Thinking about Service and Social Action

November is a time to give thanks for what we have and a time for us to reach out in service to one another.

There are many opportunities to engage in service in and around the Portland area. If you’re interested in finding a place to share your gifts and talents as a volunteer, please send me an email and we’ll set up a time to talk  .

For those of you living at a distance, I’d love to hear how you are engaged in service in your local area.

If you are concerned about the needs of homeless folks you can donate clothing to the Father’s Heart a local agency providing services to homeless men and women in Oregon City. A donation box is set up inside the main entrance to Clark Commons.

Finally, the Archdiocese of Portland has several events related to social action. Here’s the link to find more information:


On November 22nd there will be a walk in support of homeless persons, here is more information:


Friday, November 22: 4th Annual Walk of Awareness for Homelessness

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Open house and breakfast hosted by Sisters of the Road Café (133 NW 6th Ave, Portland). Breakfast prepared by Sisters staff and members of the homeless community

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Walk from Sisters of the Road to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Interfaith Convocation on Compassion and Justice at Pioneer Courthouse Square

For more information, contact Paul Schroeder, 503.913.7853   Flyer

Why You Want To Attend: The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. Catholic teaching supports the right to private property, but recognizes that communities and the government have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families. At a time of rising homelessness and when many workers’ wages are stagnant and living expenses are rising, it is important to ensure housing security.




  1. Its so important to give back! Especially around the holidays. My friends and I started volunteering at a homeless shelter when we were freshman and it still remains a tradition 6 years later. It makes you appreciate the holiday more and allows you to take a step back and be truly thankful for all that we are blessed with.

    • I agree Jessica. When we give we open ourselves to really seeing all that we do have, right now, in the present moment.
      Thanks for your sharing! – Kathleen

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