News & Events for December

Please remember to check our Parish Calendar for the most up to date information.

Advent and Christmas Information
Parish Advent Penance Service- Thursday December 12 at 7 pm

Christmas Eve Mass Times:
4pm, 5:30pm, 7:30 pm and Midnight.  The 4 and 5:30 pm masses will be celebrated simultaneously in the Church and the Gym.

Christmas Day Mass:  10 am
January 1st  Holy Day-Mary Mother of God- Mass will be at 5 pm

Join us in January! MPB Parish Children’s Choir!

New members can join us at any time.  Our 1st  rehearsal after Christmas break is Monday 1/13/20 at 6:30pm in the church.   Our rehearsals are energetic, encouraging and a safe place for children to express themselves and serve their church.  We learn how to shine, how to lift others up and how working together results in something magical that we could never achieve alone.  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. Most intermediate level instrumentalists are also welcome.  Please register here:  https://tinyurl.com/mpbchchoir if you haven’t already or email Teresa at tstone@mpbdenver.org.

Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege Module

“Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege” is an 8-week course that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.

We’ll introduce a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities by looking at power and privilege and how they contribute to racial injustice. Later sessions will take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, lack of equal access to educational opportunities, disparities within the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.

The Faith & Racial Equity Module will be offered:
Tuesday Evenings 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
MPB / RCIA Room
Jan 7 – Feb 25
Tuition: $50 (scholarships available)
This is a small group opportunity so early registration is recommended. Module information: https://tinyurl.com/MPBF-EFlyer or check the flyer in the Gathering Space
If you would like more information or to register contact Ann Zimmer

Family to Family Holiday Update

Thank you for reaching out to your families and seniors. Please make sure you reach out and deliver your gifts by Dec 16. Please sharer your stories as you connected with your seniors and families!

The Angels Tree gifts for children have been amazing and over the top. Thank you to all who contributed and those who helped to sort and deliver gifts. Along with Birthline, Sacred Heart House and The Denver Santa Claus Shop also benefitted from your generosity. Please bring your gift(s) in by Monday, Dec 16. Thank you!

The group gatherings that took place at the various senior apartments and schools over the weekend, were so full of love and blessings. Thank you to all who came to lift others up by your generosity and time. Also, a big thank you to all the Family to Family volunteers as they coordinated these gatherings! What a blessing to so many both, recipients and those who sponsored.

Hope for the Holidays!

Thank you for your support of this program. Because of you, over 300 men and women in detention will have a brighter holiday because of your well wishes. A special thank you to the John Livingston and the MPB High School Youth Group who made some special home-made cards. Thank you all for lifting up those on the margins!

Music and Stories from the Margins Building Bridges of Compassion

If you missed the amazing evening we shared on Nov. 15, you have a chance to experience this event. We are fortunate to have had John Peterson capture the music, stories and dance on video. Please join in the RCIA room for a community viewing and discussion of the performance and experience on Sunday, Dec 15 from 12:00-2:00pm.

During this viewing, you will experience the stories of those who have been marginalized in our society, along with music, dance and prayer to deepen the experience and open our hearts to compassion. If you have any questions contact Teresa Stone tstone@mpbdenver.org or Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

Day to Serve- Denver Santa Claus Shop

Friday, Dec 13 9:00-12:00pm

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 13 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/Day2ServeDec19

Thanks to the hearty crew that joined Barb Garrett at Metro Caring to support the working poor. Many hands make light work!

Family to Family Holiday Update

Christmas

Thank you for reaching out to your families and seniors. Hopefully you have all connected and are starting to meet and share. Love to hear stories from you as you share the holiday spirit. All gifts are to be delivered by Dec 16th.

  • Birthline toys (red angels) can be returned unwrapped to the Gathering Space Dec 1-15

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Group Gatherings:

Many participants have indicated that they would like to connect with you at a “group gathering”. Please contact your family or senior and let them know you’ll be there. Here are the details for the group gatherings:

Guardian Angels: Saturday, Dec 7 @ 2:00 w/ service project, cookies and drinks followed by 4:00 Mass
1843 W 52nd Ave. Denver 80221

St Rose of Lima: Saturday, Dec 7 Mass @ 4:00 followed by gathering, cookies and drinks
1345 W Dakota Ave Denver 80223

North Lincoln Seniors: Saturday., Dec. 7, 1:00 Gathering and cookies and drinks
1425 Mariposa, Denver 80204

Olin Apartments: Sunday, Dec. 8 @3:00 Gathering and Pizza Party
1420 Logan St, Denver 80203

Tapiz Seniors: Saturday, Dec 7, 11:00am -1:00pm Cookies and Drinks
1099 Osage, Denver 80205

Missing Slips!

