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

Family to Family Update

Huge thank you to all who supported and lifted up 319 households and 860 individuals this Christmas. Add to that, you donated over 500 toys and clothing items through the angel gifts. MPB is an incredibly generous and giving community of time, talents and gifts. The stories that we’ve heard about making wonderful connections are such a blessing. We’ve heard the story of how one parishioner took her senior shopping so she could pick out her own comforter. One parishioner made arrangements to take their art loving senior to the Monet exhibit. Another MPB family was treated to an incredible authentic Mexican meal of tortillas, soup and dessert where 20 family members gathered. A parishioner shared that she was gifted with 5 new plants that the resident started just for her. The greatest gift was the gift of compassion gained through these personal encounters. So many blessings for everyone!

If you would like to sponsor the same family or senior next year, please let Ann know and we’ll try to make it happen. Also, please consider how you can stay connected throughout the year.

And…. If you haven’t made a connection with your family or senior, it’s not too late. Please be tenacious and reach out to them as an after Christmas gift and visit would be so appreciated!

St Vincent dePaul Food Bags

The blue St Vincent dePaul food bags are hanging in the gathering space. These are shared with our neighbors who come in and are need of assistance. Please fill the bags with items that are listed on the tag and return them to the Gathering Space. Thank you!

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.