CDW Weekly Vigil to Protest Violence toward the LGBTQ+ community
For every Friday night since the Pulse Massacre in Orlando, the Companions have held a quiet Vigil on the corner or Castro and Market Streets. Each week, members of CDW are joined by members of the local community to bear witness to the dignity of the Queer community and to call for an end to violence. The Vigil begins at 6pm and, rain or shine, goes until 7pm.
Aunt Dorothy’s Happy Hour Talk/Text Line
The Companions offer a listening ear to those in the community in crisis. Following ethical guidelines for ministry, members staff a talk/text line every night of the year for those who need companioning through the evening hours.
FB Thursday Prayer List
The Companions offer a robust social media ministry presence, including an ongoing Thursday prayer list that has resulted in several hundred prayer requests annually. These requests, along with any received by Aunt Dorothy’s talk line and by members of the Community are diligently held in ongoing prayer by members of CDW.
Sacred Table Monthly Gathering
Sacred Table draws together members of various groups and non-profits in San Francisco, as well as individuals who work with Companions in ministry. Various topics of current relevance are discussed from a variety of points of view. The Companions and participants offer mutual encouragement and support while navigating the complex needs of the community in which they serve.
Liturgical Year Annual Events: St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals; Ash Wednesday; Palm Sunday; Good Friday Reclaiming of the Nieghborhood;
The Companions offer several annual events throughout the year, in Companionship with local clergy, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and members of the local community to “re-sacralize” the time. The Annual Blessing on Animals happens at the Castro Street Fair where literally hundreds of companion animals have been given blessing.
Ash Wednesday Triple+Cross brings together the Ashes-To-Go idea with the specific ministry of CDW. Ash, glitter, and cocoa-powder are offered by the participants so that all may remember mortality, joy, and the bittersweetness of life in the midst of oppression.
Palm Sunday brings together the Companions and their ministry partners to process through the Castro and offer Palm branches to those who want them. And the Good Friday Stations offer those who join the Companions an opportunity to re-visit all of the places in the Castro neighborhood where instances of violence have been perpetrated against the LGBT+ community over the previous year, and to reclaim those spaces for joy and safety.
The Blessing of Animals on in Saint Francis-tide has grown over the last eight years to result in the blessing of hundreds of animals and their humans. Each year, the Companions are actively sought out by those who wish blessing of their beloved companion animals and even some human companions.
Pastoral Ministries: Counseling; Memorials; weddings, etc.
Those ordained members of the Companions officiate weddings and memorials, offering counseling and support within the community to many who have felt abandoned by institutional religion.
Participation with other Community Nonprofits: Courts; SPI; Tenderloin Tessies; CCOP, etc.
The Companions have variously partnered with the San Francisco Pride Board, Tenderloin Tessie’s (a program offering free meals to the unhoused on holidays), the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “Stop the Violence” project, CCOP (the Castro Community on Patrol), and the Imperial and Ducal Court Systems of San Francisco.
Companions have served as civilian patrol members, Pride judges, have given invocations and blessings at community events, and have helped create safe spaces in local businesses for members of the community. The have served a huge number of causes, both as a community and individually, showing the love of God to those among the most marginalized in the LGBT+ community.