News & Events for March

Reaching Out to our Family to Family Seniors and Families

Many of you connected with families and seniors during the holidays with our Family to Family Christmas program. Many of these families and seniors may be feeling isolated and especially challenged at this time. Many may now be facing unemployment. Hearing from you with a quick “hello” or “how are you doing” may brighten their day. Please consider reaching out to them. If you need their contact information, contact Ann

Area Community Support

Are you looking for ways to support various agencies that serve others during this time? I am presently creating a data base of agencies that are in need at various levels. If you’re looking for ways to help, please contact Ann.

Pastoral Care

Connect with our Homebound during the COVID crisis.  

Many of our parishioners are isolated in their homes or nursing facilities at this time.  As we know, it’s difficult to feel cut off from family, friends and community while we are keeping our most vulnerable safe.  So we invite you to help us connect 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.  Thanks so much for helping us keep connected during this difficult time.

From the MPB Health and Wellness Ministry…..

MPB hosts VNA Foot Care/Wellness Clinics at MPB on the second Tuesday of every month from 9am to noon in the RCIA Room.
This 30 minute service includes health history, blood pressure, wellness assessment and foot exam with toenail trimming .  Upcoming clinics are:  April 14th and May 12th.  Call  303-698-6496 for questions and appointments.

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:
Monday* afternoons 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. *Tuesday, May 26
MPB / RCIA Room
April 13- June 1
Tuition: $50 (scholarships available)
This is a small group opportunity so early registration is recommended. Module information: https://tinyurl.com/FRESP20 or check the flyer in the Gathering Space
If you would like more information or to register contact Ann Zimmer

The Blue Bags are Back!

The St Vincent dePaul neighbors that we help lift up, are in need of food. The blue bags are in the back ready to be filled. Please take a bag home and fill it with the items listed on the tag. Return the bag to the Gathering Space.

Day to Serve

Start your Friday morning off by joining MPB teacher, Betsy Hartman, as we support Food for Thought. Food for Thought Denver strives to eliminate childhood hunger by providing healthy snacks for children.

When: Friday, March 20, 2020

Time: 7:00am-8:30am

Location: 3001 S. Federal Blvd Denver, CO 80236 For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeMarch20

Thank you to Trisha Godfrey and the crew for helping out at Clothes to Kids in February.

Faithful Thursdays

Join members of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry as they come together with other faith communities to help advance numerous social justice issues. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of faith leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado.

The next Faithful Thursday is March 19, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The focus of the gathering will be on immigration. Location is Old Supreme Court Chambers 2nd Floor North Side State Capitol RSVP and details: https://www.faithfulthursdays.org/rsvp Contact Ann for more information.

Share the Care Ministry

SHARE THE CARE MINISTRY is a team centered approach to caring for parishioners in need, whether it’s temporary or long term.  Team members help with needs such as meals, transportation and/or visits.  An online calendar is used for each team; and team members sign up to meet needs as their schedules allow.  If you would like to be a part of a team helping one of our parishioners, please contact Christine at the Parish Office or email at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org

Loss Hurts

Grief Workshop for Teens – Sunday, March 22nd, 12-2pm in the RCIA Room.
Bringing middle and high school students together in a safe space to explore experiences of loss with hands on projects and conversation.  RSVP by Thursday, March 19th to Christine Maschka at the parish office or email cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.  Lunch provided.
(Sponsored by MPB Lazarus Bereavement Ministry)

WOO Women’s Lenten Mini-Retreat

Thursday, March 12
6:15-8:00mPM
Gathering Space

How is your Lent going so far? On Thursday evening, March 12th, Kathy will lead us in a Lenten reflection on the deep winters experienced by the isolated woman at the well, the despair of the man who had been blind from birth, and the three days in the tomb experienced by Lazarus. What winters have you known that Jesus wants to touch and heal?

All women are welcome, No RSVP necessary

Day to Serve

Start your Friday morning off by joining MPB teacher, Betsy Hartman, as we support Food for Thought. Food for Thought Denver strives to eliminate childhood hunger by providing healthy snacks for children.

When: Friday, March 20, 2020

Time: 7:00am-8:30am

Location: 3001 S. Federal Blvd Denver, CO 80236 For more information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeMarch20

Faithful Thursdays

Join members of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry as they come together with other faith communities to help advance numerous social justice issues. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of faith leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado.

