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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 145th Meeting, March 10th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

Queen Assumed Into Heaven Praesidium, St. Paul’s Church, San Francisco gave their 62nd annual report.  They have three members and their works are as follows: (1) Conducted 21 book barrows at three different locations; (2) added a new book barrow location where Chinese literature is needed; (3) participated in 24 apostolates to the crowd at two different locations; (4) participated in this year’s West Coast Walk for Life where they distributed rosaries and combined apostolate work along with the walk.  Special points of interest: (1) At one of the book barrows they met a woman who was thinking about becoming Catholic.  They directed her to the RCIA program at St. Paul’s. (2) A man approached one of the members during an apostolate to the crowd and was anxious to talk about a National Geographic story about Our Blessed Mother.  The gentleman was so inspired by the article that he was thinking about going back to church.  The members of this praesidium were congratulated for maintaining and continuing in spite of all the challenges of low membership.  The members do a lot of work for the parish and for the Senatus.  One of the members in in charge of maintaining and updating the Senatus website and of coordinating the Senatus Apostolate to the Crowd and Book Barrow ministries.

 
B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: (reported by Sr. Lydia Flor Evangilista, Curia Secretary)
They have ten attached praesidia (8 Senior, one Junior, one Intermediate).  They have 72 active members and 697 auxiliary members.  Their Council meeting attendance is 66%.   Their two-year-old Spanish Praesidium is flourishing.

 

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 Site...so 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 January 13, 2016 and February 3, 2016
(The most recent as of the March 2016 Senatus)

In his letter of January 13, Brother Cooke commended our latest visit to Anchorage, Alaska.  He is impressed with the geographical reach of the San Francisco Senatus northwards to Fairbanks and Anchorage.  He also noted our ongoing apostolate to the crowds at various points in San Francisco, which ensures that people see the Legion in action.  In his February 3rd letter, Br. Cooke encourages the current officers of the 11 directly attached praesidia to attend the monthly Senatus meeting regularly as it is not only their duty but also a privilege.

 
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 145th Meeting, March 10th, 2016

a) Proposal from the Senatus Board on the Rosary Rally:  From the years 2012-2015, the San Francisco Archdiocese has underwritten the expenses of the Rosary Rally.  For the year 2016 the Archdiocese would like to lessen the expense by holding the Rosary Rally within the Cathedral.  In commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and because this activity must be made available to the public, the San Francisco Senatus would like to go back to the Civic Center Plaza Public Square.  The total expense every year is from $16,000.00 to $18,000.00.  It was put in motion, seconded and approved by the body that the San Francisco Senatus will set aside funds to underwrite $5,000.00 as part of the expense of the 2016 Rosary Rally.  The difference will be raised through the collection boxes and solicitation from personal donors, possibly the Knights of Columbus.  Br. David Marten is the main contact person for the Rosary Rally.

b) Extension: Br. Pol Palencia will schedule another Columban Drive at St. James Parish in San Francisco.  Br. Miller has recommended that the Pastor participate in recruiting members.

c) PPC:  A mini PPC will be held in August at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay.

d) Prison Pen Pal Ministry: Presented by Sr. Judy Lagowski, Vice President of Our Lady of the New Advent Praesidium at St. Finn Barr’s Church.  She has been working closely with the Archdiocese of San Francisco Prison Ministry.  She has taken initiative and leadership to encourage parishioners to be part of this ministry.  “This is a wonderful ministry because they are hungry for normal people to write to them.”  This program is safe.  All incoming and outgoing letters are screened by her.  The Archdiocese is covering us for the insurance.  We would like to ask the Concilium if this could be a valid legion work as coordinators or correspondents because this ministry needs more pen pals.

e) Acies: A reminder to please arrive early and bring the store-brought food that is assigned to your praesidium.

f) Apostolate to the Tourist:  The Legion will be embarking on this new ministry.  Br. Raymond Frost is putting together a nice brochure that will be professionally printed.  The brochure will welcome and invite tourists to visit four or five historic churches of San Francisco and of course, will include an invitation to join the Legion of Mary.  This project is still in the works.

g) Legion of Mary Workshop:  The workshop will be held on April 23rd at St. Finn Barr’s Parish.  Nearby councils are invited.  Please bring your new members as well.  Every year there is always something new to learn.

h) U.S. Senatus Communication: As discussed at our San Francisco Senatus Board Meeting it would be a good idea to for Senatus officers throughout the United States to be in communication with each other.  The Senatus is located in New York, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles and we presently are not in touch with each other.  When Br. Perlas attempted to reach out to New York and Philadelphia and introduce himself, the officers were surprised and one of the comments made was, “Oh, I’m so happy that you finally called me because we have a problem about obtaining a EIN number.”  Therefore the whole idea of communicating with each other is to foster open communication and share some of the challenges we are facing.  Br. Perlas will attempt to reach out to Senatus officers from other cities.

Other Concerns

Pro-Life Apostolate: Sr. Lagowski encouraged Legionaries 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)
                 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.

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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.
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