The Crusada Guadalupana in the Archdiocese of San Francisco will be held virtually on Dec. 5, an act of faith and hope in the virgin of Guadalupe, for survivors of Covid-19 and for an end to the pandemic, said the founders of the annual veneration, Pedro García and his wife Marta García.
“The Virgin cannot be without her party,” Marta García said.
“For us it is very important not to miss this date to venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe and ask God for everything that is happening with the pandemic,” she said. “So, this idea came to us to do the crusade virtually even though it is a challenge for us because of the technology.”
The Guadalupana Crusade was an inspiration of Pedro García, who first organized the pilgrimage in 1993 to ask Mary’s intercession for immigrants and their legal status in the United States.
Since then, each year on the Saturday before the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is Dec. 12. 2020, the pilgrims walk 12 miles from All Souls Church in South San Francisco to St. Mary´s Cathedral in San Francisco….
This year’s pilgrimage will be held Dec. 5 with the same program as previous years but with participation through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
The day begins at 8 a.m. with a video welcome message recorded in All Souls Church from pastor Father Kazimierz Abrahamczyk and a blessing by retired Auxiliary Bishop William Justice, who opened the doors to the first crusade when he was the pastor at All Souls….
The crusade will end with a livestreamed Mass at 2 p.m. at the cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Participants in the virtual pilgrimage will include a Covid-19 survivor, Mario Ayer, a longtime volunteer at the annual event.
Ayer, 53, knew he had Covid-19 when he went to Seton Hospital in Daly City on Aug. 21. Before leaving his home he stopped in front of a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the living room of his house and he told her, “I am in your hands, mother. You will know if you bring me back home again.”
In the hospital, his health worsened.
“Only a nurse, who went to Mass and prayed the rosary for me, had faith that I was going to live,” Ayer said. “I was so sick that I even saw my father-in-law who died three years ago, but I abandoned myself to the virgin of Guadalupe.”
This year, although there will be no pilgrimage in the streets, Ayer will walk from All Souls Church in South San Francisco to the cathedral as a sacrifice to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The above comes from a Nov. 11 story in Catholic San Francisco.