Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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POPE FRANCIS CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND CHARITY

As the poor and the homeless, the immigrant and the refugee, those suffering from mental and physical disabilities struggle, the local Church realized that now is the appropriate time to amplify its voice for the voiceless: 
 
The Pope Francis Center for Justice and Charity, a collaboration between Catholic Charities of Oregon, the Archdiocese of Portland, and El Programa Hispano. 
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Silent Prayer Vigil
Sunday June 4, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Why You Want to Attend: "Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ...It is a crime against humanity."  Pope Francis
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PRISON MINISTRY
Prison Ministry Conference
Saturday June 10, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for the Archdiocese of Portland Prison Ministry Conference where those who minister to prisoners throughout our state will network and learn how to better serve those who are imprisoned.  More Information
 
Why You Want to Attend: "Mother Church teaches us to be close to those who are in prison. Pope Francis
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Fortnight for Freedom 2017: 
Freedom for Mission: JUNE 21 - JULY 4.

We are Americans. We are grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean that our allegiances, while distinct, should be complementary. More information
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PARISH OPPORTUNITY

Pope Francis: "Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws of an economy that seems at times to treat people as mere consumers." 
 
Give a voice and advocate. Involve your ministries and your parish to speak up on issues important to the Church. Read more
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WORKS OF MERCY: 
THE CALENDAR IS OUR CATECHISM:
JUNE
 
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.

Here are five possibilities for catechesis: connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives. Read more
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SAINTS ALIVE! JUNE 22: ST. THOMAS MORE: 
Patron Saint of Politicians
 
The Catholic Church must expand beyond its doors; we are of this world. We Catholics are expected to be political. The opportunity is a right of citizenship of this world. Catholic leaders must be nonpartisan but never apolitical. Addressing the issues that affect our moral visions, in light of Catholic teaching, is our cherished responsibility.  Read more
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THE EUCHARIST BECOMES FULFILLING ONLY AS MUCH AS WE LIVE THE EUCHARISTS
 
The Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

God gave us the "living bread." God continues to give us the living bread because we need it. We in turn must give our bread to those who need it.

"Celebrating the Eucharist transforms us individually and as members of a community called to bring love and hope to people living in poverty." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
 
Matt Cato | Office of Life, Justice & Peace | mcato@archdpdx.org | (503) 234-5334

Support the Poor and Vulnerable

 

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