San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
Council Reports given at the August, 2012, San Francisco Senatus 102nd Meeting (Archived News Notes and Web Site)
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                 Planning Continues for the upcoming October 13th, 2012 Rosary Rally to be held in San Francisco

The October 13th, 2012, Rosary Rally will be held at the United Nations Plaza at 7th and Market in San Francisco.
      The UN Plaza (near the fountains) is very close to SF Civic Center Plaza, and also the Main Library
                 (note the change from the SF Civic Center Plaza)
- Please plan to Attend    

Msgr. Tarantino, Vicar for the Administration of the Archdiocese is the Chairman of the Rally. Other interested groups are invited to join in the planning. A speaker for the Rally has been chosen: Fr. Mark Mary, a Franciscan Missionary of the Eternal Word, and host of the
EWTN Program Life on the Rock  
(Report by Br. Ray Frost, Senatus Secretary)

Individuals who wish to donate to the Rosary Rally, can make checks out to the Archdiocese of San Francisco,
and please cite For the Rosary Rally, 2012.  

In the meantime, all Senatus Councils are urged to inform members about the Rosary Rally, for all those who wish to attend.
                                                          Below, Senatus Council Reports for August, 2012, 102nd Senatus Meeting

1) Stockton Comitium: They have 13 attached praesidia, including two junior, with 141 active members and 900 auxiliary members, and two attached curiae: Modesto and Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, South San Joaquin County.  The Comitium has 75-80% attendance.  A Columban Drive at St. Linus Church netted one new active member.  They had an audit of their Comitium treasury.  Among their works are door-to-door visitation, book barrow, apostolate to the crowd, CCD, visitation of residents in care homes, and RCIA.  They plan to introduce the Legion of Mary at the youth group meeting at St. Luke Church.  A big challenge for the Comitium is the aging of active members, some of whom are not longer able to do active work each week.  (Report by Sr. Ruelos, President and read by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Idaho Comitium: They have 11 attached praesidia with 72 active members and 208 auxiliaries, and have three new praesidia in formation.  A new Curia has been established in the western part of Idaho, which has elected 4 officers, and a spiritual director has been appointed.  Two annual reports were given at the Comitium.  Both praesidia are involved in prison ministry and bringing Holy Communion to the homebound.
(Report by Sr. Peterson, Correspondent)

3) Anchorage Comitium: They have 4 senior praesidia, one junior praesidium, and one outlying praesidium in Fairbanks, and the attached House of Gold Korean Curia, which has five praesidia.  A new praesidium was affiliated at the June Comitium meeting and efforts are underway to establish praesidia in two parishes.  The Comitium is planning to have a lunch for all priests, including the Archbishop, to inform them of the Legion works and the spiritual enrichment the Legion can bring in the parishes.  They are also planning to recruit more juniors.  In Nome the Legion would like to assist the pastor in combating the abuse of alcohol among the villagers.  The praesidium in Fairbanks, through correspondence, keeps the Comitium informed about their works, finance status and communications with their Bishop. 
(Report by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent)

4) Sacramento Comitium: They have 11 attached praesidia, including one Spanish speaking, and three attached Curiae.  Mother of the Church Praesidium, with 6 active and 32 auxiliary members, gave their annual report.  They visit a convalescent home. Br. Perlas, upon the request of the Comitium President, has sent information to them about the Family Praesidium.  (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

5) North Utah Curia: They have four attached praesidia.  They are planning for a booth at the Utah State Fair.  Flyers to promote the PPC were distributed to all officers at the council meeting.  They are participating in the Rosary to be held on Sept. 23 at St. Juan Diego High School and plan to bring a Legion Banner. (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 102nd Meeting, August, 2012.

1) Catholic Radio (EWTN): Brother Williams suggested promoting Catholic Radio to get people to learn the faith.  It’s spiritual gold, which we did not previously have.

2)  Extension: Br. Perlas said that a plan would be drawn up on how to approach parishes, which do not now have a Legion, and also said that praesidia with less than 7 members have to make a special effort to recruit new members.  At St. Thomas More Parish there is the possibility of a Men’s English Speaking Praesidium, and at St. Finn Barr’s a possibility of a praesidium among the Burmese community.  Br. Williams encouraged the Legion to work among the students at SF State University.

3) Enrollment for the PPC at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Fremont Ca, Sept 14th-21st, 2012. Br. Marten handed out applications. Also, See the PPC page on the web site for information, details, and application forms. A hotel is available, and those attending are urged to attend the dinner at the end of each day, which builds unity.  Br. Marten met with the Oakland Comitium about the PPC in Fremont Sept. 14 to 21.  Their Spanish and Chinese speaking praesidia are very interested in working there.  Ten Legionaries have signed up so far.  A presentation will also be made at the San Jose Comitium.  Br. Marten stated that every PPC is a faith filled experience and encouraged anyone who hasn’t participated to come and see.  Br. Perlas asked for a show of hands to see how many are thinking of going and about 10 people raised their hands. All members can participate, not just officers.  Br. Marten said that those who participate in the PPC will have the opportunity to do great good.   

4) Annual General Reunion (upcoming in December): Our Lady of Palestine Praesidium agreed to ask their parish of St. Thomas More if they would be able to host the Annual General Reunion again this year.

5) Rosary Rally: Br. Marten said that last year we were concerned about finances, but not this year.  The UN Plaza is smaller and less expensive, and is now the new venue.  The Guadalupanos have their annual Mass at the Cathedral that morning with several thousand in attendance.   They will all process after the Mass to the UN Plaza for the Rosary.  The Legion of Mary will promote the Rosary Pledge Cards, which are available in both English and Spanish.  Br. Williams said that we should take advantage of the Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 7, and hand them out on that day.  Br. Perlas said to take advantage of every opportunity to promote the Rosary.  Br. Frost said there will be a meeting of parish representatives for the Rosary Rally on August 15 at 1:00 pm at the Cathedral.  He encouraged the Legionaries to see if their parish has a representative going, and if not, to volunteer to be the parish representative.
The Rosary Rally will be held as scheduled on October 13th, 2012
, but the venue has been changed to the SF United Nations Plaza
at 7th and Market Streets. (Where the farmer's market is held, near the fountain). Note this location is very close to the SF Civic Center, and the SF Main Library.     

6) Apostolate in San Bruno Park: Br. Miller suggested having an apostolate in San Bruno Park along with our Outdoor Function on
August 11.

Below, an excerpt from Porta Fidei - 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 will begin 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.
  *Totus Tuus*
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