Walk for Life West Coast affirms dignity of life and support for women

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On San Francisco’s Embarcadero, young women lead the 6th annual Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 23. The event, which drew an estimated 35,000 participants despite rain showers, marks the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision making abortion legal.

Walk for Life West Coast affirms dignity of life and support for women Thousands of people gathered in San Francisco Jan. 23 for the 6th annual Walk for Life West Coast, a pro-life rally and walk that took place this year beneath grey clouds and intermittent rain. The cold and damp weather didn’t seem to hamper attendance or enthusiasm. Organizers of the pro-life event estimated there were more than 35,000 people present. The long line of people in the walk included teenagers and young people, parents with strollers, college students, seminarians, and Catholic parishioners

promote assisted suicide, Pro-Choice organizations, Planned Parenthood. It is also true, however, that we have disagreement, misunderstanding and opposition from among our own spiritual relatives, the family of believers within the Catholic Church, what we may call ‘the household of the faith.’ Of particular concern are Catholics in public life who take prochoice positions and vote for pro-choice legislation.” At the Walk for Life rally held later the same morning at a plaza on the San

from the San Francisco Bay Area, northern California and beyond, as well members of evangelical and other Christian denominations. At an early morning, pre-walk Mass Jan. 23, at an overflowing St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Archbishop George H. Niederauer said in his homily, “we seek to witness in our time and place to the unique and priceless value of each human life, at every stage of life. In the pro-life cause we have recognizable opponents: Abortionists, those who

Francisco Embarcadero, walk participants gathered and heard from pro-life activists. Frank Lee, coordinator of Asian Americans Pro-Life, led the rally in a prayer, saying: “Every life is precious and should be cherished. We have a tough battle in front of us, but we shall overcome when we combine our efforts to make it a perfect whole!” Students from San Francisco high schools and from Stanford, UC-Berkeley, WALK FOR LIFE WEST, page 11

Christians must unite in bringing Gospel values to world, pope says ROME (CNS) – Divided Christians can and must be united in meeting the modern challenges of secularization, threats to human life, environmental destruction, war and injustice, Pope Benedict XVI said. “It is precisely the desire to proclaim Christ to others and bring the world his message of reconciliation that makes one experience the contradiction of Christian divisions,” the pope said Jan. 25 as he closed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Leaders of Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant communities in Rome joined the pope for the annual prayer service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the

Walls, offering prayers and proclaiming the readings. The Week of Prayer 2010 focused on the common Christian vocation to witness to Christ in the world. When the modern ecumenical movement was launched, the pope said, it started with a conference of missionaries from different denominations who gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910 to reflect on ways to promote Christian unity in order to preach the Gospel more effectively. The obvious question, he said, was: “How, in fact, can unbelievers accept the proclamation of the Gospel if Christians, while all referring to the same Christ, are in disagreement among themselves?” POPE SAYS UNITE, page 5


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Our Lady of Loretto fourth grade basketball team and leadership. Back from left: Greg `Gus’ Martin, Rich Brown; and head coach, Tom Lauchenauer. Middle from left: Griffin Wright, Peter Brown, Matthew Lauchenauer, Justin Simonetti. Front from left: Vinny Martin, Mitchell Timberman, Caden Franceschini, Christian Seaman-Pedersen, Nick Hartshorn, Cole McCue.

Where You Live By Tom Burke Congrats to fourth graders from Novato’s Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School who took first place in their group in the annual Flame Tournament, a winter tourney open to all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and sponsored by the San Francisco Fire Department for more than 40 years. More than 100 teams took part SF firefighter, Rich Brown, told me – 32 at the fourth grade level alone. Rich and his wife, Bernadette, are the proud folks of Peter, a member of the fourth grade OLL championship team, Katie, an OLL third grader, and Michael, who is in kindergarten there. Thanks to Anne Martin for getting us the good news. Anne and her husband, Greg, also known as Gus, are proud parents of Vinny, a fourth grade championship team member, and Marco, an eighth grader at OLL…. Now serving in the Boys Scouts top rank of Eagle Scout is Patrick Francis Dunleavy, a graduate of Junipero Serra High School and now a freshman at UC Davis. Mighty proud are his parents, Fran and Brian, brother, Chris, and granddads, Pat Dunleavy and Frank Cianciolo, who became an Eagle Scout in 1945. The family parish is South San Francisco’s Mater Dolorosa. “Both Frank and my dad were founding members of Mater

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Interfaith remembrance for abortion victims

‘We are called to witness to truth’ Archbishop Niederauer says The following is an excerpt from Archbishop George Niederauer’s reflection at an Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims of abortion Jan 22 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. (See www.catholic-sf.org and www.sfarchdiocese.org for full text.) As in the story [Luke 20:9-26] of the tenant farmers and the vineyard, the sins of pride and selfishness have led us to behave as if we are the absolute masters of human life, as if we have no accountability to anyone beyond ourselves, as if we have the right to do violence to human life when it suits our purposes. Nevertheless, God still sends his servants, the prophets among us, to call us back to respect for, to accountability for, the precious gift of human life. We are called to witness to the truth about the gift of human life, and to stand together with the modern prophets as they speak truth to the powers of this world. We give this witness when we oppose abortion and assisted suicide, as well as the laws, organizations and individuals who promote them. However, as we witness to the precious value of human life, we may not resort to the tactics of those who oppose us. In this parable of Jesus, the servants who represent the owner of the vineyard suffer the violence of the farmers, but we are not told that they responded in kind. In our time, many do violate human life violently, but we are not therefore entitled to speak or act with violence. Nor may we become self-righteous, judging ourselves to be better, holier, more virtuous, or more pleasing to God than others are. Indeed, we are not to judge ourselves or them—period. As St. Paul teaches, we leave the judging of persons to God. Serving the truth does not exempt us from serving humbly.





