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47th Annual Neil Kelly Memorial Virtual Auction
Benefitting the St Andrew Community Center
Main Event: Oct 24th 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

A community gathering to support our Community Services.
Enjoy music performed by our favorite St Andrew parishioners as well as one special guest! Stay tuned.

ST. ANDREW COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS
  • Food Programs – 350 families per month. Helping to stretch budgets and keep families healthy.
  • Walnut Park Emergency Shelter – Cook 3 meals each week for the 40 shelter residents.
  • Utilities & Rent – 10 to 15 families per month. Keeping families in their homes.
  • Dental Clinic – For people without insurance - some have never been to a dentist before!
 
SERVICES PROVIDED WITH OUR PARTNERS
 
Health Services
  • Pacific University’s School of Dental Hygiene and Optometry
  • Providence Health & Services - Promotorés de Salud (Health Promoters)
  • Telehealth Clinics
Community Services
  • St Vincent de Paul – serving those living on the margins
  • Oregon Food Bank – weekly food pantry and monthly fresh free produce market
  • People’s Institute Northwest – educating and training individuals to undo institutional racism
  • Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good – making the Metro Area a better place to live and thrive
  • Interfaith Alliance on Poverty – working together to alleviate poverty
Education
  • St. Andrew Nativity School – Tuition free Jesuit middle school for low income and underserved youth
  • Self-Enhancement Inc. – Individual and family support services
  • Minds Matter – Mentoring high performing underserved high school youth

Catholic Labor Network: Labor Day Mass

Monday, Sept. 7 | 2 p.m. ET
When Kentucky legislators proposed anti-union “right to work” legislation in 2017, Bishop John Stowe of the Lexington Diocese spoke out boldly in defense of Catholic social teaching on unions and worker justice. Please join us for the Catholic Labor Network’s first annual live streamed Labor Day mass, celebrated by Bishop Stowe!

Use the form to RSVP. You will be directed to the Catholic Labor Network after submitting the form.

2020 Zahm Lecture

From the Big Bang to The Saint John's Bible: The Role of Astonishment in a Scientist’s Journey to Integrate Faith and Reason

Dr. Gintaras Duda, Catholic cosmologist and Chair of Physics at Creighton University, asks: how can we reconcile science with belief in a personal Christian God? Astonishment and wonder offer one route for this fundamental reconciliation. Dr. Duda will stress the fundamental need for theological and philosophical perspectives on some of the biggest questions in cosmology today. Free live Zoom webinar, Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm. For information on connecting to the webinar, visit up.edu/garaventa/events or email garaventa@up.edu.

A Dominican sister protests racial injustice June 2 in Washington, D.C. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
Editorial: Bishops should follow sisters' lead in dismantling racism

Aug 27, 2020  by NCR Editorial Staff   Opinion  Justice


On the last day of the 2020 assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, its members were invited to participate in a "five-year commitment to work on dismantling racism … in LCWR's efforts to name and eradicate racism within themselves, their congregations, their ministries, and LCWR as an organization."  Read More 
Knights of Columbus to Participate in National Day of Prayer and Fasting to End Racism
 
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus today announced it will participate in a National Day of Prayer and Fasting to End Racism on Sept. 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver, a 16th century Catholic saint revered for his ministry to slaves.
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, called for a day of fasting and prayer in response to the violence and unrest that has taken place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and other cities across the U.S.  Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, "We are proud to join our bishops and all Catholics in this important day of prayer and penance. As men of faith, we are committed to defending the dignity of every person—regardless of race, color, ethnicity or ability.  I urge all Knights to draw upon our principles of unity and fraternity to help guide our nation through this time of racial unrest through prayer and fasting."

In June, the Knights of Columbus called for a Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism. 

READ more here.

Catholic ‘Shark Tank’ invests in innovation to meet the needs of the modern church


“This isn’t innovation for business growth or innovation for personal wealth—this is innovation for furthering the kingdom of God.”  Read about the winning innovations focused on LGBTQ Catholics, Latino Catholics, and Catholic families and the domestic church.

Alpenglow over  Bubbs Creek - photo by Ian Vorster

Introducing EarthBeat's 'Lens on Creation'
series for the Season of Creation 2020

Today begins the Season of Creation. What is the Season of Creation? Click Here

Lens on Creation  "There is no way to separate caring for the planet from caring for the health and dignity of individual persons and families," photographer and journalist Paul Jeffrey writes in today's opening reflection.

For the full series click HERE.

In his 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis said that "contemplation of creation allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us." He went on to say, "An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals."

"If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs," Francis wrote.

CREATION JUSTICE

Care for creation intersects with racial justice and the health of the soil, water and air. This work looks unique in different parts of the state based on the people who live there, ways the land has been used, and species and landscape elements present in each region. We will learn about some of Oregon's environmental justice concerns and the organizations working on them through a series of six webinars this summer. Mark your calendars for the following events:
Sept. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.: Eloheh Center for Earth Justice's Randy Woodley (learn more | register)
Sept. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.: to be announced (register)
Sept. 30, 7-8:30 p.m.: EcoFaith Recovery: Just Vote, Personal Stories for Community Action (register)

Watch previous webinars:
July 23, Webinar 1: Portland Harbor Community Coalition
Aug. 17, Webinar 2: Verde
Aug. 19: Webinar 3: Rogue Climate

To see previous Newsletters click HERE.
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