Justice and Peace

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SOLIDARITY
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. 
 
There's still time to contact justiceandpeace@archdpdx.org and journey through the 40 days of Lent in solidarity. 
 
Through the CRS Rice Bowl Small Grants Program, 25% of all money given is made available for projects within the Archdiocese of Portland that address hunger and poverty. See the complete list
 
Why You Want to Participate: "The word "solidarity" is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few." Pope Francis
 
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2017 Interfaith Advocacy Day  
  
Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities

St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
The 2017 Interfaith Advocacy Day will bring together hundreds of people from many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of worship, dialogue and advocacy. Activities will include, training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, meetings with our legislators, and a keynote address by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum.

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Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland 

Why You Want to Attend: "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." Pope Francis 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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Silent Prayer Vigil
 
St. André Bessette Catholic Church
601 West Burnside Street
Portland, 97209
Sunday, February 5, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
 
Join us as we pray for victims and for an end to human trafficking. 
For more details, email info@saintandrechurch.org.

(NOTE: There will be a prayer vigil 1st Sunday of each month in 2017.)
 
Why You Want to Attend:   "The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights. ... Such situations are an affront to fundamental values which are shared by all cultures and peoples, values rooted in the very nature of the human person." Saint John Paul II
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FROM COMMITTEE TO MINISTRY
 
Archdiocesan Parish Social Ministry Winter Quarterly Meeting
 
St. John Fisher Catholic Church
7007 SW 46th Avenue
Portland
Monday, February 6.
 
Pizza and networking at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
 
"Jesus did not say: 'One of you go', but 'All of you go'"
 
 
Archdiocesan Parish Respect Life Winter Quarterly Meeting
 
Resurrection Catholic Church
21060 SW Stafford Rd. 
Tualatin
Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 
Why You Want to Attend: "Jesus did not say: 'One of you go', but 'All of you go': we are sent together. Dear young friends, be aware of the companionship of the whole Church and also the communion of the saints on this mission. When we face challenges together, then we are strong, we discover resources we did not know we had. Jesus did not call the Apostles to live in isolation, he called them to form a group, a community." Pope Francis
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ADVOCACY 
WAGE THEFT ADVOCACY DAY

Oregon State Capitol 
Salem 
Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Come speak with your elected leaders about the need for strong worker protections in Oregon law. There will be an advocacy training in the morning, and meetings with legislators about our bills in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to educate our elected officials on our issues. 
 
 
Why You Want to Attend: A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. We can all agree that all workers must be paid the wages they have legally earned.
BEGINNING OF LIFE
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Portland 40 Days for Life Opening Mass
 
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1623 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97296
Friday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m..
 
CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP ALEXANDER SAMPLE
 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace
 
Why You Want to Attend: "You are called to care for life in its initial stage; remind everyone, by word and deed, that this is sacred - at each phase and at every age - that it is always valuable. . . . There is no human life more sacred than another, just as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another. The credibility of a healthcare system is not measured solely by efficiency, but above all by the attention and love given to the person, whose life is always sacred and inviolable." Pope Francis
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RIGHTS OF WORKERS
15th Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast: 
Showing Up For Each Other
 
St. Andrew Catholic Church
806 NE Alberta St. Portland 
Tuesday, February 21 from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m

Why You Want to Attend: "Because our lives are lived with others, our human rights are realized in community, and we all must work together, across generational and economic lines, for the sake of the common good, for the general welfare of the entire human family." - Pope Francis
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SAINTS ALIVE! FEBRUARY 22: 
ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA
Patron Saint of Homeless People
 
A member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, St. Margaret of Cortona pursued a life of prayer and penance and established a hospital for the sick, homeless and impoverished. 
 
The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. "A great and good nation cannot turn away as people wander our streets looking for a decent home."
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WORKS OF MERCY
February

Many of us in the Pacific Northwest recently lived through a string of snow days. At first, staying home was fun. Then the days became tedious. Finally, on the 9th day, cabin fever set it. We became antsy.
 
Now imagine you weren't snowbound but homebound. And when the snow melts, you remained homebound.
 
Now imagine the sick, the elderly, and the neighbors in your lives.
 
 
 
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LIGHT AND SALT: VOTING PLUS ONE
February 5, 2017 (IS 58:7-10; 1 COR 2:1-5; MT 5:13-16)
 
Jesus praises his disciples by describing them as light of the world and salt of the earth. "The just man is a light in darkness to the upright" (PS 112:4(a)). But what does this mean to us? 

Consider this: what if we took one more step. What if we satisfied our civic responsibility - voted - and then took one more step? What if we ensured that "We the People" didn't become "We the Government?" 

Be the salt. 

Be the pinch of salt -- the one little thing - after voting - to ensure a moral democracy. 

The pinch of salt -- "Plus One": sign a petition, send an electronic form letter, or make a phone call.
 
Matt Cato | Office of Life, Justice & Peace | mcato@archdpdx.org | (503) 234-5334

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