Justice and Peace

Advocate! For the Immigrants, the Refugees and the Poor!
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IMMIGRATION: 6 TOOLS
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Silent Prayer Vigil
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St. André Bessette Catholic Church
601 West Burnside Street
Portland, 97209
Sunday, May 7, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
 
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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IMMIGRATION
9th Annual Mother's Day Vigil at the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington

Ascension Catholic Church
734 SE 76th, Portland
Saturday, May 13. Meet at 8:15 a.m.

Return by 5:00 p.m. 

Why You Want to Attend: "Regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity which should be respected. Government policies that respect the basic human rights of the undocumented are necessary." U.S. Catholic Bishops, Strangers No Longer Together On The Journey Of Hope
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Archdiocese of Portland supports the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

The Archdiocese of Portland encourages all Catholics to sign the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion petition (Oregon Initiative Petition 1) so we can get this important initiative on the ballot. 

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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THREE LETTERS A WEEK: ABC

A dozen parishioners listened to easy and effective suggestions for writing a letter to their legislators. Then taking three sheets of paper, they wrote three short letters to their two Senators and one Congressperson. 
 
In 40 minutes, which included getting up for snacks, three letters were written and stuffed into envelopes. 
 
123, Easy as ABC
 
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Catholic Charities 2017 Annual Campaign
May 6-7 at Mass

The Catholic Charities Annual Campaign occurs once-per-year across the Archdiocese. Funds raised through this campaign support the work of the six diocesan-wide agencies that make up The Catholic Charities of Oregon.
 
As a church community, through the work of Catholic Charities, we act together and we have a huge impact. 
 
Every year, Catholic Charities and all its partner agencies serve thousands of individuals and families in need. We provide critical, life changing services and we do it together - in the name of Christ and in the name of the Church.
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WORKS OF MERCY
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SAINTS ALIVE! MAY 30: 
ST. JOAN OF ARC
Patron Saint of Military Personnel
 
We honor all military personnel and veterans of all services in all the Wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. 
 
We applaud their service. We recognize the debt we owe to those who put their lives in harm's way. 
 
The Archdiocese of Portland has many priests who have served in the military as chaplains or servicemen. We are indebted to them. 
 
On Memorial Day, we especially remember those who died in active military service. 
 
Let us also question the paths that lead governments to the "ultimate resolution": "the ancient bondage of war."
 
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DEFINE PROGRESS
Sunday, May 21 (ACTS 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 PT 3:15-18; JN 14:15-21)
 
The Oxford English Dictionary defines progress as "development towards an improved or more advanced condition." 
 
Merriam-Webster defines progress as "gradual betterment." 
 
True progress is whatever leads us to God. Decline leads us away. We want true progress. 
 
True progress unites, eventually. Sowing the seeds of division is Satan's occupation, which may seem to be a fast-growing industry. But Christians remain hopeful. 
 
We achieve unity when we seek the common good, "the general welfare of the entire human family." It's not just about "me" but about "us."
 
Matt Cato | Office of Life, Justice & Peace | mcato@archdpdx.org | (503) 234-5334

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