News & Events for March

Woo Women’s Retreat, Thursday, March 11

6:30pm-8:00pm via Zoom

12 Steps Forward – Humility as Resilience

Join Sr. Quincy Howard for an hour-long retreat focused on the 12 Steps of Humility.  Sr. Quincy will give a taste of the breadth and depth of these spiritual tools based on 6th Century Benedictine spirituality, as articulated by Joan Chittister in Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life. While we recommend reading her book, which provides additional depth and rich insights into the 12 Steps, a synopsis of each step will be provided for reflection during the retreat.  How can incorporating these steps into our daily routines help us be more resilient and authentic as we move through adversity and times of instability.

Sr. Quincy Howard, OP serves as the Coordinating Director of advocacy, outreach and campaigns for the Faithful Democracy coalition and works on the Government Relations team at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in Washington, DC .

All ladies are welcome for this enlightening evening!

Sign up and more information https://tinyurl.com/WOOLent2021

Justice Matters Monthly Speakers

February Focus: Food Insecurity

Justice Matters welcomed Suzanne Bruce from Hunger Free Colorado at their February meeting. Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. They envision a day when every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

A statewide survey, conducted in December by Hunger Free Colorado, found the rate of hunger has hit a new high since the start of the pandemic. Almost 40 percent of Coloradans are food insecure, meaning they lack reliable access to nutritious food. Parents and people of color face higher rates of food insecurity.

Take Action!

– For more information on how you can help those facing food insecurity and change policy and systems, visit HungerfreeColorado.org

– Want to jump in and make a difference for our school kids who need nutritional meals? Check out Food 4 Thought https://foodforthoughtdenver.org/   Opportunities to pack “power lunches” are available on Friday mornings. This is a family safe volunteer opportunity!

What’s Wrong with Showups?

Justice Matters Ministry is pleased to welcome Mimzy Tackney-Moen from Together Colorado, as she shares with us an identification procedure called “showups”.

Monday, March 15, 11:00am-12:00PM Via Zoom

What is a Showup?

A showup (field identification) is an identification procedure used when a suspect has been detained soon after the commission of an offense because he/she resembles the description of the perpetrator provided by an eyewitness.  The eyewitness is then allowed to view the suspect so that a positive or negative identification can be made.

Showups are the least reliable of all eyewitness identifications yet, in Colorado, showup procedures that would increase reliability are not required by law enforcement agencies.

Together Colorado is working to change this.  Join us for a discussion of showups and proposed legislation to improve them by standardizing their use.

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

News & Events for February

Love Knows No Borders- New Date and Details!

MPB and Justice Matters Ministry will again “share the love” with those being held in detention at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora. Create a handmade valentine for those facing isolation and separation during this challenging time. Cards can be dropped off at the MPB office before Feb 8 for  delivery to the detention center. We invite you to join this artful meditation and create a Valentine for someone separated from their loved ones. Please check this flyer for more details and additional ways to show you care. https://tinyurl.com/sharelove2021

WOO Lenten Retreat

Save the Date!

Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8:00PM via ZOOM

Facilitator:  Sister Quincy Howard, OP

More information and registration coming.

February is Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month honors the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the country. Here’s how you can celebrate throughout the Denver metro area with lectures, dramatic performances and music. https://tinyurl.com/DenverBlackHistory

PBS is featuring a four-hour documentary “The Black Church”; This is Our Story, This is Our Song. This intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explores the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/

Your Love Knows No Borders!

Thank you to many of you who took the time to make cards for the detainees at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora. These messages will let those who are separated from their loved ones this Valentine’s Day know that they are loved.

“Lead Me, Guide Me”: The Gift of Black Catholics to the Universal Church

With Dr. Chris Pramuk

Virtual Event – Register Here or go to: http://bit.ly/Merton15register

February 21st 2021 – 1 pm.

Through oral history, poetry, and sacred song, Dr. Pramuk explores the dynamics of faith in the witness of Black Catholics in the United States. Their gift is an enduring gift of wisdom, as Thomas Merton describes it, an “attunement of opposite tensions” born in the crucible of African American experience and the Psalmist’s faith that God can “make a way out of no way.”

Dr. Christopher Pramuk is Regis University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination, and an Associate Professor of Theology, where he teaches courses in theology and spirituality.

