News & Events for March

Stations of the Cross:

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

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

March 15th Theme: Living Stations Presented by MPB School

March 22nd Theme: Stations Presented by RCIA

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

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

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

From Social Outreach

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

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

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

Thursday March 14th: WOO Mini Retreat

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

Time: 6:15-8:00 pm

Location: Gathering Space of the Church

All Ladies are Welcome!

March 22nd Day to Serve 

Start your Friday morning off in community, by joining MPB teacher, Donna Simington, as we support Food for Thought. Food for Thought Denver strives to eliminate childhood hunger by providing healthy snacks for children. Help pack “Power Sacks” on Friday, March 22 from 7:15am-9:15am. For more information and registration https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeMar19 contact Ann Zimmer

From Social Outreach-Lenten

A Lenten Journey- Catholic Social Teaching

Each week during Lent, we will focus on a Catholic Social Teaching theme. Catholic Social Teaching is central to our faith, and is based on — and inseparable from — our understanding of human life and dignity. These teachings are derived from: The Gospels and the words of Christ; papal statements and encyclicals; and Catholic bishops’ statements and pastoral letters. Catholic social teaching calls us all to work for the common good, help build a just society, uphold the dignity of human life and lift up our poor and vulnerable brothers and sisters

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

The Lenten Journey: Catholic Social Teachings

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

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

Reflect on Tradition

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

Examen:

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

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation:

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

Tuesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

RCIA room

Hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry

2019 MPB Lenten Journey

During Lent this year, we will focus on Catholic Social Teachings and how we live what our faith calls us to do. We have three ways to focus on these during Lent.

  • Stations of the Cross: Many of our stations will have a focus on this theme. Stations will be held in the church on Fridays at 5:30 and will be hosted by various MPB groups. Because of our challenges with space there will not be a soup supper following the services and we encourage parishioners to connect and join in community at local restaurants. Our first stations will be hosted on March 8 by the Second Half of Life ministry with a theme of “Social Justice”.
  • An Evening of Reflection and Conversation on Catholic Social Teachings: Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, connect them to scripture, and share in conversation. The evening will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the RCIA room and is hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry.

News & Events for February

2019 MPB Lenten Journey

During Lent this year, we will focus on Catholic Social Teachings and how we live what our faith calls us to do. We have three ways to focus on these during Lent.

  • Stations of the Cross: Many of our stations will have a focus on this theme. Stations will be held in the church on Fridays at 5:30 and will be hosted by various MPB groups. Because of our challenges with space there will not be a soup supper following the services and we encourage parishioners to connect and join in community at local restaurants. Our first stations will be hosted on March 8 by the Second Half of Life ministry with a theme of “Social Justice”.
  • An Evening of Reflection and Conversation on Catholic Social Teachings: Come gather in community to briefly explore each of the seven Catholic Social Teachings, connect them to scripture, and share in conversation. The evening will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the RCIA room and is hosted by The MPB Justice Matters Ministry.

The Delores Project

The MPB community has been serving the residents at The Delores Project for close to 20 years. The great news is they are getting closer to their move in date to their new Arroyo Village. Arroyo Village is an important step for The Delores Project to continue increasing their locally unmatched success in moving guests from emergency shelter to stabilized housing. A major part of the Delores success are the active volunteer groups. Your help is needed, check out these opportunities https://tinyurl.com/DeloresVolunteerMPB

Sunday Lunch Program

In the month of March, MPB will be providing over 200 lunches to seniors every Sunday. Volunteers make and pack the lunches every Sunday in the school cafeteria after 9:00 Mass. Want to help make lunches and perhaps deliver them? More info and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/SLPMarch19

Your Love Has Been Shared!

The MPB community has made many of those held in detention felt loved this Valentine’s Day. We delivered over 550 wonderful homemade Valentines to our brothers and sisters.

Along with Valentines, WOO ladies braved the cold and made 40+ heart pillows for cancer patients. Along with the pillows, over 100 personal notes of encouragement were shared. WOO ladies also crafted 75 heartfelt Valentines for the detainees.

Day To Serve Volunteers joined MPB teacher Anne Schwieterman in serving over 100 residents lunch at The Denver Rescue Mission.

Blessed are you for lifting the poor in spirit, thank you!

Construction News

On January 23 at a gathering of parish staff, project architect and contractor, Fr. Pat blessed the new Parish Office in a small ceremony.  The staff also took the opportunity to thank a special parishioner who facilitated the donation of gently used office furniture to furnish all 15 offices, 3 conference rooms, open workspace and reception area, saving the parish thousands of dollars.  The 10,000 square foot space is spacious, airy and full of natural light through both numerous windows and several sky lights.

