Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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LIFE: STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT: NOW A BALLOT MEASURE
 
Through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon taxpayers fund 10 elective abortions every day. The Archdiocese of Portland supports the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ballot measure. 
 
If passed, this constitutional amendment would save thousands of lives and spare mothers and families from the ensuing grief that always comes with the death of a child through abortion. 
 


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JUSTICE: 2018 CCHD GRANTS
 
The U.S. Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development has awarded three Oregon organizations with its 2018-19 national grants. 
 
The Archdiocese of Portland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development has also awarded its 2018-19 local grants to seven programs - from Gresham to Medford - that strive to fight the root causes of poverty. 
 
 
Thank you parishioners! Funding for the local CCHD grants comes entirely from the local CCHD Collection. For every $25,000 collected, another organization receives a micro-grant averaging $5000. We had our best collection in many years. Seven parishes had their best CCHD Collection ever!
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PEACE: NUCLEAR WEAPONS
 
On August 6th and 9th, we remember the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Every day we cringe knowing that, today, nine countries have nuclear weapons. The number should be zero.  
 
Every pope since before the bombing of these two cities (excepting Pope John Paul, whose reign lasted only 33 days) has decried the existence of nuclear weapons. Now is an ideal time to remind ourselves of what the Church teaches.
 
 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
BREAD OF LIFE
Based on the readings for Sunday, August 5
 
When people are empty, they need to fill themselves up. Yes, food. They may also hunger for a companion, or friendships with each other. Perhaps, empty of purpose, they may hunger for a relationship with God.
 
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WORKS OF MERCY AND EVENTS 
August
 
The calendar is our catechism. We can learn much of our faith by paying attention to specific religious and secular dates on the calendar and the liturgy and prayers that surround them. 
 
Below are August's opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives.
 
Why You Want to Attend: "[T]rade in people" is a vile activity, a disgrace to our societies that claim to be civilized! Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience both in the first person and before God!" (Pope Francis
 
Monday August 6 Facing America's Nuclear Legacy: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & the Pacific Islands
Why You Want to Attend: "The eventual elimination of nuclear weapons is more than a moral ideal; it should be a policy goal." (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace, 1993)
 
 
Thursday August 30 Last Thursday Witness: I.C.E. Vigil
Why You Want to Attend: "...Every human being must be permitted to migrate to other countries and to take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership to the human family, nor of citizenship in the universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of men." (Saint John Paul II, Address to the New World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Immigrants, 1985)
 

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