Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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LIFE: STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT
 
Through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon taxpayers fund 10 abortions every day. 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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JUSTICE: WORLD REFUGEE DAY
 
June 20th is World Refugee Day. What will you do?  
 
Need ideas? Look at 2018 World Refugee Day Toolkit, which offers advocacy suggestions, talking points and prayer resources. It also provides several helpful suggestions that will help you to plan events in your local community.
 
 
 
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PEACE: PEACE POLE
 
Here are a few of our parishes that have Peace Poles, an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family: St. Peter (Newberg), Holy Family, St. Pius, St. Francis (Sherwood) and the Grotto. (Does your parish have a Peace Pole? Please take a photo and send it to justiceandpeace@archdpdx.org.) 
 
Are you interested in obtaining a Peace Pole for your parish? Christ the King recently installed and dedicated theirs. Here is their step-by-step process.
 
 
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SAINTS ALIVE! JUNE 29: SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL: POOR MAN, RICH MAN
 
Peter was poor and uneducated; his eloquence and wisdom were hidden until Pentecost when he was enflamed by the Holy Spirit. 
 
Paul was a tentmaker with Roman citizenship. Tentmakers reaped considerably more income than fishermen earned. He was also wise and eloquent.  
 
These two men could not have been more different from each other. But that is where I am wrong. God does not see opposites; we do. 
 
Saints Peter and Paul were in solidarity with each other: poor man, rich man; Galilean and Roman citizen; cooperating to build God's church here on earth. 
 
 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
GROWING SEASON
Based on the readings for Sunday, June 17
 
Today's readings are about small things that the Lord takes and grows: "a tender shoot" from a cedar; "a mustard seed that ... springs up and becomes the largest of plants." 
 
The garden is a metaphor for the community we live in. Our efforts are like small seeds: trying to start something, we scatter and sow. Our efforts matters! You matter! Justice requires system change and you can sow the seeds of change of hundreds of years of systemic injustice by nibbling around the edges. This may sound insignificant but it matters! 
 
Be attentive to your garden. In the end, our small efforts will grow, for the LORD lifts high the lowly tree and makes the withered tree bloom (cf. Ezekiel). 
 
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THE CALENDAR IS OUR CATECHISM 
June
 
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 June's opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives. 
 
Why You Want to Attend: "[T]rade in people" is a vile activity, a disgrace to our societies that claim to be civilized! Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience both in the first person and before God!" (Pope Francis
 
(Consider: Feed the Hungry)
 
 
(Consider: Visit the sick)
 
 
 
Why You Want to Participate: "Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families. Because religion itself, the religious dimension, is not a subculture; it is part of the culture of every people and every nation." (Pope Francis)
 
 
 
 
 

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