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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 147th Meeting, May 12th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports

There were no Praesidia Reports for May, 2016

B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

Sacramento Comitium (reported by Comitium President, Br. Charles McGloughlin): The Comitium has 12 attached Senior Praesidia and three Curiae with 160 active members and 600 auxiliaries. Solano County has 13 Senior and 2 Junior Praesidia; North Area Curia (from Carmichael to Auburn, Placerville and Grass Valley) has 9 Senior Praesidia; Northern California Counties Curia (from Redding, Marysville/Yuba City to the south and Paradise to the east) has 9 Senior Praesidia. Attendance at the monthly meetings is 60-70%. Evangelization works include: Apostolate to the Crowd, Book Barrow, Homebound Ministry, Pilgrim Virgin and Prison Ministry. They had the honor of the Bishop’s presence at the Comitium Acies. For the first time the Comitium is listed in the Diocesan Directory. They received an invitation from the Director of Clergy and Advanced Lay Formation to take part in the Corpus Christi Procession where they brought the Praesidium Banners.


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 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 March 15th, 2016
(The Latest Correspondence to Date)

Brother Cooke’s letter highlighted the Concilium’s recommendation not to assign or consider praying in front of abortion clinics as Legion work assignments, since the object of the Legion apostleship is intended for all – that is, as in this instance, both for pro-life and pro-choice people.
[There is at this time, a continuing ongoing discussion by Senatus Legionaries, as to how to best continue Legion work near Abortion clinics]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 147th Meeting, May 12th, 2016

a) PPC: Br. Dave Marten reported that the date is set for August 19-25 in Half Moon Bay. The pastor, Fr. Previtalli, is very enthusiastic, and the parish has a strong praesidium that will help. Br. Marten is hoping to get the participation of more Legionaries. Those Legionaries who only able to participate for one or two days are also welcome.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets: Legionaries meet many Muslims, and would like to ask Br. Cooke for suggestions on how to approach Muslims and properly evangelize them.

c) Pro-life Work: We will continue to discuss this topic, as it is getting clearer on how to handle it.

d) Prison Pen-Pal Ministry: Sister Judy Lagowski reported that there are 21 inmates who have been receiving letters from 16 correspondents. There are a total of 56 inmates registered for this ministry who are still waiting for correspondents. There are 3 correspondents who are writing to more than one inmate. Sr. gave orientation to some youths at St. Finn Barr. The goal for next year is to have more trainers like her in order to spread this work. The next orientation is in July at Epiphany Parish in San Francisco.

e) Legion of Mary Workshop at St. Finn Barr’s: The workshop was attended by 55 members. We received positive feedback. One member is fired up because of the workshop.

f) Annual Legion of Mary Conference: This year’s theme is “Mary, Mother of Mercy.” Legionaries as asked to promote the conference.

g) Mass Wedding at St. Patrick’s Church, San Francisco: This is set for September 5, 2016. Br. Edgar Enoc, who is coordinating the event, asks Legionaries to refer couples who are civilly married, living-in with grown up children/grandchildren.

h) Rosary Rally 2016 – United Nations Plaza in San Francisco – October 8, 2016 – 12 noon: All Legionaries are asked to save the date.

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)
A reminder (from Concilium), that Legion work requires Legionaries to evangelize all (every passerby), and that Legionaries should work some distance away from Abortion Clinics. The point is, to be far enough away to allow a neutral zone, so that Pro Choice individuals (and anyone else) can be approached and evangelized without the combatative circumstances sometimes found in front of Abortion Clinics.
                 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.

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.
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.
The End of the Report for the 147th San Francisco Senatus Meeting of May 12th, 2016
  *Totus Tuus*
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