The Respect Life Ministry office of the Oakland Diocese “seeks to help East Bay Catholics understand, value and live out the Catholic vision of respect for life” through education, spiritual formation, pastoral care and legislative advocacy“ https://oakdiocese.org/life-justice . Parish Respect Life Contacts serve as the official liaisons between the parish and the diocesan Respect Life Office and work to promote respect life activities in their parishes. The St. Joseph Parish community is always ready to help those in need, with prayer, advocacy and direct service.
Patricia Woods Samuels – St. Joseph Parish Respect Life
Please remember to keep in your prayers all those whose lives are marginalized by abortion. Pray daily for an end to abortion and all acts that destroy human dignity including euthanasia and the death penalty.
Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life. Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood. Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image – as well as theirs – made for eternal life. Dispel their fears and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen
Saint Joseph for Life
Walk for Life West Coast 2022
On January 22, 2022, a group of St. Joseph parishioners attended the 18th annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Our tour bus driver dropped us off at Civic Center Plaza where we had time to share a bag lunch and take a group picture in our “Franciscan brown T-shirts”.
EWTN covered the event: http://EWTN coverage of the Walk for Life West Coast 2022
You can see our parish banner in the top right corner at 2:04:13 in the linked EWTN video.
We listened to the moving testimonies of women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and visited the Info Faire to pick up signs to carry behind our parish banner
The Walk began in the plaza with a blessing followed by a series of speeches. Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. declared the pro-life movement “the civil rights movement of this day.” Los Angeles Silent No More activist Irene Zamorano-Archacki shared her heart- wrenching story of post-abortion healing. Christi Hockel Davenport, a woman with Down syndrome, spoke to the value of every life with the words, “when it comes to loving, people who have Down syndrome are truly exceptional. We are badly needed in this world.”
At 1:30 the crowd moved out of the plaza and on to Market Street for the 2 mile walk to the Embarcadero.