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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 123rd Meeting, May 8th, 2014
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1) Stockton Comitium: The Stockton Comitium had a Catholic information booth at the Asparagus Festival and all praesidia were assigned a shift.  Almost all the rosaries distributed at the festival were hand made by Legionaries.  A praesidium is planning to split into two due to growing numbers.  A Congress is scheduled for July 19.  A praesidium helped to bring back a non-practicing Catholic to faithful service in the Church and that person is now an active Legionary. (Report prepared by Sr. Bongcaron, President and read by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Sacramento Comitium:  They have a total of ten attached English and one Spanish speaking Praesidia.  The first praesidium established in the Comitium is in difficulty.  A retreat was held in February.   (Report by Sister DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

3) North Utah Curia: A new praesidium was established at St. Jude parish.  Their first meeting was on February 8.  The Acies was held on March 23 and a day of retreat on April 5. (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

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

                                        Date: May 6th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sister encouraged the praesidium at St. Paul’s to seek more auxiliary members and to promote True Devotion to Mary.  She expressed her concern about the low attendance at the Senatus meeting in March.  She stated that “councils…need to follow up on poor attendance and try to discuss it with the officers to establish the reason…then ways to improve this can be discussed.”

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

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 123rd Meeting, May 8th, 2014.

a) Columban Drive:  At St. Finn Barr’s a Columban Drive is scheduled for May 18 and a Patricians meeting is scheduled for May 17 at 9:30 am.
b) Apostolate to the Crowd: At 24th and Mission 7 Legionaries worked.  They spoke with a Baptist and a Bible believing Christian.  Several people were angry with the Church but did not stop to speak.  Br. Wehrmeister stated he wished they would so they would know someone is willing to listen.  Brother thanked  Legionaries Brother Gary and Sr. Sarah for leading the apostolate.  At the Tenderloin 6 Legionaries participated.  A mother and two boys stopped to talk.  The boys took rosaries and said that they prayed for their friends at school.  One of the boys gave a Legionary a little yellow bunny as a present.  (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

c) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Brother Marten reported that the PPC would be at St. Eugene’s Parish in Santa Rosa from September 12 to 18.  There is a meeting scheduled next week with the pastor and the president of the local praesidium.

d) Pro-life Apostolate:  Br. Konopaski reported that during the Forty Days for Life in San Francisco, which ended on Palm Sunday, at least three to four babies were saved from abortion.  Some women came to thank the Legionaries.  A woman who had several abortions was directed to Project Rachel.

e) Important Dates: There will be an officers’ workshop on June 21 at St. Finn Barr’s.  There will be a Day of Recollection at St. Anne’s Home on July 5.  There will be a Senatus Conference in Santa Clara on August 23. The Legion of Mary retreat will be August 1-2 at St. Clare’s Retreat House.

f) Attendance Issue:  A discussion was held regarding poor attendance at the Senatus and people offered the following opinions as to the solution: (1) following the handbook more closely; (2) promoting True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; (3) participating in Eucharistic Adoration;  (4) forming groups of auxiliary members; (5) recruiting people for the distribution of Catholic Radio Cards at various places where people gather, such as farmers’ markets and street fairs; (6) having nearby praesidia helping and encouraging each other. (7) consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary; (8) appointing officers who are able to attend the Senatus meeting.

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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