It is important that we receive the bottom portions of the family and senior cards for Christmas. We are missing:

  • St Rose of Lima #5
  • Olin #27
  • Tapiz #60
  • Sacred Heart Neighborhood #4

More Families to Sponsor for Christmas

A local St Vincent dePaul ministry has reached out to us at MPB to help them sponsor families for Christmas. The previous sponsor of the group of families was not able to fulfill their commitment this year. Can you help? Here are the details:

🎄10-15 families need sponsors

🎄 Families are close to MPB- Ellis and Slavens Elementary Neighborhood

🎄All gifts are to be delivered by sponsor to their home on Sat., Dec 21

🎄If you are interested, contact Ann and include your email, phone, and size of family you’re interested in sponsoring.

Hope for the Holidays!

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigrant detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each person who is detained in the Aurora GEO Detention Center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter, they are not forgotten 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 the specifics at https://tinyurl.com/CasaH4H19 or in the Welcome Center. This video provides the story behind the cards https://tinyurl.com/casacards18

Cards can be completed and dropped off to the office or at the back of church by Monday, Dec 9. Contact Ann with questions. Sponsored by MPB Justice Matters Ministry

In Another Place

Music and Stories from the Margins Building Bridges of Compassion

If you missed the amazing evening we shared on Nov. 15, you have a chance to experience this event. We are fortunate to have had John Peterson capture the music, stories and dance on video. Please join in the RCIA room for a community viewing and discussion of the performance and experience on Sunday, Dec 15 from 12:00-2:00pm.

During this viewing, you will experience the stories of those who have been marginalized in our society, along with music, dance and prayer to deepen the experience and open our hearts to compassion.

If you have any questions contact Teresa tstone@mpbdenver.org or Ann Zimmer azimmer@mpbdenver.org

For those who were in attendance, we ask you to please take 5 minutes to complete our feedback form at tinyurl.com/MPBstories. Your input is appreciated and valued.

Thank you for Providing a Great Thanksgiving for so many.

The Family to Family Thanksgiving ministry was a huge success again thanks to so many. Bags were filled to the brim with wonderful meal items for the recipients at Tapiz, North Lincoln and Sacred Heart neighborhood, along with moms and families at Sacred Heart House and Birthline. Over 240 bags were distributed. To top off the food items many of you added the personal touch of wonderful Thanksgiving card. A hearty team of 20+ folks showed up to deliver bags to the seniors and then enjoy a pizza lunch with them.

MPB School families contributed over $3,000 worth of gift cards so that families at Guardian Angel, St Therese and St Rose of Lima can shop for their favorite foods for Thanksgiving.

All in all, your thoughtfulness and generosity brightened so many lives through this ministry. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ.

WOO Warms Heart at Brent’s Place

Thanks to the ladies of WOO, over 45 children will be able to snuggle in new blankets up as they receive medical care while staying at Brent’s Place. Thanks to all who crafted and supported this ministry by making these blankets with a touch of love.

 

Day to Serve:

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 13 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/Day2ServeDec19

News & Events for November

Please remember to check our Parish Calendar for the most up to date information.

Day to Serve:

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 13 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/Day2ServeDec19

Family to Family Holiday Update

Christmas

Your support and generosity are amazing. Thank you to all who are sponsoring over 275 families and seniors plus nearly 500 angel gifts!

  • If you missed your opportunity to sponsor a family or senior, please contact Ann. We have a waiting list and will try to make a match.
  • Please be persistent in reaching your family or senior. If they don’t answer the first time, try try again. Contact one of the coordinators on your card if you have challenges or need assistance. We have found that some recipients would prefer to call YOU, so consider sharing your number with them through us.
  • If your family / senior speaks Spanish and you need a translator to connect with them, please contact Ann and we can arrange a translator for you.
  • Birthline toys (red angels) can be returned unwrapped to the Gathering Space Dec 1-15

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Group Gatherings:

Many participants have indicated that they would like to connect with you at a “group gathering”. Please contact your family or senior and let them know you’ll be there. Here are the details for the group gatherings:

Guardian Angels: Saturday, Dec 7 @ 2:00 w/ service project, cookies and drinks followed by 4:00 Mass
1843 W 52nd Ave. Denver 80221

St Rose of Lima: Saturday, Dec 7 Mass @ 4:00 followed by gathering, cookies and drinks
1345 W Dakota Ave Denver 80223

North Lincoln Seniors: Saturday., Dec. 7, 1:00 Gathering and cookies and drinks
1425 Mariposa, Denver 80204

Olin Apartments: Sunday, Dec. 8 @3:00 Gathering and Pizza Party
1420 Logan St, Denver 80203

Tapiz Seniors: Saturday, Dec 7, 11:00am -1:00pm Cookies and Drinks
1099 Osage, Denver 80205

Missing Slips!

It is important that we receive the bottom portions of the family and senior cards for Christmas. We are missing:

Annunciation #36
St Rose of Lima #5
Olin #27
Tapiz #60
Sarced Heart Neighborhood #4

Hope for the Holidays! 

