News & Events for June

Safe Outdoor Space at Regis University

In these rapidly changing times, more people are without housing due to COVID-19 impacts, job layoffs, evictions, and other pre-COVID challenges. Unhoused people are finding it difficult to locate accessible, housing and shelter options. To meet this growing need, Denver’s service organizations; St Francis Center along with Colorado Village Collaborative, are offering a full spectrum of housing and sheltering options in neighborhoods across the city, including a brand new option at Regis University.

How can you help lift up those who are facing homelessness?

MPB Justice Matters is organizing a meal train to provide healthy meals at the Regis location . Our first meal will be a lunch provided on Monday June 28. Many opportunities are available from bringing food items, to assembling sandwiches, to delivering the meal, to serving the meal. Something for everyone! Please check out the opportunities and sign up at: tinyurl.com/SOSJune

WOO in the Park

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

Thursday June 17….. 6:30  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!

No need to RSVP, just come as you are!

Thank you to June’s hostess; Lorraine Curtis for corralling the picnickers this month!

In case of inclement weather, check in with Lorriane  curtislorraine1@outlook.com

Generosity of Joseph Honors Award from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Sarah Jackson, founder of Denver’s Casa de Paz (House of Peace), will receive the Generosity of Joseph Honors Award from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Many at MPB are associated with the Sisters and Peg Connolly nominated Sarah. Casa de Paz is a hospitality home for immigrants recently released from detention and immigrant families. MPB has supported Casa and many have volunteered at Casa through the years. The award celebrates those who positively influence and contribute to the betterment of society and whose example encourages others. To show your support for Sarah and to learn more about the virtual gala on June 25, visit www.csjsl.org/events

News & Events for May

WOO in the Park

Join the Women’s Outreach Organization for a casual gathering in Observatory Park! Thursday June 17….. 6:30 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! No need to RSVP, just come as you are! Thank you to June’s hostess; Lorraine Curtis for corralling the picnickers this month! In case of inclement weather, check in with Lorriane curtislorraine1@outlook.com.

Family to Family Annual “Mother’s Day 4 Others”

Once again MPB was over the top generous in donating to support the Bottom Line Diaper Bank. You contributed $2,500 which will support moms in caring for their children throughout the Metro Area. Because of BLDB’s ability to purchase diapers at a discount, you helped to supply 15,000 diapers!!!!!  Thank you!

Exploring Path to a Better Future

As a follow-up to the Lenten book club, Justice Matters is hosting a 4 part series on two of the of social pandemics we face today, the environment and racial inequality.

Part 2: Racial Inequity

“Now, while we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind.. … May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us: the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!” April 19, 2020. (Homily, feast of Divine Mercy)

Session 4 Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:00pm via ZOOM. Living Room Conversation: “The Opportunity Gap”.

Living Room Conversation series provides a safe space to have stimulating and mind opening conversations about various topics.

Generally speaking, opportunity gap refers to inputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities), while achievement gap refers to outputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of educational results and benefits). America prides itself on creating the opportunity for all citizens to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” We aspire to have a fair playing field and want every child to have the opportunity to succeed. There are strong indicators that we are not living up to our aspirations. Many communities and individuals are experiencing a tilted playing field. How can we respond?

More Information and Registration: https://tinyurl.com/MPBPathsRace

Catholic Charities Needs Your Help!

Help at Gabriel House Project

Gabriel House Project is a network of parishes and volunteer teams that provide basic material assistance to families with young children ages newborn to 5 years old throughout Colorado.

They have multiple day and hour choices for you to serve! Their current high needs are listed below – there are many ways to get involved!

  • All Saints Saturdays 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • Boulder Gabriel House at Sacred Heart of Mary: Saturdays 9AM-12PM
  • Annunciation Tuesdays 10AM-1PM (bilingual English/Spanish especially needed)
  • Volunteers for diaper deliveries & donation sorting

To join in at Gabriel House, please contact asanchez@ccdenver.org and one of the volunteer coordinators will be in touch to set up dates/times for you to serve!

