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LIFE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
 
The Department of Migrant and Refugee Services estimates that there are approximately 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide and estimates that, annually, 17,500 men, women and children are victims of trafficking. People across the borders of the United States and are forced into slavery.

February 8 is the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of victims of human trafficking.

February 8 is also the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
 
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JUSTICE: FEBRUARY: BLACK HISTORY MONTH
 
During the aftermath of Charlottesville, Virginia, I met with a black acquaintance. She and her black friends had been keeping low profiles and staying indoors. They were frightened. KKK flyers had appeared on windshields in her neighborhood. This was Portland. I was oblivious that Blacks in Oregon would be personally affected by the events in Charlottesville. My ignorance embarrassed me.
 
 
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PEACE: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

"Restorative justice efforts work to heal and support both formerly incarcerated persons and victims of crime. Victims of crime and communities impacted by violence need healing and support to bring about forgiveness and reconciliation."

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Who are Today's Lepers? - Based on the Sunday Readings for February 11
 
Every society has its lepers, a class of citizens that has been disregarded, discriminated against, and eventually marginalized from the body politic. Because of prejudice, scapegoating, or ignorance, they have been relegated to the margins.

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

February: Oregon's Coldest Month
*    Clothe the Naked

February 7-14 National Marriage Week February 8 St. Josephine Bakhita: Patroness of Victims of Human Trafficking
*    Comfort the Afflicted

February 8 St. Jerome Emiliani: Patron Saint of Abandoned Children
*    Comfort the Afflicted

February 11 World Day of the Sick February 14 St. Valentine of Rome: Patron Saint of Marriage
*    Forgive Offenses

February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) 40 Days for Life
*    Pray for the Living and the Dead


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

February 22 St. Margaret of Cortona: Patroness of the Homeless
*    Shelter the Homeless

 
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