News and Events for November

Healing Through Hope

A prayer vigil to give voice to our pain, find healing in community and go forth in hope.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

7:00 PM via ZOOM

During this time of heightened anxiety and stress, we now more than ever, need to turn to our faith and community to acknowledge our pain, begin the healing and be a people of hope.

Join the MPB ministry staff as we come together in prayer during this virtual vigil. For more information and to register : https://tinyurl.com/HealingThroughHope

Family to Family Christmas

Family to Family Holiday Ministry to serve our seniors and our school families, is in full swing Things will look different, but the result will be the same, seniors and families will feel loved and supported by the MPB community.

Sign ups to sponsor families and seniors are open NOW until Nov.24. All the details are in this flyer https://tinyurl.com/F2FChristmasProgram. Flyers are also available at the back of church or in the parish office.

Don’t wait, sign up for sponsoring are going fast!

To sign up and more information for each school and senior community:

Schools:

Annunciation https://tinyurl.com/AnnunciationSignUp2020

Guardian Angels https://tinyurl.com/GuardianAngelsSignUp2020

St Rose https://tinyurl.com/STRoseSignUp2020

St Therese https://tinyurl.com/StThereseSignUp2020

Seniors:

North Lincoln https://tinyurl.com/NorthLincolnSignUp2020

Tapiz https://tinyurl.com/TapizSignUp2020

Olin https://tinyurl.com/OlinSignUp2020

Sacred Heart and other Neighbors https://tinyurl.com/NeighborsSignUp2020

If you have questions or need assistance in signing up or have questions, contact Ann

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.

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.

Post-Election: Moving Forward Together  Wednesday, November 18, 9:00-!0:30 AM

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. 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.

Agencies in Need Are Lifted Up Because of YOU!

The MPB Social Outreach committee supports various metro non-profits through your generous weekly donations. These agencies have had higher needs during this pandemic and you have risen to the cause. The following agencies were granted funding through an application process for the first two quarters this fiscal year.

MPB St Vincent de Paul $18,000 (quarterly increments)

Karis Community $2,000

Food for Thought $3,000

Earthlinks $3,000

Bridge of Hope $2,000

People and Pollinators$1,000

EcoCycle$2,000

Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen $2,000

Escuela de Guadalupe $2,000

Sacred Heart House $3,000

Casa de Paz $3,000

Thank you for your continued support!

Annual Report

News & Events for October

Justice Matters Presents: Breaking Open to Make Whole “How Does a Homelessness Crisis Infect the Wealthiest Nation in History?”

Cole Chandler with introduction by Jeannie Ritter

Tuesday, Oct 6  7:00 pm via Zoom

Homelessness is one of the great social and economic challenges of our time. This challenge is often viewed through a local lens, but the scope of the problem spreads all across our country. Over 500,000 Americans are without a home each night, and models suggest that number could increase by as much as 45% in the next year due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is a complex web of problems that need to be understood at their deepest level, but such an understanding will reveal tried and true solutions that are solving the problem in cities across the globe.

Join Cole Chandler as he explores these themes and describes how a collective recommitment to caring deeply for our neighbors can make us part of the solution.

More information and registration: https://tinyurl.com/BreakinOpenHomelessness

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization

Please join us as we welcome Estelle Nadel, a Holocaust Survivor

Thursday, Oct 8

6:30 pm via Zoom

The Girl Who Sang: The Story of Estelle Nadel

Estelle was a young child when she and her brother escaped Nazi captivity from their jail cell. Once free, Estelle and her brother lived in hiding for two years and ultimately arrived in the United States in 1947. She attributes her survival to singing and music as a personal escape from the horrors she faced.  Hear her extraordinary story of tragedy, hope and survival.

All ladies are welcome!

Registration and more information: https://tinyurl.com/WOOOct2020

10 Things You Need to Know About Voting in Colorado this November

What a wonderful presentation by Peg Perl. Colorado is so on top of assuring the people are heard with their excellent voting procedures.

