assistance.
  • Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083.

Family to Family Thanksgiving- A great way to connect with Seniors!

Thank you for lifting up our seniors at Tapiz and North Lincoln. Your generosity is over the top! We are delivering the bags to the seniors on Nov 13. We’ll be leaving MPB at 11:15am, and return around 1:15. If you’re interested in helping to deliver and enjoy a pizza lunch with the seniors at North Lincoln or Tapiz on the 13th, contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083. A great way to kick off the holiday season and perhaps meet your senior!

Creation Connections

Creation Care invites you to join in community as MPB welcomes Christopher Pramuk, Ph.D. from Regis University Monday, November 12, 2018 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm in the RCIA Room.

“Contemplation and the Suffering Earth:  Thomas Merton, Pope Francis and the Next Generation”.

Dr. Pramuk will speak on Thomas Merton’s experience of the Divine presence in nature, Pope Francis’ call to environmental conversion in his encyclical Laudato Si, and how the current emphasis on information technology is shaping all of us, and perhaps especially young people today.  Dr. Pramuk’s books will be available for purchase.

Kevin Burke, S.J., will introduce Dr. Pramuk

Becoming more fully alive after 50 – DEALING WITH STUFF

Join us for this 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.

Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30-8pm – Life Transitions – Endings and Beginnings
Speaker:  Lynette Reiling, 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 Social Outreach

Day to Serve November 2nd

Start your Friday morning off in community, 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. Help pack “Power Sacks” from 7:15am-9:15am on the Metro Campus. For more info and registration https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeNov18 or contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083

Family to Family Thanksgiving!

Next weekend, Nov. 3-4, Thanksgiving bags will be available after all Masses. Take one home, fill it with specified items and return them the weekend of Nov 10-11. These food items will help support seniors and other low-income individuals. Again, thank you for putting your faith into action. Questions: Contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.308

WOO SERVICE OUTREACH

Join the ladies of WOO on Thursday, Nov. 8 6:15-8:00 pm, as we make blankets for Brent’s Place. We’ll be meeting in the school cafeteria. Join in community as we serve others and also learn about the wonderful services offered by Brent’s Place for children with cancer. For more information contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org or get more details at: https://tinyurl.com/Brent-sWOO18 All ladies are welcome!

Family to Family Christmas 2018

Thank you for your overwhelming support of the Family to Family Christmas ministry. MPB is such an amazing community that reaches out to lift others up. A few updates:

  • If you missed your opportunity to sponsor a family or senior, please contact Ann. We do have a waiting list and many times we have late applications.
  • PLEASE make sure you have returned the bottom portion of the card for your family. It is important for us to track who has been sponsored so that no one is left out
  • We are looking for interpreters to assist in communicating at the gatherings and phone calls. If you speak Spanish or another world language and would like to assist, please contact Ann.
  • Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083.

News & Events for October

Family to Family Christmas 2018

Looking for a way to connect with other this Christmas season? Then the MPB Family to Family Christmas ministry is for you! Information and details about this opportunity are in the back of the church in the Welcome Center

Thank you to the MPB community for your support that reaches out to over 900 people over the holidays!

  • Kiosks with family and senior sponsor cards will be up in the gathering space for one more weekend- Oct 27-28. Don’t miss the opportunity as they go quickly!
  • We are looking for interpreters to assist in communicating at the gatherings and phone calls. If you speak Spanish or another world language and would like to assist, please contact Ann.
  • If you have any questions about this opportunity, contact Ann Zimmer 303.756.3083 azimmer@mpbdenver.org

All Souls Day Mass

The Lazarus Bereavement Ministry invites all parishioners to an All Souls Day Mass on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm in the church. This special liturgy will be an opportunity for all those who have lost a loved one to honor and celebrate those lives with the MPB community. You are invited to bring a picture of your loved ones with you.

MPB MINISTRY SIGN-UPS

Are you looking for ways to get more involved in the parish community? Are you wondering which ministry is a good fit for you? Next weekend, October 13/14, Pastoral Care, Social Outreach, Liturgical Ministries and Music Ministry will have sign up tables and representatives in the gathering space to answer questions about these ministries.

From Social Outreach

Family to Family News

Hard to believe but our Family to Family ministry will be up and running before you know it. A few dates and requests:

  • Kiosks with family and senior sponsor cards will be up in the gathering space the weekends of Oct 20-21 and Oct 27-28. Don’t miss the opportunity as they go quickly!
  • If you would like to partner up with the same family or senior as last year, we can attempt to make that match. Please contact Ann to arrange that. azimmer@mpbdenver.or 303.756.3083
  • We are looking for interpreters to assist in communicating at the gatherings and phone calls. If you speak Spanish or another world language and would like to assist, please contact Ann.

Day to Serve 

Our October Day to Serve will be on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00am-12:00pm. We’ll be serving at Project C.U.R.E with MPB teacher Christy Dorchuck. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.

Carpool opportunities also are available from MPB. More information and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeOct18

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization

Come join the ladies of WOO as we welcome one of our favorite presenters: Sister MaryAnn Figlino

Thursday, Oct 11 6:15 in the Gathering Space

Sister MaryAnn will enlighten and entertain us a she shares “Eating Your Way through the Bible with Jesus”.

Come travel between Scripture’ s lines and gain a new understanding of Jesus and His place at the table with His friends.

Bring a friend, all are welcome!