It was a full day for us last Saturday (Jan. 23, 2016), as we started the day getting organized for the Walk For Life Info Faire at Civic Center Plaza. This is what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years before the Walk For Life Program, where we display and distribute materials, flyers, brochures on the Traditional Latin Mass, along with 50 other vendors (ranging from pro-life pregnancy clinics to Diocesan and religious communities). We also volunteered to take photos of our fellow vendors at the Info Faire. We started to pack our display when the program started, which included an impressive line up of speakers such as Obianuju Ekeocha of Culture of Life Africa, Mexican musical superstar and pro-life activist Emmanuel, and also David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (well known for his undercover videos on Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts of aborted babies). Inspite of the rainy weather at the onstart of the Walk (it eventually stopped), it didn’t prevent several thousands of pro-lifers from filling up the streets of downtown San Francisco! It was also edifying to see various Traditional Latin Mass communities (specially the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and this year, the participation of more than 500 people from the Society of St. Pius X, where the Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay was present); walking side by side for the sanctity of life! After the Walk, we proceeded to the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi for a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form that was celebrated by Fr. Anthony M., OFM Conv., with assistance of Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP, and Fr. Ashley Perry from St. Stephen’s. Music was provided by the St Ann Choir of Palo Alto and directed by Prof. William Mahrt. We will be uploading shortly the video of Fr. Anthony’s sermon.
In the meantime, below are some of the photos we took. Photos can be downloaded and shared, though we are only requesting photo credits to go to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. More photos can be viewed at our smugmug photo gallery. Click here for the photo albums of the Info Faire, Walk For Life Program, and Solemn High Mass. But be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s walk, which will take place on January 21, 2017!
Info Faire Tent. There were two rows of tents setup across the Civic Center Plaza for various organizations.
The Gabriel Project, one of our booth neighbors, a parish-based ministry for pregnant mothers in need.
Our booth!! Filled with leaflets, flyers, brochures on the Traditional Latin Mass, plus a few sweets given out to everyone passing by!
Our chaplain, Reverend Canon Olivier Meney, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS, ICSKP)
Daughters of Mary, Mother of Priests
Seminarians from the Diocese of San Jose
Our friends at the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) apostolate parish of St. Stephen’s in Sacramento
One of the multitude pro-life families that went to the Walk!
Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV and the Sisters of Life receiving the St. Gianna Molla Award from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
His Excellency, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X
Reverend Canon Raphael Ueda (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest) leading the rosary
Lay faithful from the Institute of Christ the King Apostolates of St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, CA) and the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (San Jose, CA)
Parishioners from Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco
A light moment with Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. near the end of the Walk
Seminarians from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park
With Fr. Zachary Akers, F.S.S.P.
Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi following the Walk
Elevation of the Host
Elevation of the Chalice
Ecce Agnus Dei…
Fr. Zachary Akers, F.S.S.P., Fr. Anthony M., OFM Conv. and Fr. Ashley Perry