Crash pads at five churches and three religious orders

Bishops Daly and Barber join Archbishop Cordileone in hosting Walk for Life side events
From last year's walk

From last year’s walk

On Saturday, January 24, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò will join at least 10 Catholic and two Anglican bishops at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. The nuncio, Pope Francis’s ambassador to the United States, will bring a message from the Holy Father to the tens of thousands of pro-lifers of all races and creeds expected to attend.

The walk, which begins at 1:30, is preceded by the Walk for Life rally, featuring speakers. Last year the San Francisco board of supervisors issued a resolution condemning the walk’s banners. This year the walk’s banners once again adorn Market Street without any public objection.

Rally speakers include Julia Holcomb, who became the legal ward of Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith. Becoming pregnant at age 17 she was coerced into having an abortion, an experience which changed her life. With the help of her faith, Holcomb rebuilt her life, and now works for the strengthening of life and the family. Holcomb will be joined by Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of EWTN’s “At Home with Jim and Joy,” where they share the pro-life message. The Pintos will be followed by Rebekah Buell, who, when young and pregnant for the second time, took the RU-486 abortion pill. The final speaker is the Reverend Clenard Childress, who has been with the Walk for Life West Coast since its inception. He is the founder of

Since its founding in 2005, the Walk for Life West Coast has become the largest annual event in the Catholic Church in the Bay Area, and one of the largest in the country.

Lisa Hamrick, a walk co-founder, told CalCatholic that about 700 youth and young adults from Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, and  Nevada (and all over California) had used the Housing Registration function on the walk’s website to request lodging during the walk. They will stay with five local churches and three religious orders.

Spiritual opportunities include the Vigil for Life at San Francisco’s St. Dominic’s Church, hosted by the Sisters of Life, which includes adoration and confessions and Mass celebrated by San Jose’s auxiliary bishop Thomas Daly; all-night Eucharistic Adoration at San Francisco’s Saints Peter and Paul Church (both events on the night before the walk). Opportunities on January 24 include the Walk for Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 9:30 am, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and concelebrated by 10 bishops and many priests from San Francisco. Following the walk, a special Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church in San Francisco at 5:00 pm.

On January 23, from 4:00-9:00 pm the Humanity and Life Ministry of the diocese of San Jose is hosting a pro-life youth rally at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara, and, on January 24 at 7:30 pm Oakland’s Bishop Michael Barber hosts a Catholic Underground event for young people at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. On the day after the walk, Sunday, January 25, Students For Life of America will host their West Coast Conference (an all-day event) at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

For a full schedule of events at and around Saturday’s Walk for Life West Coast, click here.




  1. If all these young people don’t give you REAL HOPE, I don’t know what would!

    The beautiful City of St. Francis has been hijacked during the year, but for a few days… will be reclaimed!!!

  2. St. Christopher says:

    This has become a powerful moment when (at least some) Christians show no fear in telling the World, the seat of Satan, that they reject abortion and the death it offers to Mothers-to-be, as well as to the pre-born. It is nice, as well, that the TLM (again) is permitted a public face.

    But, there are questions and concerns, even with this fine event. Let’s make a list:

    1. TLM: The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi is a grand church, but one that has been partly wreckovated. It has the “permanent” card table in front, along with the hideous “thrust forward stage” that is so beloved of the Zombie-Liberal Liturgists (and especially prominent on the West Coast). Yet Abp. Cordileone has not corrected this scar on the divine beauty of the structure. It is also curious that the TLM is at 5 pm on SAT, so it cannot satisfy the Sunday Mass obligation for practicing Catholics. No altar rails either, so unless this has been fixed (or will be with portable kneelers), receipt of communion will be compromised. Of course, the ability to sully the TLM, even when permitted, is always a secondary goal of the Zombie-Liberal.

    2. Culture of Death: Space only permits a little discussion. But, hopefully, these events will include a heavy dose of what the Church means by accepting life; that is trying to live a “holy life”.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      St. Christopher,

      True Traditional Catholic don’t even need kneelers to kneel! The floor will do fine, so receipt of the Precious Species will not necessarily be compromised!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts!
      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      Kenneth M. Fisher

      • Abeca Christian says:

        Amen to that Mr. Fisher. We kneel even in the OF mass…..Seen more and more people do it as they watch and learn.

  3. URGENT:
    TODAY – – – – Contact –
    CNN; and FOX NEWS;
    and DRUDGE
    to cover the
    “MARCH for LIFE” in Washington DC on THURSDAY Jan. 22.
    “WALK for LIFE – West Coast”” in San Francisco on SATURDAY Jan 24.
    (They each have web sites for more info.)

    Also contact Associated Press,

    Otherwise the media will NOT cover it, no matter how many participate.

    The people in the USA have the right to know what is going on.
    Censorship by the Press has got to stop !

  4. This blessed event begins with mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. It is an easy walk to Civic Center from the Cathedral. It is a wonderful way to begin the Day! It is an inspiration to see so many fellow believers praying for the Unborn lead by our Archbishop Cordioleone. Come, let us adore Him!

  5. Catherine says:

    Waste of precious resources.
    These walks are NEVER covered by major media—in fact, they marches are always ignored.
    Most of the marchers go home and vote Democrat—-every elected DEM in CA is stridently pro-abortion.

    Better that they would march around any of the major Planned Parenthood abortion mills and close the place for the day.

    • Why do you waste your precious resources by posting here, Catherine? You are so bitter, so anti-everything. You would rather curse the darkness than light a candle. I pity your bitter take on life and faith.

