The National Walkout to End Gun Violence was held on March 14, a month after the tragic loss of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. In a letter sent to Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Jose, Bishop McGrath encouraged all middle schools and high schools “to be united in solidarity and prayer with this cause and these people.”
Saint Frances Cabrini School made March 14 a Day of Prayer. In the middle school, each class participated in prayerful activities to raise awareness to the dangers and problems associated with gun violence while classes with younger students promoted the idea of “Walking Up” instead of “Walking Out.” Students were encouraged to “Walk Up” to the kid who sits alone at lunch and invite him or her to sit with them, to “Walk Up” and ask the student on playground by him or herself to come and play with them, to “Walk Up” to someone in class and say something nice to them.
Later in the day, the student body gathered to celebrate Mass with one of its alumnus, Father Joe Kim, Diocesan Director of Vocations. During the mass, students read aloud the names of the 17 victims, lighting candles for each one.