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The 23rd annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Abortion Victims was held Jan. 22 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco. The service included reflections by Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles, above, representing Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, and Archbishop George H. Niederauer. Martin and Carole Kilgariff, left, of the Serra Club in San Francisco participated in the Offering of Roses. In the offering, representatives of more than 40 pro-life groups brought roses in remembrance of the more than 1.5 million babies aborted each year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision. Marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as well as the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the service was organized by the Interfaith Committee for Life.

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VATICAN CITY – Jews and Catholics believe that in order to be ethically legitimate any action that has an effect on the earth, on animals and especially on human life must recognize that God is the creator of all, said members of an important dialogue. Members of the dialogue commission sponsored by the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel met at the Vatican Jan. 17-20 to discuss Catholic and Jewish teaching on creation and on the environment. In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, the commission said there is a tension between “secular environmentalist movements and religious perspectives” on ecology, because Christians and Jews follow biblical teaching that gives human beings a special place and a special responsibility for the rest of creation. They said the Bible “views nature as being endowed with sanctity that flows from the Creator,” but it also asserts that God made human beings “the summit of his inherently good creation” and gave them stewardship over the earth. In order to intervene ethically in the natural order, they said, people must recognize the limits of “the power of science and its claim to absoluteness,” and act in a way that expresses solidarity with present and future generations. “Not everything that is technically feasible is morally acceptable. It is this consciousness that ensures that every aspect of human advancement promotes the wellbeing of future generations and sanctifies the Divine Name, just as its absence leads to destructive consequences for humanity and (the) environment and profanes the Divine Name,” the statement said. The dialogue members said scientists and governments should seek ethical guidance from religious leaders before taking any action that would change nature.

Bishops urge Congress to set aside partisanship for genuine health reform WASHINGTON – Three leading U.S. bishops called on members of Congress Jan. 26 to “set aside partisan divisions and special-interest pressures” to achieve genuine health reform. “The health care debate, with all its political and ideological conflict, seems to have lost its central moral focus and policy priority, which is to ensure that affordable,

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quality, life-giving care is available to all,” said a letter signed by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Bishops William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and John C. Wester of Salt Lake City. The three chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees on Pro-Life Activities, on Domestic Justice and Human Development and on Migration, respectively. In the two-and-a-half-page letter, the USCCB leaders outlined their “fundamental principles” for health care reform, saying it must: “Protect human life and dignity, not threaten them;” “Respect the consciences of providers, taxpayers and others, not violate them;” “Be truly universal and ... not be denied to those in need because of their condition, age, where they come from or when they arrive here;” and Restrain costs and apply them “equitably across the spectrum of payers.” The bishops said, “Although political contexts have changed, the moral and policy failure that leaves tens of millions of our sisters and brothers without access to health care still remains.”

Poll: More Americans, especially young people, say abortion wrong NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and released Jan. 21 said that a majority of Americans called abortion “morally wrong.” Americans in all age groups made that judgment in the poll, conducted by Marist College. The Knights paid the greatest attention in an announcement of the poll results to the “millennial” age group, those ages 18-29, because they were intentionally oversampled in the survey. Of the 2,243 Americans polled, 1,006 of them were millennial. And 58 percent of the millennials called abortion morally wrong. Bilingual Staff Information and Referrals ● Care Coordination

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More than 60 percent of seniors ages 65 and up called abortion morally wrong, as did 60 percent of those from Generation X (ages 30-44) and 51 percent of baby boomers (ages 45-64). By comparison, 19 percent of all those polled – and 20 percent of the millennials – said abortion was “morally acceptable.”

March for Life participants urged to keep up their efforts WASHINGTON – Despite overcast skies, the mood at the Jan. 22 annual March for Life in the nation’s capital was decidedly upbeat as speakers urged persistent efforts in the pro-life arena. Several speakers told the tens of thousands on the National Mall that they were now in the majority and would continue to make inroads in society and in government policies. Although the rally’s opening prayer asked God to grant participants “the courage to be a voice for the voiceless,” this group hardly seemed to be lacking bravery. They showed stamina by simply showing up in vast numbers – many as repeat marchers – despite calls for sleet and freezing rain, which never materialized. The relatively subdued crowd cheered enthusiastically when speakers stressed that abortion should never have been part of health care reform legislation before Congress or when speakers criticized President Barack Obama’s support for legal abortion. Nellie Gray, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund – the group that organizes the march – told participants that their presence at the 37th annual march represented a “whole new surge” for the pro-life movement to not only continue to educate government officials about the immorality of abortion but to also show a united front. – Catholic News Service

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Dominicans tap into established Haitian networks to funnel aid A woman bathes her children in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 25. The government said more than a million people were left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) – A Dominican who coordinates overland relief missions into Haiti says that an ability to tap established church and community networks there has allowed Catholic aid agencies from the Dominican Republic to effectively deliver relief to those left homeless and hungry by the Jan. 12 earthquake that flattened large parts of Port-au-Prince. Rafael Jimenez, social program coordinator for Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Services, said convoys of at least three large trucks carry relief materials, collected from parishes and social groups around the Dominican Republic, every other day to Port-au-Prince, where the food, water and medicine – among other things – are quickly distributed. In comparison, Jimenez says that many of the relief materials sent from far-away countries to Haiti have been stuck at the airport and docks due to poor infrastructure and a lack of established networks in Port-au-Prince. “The people in the communities (needing help) are the ones doing the work. They themselves are doing the organizing,” Jimenez told Catholic News Service after returning from Port-au-Prince Jan. 24. Even with aid being delivered more freely, “there’s still a lot of hunger,” he said. Reports of violence in Port-au-Prince have been common, but Jimenez said the situation has improved for those importing relief materials from the Dominican Republic due to security being beefed up on the main highway and trucks being sent in convoys.

