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Archived Allocutio, February, 2012
 Fr. Lawrence Goode
     Chaplain of the SF Senatus

"The Legion is in the forefront of Evangelization. Our Parish Praesidium, at St. Francis Assissi, in East Palo Alto, California, will have a street apostolate on March 3rd, starting with Mass at 08:45. The Seminarian's at St. Patrick's will join in, and every Legionary in Senatus is also invited. And for Evangelization, there is an important date coming up, October 11th, 2012, which will begin the Year of Evangelization, declared by Pope Benedict. We as Legionaries, often talk with people who will volunteer very personal information. For example, after talking with me, one man said, "I was a Catholic". How should we conduct ourselves with such people? What should be our approach? Fr. Bradshaw, in Iceland, used to be quite conciliatory, but as he gained experience, he found that the direct approach is the best - He began challenging people, by inviting them to be Catholic. I have also adopted this way, and you should also. You Legionaries should not be afraid to be straightforward, and ask people to become Catholic.

At the same time, we realize that things have really changed, and it is more difficult to approach people than in the past. They are preoccupied, or listening to an ipod, and don't want to converse. We must pray more, to prepare ourselves better, and to allow the Holy Spirit to open the door for us. But door to door work still provides excellent results. Last night, Our Praesidium met, and everyone was out doing door to door on a cold night. They were amazed at the good response from people, both Catholics and non-Catholics. So, help other Legionaries to begin door to door work, if it is not being done in your group.

Recently, President Obama advanced a Medical Bill which requires that the Church and Catholic Institutions like Colleges and Hospitals, must provide contraceptive and abortion pharmaceuticals to employees and others. Although the Bishops were completely in opposition to this plan, it is still being proposed. (Now the validity of the plan is being tested in the Supreme Court). But it is also an opportunity for us during Evangelization, and we must be prepared and ready to counter those who are for the Obama plan. Certainly, the Natural Law can be appealing, and also human decency, which gives us our normal human feelings towards infants - that every infant is a special person, and should be given a chance to live. "

And there are other Legionary works - We had our Senatus Annual General Reunion, and enjoyed the beautiful shrines at St. Thomas Moore.  The Stockton Praesidium has a great Prison Ministry. And hopefully, up in Alaska, the North Pole Praesidium will be able to start up again.

Lastly, a worldwide Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin, on June 10 through 17, of this year. The last time this Congress was held in Dublin in 1932, it resulted in the expansion of the Legion of Mary, throughout the world. Let us join in Spirit, with Irish Legionaries, and all those participating in the Congress - and one theme is the renewal of the Church in Ireland."

                                       (Before leaving Fr. Goode gave his blessing to all present)

                                                                        The October 2009 Allocutio, given by Fr. Goode at the San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary

The Church in Ireland is inviting people worldwide to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress,
to be held from June 10th to 17th, 2012, in Dublin, for a chance to deepen in communion with Christ and others.
Young people are especially invited and sought after.
The Theme will be: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ, and with One Another
Also of great significance is A New Evangelization, particularly important for the renewal of the Church in Ireland.
The Legion of Mary played an important role in the last Dublin Eucharistic Congress, in 1932.
The size of a Eucharistic Congress can be judged by the fact that 3000 volunteers are needed for this event.

For more information, click on the link from Zenit about the Congress


The Apostolic Letter on the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei, by Pope Benedict XVI, can be found online.
                            Fr. Goode asks that you read this important document!

                                          (Click on the link Below, to call up the document).         
                                                                            Porta Fidei


  Please continue praying for
                    Fr. Goode, Legion Chaplains, and Priests everywhere                           

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