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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 143rd Meeting, January 14th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

1) Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Praesidium of St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Santa Rosa gave their eighth annual report.  The report highlights are as follows: With eight dedicated members, the focus of their apostolic work under the direction of their Pastor was toward the Pro-life Ministry, homebound ministry and hospital visitations.  Two Legionaries, sometimes joined by parishioners, pray the Holy Rosary during the abortion days in a quite heated atmosphere (water bottles thrown at them, individuals walking into their group and knocking signs out of their hands and stepping on them).  One time one of the members was physically pushed.  They distributed Rosaries and Miraculous Medals to couples, girls and women who are passing by or who are actually going to the clinic.  In addition, they continue to seek new active and auxiliary members from the Perpetual Adoration Chapel goers and the Pilgrim Virgin devotees.  Their goal for next year is to add two new praesidia (Spanish and Fijian) with the hopes of establishing a new Curia in Santa Rosa.
2) Our Lady of Mercy Praesidium at St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco gave their 36th annual report.  With 12 active members, their apostolic works include: door-to-door visitation; coordinating 24-hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every First Friday; bringing the Pilgrim Virgin to homes (36 homes welcomed the Pilgrim Virgin); conducting a Patricians meeting; bringing Holy Communion to the homebound and to hospitals.  They organized a Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Peace, which was attended by 50 people this year.  An active member was accepted for diaconate studies for the Archdiocese of Davenport, Iowa.  Their goals for next year are to recruit more members, to resume the Apostolate to the Crowd at Forest Hill Station, and to organize another Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Peace for the Year of Mercy.
3) Our Lady of the Annunciation Praesidium at St. Gabriel’s Church in San Francisco gave their 51st annual report.  With a total of six members, their weekly attendance is 100%.  Their apostolic works include: Apostolate to the Crowd, promoting daily Mass and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, promoting the Pilgrim Virgin Devotion, teaching catechism (Catholic Faith Formation), bringing Holy Communion to the homebound and visiting hospital patients.  They reported a touching story of a sick person who was healed after receiving the Sacrament of the Sick.  They plan to visit homes next year.  They were congratulated for their dedication and perseverance.
B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

1) Seattle Comitium: (reported by Br. Anthony Chow, Comitium Assistant Treasurer) They have 10 attached Curiae; 15 attached praesidia (14 Senior and one Junior); 765 total active members; 2,850 total auxiliaries.  Council attendance: 93% Comitium officers and 26% members.  The Seattle Comitium has established 2016 as the Year of Legion Extension.  They plan to assign every attached praesidium the task of doubling its praesidium membership and/or organizing a new senior praesidium and a junior in those neighboring parishes that have schools.  They will conduct extensions at the Seattle University and the Newman Center and will involve the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle at the Rosary Rally.  It was good to see Brother Chow in person to render the Comitium’s quarterly report and to address several questions/concerns of Brother Cooke, Concilium Correspondent, in his letter addressed to the San Francisco Senatus on the recommendation of elevating the Seattle Comitium to a Regia.  Their answers are as follows:  A. Our Comitium has 15 attached praesidia.  B. The attendance at the Comitium meeting is 93% for officers and 26% for members.  C. The Comitium has 10 attached Curia.  D. The Comitium covers two dioceses.  E. Their Comitium is absolutely able to provide correspondents and visitation to the attached Councils.  F. The surrounding Councils will absolutely have easy access to the Regia meeting.

2) Salinas Curia: (reported by Sr. Virginia Fabi, Curia Correspondent) All of the attached six praesidia have reported.  Salinas Curia will propose to the Bishop of Monterey about the recommendation of the San Francisco Senatus on changing the name from Salinas Curia to Monterey Curia under the Diocese of Monterey.  Included in their plans for the year is to conduct a Legion Congress.
3) Portland Curia: (reported by Br. Raymond Frost, Curia Correspondent) They have four attached praesidia including one Spanish praesidium.  There are three new praesidia being formed.  A recent praesidium report showed 9 active members of whom 8 are praetorians.  Members visit the sick and homes for the elderly and convalescent hospitals.  They also teach CCD and assist during retreats

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.

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 143rd Meeting, January 14th, 2016

a) Apostolates to the Crowd: During the year 2015 there was a total of 24 apostolates.  This number includes the apostolates at two locations – 24th and Mission Streets; Eddy and Jones Streets.  The Legion is getting a Catholic presence on the streets of San Francisco. Legionaries have given up their holidays to work among the poor and those living in high crime areas.
b) Pro-life Apostolate: Br. Konopaski invited everyone to come to the Info-Fair prior to the Walk for Life.  People were asked to come early and visit the booths. People were requested to join others in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood.  Forty Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday and people should register their hours. Flyers are available and Senatus attendees were asked to distribute these at their parishes.  Regarding the Walk for Life March, attendees are asked to be as neutral as possible so that they can evangelize the pro-choice group during the march.

c) Connecting with Senatus Officers Throughout the United States:  The San Francisco Senatus will make an effort to contact other officers to discuss our concerns, among them obtaining Tax Identification Numbers. 

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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