Help with a meal in the metro Denver area shelters

Volunteers are needed to help serve meals at various locations that serve those most vulnerable. Various meal times are available.  Link here for openings to help: https://serveccdenver.volunteerhub.com/lp/easymeal

Help is needed at these locations:

  • Samaritan House
  • Smith Road
  • Marisol Home

MPB Justice Matters Ministry invites you to “Transitioning Leadership” A Living Room Conversation

June 8 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
June 10 10:00 am-11:30 am
Via ZOOM

As we process and work through transition in leadership at MPB, many emotions arise: fear, sadness, anger, hope and excitement . Joining together in community to share in conversation can help us process and gain new insights. Join us as we come together to hold these healing and helpful conversations as we process change. Two time slots are available to best meet your schedule, they will be repeat sessions.
More information and registration: https://tinyurl.com/MPBTransition

The LoVVe Project Needs Your Help

The LoVVe Project is a neighborhood food pantry (serves Ellis Elem community) that needs help this summer. The task at hand is to pick up approx. 45 produce boxes between 11:00 am-12:30 pm and deliver it to the pantry every other Friday starting June 4. There are also other tasks that are in need of volunteers. This could be a great summer family volunteer opportunity or a way to obtain those needed service hours . Contact Kate Rice for more information and sign up: krice@mpbdenver.org

The following non-profit agencies were funded  for 4th qtr. through an application process by the MPB Social Outreach Committee . Your weekly contributions made this funding possible. Thank you for your endless generosity.

CASA Child Advocacy funded $1,500

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. https://casaforchildren.org/

Dry Bones funded $2,000

In the context of long-term relationships, practicing the way of Jesus, we meet spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of houseless and street-connected youth and young adults.  We seek to equip and inspire all involved to relieve suffering, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love. https://drybonesdenver.org/

Haven of Hope funded $2,000

The Mission of Haven of Hope is to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, rehabilitation and hygienic services to homeless and less fortunate.  https://thoh.org/

Maria Droste Counseling funded $4,000

Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay. http://www.mariadroste.org/

AVP Colorado funded $1,000

Colorado’s Alternatives to Violence Project provides training in Colorado prisons and communities to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Through our workshops, we empower people to lead nonviolent lives through effective communication, affirmation, respect for all, community building and cooperation. https://www.avpcolorado.org/

St Vincent dePaul Society MPB funded $5,000

Our mission is to help those living in poverty. MPB volunteers assist by referring “neighbors” to resources, counseling them on governmental assistance programs, meeting immediate needs – food, gas, shelter.

  https://mpbdenver.org/ministries/st-vincent-de-paul/

Saint Francis Center funded $2,500

St. Francis Center (SFC) is a refuge for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing shelter along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness. http://www.sfcdenver.org/

Tepeyac Community Health Center funded $4,000

Tepeyac Community Health Center is a non-profit community health center in Denver that has been providing care to the medically underserved for more than 25 years. Their mission is to Inspire health, wellbeing, and humanity in their community, through all of life’s stages. https://www.tepeyachealth.org/

News & Events for April

Family to Family Annual “Mother’s Day 4 Others”

The MPB Family to Family Diaper Drive is alive and well!

We will continue to support mothers and their children who are facing unprecedented needs.  Because of the continued need for social distancing, we will not be accepting actual diapers but rather we will be asking for monetary donations for diapers. These donations will go to Catholic Charities and the Bottom Line Diaper Bank.  Appreciate donations being made by May 8.

Donate financially: by check

Through Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank (BLDB) your monetary donation can supply various agencies, including Birthline. Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank referencing account code 500-768-19#2050 in the memo line. You can mail them to MPB office, drop them off in the collection chest or parish office.

MPB Faith Direct online donations:

You can also make online donations by going to: https://tinyurl.com/FaithDirectDiapers

Please Hold Moms in Prayer

More information at https://tinyurl.com/MPBDiaperInfo

May Woo Gathering

Let’s welcome back a dear friend of all… Sister Mary Ann Figlino.

Thursday, May 6    6:30 pm- 8:00pm via ZOOM

Mary and Other Brave and Risky Women of Scripture

Come join us as we look between the lines and discover what impelled these gospel women to go beyond accepted rules and made a difference. Let’s explore how these women continue to speak to us today!

