Our Religious Family in California rejoiced this year to see the Walk for Life West Coast continue to grow and attract more Pro-life activists to San Francisco to protest Roe vs. Wade. Our sisters and priests from the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara as well as St. Leo the Great Parish in San Jose organized vigil events and brought parishioners and youth to the Walk for Life on January 25th.
Youth Vigil at Our Lady of Peace
In preparation for the 10th Annual Walk for Life in San Francisco, Our Lady of Peace Shrine held a Vigil Youth Rally for Life on Friday January 24th with about 250 youth, ages 12-25.
The event began with a time of praise and worship songs followed by a skit put on by our IVE seminarians who flew in from Washington DC to be there. Next, two break-out sessions followed with talks led by the seminarians about how to be a Pro-Life teenage in school and at college.
The youth then were able to have a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament, where all were given an opportunity for the sacrament of confession. Everyone then processed outside for a candle-light Rosary Procession with Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn. It was a beautiful sight to see hundreds of candles being held by the future of our nation, praying for the unborn. To conclude, the Holy Mass was celebrated and the youth were able to receive many graces from Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. The evening ended with more songs as people waited for their rides and headed home.
The following day, Saturday, January 25th, thousands gathered in San Francisco for the 10th Annual Walk for Life, West Coast.
Many Catholics participated in the Holy Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, who was accompanied by 16 other concelebrating bishops and many priests from throughout the area. In his homily Archbishop Codileone reflected on the generations involved in the Pro-Life movement, especially the young people, and the true Catholic position of pro-life being pro-woman [text of his homily].
After the Mass, Our Lady of Peace and St. Leo the Great groups carried our banners high as we went to the Rally for Life where we heard a number of inspirational speakers.
The groups then walked two miles in the Walk for Life with 70,000 other Pro-lifers across the country. It was a joyous event to celebrate Life with drums, chants, and singing.
We thank Our Lady of Guadalupe for the many graces that she has poured upon us during these Pro-life events and we pray for many more fruits in the struggle to end the violence of abortion.