Everyone is welcome to stop in and visit the new offices and see the outcome of your generosity through the Here for Good capital campaign.   The old offices in the former convent will be coming down in the next month, making room for a new artificial turf field and playground for the school, to be opened in early 2020.  The “big dig” creating space for the basement of the new Parish Center is progressing on schedule, as are the upgrades in the sanctuary, including the fire suppression system, new interior paint, new sacristy and new sound system.

Click here to catch up on the latest construction news.

Here for Good—Spending Your Money Wisely

As we prepare to see the former convent come down later this month, many have asked why we just didn’t renovate that building instead of tearing it down and building a new building. Parish leadership, both the administration and the Finance Committee, investigated many options in determining the best use of our space and value for our dollar.  In the end, it was going to be far more expensive to refurbish the 50+ year old building than proceeding with renovating the former Parish Center and building a new Parish Center.

However, throughout the process of moving out of the building, every effort was made to reduce expenses and reuse or recycle as much as we could.  Habitat for Humanity RestoreSecond Chance Center and some of our own staff and parishioners were the recipients of most of the furnishings from the building.  The majority of boxes used for packing were second-hand and then passed onto another nonprofit after we were done.  Thanks to the parish staff and many volunteers for helping to pack up the entire building and church before moving.  As was shared in a recent bulletin, all of the furniture in the new offices was gently used prior to our acquiring it at no cost, thanks to parishioner Ben Diaz who facilitated the donation.  And, thanks to the generosity of long-time parishioner Adel Nassif, we have been able to store the contents of the Parish Center and all donated furniture throughout this extended transition period at no cost.

Dollars raised from the Here for Good capital campaign have been carefully stewarded throughout the construction process.  Every single gift, regardless of size, has enabled the parish to get closer to the total project cost of $9.7 million.  With just $2.3 million left to go, everyone will be asked to consider extended their pledge or making a new pledge if they haven’t yet supported the campaign.  With every dollar donated, please know how much your gift is appreciated and spent wisely.

Click here to catch up on our latest photos of the construction site.

From Social Outreach

February Day to Serve

Join MPB teacher leader Anne Schwieterman as we serve at The Denver Rescue Mission/ “The Crossing”. We will lift up our neighbors at The Crossing from 10:30am to 1:30pm on February 8th. . Our outreach will involve preparing and serving lunch to the people living there. There are only 6 shifts available for this service opportunity. For more information and sign up contact Ann or https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeFeb19

WOO

Service Outreach Project Valentine

Join us as we share our love with those being treated for cancer. Our next gathering will be Thursday Feb 7 where we will be creating hearts for Project Valentine. Project Valentine brightens the day for over 570 cancer patients young and old, at 18 infusion centers across the metro area on Valentine’s Day. We’ll gather in the school cafeteria from 6:15-8:00. No sewing experience needed. Bring a friend and craft and serve in community.

Share the Love!

You were over the top at Christmas providing Holiday greetings to over 950 detainees at the Aurora Detention Center, thank you! So, here’s another opportunity to share the love. We are showing our support for our brothers and sisters with Valentine cards. These cards will be distributed to detainees and day laborers. Homemade cards can be dropped off in the gym in the tubs marked “Share the Love” the weekend of Feb 9-10. Deadline for cards is Feb 11. Important information for the cards at: tinyurl.com/sharethelovempb19 or contact Ann Zimmer.

News & Events for January

February Day to Serve

Join MPB teacher leader Anne Schwieterman as we serve at The Denver Rescuce Mission/ “The Crossing”.We lift up our neighbors at The Crossing from 10:30am to 1:30pm on February 8th. . Our outreach will involve preparing and serving lunch to the people living there. There are only 6 shifts available for this service opportunity. For more information and sign up contact Ann or https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeFeb19

WOO

The Ladies of WOO enjoyed a motivating evening with Jan Haas as she presented the “The Secret Power of Intention” Our next gathering will be Thursday Feb 7 where we will be creating hearts to share with Project Valentine. Project Valentine brightens the day for over 570 cancer patients young and old, at 18 infusion centers across the metro area on Valentine’s Day. We’ll gather in the school cafeteria from 6:15-8:00. No sewing experience needed. Bring a friend and craft and serve in community.