      • Catherine says:


        It looks like we have another poster who likes the name “Catherine.” You need to address the individual who posted with the name “Catherine” at 9:25 am. Anonymous hider, you are the one who is pouring out pre conceived venom. Let us see if you are truly serious about “lighting a candle in the dark.” by apologizing to the person that you hoped was me so that you could show your anti-“Catherine” “anti-Catholic” take on life and faith. Remember it was *anonymous* posters who undermined Father Guarnizo, Father Rodriguez and Cardinal Burke.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well, maybe Catherine is their name. There can’t be more than one person named Catherine?
          The anonymous posters live with this.

    • Catherine have you contacted the Major Media Sources asking them not to censor these marches?
      Have you suggested your own ideas to your Diocese Bishop ?
      Including Bishops and Priests teaching about VOTING requirements for Catholics ?

      Remember that non-Catholics are also needed to CHANGE SOCIETY, not only Catholics.
      Many politicians pay attention to whatever they believe is the majority, so that they will get re-elected.

      Together we can make the secular Media pay attention.

    • Anonymous says:

      Catherine, we should go to our room and pray to our Father in secret.
      But I think it is wrong to assume that the participants vote Democrat. Most people who show up to these events are very much cultural warriors for Christ.
      I assume that you did not go with your diocese to this pro-life event or the one in LA.
      Are you going to the Evening Prayer?
      Doing the 9 Days for Life?
      40 days for Life?
      The Mother’s Day Roses Collection?

  6. I have only missed 2 of these walks and, unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year. I will be with you all in spirit and prayer. It’s wonderful to see all the Church involvement!!

    • Please contact the secular media as posted by CINDY above.
      This is something everyone can do.
      Ask them to stop discriminating in their news reporting.

  7. Gwen Linde says:

    “St. Christopher,” with your post, you have displayed to all your total ignorance. I am one of the people who organize and publicize the TLM after the Walk for Life, and have done so for five years now. It is obvious that you have not bothered to come to this TLM before criticizing. It is always better to know what you are talking about before spewing lies.

    We move the table altar, and always have. The TLM is at the high altar, and always has been. We move kneelers in place for Holy Communion. People receive according to the 1962 rubrics: kneeling and on the tongue. Most people just kneel on the sanctuary steps. Those who need the kneelers have them. The purpose of the Mass is to worship God, not to enable you to meet your obligation. And, for Catholics in the Latin Rite, those in communion with Holy Mother the Church, meet their Sunday obligation by attending Mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday. If you don’t think so, then don’t go to Mass on Saturday afternoon. But the Church permits it, and I’ll go by the Church and not what some gutless, anonymous poster says.

    I find your remarks about “sullying” the TLM to be offensive, as well as your insinuation that those involved in this TLM are “Zombie LIberals.” Whatever that means. Over the past three years, the Shrine has been packed to over full for this Mass, and mostly with young people.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Thank you Gwen Linde! Its about time someone admonished the bad sinful behavior that often happens here against Christ’s church. Its like you said offensive. I wish he would realize how much he hurts our Lord and how much he is working against the good that is being carried out. Its about saving souls. We live in a very hostile society, hostility against marriage, life and faith. We need to unite and be doers of the word, not destroyers.

  8. Kenneth M. Fisher says:

    I remember once complaining to Loretta Young about the fact that the Press was not covering our 1000 plus person Solemn Procession in atonement for Abortion on Sunset Blvd, but they were covering the 15 or so pro-abort Press Conference. Loretta looked at me and said these words of WISDOM “that’s alright Ken, God sees us!”

    God bless, yours in Their Hearts!
    May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
    Viva Cristo Rey!
    Kenneth M. Fisher

  9. St. Christopher says:

    “Gwen Linde”: Your work is to be commended, and no offense is meant for those that support the TLM, in any way. But, please read the post carefully, and try to avoid personal attacks, even if you do not like the writer, it will be a more powerful message.

    The basic concern in raising issues is that the record is a very sorry one with a good number of bishops and priests that have tried to “sully” the TLM since Summorum Pontificum. They “demand”, in various ways, that the TLM in their jurisdiction be subject to requirements applicable to the Novus Ordo, i.e. that: (1) they can use altar girls, (2) they can give communion in hand, (3) they can give communion standing, (4) they insist that “Eucharistic Ministers” assist in giving out communion, and the like. Not that you do these things, but many, many bishops have tried to do so.

    Thank you for doing a wonderful thing by assisting to organize a TLM for this great pro-life event. But, please do not take such offense for a subject — the misuse of the TLM — that has become very common. Happily you do not do this, but be a warriro to be sure that many others do not.

    As to the SAT issue, there will be more later. Thanks for your efforts on behalf of the TLM.

  10. St. Christopher says:

    “Gwen Linde” (Part II): No, not “gutless”, hopefully, although likely in error about the SAT mass issues (although there is debate).

    First, the post did not say that a Catholic, generally, could not fulfill its obligation to hear Mass on SUN, by attending Mass on SAT. This has clearly been permitted since around 1970. See, Canon 1248(1): “A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.”

    The confusion, and the fault lies here, is that, with Summorum Pontificum and its instruction, Universae Ecclesiae, there is some confusion over what is applicable to the EF Mass and what is not, from standard Church requirements. Two sections seems in contradiction: Para. 27 “With regard to the disciplinary norms connected to celebration, the ecclesiastical discipline contained in the Code of Canon Law of 1983 applies.

    Para. 28 is different: “Furthermore, by virtue of its character of special law, within its own area, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum derogates from those provisions of law, connected with the sacred Rites, promulgated from 1962 onwards and incompatible with the rubrics of the liturgical books in effect in 1962.”

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