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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 106th Meeting, December 13th, 2012,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          

1) Oakland Comitium: Six attached Praesidia, with 47 active members and 720 auxiliaries, and three attached Curiae: East Contra Costa with six Praesidia, the Chinese Curia with seven Praesidia, including two junior Praesidia, And South Alameda County, with 26 Praesidia, including four junior Praesidia. Extension is ongoing at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont. Follow up visits are being made at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, after the recent Senatus PPC, by Seminarians and Legionaries. A new secretary and treasurer have been elected by the Comitium.
(Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

2) Northern California Korean Comitium. The meeting is at the Korean Catholic Church in Sacramento. They have eleven directly attached Praesidia with 59 active members and 43 auxiliaries. There are 4 attached Curiae: San Francisco with 3 Praesidia; Oakland with 13; San Jose with 19; and Anchorage with 5. The Anchorage Curia was transferred to their Comitium in August 2012. A Korean Praesidium is planned in Reno, Nevada, as well as in Monterey, California. A new Curia is planned for the Tri-Valley area of the Oakland Diocese. A Mass for the Legion of Mary is held each month in San Francisco. The members subscribe to the Korean Legion of Mary magazine, printed in Korea. Works include Homebound ministry, Pilgrim Virgin, pro-life activity, visiting lapsed Catholic families, caring for newly arrived families, consolation of the bereaved, helping at funerals, and the teaching and administrative of Sunday schools. Challenges are communication with Curiae, the appointment and training of correspondents, and the need to recruit younger, active members. (Report prepared by Comitium, and presented by Br. Anselmo of the San Jose Korean Curia)

3) North San Mateo Curia: They have 18 attached Praesidia, including 2 junior, 1 men's, and 1 family Praesidium, and a total of 162 active and 800 auxiliaries. There were several Praesidia reports: Our Lady of Divine Mercy has 18 active and 362 auxiliary members. They visited 473 homes and helped in the Baptism of a 12 year old girl. Mediatrix of All Graces has 12 active and 112 auxiliaries. They brought the Pilgrim Virgin to 74 families, and helped 28 families renew their Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Columban Drives are planned for 3 Parishes. Officers are being chosen for a new Praesidium. The Curia has proposed the starting of a Patricians group by every Praesidium, and the Curia Spiritual Director, retired from parish ministry, has offered his help. A bowling night was held for Junior Legionaries. The Curia Annual General Reunion had 250 in attendance.
(Report by Sr. Perlas, Curia President)

4) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: They have 9 Praesidia, including 1 junior, and 1 intermediate, with 99 active and 533 auxiliary members. In the last quarter, 1 active and 19 auxiliaries were recruited. The average council attendance has increased to 71%.  A Columban Drive was held for the Spanish Speaking at Epiphany Church, and a Praesidium has started, which will be affiliated with the San Francisco Spanish Curia. Another Columban Drive was held at Mission Dolores Church, and this resulted in 22 interested Parishioners, and another for joining RCIA. Follow up visits are being made. The Curia's bank statements are made available for members during Curia meetings. Works include door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, homebound ministry, promotion of Catholic Radio, prison ministry, and pro-life contact near abortion clinics. Mary, Help of Christians Praesidium gave their 27th annual report, with 17 active members and 122 auxiliaries. They oversee a junior Praesidium, and a Patricians Group. A junior Praesidium at St. Elizabeth, is also seeking affiliation with the Curia. A special day is planned for them.
(Report by Sr. Velicaria, Curia President)

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 106th Meeting, December 13th, 2012.

1) Extension: A Columban Drive at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco, resulted in 37 people expressing interest. A meeting has started, with 8 in attendance - Br. Perlas asks for prayers for them. They will be a strong group, as they are the leaders of the parish, recruited with the help of the Pastor, Fr. Mazza. Br. Perlas also urged that a Columban drive be held each year, in every Parish. A future Columban Drive date will be announced for St. Finn Barr.

2) Year of Faith
: Br. Perlas encouraged each Praesidium to have Year of Faith activities. He suggested studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church each week, as they are doing in his Praesidium.

3) Handbook Project: Ten questions about the handbook have been received from Councils - More are needed, Councils.

4) Archbishop Cordileone - San Francisco's new Archbishop: Br. Perlas sent an official Senatus Letter to his office on December 8th, congratulating him, and including a Spiritual Bouquet from all Legion Members in the Archdiocese. Also, Fr. Goode was asked if he could arrange a meeting with the Archbishop.

5) Promotion of Legion Materials: The Maria Legionis magazine, Some Handbook Reflections pamphlet, and the Frank Duff Prayer card.

6) Annual Planning Meeting, and Correspondents Meeting: November 29th at the Senatus Correspondence Office. Some topics discussed were the next PPC, The Rosary Rally, a Year of Faith Conference, and the upcoming Senatus Acies to be held at St. Cecilia's in March.

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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