           

Creation Care Recycles the Old Parish Office

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

                               

Family to Family by the Numbers

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

240 bags of food were distributed to seniors

94 families received gift cards for Thanksgiving groceries

179 seniors were sponsored by MPB families for Christmas

130 school families were sponsored by MPB families for Christmas

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

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

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

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

Denver Santa Claus Shop says Thank You MPB

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

Lynn Stambaugh

Denver Santa Claus Shop Board Member and MPB Parishioner

From Social Outreach

Sunday Lunch Program

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

News & Events for December

From Social Outreach

Many Thanks!

Family to Family

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

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

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

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

Hope for the Holidays- Immigrants Know We Care

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

Merry Christmas from all of us at MPB!

CHRISTMAS MASS AND INFORMATION

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

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

Parish Office Closure for our Move

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

Christmas Mass times

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

Christmas Day- Mass will be at 10 am.

From Social Outreach:

Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

Jan 15- March 5

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

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

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

Welcome to Advent

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

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

Advent Penance Service

Tuesday December 11 at 7pm in the Church

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

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

Parish Office Closure for our Move

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

Christmas Mass times

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

Christmas Day- Mass will be at 10 am.

Christmas Outreach Opportunities from Social Outreach

Hope for the Holidays!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family to Family

Christmas Updates:

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

More Thanksgiving Gratitude

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

News & Events for November

Family to Family Christmas 2018

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

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

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

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

Creation Connections

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

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

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

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

Becoming more fully alive after 50 – DEALING WITH STUFF

Join us for this three part series this Fall examining three areas of “stuff” we deal with at this stage of life.   All three evenings will take place in the Gathering Space/RCIA Room from 6:30-8pm.

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

Change and the transition that follows is a normal part of life, yet it can be frightening.  In this workshop you will learn about the three phases of transition and how to understand them.  This is a roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into the future.

From Social Outreach

Day to Serve November 2nd

Start your Friday morning off in community, by joining MPB teacher, Donna Simington, as we support Food for Thought. Food for Thought Denver strives to eliminate childhood hunger by providing healthy snacks for children. Help pack “Power Sacks” from 7:15am-9:15am on the Metro Campus. For more info and registration https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeNov18 or contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083

Family to Family Thanksgiving!

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

WOO SERVICE OUTREACH

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

Family to Family Christmas 2018

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

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

News & Events for October

Family to Family Christmas 2018

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

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

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

All Souls Day Mass

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

MPB MINISTRY SIGN-UPS

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

From Social Outreach

Family to Family News

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

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

Day to Serve 

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

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

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization

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

Thursday, Oct 11 6:15 in the Gathering Space

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

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

Bring a friend, all are welcome!

News & Events for September

From  Ministry

On Wednesday, October 24th, the 2nd Half of Life Ministry will be sponsoring another VINO VERITAS- “in wine there is truth”.  Join us at Citron Bistro (Hampden and Yosemite) from 5-7pm for dinner (order from menu) and a presentation and discussion led by Fr. Pat. Space is limited.

RSVP to Christine at the parish office or at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org by Friday, October 19th.

From Social Outreach

The Delores Project Needs our Continued Support

The mission of the The Delores Project (TDP) is to provide safe, comfortable overnight shelter and services to unaccompanied adult women who are homeless and have limited resources. TDP assists women in developing the skills and resources necessary to stay off the streets and move towards stability.

For close to 20 years MPB has supported the ladies at TDP through meals and other resources. It is estimated in 2017-18 your donation of 108 meals was valued at over $31,000. Thank you!

Because of the construction on our campus and also the transition occurring at TDP to their new location, our meal support will be changing and TDP is experiencing a critical need for nightly meals.

Please help! You can go to TDP site, and choose a date to bring a meal that works for you. Grab friends for an afternoon of cooking or organize and host a drop off base for a meal. If you need ideas or help on

how to organize a meal team, contact Mary Ann Tarpey maryanntarpey@gmail.com or Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.308 The URL for sign up is https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMeals18-19

“We are grateful to be able to feed the hungry, rather than being one of the hungry.”

From WOO

October Gathering, Thursday October 11 at 6:15pm in the Gathering Space.

Sister MaryAnn Figlino will be our guest speaker presenting- “Jesus, Eating His Way Through the Bible”

From the Parish Office

Our 2018 Annual Report is here.