The effective overland deliveries highlighted some of the small successes in the efforts of Dominicans to help their western neighbors – with whom relations have, at times, not been cordial. It also highlighted the difficulties for the international community in responding to a tragedy that the Haitian government says has claimed more than 150,000 lives and left 3 million injured or homeless. Tom Price, senior communications manager for the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services, told Catholic News Service Jan. 25 the agency uses the overland route from the Dominican Republic for lighter materials, such as plastic sheeting for temporary shelter and boxed meals for distribu-

tion at parishes. He said the agency sends two cargo trucks a day across the border from the Dominican Republic. For efficiency, larger shipments of food and shelter to tent communities are funneled through Port-auPrince, Price said. Rescue efforts in Port-au-Prince – which was rocked by the magnitude 7 earthquake – have been called off and efforts are now focused on tending to survivors. The Haitian government unveiled plans for tent cities to house the homeless. Many of the homeless have started leaving the capital in search of other opportunities, however. “There’s a strong outflow of people toward other parts of Haiti,” said Jesuit Father Regino Martinez, director of the Jesuit immigrant aid group, Border Solidarity, in the border town of Dajabon, Dominican Republic. “Port-au-Prince has nothing to offer people.” Father Martinez said Haitians were still crossing the border, although in slightly smaller numbers, in search of medical attention and to also purchase basic necessities at a twice-weekly market. The Haitians crossing into the Dominican Republic were, for the most part, not planning to stay permanently, said Catholic groups operating in the area. “There’s not a massive displacement of Haitians toward the Dominican Republic,” said Wilma Duval Orozco, Caritas director in the Dominican Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana. “There are some cases (of people coming to stay) ... but these have been isolated cases so far.” (CNS PHOTO/ELIANA APONTE, REUTERS)

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Rebuilding Haiti church infrastructure to take years, says U.S. bishop WASHINGTON (CNS) – Replacing and repairing the infrastructure of the church in Haiti will take years, according to Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of San Antonio, head of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America. Citing significant losses in both personnel and buildings, Archbishop Gomez said, “The beleaguered church in Haiti will remain a primary focus of our work in the months and years to come” within the committee. Special collections for Haitian earthquake relief were taken up in most U.S. dioceses the two weekends after the Jan. 12 quake that claimed an estimated 200,000 lives.

In a Jan. 22 letter to his fellow U.S. bishops, Archbishop Gomez listed some of the damage done to the church in the impoverished Caribbean nation, including total destruction of the cathedrals in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel as well as the destruction of “at least five” other major churches, many smaller church buildings, two major seminaries, many convents and schools, and a Catholic radio station. Moreover, the archbishop said, “the reported tragic loss of so many priests, sisters, seminarians and laity is irreplaceable.” The bishops’ annual Collection for the Church in Latin

America was taken up the weekend of Jan. 23-24 in many diocese but other dioceses will hold the collection over the next few weekends in most U.S. dioceses. “It goes without saying that after the immediate humanitarian response begins to take hold, equipping the local church in Haiti will be a significant and long-term project,” said Archbishop Gomez. In a Jan. 21 letter to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of CapHaitien, president of the Haitian bishops, his U.S. counterpart, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, expressed “profound sorrow and deepest condolences for the terrible tragedy that has struck your beloved country.”

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(and) trust in the transforming action of the Spirit.” “While we are on the path toward full communion, we are called to offer a common witness in the face of the increasingly complex challenges of our time, such as secularization and indifference, relativism and hedonism, delicate ethical themes regarding the beginning and end of life, the limits of science and technology and dialogue with other religious traditions,” he said. The pope told the Christian leaders that they also must work more closely on “safeguarding creation, the promotion of the common good and peace, the defense of the centrality of the human person (and) the commitment to defeating the

miseries of our time, such as hunger, poverty, illiteracy and the unequal distribution of goods.” Pope Benedict said working for Christian unity is not a specialty to which a few individuals or a few churches are called, but rather it is part of fulfilling Christ’s will for all those who follow him.

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Unity is “a particularly important condition for greater credibility and effectiveness,” the pope said. Unfortunately, Christians still are divided on important issues of dogma, doctrine and church discipline, which must be overcome through prayer and theological dialogue, he said. At the same time, the pope said, Christians already can proclaim together “the fatherhood of God, Christ’s victory over sin and death through his cross and resurrection

