On Saturday, October 13, thousands of Catholics celebrated the second annual San Francisco Rosary Crusade. The crusade was on the same day as archdiocesan Hispanic Day, which allowed each event to strengthen and flavor the other. The unified Hispanic Day/rosary crusade was the first public expression in the archdiocese of San Francisco marking the Holy Father’s 2012-2013 Year of Faith.
Catholics began arriving at St. Mary’s cathedral at 9:00 a.m., before the 9:30 a.m. Spanish-language Mass. The presider was Auxiliary Bishop William Justice, who was joined by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and 14 priests from the archdiocese. The cathedral was nearly as full as at the archbishop’s October 4 installation.
Many religious were in attendance, including the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, the Little Sisters of the Poor and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Seminarians (Dominican as well as from St. Patrick’s Seminary) were there. As the priests and bishops processed in, members of the faithful linked arms, creating a pathway for the clergy as they walked to the sanctuary.
After the Mass had ended, Father Moisés Agudo, vicar for Spanish speaking of the archdiocese, identified and thanked the members of parishes in attendance and organizations which had helped with the event.
Archbishop Cordileone then spoke to the people in Spanish, and received thunderous applause. Father Agudo announced the beginning of the Rosary procession, closing with the words “Viva Virgen de Roasario!” and “Vive Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe” to which the congregation roared back “Viva”!
Following the Mass, the Marian procession began its journey to U.N. Plaza, where the rosary rally was to be held. The procession was led by Dominican seminarians and laymen, carrying a flower-covered bier with a statue of Our Lady. The procession, which stretched for at least two city blocks, was accompanied by a sound truck from which a man recited the rosary in Spanish. As the procession reached the corner of Hyde and McAllister streets it was met by members of the Knights of Columbus, who escorted the faithful to the entrance of the plaza.
A second group of the faithful, already at U.N. Plaza, began praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in English, as they greeted their brothers and sisters in Christ. The procession paused until the Sorrowful Mysteries were finished, then entered the plaza, and the actual rally began.
Father Lawrence Goode, chaplain of the Legion of Mary, served as master of ceremonies. Father Goode began by noting that the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization was also the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II. He said he had heard people ask “why was there not a second Pentecost” following the council. Father Goode said that people seem to still be “waiting for the second shoe to drop.” He quoted the angel’s words to the apostles: “Men of Galilee, why are you looking at the sky?” and said, “maybe that second shoe is us.”
Led by priests of the archdiocese, the faithful recited the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary. Following the rosary, Bishop Justice celebrated the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics knelt on the hard stone, as the odor of incense wafted over the plaza—an unusual aroma for that particular location.
Father Agudo (in Spanish) and Father Mark Mary co-host of EWTN’s ‘Life on the Rock” gave keynote speeches. To illustrate the power of the rosary Father Mark Mary related the story of Blessed Bartolo Longo, a 19th century Italian from a devout family. As a young man, Longo drifted from the faith into occultism. By some accounts he was even at one time a Satanic “priest.” But none of this brought him any joy. Finally, he went to confession to a Dominican priest, Father Alberto Radente, who told him “If you seek salvation, promulgate the rosary. This is Mary’s own promise.” After more trials, Longo was converted and spent the rest of his life spreading devotion to the rosary. When he was beatified by John Paul II on October 26 1980 the Holy Father called him the “Apostle of the Rosary.
The final speaker was Monsignor James Tarantino, chancellor of the archdiocese. He thanked the attendees and, like Father Goode, Father Agudo, and Father Mark Mary, stressed the New Evangelization. He closed the rally with the fiery words: “Heaven demands that WE do it! Heaven demands a voice! You are that voice!”
This is wonderful.
Pray the Rosary.
Read the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition” as instructed by Pope Benedict.
Spread the Faith.
The CCC is available in many languages.
This is powerful stuff. I got goosebumps just reading about this incredible day. Let’s keep praying for the Holy Spirit to continue His leading in San Francisco. Let all Catholics unite. May our Lord and Savior continue to create a hunger and thirst for truth and righteousness in His people. We must speak out and be out in the world. This is crucial. Literally. People might be offended, but at least you’ve done your part to promote the Word…if they never hear the truth, they may die in ignorance that only Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. How many times have we been silent when we should have spoken, afraid to sound preachy or sanctimonious. An old school friend died recently, and as far as I know, she died angry against religion and God. Afraid of incurring her anger, I always kept silent, and now it is too late. We can always rationalize and say ‘Well, they’ll hear it somewhere else. We can’t know what is going on in that person’s heart” etc. Well, I think that is a lie of satan. I think we can have a pretty good idea or Jesus wouldn’t have said that many will be lost. What have we got to lose? I think we all know the answer to that question.
