Justice and Peace

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LIFE: RESPECT LIFE MONTH
 
This year the U.S. Bishops have chosen Be Not Afraid as the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program.
 
This October, as Respect Life Month begins, be not afraid to proclaim the great call and responsibility to stand for every human life.
 
The culture of death pervades; be not afraid to proclaim the Gospel of Life!  
 
We are a people of life and for life. We must not be afraid of proclaiming the Gospel of Life. We must not remain silent about the lives Jesus died to save.
 
 
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JUSTICE: SHARE THE JOURNEY
 
On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launches the Share the Journey campaign from Saint Peter's Square. On that day he will invite everyone around the world to "Share the Journey" with refugees and migrants. 

*Share the Journey promotes "the culture of encounter": Increase the spaces and opportunities for migrants and communities to come together and learn about each other.

*Passionate about migration and interested in what's happening in our world? Share the Journey is where you can make a difference at all levels. 

*Uncertain? Through this campaign, our Church hopes to dispel widespread fear of newcomers and to raise awareness of why so many people are compelled to leave their homes at this time in history.

 

 
 
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PEACE: ST. FRANCIS PRAYER VIGIL
 
Bishop Peter Smith offered a perfect reminder to a crowd of Catholics last week:

There's something we often forget: To be successful, we need a rock-solid foundation, and that foundation is prayer. Never minimize the power of prayer.

Why pray to St. Francis for peace?

"Saint Francis shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace." Pope Francis

Learn more about the vigil       
 
 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR 
Peace Towards Creation - Based on the Sunday Readings for October 8

How often do we forget that God "owns" all of creation and we respond with extreme violence under the guise of economic progress? 
 
"World peace is threatened ... by a lack of due respect for nature, by the plundering of natural resources and by a progressive decline in the quality of life" (St. John Paul II, 1990 World Day of Peace Message: Peace with God the Creator).

Read the entire reflection


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THE CALENDAR IS OUR CATECHISM
October
 
Opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives. 
 
October is Respect Life Month 

October 4 St. Francis: Patron Saint of Ecology
Forgive Offenses

October 10 World Mental Health Day
Comfort the Afflicted

October 10 World Day Against Homelessness
Shelter the Homeless  

October 10 World Day against the Death Penalty
Visit the Imprisoned

October 11 International Day of the Girl
Instruct the Ignorant

October 16 World Food Day
Feed the Hungry

October 16 St. Gerard Majella: Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers
Comfort the Afflicted

October 17 Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice's Faith Leader Fall Luncheon
Why You Want to Attend: We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world.

October 18 St. Luke: Patron Saint of Doctors
Visit the Sick

October 24 United Nations Day
St. John Paul II Address to the UN

October 24-30 Disarmament Week
USCCB on Nuclear Disarmament
 
All are welcome to gather in Vigil as we express our support and love for families affected by I.C.E. detentions in Oregon.
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." Pope John Paul II, Address to the New World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Immigrants, 1985
 

Support the Poor and Vulnerable

 

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