If you were unable to attend,, here is the link for the presentation. Feel free to share it.

https://tinyurl.com/10ThingsPegPerl    Passcode: qbM=5s9b

Want to have a civil conversation around this election season? Try this for size!

We the People: Building a Just Society

MPB Justice Matters Ministry is hosting a series of respectful, civil, non-judgmental conversations online via ZOOM. These conversations provide a framework to share our stories and experiences through “Living Room Conversations”. Bring your good listening skills and curiosity. All are welcome!

You can sign up for single or multiple conversations. Future conversation topics:

  • Faith in Politics Tues., October 13, 6:30 pm-8 pm
  •  Healthy Political Communication Thurs. October 22, 9am-10:30am
  • United or Divided? Oct 29, 6:30pm-8:00 pm

Registration and additional information: https://tinyurl.com/LRCWeThePeople or contact Ann Zimmer for more information .Registration necessary.

E-Waste Event – Clean Out those Electronic Recycle Items!

October 17, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at First Plymouth (Colo Blvd and Hampden) Church parking lot.

Time to recycle those old computers, TVs, and other electronic gadgets safely.

For more information go to https://tinyurl.com/2020E-Cycle

Our Neighbors on the Margins Need Your Help!

Metro Caring continues to support our neighbors during COVID in amazing numbers! Last week alone they provided more than 97,000 pounds of food to approximately 3,000 community members. These figures continue to stun all, and are a direct reflection of the impact of the COVID pandemic and its economic devastation.

They could not do this work without the support from individuals, churches and other organizations throughout the community.

Today they find themselves in need of volunteers – of all ages – to help assemble and distribute food bags and boxes at our facility at 18th and Downing.

People who are interested in signing up or in search of more information can contact Metro Caring’s volunteer resources manager Deena Duwaik at dduwaik@metrocaring.org.

Voting Dates to Know

Big mail ballot drop of ballots  is Friday October 9

  • Allow a week to receive your ballot (including postal holiday)
  • Continued daily mailings until October 26
  • Ballots must be RECEIVED by 7pm on November 3 – Postmarks don’t count – allow 8 days in mail
  • 24-hr drop boxes are secure and convenient
  • Open all over the counties starting October 9
  • Track your ballot back to the County Clerk!
  • Arapahoe County – arapahoe.ballottrax.net
  • Denver County – ballottrace.org
  • Drive-thru or walk-up drop for ballots at Voter Service and Polling Centers (with no lines) starting October 19.
  • October 19 – November 2: 8am to 5pm (M-F)
  • Sat. October 31 – 8am to 5pm
  • November 3 – 7am to 7pm

Coping with COVID-October 28th

Our Mental Health in These Uncertain Times

MPB Health and Wellness Ministry presents a Zoom Webinar for all parishioners and families with mental health experts from the Maria Droste Counseling Center: Shely Basnet, LCSW, LAC, Michele Sienkiewicz, MSW, LCSW, Lindsay Rojas, MSW, LCSW, MSc, AASW.

Join us as they share the latest information about maintaining good mental health, supporting the mental health of our loved ones and managing the holidays during a pandemic. Q&A will follow presentation.Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30-8:00pm
https://tinyurl.com/C19 Check In to register.You will be sent the Zoom link a few days before the event.

THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND:

Due to COVID 19 and our current CDC Guidelines, our All Souls Day Service will be Virtual this year.  Lazarus Bereavement Ministry at MPB invites you to join us in remembering those we have lost in the last year through a Touchstone Reflection on Monday, November 2nd.  (This will replace the regular Tuesday reflection.)

Oct 24-25

Family to Family Holiday Program

We’re already gearing up for this holiday season. It will look differently and we will be lifting up our seniors and families in new safe ways. Applications are already coming in from the schools and senior centers. If you want to reconnect with your senior or family from last year, please contact Ann ASAP and we’ll reserve them for you.

Save the Dates:

Monday, November 9: Family to Family Christmas Sponsor online sign up starts

Saturday, November 14 Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for our Senior Communities 9:00am-12:00pm church parking lot. Volunteers and Drivers needed, contact Ann.

