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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 150th Meeting, August 11th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports from San Francisco Senatus

1) 37th Annual Report of Our Lady of Guadalupe Praesidium, Holy Name Church, San Francisco (Reported by Br. Dave Marten, Vice President)
Founded on December 12, 1980, this Praesidium has five Active and 72 Auxiliary Members, including 8 new enrollments this year.  Weekly meeting attendance is 99%.   Apostolic works include Apostolate to the Crowd on 24th and Mission Sts, and at Eddie and Jones Streets, and crowd contacts at Valencia Street.  They visit rest homes close to the parish four times a year, including Little Sisters of the Poor Retirement Home. Two residents there are Chinese legionaries, who were imprisoned for 28 years in China for being Legion of Mary members, before coming to America. The Praesidium also participates in the Homebound Ministry, Hospital Ministry and Prison Ministry, where they coordinate with the priest who visit the men and women facilities, and arrange special confessions.  Many families were given rosary packets at the Book Barrow in San Mateo Fair.  Three officers of this praesidium do a lot behind the scenes as PPC Coordinator, Senatus Correspondent and Senatus Treasurer.

 
B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

(1) Stockton Comitium, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom (Reported by Sr. Rose Symkowick, Correspondent)
Total attached Praesidia: 12 (9 English, 1 Vietnamese), 2 Juniors; Two attached Curia have 14 attached Praesidia altogether – English and Spanish.  Council meeting attendance is 64%.  Evangelization Works include:  Door-to-door, Apostolate to the Crowd at the Asparagus Festival and weekly public Rosary Crusade, Bereavement, book barrow, Catholic Radio Campaign, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, Distribution of Holy Communion to Care Centers, Homebound, Psychiatric Hospital and Care Homes; Patricians, Prison Ministry, Pilgrim Virgins or Family Rosary, Annual Rosary Crusade, sponsored weekly Holy Masses dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.  Other apostolic works include teaching Catholic Faith Formation and RCIA, and Rosary making for distribution to the Religious Education students.  A member is diligently working on couples’ marriage validation.  Junior officers and members are involved in the annual Children and Youth Day Festival.  This Comitium is very active.  They always come in busloads during Legion of Mary events.

(2) Sacramento Comitium (Reported by Br. Raymond Frost, Correspondent)
The Comitium has three attached Curiae and 12 Senior Praesidia.  Meeting attendance has dropped during the summer.  Over 60 members with their praesidium banners took part in the Corpus Christi procession led by the Bishop.  They are planning a Columban Drive this coming quarter and forming one more Spanish-speaking praesidium.   Evangelization works include Apostolate to the Crowd, Book Barrow, Homebound Ministry, Sacred Heart Enthronement, Pilgrim Virgin and Prison Ministry.  They also have evangelizing opportunities when serving in the parish bookstore.  They intend to involve the Knights of Columbus on their outdoor function.  They will also explore the possibilities of involving their Parochial schools in forming junior praesidium.

(3) Portland Curia, Our Lady of the Northwest Curia (Reported by Br. Ray Frost, Correspondent)
This Curia has four attached praesidia and four more new praesidia being formed.  Extension activity continues where the Legion does not exist.  Pastors are being approached to see if they would agree to the establishment of the Legion of Mary in their parishes.  They are planning for their annual Legion of Mary retreat in September.  The Curia is also preparing to undertake Apostolate to the Crowd.  They are working with St. Paul Apostolate for Street Evangelization using their materials.

(4) Idaho Comitium, (now Idaho Curia) (reported by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)
No report was submitted, as they are changing officers.  Election will take place on their next council meeting.

(5) North Utah Curia (reported by Br. Al Williams, Correspondent) No report was submitted.

6) Anchorage Curia (reported by  Sr. Tessie Velicaria, Correspondent)
Members from Anchorage will travel from Alaska to attend Senatus and the Annual Senatus Conference.

 
Note: Br. Cook's letter from Concilium is not posted this month, pending his decision to publish on the web.
 
 

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 Site...so that Archived reports reflect the minutes as stated at the given month's meeting.

 
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 150th Meeting, August 11th, 2016

a) SF Senatus PPC at Half Moon Bay: Br. Dave reported that there is a great response locally and nationally.  Two members are coming from Indiana, two from Virginia, and a member from Seattle.  Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get your feet wet in door-to-door.  A retired chef who is an Auxiliary member is cooking on the Orientation Night.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd at 24th and Mission Streets:
 Seven legionaries attended, together with Father John Jimenez, who had a long conversation with an Evangelical. This apostolate shows the considerate response of legionaries to contacts -sometimes long and involved conversations, and at other times, people just smiling, getting a Rosary while they run on their errands. Br. Bill Wehrmeister invites all to participate no matter what language they speak.  In this area one hears a variety of languages.  Legionaries spoke with many and collected 90 names of contacts.

c) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy & Jones Sts: Nine legionaries attended.  It was the birthday of two legionaries and was the first apostolate of another.  They made 30 contacts that night.  They met a gay man who spoke at length about his history, first as a young boy, very religious, thinking of being a priest, and then, how he left the Church later as a gay person.  We encouraged him to be a practicing Catholic again and return to Church.

d) Pro Life Work – Br. Ron Konopaski, Chairperson met a former director of a Planned Parenthood, now converted and leading a ministry called “And Then There Were None." She entices the workers out of Planned Parenthood and offers them other jobs.   He thinks that not to be active in this ministry is a mistake, and that people may have a misconception of what we are doing.  Jesus says love your enemies and doing this ministry is one of the ways to show how.   Flyers about the Life Chain seminar coming up in October are available.  Br. Perlas encouraged writing to Br. Cooke directly about this issue (give Br. Ando a copy also).  We will keep the lines of communications on this matter open.

e) Summer Function – San Bruno Park, August 13.  Everyone is invited.  We will have great fun!

 f) Legion of Mary SF Senatus Conference – Sep 10, 2016 (Saturday). It is expected to be another successful event, so please pray for its success and campaign for good attendance.

g) Rosary Rally - October 8, 2016 at 12:00 noon, at the United Nations Civic Center Plaza. It coincides with beginning of the 100th year anniversary of the apparition of our Blessed Mother in Fatima.
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Other Concerns

Pro-Life Apostolate: Legionaries are encouraged 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.

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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.
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The Legion of Mary will continue their ongoing efforts at Evangelization, which remains the central work of the Legion.
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The End of the Report for the 150th San Francisco Senatus Meeting of August 11th, 2016
  *Totus Tuus*
 
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