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Imperfect workers in an urgent and just cause This morning you get to listen in on an Archbishop’s temptation – well, really a preacher’s temptation. The voice of the tempter sounds like this in my ear: “These two readings are not really good for today. This is the special Mass in the Cathedral before our annual Walk for Life. Yes, it’s true, the Church did choose these two readings for Saturday of the Second Week of the Year, but you can substitute some others – that’s allowed. Just look at the second reading: two verses from Mark’s Gospel (Mk 3:20-21) telling us that a crowd surrounded Jesus and that some of his relatives came to drag him home because they thought he was clearly out of his mind. You can do better than that! Pick something else.” That’s the voice of the tempter. And, it is tempting, but “no.” Remember what St. Paul wrote to Timothy: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent for every good work.” Our problem with this reading may not be that it is so brief, but that it is so uncomfortable, painful and embarrassing. The relatives of Jesus were wrong about him; he was not insane or possessed by a demon. Indeed, they used the same language about him that the Scribes and Pharisees, his enemies, were using. As a matter of fact, in the very next verses after these in the third chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon. On the contrary, it is our faith that Jesus Christ was sent by the Father, led by the Holy Spirit, and was carrying out his mission to preach, proclaim and establish the kingdom. So the relatives were wrong, but it is still important to understand them. Why did they say and do what they did? First of all, the relatives of Jesus were looking at a hectic scene: people were jammed into the little house, shouting and making demands of the Teacher. It was not possible even to eat, Mark tells us. Nothing was normal or usual. Besides, Jesus had given up a good trade, carpentry, to become an itinerant preacher. Also, his family could tell that he was headed on a collision course with the Scribes and Pharisees, the people with power and influence, and that he would lose his struggle with them. He did eventually lose it, as the world sees things. His relations watched Jesus leave his home, his village and his neighbors, and start out with what one commentator has called his “odd little society” of very diverse followers. That’s what they saw and that’s what they thought.

In Matthew’s Gospel, in the tenth chapter, Jesus tells his disciples that they will face persecution when they proclaim his kingdom and his way. He adds these words: “One’s enemies will be those of his own household.” It seems very likely that at least one example he had in mind involved him and his own relatives. Why bother with all this? Because this story of Jesus, his ministry and his family is in some ways our story too, as we seek to witness in our time and place to the unique and priceless value of each human life, at every stage of life. In the Pro-life cause we have recognizable opponents: Abortionists, those who promote assisted suicide, ProChoice organizations, Planned Parenthood. It is also true, however, that we have disagreement, misunderstanding and opposition from among our own spiritual relatives, the family of believers within the Catholic Church, what we may call “the household of the faith.” Of particular concern are Catholics in public life who take Pro-Choice positions and vote for Pro-Choice legislation. Like those relatives of the Lord, some of our brothers and sisters in the faith urge us not to witness to the value of human life, not to call for its protection. For example, they will advise us not to plan a Walk for Life. It’s acceptable if we will read a book about the issues, or perhaps gather in small groups for prayer, but above all we must not make a fuss. We are told that we are engaged in “a losing battle.” We don’t believe that, but it can look that way at times. Actually, time is on our side, and so are the sonograms. And lately, so are the polls. We are imperfect workers in an urgent and just cause. Not everything that all of us say and do is always wise, just because the cause is so right. Remember the story of the disciples James and John, the Sons of Thunder as Jesus called them. In the ninth chapter of Luke’s Gospel the people in a Samaritan village would not welcome Jesus, so the brothers James and John asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Luke says, “Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.” Self-righteousness and condemnation of others are dangerous temptations for us disciples. It is not for us to decide that we are holier or better or more pleasing to God than others are. Embracing the truth does not exempt us from embracing humility. We zealously struggle against falsehood and violence, but the judgment of persons belongs to God. I taught English in college, and in one course we read

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Praise for valuable ‘teaching moment’ The Archbishop’s Journal (CSF, Jan 15), entitled “Free Will, Conscience and Moral Character,” used Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statements regarding free will and abortion as a valuable “teaching moment.” Speaker Pelosi’s “difference of opinion” with well established Catholic teaching reflects perfectly the relativistic and materialistic, political thought that pervades Washington, D.C. Pelosi and others say that the vast majority of people support the proposed health care reform legislation, when current polls show exactly the opposite. She says that the exercise of free will obviates the need to listen to Church doctrine. The Archbishop’s message however, is not directed solely at Speaker Pelosi. In

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our current high speed world, we are all polluted with lazy and careless thought. His injunction that “the education of conscience is a life-long task” is directed to all and each of us. As Catholics we have a responsibility not only to know the teachings of our Church but to think and pray on them; to understand and assimilate them; and to act in accordance with them. This is an ongoing part of our life-long journey. Nick Scales San Francisco

Clarity, beauty of thought cited Regarding “Free will, Conscience and Moral Choice, What Catholics Believe” – published in the Jan 15 issue of Catholic San Francisco, please convey my heartfelt thanks to San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer for such clarity and beauty of thought. I will see to it that our Catechists and Faith Formation coordinators have this article in their hands as well as our parishioners and the visitors that come to St. Joseph Church in downtown San Antonio. Father Mario Marzocchi, S.S.S. San Antonio, TX

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Robert Bolt’s play about Saint Thomas More, “A Man for All Seasons.” There’s a fascinating difference between the play itself and the film that was made later. At the end of the film, Thomas More is executed, we Archbishop are told what later George H. happened to several other characters, and Niederauer then the credits roll. It was fairly easy to leave the movie identifying with the hero-saint. In the original play, but not in the film, there was a character known as “the common man.” The same actor played Thomas More’s servant, then a boatman, later a prison guard in the Tower of London, and finally the executioner. At the end of the play, after the saint was beheaded, that actor stepped to the front of the stage and addressed us in the audience directly. He said: “I’m breathing. Are you breathing too? It’s nice, isn’t it? It isn’t difficult to keep alive, friends. Just don’t make trouble – or if you must make trouble, make the sort of trouble that’s expected. Well, I don’t need to tell you that. If we should bump into one another, recognize me.” Curtain. No chance of identifying with the saint in that moment. In our Walk for Life one could say that we do make trouble, or make waves, or whatever you want to call it. And in a way it’s not the kind of trouble that is expected – or tolerated – or easily shrugged off or ignored. Witness and prophecy trouble people. Indeed, they are meant to. We pray at this Eucharist that we shall witness to the truth in charity, as Pope Benedict’s encyclical challenges us to do. It is not enough merely to keep breathing – with our breath and our life we must witness to the Word made flesh, the Lord of all Life, Our Savior Jesus Christ. We walk today to celebrate life, to save lives, to do more than just keep on breathing, so that generations of children will draw the breath of life. Archbishop George H. Niederauer delivered the homily above at the Walk for Life West Coast Mass, Jan. 23, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

