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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 121st Meeting, March 13th, 2014
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1) San Jose Comitium:  They have a Vietnamese Curia with 292 active and 3,118 auxiliary members.  The Curia members concentrate especially on visits to families, but they made 10,000 hospital visits and also make visits to prisoners.  A Patrician meeting is held after the Comitium meeting.  They are planning to start a library on catechetics, members are asking for more formation on this.  There is a new English-speaking praesidium at Our Lady of Refuge.  Columban Drives are regularly held in every parish.  They are looking for a Comitium Spiritual Director.  (Report by Br. Aubin, President)

2) North West Coast Korean Comitium: Two praesidia were established in the Monterey Diocese and are affiliated with the San Jose Curia.  Hopefully a Curia can be set up in Monterey soon.  Efforts are being made to establish a praesidium in Reno.  Each month praesidium members from Sacramento accompany the spiritual director when he goes to celebrate Mass there.  The Comitium President made a visit to Korean Curiae in Seattle and Tacoma with the hope of bringing them into the Comitium.  Br. Perlas encouraged door-to-door visitation by those Korean Legionaries who do speak English.  Br. Anselmo said he would bring this to the Comitium. (Report read by Br. Anselmo Yoon)

3) North San Mateo Curia:  A new praesidium was affiliated from All Souls Parish where the Curia had been trying to start the Legion of Mary for many years.  The Treasurer’s book will be audited in July.  Door-to-door visitation is continuing to be promoted by the Curia.  Recent praesidium reports showed marriage validations and returns to the practice of the faith.  Praesidia visitations are faithfully carried out.  This month Legionaries will be participating in the Forty Days for Life project.  (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)

4) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: A team of officers made a visit to a praesidium being formed in Visitation parish in order to prepare for their affiliation to the Curia.  Two praesidia have asked if the Archbishop of San Francisco could give a letter of endorsement to the Legion of Mary.  The Acies is planned for March 22.  Sr. Azinheira said that she had spoken to the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and All Hallows Parish who said his is willing to have the Legion of Mary there. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)

5) Daly City/Colma Curia: Nine active members were recruited in the last quarter.  During Columban Drives the names of 44 prospective members were obtained.  These will be followed up.  They are encouraging more junior praesidia.  One praesidium concentrates on promoting retreats and Catholic Radio.  The International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima visited two parishes.  Legionaries helped to welcome people to the Church and led the Rosary.  The Curia had a very successful Annual General Reunion.

                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

                                        Date: February 10th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sister noted the emphasis in the December minutes on extension with a number of affiliations of new praesidia reported and particularly the growth in the number of Spanish-speaking Praesidia.  She asked all praesidia to study Chapter 30 and Appendix 11 of the handbook as preparation for the Acies.

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

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 121st Meeting, March 13th, 2014.

a) Acies: The Acies for directly attached praesidia to the Senatus [was held] on March 16 at St. Cecilia’s Church starting at 2:30 pm.

b) Book Barrow: A chairperson is needed for the monthly Legion Book Barrow, located at the SF Civic Center.

c) Apologetics: Br. Williams and Br. Perlas will be obtaining some apologetic material to increase the Legionaries’ knowledge of our faith.

d) Proposed San Mateo County Comitium: A discussion was held on the possibility of the formation of a San Mateo County Comitium made up of three curiae in San Mateo County: North San Mateo, South San Mateo, and Daly City/Colma.  Br. Perlas said that we have a total of 17 Councils reporting to the Senatus.  At the board meeting it seemed advantageous to the officers if we could reduce the number of reports to the Senatus.  The oldest Curia is the South San Mateo Curia; however, they declined to become a Comitium.  The North San Mateo Curia is the largest Curia, with 18 praesidia and they are willing to become a Comitium.  All three Curiae in San Mateo County are in favor of the plan.  The South San Mateo Curia and Daly City/Colma Curia would both report to the proposed San Mateo Comitium.  The body agreed to raise the North San Mateo Curia to become the San Mateo County Comitium.  Their meetings would be held at Mater Dolorosa.

e) Apostolate to the Crowd: Three apostolates to the crowd were held in the last month.  At 24th and Mission three Legionaries worked, all from Queen Assumed into Heaven Praesidium.  The rain stopped for a few hours during their apostolate.  They spoke with a married couple and tried to communicate in Spanish with several people who took rosaries.  A week later at 24th and Mission 8 Legionaries worked.  At the Tenderloin five Legionaries participated. Several people joined with them in praying the rosary at the beginning of the apostolate.(Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

f) Pro-life Apostolate:  Workers are needed for Forty Days for Life.  Fr. John Jimenez, Spiritual Director of the Spanish Curia, is helping in this project.The Forty Days for Life Campaign is a challenge for us to do this work during Lent as a sacrifice along with prayer and fasting.  A former director of an abortion clinic who is now pro-life, said that when people are outside praying 75% of appointments for abortions do not show up.
(Report by Br. Konopaski)

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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