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This year, like last year, the San Francisco Women’s March took place under the Walk for Life’s ‘Abortion Hurts Women’ banners which line Market Street. You can see one on the lamppost. The Women’s March has providentially provided us with a radically larger audience for our message, right in our target demographic. God indeed works in mysterious ways. We pray that our message resonates with some of the people at the Women’s March
One of our co-foundresses said “Don’t forget, ladies. Abortion Hurts Women and their children. It’s not pink, but blood red.”
’60 million children were killed in silence because they had no voice, and their voice can only be found in us–can you be there?’
We we’re going to title this post ‘Look Who’s Coming to the Walk: St. Isidore, Yuba City!’ because they are bringing two buses to the Walk for Life West Coast. But then we read this week’s very powerful pastor’s message from Fr. Avram Brown, the young pastor of St. Isidore. You should too.
This week we pray for the protection of human life.
Tomorrow, January 22nd, the United States marks 45 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion across our country, and in the intervening years, almost 60 million children have been killed in this country.
That’s a lot of blood on our hands. Haunted by the ghosts of 60 million children not allowed to live–what a terrible reality. We are afraid today of war with a nuclear power, war with North Korea, which could send warheads into our most populous cities. If Kim Jong Un were to succeed beyond the wildest possibilities of his arsenal and kill the entire population of California, he still would not have slaughtered as many people as we have ourselves–he’d have to find 20 million more people to annihilate.
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. These words from Saint Paul today ring eerily prescient as we recognize how much guilt we bear, and how little we have done in recompense. You will have to face each of these children before you enter into their home, the home of the Eternal Father. We do not want to arrive in their presence still unrepentant, but must act now.
This week we will march in Washington D. C., we will walk in San Francisco, we will gather in solidarity across our country in defense of life–can you be there?
This Lent, every single day that our abortion clinic in Yuba City is open we will be standing in front praying–can you be there?
60 million children were killed in silence because they had no voice, and their voice can only be found in us–can you be there?
‘Abortion in the Black community is a form of genocide’ StandUp4Life Rally THIS FRIDAY! #walkforlifewc
This Friday January 26, the Rev. Walter Hoye, long-time ally of the Walk for Life West Coast, and (with his wife Lori) the 2008 recipient of the Walk’s St. Gianna Molla Award for pro-life heroism, will host the annual StandUp4Life Rally and Walk at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland’s City Hall. The rally will begin at 12:30 PM.
From the Issues4Life Mission Statement: “We walk because abortion in the Black community is a form of genocide, it is the Darfur of America. We walk because abortion in Black America is the Civil Rights issue of our day. We walk because abortion does violence, both physically and emotionally, to men and women, to their children, and to their families.”
As California Catholic Daily reported on January 15, the abortion business that had the Rev. Hoye arrested in 2008 closed their doors in December. The conviction was later declared unconstitutional by a Federal Court, but not before Rev. Hoye had served almost a month in jail. Walter’s conviction (in both senses of the word) made him a nationwide hero of the pro-life movement.
At the Rally and Walk the Rev. Hoye will be joined by Shawn Carney, the President of the 40 Days For life team. Mr. Carney is one of the nation’s most sought-after pro-life speakers, who has been featured on hundreds of outlets including Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Drudge Report, The Guardian, USA Today, and Christian media including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Sirius XM Catholic Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family. Shawn lives in Texas with his wife and six children
Dr. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., one of America’s finest oraters, is a Pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey. He is the founder of BlackGenocide.Org, a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council of Washington, DC., a Board Member of The Center For Bio Ethical Reform and a member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition.
Father Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. He is the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.
This is your opportunity meet and join with these pro-life heroes in standing for the littlest among us! Please go to http://www.issues4life.org/s4life.html for full information, directions, and flyers.
What a great honor! At next Saturday’s Walk for Life West Coast, the Invocation will be given by His Eminence the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West of the Orthodox Church of America. (Last Friday, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada of the Orthodox Church of America gave the invocation at the March for Life in DC. Our friends over at Orthodox Christians for Life must be thrilled!)
