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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 115th Meeting, September 12th, 2013
Fr. Lawrence Goode, Spiritual Director of the San Francisco Senatus

"Let the Legion remember the Feasts of the Holy Name of Mary and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Let us also remember that Saturday is a day of prayer for peace in Syria.  And, thanks, Father Francis, for keeping the praesidium at St. Finn Barr going.  Members need to concentrate on doing work in our own parish...  The San Jose Comitium has strong ethnic Curiae including Vietnamese, but, we do not have a Vietnamese Praesidium in San Francisco.  Could we get the help of other Vietnamese Legionaries to develop the Legion here?...  and, the Korean Comitium puts us all to shame.  We must do what we can to recruit. As examples of what might be done, Fr. Ryan in the past had 15 praesidia in his parish, Fr. Rey had seven... At a recent meeting on evangelization in the Archdiocese, the Legion was not mentioned.  We need to be at the table, we want to be there to share our experience of evangelization.  Many seminarians from San Jose who are now priests were members of the Legion of Mary."
                                   (Before leaving, Fr. Goode gave his blessing to Senatus)


  (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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