Justice Matters Speaker – Feb 22th 11am to 12 pm, Suzanne Bruce speaker from Hunger Free Colorado
Food Insecurity is a Problem in Colorado. In 2018 it was estimated 1 in 11 people in Colorado experienced food insecurity. A recent survey shows that now 2 in 5 people in Colorado experience food insecurity.  Justice Matters Ministry will welcome Suzanne Bruce from Hunger Free Colorado to share the facts about the growing crisis, what are the services that are available and how you can make a difference. Monday, Feb. 22 11:00am-12:00pm via zoom. Registration and More information: tinyurl.com/MPBHungerFreeO

The Delores Project Needs You!

Every month MPB parishioners make a dinner for the ladies at The Delores Project. This is a safe, at home, work of love. The team is in need of new members to spread out the cooking and responsibilities. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Lisa Penley lpenley1027@gmail.com

News & Events for January

Family to Family Holiday- Part 3

Happy New Year! Your generosity over the holidays has warranted a 3 part summary. In part 1 I shared the with you the amazing ways our school families were lifted during Christmas. Part 2 summarized the overwhelming support for our senior communities shown by you. Today, in part 3, I will share with you how you supported other vulnerable communities over the holidays.

Your generosity to the Family to Family Christmas fund was incredible. The fund was originally set up to cover the cost of the “comfort bags” for seniors. The final cost for the bags was $6,000. The MPB community went far above and beyond and contributed $20,000. Thus, came the opportunity to support additional neighbors with those donations. All of the funds have not yet been allocated.  We will continue to reach out to those in need and will update you as the funds are directed. So far, here are ways your generosity has been shared.

  • You supported 13 families through Bridge of Hope. Bridge of Hope serves single mothers and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Greater Denver area.
  • You also helped 7 families through Sacred Heart House. Sacred Heart House of Denver, a homeless shelter for families in Denver, offers a continuum of services to homeless families in Denver, with children and single women to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
  • These two agencies received close to $3,000 which insured each family member got a $50 gift card for Christmas.
  • Additional funds were used to support 4 families with gift cards from Ni Una Mas. Ni Una Mas/AFSC works to keep families together! It is a supportive space for creative methods to fight deportation cases, keep the impacts of deportation in the public eye, and build leadership in the immigrant rights movement.

Along with school families that were supported, an additional 16 families from Ni Una Mas, 4 neighbor families from MPB St Vincent dePaul Society and 4 additional families in need were served by the MPB community. Six individuals from Maggie’s Sacred Heart Neighborhood were lifted up with grocery gift cards. A generous parishioner contributed gift cards for ten Poor Clare Sisters which helped meet their everyday needs.

And to top it all off, we were able to partner up with Restaurant Olivia and its clients as they donated 205 Christmas dinners to residents at North Lincoln and Tapiz Housing Communities. Please show your appreciation by supporting Restaurant Olivia, the fresh pasta is delicious!

Again, thank you for your incredible generosity. During this time of COVID the needs or those on the margins have become more critical, and you continue to be the hands and feet of Christ by lifting them up in so many ways. Thank you! Ann

WOO- Women’s Outreach Organization – Set Great Intentions in 2021

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

Start the new year out with great intentions with Jan Haas

Entering into 2021 will look a little different than the way we started 2020.  It feels like some of the things we wished and hoped for have taken on new meaning in light of the challenges we faced as individuals, communities and as a country.

Let’s walk together through setting our intentions for the new year.  With a time for reflection, Jan will lead us through an exercise to help pull out the positive experiences that might still remain hidden from our sight.

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

All ladies are welcome!

WOO February Service Outreach

Let those experiencing homelessness know that they are loved. Valentine’s Day is no different than any other day for those who are on the margins. Let’s show them some love! Make a “Bag of Love”!

More Information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOBags2021

Love Knows No Borders

MPB and Justice Matters Ministry will again “share the love” with those being held in detention at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora. Create a handmade valentine for those facing isolation and separation during this challenging time. Cards can be dropped off at the MPB office before Feb 1 for  delivery to the detention center. We invite you to join this artful meditation and create a Valentine for someone separated from their loved ones. Please check this flyer for more details. https://tinyurl.com/sharelove2021