Journal, “Free Will, Conscience, and Moral Choice.” I was sorry to see that there was no example given on the Church’s position regarding capital punishment. While I do know that the Catholic position on this matter is perfectly clear, it is used very infrequently especially in conjunction with the abortion issue. This has the appearance of not wanting to “offend” political conservatives, most of whom oppose abortion yet support capital punishment, the use of torture as a means towards an end, and supporting unjust and unnecessary wars such as in Iraq. This ideological dichotomy must be addressed simultaneously at the highest levels of the Church, including the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Vatican. The respect and dignity of human life must be all encompassing and not be given to a piecemeal approach where politicians can pick and choose what might be expedient for their own constituencies. Robert Spadoni Pacific Grove

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remarks highlight the overall exigency that Catholic San Francisco broaden its scope of editorial articles and have a plan for focusing on Catholic social justice teaching by wellqualified authors on a variety of topics. Some examples where education is needed: the death penalty, world-wide water crisis, human trafficking, nuclear disarmament... the list goes on and on. Catholic positions on these topics are magnificent and Catholic San Francisco could be a leader in education! Sister Dolores Barling, SNJM Daly City


Thank you Archbishop Niederauer for your excellent column (Archbishop’s Journal, Jan 15) on free will and formation of conscience. I applaud your participation in clarifying Catholic teaching on key issues that face citizens who are also Catholic. Rosemary Anton Phoenix, AZ

Education is needed I couldn’t agree more with Father William Brown, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Daly City (CSF Letters, Jan. 22) about the need to educate Catholics on our responsibility to protect the environment. His

Deep values, eloquent words Thank you so much for the guest editorial by Bishop John Wester (CSF Jan. 8) entitled “The Truth about Immigrants and Health Care.” It is so good to see our deep values put into such eloquent words. Healing and welcoming the stranger were key parts of Jesus’ ministry, and must be ours as well. Barbara Erbacher Pacifica

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My wife and I read Catholic San Francisco and we have been getting a lot out of reading the column by Father Ron Rolheiser, “Spirituality for Life.” We thought he might like to hear from readers who have appreciated and benefitted from his writings. Is there a way to reach him? If so, would you kindly provide an e-mail address for Father Rolheiser? Glenn and Ann Cohen San Carlos Editor’s note: Father Ron Rolheiser O.M.I. can be contacted at his website www.ronrolheiser.com.

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Amid economic stress, philanthropy plays a growing role in financing Catholic education By Rick DelVecchio Philanthropy is playing a growing role in financing Catholic K-12 schools as donors step up in a harsh economic environment to preserve the Catholic education model for a new generation of children. “This kind of large-scale philanthropy to kids in grade school and high school is part of a new movement,” said Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Educational Association, in an interview with Catholic San Francisco. “It’s gone on for awhile, but it’s taken off around the country.” She said a variety of projects are emerging around the country to support grade schools and high schools, including donor pools such as the Big Shoulder Fund in Chicago and the Crossroads Foundation in Pittsburgh. Ristau said these are examples of “great programs where philanthropists have come together, and they really raise substantial money. The money does two things: It pays for tuition, and once the kids are in these programs, they’re never dropped. Some have mentorships, some help the bricks and mortar part of the school.” The main goal of the Crossroads Foundation is to prepare students for college. Students who qualify are assigned mentors. A similar project is the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Fulcrum Foundation, formed in 2002. It provides financial support for all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle through annual fund-raising and a significantly increased endowment. In Utah’s statewide Diocese of Salt Lake City, the newly created Sponsor a Scholarship project invites donors to contribute directly to the diocesan schools. Envelopes for the collection were distributed to all parishes in December. Donors had the option of designating the school of their choice. Any contributions not directed to individual schools were be pooled to support the most economically needy schools in the diocese.

Praise for “unsung heroes”, and a call to action The average school “gap” – that is the difference between the average tuition and the cost to educate the children is $800 per year per child, says Annette Brown, the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s assistant schools superintendent. In these times, where families are struggling with job loss, home loss and increases in the cost of living, donors who contribute their resources are the lifelines that keep our schools open, she says. Read Brown’s column on Page CS11. Holy Cross Sister Catherine Kamphaus, the Seattle diocese’s schools superintendent, said the contributions will allow the diocese to boost tuition aid at a time when more help is greatly needed. “We’re not losing students as much as we’re losing money, because more people are applying for assistance,” Sister Kamphaus said. Ristau said the growing interest in both foundation and individual support is “just a sign of such goodness from people who truly believe in Catholic education. Truly, because of the kind of money they are giving, they really want to help the next generation of kids.” She attributed much of the generosity to older donors who realize that Catholic schools can’t be taken for granted. In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, funds from archdiocesan, school-based and private endowments and annual donations support thousands of students from financially PHILANTHROPY, page CSW10


