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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 126th Meeting, August 14th, 2014
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1) Stockton Comitium:  They have 12 attached praesidia and 2 attached Curiae.  They hope to have several large praesidia split into two but need to have willing officers.  Praesidia are encouraged to recruit for members during parish festivals.  Recruitment is ongoing among both English and Spanish speaking.  Exploriatio Domenicalis was one of the topics of the Congress held in July.  Efforts are made to reach out to young people to become members of the Legion of Mary.  The Junior Praesidia are active in encouraging their age group to participate in church activities.
(Report prepared by Sr. Bongcaron, President and delivered by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Anchorage Curia: They have 7 attached praesidia, 47 active and 372 auxiliary members.  They meet at the Cathedral.  A new praesidium was formed and there is the possibility of a junior praesidium being started.  Among works reported are door-to-door visitation, hospital visitation, Pilgrim Virgin and pro-life apostolate including sidewalk counseling and natural family planning classes.  (Report by Sister Velicaria, Correspondent)

3) Sacramento Comitium: They have 11 attached praesidia and three attached Curiae.  Extension is being planned in one parish and Columban Drives at several parishes.  Works reported include door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, prison ministry, teaching of catechism and preparing parents for the baptism of their children.  Their former Spiritual Director, Msgr. Kavanaugh, is now in an assisted living facility.  The Northern California Counties Curia covers a very large area, from Yuba City to Redding.  Sr. DeVincenzi and Br. Williams made a visit to the Comitium.  Br. Williams said that the leaders of the Comitium are very strong and that the Vice-President knew Frank Duff.  (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

4) North Utah Curia:  They have 5 praesidia. At a recent Council meeting the faithful deacon  who is a spiritual director of one of the praesidia gave the allocutio.  They are encouraging Maria Legionis subscriptions by all the members.  Extension is planned in Riverton where the pastor has asked for the Legion of Mary.
(Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

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

                                        Date: August 13th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sister praised the extension in the various attached councils.  After describing her visit to the Montreal and Toronto Senatus she said that the “3 San Francisco Senatus crowd contacts are a template for other large cities in the USA-Canada to imitate” and asked if Legionaries from other councils could participate in our PPC next year.

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

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 126th Meeting, August 14th, 2014.

a) Columban Drive: A Columban Drive is planned for St. Charles Church this weekend at all Masses, both English and Spanish.  The pastor, Fr. Jimenez, wants praesidia in both English and Spanish.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd: Br. Wehrmeister reported that at 24th and Mission 8 Legionaries worked including a legionary visiting from Georgia who said she would start the apostolate when she returns home.  In the Tenderloin 14 legionaries participated including Fr Lim and several new legionaries.  They met a number of youth from a Christian missionary group and some of the group accepted Miraculous Medals.  There were many contacts that asked for the Rosary and for the Miraculous Medal.  (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

c) Pro-life Apostolate:  Flyers are available for the Life Chain.

d) Rosary Rally and Summer Function:  Br. Perlas reminded all about the Summer Function on August 30th and also the Rosary Rally on October 11.  All were asked to promote the Rosary Rally throughout the parishes.

e) Maria Legionis: Sister DeVincenzi encouraged all to subscribe to Maria Legionis.  There are subscription envelopes available.
f) Peregrinatio Pro Christo:  Brother Marten reminded all about the Peregrinatio Pro Christo planned for Santa Rosa at St. Eugene’s Cathedral Parish from September 12 to 18.

g) Legion of Mary Conference: Br. Perlas said that the Legion of Mary Conference in Santa Clara on August 23 would be graced by the presence of Archbishop Cordileone who will preside at the opening Mass.  All should make every effort to attend.

h) Audit Completed: Br. Perlas commended Br. Williams for his work as Treasurer noting that the audit for the 2013 year of the Treasurer’s books has been completed with everything in order – receipts, disbursements, etc.

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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