Sister Mary Ann Figlino is a Sister of St Joeseph of Caronfelet, born and raised in Denver. She is an amazing scripture scholar who brings the stories to life through her energy and humor.

Register and more information: https://tinyurl.com/WOOMay

Claire from Birthline Moves North to Retirement!

MPB has partnered with Birthline for over 30 years. Birthline is a non-profit that supports women facing pregnancy and the life of the child. Claire Wahl has been the driving matriarch and Director of this agency for over 40 years. This last January, she retired to Canada to spend her days with her sisters. We thank Claire for her service to protect life. Birthline is presently on the search for a new director as they continue to serve the needs the community.  Her work will live on.

Health Disparities in Colorado

Join Justice Matters Ministry as we welcome Nancy Sayre and Jim Garcia as they share about the disparities in health care that highly impact those on the margins.

Monday April 19

11:00am-12:00pm via ZOOM

Did you know that the rate of diabetes in Colorado is nearly 3 times higher among people earning less than $15,000 than those making over $50,000 and the highest earners live 6 to 10 years longer?

Did you know that kids living in Globeville near I-70 in Denver have a higher rate of asthma and a higher rate of hospitalization for asthma than kids living in southeast Denver?

Come find out more about Health Disparities like these and learn about Tepeyac Community Health Center in Globeville, an organization providing medical services to this deserving community.

Our Presenters:

Nancy Sayre, a longtime MPB parishioner, was a former university professor teaching health disparities and other health management classes and most recently taught in Madrid, Spain.

Jim Garcia, also a MPB parishioner, is the founder and CEO of Tepeyac Community Health Center and is a nationally recognized leader in healthy equity and social justice.

Registration and More Information: https://tinyurl.com/JMhealth

Exploring Paths to a Better Future- The Environment

As a follow-up to the Lenten book club, Justice Matters is hosting a 4 part series on two of the of social pandemics we face today, the environment and racial inequality.

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” –Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, June 18 2015

First, we invite you to a two part series on the Environment. Following Pope Francis model in “Let Us Dream” the first session will allow us “to see” the issues surrounding climate change. The second session will allow us “to choose” through discussion via a Living Room Conversation on “Climate Change”. We will share opportunities “to act” in both sessions. Choose one session or both, whatever your schedule allows and peaks your interest.

Part 2: Racial Inequity

“Now, while we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind.. … May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us: the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!” April 19, 2020. (Homily, feast of Divine Mercy)

Session 3 Tuesday May 4 @ 6:30 pm via ZOOM

Network’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap Workshop

The median wealth gap between Black and white families in the United States is both significant and growing. In 2016, white families had 10 times the wealth of Black families. [1] This massive difference in wealth is no accident. Instead, it was created and has been sustained by generations of racist federal policies.

NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop combines an informational presentation, interactive simulation, individual reflections, and group discussion to educate participants about the origins of our nation’s racial wealth and income gap.

Session 4 Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:00pm via ZOOM

Living Room Conversation: “The Opportunity Gap”.

Living Room Conversation series provides a safe space to have stimulating and mind opening conversations about various topics.

Generally speaking, opportunity gap refers to inputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities), while achievement gap refers to outputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of educational results and benefits). America prides itself on creating the opportunity for all citizens to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” We aspire to have a fair playing field and want every child to have the opportunity to succeed. There are strong indicators that we are not living up to our aspirations. Many communities and individuals are experiencing a tilted playing field. How can we respond?

More Information and Registration: https://tinyurl.com/MPBPathsRace

WOO Mother’s Day + Father’s Day Bags of Love

You were so generous providing “Bags of Love” for those experiencing homelessness for Valentine’s Day that Delores Project has asked us to support their residents for Mother’s and Father’s Day.

The Delores Project partners with individuals experiencing barriers to housing to identify their path to stability. By providing shelter, housing, and supportive services, The Delores Project works alongside individuals as they overcome barriers and challenges.

You can drop off bags:

  • after Mass in the Gathering Space the weekend of May 1-2
  • Parish Office Monday May 3-Thursday, May 6
  • Deadline is May 6 for turn-in of all bags.

More information, specifics on items for the bags and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOMDBags