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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 138th Meeting, August 13th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

1) Stockton Comitium:  They are doing well on all Legion activities.  Some of their current works are: promoting the upcoming Rosary Rally; promoting Catholic Radio; and having an apostolate near abortion clinics. (Report by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Anchorage Curia: They have eight attached praesidia (two junior) with 64 active members and 512 auxiliary members.  They are promoting a sister parish project to extend the Legion of Mary, including in Sitka.  They teach natural family planning, visit homeless in the St. Francis shelter and help take care of them.  They visit new parish members and assist in Baptism preparation classes.  Their Treasurer’s books are being reviewed by a parish bookkeeper.  Sr. Velicaria, along with Brother and Sister Miller made a recent visit to the Curia.  It was very informative and uplifting.  Sr. Miller stated that they are very dedicated in working for Our Lady. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent)

3) Sacramento Comitium: They have ten attached praesidia with three attached Curia.  A new praesidium is being formed in Elk Grove.  The new praesidium in Lincoln, under the North Area Curia, has many active members and is doing well.  They asked their members to refrain from praying the prayers for Edel Quinn and Alfie Lamb during the Legion of Mary meetings. We should be, however, very active in praying the prayers privately and in promoting their causes. (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

4) North Utah Curia: The new Curia president and secretary were ratified.  An annual praesidium report was received. 
(Report by Br. Williams, Correspondent)


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.

                               Remarks From Br. Andrew Cooke, the new Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

Letter, Dated August 3rd, 2015
 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Br. Cooke writes: “Just to strengthen the Senatus body beyond the approximately 50% attendance, it would be good to understand the reasons for 2 absent and 12 excused, maybe it can be improved by discussion…It was very encouraging that the new Santa Rosa Spanish Curia was affiliated with its four elected officers and their spiritual director, Father Juan Carolos Chiarinoti, with 12 legionaries from there present…The 4 membered praesidium in St. Agnes Church are wise to make recruiting a priority.  What a wonderful heritage it carries with 77 years experience.”
[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 138th Meeting, August 13th, 2015.

                      New Correspondence Office: 2748 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 21, Daly City, CA 94015. 
                                    Also, note the new Senatus phone number: 1-650-270-3317

a) Transportation to Senatus: Praesidium officers were reminded that the cost of transportation, e.g. taxi, to the Senatus meeting could be taken from the praesidium secret bag.

b) Senatus Vice-President: Br. Perlas announced that the first term of the Senatus Vice-President, Sr. Miller, would be expiring next month.

c) Mission Excelsior Curia: Sr. Velicaria, President of the Mission Excelsior Curia, asked for the help of the Senatus in running the elections of Curia officers at the upcoming Curia meeting in September. Br. Marten and Br. Pasion volunteered to help.  Sr. Velicaria also reminded the Senatus that the Curia is still in need of a Correspondent.

d) Apostolate to the Crowd: Six Legionaries participated in the 24th Street apostolate.  A man with cancer asked for prayers.  A protestant street preacher shook hands with the Legionaries.  Fr. John Jimenez of St. Charles Church prayed the Rosary with Legionaries and did contact work meeting four of his parishioners.  A Catholic man, not a member of any group, was handing out Catholic literature, working by himself.  Legionaries spoke with him and found that he had never heard of the Legion of Mary.  He was invited to become a Legion of Mary member.  Seven Legionaries worked in the Tenderloin apostolate.  A man said he had received a rosary from the Legion apostolate ten years ago and was happy to see the Legionaries again and get another rosary.  A homeless man asked for prayers.  A man with his infant son in a stroller accepted miraculous medals.  A man recently released from prison after 14 years was happy to share his faith and thanks God with the Legionaries.  Legionaries met four Youth with a Mission members and their mentor.  The group is from Oregon and is comprised of Presbyterians as well as a baptized Catholic.  They are very cheerful and friendly to Legionaries.  They help provide showers, lunch, haircuts and a recreation room for the poor.  They accepted rosaries for themselves and to pass out to others. (Report by Br. Lanza)

e) 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)
                 Pro Life Website              40 Days for Life Facebook

f) 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.

g) Upcoming Events: Br. Perlas announced the Summer Function on August 22 at San Bruno Park sponsored by the San Mateo Comitium.  He also reminded all about the Legion of Mary Conference in Santa Clara on September 19.  Flyers for both events are available.

 h) 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.

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. If you are a Catholic and want to help your Church, please join the Legion of Mary.
  *Totus Tuus*
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