More details coming in the next weeks.

Prism

Prism is an MPB ministry for LGBTQ+ Catholics and their families who seek to balance both faith and experiences through understanding, support, spiritual growth, and community building. For more information contact Tricia Williams at 720-588-3609 (call or text) or email prismcatholics@gmail.com

WOO

Brent’s Place Blankets Fall Outreach

Women’s Outreach Organization is once again providing warm “no sew” blankets for cancer patients staying at Brent’s Place.  You may purchase a “No Sew” Blanket kits can be purchased from Joann’s Fabrics, Target or Michaels. No sewing skills needed, just tie the ends and create a cozy blanket! Requested sizes from Brent’s Place are (72” x 60”) or (60” x 48”) Completed blankets can be dropped off at the parish office the week of Nov. 16.Contact Karen Peterson if you have questions: kpeterson2@me.com

Estelle Nadel- Holocaust Survivor

We had an amazing evening with Estelle Nadel as she shared her story of survival and bravery  as a Holocaust survivor. She has given permission to share the recording of her presentation. https://tinyurl.com/NadelReplay passcode mN0dt=#w

Want to Have a Civil Conversation Around Politics? We the People: Building a Just Society

MPB Justice Matters Ministry is hosting a series of respectful, civil, non-judgmental conversations online via ZOOM. These conversations provide a framework to share our stories and experiences through “Living Room Conversations”. Bring your good listening skills and curiosity. All are welcome!

The final conversation of this series is:

United or Divided? Oct 29, 6:30pm-8:00 pm

Registration and additional information: https://tinyurl.com/LRCWeThePeople

Voting Information

24-hr drop boxes are secure and convenient

  • Open all over the counties starting October 9

Track your ballot back to the County Clerk!

Drive-thru or walk-up drop for ballots at Voter Service and Polling Centers (with no lines) starting October 19.

  • October 19 – November 2: 8am to 5pm (M-F)
    § Sat. October 31 – 8am to 5pm
    § November 3 – 7am to 7pm

Ballots must be RECEIVED by 7pm on November 3 § Postmarks don’t count – allow 8 days in mail

Family to Family Thanksgiving Food Drive- Saturday Nov 14 9:00am-12:00pm

Yes, It’s that time of year again. Amid the pandemic, our neighbors are more in need than ever. The traditional food drive will take place with a few twists! Your bag of requested food items can be brought to the MPB church parking lot on Saturday, Nov.14 between 9:00am-12:00pm. We will directly deliver the bags to our senior neighbors at the 4 housing units we serve. Please read all the details following this link: https://tinyurl.com/TGBags2020 or grab a flyer from the back of church or the office.

We need volunteers to unload bags and drivers/vehicles to deliver bags. Sign up to help: https://tinyurl.com/TGFoodDrive

Family to Family Christmas

Family to Family Holiday Ministry will continue this year to serve our seniors and our school families. In the past, you have generously lifted up hundreds of seniors and families throughout the metro area by connecting with them on a personal level. And this year, we will continue the tradition while keeping everyone safe.  Sadly, we are not encouraging face to face meetings, which was such an important part of this ministry in the past.  Things will look different, but the result will be the same, seniors and families will feel loved and supported by the MPB community

Sign ups to sponsor families and seniors will be on-line starting Nov. 9 and run for two weeks. All the details will be available in next week’s bulletin with flyers in the back of church or in the office. Contact Ann now if you’d like to sponsor the same family or senior as last year.

WOO

Get Your Art On, Let’s Get Creative!

Thursday, Nov. 12

6:30-8:00 pm via ZOOM

Join Chelsea Perri, one of MPB’s art teachers, as she walks us through step-by-step instructions on how to create a beautiful fall painting!

Creative activities engage and focus our minds, and can be a great way to distract us from stress and anxiety.  No art skills needed, just a willingness to have fun!  All ladies are welcome!

Art supplies will be available for you to purchase in advance, order deadline via registration link is Nov. 5.  You can also supply your own.

Registration and more information: https://tinyurl.com/WOONov2020