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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 113th Meeting, July 11th, 2013
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1) Rogue Valley Curia: Their Acies, which included Mass, was on April 8th at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Shady Grove.  During the last quarter the Curia meetings have been held in Medford, Grants Pass and Shady Grove.  (Report by Sr. Lapuz, Correspondent)

2) Seattle Comitium: There are 9 Curiae and 14 directly attached praesidia.  In one praesidium three Pilgrim Virgin statues are circulating.  Another praesidium recruited three active and 6 auxiliary members recently.  Four curiae gave reports in the period.  Works reported included arranging prayers for the deceased, visiting new parishioners, and bringing Holy Communion to the homebound. 
(Report prepared by Br. Simpson, President and delivered by Br. Marten, Correspondent)

3) South San Mateo Curia: They had three praesidia reports in the last quarter.   Mater Ecclesiae Praesidium has ten active members and organized an auxiliary function where 45 attended.  They supervise a junior praesidium.  Queen of Peace Jr. Praesidium increased their membership from 10 to 12 in the last year.  They visit care homes, helped at the book barrow and Catholic booth at the San Mateo County Fair, and made rosaries for the missions.  Puerta del Cielo has 17 active and 120 auxiliary members.  They visit the sick and homebound, organize novenas at homes of recently deceased, prepare candidates for marriage and confirmation, and make door-to-door visits.  The Curia’s annual Catholic information booth at the San Mateo County Fair was successful.  A Catholic booth at the Nativity Church carnival was also organized with Legionaries from several praesidia participating.
(Report prepared by Sr. Angeles, President and read by Br. Perlas).

4) Salinas Curia: Our Lady of Fatima praesidium has five members.  They bring Holy Communion to the homebound and promote the Divine Mercy devotion as well as organize the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration.  They visited 30 homes.  Our Lady of Lourdes praesidium has 7 members.  They assist the priest at three convalescent homes, visit the patients after Mass - one man went to Confession after 50 years.  They visit a mental institution each week and have a book barrow.  They recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the bedside of the dying and arrange for the anointing of the sick.  The Curia is looking into ways to increase door-to-door visitation by its members despite the low membership of its praesidia.  (Report by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent)

5) Portland Curia: Our Lady of the Northwest has three attached praesidia.  They do door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd near abortion clinics, and assist with retreats.  There is a junior praesidium, which is not yet affiliated.  Every year they have a booth at the Rosary Bowl in the state fairgrounds in Salem.  They teach people to make rosaries.  Their annual retreat from September 7 to 9, is about the Year of Faith.  Br. Frost and Sr. DeVincenzi made a visitation to the Curia on June 8.  They encouraged the officers of the Curia to focus on extension and to stay in contact with people in other parts of the state who have expressed an interest in the Legion of Mary.  Several of the Legionaries at the council meeting said that the new Archbishop of Portland has informed them that he is an auxiliary member of the Legion.  (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus
                                               Excerpts of a Letter from Sister McManus, Received July 7, 2013

Sister said that she will circulate the Senatus program for the Year of Faith to the Concilium officers and said, “we can all learn from your hard work meeting and compiling this program.”  Sister was grateful also for the report of the Family Praesidium.  She congratulated the Stockton Comitium on their good attendance and variety of works, and commended Anchorage for their guidance on natural family planning.
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 113th Meeting, July 11th, 2013.

1) Extension: Br. Perlas reported that a Columban Drive is scheduled for St. Paul’s on July 27 and 28.  Legionaries are needed to help out.  At St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Santa Rosa 45 names were obtained, 13 have agreed to become active members.  To accommodate people’s different schedules two praesidia will be formed: one on Wednesday evening and one on Saturday morning.  Joseph Eckels, a Legionary recently moved from Boston to Santa Rosa, was the key person.  The parish priests were very supportive.

2) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Msgr. Rios, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge parish in San Jose, confirmed that the PPC would be held Sept. 13 to 19.  More information will be available next month.  Br. Perlas encouraged new members and all to participate in the PPC.  Sr. Velicaria said that there are many Vietnamese in that parish and asked what we are doing for them.  Br. Perlas said we should invite the many Vietnamese Legionaries in San Jose to assist us.

3) Year of Faith: The Year of Faith Conference at Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Santa Clara will be on August 10th, and Fr. Goode, and Fr. Lim will be the speakers. The attendance is expected to be 500 to 600.

4) Pro-Life Activity: Br. Konopaski, Chairperson, said that we should try to keep a presence at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 1650 Valencia, in between the Forty Days for Life Campaign.  An ordinance has been passed in San Francisco, which requires a 25-foot distance away from the front door.  On Saturdays at 9:00 am the rosary is prayed and at least two people are needed there.  Every third Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon the Daly City/Colma Curia and the Mission Excelsior Curia contact people there. 

5) Change of Date for Senatus Meetings:
A reminder that the Senatus meetings in November and December will be on the first Thursday of the month (Nov. 7 and Dec. 5) because the hall at St. Finn Barr's is not available on the 2nd Thursdays.

6) The Legion Retreat will be August 2nd to 4th. (See Calendar for details) SFSenatusCalendar

7) The Senatus Summer Function (along with associated councils) will be on August 17th (See Calendar for details) SFSenatusCalendar

8) Other Activities:  Space is still available for the Legion or Mary retreat at St. Clare’s on August 2-3.  The Legion workshop was on June 22 and people commented that there was good participation and attendance and that the workshop helped the Legionaries from different curiae to bond with each other.  Seventy were expected at the Day of Recollection but 125 attended.  Fr. Goode and Fr. Lim are willing to set five days aside for a Legion of Mary School of Evangelization.  The focus would be on apostolic work such as door-to-door evangelization.

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.
  *Totus Tuus*
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