And we are thrilled to have His Eminence!
As you can imagine, Archbishop Benjamin’s accomplishments are too numerous to be listed here, but we will say he was born in Pasadena, California, on June 1, 1954, and was baptized and chrismated at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 1972. He earned a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Liturgical Music from Saint Vladimir Seminary. From his bio on the OCA website: “A prolific musician, he served as choirmaster at parishes in Detroit, MI and Los Angeles and as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music.” He has of course held many offices in the Orthodox Church. “The Holy Synod of Bishops, in their 2007 spring session, elected His Grace Bishop BENJAMIN to be the reigning hierarch of The Diocese of the West. He was installed as ruling bishop on October 2, 2007. At the 2012 spring session, the Holy Synod elevated the bishop to the dignity of Archbishop.”
Your Eminence, we gratefully welcome you to the Walk for Life West Coast!
Hey, pro-life students–and there are a lot of you! Students for Life of America is hosting their Annual West Coast Conference (theme: Momentum) at Patrons Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, January 28-the day after the Walk for Life West Coast. Events start with breakfast at 8AM, followed by workshops with a top-drawer list of speakers addressing subjects critical to the continued growth of the pro-life movement on campus, in high schools, at home, and in politics. Check it out here.
And guess what? For a limited time you can attend the conference for FREE by using code SFLACOMP18 when you checkout.
We LOVE Students for Life of America. Here are just three of the great Students For Life schools who have been with us at the Walk for Life West Coast:
It’s our sister Marche, started just like us in 2005, which was held inthe City of Light today! Take more than rain to dampen the spirit of our French brothers and sisters! The RT video of the Marche is below:
And here’s some pictures from the Marche’s Facebook page. You can just tell we’d feel right at home!
Our friend Dexter Duggan at the Wanderer profiled this lady last year as the person who probably travels the farthest to the Walk for Life West Coast: 5000 miles! She’s Karen Patnaude, a Life Runner from Fiji, and a San Francisco lady just informed us that, once again, Karen, and the Life Runners, will be joining us at the Walk for Life West Coast.
We expect about 8-10 Life Runners including Pat Castle, the organizations founder. Then the Life Runners A-Cross America for Pro-Life Relay will start right here in SF on February 14!
Welcome, Life Runners!
Last week, it was Chicago….yesterday, it was Washington DC…tomorrow it’s Paris, and next Saturday it’s San Francisco! The pro-life movement is everywhere!
And TODAY, right now, our brothers and sisters down in Los Angeles are marching for the littlest among us! Here are some photos already posted of today’s OneLife LA event. God bless them!!
Young people in the lead!
The face of our Pro-Life future!
Praise God! After the Walk for Life West Coast, at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated for life by Friar Paul Fazio, OFM Conv. Deacon. The homilist will be Fr. Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv. Fr. Anthony Lajato, OFM Conv. will serve as subdeacon. Here are a couple of photos taken at a previous TLM at the Shrine, from the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco:
Good Fr. John DeLaRiva, OFM Cap., and the Shrine’s previous rectors have been hosting this Walk for Life Mass for a number of years now. We love them and we thank them! The Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron of our Archdiocese, is at 610 Vallejo Street at Columbus
Woo-Hoo! We just learned a group of young student pilgrims from the Newman Catholic Club at Cal State University of Long Beach are rejoining us again at the Walk for Life West Coast! Here they are back in 2015, being interviewed after the Walk by EWTN in Justin Herman Plaza:
From their webpage:
OUR MISSION is to enrich the spiritual life of the Cal State University of Long Beach community, through active participation in prayer and the sacraments. We desire to promote opportunities to grow in faith and hope, and provide a place to come together in the love of God and neighbor. We are committed to the needs of our members and to reaching beyond to serve the needs of others within and outside the campus. Guided by the Holy Spirit to be truly compassionate disciples, we are committed to the Truth of the Gospel.
God Bless them!