Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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LIFE: 40 DAYS FOR LIFE VIGILS
 
Continuing through March 25.  
Bring people in your parish! 
 
"Defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right." (Pope Francis).

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JUSTICE: EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
 
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps struggling families escape poverty, encourages and rewards work, and raises living standards.

Make sure that your community and your parish knows that CASH Oregon provides free tax preparation for low-income Oregonians which can help ensure that they will receive the EITC due them.

For a Spanish-language program, contact El Programa Hispano Católico
 
 
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PEACE: GUN VIOLENCE

(From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

"We call on Catholics and all people of good will to urge their Senators and Representative to support policy and legislative measures that promote mercy and peacebuilding in our communities by implementing reasonable regulations on firearms such as..."

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Create in Me A Clean Heart - Based on the Sunday Readings for March 18
 
The new covenant instructs us to live beyond what is written. It instructs us to live with love to honor God. Love knows no boundaries. Justice has no limits. We must live accordingly.

 
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THE CALENDAR IS OUR CATECHISM 
MARCH
 
Much of what we learn about our faith is wrapped within the calendar. We can learn much of our catechism by paying attention to specific religious and secular dates on the calendar and the liturgy and prayers that surround them. 
 
Below are March's opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives.

March 3 St. Katharine Drexel: Patroness of Racial Justice
Instruct the Ignorant
 
MARCH 4 HUMAN TRAFFICKING SILENT PRAYER VIGIL
 
Why You Want to Attend: Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging. (Migration and Refugee Services Vision Statement)
 
March 7 Saints Perpetua and Felicity: Patronesses of Expectant Mothers
Comfort the Afflicted
 
March 8 International Women's Day
Comfort the Afflicted
 
March 11 (4th Sunday of Lent) Annual Collection for Catholic Relief Services
Give drink to the thirsty
 
March 15 St. Louise de Marillac: Patron Saint of Social Workers
Perform any work of mercy
 
March 19 St. Joseph: Patron Saint of Families
Bear patiently with those who do us ill
 
March 22 World Water Day
Give drink to the thirsty
 
March 25 St. Dismas: Patron Saint of Prisoners
Visit the Prisoner
 
March 30 GOOD FRIDAY WALKS OF THE CROSS

Does your area have one? In Portland, find a Walk on the East Side or the West Side.

Gather to walk the stations of our cross through the city to pray and share the stories of the pressures and injustice we experience, as well as witness to Christ's power for transformation and resurrection present in our communities.

Why You Want to Attend: "The principal obstacles to the transmission of the faith are the same everywhere and arise from within the Church and the Christian life, namely, a faith which is lived in a private and passive manner... and a separation of faith from life" (Synod of Bishops, The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith).


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SAINTS ALIVE! MARCH 15:
ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC

Saint Louise de Marillac, D.C. is the patron saint of social workers.

Social workers work to ensure the dignity of the human person. "The Catholic Church believes that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. " (USCCB).
 
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