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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 111th Meeting, May 9th, 2013,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Stockton Comitium:  They have 10 senior and 2 junior praesidia, along with 2 Curia attached.  Attendance at the meeting is between 70% and 75%.  Among their works are door-to-door visitation, prison ministry, book barrow, and Pilgrim Virgin, as well as CCD and RCIA.  At the Legion of Mary Booth at the Asparagus Festival 768 Rosaries were distributed.  Legionaries from almost all praesidia participated in the event.
(Report prepared by Sr. Ruelos, Outgoing President, and read by Sr. Bongcaron, Current President)

2) Idaho Comitium: The Council has been discussing what constitutes valid Legion work.  They are seeking to do more heroic work.  Prison ministry is done, also an apostolate near an abortion clinic.  An attempt is being made to start a praesidium in a men’s prison.  The Acies was held on March 23 and a retreat is planned for July 29.  (Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

3) Anchorage Comitium: The correspondent has received information about the audit of the treasurer’s book done by the Council.  Several Legionaries, including a physician, teach natural family planning. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent).

4) Sacramento Comitium: They have 11 attached praesidia and 3 attached Curiae.  Extension is planned at several parishes, including among the Spanish-speaking.  The Solano Curia is extending the Legion to Holy Family Church in American Canyon.  The Curia also has two Patrician groups. (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

5) North Utah Curia: They have a total of 4 attached praesidia.  There is a possibility of establishing a praesidium in a parish where the Legion previously existed.  The Council President has asked the Senatus for help in obtaining Legion Handbooks and Tesserae in Arabic, as some Arabic speaking Catholics are considering establishing a praesidium. (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 111th Meeting, May 9th, 2013.

1) Columban Drives: Br. Marten reported on a Columban Drive held at Holy Name Parish last week.  The pastor was very supportive.  Legionaries spoke briefly at the end of all Masses.  Four candidates for active membership were recruited along with ten auxiliaries

2) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Br. Marten stated that the San Jose Comitium has suggested the newly established parish of Our Lady of Refuge as the place for the PPC in September.  It is a former Pentecostal Church.  A visit was made by Br. Marten and Br. Frost to speak with the pastor, Msgr. Rios, who is favorable to the project.  He was a Legionary before entering the seminary.  Br. Marten is waiting for confirmation from Msgr. Rios for either the 2nd or 3rd week in September.

3) Year of Faith: The Year of Faith Conference at Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Santa Clara will be either August 10 or 17.  More details will be available next month.

4) Workshop on June 22:  The agenda will be ready prior to the next Senatus meeting.  All nearby Curia and attached praesidia are encouraged to attend.

5) Day of Recollection on July 6:  The Day of Recollection will be on July 6 at St. Anne’s Home on Lake Street.  Fr. Probst, O.P., retreat master at St. Clare’s retreat house, is the preacher.

6) Change of Date for Senatus Meetings:
A reminder that the Senatus meetings in Nov. and Dec. will be on the first Thurs. of the month (Nov. 7 and Dec. 5) because the hall at St. Finn Barr's is not available on the 2nd Thursdays.

7) “Where is that in the Handbook?” Project Report:  Br. Perlas reported that 30 questions have been received and further questions are welcome.  The answers to the questions are being worked on and will be submitted to Concilium before publication.

8) Catholic Radio Campaign:  Br. Williams said that people are becoming more aware of this effort.  90,000 cards have been distributed to Legion Councils for use in apostolates.

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 will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.
  *Totus Tuus*
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