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Catholic schools: “Dividends for Life” a Catholic school? What impact has this made By Maureen Huntington in your life and in the growth of your faith? Superintendent, The dividends of a Catholic school eduArchdiocese of San Francisco cation are varied and vast. For each of us Department of Catholic Schools The theme for Catholic Schools Week, 2010, was selected prior to the recent economic crisis in our country. Individuals, families, businesses, and corporations are hoping to recapture some of their lost dividends and regain some measure of financial and economic security. However, when considering a Catholic school education for yourself or your child, what dividends come to mind? Do you think about the academic rigor in the curriculum and in the teaching? Do you remember the devotion to Christ and the Church you witnessed in the Sisters, priests, brothers, and lay teachers? What about all of the financial and material sacrifices you and your parents made so that you or your children could attend

the opportunity to see in action our Catholic faith as it was lived out in the lives of our teachers, pastors and principals, was inspiring and formative. As adults we remember and live the elements of our Catholic faith and in turn pass them along to our children, students, family and friends. The dividends continue to multiply with each generation and within our own lives. The benefits of a Catholic school education continue to enrich us each day. During this week, I ask that you take some time to reflect on the many dividends and blessings you have received because of your Catholic school education. Remember the many teachers, principals, pastors and classmates who formed and nurtured your faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At a glance: Catholic Schools Week 2010, Jan. 31-Feb. 6 • What is Catholic Schools Week? Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America’s young people. Catholic schools are proud of their educational network that emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values in their students. • What is the theme of Catholic Schools Week? The theme is: “Catholic Schools – Dividends for Life: Faith, Knowledge, Discipline, Morals.” • What does Catholic Schools Week celebrate? Catholic Schools Week celebrates education that goes beyond preparation for a secular life ─ it is education that prepares students for a Christian life. CSW also celebrates the high standards of excellence and the quality of the education available to all students

in Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the United States. • What is the purpose of the Catholic Schools Week celebration? The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build community awareness of, and involvement in, Catholic schools throughout the country. During this week, many dioceses and schools encourage parents to take full advantage of the benefits of local Catholic schools by enrolling their children in those schools. CSW also is an occasion for schools to interest citizens in volunteering their time and talents to the local Catholic schools. • Who sponsors Catholic Schools Week? Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Individual dioceses and local Catholic elementary and secondary schools develop and promote their own Catholic Schools Week activities each year.

More than 2 million enrolled: A snapshot of U.S. Catholic education CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Total Catholic school enrollment: 2,192,531 Elementary school enrollment: 1,568,016 Secondary school enrollment: 624,515

Total number of schools: 7,248 Elementary schools: 6,028; Secondary schools: 1,220; Co-educational: 93.6%; Single sex male: 2.6%; Single sex female: 3.8%

Minority students: 643,173 29.3% Non-Catholic: 325,835 14.9%

New schools in 2008/9: 31 New schools in last 5 years: 184

Schools with waiting lists for admission: (29.2%) 2,114 Full-time professional staff: 157,615 Laity: 96.0%; Religious/clergy: 4.0%; Student/teacher ratio: 14:1 Average Tuition Elementary: $3,159; Secondary: $8,182

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Non-parochial school Catholic elementary students: 3,145,424 Non-parochial school Catholic secondary students: 689,552 Number of parishes: 18,890 Directors of Religious Education: 13,000* *Estimate. No studies have been conducted.

SAINT IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREPARATORY SI has a student body rich in diversity (ethnic, socioeconomic, & geographic), drawing from 8 counties. Of 25,000 high schools in the U.S., SI’s AP program ranks in the top 1 percent of these schools. In a classroom of 25 students, nearly all will have made a retreat and 15 will have led a retreat or completed 200 Christian Service hours. SI’s Musical Theater Program is ranked among the best in the Bay Area and more than 1,000 students participate in our comprehensive athletics program. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE AN SI EDUCATION MAKES. San Francisco’s Jesuit School Since 1855 A.M.D.G. ~ For the Greater Glory of God 2001 37th Avenue (415) 731-7500

San Francisco, CA 94116 www.siprep.org


January 29, 2010

Catholic San Francisco


Parent helps motivate school community for Haiti relief Convent and Stuart Hall parent Farah Makras is organizing a relief drive for Haitian earthquake victims. The response has been overwhelming, Makras said. Two warehouses are full – and “you should see my garage,” she said, adding that students at Sacred Heart schools are helping with the effort. Makras is collecting only basic necessities: medical supplies, toiletries, summer clothes. Donors are encouraged to contact her for the time and place to make a dropoff. She can be reached at (415) 516-1799. More information is available on the Web at www.sironacaresblog.com/. Makras got good news last week when she learned from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office that a Coast Guard cutter would ship all the donations she gathers, at no cost. Makras’ involvement with Haiti began before the disasters: a friend, Michelle Lacourciere, started Sirona, an organization that provides agriculture assistance to Haiti.

On her visits to Haiti, Lecourciere was alarmed by the conditions she saw in orphanages. She began to travel to Haiti every six weeks with a suitcase full of supplies. Makras had been scheduled to accompany her friend to Haiti last week, but the disaster canceled the plan. When the earthquake hit, she decided to enlist the larger community in the aid effort. “Everybody’s been so supportive,” said Makras, who has two boys, Tyler and Kameron, at Stuart Hall for Boys and a daughter, Kyla, at Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School. In a blog post last week, Lecourciere wrote: “Almost everyone who donates thanks us for giving them an opportunity to do something. In this economic climate everyone is feeling pinched, and this offer of tangible support for others is very satisfying to people. It’s interesting to note that many, many donations are brand-new items. People are buying things for people in Haiti because that is how they wish to give.”

