The Peace and Justice Commission meets on the third Sunday at the French Toast Breakfast in Carvlin Hall at 10:30 a.m. after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
The Peace & Justice Commission of St. Philip Neri for the past 27 years has tried to embody the spirit of Christ in this parish and neighborhood. Our members have been active in civic and social organizations which have tried to improve the quality of life for our neighbors. With humility and perservance, as individuals and as a group, we are aware that the Church is a sacrament of Christ's Presence in the world. We pledge ourselves to be brothers and sisters to all of our neighbors, to welcome them and to minister to them in our corner of the universal church.
Our charter comes from the Gospel (Matthew 25) so that we recognize Christ and minister to him in our homeless, hungry, imprisoned, veterans and needy. In the words of the Second Vatican Council, "The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the followers of Christ."
Currently we are involved in several projects:
Homelessness has become a pressing, highly visible issue in Portland. In the past seven years in cooperation with neighbors and other parishioners, we have organized a Thanksgiving Dinner with and for the homeless, as well as others who would observe this day alone. One of our members with professional expertise has been deeply involved with reorienting public facilites to house the homeless.
The Environment. In connection with Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, some of our members have joined with other church groups and civic organizations in the long-term project to help protect creation.
Domestic Violence. In cooperation with other parish groups, we have been working to support women and children who are victims.
Immigration. Several of our members, in cooperation with other churches, have been active in support of the Sanctuary Movement in Portland. In connection with Catholic Charities, we also hope to support refugee families seeking to resettle here.
Equality. St. Philip has been known and appreciated for its being a welcoming, open community. We hope to make St. Philip Neri a home to those who may not feel welcome elsewhere.
Christmas Gifts. As part of a citywide effort, we join others in supplying gifts to families and children who do not otherwise expect any.
We hope you will join us at one of our regular meetings.