News & Events for September

VINO VERITAS IS BACK!!

All parishioners 50+ and older are invited to join us for VINO VERITAS (In Wine there is Truth) on Tuesday, October 1st, from 5-7pm at Citron Bistro (Hampden and Yosemite).  Our speaker will be Sr. Mary Ann Figlino on the topic “Join Jesus at the Table”.  Come for dinner and stay for conversation!  Space is limited, so sign up early.  RSVP to Christine in the parish office or at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org by September 24th.

MEDITATION AND MOVEMENT will resume Tuesday,September 17th, from 5:30-6:30pm in the RCIA Room.  This session will run through December 17th.  (No class on October 8th). We will begin our reflections using the book “As You Love Your Self” by Timothy Buckley, an MPB parishioner.  Meditation and Movement is the practice of using ancient, mindful postures with conscious breathing. This practice helps us to slow down and perhaps hear what God is saying to us.  We hope you can join us for any or all classes.

Sit and Sort 4  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” clothing items and meet new friends as you help these moms.
WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

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/BirthlineFall19
Questions: contact Ann Zimmer 303.756.3083
or azimmer@mpbdenver.org

WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization) 2019-20 Kickoff!

Spiritual Potluck with Father Pat
Share a dish and a question for Father Pat
Date: Thursday, Sept 12
Time: 6:15 pm For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOPotluckSept19

All ladies are welcome, bring a friend and build community!

Questions: contact Karen Peterson kpeterson2@me.com
Lynn Stambaugh lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com
Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Tuesday, September 24 and October 1; 7-8:30 p.m.
RCIA Room

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate given to us in special way in Baptism enabling our full participation in God’s desire for all creation. What is the connection between our faith and advocacy in our world? How do we recognize our unique calling to be advocates for the suffering? What are the ethical communication skills that enable us to overcome divisions and to speak for the healing and just community Jesus revealed to us? How do we live this out in practical ways in the midst of our busy lives?

The facilitator for our two evening program, is Vie Thorgren, D.Min, long time parishioner, wife, mother, grandmother, founder of the Center for Spirituality at Work, Catholic Climate Ambassador and Co-Chair of the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue sponsored by the ADL.

This two-session program is sponsored by the MPB Justice Matters Ministry. Many of us are feeling paralyzed by issues that are calling us from our faith to act in compassion. In community, we will explore tools and paths to live our faith.

Questions: contact Ann Zimmer

St Francis Center Needs You!

St. Francis Center (SFC) is a refuge for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing daytime shelter, 7 days a week, along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness.

The center is in need of volunteers and has a number of opportunities to serve available. Questions about SFC or for a tour, contact parishioner Jim Boberschmidt, (303)472-4924 . Check out the SFC volunteer newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/StFrancisVolunteer Thank you for lifting up those on the margins.

News & Events for August

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

September 9 – November 4

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.

We will explore 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 Mondays September 9- November 4 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm at MPB in the RCIA room . Cost is $50 and registration is limited. Financial support available. For registration information and questions contact Ann Zimmer. Additional information: https://tinyurl.com/JMflyerW19 or https://justfaith.org/exploring-migration-faith-journey/   (register through Ann)

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 Sept 8-15, 2019. They need help unloading beds and luggage, setting up rooms on Sept 8 which takes about 1.5 hours and then take down and loading beds and luggage on Sept 15. 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.

Register Now – MPB Parish Children’s Choir!

Come put your faith into action by serving at Mass and discover your unique voice and talent!  MPB Children’s Choir is open to all parish children, of any school, grades 2-6 (7th grade and higher are very welcome as helpers or they can join the Adult Music Ministry). We sing once a month at alternating Masses and we rehearse every other week on Mondays at 6:30pm. You may register for Sept-Dec and/or Jan-May. Do both or “one semester”.    Most intermediate level instrumentalists are also welcome.  Our 1st rehearsal is Monday, 9/9/19, at 6:30pm in the church. Please register here:  https://tinyurl.com/mpbchchoir or email Teresa at tstone@mpbdenver.org.

You Are Amazing: Another Great School Supply Drive

By the numbers: Over…. 375 packages of pencils, 565 spiral notebooks, 200 boxes of tissues, 210 reams of papers…. For over an estimated $9,000 worth of school supplies that are helping area children start their school year off ready to learn.

Thank you to all who took the extra steps to gather and donate school supplies to our 4 area schools; Annunciation, Guardian Angels, St Rose of Lima, and St Therese, along with Birthline, Clothes to Kids and Sacred Heart House. And a thank you to all the Family to Family volunteers who gathered, sorted and delivered the school supplies.

Justice Matters Supports Those at the ICE Detention Center in Aurora

Thank you to many of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry members, along with members from 1st Plymouth for gathering to show their support for those being held in detention. The vigil was an informative gathering to gain ways to advocate for those who are seeking better lives.

Spanish Books Needed:

Justice Matters Ministry is collecting new and lightly loved Spanish language books for school aged children in Guatemala. There will be a box in the RCIA room for donations or contact Ann. The drive ends August 30. Thank you!

Clothes to Kids Needs Your Lightly Loved Children’s Clothes!

Clothes To Kids of Denver provides new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge. As you sift and sort through your closets and find lightly loved school aged clothes for kids that are no longer needed, consider brightening up another child’s start to the school year. Clothes to Kids is just a few blocks away at Yale and Colo next to the Chez Artiste Theatre at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd. and conveniently have a 24/7 collection bin outside. Find out more about Clothes to Kids at https://www.clothestokidsdenver.org/

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Project C.U.R.E.

Thursday August 29

Leaving MPB at 8:30 am returning at 12:00 Noon

At Project C.U.R.E we will sort donated medical supplies that are delivered to more than 130 developing countries.

Project C.U.R.E. delivers 40-foot semi-trailer-sized cargo containers carrying medical donations to under-resourced hospitals, clinics and community health centers in developing countries. Project C.U.R.E. collaborates with community partners in each country to develop a high-level understanding of the scope of need. Their thorough, on-site assessment process ensures that every container delivered will meet the specific needs of the recipient hospital or clinic, equipping the medical staff with life-saving tools to improve diagnosis, treatment and care.

To volunteer and for more information, contact Mike Boyd at michaelaboyd@msn.com.

WOO in the Park!

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

Thursday, August 8 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

Vigil at the Aurora GEO Detention Center

August Vigil at GEO Immigrant Detention Center

Hosted by AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and Colorado People’s Alliance

Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010-1502

Supporters gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation.

The spirit of this vigil is to lift the stories and experience of real people struggling to overcome the extreme consequences of ensnarement in our immigration and criminal justice systems. All people are important to the fabric of our community and deserve our support. Our immigration system treats people cruelly and unfairly, both inside detention centers and through deportation that rips families and communities apart.

MPB Justice Matters Ministry is organizing a group to join in support. Meet at MPB at 5:00 pm and carpool leaves at 5:15 pm. We’ll gather along with members of our neighbors at First Plymouth to reflect on our experiences back at MPB after the vigil. Contact Ann if you’re interested in participating.

Sunday Lunch Seniors Thank You!

Thanks to the many families and individual who come together to make lunches for our seniors in need. We serve over 200 seniors weekly by making sack lunches when other food services aren’t available. Join in, we meet every Sunday after am 9:00 Mass in the school cafeteria. For more info and sign up https://tinyurl.com/SLPAug19

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!