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Give Your Child a Catholic School Education OPEN HOUSE / TOUR DATES SCHOOL OF EPIPHANY:

1 Mission Dolores School 3371 16th St. San Francisco, 94114 www.missiondolores.org

4 Saint Finn Barr School 419 Hearst Ave. San Francisco, 94112 www.stfinnbarr.org

Principal: Ms. Andreina Gualco School Phone: 415.861.7673 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.861.7620 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Arturo Albano Church Phone: 415.621.8203 3321 16th St., San Francisco, 94114

Principal: Mr. Tom Dooher School Phone: 415.333.1800 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.452.0177 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Jose Corral Church Phone: 415.333.3627 415 Edna St., San Francisco, 94112

2 Saint Anthony-IC School

5 Saint James School

299 Precita Ave. San Francisco, 94110 www.saicsf.org

321 Fair Oaks St. San Francisco, 94110 www.saintjamessf.org

Principal: Mr. Dennis Ruggiero School Phone: 415.648.2008 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.648.1825 E-Mail: [email protected] Administrator: Fr. Garcia Church Phone: 415.647.2704 3215 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco, 94110

Principal: Sister Mary Susanna Vasquez, O.P. School Phone: 415.647.8972 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.647.0166 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Jerome P. Foley Church Phone: 415.824.4232 1068 Guerrero St., San Francisco, 94110

3 Saint Elizabeth School

6 School of the Epiphany

450 Somerset St. San Francisco, 94134 www.stelizabethsf.org Principal: Mrs. Gene Dabdoub School Phone: 415.468.3247 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.468.1804 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Charito Suan Church Phone: 415.468.0820 449 Holyoke St., San Francisco, 94134

600 Italy Ave. San Francisco, 94112 ww.sfepiphany.org/home.html Principal: Mrs. Diane Elkins School Phone: 415.337.4030 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.337.8583 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Eugene D. Tungol Church Phone: 415.333.7630 827 Vienna St., San Francisco, 94112

Tours by appointment. Open House – Jan. 10, 2:30pm

MISSION DOLORES: Open House – Jan. 31, 10 am Mass; Open House 11am - 2pm. Tours by appointment.

ST. ANTHONY–IC: Open House – Jan. 31 after 11am Mass Tours by appointment.

ST. FINN BARR: Open House – Jan. 31, 10am Mass; 11am - 1pm Tour. Tours by appointment

ST. JAMES: Tours by appointment. Open House – Feb. 4, 5 - 7pm.

ST. CHARLES BORROMEO: Open House – Jan. 31, 9:30 am Mass; Open House: 10:30am - 1pm. Tours by appointment.

ST. ELIZABETH: Open House – To be announced

7 Saint Charles Borromeo School 3250 18th Street San Francisco, 94110 www.sfstcharlesschool.org Principal: Mr. Daniel Dean School Phone: 415.861.7652 Grades: K through 8 School Fax: 415.861.0221 E-Mail: [email protected] Pastor: Fr. Moises Agudo Church Phone: 415.824.1700 713 South Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 94110

Maureen Huntington Superintendent of Catholic Schools (415) 614-5660


Catholic San Francisco

January 29, 2010

K-8 students living the Gospel faith St. Raphael Youth from St. Raphael Parish in San Rafael recently prepared 200 bag lunches for the homeless. The goodwill meal was shared through the Marin County St. Vincent de Paul Society. Beth Kabage, youth minister at the parish, said the youngsters spoke about the experience of helping the needy with such basic needs as food and the compassion that should accompany the good work.

Notre Dame Notre Dame Elementary School (Belmont) second graders Angela Martin, Emma Marren, and Athena Gese. Four barrels of food for families in need were gifts from the Thanksgiving Mass at the Dame in November. The food was shared through Second Harvest Food Bank. A toy drive before Christmas helped youngsters at the St. Anthony of Padua Dining Room program in Menlo Park. Students also adopted families through Samaritan House.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School in Belmont planned and led a peer retreat in December. The leadership team for the event included, from left, Mallory Hansen, Amy Smerdel, Alex Adamis, Josef Seemayer, Marisa Pereira, Hannah Nourie, Zoe DiMauro, Liam Young, Frank Lemos, Megan Satyadi and Khiana Ghazouli.

St. James Student Council and eighth graders spearheaded Christmas outreach projects at San Francisco’s St. James Elementary School. Socks for St. Anthony Foundation and toiletries for St. Anne’s Home were collected through the month of December. In addition, students worked in “Faith Families” and wrote letters to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ministers of the good work included, from left, Vanessa Dominguez, Darren Garza, Aliyah Durden and Santino Salaices.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

