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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 146th Meeting, April 14th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

Mary, Mother of God Praesidium, St. Anne’s Church, San Francisco:  They have 6 active members, 3 of whom are praetorians.  They have 46 auxiliary members, 2 of whom are adjutorians.  Weekly attendance is 90% for officers and 70% for members.  Apostolic works are as follows: participated in Apostolate to the Crowd on Mission and 24th Streets; participated in Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets; participated in West Coast Walk for Life and Forty Days for Life; promoted daily Mass and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament; promoted the Pilgrim Virgin devotion in 17 homes; two members taught CCD (Children’s Faith Formation) and gave out Miraculous Medals to 30 First Communicants; participated in the Patricians or Study of the Faith; brought Holy Communion to a hospital, a nursing home and homebound.

B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

1) Rogue Valley Curia (reported by Correspondent, Sr. Felina Lapuz): They have four praesidia.  Attendance is 60% for officers and 80% for members.  Their works are: bringing Holy Communion to the homebound; distributing Miraculous Medals, especially during times of Baptism and Confirmation; encouraging Total Consecration to Mary.

2) Monterey Curia (reported by Correspondent, Sr. Virginia Fabi):  They have six praesidia. A Patrician group was formed by the new praesidium, Our Lady of Good Success.  The Acies held in Salinas was well attended.  The next plan is to extend the Legion to the rest of the diocese of Monterey.  For the record they will now be addressed as the Monterey Curia, formerly call the Salinas Curia.

3) Seattle Comitium (reported by Correspondent, Br. David Marten): They did not send a formal report.  However, Br. Marten pointed out a situation that occurred at the Rosary Rally in their area.  A group called, America Needs Fatima, carried a large banner and joined in the Rosary Rally.  This group is a sub-group of The Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property and this organization is not in good standing with the Catholic Church. 

4) Portland Curia (reported by Correspondent, Br. Raymond Frost):  The Curia is presently engaged in a lot of extension work.  Their Acies is scheduled for next week.  They will send a detailed report next quarter.


A note about all Senatus Archived Council Reports: The reports must be approved at the following monthly meeting, so that means that they will be 1&1/2 to 2 months late, before publishing on the SF Senatus Web that Archived reports reflect the minutes as stated at the given month's meeting.


Excerpts from Letters from Brother Andrew Cooke
Concilium Correspondent to the San Francisco Senatus
Dated March 15th, 2016

Brother Cooke’s letter highlighted the Concilium’s recommendation not to assign or consider praying in front of abortion clinics as Legion work assignments, since the object of the Legion apostleship is intended for all – that is, as in this instance, both for pro-life and pro-choice people.

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 146th Meeting, April 14th, 2016

a) Release of Waiver and Liability Document: Brother Williams suggested that the document be translated into Spanish and Korean.

b) PPC:  A PPC will be held in August at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay.

c) Apostolate to the Crowd at 24th and Mission Streets: Four Legionaries participated with 16 contacts, including a young boy and a young man and child.  Some stories: To keep dry by standing under the new McDonald’s canopy when it started sprinkling, a street person interrupted while they were praying the Rosary and told them “don’t just pray but do more by helping people.”  Another man wanted a yellow rosary, and five ladies also wanted rosaries.

d) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets: Seven Legionaries participated.  There were 67 friendly contacts plus five young members of the group, “Youth with a Mission,” and several people who wished all a Happy Easter.

e) The Acies: The Senatus thanked Our Lady of Mercy Praesidium of St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco for hosting the Acies.  A suggestion was made that next year, each praesidium process with its own banner.

f) Rosary Rally 2016 – United Nations Plaza in San Francisco – October 8, 2016 – 12 noon:  The Legion of Mary will be the major sponsor.  Should anyone wish to make a donation, please make the check payable to San Francisco Archdiocese. Partial funding/underwriting will be by the San Francisco Senatus.

g) Legion of Mary Workshop: This will take place at 9:00 am on April 23 at St. Finn Barr’s Parish Hall.

h) Annual Legion of Mary Conference: This will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

i) Workshop on Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary According to St. Louis Marie de Montfort: This will take place at Mater Dolorosa Parish in South San Francisco on April 30, 2016.

Other Concerns

Pro-Life Apostolate: Sr. Lagowski encouraged Legionaries to come on mornings between 8:00 and 11:00 am to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco (near St. Luke's Hospital)
A reminder (from Concilium), that Legion work requires Legionaries to evangelize all (every passerby), and that Legionaries should work some distance away from Abortion Clinics. The point is, to be far enough away to allow a neutral zone, so that Pro Choice individuals (and anyone else) can be approached and evangelized without the combatative circumstances sometimes found in front of Abortion Clinics.
                 Pro Life Website              40 Days for Life Facebook

Risk and Liability Waiver: The original signed copy for each member should remain with the praesidium’s vice president.  A copy of the signed copy for each member should be given to the Council Vice-President.  Br. Williams noted that the signing of the waiver is the least we can do.  By following the rules of our organization we are also more able to be protected by the laws governing volunteers.  We also want to have practical safety procedures.

Other Matters: Brother Perlas announced that a Book Barrow Chairperson is needed.  Subscriptions to Maria Legionis were encouraged.  Subscription envelopes are available after the meeting.

Pope Francis' Prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Below, an excerpt from Porta fide - 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, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith.
The Legion of Mary will continue their ongoing efforts at Evangelization, which remains the central work of the Legion.
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