News & Events for May

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who have ever offered the loving care and compassion of a mother! What better way to honor moms than helping moms who are struggling! Consider contributing to Catholic Charities and the Bottom Line Diaper Bank this Mothers Day.

1. Donate financially: by check

Through Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank (BLDB) your monetary donation can supply various agencies, including Birthline. Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank referencing account code 500-768-19#2050 in the memo line. Send checks directly Catholic Charities at 6240 Smith Road Denver, CO 80216.

2. Online donations:

You can also make online donations by going to: https://ccdenver.org/diaper/

3. Please Hold Moms in Prayer

More information at https://tinyurl.com/MPBMothersDay2020

Your Home-Made Masks are Keeping Children and Their Families Safe!

This week the MPB community made and donated 100 home-made masks to Dr Laura Luzietti who is Interim Executive Director at Every Child Pediatrics. Every Child Pediatrics is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1996. Their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable and accessible health care and support services to Colorado children, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. They serve nearly 24,000 children per year at standalone medical offices throughout Colorado. In addition to primary care pediatrics services, we also provide behavioral healthcare, preventative dental care, nutrition services, and social supports including housing, food, and transportation resources. Over 80% of our patients are uninsured or from low-income families. They request that all patients and their families who come in to the office wear cloth face coverings while in their clinics. Your donations of masks will make that happen and keep children and their families safe. Thank you!

We continue to have requests for masks.. If you’re interested in making and donating masks, please contact Ann, she’ll find a good home for them!

WOO ZOOM!

Thursday, May 14
6:30-8:00 PM

MARY

Finding her in Scripture and in History

She’s the most famous woman in history. She’s beloved to 2.5 billion Catholics. But her presence in scripture is maddeningly brief. We find her here and there, but we long to know so much more about her. In our virtual WOO meeting on May 14th, Kathy McGovern (composer of the well-known Christmas song “Mary had a Baby,”) will explore what can be known about her from scripture, and how Mary’s undying presence in the Church has shaped history.

For ZOOM log-in information, contact Ann.

Accompanying the Stranger

This past week two of our MPB Justice Matters members and Casa de Paz volunteers were contacted by the Casa Director, Sarah Jackson, to accompany a released detainee from the GEO Detention Center and accompany him to a safe location until arrangements could be made to journey to his destination. The man they accompanied was medically fragile and virus susceptible having just undergone triple by-pass surgery, the week before while he was still in detention. Our volunteers, along with an additional Casa volunteer were honored to help him find his way to the safety and healing of loved ones. The three came alongside him and ensured he was well taken care of – including making his favorite dish, curry. As one of the volunteers shared “It was truly our honor to accompany this resilient brother in Christ.”

More Meditation and Movements from Gail Rowe

The Man who could not Breathe

You are the Light

Updates

May 23rd

May 30th

May 31st

News & Events for April

From Pastoral Care Ministry

MPB Health and Wellness Ministry shares the following resources for anyone in need of extra support during these uncertain times:

https://anschutzwellness.com/resources for physical and mental health and nutrition resources.

Colorado Crisis Service 24 hour phone number at 1 844 493 8255 or text at 38255.

National Suicide Prevention 24 Hotline Spanish and English   at 1 800 273 8255

Safe2tell Colorado  24 hour 1 877 542 7233   Spanish and English For Students to anonymously report anything that threatens you, your friends, family or community.  Students can report concerns regarding bullying, suicide or drug use etc.

Resources for families during the COVID Crisis.

https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/docs/librariesprovider45/covid-19-support/dopsych-family-schooling-resources.pdf?sfvrsn=d97f06b9_2

Connect with our Homebound during the COVID-19 crisis

Many of our parishioners are isolated in their homes or nursing facilities at this time. As we know, it’s easy for our vulnerable to feel cut o from family, friends and community while keeping safe.  We invite you to help us stay in touch with our homebound through cards and/or check-in calls. If you and your family would like to participate in this service project, please contact Christine Maschka at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.

Also, if you or someone you know is feeling isolated and in need of support, please contact Christine at the above email address.

Meditation and Movement Videos with Gail Rowe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSY7IDbUwAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui7YetTF1CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmZIWreG-lQ

Family to Family Annual Mother’s Day Diaper Drive…. From a Distance

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

This year, as we face COVID-19 and all the challenges it presents, we especially need to lift up mothers and their children who are facing new and unprecedented needs. Because of the need for social distancing, we will be asking that all donations for diapers be made through Catholic Charities and the Bottom Line Diaper Bank.

1. Donate financially: by check

Through Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank (BLDB) your monetary donation can supply various agencies, including Birthline. Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank referencing account code 500-768-19#2050 in the memo line. Send checks directly Catholic Charities at 6240 Smith Road Denver, CO 80216.

2. Online donations:

You can also make online donations by going to: https://ccdenver.org/diaper/

3. Please Hold Moms in Prayer

More information at https://tinyurl.com/MPBMothersDay2020

SO… What can you do…???????? SEW!

Many of the seniors, immigrants, those with compromised health and others are in need of face masks. The MPB community has already made over 200 masks for various groups in need. If you need directions on how to make these (fairly simple…) follow this link https://tinyurl.com/MPBMask . For ways to distribute masks to groups, contact Ann. Thanks to all who SO? Sew!

