Corpus Christi Parish in San Francisco's ethnically rich Excelsior District is spearheading community solidarity efforts to expose and combat the neighborhood's ongoing violence.
Largely with the guidance of associate pastor Salesian Fr. Jose Lucero and with the cooperation of the San Francisco Organizing Project, a communitywide gathering will be held at 11 a.m. June 16 as a follow-up to a May 9 interfaith prayer vigil for healing and peace in the parish hall that drew more than 70 participants, the priest told NCR on Monday.
"We should not have to walk in our streets paranoid. We are not going to stand for this violence. We are going to do something about it," Lucero told Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocese's weekly, in a May 18 article.
He said the meetings are opportunities "for us to speak, to not live in fear" and that "prayer is the most important way we can get rid of violence."
"This neighborhood in general has been affected by violence in different ways," Lucero told vigil participants, Catholic San Francisco reports.