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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 118th Meeting, December 5th, 2013
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) San Jose Comitium:  They have 170 active members in directly attached praesidia.  Two new praesidia were formed in the Spanish Curia.  The Vietnamese Curia has 27 praesidia and is growing.  Average attendance at Comitium meetings is 65%.  A Patricians meeting will have the topic of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation.  They plan to have a Columban Drive in each parish next year.  A Rosary Crusade is scheduled every two months.  They hope to have a new Comitium Spiritual Director soon.  At Our Lady of Refuge Parish where the PPC took place there are plans for English, Spanish and Vietnamese speaking praesidia. (Report by Br. Aubin, President)

2) Oakland Comitium: A new Spanish Curia is being formed with five praesidia.  A new Comitium President was elected.  Attendance at Comitium meetings averages 75%.  A Columban Drive netted 66 auxiliary members but no active members.  They will try to increase door-to-door visitation.  East Contra Costa Curia established a new praesidium with two deacons as members. (Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

3) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: They have 9 praesidia.  A new praesidium will be affiliated.  The Curia has plans for establishing other new praesidia.  Two Baptist couples were assisted to become Catholics.  Members are promoting the Miraculous Medal to children who are making their First Holy Communion. (Report read by Br. Perlas)

4) North San Mateo Curia: They have 17 praesidia with 175 active members.  A new praesidium is to be affiliated at All Souls Church with the pastor as Spiritual Director.  Two Columban Drives are planned.  The Curia is encouraging praesidia to undertake more heroic work and to review parish boundaries to ensure coverage of the entire parish. (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)

5) Daly City-Colma Curia: They have 9 attached praesidia with 105 active members and 820 auxiliaries.  Council attendance is 90%.  Junior members prayed the rosary in a public park and afterwards had games and refreshments.  They would like to do this on a regular basis and invite other junior praesidia in the area to join them.  A Patricians group has an average attendance of 15.

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

                                             Excerpts of a Letter from Sister McManus, Dated October 28th, 2013 (The most current correspondence to date)

"When I reviewed your August Minutes, the reports were impressive. The September Minutes reflect good extension and recruiting efforts, good activity for juniors, and for Patricians. A question from Sacramento Praesidium: "Can a prison praesidium be formed, since it may not be possible to be visited by the higher council?" Answer: The priority is to give inmates the blessing of Legion membership, even if they cannot be visited. Perhaps it is possible to have a member of the Prison Staff join as a member, but that is not always possible. Prisoners should not be deprived of Legion membership for this reason. A correspondent or another Praesidium can keep in contact with them, bring news, and answer questions. Officers should be appointed as usual, and if possible, the prison Praesidium should be encouraged and visited by the curia twice yearly. There are already prison Praesidia in many parts of the world, and Legion membership has a very positive effect on prison life..."

From Concilium Reports and news: A praesidium of 6 in Dublin distributes 100 copies of Maria Legionis quarterly, and runs a Rosary group in an Asylum Seekers Hostel. In Ireland, 8 junior Legionaries clean graves for special commemorative Masses, and knit blankets for third world children. In East Java, junior Praesidia and Exploratio Dominicalis are emphasized. The Senatus in Rio de Janeiro had 2257 visitors to the Legion stand at World Youth Day. Young Legionaries were commended for their contact work, and appreciation for two young Irish Legionaries. Rwanda had 320 young people at a 3 day youth conference, which was highly commended by the Bishops there.                     

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 118th Meeting, December 5th, 2013.

a) Book Barrow at UN Plaza Farmers’ Market: Six Legionaries participated.  A man from Israel took a Miraculous Medal.  Another man moving to a new home took a Miraculous Medal and rosary.  A protestant spoke with the Legionaries.  Two auxiliaries were recruited. (Report by Br. Pasion, Chairperson)

b) PPC:  A PPC is tentatively planned for September.

c) Pro-Life Activity:  The Walk for Life is scheduled for January 25 and the Forty Days for Life Campaign will be in attendance.  Since 2007 this campaign has saved 8000 babies that are known about, 88 abortion workers have quit and 40 abortion centers have closed.  When people are praying outside an abortion clinic there is a 75% “no show” rate for abortions.  Each week at the local abortion clinic there are people praying on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
(Br. Konopaski, Chairperson)

d) Columban Drives: Br. Perlas stated that several Columban Drives are planned in several parishes:  St. Paul’s, St. Finn Barr’s, St. Agnes, and Sts. Peter and Paul.

e) 2014 Schedule: Br. Perlas distributed the 2014 schedule for the Senatus.

f) Simbang Gabi: On December 6 there will be a Simbang Gabi commissioning Mass at the Cathedral at 7:30 pm and the Legion of Mary will be represented. (Simbang Gabi is a nine day series of Masses in the Philippines, in honor of the Blessed Virgin, prior to Christmas)

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 will conclude 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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