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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 122nd Meeting, April 10th, 2014
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Seattle Comitium:  They have 9 Curiae and 14 praesidia.  Among their works are conducting an apostolate at a shopping center.  The Seattle Archdiocese requires those who work with children to take a Safe Environment Course. Their Korean Curia is very active. (Report by Br. Marten, Correspondent)

2) South San Mateo Curia: The South San Mateo Curia gave their last report to the Senatus as they will now be under the newly formed San Mateo Comitium.  The Curia covers 9 cities and there are praesidia in 7 of those cities.  The Curia has 14 praesidia, including 2 junior praesidia, one seminary praesidium, and 3 Spanish praesidia.   There are 70 active members and 450 auxiliary members.  Our Lady of Mercy Praesidium in East Palo Alto was attached to the Curia in February 2013.  Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Praesidium at St. Timothy’s has been recently attached.  A Columban Drive is planned this year.  Their works are door-to-door visitation, home visitation, book barrow, Holy Communion to the homebound, hospital visitation, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, Pilgrim Virgin, prison ministry, pro-life apostolate.  Father Goode, Spiritual Director of the Senatus, is the Spiritual Director of the seminary praesidium, which has 10 members.  Every praesidium in the Curia has a Spiritual Director.  Sister Marina was praised for her fruitful efforts. (Report prepared by Sister Marina Angeles, President)

3) Salinas Curia: The Salinas Curia Acies was attended by active and many auxiliary members and a reception followed.  The Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration, which had been the project of three praesidia and had been an integral part of the parish, is now being promoted.  The schedule of the novena and Masses are advertised to the parish community. (Report read by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent and read by Sr. Dayoan)

4) San Francisco Spanish Curia: There are 50 active members and 170 auxiliaries.  They meet at the Church of the Epiphany.  They promote the Rosary, teach religion to children, visit the sick, give Holy Communion, and bring the Pilgrim Virgin to homes. (Report by Br. Rosendo Chan, President)

5) Rogue Valley Curia:  There is 75 percent attendance at Council meetings.  Most members subscribe to Maria Legionis.  There are 5 attached praesidia – 4 senior and one junior.  There are 23 active members and 341 auxiliary members.  Their works are homebound ministry, Holy Communion to the homebound, Sacred Heart Enthronement, Pilgrim Virgin, pro-life activities, including sidewalk counseling. (Report by Sr. Lapuz, Correspondent)

                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

                                        Date: April 6th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sr. Maureen was part of the Legion delegation in Rome at the launch of the Legion Statutes on March 27th.  The ceremony was a simple one and was limited to a maximum of 50 Legionaries in the offices of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  The following is a quote from the proceedings: “Today the Holy See solemnly recognizes the Legion of Mary as an International Association of the Faithful with juridical personality under Canon Law”

[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 122nd Meeting, April 10th, 2014.

a) Acies: The Acies at St. Cecilia’s was a beautiful event.  Br. Perlas thanked the praesidium at St. Cecilia’s for their efforts.  Father Vito gave a wonderful homily and the music was excellent. 

b) Legion of Mary Conference:  The conference will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center on August 23 from 8am to 4pm in a room which seats 500.  The theme is “The Joy of Evangelization.”  The speakers scheduled are Father Lawrence Goode, Father Felix Lim and Father Joe Arong. 

c) PPC:  The PPC has been confirmed with the Santa Rosa Diocese.  It will take place at St. Eugene Church in September. 

d) Apostolate to the Crowd: At 24th and Mission 6 Legionaries worked.  There were many contacts, some of them Protestants.  Six Legionaries worked in the Tenderloin.  Among the contacts were Buddhists, one of whom had been baptized.  Five Latinas took rosaries.  A lady paralyzed with a stroke and in a wheelchair asked for prayers.  (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

e) Pro-life Apostolate:  The Forty Days for Life Campaign will end on Sunday, April 13.

f) Important Dates: The Senatus workshop will be on June 21 and all nearby Curiae are invited.  July 5 is the date of the Day of Recollection. Father Probst, O.P. will be the retreat master.  The Legion of Mary retreat will be August 1-2 at St. Clare’s Retreat House.

g) Apologetics On Line: Br. Williams stated that a Catholic apologist named Joe Hirshmeyer, a young seminarian who is excellent has a website which is a tool for evangelization to be shared with Legionaries.

h) San Mateo Comitium: The North San Mateo Curia has been raised to the San Mateo Comitium. 

Below, an excerpt from Porta Fidei - Emeritus Pope Benedict urges us to publicly profess our faith: "Confessing with the lips indicates in turn that faith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This “standing with him” points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes.

The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous." With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. This year began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and concluded on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.
The Year of Faith has now officially concluded, but The Legion of Mary will continue their ongoing efforts at Evangelization, which remains the central work of the Legion. If you are a Catholic and want to help your Church, please join the Legion of Mary.

  *Totus Tuus*
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