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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 111th Meeting, May 9th, 2013
Fr. Lawrence Goode
Spiritual Director of the San Francisco Senatus

"Although for some people the Holy Spirit seems less visible than the Father and the Son, in the Acts of the Apostles the Holy Spirit is very visible and keeps working in the Church, even today, such as in the works of the Legion of Mary.  Regarding our conference for the Year of Faith several questions came to mind:  What is new about the new evangelization?  What is the unique role of the Legion of Mary in the Body of Christ? 

Every day, we meet people who have left the Church.  We can draw a picture of who they are and what their needs are, as well as the needs of those who are not yet evangelized.  Drawing on our experience, we could help the Knights of Columbus to develop literature for them.  Think about how we can reach out and how we can work together with other groups in the Church.  By knowing our unique role it can help us to bring new members who can do substantial work. 

We might pray to Mother Mary Joseph of the Carmelites, who recently passed away.  I went to see her and appreciated her prayers and those of the other sisters.  And there are also a number of good seminarians for the dioceses of Stockton, Sacramento and Fresno." 

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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