A few other highlights about the 2018 Annual Report

  • The difference between income and expenses for the entire campus was a surplus of $360,000. These funds went into savings so we can continue to maintain our aging campus.
  • We saw a 45% increase over 2017 results of financial support and donated goods by our parishioners to the now 53 organizations served by our social outreach programs.
  • One out of every three of parishioners’ volunteers in any number of ways across our campus. We are truly living the mission of our faith!
  • We have seen an increase of nearly 8% in our weekly offertory, and about a third of our families use Faith Direct, our electronic giving tool.

How do we compare with other Catholic parishes nation-wide?

  • To date, 55% of our registered parishioners have pledged or given to the Here for Good campaign. Nationally, only 15-25% of registered parishioners support their capital campaign.
  • We are proud to share that 61% of our registered parishioners support MPB through the offertory, compared with the national average of 45% to 55%.

Construction News!  Watch our progress….live

We now a have a live construction camera. Click here to check out the construction of the Parish Offices.  Picture refreshes every few minutes.

MPB receives “Shining Star Award”

Because of your endless generosity and willingness to reach out to lift others up MPB has been awarded the Denver Housing Authority “Shining Star Award”. We received the following letter from DHA:

“It is my pleasure to inform you that Most Precious Blood has been chosen as one of Friends of DHA’s 2018 Wall of Fame winner!  The Wall of Fame is our annual awards ceremony that recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Denver Housing Authority.  Most Precious Blood is the recipient of the Shining Star Award for your commitment and contributions to DHA and most importantly the residents at Tapiz and North Lincoln.  I have had the great pleasure of working with Most Precious Blood, and I am routinely amazed by your commitment and dedication to serving not just our population, but seniors across Metro Denver.  The lunches, holiday presents, Thanksgiving donations, and funds to support the Senior Ball and programming at both North Lincoln and Tapiz has been integral to the success of our communities.”

Thank you MPB community!

Becoming more fully alive after 50 – Dealing with Stuff

Join us for a three- part series this Fall examining three areas of “stuff” we deal with at this stage of life.   All three evenings will take place in the Gathering Space/RCIA Room from 6:30-8pm.

Our topics will be:

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8pm – Let’s Begin – Taking the Anxiety out of Clutter

Speaker:  Suzanne Woodward, parishioner and professional organizer

“Why can’t I do this?”

Let’s poke around at our present relationship to clutter. I believe that making space can be a CREATIVE process (not so scary) and can lead to greater creativity and freedom at this time in our lives.

Please bring your questions! This evening will address the interests of those who attend.

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8pm – Navigating Government Benefit Programs – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits…

Speaker:  Frank Baysore, parishioner and fiduciary services

Frank will explore with us questions like: Do you know the optimum age to file for Social Security? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? What are my options for Medicare plans? I’m a low-income veteran. What programs are available for me? What do I need to do to file for Social Security Disability?

Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30-8pm – Life Transitions – Endings and Beginnings

Speaker:  Lynette Reiling from Boomers Leading Change, Boomers Leading Change

Change and the transition that follows is a normal part of life, yet it can be frightening. In this workshop you will learn about the three phases of transition and how to understand them. This is a roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into the future.

From WOO

WOO 2018-19 Kickoff!   Thursday September 13th at 6:00 pm

Spiritual Potluck with Father Pat

Share a dish and a question for Father Pat

For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOPotluck18

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

From Social Outreach

Day to Serve

Looking for an opportunity to serve others? Day to Serve is kicking off its second year. This is a collaborative ministry combing MPB school staff and MPB Social Outreach ministry.   Each month, a teacher leader will join volunteers at a service site to serve others. This is a great opportunity to build community while experiencing the many amazing charitable agencies across the metro Denver area.

We’ll kick off the year at Earthlinks with MPB teacher Conor Boyle on Wednesday Sept 19. We’ll meet at Earthlinks at 8:30am and serve till 12:00. Carpool opportunities also are available from MPB. More information and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeSept18

“Let serving others serve as our belief” – Fr. Patrick Dolan… “Prayer of the Body and Blood of Christ”

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” and meet new friends as you help these young moms.

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2018 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center

Carpool from MPB leaves at 9:15 am (please indicate on sign up if you’d like to carpool from MPB). Lunch & bottled water provided.

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BirthlineFall18

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

More Opportunities to Serve in September!

Delores Dinners tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBSept18 and Sunday Lunch Program tinyurl.com/SLP1Sept18 need helpers in September. Both require little time, but a big heart to help! Please check out these opportunities.

From St. Vincent de Paul Society

Feast day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Frederic’s first act of charity was to take his supply of winter firewood and bring it to a widow whose husband had died of cholera.

Today your Society of St. Vincent de Paul members visit our neighbors and assess their current needs.

