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