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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 142nd Meeting, December 10th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

1) Oakland Comitium: (reported by Br. Perlas on behalf of Br. Miller, Correspondent) They have 10 attached praesidia – 9 Senior and one Junior.  They have 93 active members and 1,142 auxiliary members.   They have four attached Curiae with 70% attendance at council meetings.  The Oakland Comitium will be affiliating one new praesidium to the council.  Three new praesidia were established this year by the Oakland Spanish Curia.  They visited 136 Catholic homes, 66 non-Catholics and 149 non-practicing.  The Pilgrim Virgin was welcomed in 522 homes.

2) Northern West Coast Korean Comitium: (reported by Br. Anselmo Yoon, Council Member) They have 58 attached praesidia – 53 Senior, 3 Junior, and one Intermediate).  They have 472 active members and 518 auxiliary members.  They have five attached Curiae with 28% attendance at Comitium meetings.  Evangelization works include Homebound Ministry, Pilgrim Virgin and Family Rosary, Pro-Life and Extension.  The Oakland Korean Curia is working on establishing one young adult praesidium.  They continue to distribute evangelization literature in Korean that includes CD’s containing sermons of Korean priests.  These are distributed in Korean restaurants and shops.

3) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: (reported by Curia President, Sister Tessie Velicaria) They have 10 attached praesidia – 8 Senior, one Junior and one Intermediate. They have 75 active members and 646 auxiliary members with 71% attendance at council meetings.  They plan to extend the Legion in 28 parishes. A recent Columban Drive at Mission Dolores Basilica was successful and they gathered 42 names.  Other apostolic works include the following: promotion of Immaculate Heart Radio, facilitating Frank Duff Prayer Group, Patrician Group, and Praesidium assistance.

4) San Jose Comitium: (reported by Comitium President, Br. Mike Aubin) They have 17 attached praesidia – 15 Senior and 2 Junior.  They have 170 active members.  They have 3 attached Curiae (Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese) with 72% attendance at council meetings.  They have a regular schedule for Columban Drive, Exploratio Dominicalis, Apostolate to the Crowd and Rosary Crusades throughout the year.  During the next quarter they will schedule book barrows.  They plan to restart a junior praesidium at Our Lady of Peace

5) San Mateo County Comitium: (reported by Comitium President, Sr. Marina Angeles) They have 17 attached praesidia (15 Senior including one Family Praesidium and one for men only; and 2 junior praesidia).  They have 156 active members and 850 auxiliary members.  They have two attached Curiae with 62% attendance at the council meetings.  They recently formed an extension committee to assist in the newly formed praesidium.  Members from the attached praesidia take turns in the supervision.  Juniors’ Advent Recollection was a success attended by 50 invited parishioners and junior members.  Other legion apostolic works included the following: promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass, promotion of Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and retreats, teaching catechism, distributing Immaculate Heart Radio cards.


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 Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus
Letter, Dated December 1st, 2015
 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Brother Cooke acknowledged the receipt of the October minutes, and congratulated the newly elected Senatus officers for their generosity to serve Our Lady.  These are Br. Bill Wehrmeister, Br. Ray Frost and Sr. Carmen Perlas.  Br. Cooke also presented questions on the development of a higher council in Seattle.  A copy of his letter was given to Br. Dave Marten who is the council correspondent who will address it directly.  He also mentioned a new approach recommended by the Concilium on Pro-life Apostolate which is very fruitful.  What an inspiring Concilium News in November with two Concilium visitors reporting on a recent visit to Columbia that showed 50,000 active Legionaries and in Bogota with 3,000 where there is a large number of younger members of the Legion.
[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 142nd Meeting, December 10th, 2015.

a) Extension and Columban Drive: At St. James Catholic Church, Br. Pol Palencia reported that for three weeks now one or two members have come regularly to pray the Rosary with them.

b) PPC: Brs. Perlas and Marten will be working out more details on this year’s PPC as it has been proposed that we do mini PPC’s this year at different parishes and locations instead of having the PPC at one main location.

c) Apostolate to the Crowd at the 24th & Mission: Br. Lanza reported that 6 Legionaries came to assist.  After speaking with Br. Bill Wehrmeister a man decided to return to church.  Next apostolate in on January first.

d) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets: The next apostolate is scheduled on January 1, 2016 due to the last Friday of the month falling on Christmas Eve.

e) Pro-life Apostolate: Br. Konopaski encouraged everyone to go to Planned Parenthood on Valencia and 16th Streets, specifically on Thursdays at 10:00 am.  Brother told a story about “Ana” who decided to keep her baby.  Stop by the pro-life table that will be set up during the West Coast Walk for Life event on January 23, 2016.  On-going activity is the gathering of signatures for the Parental Notification Initiative.  All Legionaries have been asked to help support this initiative.

f) Annual General Reunion: Br. Perlas thanked everyone for their participation, particularly for bringing lots of good food.  Comments were very positive.  Attendance from the San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia was excellent.  This year’s skit was also very inspiring.

g) Legal Entity of the San Francisco Senatus: In our efforts to further understand and establish our legal entity status, Br. Perlas reported that Br. Williams had done excellent research work to determine that the San Francisco Senatus is listed under the Official Catholic Directory (also known as the Kennedy Directory).  Br. Perlas further explained that this means that we are considered as an “integral auxiliary” of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and so we are a Church organization included in the USCCB group ruling and are automatically considered as “affiliated with a church or convention or association of churches” under group ruling, Group Exemption Number (GEN) 0928.  From the perspective of the IRS, we are considered as subordinate to the parent organization (non-profit organization).  We have a tax-exempt status and are not required to file any form of tax reports.  We also have our EIN number.  This number has been used for opening our bank account at Wells Fargo Bank.  Based on Br. Williams’s research and accompanying documentation, we are happy to report that the San Francisco Senatus has met all the necessary requirements to establish our legal entity status as a non-profit organization of the Catholic Church.  The next step is that we will encourage, if not mandate, all councils (Comitiae and Curiae) attached to the Senatus to research their legal status.  Ideally every council should be listed in the Official Catholic Directory under their respective Dioceses.

h) Senatus Treasury Report: Effective January 2016 the Senatus Treasurer will be providing reports to all Council Treasurers showing their month’s contribution to the Senatus and a Summary of the Senatus Treasurer’s Report.

Other Concerns

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

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.

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.
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