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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 148th Meeting, June 9th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

A) Praesidia Reports   Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Praesidium, St. Agnes Church (Reported by Praesidium Treasurer Br. Ed Miller) This praesidium was founded in 1937.  Membership: Five active and 127 auxiliary (including 14 nuns).  Evangelization Works: Two members participated in the Senatus PPC, and these two members visited an average of about 35-40 homes each day for one week.  Two or three of the members participate twice monthly in the Senatus Apostolate to the Crowd.  They are joined by members from other praesidia and they evangelize by walking the streets in the areas of the Tenderloin and 24th and Mission Streets.  Members also visit patients in hospitals and rest homes.  They have Patrician meetings. Extension Work: Two members have worked almost exclusively on extending the Legion of Mary in other areas by attending meetings of praesidia and Councils and guiding their activities.  These members helped to form a Spanish Praesidium in San Jose and visited the Spanish Curiae in Hayward, San Jose and Santa Rosa. This praesidium is in a very challenging parish where the pastor has not allowed door-to-door Legion work, and parishioners are not interested in joining the Legion of Mary.  We congratulate the members for persevering.

B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

(1) First Annual Report - Blessed Virgin of Monserrat, Spanish Curia, St. Rose of Lima Church, Santa Rosa (Reported by Sr. Fidelia Contreras, Secretary): Membership: Two Senior Praesidia, One Junior (60 active and 13 auxiliary members).  Council Meeting Attendance: 75% for officers and 40% for members.  Evangelization Works: Pilgrim Virgin, Family Rosary, Blessing of Homes, Mantle of the Virgin of Guadalupe visits during the months of November and December – totaling 639 families who welcomed the Pilgrim Virgin, established personal contact with the families and learned about their sacramental needs.  Along with their Spiritual Director, 101 homes were blessed and families were encouraged to recite the Rosary daily.  Teaching Catechism (for the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation) – 25 members teach catechism to 92 people in their homes, including adults and children due to scheduling conflicts that prevent them from attending the catechism class in the church.  Approximately 21 couples have received preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony.  Other works are Caring for Families in Need and Legion Extension.

(2) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia (Reported by Sr. Tessie Velicaria, President): Membership:  Ten attached praesidia (8 Senior and one Junior); 74 active members; 686 auxiliary members.  Council Meeting Attendance: 74%.  For this quarter, the Council continues their extension work by concentrating their efforts in keeping the attached praesidia stable with committed members.  A new secretary will be appointed soon at Mission Dolores praesidium.  A Columban Drive is on the plan at three parishes and will be organizing an Exploratio Dominacalis as one of the Curia projects.  Evangelization Works: door-to-door visitations, apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, Columban Drive, homebound ministry, Sacred Heart Enthronement, prison pen pal ministry, Pilgrim Virgin, Family Rosary, Catholic Radio promotion.
(3) San Mateo County Comitium (Reported by Sr. Marina Angeles, President): Membership: Two attached Curia and 16 attached praesidia (13 Senior, 2 Junior and one Family Praesidium).  Membership: 161 active members and 850 auxiliary members.  Council Meeting Attendance: 57%.  Evangelization Works: door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, homebound ministry, Sacred Heart Enthronement, prison ministry, pen pal ministry, Pilgrim Virgin visitation and Family Rosary, Columban Drive, Legion Extension, promotion of Daily Mass, promotion of Traditional Latin Mass, promotion of Eucharistic Adoration, distribution of Immaculate Heart Radio Cards.  Evangelization Highlights for This Quarter:  A Seminary Praesidium headed by Father Goode is making door-to-door visitations in East Palo Alto.  A praesidium visited 172 homes; a non-practicing Catholic family started attending Mass after several visits from Legionaries; a Muslim co-worker became interested in our faith, converted and is now happily married as a Catholic; there were 195 contacts during an apostolate to the crowd.  A praesidium continues to publish “The Legion of Mary Corner” in the Sunday bulletin.  For the second time, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated followed by a very solemn Acies ceremony, which was attended, by over 100 members and Spiritual Directors.  It as hosted by one of the youngest praesidia.  Upcoming Events:  apostolate to the crowd at the San Mateo County Fair; Comitium Congress; Silent Retreat; Summer Function.
(4) North West Coast Korean Comitium (Reported by Br. Anselmo Yoon, Vice President): Membership: Five Curiae (52 Senior Praesidia, 3 Junior Praesidia, One Intermediate Praesidia).  475 active members and 510 auxiliary members.  Council Meeting Attendance: 100% for officers and 59% for members. During this quarter, four new active members were added plus 13 new auxiliaries.  The Council’s plan to attach the Korean Curia in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland is still pending.  Tri-Valley Curia plans to establish an English-speaking praesidium.  Evangelization Works: homebound ministry, Pilgrim Virgin and Family Rosary, Legion Extension.

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.


Excerpts from Letters from Brother Andrew Cooke
Concilium Correspondent to the San Francisco Senatus
Dated March 15th, 2016
(The Latest Correspondence to Date)

Brother Cooke’s letter highlighted the Concilium’s recommendation not to assign or consider praying in front of abortion clinics as Legion work assignments, since the object of the Legion apostleship is intended for all – that is, as in this instance, both for pro-life and pro-choice people.
[There is at this time, a continuing ongoing discussion by Senatus Legionaries, as to how to best continue Legion work near Abortion clinics]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 148th Meeting, June 9th, 2016

a) PPC:  Br. Dave Marten is in contact with the praesidium at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay.  He is inviting more Spanish-speaking Legionaries to participate.  Dinner each night will be provided by the parish.  Flyers have been distributed.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd at 24th and Mission Streets:  Br. Bill Wehrmeister invites all to participate no matter what language they speak.  In this area one hears a variety of languages.  Legionaries spoke with many and collected 90 names of contacts.

c) Prison Pen-Pal Ministry:  Sister Judy Lagowski reported that there is an increase of 20 inmates in the program with a total of 12 correspondents.   There will be a Quarterly Fellowship for all correspondents on Saturday, June 25th at St. Finn Barr.  She is in touch with a community in Berkeley who are interested in this ministry.  She will be setting up orientation meetings with members from several councils.  Spanish-speaking correspondents are needed.
d) Day of Recollection:  This will take place on July 2nd at St. Anne’s Home.  The retreat master will be Fr. Serge Propst, O.P.

e) Legion of Mary Silent Retreat: Flyers are available.  The retreat will take place August 5-7, 2016 at St. Clare’s Retreat House in Soquel.

f) Rosary Rally 2016:  October 8, 2016 - Legionaries are asked to save the date.

g) Legion of Mary Conference: Flyers in both English and Spanish are available.  The opening Mass this year will be the Tridentine Latin Mass.  This year will include a Spanish-speaking conference within the main conference.

h) Rosary Rally 2016 – United Nations Plaza in San Francisco – October 8, 2016 – 12 noon: All Legionaries are asked to save the date.

Other Concerns

Pro-Life Apostolate: Legionaries are encouraged 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).
A reminder (from Concilium), that Legion work requires Legionaries to evangelize all (every passerby), and that Legionaries should work some distance away from Abortion Clinics. The point is, to be far enough away to allow a neutral zone, so that Pro Choice individuals (and anyone else) can be approached and evangelized without the combatative circumstances sometimes found in front of Abortion Clinics.
                 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.

Pope Francis' Prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
If you are a Catholic and want to help your Church, please join the Legion of Mary.
The End of the Report for the 148th San Francisco Senatus Meeting of June 9th, 2016
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