Recently, two MPB Vincentians made a home visit with a patient who was going through a second treatment for brain cancer and the prognosis was not good, with only months to live.
This person was not able to work because of seizures and was behind on rent.  Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to help this patient with rent. The gratitude expressed at this visit was unbelievable.

We were able to do this because of the generous financial donations of this parish. Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have special collection envelopes in the pews the weekend of September 29th and 30th. Thank you for contributions.

Join for our Walk for the Poor. Saturday September 29 at Bishop Machebeuf High School at 9:30 am. Here is the link to register www.fopwalk.org/eventlisting/?search=CO

From Health and Wellness Ministry

Meditation and Movement: Please join us for Meditation and Movement on Tuesdays, September 18, 25th (RCIA Room) and October 9th (Music Room), from 5:30-6:30pm. The theme continues from the previous session “Practice the Pause, Pray Unceasingly”. Hope you can join us!

From Pastoral Outreach

Communion for the Homebound

MPB has ministers who are available to bring Communion to the homebound of our parish. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion at home, please contact Christine at the parish office.

 

Faith Formation News

For those who are registered, please remember the parent meetings for sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and Restored Order are coming soon!

First Reconciliation- Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9:00 in the gym OR Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 in the church

Restored Order- Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:00 in the church or Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.

Registration is open on the website for the FAITH program and Sacrament Preparation until August 31.

News and Events for August

Creation Care Presents: Creation Connections featuring Jeff Lyng

“Colorado’s New Energy Economy: Past, Present and Future”

Monday, August 13, 2018

RCIA room 7:00-8:30 pm

Jeff Lyng is the Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at Xcel Energy, a U.S. utility serving 3.3 million electric and 1.8 million gas customers in eight states. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic direction and policies that will continue the company’s leadership in the clean energy transition while keeping customer bills low. In previous roles, Jeff was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University and Renewable Energy Policy Manager in Governor Ritter’s Energy Office. He is a past Chair of the American Solar Energy Society and project manager for the 2005 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team.

He is looking forward to sharing his experiences and understanding with the community.

All are welcome! Come and learn about the MPB Creation Care Ministry and how we can be best stewards of our common home.

Health and Wellness Team News

MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE will be Sunday, August 26th from noon to 4pm in the Church Nursery! Call Bonfils at 303-363-2300 to schedule an appointment or go to donors.bonfils.org and use site code E044. This Blood Drive is sponsored by MPB’s Health and Wellness Ministry. Look for Health and Wellness Ministry members after all the Masses next weekend (Aug 11/12) for more information.

Adult Faith Formation News

RCIA classes begin September 6th. Contact Tony Haas for registration. Need more information about the RCIA click here for details: https://mpbdenver.org/formation-education/becoming-catholic-rcia/

Music Ministry- Children’s Choir News

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, 9/10/18, at 6:30pm in the church. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/mpbchchoir or email Teresa at tstone@mpbdenver.org.

WOO News

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

Thursday, August 9 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!

Meditation and Movement will be Tuesdays, August 7, 21, 28th and September 4th from 5:30-6:30pm in the RCIA Room (NO class on August 14th) The theme of this session is: Practicing the Pause: Praying Unceasingly. As we move, we will reflect on becoming more aware of our lives, of how we can practice the art of praying all the time.

News and Events for July

WOO Women’s Outreach Organization:

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

Thursday, July 12 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 Lynn lynnstambaugh4@gmail.com or Ann azimmer@mpbdenver.org 

Delores Dinner Volunteers –

We are changing the volunteer sign up process for Delores Dinners. You may now choose which days are best for you and which items you want to supply. Please sign up using the following links:  July- https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBJuly18

August- https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBAug18

September – https://tinyurl.com/DeloresMPBSept18

If you need assistance with the sign up process, please contact Ann Zimmer azimmer@MPBDenver.org 303.756.3083

If you would like to be a part of this wonderful service opportunity or get additional information,  please contact: Mary Ann Tarpey mtarpey@comcast.net 303.753.6452

Michele Luttrell michele.luttrell@gmail.com 303.713.1033 or

Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org 303.756.3083

Mark your calendars:

MPB School Supply Drive Aug 4-5. Check back for more details.

Communion for the Homebound

Communion for the Homebound is a special ministry that brings the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound or in a nursing facility. Eucharistic Ministers visit weekly or bi-weekly to pray and share the Eucharist with those who can’t be with us on Sundays.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact Christine Maschka in the parish office or atcmaschka@mpbdenver.org (Training provided).