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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 112th Meeting, June 13th, 2013,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) San Jose Comitium:  They have 17 directly attached praesidia, including 3 junior praesidia, with a total of 170 active members. Their 3 attached Curiae are Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly celebrated Mass at their Acies, along with 5 Spiritual Directors and 250 legionaries. The Vietnamese Curia has 25 praesidia, 305 active, 84 praetorian, and 3065 auxiliary members. The Spanish Curia has 4 praesidia with 36 active and 226 auxiliary members, and they are doing extension work, and organized a Marian Retreat.
The San Jose Comitium is co-hosting and sponsoring the Year of Faith Conference at Our Lady of Peace Shrine. They will also help at the SF Senatus PPC in September at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in San Jose. The Comitium books are being audited, and any recommendations will be followed. Comitium works are book barrow, homebound ministry, door-to-door, detention ministry, hospital visitation, and CCD and RCIA work. A Rosary Crusade is being planned for the Cathedral and nearby city plaza. (Report by Br. Aubin, President)

2) Oakland Comitium: Six attached Praesidia with 38 active and 771 auxiliary members, and three attached curiae: Oakland Chinese, Southern Alameda, and East Contra Costa County. Attendance is 75% at Comitium meetings. The Comitium treasurer will submit their financial report. Our Lady of China Curia is conducting extension in Sacramento for a Chinese Praesidium, and they also have Columban drives in San Ramon, Pleasanton, and Dublin. Because of the high crime rate in Oakland, Pastors are not allowing door-to-door visitation, but Exploratio Dominicalis is encouraged in safer areas. Br. Perlas stated that a Spanish Speaking Curia was established in the Oakland Comitium on June 6th. (Report by Sr. Estrada, Secretary)

3) North West Coast Korean Comitium: Five attached Curiae and ten attached Praesidia, with 410 active members and 471 auxiliary members. The Comitium Spiritual Director and President will visit the Anchorage Korean Curia, to do training, and to help extension in Alaska. A Korean Praesidium is being established in Reno, Nevada, and the Tri-Valley Korean Curia was established in the last quarter. The Oakland Korean Curia is establishing a praesidium for young adults in their 20s. The San Jose Korean Curia established a new praesidium by splitting a larger one in two. The Comitium distributes the Legion of Mary magazine in the Korean language. Works include homebound ministry, hospital visitation, caring for new immigrants, contacting non-practicing Catholics, teaching Catechism, Pilgrim Virgin, Pro-Life activities, helping at funeral services, and visiting the bereaved. The Comitium name was officially changed to the Northern West Coast Korean Comitium, to reflect the fact that it now includes a larger territory, reaching up through Washington and Alaska.
(Report by Br. Anselmo, Comitium Correspondent)

4) North San Mateo Curia: They have 17 attached praesidia, including two junior, one men's, and one family praesidium, with 175 active members and approximately 1000 auxiliary members. Attendance at the council is 65%. Extension was conducted at All Souls Parish. A Columban drive for juniors is planned at St. Andrew's, and a weekend Apostolate of visiting homes is planned at Good Shepherd Parish. The Curia visits each Praesidium before their annual reports. Works include door-to-door, homebound visitation, Pilgrim Virgin, Pro-Life, and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration. The Family Praesidium gave its 8th annual report. Over 1000 home visitations were made by senior members. A non-practicing Catholic family asked for the Pilgrim Virgin, and a couple asked to have their marriage blessed in Church. A workshop for juniors is planned. (Report by Sr. Perlas, Curia President)

5) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: There are 9 attached praesidia. Active membership in the last quarter increased from 99 to 107. Council attendance is 72%. Columban drives are planned from Mission Dolores, St. Kevin's, and Epiphany Parishes. Three praesidia gave reports in the last quarter, including a junior praesidium with 7 members between ages 12 and 15. Our Lady of Providence Praesidium made over 1000 home visits in the last year. The Curia hopes to affiliate a junior praesidium at St. Elizabeth Parish. Regular crowd contact and praying the Rosary at an abortion clinic are scheduled each month by the Curia.
(Report by Sr. Velicaria, Curia President)

6) Daly City- Colma Curia: This curia was established 8 months ago, and they have 9 attached praesidia with 104 active and 773 auxiliary members. A Columban drive at Our Lady of Mercy Parish resulted in 4 new active members and 9 new auxiliary members. Attendance at the Curia has been 100% for the last three months. Columban drives are scheduled for all three parishes in the Curia. In addition to door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, homebound ministry, Pilgrim Virgin, and Pro-Life activities, they also have a Patrician Group, and grief ministry. Our Lady of Fatima devotion is promoted at Our Lady of Mercy Church. The council secretary writes to prisoners in several prisons, and states that the Archdiocese will have a seminar on writing letters to prisoners. (Report by Sr. Capule, Curia President)
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 112th Meeting, June 13th, 2013.

1) Columban Drives: Br. Perlas asked for six volunteers to assist at 6 Masses at St. Eugene's Cathedral in Santa Rosa. Reimbursement will be given for bridge tolls, gas and lunch costs. A Columban drive is planned for St. Paul's Parish in the third week of July.

2) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Br. Marten reported that Msgr. Rios, Pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in San Jose, is tentatively scheduling the upcoming PPC for the week of Sept. 13th to 19th.

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) Senatus Workshop on June 22:  All officer and members of attached Curia and praesidia are encouraged to attend, and visitors are welcome.

5) Day of Recollection on July 6:  The Day of Recollection will be on July 6 at St. Anne’s Home on Lake Street.  Fr. Probst, O.P., retreat master at St. Clare’s retreat house, is the preacher.

6) 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.

7) The Legion Retreat will be August 2nd to 4th. (See 2013Calendar for details)

8) The Senatus Summer Function (along with associated councils) will be on August 17th (See 2013 Calendar for details)

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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