Tuesday, October 28, 2008
When the Saints Go Marching In
One of the incidental pleasures of living in the Civic Center neighborhood is that you can stumble out your front door and wander into huge public gatherings you didn't even know existed.
Such was the case on Saturday around noon when thousands of Catholics were marching up Van Ness Avenue in front of City Hall.
It was the 5th Annual Pilgrimage for Saint Jude Thaddeus sponsored by St. Dominic's Church in the Western Addition on Bush and Steiner Streets.
The huge crowd started the pilgrimage at 9AM at the fabulously named St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church in Bayview-Hunters Point, and many of them looked seriously exhausted from the long trek.
There were loudspeakers in the back of a truck playing jolly music to help people on their quest.
The crowd seemed to be mostly Latin Americans, but there were plenty of exceptions.
Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate causes which seems fitting in these particular times. I hope a few prayers were answered.