Many of us have been asked by enthusiastic protestants: “are you saved”. Well the other day while in prayer I thought of a great answer, and here it is: “right now I am in the state of Sanctifying Grace, so if I died now, I am saved; however if I die outside of that state I am lost and until I die, I can always fall from that state. That is why St. Paul stated that he was working his salvation out in trembling and fear”. You might even add, if you can, that you received Him that morning.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
wow, now i understgand why so many people on this blog consstantly attack our city of san francisco for being so awful!
yes, we are just horrible people here, with no faith.
we’re just a bunch of godless heathens, so thanks for telling us this very thingg over and over and over gain.
now time for a big group hug, led by my old buddy, the evercheerful JLS!:)
Oh no max, now you brought up JLS….JLS max has an issue with you…an issue with the rest of us….yes SF is still awful to me max, so whatcha gonna do about it? Go out and do something about it bud!
Most of you are still Godless heathens.
This is a beggining to change all that.
‘you’ are godless heathens?
well, isn’t THAT special.
do you have some heathen-finding-geiger-counter decide who’s who?
I never have, max. There is so much beauty there, and Ignatius Press, and
lots of good people! You and Thomas Miles, for example. Well, I might have said it is a very cold city (snobby) and I would never want to live there simply because I’m not sophisticated enough, but I’ve never been so rude to say you’re pagans. It’s nice you’re loyal to your city. But I must say, there have been grumblings about the sleezy nudity there, and I’ve heard people say they’re not going to visit there anymore. If they want middle class tourists with their ready money to keep coming back, they’d better do something about unsanitary bottoms perched on table tops, and maybe rein in the s&m parades with all that entails though. ;o)
I fail to comprehend why anyone would want to live in a city. But I’m glad they do so that I do not have to.
JLS, old bud, they are naming a street here in s.f. after you:
“just living saintly.”
the grammar may not be perfect, but the sentiments are pretty cool.
as for those nude idiots in the castor and such, they should move to minnesota during theiwnter and try THAT nonsense — they’d guive up their vulgar displays lickity=split!!!!!!
No matter how sinful a city may be, there will probably always be some who are faitful to Him. You know that mine and many others comments are directed to the FACT that Sad Francisco has become a cesspool of Sodomy! The Bishops of that city need our prayers.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
max, I oppose your “big group hug” with the Sign of the Cross, just like you have to do in vampire movies to stay safe.
Good one JLS! I like that response!
sorry, JLS, i was trying to write “across the world wide web” but whhen i abbrevbiated it it turned into weird hyperlink kind of thing.
max, in 1975, while fresh out of almost a year of 24/7 Gospel living (ala’ evangelical) I then stayed for four weeks in a hotel in the midst of North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, China Town, etc hoping to write and sell a short story (I eventually got it back with a comment that submitting it was a joke, right?) … oh well. The young man a few doors down paid half his rent by selling his blood. The dolt in the next room shouted through the wall that he’d start shooting if I complained about his TV again. Each time I came out of the bathroom I had to go through a FEMA scrubdown. Rent was $20/week. Somehow I left SF with a negative attitude. Later I began to read about the homosexual epidemic, and then thanked God that I survived that place. But I had proved to myself that Jesus in my life was real and I could now (then) handle anything, even such a human dumping ground such as San Francisco. Remember, max, that God removed all righteous men from Sodom before He torched it. I never want to go back to such a place, not even close to it.
JLS, i’m glad you moved to a placde you found better for your soul and peace of mind, but i really, really, really doub t any homosexual epidemic would have turned YOU gay or whatnot.
i’ve lived in several s.f. neighborhoods and love the city, even though at times it’s a bit scary (with agggressive homswelss people demanding cash), a bit stinky (with urine smells and worse), and traffic and all that.
how3ever, i love the fog, the hills, the views, the walking opportu8nities (especially chhinatown and north beach), and that fact that s.f. can NEVER get any bigger becasue it’s surrounded by water.
unlike los angeles, which spread s out like a huge amoeba getting fatter, smoggier, and more annoying…
max, all those cities are being built up … up as in vertical. And they are going to marry SD, Orange County, LA and SF via high speed commuter rail. The entire west coast … uh, left coast will become one meg city.
San Francisco vous lire bible, rejeter le péché et le péché non plus … so there, now I said it but glad for this article…it was uplifting to read….there is still good over there and I don’t doubt it, I just like to give max a hard time. Since he loves our attention..
For those of us who don’t speak French, please translate.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
San Francisco read your bible, reject all sin and sin no more
“San Francisco, lisez votre Bible, rejetez le péché, et ne péchez plus!”
sorry to be so pedantic, ABECA, but youu know from my typing what a perfectionaist i am…he said most humbly… :)
I like that….most humbly part : ))))
The “Queen” is on the move……beautiful, beautiful.
just today learned that father bill young, the pirest who celebrates the TRIDENTINE MASS in the archdiocese of san frnacisco, is moving out of most holy redeemer rectory and into the rectory of saint mary star of the sea in sausalito.
it’s fr. young who celebrates the TLMass in holy rosary chapel in marin county, so this will make his commute easier.
contact the parish in sausalito and ask if fr. young will celebrate a DFAILY latin mass at star of the sea, just like he’s been doing at most holy redeemer…
Actually heaven does not demand a voice….God does not need us, we are the ones who need Him….