Justice and Peace

Advocate! For the Immigrants, the Refugees and the Poor!
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SOLIDARITY
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT

"As far as possible, citizens should take an active part in public life" (Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1915). 
The Office of Life, Justice & Peace webpage makes it easy to keep track of opportunities for advocacy.

Follow this link for the latest information:
  • Current Action Alerts 
  • Advocacy Made Simple: 
  • A Toolkit Quick Reference Guide for when you advocate on issues of importance to your community
BEGINNING OF LIFE
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Portland 40 Days for Life Vigils
 
Public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR
March 1 - April 9.
 
 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace
 
Why You Want to Attend: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5).
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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Silent Prayer Vigil
 
St. André Bessette Catholic Church
601 West Burnside Street
Portland, 97209
Sunday, March 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: "Human trafficking is a crime against humanity." Pope Francis
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WORKS OF MERCY
 
Archbishop Sample, after years of consultation with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, issued the Pastoral Priorities for 2016-2019. "Works of Mercy" is a pastoral priority.

Here's what Archbishop Sample had to say:

"Don't let Mercy end with the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy." The Works of Mercy are an important part of every year.

"Catholic social teaching is our best kept secret. It is profound."

"Within the Archdiocese of Portland, there is incredible work being done to serve the poor. We need to involve more people."

"The Church has a lot to say about social activism and bringing about positive social change. We have a lot to say about justice. When issues of justice are being discussed, we need to be at the table here in Oregon."
 
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HUNGER
The 2017 Offering of Letters Campaign: Doing Our Part to End Hunger 
Last year, parishes and schools wrote 1100 letters. Now it's your turn!
 
You and your church can help us and urge Congress to make funding decisions that put us on track to end hunger by 2030. 
 
We have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty in recent decades. So we know that it is possible to further reduce and perhaps virtually end hunger when we all do our part, including government. 
 
We are challenging parishes to write letters to our legislators - and lots of them! Instead of sending them to Washington, D.C., we are collecting letters together and hand delivering them to make one big impact. 
 
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OPTION FOR THE POOR
The Earned Income Tax Credit 
Millions of working poor families find it increasingly difficult to meet their daily needs and achieve financial security. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps struggling families escape poverty, encourages and rewards work, and raises living standards 
 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a consistent supporter of the EITC as part of a broader effort to reduce poverty.  
 
Oregon ranks third worst in the nation when it comes to the share of low- and moderate-income workers qualifying families that use EITC.
 
Make sure that your community 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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SAINTS ALIVE! MARCH 25: 
ST. DISMAS
Patron Saint of Prisoners
 
Dismas is the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary. St. Dismas is the patron saint of prisoners. 
 
The Romans extracted retributive justice on these thieves. Dismas acknowledged his sinfulness; Jesus restored him. God is about restoring the broken. 
 
The result of our current criminal justice system is that the broken remain broken. How can we move society away from retributive justice and toward restorative justice? 
 
One step is to change the focus of prisons from a money-making enterprise to a public structure that protects the public, extracts a just punishment for crimes committed, and restores the offender to become integrated in society, not excluded. Incarceration has become a for-profit business; immigration detention is a growing industry.
 
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TODAY'S TEMPTATIONS
Sunday March 5 (Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12-19; Gospel Mt 4:1-11)
 
Sunday's readings open with the Genesis story of the serpent who successfully tempted Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree. 
 
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus was intentionally tested by Satan. 
 
Today, the prophets of profit tempt us by creating fake values and then by appealing to the values we now deem important. not excluded. How do we reclaim our values?
 
Matt Cato | Office of Life, Justice & Peace | mcato@archdpdx.org | (503) 234-5334

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