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigrant detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each person who is detained in the Aurora GEO Detention Center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter; they are not forgotten 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 the specifics at https://tinyurl.com/CasaH4H19 or in the Welcome Center. This video provides the story behind the cards https://tinyurl.com/casacards18

Cards can be completed and dropped off to the office or back of church by Monday, Dec 10. Contact Ann with questions. Sponsored by MPB Justice Matters Ministry

Social Outreach Committee Funding

Because of your weekly generosity, the Social Outreach Committee was able to fund the following agencies through an application process. Please check them out on line and see the good work they’re doing to lift others up.

Casa de Paz $3,000
Denver Catholic Workers Soup Kitchen $2,500
Bessie’s Hope $1,000
Sacred Heart House of Denver $3,000
Dominican Home Health Agency $500

Life After Loss meeting

Tuesday, November 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Office’s conference room.
This group is facilitate by Rosemary Classen, an experienced grief group facilitator.

Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday November 28th at 9a.m.

Family to Family Holiday Update

Christmas

  • 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.
  • Please be persistent in reaching your family or senior. If they don’t answer the first time, try- try again. Contact one of the coordinators on your card if you have challenges or need assistance. Perhaps send a card to your family / senior to introduce yourself.
  • Reach out and connect with your family or senior before Nov. 10 to introduce yourself.
  • Birthline toys (red angels) can be returned unwrapped to the Gathering Space Dec 1-15

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Translators Needed:

We are looking for translators to help with the Christmas program. If you speak another language, especially Spanish, and would be available to help cross the language barrier, please contact Ann. We especially need translators the Saturday, Dec 6.

Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Food bags for our seniors at Tapiz and North Lincoln will be distributed after all Masses Nov. 9-10. Please return the filled bags with requested items to the Gathering Space after all Masses on Nov 16-17. We will be delivering the bags to the seniors on Nov 19. If you’re interested in helping to deliver and enjoy a pizza lunch with the seniors, contact Ann Zimmer.

WOO SERVICE OUTREACH

Blanket’s for Brent’s Place

Join the ladies of WOO on Thursday, Nov. 14 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. Get more details at: https://tinyurl.com/BrentsWOO19

All ladies are welcome!

Vigil at the Aurora GEO Detention Center

Hosted by AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and Colorado People’s Alliance
Monday, November 4 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010-1502
Carpool leaves MPB at 5:15, arrive at Parish Office @ 5:00.
Movie at 4:15 @ Parish Office

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. The November vigil will have an altar for Day of the Dead to remember those who have died in detention.

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 after to reflect on our experiences back at MPB. You are also invited to view the short video @ 4:15pm, before the vigil, “Immigrants for Sale” which documents how immigrants are used to profit the private prison industry. Contact Ann if you’re interested in participating in either the vigil or the movie.

Day to Serve-

Metro Caring
Nov 20 9:00am-12:30pm

Join MPB teacher Barbara Garrett as we serve the working poor at Metro Caring. As Denver’s frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring builds equity by nourishing neighbors, providing tools to thrive and fostering community. Metro Caring uses a holistic approach to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while also sustainably addressing the root causes of hunger.

To sign up and get more information go to: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeNov19 or contact Ann Zimmer

Thank you to all who served at Food 4 Thought on Oct 18. The MPB School “Charity Team” along with other MPB community members packed power sacks for over 30 area schools needing healthy food for the weekends.

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Often advocacy can take the form of having a courageous conversation with someone who may have a different view or opinion. How do we have those compassionate conversations? Here are a few ideas: https://tinyurl.com/compassionateDialogue

Stories from the Margins….Building Bridges of Compassion

An Evening of Stories, Music, Prayer and Reflection
Friday, November 15 7:00pm MPB Church

Come join for an evening of stories and music sponsored by the MPB Music Ministry and Justice Matters Ministry. The evening will feature the stories of our neighbors who are marginalized along with the opportunity to process in community and delve deeper through the power of music, reflection and prayer.

News & Events for October

Family to Family Christmas: The Kiosks are Out!

Christmas Kiosks are out this weekend and next, Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Contact Ann. Please be sure to leave the bottom portion of the form at the volunteer table in the Gathering Space so we can assure all our neighbors have sponsors. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Translators Needed:

We are looking for translators to help with the Christmas program. If you speak another language, especially Spanish, and would be available to help cross the language barrier, please contact Ann. We especially need translators the Saturday, Dec 6.

Vigil at the Aurora GEO Detention Center

Hosted by AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and Colorado People’s Alliance
Monday, November 4 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.

The November vigil will have an altar for Day of the Dead to remember those who have died in detention.

