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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 109th Meeting, March 14th, 2013,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) San Jose Comitium:  They have 14 senior and 3 junior praesidia with 170 active members, as well as three curiae: Chinese, Korean and Spanish.  The office of the Comitium Secretary is vacant.  The Comitium has 72% attendance.  They had a summer function with Mass, an annual general reunion.  On March 23, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly will preside at their Acies. (Report by Br. Tafe, Vice-President)

2) Oakland Comitium:  There are six praesidia with 35 active members and 698 auxiliaries, and also have three curiae – Our Lady of China with seven praesidia; Southern Alameda with 25 praesidia; and East Contra Costa County with six praesidia.  Average attendance at the Comitium is 65%.  Our Lady of China Curia is working in Sacramento to establish a Chinese Curia there.  Columban Drives are scheduled by the Comitium and also by the Southern Alameda and Chinese Curiae.  In addition to visitation of auxiliaries, Legionaries visit the homes of their neighbors.  Difficulties recruiting younger members is mentioned.  Five Spanish Speaking praesidia have been established in East Contra Costa County and a Curia is to be formed among them. (Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent).

3) Northern California Korean Comitium: The Comitium meets in Sacramento at the Korean Catholic Church, and has 11 directly attached praesidia and Curiae in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Anchorage, Alaska.  The total number of Legionaries in the Comitium, including all Curiae, is 421 active and 477 auxiliary.  The Seattle Korean Curia has agreed to be attached to the Comitium.  A correspondent has been appointed to the Anchorage Curia, and a visitation is planned there in May, aong with the Comitium Spiritual Director as a visitor.  The Oakland Curia is planning for the establishment of a new Korean Curia in the Tri-Valley area of the Oakland Diocese.  In San Jose a praesidium will be split into two.  Other praesidia are also considering splitting into two.  The Comitium has appointed Br. Anselmo Yoon, President of the San Jose Curia, to be responsible for correspondence with the Senatus.  Regarding the possibility of having Korean Legionaries undertaking door-to-door visitation, Fr. Goode suggested that non-English speaking legionaries could have a letter from their pastor to give to the English-speaking people explaining the purpose of the visit.  Sr. Perlas suggested establishing junior praesidia.  At this time only the San Jose Curia has junior praesidia; they have English speaking meetings.
(Report by Br. Anselmo, Representative of the Comitium)

4) North San Mateo Curia – They have 17 praesidia including a men’s praesidium and a family praesidium, with a total of 170 active and 800 auxiliary members.  A new junior praesidium has been established; they now have three.  Average attendance is 60%.  They are planning three Exploratio Dominicalis this summer and are organizing a retreat at St. Clare’s retreat house from August 2 to 4.  The Acies will be held on April 6 at St. Dunstan’s in Millbrae.  229 homes were visited by the reporting praesidia in the last quarter, and six legionaries taught CCD and prepared children for First Communion and Confirmation. (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)
5) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia – There are seven senior and one junior praesidia, and one intermediate praesidium. Five new officers were appointed in the last quarter; they still have four vacant officerships.  Attendance at their meeting is 85%.  Columban Drives are planned for praesidia with five or less members.  They promote Maria Legionis magazine and most members subscribe, including their Curia spiritual director.  The Acies is scheduled for March 16 at Corpus Christi Church.  The members of the Spanish-speaking praesidium are a great help with the Curia’s book barrow and apostolate to the crowd.  Their junior praesidia has seven members, some, along with their parents and other senior members, have participated in the book barrow and apostolate to the crowd.  There are three young adult members in the praesidium at Mission Dolores.  Br. Perlas encouraged the Curia to extend the Legion to St. John’s Parish. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)
6) Daly City-Colma Curia (new) – They gave their first report since they were established.  They have nine praesidia including one junior, with a total of 106 active and 773 auxiliary members.  Average attendance is 93%.  Their meeting place is within walking distance of many of their members.  They have Legion of Mary days at all three parishes in the Curia area, which have display boards and Legion material to inform parishioners of the Legion of Mary and recruit new members.  A Columban drive at Our Lady of Mercy Parish gained two new active members.  Works include door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, prison ministry, pro-life activity, book barrow and Pilgrim Virgin.  Legionaries helped a couple to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, and the wife became an active legionary.  A man visited by the Legionaries returned to the Church after 40 years.  Their first Acies is planned for March 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.  A suggestion was made that possibly stronger praesidia in this area could help weaker praesidia in San Francisco. (Report by Sr. Capule, President)
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 109th Meeting, March14th, 2013.

1)  The Senatus Book Barrow at San Francisco Civic Center takes place each first Sunday of the Month. [see calendar for details]
Six legionaries from five different praesidia participated in March.  They met a lady who wants to facilitate Pilgrim Virgin visits in the South of Market area.  Legionaries will be in touch with her.  A Baptist lady expressed an interest in visiting St. Patrick or St. Boniface Church.  A couple visiting from China accepted rosaries, miraculous medals and prayer cards in Chinese.  Legionaries spoke with around three dozen people.
(Report by Br. Pasion, Chairperson)

2)  Year of Faith Conference:  Br. Perlas announced that the Legion of Mary would be sponsoring a Year of Faith Conference later in the year.

3) Extension: A new praesidium at Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco has already begun assigning the members to door-to-door visitation.

)  Acies: The Acies [now concluded] will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm at St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco. [see home page for a flyer for the Acies, and Calendar, for more details]

5) Other Information: Br. Perlas said that the “Where is that in the Handbook” project has received a total of three pages of questions, and that the Data Base project is progressing. 

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 will begin 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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