Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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LIFE: DEATH PENALTY
 
Pope Francis: The death penalty is contrary to the Gospel
 
"One has to strongly affirm that condemnation to the death penalty is an inhuman measure that humiliates personal dignity, in whatever form it is carried out." 
Pope Francis
 
 
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JUSTICE: POVERTY, OREGON (2017)
 
Every September, the Census Bureau releases its updated statistics on income and poverty. 
 
How did Oregon fare? 
 
What does it look like in your Congressional District? 
 
 
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PEACE: SHARE THE JOURNEY 
 
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." St. Teresa of Calcutta 
 
Pope Francis's Share the Journey campaign invites us to encounter refugees and migrants, to increase the spaces and opportunities for migrants and communities to come together, learn about each other, and learn that we belong to each other. Through encounter, we can build peace.
 
 
 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
On Human Investment - Based on the Sunday Readings for November 19
 
Where exactly are we investing our talents? We know from Jesus's life that he was not praising the servants for doubling their money but for using what they were given. Jesus's priority was people. Like Jesus, our priority must be people.

 
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2017 Collins Lecture: "Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God's Call for Climate Justice."

We will explore how climate change disproportionately affects the world's most vulnerable people, triggering the loss of livelihoods, insecurity, forced migration and poor health. Polluted air and water, weather disasters and drought bring devastation to all, particularly those living in poverty. 
 
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland
 
Guest lecturers will be The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and canon for the environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California, and The Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, civil rights leader, climate change activist and retired pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta. 
 
 
Click here for details and to register

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THE CALENDAR IS OUR CATECHISM 
NOVEMBER
 
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. 
 
Below are November's opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives.

November 1 Feast of All Saints
Pray for the Living and the Dead

November 2 Feast of All Souls
Pray for the Living and the Dead

November 3 St. Martin de Porres: Patron Saint for Social Justice
Use this opportunity to choose any Corporal Work of Mercy

November 11 Veterans Day
Pray for the Living and the Dead

November 13 St. Frances Cabrini: Patroness of Immigrants
Welcome the Stranger

November 19, 2017 (33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time) World Day of the Poor
Use this opportunity to choose any Corporal Work of Mercy

November 30 International Day of Cities for Life, Cities against the Death Penalty
Visit the Imprisoned

Support the Poor and Vulnerable

 

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