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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 144th Meeting, February 11th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

1) Our Lady of Palestine Praesidium, St. Thomas More Church, San Francisco gave their 24th annual report.  With a total of 14 members, their Legion works include Book Barrow, Apostolate to the Crowd, Pilgrim Virgin, Homebound and Hospital Ministry.  There were some areas of improvement noted.  It was suggested that with Fr. Boggi as their Spiritual Director they will receive help in rectifying the tenure of offices which are past over due so that new officers can be appointed.  It was suggested that an English-speaking praesidium be formed at St. Thomas More.  The Senatus admires the dedication of this praesidium in continuing to serve our Blessed Mother.

B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

1) Stockton Comitium: (reported by Sr. Rose Symkowick, Correspondent) They have 12 attached praesidia (10 Senior, including one Vietnamese; 2 Junior).  148 total active members. 747 total auxiliaries. Two attached Curiae with 7 praesidia each.  65% attendance at the Council meeting.  Evangelization highlights for this quarter:  A Buddhist from Vietnam showed interest in becoming a Catholic.  A 30-year-old Hispanic male expressed his interest of returning to the Catholic Church.  A Protestant Pastor accepted a Catholic Church bulletin.  The Comitium covers a vast territory, which extends to the boundaries of Yosemite.  There is still a lot of work to be done.

2) Idaho Comitium: (reported by Br. Ando Perlas, Correspondent) They have three directly attached praesidia.  The have one attached Curia with 12 praesidia.  It was unanimously voted and approved to form one Council (Idaho Curia) that will establish a Spanish praesidium in the near future. Hence they may be formed back as a Comitium.

3) Anchorage Curia: (reported by Sr. Tessie Velicaria Correspondent) They have 8 attached praesidia (6 Senior and 2 Junior); 69 active members; 512 auxiliary members.  Council meeting attendance is 93% for Curia officers and 51% for praesidia officers.  Successful extension efforts as follows: Our Lady of Victory at St. Elizabeth Seton Church will be affiliated soon.  The Curia continues to work with St. Andrew Church in Eagle River in hopes of starting a praesidium.  They are asking permission from the Senatus to start a Junior praesidium at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla and this will be under the supervision of a praesidium at St. Patrick.  Through the efforts of Legionaries one baby was saved from abortion.


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.


Excerpts from Letters from Brother Andrew Cooke
Concilium Correspondent to the San Francisco Senatus
Dated January 13, 2016 and February 3, 2016

In his letter of January 13, Brother Cooke commended our latest visit to Anchorage, Alaska.  He is impressed with the geographical reach of the San Francisco Senatus northwards to Fairbanks and Anchorage.  He also noted our ongoing apostolate to the crowds at various points in San Francisco, which ensures that people see the Legion in action.  In his February 3rd letter, Br. Cooke encourages the current officers of the 11 directly attached praesidia to attend the monthly Senatus meeting regularly as it is not only their duty but also a privilege.

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 144th Meeting, February 11th, 2016

a) Apostolate to the Crowd at 24th and Mission: Brother Wehrmeister, along with several Legionaries, was there on the Super Bowl weekend.  He was very grateful to Spanish-speaking Legionaries who were able to contact the many Spanish speakers in the neighborhood.  A story: Leila and Anna, the Protestant street workers, approached the Legionaries and shook hands and hugged them enthusiastically after a long conversation. This took place the day Pope Francis was at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets: Five Legionaries went out on a cool evening with a little rain.  They spoke with 30 people.  They gave out four rosaries to “Youth With a Mission” workers; others asked for prayers.  A man came by and started yelling, “The Catholic Church is all a bunch of *!!, etc. etc.” He followed the traditional, “I’m here to tell off the Church” pattern.  These people, unhappy with the Church, scream a bunch of insults, then jump and run away fast down the street, as if they are being chased by demons.  Perhaps if such people stayed around they could have a meaningful conversation with the Legionaries.

c) Pro-life Apostolate:  Forty Days for Life began on Ash Wednesday.  Each Legionary has been requested to sign up for an hour vigil.  Flyers with detailed information have been distributed.  It was announced that there would be training for adults to work in Planned Parenthood as witness to the staff performing abortions.

d) Acies on Sunday, March 20: Acies flyers were distributed.  The Acies will be held on Sunday, March 20 at St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco.  It will begin at 2:30 pm.

e) Prison Pen-Pal Ministry:  An orientation workshop will be held at St. Finn Barr Convent on February 26th.  Come and learn to write to our brothers and sisters in prison and evangelize at the same time.

f) Apostolate to the Tourist: There is a great opportunity for evangelization to the tourists.  We will create a brochure that can be distributed to tourists.  Further discussion will take place at the board meeting.

g) Extension at St. James Church: Br. Palencia plans to coordinate another Columban Drive.

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.
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