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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 128th Meeting, October 9th, 2014
Fr. Lawrence Goode, Spiritual Director , San Francisco Senatus

"October is the month of the Holy Rosary and Guardian Angels.  Ask your Guardian Angel to accompany you on the apostolate, and ask the help of the Guardian Angel of the person to whom you are speaking.  October is also Respect Life Month, as well as the month of Vocations and The Missions.  We should look upon the Legion of Mary Conference and the PPC as springboards.  Is there measurable growth?  If not, we are not getting to the heart of the matter.  In the recent PPC [at Santa Rosa, California] we hear that people are angry.  In Tijuana a man invited me, a priest, into his house, and spoke against priests, but in the end he said that he was sorry.  Let me emphasize the master-apprentice system, to put new people together with those who are experienced.  Legionaries need to learn techniques in the apostolate.  I would like to offer the help of the Spanish-speaking Legionaries in my parish to other Spanish-speaking praesidia.  These Legionaries have four years of door-to-door work.  Pope Francis encourages us to bring the joy of the Gospel.  This is right up the Legion’s alley.  Let us pray the rosary to see things as Mary does.  I was gratified during my recent three-week stay in Spain that I was able to attend a local Legion of Mary meeting, which met at the same time as my parish Legion praesidium meets."

Congratulations Fr. Goode!! On the 50th Anniversary of your Ordination!
the Officers and members of the San Francisco Senatus, and the Legion of Mary.

  "Fr. Goode sends his blessing to all in the San Francisco Senatus"                                

Although the Year of Faith is now officially over, the Legion of Mary will continue its
works of Evangelization around the world, without ceasing, for the years to come.

  (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. The Year of Faith is now officially ended, but Legion Evangelization will go on forever....

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 has concluded 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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