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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 120th Meeting, February 13th, 2014
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1) Stockton Comitium:  They have 10 attached praesidia and two curiae.  Among works reported are home visitation, book barrow, a rosary rally in Manteca, and the praying of the rosary near abortion clinics. A junior praesidium has 16 members.  A Spanish praesidium has been formed.  
(Report by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Anchorage Curia:  They have 7 directly attached praesidia including one junior praesidium.  Membership totals 51 active and 515 auxiliary members.  A new praesidium was formed at the Cathedral and there is interest in forming a praesidium in Dillingham.  A Columban Drive at St. Patrick’s gained 4 active and 10 auxiliary members.  Legionaries have washed the feet of the homeless at a shelter.  The Curia plans to devote time and study to the junior apostolate in 2014.
(Report prepared by the Curia and read by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent)

3) Sacramento Comitium: They have 11 praesidia including one Spanish-speaking Praesidium, which has 9 active members who teach catechism, bring Holy Communion to the homebound and promote the rosary.  The Comitium has found the distribution of Catholic Radio Cards to be an effective means of evangelization.  There are plans for a Columban Drive and for the establishment of a praesidium.  It was reported in the minutes that a member of the Comitium with a brain tumor and face disfigurement, improved after her praesidium prayed to Frank Duff for her.  They were encouraged to report this to the Concilium.
(Report read by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

4) North Utah Curia: Extension is planned in two parishes, including St. Andrew in Riverton where the PPC was held a few years ago.  The Curia has helped to establish an Arabic-speaking Praesidium in Salt Lake City.  An Arabic Handbook and Tesserae were provided to the praesidium in Salt Lake City by the Our Lady of Palestine Praesidium in San Francisco.  (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)


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

                                        Date: February 10th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sister noted the emphasis in the December minutes on extension with a number of affiliations of new praesidia reported and particularly the growth in the number of Spanish-speaking Praesidia.  She asked all praesidia to study Chapter 30 and Appendix 11 of the handbook as preparation for the Acies.

[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 120th Meeting, February 13th, 2014.

a) Apostolate to the Crowd: At 24th and Mission 5 Legionaries worked.  During the apostolate a march for peace and justice passed by in which Auxiliary Bishop Justice and several priests were present.  The Legionaries greeted and shook hands with them.  Several rally monitors took rosaries.  The Legionaries also shook hands with some Protestants.  At Eddy and Jones Streets 6 Legionaries worked.  A discussion was held with a man who encouraged the Legionaries to “leave the Church and rely on the Bible alone.”  He was politely reminded by the Legionaries that the Bible does not teach that we should rely only on the Bible! (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

b) Rosary Rally: A meeting was held at the Chancery, at which Br. Marten and Br. Frost were present to plan for the Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The Archbishop will again participate in the rally.
c) Pro-life Apostolate:  The Forty Days for Life Campaign is a challenge for us to do this work during Lent as a sacrifice along with prayer and fasting.  A former director of an abortion clinic who is now pro-life, said that when people are outside praying 75% of appointments for abortions do not show up.
(Report by Br. Konopaski)

d) Catholic Radio Cards: Br. Williams said that during the Walk for Life in January Legionaries passed out 20,000 Catholic Radio Cards.  The founder of Immaculate Heart Radio, Doug Sherman, met a Legionary handing out the Catholic Radio Cards and sent an e-mail to Br. Williams thanking the Legionaries.

e) Acies: The Acies for directly attached praesidia to the Senatus will be held on March 16 at St. Cecilia’s Church starting at 2:30 pm.

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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