|January 6, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 1 • Oakland, CA|
| Two days of pro-life events scheduled Jan. 24, 25
Two days of pro-life events are planned at the end of January, with speakers and activists of national stature appearing at marches and events in Oakland and San Francisco.
Scheduled speakers will include Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, and founder of BlackGenocide.org; the Rev. Bruce Rivers, leader of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church's Western Mission outreach; and the Rev. Walter Moss, pastor of the Foursquare Church in Canton, Ohio.
"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," according to the event's mission statement.
After the speeches at the plaza, a short walk through the streets of downtown Oakland is planned.
Later in the day, the Conversation4Life dinner will be held at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland. Scheduled speakers include Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life; Star Parker, founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education; Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood employee who has become an anti-abortion activist; Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More; Jeff White, leader of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust; and Cecilia Chavez, a member of Holy Innocents Parish in Long Beach; and Childress.
Seating at the 6 p.m. dinner, which will benefit Issues4Life and the Gabriel Project, is limited. Tickets, at $40 for adults and $20 for students, are available at http://issues4life.ticketleap.com/conversations4life.
St. Margaret Mary Church is located at 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland.
The next day, Jan. 25, the West Coast Walk for Life takes to the streets of San Francisco for its 10th annual march. Walk organizers say 15 Catholic bishops will attend this year's event, which begins with a 12:30 p.m. rally in Civic Center Plaza.
Rally speakers are scheduled to include actress Shari Rigby; Grace Dulaney, founder of Agnus Dei Foundation/Lamb of God Ranch, a home for women who are choosing to place their unborn children with adoptive parents; Monica Snyder, a representative of Secular Pro-Life; and Childress.
Other activities include a 10:45 a.m. presentation by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. At 5 p.m. at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St., a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by Friar Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv., rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nevada. Saint Anne's Choir of Palo Alto, directed by Professor William Mahrt, will accompany.
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