Reaching Out to Others on Easter

Thanks to Restaurant Olivia, MPB was able to deliver 80 fresh pasta dinners to families and seniors for Easter. Heather Morrison and the Restaurant Olivia supporters donated funding for the dinners and MPB Social Outreach made the connections with the recipients. Faith Families also contributed with wonderful home-made Easter cards. Nine moms and their families from Bridge of Hope received a complete Easter dinner along with cards. 52 residents at Olin Apartments also received an Easter dinner, and cards. Along with the dinners, 35 masks made by MPB community members, were also delivered.

Thanks to everyone who helped to lift the spirits of many on Easter!

Restaurant Olivia staff

The Delivery

Cards by Faith

Wrapped Masks for Olin Residents

Grateful Olin Resident Helping to Deliver

You Matter, You Count!

Even amid this COVID 19 crisis, the US 2020 Census is still taking place. Justice Matters Ministry is putting out the word, that …You Matter, You Count. The census is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and how federal and state legislative districts are redrawn.

The results will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs and services, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, transportation, libraries just to name a few.

In Colorado, census counts are used in distributing over $13.1 billion in federal funds per year in Colorado, this translates to an estimated $2,300 per person per year!

So, have you completed your Census form? Check with your neighbors, it’s easy. Do it today. Here’s a handy fact sheet! https://tinyurl.com/TCCensusFacts

MPB Reaching Out to Those Who are in Need

During this time of crisis, the MPB community continues to reach out to others in amazing ways.

Sunday Lunch Program for Seniors

Our Sunday Lunch programs last Sunday delivered over 250 lunches to seniors who are struggling. The two programs have modified the delivery so as to not put anyone at risk. If you are interested in helping in making/sacking lunches, contributing food/water supplies or delivering lunches, please contact Ann. Thank you to all our coordinators and volunteers!

Family to Family Sponsors

Many MPB members have reached out to their Christmas Family to Family seniors and families to offer their support. Their support has ranged from making a “checking in” phone call, sending an encouraging card in the mail, to picking up and delivering groceries. The families and seniors are so appreciative to know others care! Thanks to many of you who have already reached out to lift up our neighbors. Again, if you need the contact information for your senior or family, email Ann and she’ll be more than happy to connect you. Here is one note received from an MPB member about their experience, “I have remained in contact with my wonderful friend since Christmas and reach out to her regularly. We exchanged a ‘covid-19 elbow-bump’ last Saturday when I brought her daffodils!”

Helping Agencies need Your Help

Many agencies are serving the marginalized during this crisis. Help ranges from supporting food banks to donating blood. If you would like to connect and find out how you can help, at any level you’re comfortable. Here’s some opportunities or You Can Help https://tinyurl.com/MPBucanhelp or please email Ann.

Seniors in Low Income Housing are in Need

Residents at low income housing facilities are feeling isolated and we are reaching out with cards and calls. If you’re interested in connecting, please let Ann know.

Encouraging messages on delivered water bottles.

Keeping social distance with Senior Support Staff and volunteers!

Over 250 lunches packed and delivered last weekend!

Coronavirus Information

Last updated 3/13/20

Effective Immediately All Masses and Communion Services has been canceled including all Parish Activities and Meetings.  Please keep checking our website for updates.

The bishops of the three dioceses of Colorado have announced that all public Masses have been canceled, effective immediately. This includes daily Masses and Communion Services. Note that when Mass is unavailable, the Catholic faithful are released from their Sunday obligation.

Parish offices will remain open for now.

This decision was made based on the advice of state health experts and in the interest of the common good. We are acting out of prudence and in charity to our communities to do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus. We have the examples of countries from around the world, where those who took proactive steps quickly are seeing far better outcomes.

More information will be posted shortly. To stay updated on announcements and updates from the Archdiocese of Denver, please use the following link: https://www.archden.org/coronavirus/


If you or a family member is feeling sick (or exhibiting a cough or fever) or if you or they have recently come in contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, please do not come to the MPB campus as a way of helping to protect others.

For good sources of information about the coronavirus and how to prevent illness, please refer to the following resources: CDC Guidance for School, CO Department of Public Health & Environment, or the Archdiocese of Denver.

We are not helpless in all of this. Per the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. You should wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Also please continue to cover your mouth and nose with your forearm or elbow when sneezing or coughing.

As you are aware, this situation is constantly evolving and the staff and I are fully committed to ongoing discernment and implementation of best practices to promote the health and safety of our entire community. We will continue to communicate our efforts in this regard to you in the days and weeks ahead. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office, (303) 756-3083.

Sincerely,

Rev. Patrick A. Dolan, Pastor


For updated information for individuals and recommendations for parishes and schools, click below.

From the ArchDiocese of Denver – https://www.archden.org/coronavirus/

Stage 2 Precautions (PDF) – https://denverparish.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020_VirusMitigationResources_S2_V1.pdf

https://vimeo.com/395552118 – Deacon Rob Lanciotti of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Fort Collins holds a doctoral degree in Microbiology and was employed as a virologist for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for 29 years. Deacon Lanciotti was kind enough to provide us more information about coronavirus and how Catholics can keep themselves healthy.