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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 112th Meeting, June 13th, 2013
Fr. Lawrence Goode
Spiritual Director of the San Francisco Senatus

"The Church is in the Year of Faith, which emphasizes New Evangelization, and the Legion is responding to this - we have the Year of Faith Conference, sponsored by Senatus, upcoming at Our Lady of Peace down in Santa Clara, which is meant to make us more aware and more active in evangelizing. [From the Conference Flyer: "For us, in the Legion of Mary, the Year of Faith provides a chance to re-focus our minds and hearts and examine ourselves: are we fully engaged in the New Evangelization and doing our part to effect the conversion of unbelievers to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?"]
Also, we need to help other organizations in their evangelizing efforts. For example, in Half Moon Bay, the Knights of Columbus asked for volunteers to help with their Christmas Program - but people said they were too busy. Legionaries should be ready to help in instances like this - and so also to make other organizations aware of the Legion of Mary.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary [This month's praesidium report] is doing remarkably well, for only having five members. In Alviso, there was a great group of young Legionaries who took over the task of teaching CCD - and there is a strong tradition in the San Jose area....
There are well publicized problems with crime in Oakland - but we have a similar problem with criminality in East Palo Alto, but the Legionaries in our Parish down there, still do door-to-door work...
And there are still many praesidia without Spiritual Directors - Legionaries should be willing to approach retired priests and ask them to be Spiritual Directors for the Legion.

Fr. Goode gave his blessing to all before leaving, and asked for prayers for the city of East Palo Alto, home of his parish.


  (Fr. Goode, on the Importance of the Year of Faith, Porta Fide)

 "The year of Faith, Porta Fide, declared by (Emeritus) Pope Benedict, began on October 11th, 2012. (This was two days prior to our annual Rosary Rally, which was first held in UN Plaza in San Francisco, on October 13th). The Porta Fide is the beginning of a new evangelization. Once again, I ask that you read the Pope's Apostolic Letter - [a link to his online document is here Porta Fidei and below on this page]. It is especially important for us to evangelize those who have abandoned the Faith, and walked away, and we know that this involves so many people in San Francisco and the Bay Area. We Legionaries must build bridges to those who have wandered away. I'd like to recommend some books, which will help in building bridges. One is Mathew Kelly's Rediscovering Catholicism, which is motivational, and the second is Catholicism, by Fr. Robert Barron, which explains the faith to intellectuals who have distanced themselves from the Church." Also, let me recommend another book on evangelization, by Diane Moczar, “Converts and Kingdoms.  You can also read True Devotion online, Link, or, if you want to purchase the book, True Devotion, or for Kindle, Link     If you would like to purchase True Devotion in Spanish  Link.  *

The Books recommended by Fr. Goode are available online at e.g.,, in both paperback and hardbound

*   Note: does not promote any commercial website, or online bookstore, or any other commercial business or entity, and does not receive any monies for recommendations. The sources sited are for your convenience, and the items are available from many other sources.

With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith, which began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

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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