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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 107th Meeting, January 10th, 2013,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Seattle Comitium: They have 9 curiae and 14 directly attached praesidia.  Annual reports by three praesidia in the last quarter included a junior praesidium with 20 active and 25 auxiliary members. The children in the junior praesidium make rosaries, and teach others to pray the rosary once they have learned it well.  The two senior praesidia had 15 and 7 active members.  Star of the Sea Curia has 24 adult and 2 junior praesidia with a total of 200 active members.  They invite people to become Catholics and are organizing a retreat for the Korean Community.  Mother of Martyrs Curia has 15 praesidia and one junior praesidium.  They recruited 6 adults and 3 children to join RCIA.  The annual general reunion for the Comitium had 60 legionaries in attendance. (Report prepared by Br. Simpson, President, and read by Br. Marten, Correspondent)

2) Salinas Curia: They have five attached praesidia.  They have planned their Acies for March 24 and made the schedule of praesidia visitation for the year.  For the Year of Faith they are striving to start a Patricians’group. (Report prepared by Sister Fabi, Correspondent)

3) Portland Curia: They have three attached praesidia.  A junior praesidium, with members ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old, is not yet affiliated.  They are planning a visitation to this praesidium and hope that older members can be officers of the junior praesidium. They are planning for extension and also for their annual retreat.  (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

4) Anchorage Curia: They have five senior praesidia and one junior praesidium.  Extension efforts are underway.  Their treasury was audited by a bookkeeper.  Among the works of their praesidia are Pilgrim Virgin, door-to-door visitation, homebound ministry, natural family planning classes, Project Rachel, and baptismal preparation classes. (Report prepared by the Curia and delivered by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent)

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 107th Meeting, January 10th, 2013.

1)  Columban Drive: Brother Perlas stated that a Columban Drive is planned for St. Finn Barr.  Br. Palencia will verify the dates of January 26 and 27 and will call officers of praesidia for help.  There are three Masses on Sunday and one on Saturday evening.

2) Walk for Life:
Br. Marten said that the Walk for Life Committee is asking for volunteers for the day.  Around ten legionaries said they would help direct people to their buses at the end of the walk. [The Walk for Life is completed - see home page for pictures]

3) Senatus Plans for the Year: Plans are being made for the Day of Recollection, Annual General Reunion, a PPC in September, and a Rosary Rally in October.  A Congress may also be held this year. It might be a good time to have Columban Drives in all parishes.

4)  Acies: The Acies will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm at St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco. [see home page for Acies details]

5) Other Information: Regarding the Year of Faith, Br. Perlas said that the Patricians is a good way for Legionaries to increase their knowledge of the Catholic Faith. A question was asked, which will be added to others in the Senatus Handbook Project: “What are the rules for archiving files?” Regarding the Senatus Data Project, distribution groups could be set up to deliver documents such as the News Notes through e-mail.   They could be sent to a wider audience than just the officers of praesidia and councils.  Brother Perlas asked us to have the goal this year of strengthening our attached praesidia. 

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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