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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 119th Meeting, January 9th, 2014
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Rogue Valley Curia: Five attached Praesidia, 23 active members, and 341 auxiliary members. Attendance at the Council is 75%.  Among their works are visitation of the homebound, Sacred Heart Enthronment, and Pilgrim Virgin.
(Report by Sr. Lapuz, Correspondent)

2) Seattle Comitium: They have 9 attached curiae, and 14 attached Praesidia, covering the entire state of Washington. A junior Praesidium is being formed. A Rosary Rally, followed by a potluck, was held in October at Sacred Heart Church. All 20 decades of the Rosary were prayed, and a film was shown. The Vietnamese Curia assisted the dying to receive the Sacraments, and helped people to return to the Church.
(Report by Br. Marten, Correspondent)

3) South San Mateo Curia: Three Praesidia gave reports in the last quarter, and each had door-to-door visitation during the year. A Columban Drive is planned for St. Timothy, and a second junior Praesidium is being formed at St. Catherine's. Other works reported included the Catholic Information Booth at the San Mateo County Fair, prison ministry, RCIA and CCD. (Report by Sr. Angeles, President)

4) Salinas Curia: Their works include book barrow, Sacred Heart Enthronement, bringing Holy Communion to the homebound, prison ministry, promotion of the Divine Mercy, and door-to-door visitation in the summertime. Their Spiritual Director is encouraging formation of a Patrician's group.
(Report by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent)

5) Portland Curia: The Curia President was elected to a second term, and the Curia is preparing for Columban Drives in several parishes. A new Praesidium is being formed at St. Francis, and the pastor of a neighboring parish is asking for a Praesidium. The Curia president wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Portland, asking for his support for the establishment of the Legion of Mary in parishes. The Archbishop commented that the Legion of Mary is on the front lines in the New Evangelization. The Curia Annual General Reunion was held on December 7th.
(Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

6) San Francisco Spanish Curia: They have five attached Praesidia. A new Praesidium is being formed at Epiphany Parish. Their first Acies was held at Mission Dolores and their Spiritual Director, Fr. Jimenez, said Mass. The Pilgrim Virgin was brought to 22 homes. Two Legionaries gave Bible lessons in homes, and at Mission Dolores, and Legionaries also teach CCD. Eight Legionaries are Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, and bring Holy Communion to the homebound, and to hospital patients. The Curia goal is to extend the Legion, and strengthen their Praesidia. Br. Perlas said that the Legion can have many more Praesidia, and commended the Curia on their good work.
(Report by Br. Rosendo Chan, President)
                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

  Excerpts of a Letter from Sister McManus, Dated January 3rd, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sr. McManus wishes a Happy New Year to all members of the Senatus, and encouraged all to continue commitment to True Devotion to Mary.
Sr. also shared Legion news from around the world. [You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 119th Meeting, January 9th, 2014.

a) Columban Drives: Br. Perlas stated that Columban Drives are planned in several parishes:  St. Finn Barr’s and St. Agnes.
Other Praesidia should not wait to hold recruiting drives; they should organize on their own.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd: At Bart at 24th & Mission, many people were happy to receive Rosaries and complimented the Legionaries on the Apostolate. At Eddy & Jones, 7 Legionaries worked. A family of five took Miraculous Medals, and several people asked for prayers. Many contacts were made, including a mother with three children. Br. Wehrmeister thanked all Legionaries for their support of the Apostolate, for a very good year.

c) Book Barrow at UN Plaza Farmers’ Market: Four Legionaries participated, and spoke to many Spanish speakers who do not attend church, and invited them to RCIA at St. Patrick's. A lady who once a Legionary in her own country, and emigrated here, was invited to become an active member again. And, an auxiliary member was recruited. (Report by Br. Pasion, Chairperson)

d) Pro Life: Br. Perlas encouraged all members to participate in the Walk for Life starting at SF Civic Center, on January 25th.

e) Cards advertizing Catholic Radio: Br. Williams was given permission by his pastor, to stand outside his Church and hand out packets of Catholic Radio Cards. Others that were asked to hand out cards, said "yes",were glad to participate, and learned of the Legion, since Br. Al stated that he was a member of the Legion of Mary,

f) Last December's Annual General Reunion was held at St. Finn Barr's. There was a discussion of the event, and comments about the excellent participation and organization.

g) Acies: The Acies for Senatus and attached praesidia will be held at St. Cecilia's Church, on March 16th, 2014, starting at 2:00 PM
To see the circular for this year's Acies:   Acies 2014

h) Praesidium Membership Goal: Br. Perlas requests that each Praesidium have a membership goal for the new year. Sr. Peterson suggested that the President of each Praesidium ask members "What did you do to recruit a new Member"? during each meeting - Sr. said that this is how her Presidium gained two new members. Br. Perlas states that everyone should recruit at least one new member during the year.

i) Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima: b) PPC:  The schedule for the current visitation of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima to parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is available. The Pilgrim Virgin will be here until Jan. 23rd.

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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