– Notice of Non Discriminatory Policy as to Students – All Souls School, So. San Francisco; Archbishop Riordan High School, San Francisco; Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School, San Francisco; Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco; Corpus Christi School, San Francisco; De Marillac Academy, San Francisco; Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires, San Francisco; Good Shepherd School, Pacifica; Holy Angels School, Colma; Holy Name School, San Francisco; Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco; Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Belmont; Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo; Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield; Megan Furth Catholic Academy, San Francisco; Mercy High School, San Francisco; Mercy High School, Burlingame; Mission Dolores School, San Francisco; Nativity School, Menlo Park; Notre Dame Elementary, Belmont; Notre Dame High School, Belmont; Our Lady of Angels School, Burlingame; Our Lady of Loretto School, Novato; Our Lady of Mercy School, Daly City; Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Redwood City; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Daly City; Our Lady of the Visitacion School, San Francisco; Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco; Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton; Saint Anne School, San Francisco; Saint Anselm School, San Anselmo; Saint Anthony-IC School, San Francisco; Saint Brendan School, San Francisco; Saint Brigid School, San Francisco; Saint Catherine of Siena School, Burlingame; Saint Cecilia School, San Francisco; Saint Charles Borromeo School, San Francisco; Saint Charles School, San Carlos; Saint Dunstan School, Millbrae; Saint Elizabeth School, San Francisco; Saint Finn Barr School, San Francisco; Saint Gabriel School, San Francisco; Saint Gregory School, San Mateo; Saint Hilary School, Tiburon; Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco; Saint Isabella School, San Rafael; Saint James School, San Francisco; Saint John School, San Francisco; Saint Joseph School, Atherton; Saint Mary Chinese Day School, San Francisco; Saint Matthew School, San Mateo; Saint Monica School, San Francisco; Saint Patrick School, Larkspur; Saint Paul School, San Francisco; Saint Peter School, San Francisco; Saint Phillip School, San Francisco; Saint Pius School, Redwood City; Saint Raphael School, San Rafael; Saint Raymond School, Menlo Park; Saint Rita School, Fairfax; Saint Robert School, San Bruno; Saint Stephen School, San Francisco; Saint Thomas More School, San Francisco; Saint Thomas the Apostle School, San Francisco; Saint Timothy School, San Mateo; Saint Veronica School, So. San Francisco; Saint Vincent de Paul School, San Francisco; Saints Peter & Paul School, San Francisco; San Domenico Middle, San Anselmo; San Domenico Primary, San Anselmo; San Domenico High School, San Anselmo; School of the Epiphany, San Francisco; Star of the Sea School, San Francisco; Stuart Hall for Boys, San Francisco; Stuart Hall High School, San Francisco; Woodside Priory High School, Portola Valley; Woodside Priory Middle School, Portola Valley; admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administrated programs.

First grade students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Redwood City gathered with St. Vincent de Paul Society members and volunteers. In addition, Mt. Carmel students have been active on the social justice front. “Since school began we have completed four outreach projects,” school spokeswoman Michelle Conci said. The goodwill efforts have included gift and food drives to benefit Catholic Worker House and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A “penny war” initiated by seventh grade students raised almost $900 for landmine clearing in the Middle East. OLMC begins its 125th year with a Mass of Thanksgiving Jan. 31. Archbishop George H. Niederauer will preside.

Catholic Schools Dividends for Life

January 29, 2010

Catholic San Francisco


Offering excellent Catholic education in a nurturing environment...

Holy Name School 1560 40th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 415-731-4077

St. Anne School


1320-14th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 664-7977 www.stanne.com Visit our website for school tour dates.

Open House: February 3, 2010 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tours on Wednesdays by appointment

Educating students in the Catholic tradition since 1920

Saint Cecilia School 940 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94127 415-731-2665 [email protected] www.stbrendansf.com

“Developing Active Christians, Life-long Learners, and Responsible Citizens”

(415) 731-8400 WWW.StCeciliaSchool.org [email protected]

Excellence in Catholic Education Since 1947


660 Vicente Street San Francisco, CA 94116


Catholic Education Since 1948

2550 Forty First Avenue San Francisco, CA 94116

[email protected] www.stgabrielsf.com

(415) 566-0314 (415) 566-3223 Fax

A challenging yet supportive environment Open House – January 26, 2010 Tours 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

St. Thomas More School 50 Thomas More Way • San Francisco 94132 (415) 337-0100 Pre-K to Grade Eight www.StThomasMoreSchool.org

401 Eucalyptus Drive San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 664-8331 www.ststephenschoolsf.org The Children Are Our Future!

Many thanks to the faculty and staff in each of our Catholic schools, who work so hard to provide our students with the best education possible!


Catholic San Francisco

January 29, 2010

The Memory Project Mercy girls make lifelong gifts for children in orphanage Art students at Mercy High School, Burlingame, have joined the Memory Project, a nationwide initiative in which advanced high school art students create original portraits for children living in orphanages around the world. Given that children who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused, or neglected often have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portrait is to provide them with a special memory of their youth, to honor their heritage and identity and to help them build a positive self-image. The project also provides an opportunity for young Americans to open their hearts to children who have endured many hardships, and to promote the value of sharing kindness with others. The Memory Project has been featured on national television several times, most notably when Katie Couric concluded her very first broadcast of the CBS Evening News with a story about the project’s success at an orphanage in Nicaragua. Students at Mercy High are participating as part of a course titled Honors Art 3. To do this, the students receive pictures of children who are waiting for portraits, and then work in their art classrooms to create the portraits. Once the photo-realistic,


acrylic portraits are finished, the Memory Project organization delivers them to the children. In total, the students have made portraits for six children living at an orphanage in Phuket, Thailand. In February, a Memory Project representative will deliver the portraits to each child. “In the beginning the issue was, ‘How do I paint them?”, said Honors Art 3 teacher Nazira Kury-Arnold. “It became a technical exploration of the painting process. As they came to look at each photograph, and seeing the image of the child staring back at them every day, they became more invested. That encouraged them to do their very best.” Kury Arnold said a lot of students wanted to deliver the portraits in person. “It’s one of those projects that’s going to stay with them the rest of their lives,” she said. “There’ll forever be connected to just this one person.” The Memory Project is a program of the nonprofit organization My Class Cares based in Madison, Wis. Since the project began in 2004, more than 20,000 portraits have been produced by high school art students around the country. The project’s website is www.thememoryproject.org.

Mercy High, Burlingame, art students display portraits they made for orphaned children. Top row, from left: Jessica Egan, Serena Azzghayer, art teacher Nazira Kury-Arnold, Lillian Tang. Seated: Alexandra Santos and Stephanie Rjaile. Not pictured is Jennifer Re.



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