“We have to make
our occupations holy.
We do this by seeking
God in them.”

St. Vincent de Paul




Notes from The OPJCC Director

International Day of Peace (Peace Day)

September 21 is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day). The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Celebrate the “Season of Creation”

Celebrate the “Season of Creation” following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

World Humanitarian Day

On Aug. 19, 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2021 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s contribution to a culture of peace and freedom. It is a global call to action for citizens of the world to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.

Fourth of July Prayer

Merciful Creator, as we observe Independence Day receive our prayers for our nation, our public officials and all those who dwell here.

Categories of Forcibly Displaced Persons

According to the United Nations, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several categories of forcibly displaced persons.

World Day Against Child Labor

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, defines child labor as work that deprives children and adolescents of their childhood, their education or training, their potential, their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.

International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity is May 22. Biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on Earth, including plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. It allows agricultural systems to
overcome environmental shocks, climate change and pandemics.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development. The day provides an opportunity to help individuals and communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Contact Information for your U.S. Elected Officials

Federal Elected Officials

President – To contact the U.S. President online, click here.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Members of the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senators – To find specific contact information, such as email addresses, for your U.S. Senators, click here.
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

U.S. House of Representatives – To find specific contact information, such as an email address, for your U.S. Representative, click here.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

State Elected Officials

State Governors – To learn how to get in touch with your state governor, click here.
State Legislators – To find the names and current activities of your state legislators, click here.

Local Elected Officials

U.S. Mayors – To locate mayors by name, city, or population size, click here.
County Executives – To search on a map or by your zip code to find the head of the executive branch of government in your county, click here. (The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.)
Other Local Government Officials – To find contact information for your city, county, and town officials in your state, click here.