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

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Advocacy can take many forms. Here are 5 ways to be an advocate at a public or legislative level:

  1. Letters to the Editor/ OP Ed Piece: submit these to the local paper
  2. Emails and Phone Calls : Emails work better than letters. Make them personal by introducing yourself… I’m Mary, a Catholic and grandmother…
  3. Town Hall Meetings: attend a meeting, voice your stand and build community
  4. Visits with Legislators: they really want to hear from you, their constituents
  5. Day at the Capitol : spend a day and learn about and discuss important policy affecting the various state issues.

All Souls Day Mass Saturday November 2nd

The Lazarus Bereavement Ministry invites all parishioners to an All Souls Day Mass on Saturday, November 2nd at 9am 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

PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MOVEMENT AS WE AGE-November 6th

Health and Wellness Ministry and 2nd Half of Life Ministry invite you to join them for an evening of information and inspiration, on Wednesday, November 6th,   from 6:30-8:30pm in the RCIA Room.  Dr. Judith Wilson is a pediatric physician and is living with Parkinson’s.  Come hear her inspiring story of living with this disease and the impact she is making in the Parkinson’s community.  Renee King, PT is a Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist who works at UCHealth with Parkinson’s patients as well as other patients affected by neurological diseases.  Renee will be talking about the importance of movement whether we are living with a neurological disease or dealing with the effects of aging.  Questions?  Contact Christine at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.

Family to Family Christmas

It’s only October but we’re already gearing up for another great season of lifting others up. The Christmas Kiosks, with families and seniors needing support this holiday season, will be up the weekends of Oct 26-27 and Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas and hopefully continue a lasting relationship. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Please connect with Ann before the kiosks are out. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Translators Needed:
We are looking for translators to help with the Christmas program. If you speak another language, especially Spanish, and would be available to help cross the language barrier, please contact Ann.

Save the Date

Friday, November 15   Stories from the Margins….Building Bridges of Compassion  An Evening of Stories, Music, Prayer and Reflection

7:00 PM in the  Church

WOO (Women’s Outreach Organization)

Thursday, Oct 10
6:15-8:00 pm
Gathering Space

WOO welcomes Lindsay Moore, Executive Director of Bridge of Hope. Bridge of Hope serves single mothers and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Greater Denver area.
Along with learning about Bridge of Hope and their unique programming, Lindsay will share her expertise on “The Brain and Poverty”. Surprisingly, poverty and the brain are closely interrelated.
Come and grow in understanding of our brothers and sisters who live in poverty.

All ladies are welcome!

Day to Serve 

Friday October 18th

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, Oct 18 from 7:15am-9:15am. For more information and registration https://tinyurl.com/DaytoServe19-20 or contact Ann Zimmer

Family to Family Christmas

It’s only October but we’re already gearing up for another great season of lifting others up. The Christmas Kiosks, with families and seniors needing support this holiday season, will be up the weekends of Oct 26-27 and Nov 2-3. Here’s your chance to sponsor a senior or family for Christmas and hopefully continue a lasting relationship. If you’d like to reconnect with the senior or family you befriended last year, we can do our best to make that happen. Please connect with Ann before the kiosks are out. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

A BIG THANK YOU!

Thanks to your weekly generosity, Social Outreach Committee was able to support the following agencies this first quarter.

St Vincent dePaul $12,000 (3,000 per quarter)
KARIS Community $2,500
Food for Thought $2,500
Earthlinks $3,000
Habitat for Humanity $3,000
Promise of Hope $3,000

Take a minute to research these agencies to learn about how they are helping those who live on the margins.

News & Events for September

Called to Be an Advocate: Who Me?

Second Session Tuesday, October 1; 7-8:30 p.m.
RCIA Room

This is the second part of a two-evening workshop. If you missed the first session, feel free to join in for this session! The facilitator is Vie Thorgren, D.Min, long time parishioner, and founder of the Center for Spirituality at Work.

This 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, in this second session we will explore skills and tools to bring to healthy public discourse in order to influence legislation. For details: pick up a flyer in the back of church or https://tinyurl.com/MPBAdvocate19

No need to RSVP

Questions: contact Ann Zimmer

If Room…..

In celebration of World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday Sept 29 please hold are marginalized brothers and sisters in prayer.

Prayer for Those who Migrate

Mary knew the weariness of the journey;
to Bethlehem, to Egypt, back to Nazareth.
She knew the weariness, the fear, the longing for home,
the need to continue moving, moving,
the longing for journey’s end,
the longing for at least a semblance of a home.
To Mary we entrust the mothers, the fathers, the children
who today are Holy families
migrating in hope, in fear, in longing,
for peace, for some security, for something like a home.
May they find their journey’s end
as we open ourselves to their stories, their need, their spirits;
We ask for mercy for all migrants
and for our communities
who are challenged to welcome them,
to hold up hope for a new beginning.
-Jane Deren, Education for Justice

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.