The next Faithful Thursday is March 5, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The focus of the gathering will be on hunger. Location is Colorado State Capitol RSVP and details: https://www.faithfulthursdays.org/rsvp Contact Ann for more information.

Family Promise at Grace United Methodist Church

Family Promise provides temporary housing, meals, and services to at-risk families. They help families achieve independence through mentoring, financial literacy, and helping them find jobs and affordable house.

Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting the families from March 8-14, 2020. There are many opportunities to help their visitors feel welcomed. Their greatest need is for van drivers from Grace to the day site and back in the afternoon Monday through Friday. This takes about 2.5 hours per day. Please e-mail Carol Greenwald at carol.greenwald@ucdenver.edu if you can assist in offering warm hospitality.

Lenten Prayer Service

Want to do something special for Lent?

Please consider joining us for the rosary each Friday evening in March. Pope Francis says, “The rosary is the prayer of my heart.” He prays it every day. Pope John Paul II said this loving repetition of the Rosary “embodies the desire for Christ to become the breath, soul and all of one’s life.” Because we believe in prayer and its potential to bring us closer to God, and because we believe our common home, our Earth, needs our prayers, we will be saying the Franciscan Creation Care rosary (same mysteries with a slightly adjusted focus) on Fridays (March 6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7:00 in the RCIA room.

–MPB Creation Care Ministry

News & Events for February

Lenten Prayer Services

Friday, Feb 28
Stations of the Cross presented by MPB School
5:30 PM in the Church

Friday, March 6
Guided Rosary on Caring for Creation by Creation Care Ministry
The Joyful Mysteries
7:00 PM RCIA Room

Friday, March 13
Guided Rosary on Caring for Creation by Creation Care Ministry
The Sorrowful Mysteries
7:00 PM RCIA Room

Friday, March 20
Guided Rosary on Caring for Creation by Creation Care Ministry
The Glorious Mysteries
7:00 PM RCIA Room

Friday, March 27
Guided Rosary on Caring for Creation by Creation Care Ministry
The Luminous Mysteries
7:00 PM RCIA Room

Friday, April 6
Stations of the Cross with John Paul II: on the Path of Ecological Conversion by Creation Care Ministry
The Joyful Mysteries
7:00 PM RCIA Room

February Day To Serve

Help Denver youth build the confidence to succeed! Clothing can make a difference!

Join MPB teacher leader, Tricia Godfrey, as we sort clothing to help kids feel special.
Friday, Feb 28
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A warm coat, shoes that fit and a wardrobe of school clothing helps children and youth put their best foot forward every day.

The mission of Clothes To Kids of Denver is to provide new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge.

Volunteering: Clothes To Kids of Denver needs your time, enthusiasm and expertise to keep our organization running. The boutique is almost entirely volunteer operated, so your involvement is an essential component in allowing Clothes to Kids to provide clothing to students in our community.

Clothes to Kids is conveniently located next to the Chez Artiste Theatre at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit M-3. Denver, CO 80222 Sign up and more information: https://tinyurl.com/Day2ServeFeb20

Let Serving Others Serve as Our Belief!

Despite the cold wintry weather, many in the community have been warming hearts through various outreach experiences:

  • Community created 150 hand-made Valentines for detainees at GEO in Aurora
  • WOO made hugging pillows and wrote loved filled notes for moms at Sacred Heart House and Bridge of Hope
  • Faith and Racial Equity Class learned about racial justice in the church through guest speakers Deacon Clarence Mc David and his wide Molly from Cure d’Ars Catholic Community
  • Members of the Faith and Racial Equity class experienced other racially diverse faith communities by attending services at Zion Baptist Church and Cure dArs Catholic Community
  • Members of the Justice Matters Ministry braved the snow to attend the vigil at the GEO Detention Center hosted by AFSC and Regis University.
  • Justice Matters Ministry members learned about various social justice legislation at Faithful Thursday gathering at the capitol.

Faithful Thursdays

Join members of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry as they come together with other faith communities to help advance numerous social justice issues. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of faith leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado.

The next Faithful Thursday is Feb. 20, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Interfaith Alliance of Colorado will be hosting and the focus will be Economic Justice. Location is Colorado State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor on North side. RSVP: https://www.faithfulthursdays.org/rsvp Contact Ann for more information.

