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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 124th Meeting, June 12th, 2014
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) San Jose Comitium:  They have three attached Curiae. A Patricians group will resume their meetings in July.  The Comitium is starting a book, CD and DVD lending library.  A new Spanish-speaking praesidium is being formed in a parish which already has an English-speaking praesidium.  At Our Lady of Peace Parish 30 people, including 12 youth, expressed interest in joining the Legion of Mary.  All praesidia are asked to do quarterly Columban Drives.  Book barrows are planned for various places.  A new praesidium is being planned at the Cathedral.  Every praesidium is visited twice a year.  Br. Perlas congratulated the Comitium on the good work, especially on extension and recruiting.  (Report by Br. Aubin, President)

2) North West Coast Korean Comitium:  They have a total of 50 praesidia in all attached councils.  Two new praesidia were established in the Monterey Diocese.  A new praesidium for young adults was formed in the Oakland Curia. (Report by Brother Perlas, Correspondent)

3) San Mateo County Comitium:  They gave their first report:  they have two attached Curiae and a total of 39 praesidia, including those directly attached to the Comitium.  They have many members who teach children’s faith formation.  They are planning to reach out to Catholic schools to start junior praesidia.  A praesidium reported healings and improved health conditions after prayers to Frank Duff.  During a home visit Legionaries were able to arrange for a person to receive the Last Rites an hour before the person died.  On door-to-door visitation Legionaries encountered a family with six unbaptized children.   These children are now enrolled in catechism classes.  (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)

4) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia:  They have ten attached praesidia – 8 senior, one junior and one intermediate.  A new praesidium was affiliated in May with 14 active members.  A junior praesidium is to be affiliated soon.  There are challenges from illness and job changes, which have affected a number of officers.  To encourage good attendance the vice-president calls members the day before the Curia meeting and offers rides.  The treasurer’s book was audited by a member, an accounting manager, who recommended some procedural changes.  Among the works in the Curia are door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd and Forty Days for Life.  They are planning to form a group among parents of Junior Legionaries to pray for the beatification of Frank Duff.  A junior praesidium reported that their members visit sick children and serve Mass. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)
                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

                                        Date: June 7th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)
“Legion statutes are a set of rules drawn from the Handbook.  The Handbook contains the spirit (spirituality) of the Legion as well as the rules.  Therefore, most of us will still focus on the Handbook for our overall guidance as Legionaries.”  She encouraged door-to-door visitation, the visitation by officers and correspondents annually to praesidia and Councils, and inquired about the approach used during the pro-life apostolate, emphasizing that we are to bring “Faith in Jesus and Mary to ALL in the vicinity.”

[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 124th Meeting, June 12th, 2014.

a) Sharing of Reports: Br. Perlas urged that reports given at the Senatus meeting be shared with members in the praesidia in order to educate and encourage them and to inspire them to take a more active role in the Legion of Mary.

b) Columban Drives:  At the Columban Drive at St. Finn Barr’s last month 27 people expressed an interest in the Legion of Mary.  A drive is scheduled for June 28-29 at St. Agnes.

c) Apostolate to the Crowd: Br. Lanza reported that at 24th and Mission Streets four Legionaries worked.  It was a beautiful radiant day and there were many contacts, especially using the Rosary.  At the Tenderloin apostolate six Legionaries participated on a busy night.  A man in a wheelchair accepted a Rosary and a Miraculous Medal and he thanked Our Lady.  (Report by Br Lanza)

d) Peregrinatio Pro Christo:  A Peregrinatio Pro Christo is planned for Santa Rosa at St. Eugene’s Cathedral Parish from September 12 to 18.  Br. Marten reported that he has met with the Pastor there.  Both the Pastor and the Assistant Pastor are enthusiastic about the PPC.  It will be an opportunity for the local praesidium to learn door-to-door visitation in this very big parish. 

e) Rosary Rally: The Rosary Rally is scheduled for October 11 at the United Nations Plaza.  Br. Marten reported that Archbishop Cordileone is committed to participating and has asked that there be a Eucharistic Procession from the Cathedral to the United Nations Plaza.
f) Pro-life Apostolate:  Br. Konopaski encouraged Legionaries to participate in the apostolate near Planned Parenthood on Valencia Street.  The apostolate can be done any day but Thursday is the day when surgical abortions are done there.  Praesidia Presidents can assign this work to their members.

g) Upcoming Senatus Events:  The Senatus officers’ workshop will be on June 21.  The Day of Recollection will be on July 5 at St. Anne’s Home.  The Legion of Mary retreat at St. Clare’s will be from August first to third.  The Senatus Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center will be on August 23.

h) Other Activities: June 19-27: parish mission on the Holy Eucharist at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco. June 28: The family praesidium will hold a workshop on the Latin Mass at Mater Dolorosa.

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 concluded 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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