LENTEN MORNING OF REFLECTION

The Winter Name of God: How Suffering Shapes a Life of Faith
Saturday, February 29th, 8:30-11:30am in the RCIA Room
Presenter:  Kathy McGovern

In this retreat, Kathy will speak to the winters of our lives, those seasons of spiritual or physical suffering that change us, challenge us, and can, through grace, draw us into closer communion with Christ and all who suffer around the world. How has suffering drawn you closer to the winter name of God?

RSVP to attend or contact for questions: Christine in the parish office or cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.  We hope you will join us!

MPB Members Honor Martin Luther King

Members of the Faith and Racial Equity Class honored Martin Luther King by joining various celebrations in the area. Some members attended the Martin Luther King Marade at City Park and heard moving speeches and calls to oppose inequity which is ever present. Another group of participants attended the Peace and Justice Mass at Cure dArs Catholic Church. Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrated the Mass and inspired all by challenging us to fight racism which is a sin against God.

The Faith and Racial Equity class is in the fourth week of the 8-week course and has proved to be enlightening as we explore power and privilege.

Love Knows No Borders- Detention Center Vigil

Save the Date, Love Knows No Borders, No Walls Vigil Monday, February 3rd, 6:00-7:00 pm. Wew will gather at the GEO Detention Center at 3130 Oakland Street, Aurora to show our support for those ebing held in detention. Poets and musicians will share their expressions of love. Join with MPB Justice Matters Ministry as we lift up our marginalized brothers and sisters. Carpool leaves MPB Office at 5:00PM. Please let Ann know if you want to carpool.

WOO – Service Outreach Project Valentine

Join us as we share our love with those moms who are struggling. Our next gathering will be Thursday, Feb 6 where we will be creating pillow hearts for Bridge of Hope and Scared Heart House moms. Both of these agencies support women

and moms who are working to find stability for their children and themselves. We’ll gather in the Parish Office 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 300 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 hand-made Valentine cards. Cards can be dropped off in the Gathering Space in the Valentine box the weekend of Feb 8-9 or delivered to the office. Deadline for cards is Feb 10. Important information for the cards at https://tinyurl.com/MPBValentine2020 or flyers are available in the Gathering Space or contact Ann Zimmer.

Faithful Thursdays

Join members of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry as they come together with other faith communities to help advance numerous social justice issues. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of faith leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado.

Their focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. They will hold multi-faith events, every other Thursday at noon, at the Colorado State Capitol throughout the 2020 legislative session.

The next Faithful Thursday is Feb. 6, noon to 1:00 pm in the west foyer of the state capitol. Colorado Catholic Conference is sponsoring. For more information or to RSVP : https://tinyurl.com/FaithfulThur2020 or contact Ann Zimmer. Carpool leaves MPB at 11:15, it is important to contact Ann if you want to carpool.

News & Events for January

Construction Update

  • If weather continues to be mild, the northwest driveway (and church handicapped parking) will be open by January 31, 2020
  • AD Miller, GC on our project, has given MPB a gift that includes replacing all the current carpet in the church and cabinetry in the RCIA room and East Sacristy
  • New exterior doors on the west side of church will be replaced the week of January 20th.

Love Knows No Borders- Detention Center Vigil

Save the Date, Love Knows No Borders, No Walls Vigil on Monday, February 3rd, 6:00-7:00 pm at the GEO Detention Center at 3130 Oakland Street, Aurora. Poets and musicians will share their expressions of Love. Join with MPB Justice Matters Ministry as we show support for those held in detention. Carpool leaves MPB at 5:00PM. Please let Ann know if you want to carpool.

Faithful Thursdays

Join members of the MPB Justice Matters Ministry as they come together with other faith communities to help advance numerous social justice issues. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of faith leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado.

Their focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. They will hold multi-faith events, every other Thursday at noon, at the Colorado State Capitol throughout the 2020 legislative session.

The next Faithful Thursday is Jan. 23 noon to 1:00 pm in the west foyer of the state capitol. For more information: NEW URL COMING https://www.togethercolorado.org/faithfulthursdays/ or contact Ann Zimmer. Carpool leaves MPB at 11:15, it is important to contact Ann if you want to carpool.

WOO Gets Intentional

Women’s Outreach Organization enjoyed an evening with Jan Haas as we explored how we move to being more focused with our intent in 2020. Next WOO will be on Feb 6 where will lift others up through a Valentine Service Project. All ladies of the parish are invited. Contact Ann at the Parish Office.