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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 117th Meeting, November 7th, 2013
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Stockton Comitium, Seat of Wisdom. Council attendance is 70-75%. They have affiliated two new Spanish Praesidia, with the possibility of a Spanish Curia. A Columban drive is set for December, and a retreat for youth is being planned. (Report by Sr. Calderon, Vice-President)

2) Idaho Comitium reports many Rosary processions in the last few months. A retreat is planned for next year, and Legionaries took part in the
40 Days for Life campaign. A new junior Praesidium was established in Caldwell. A praesidium of 16 members was asked to divide in two.
(Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

3) Anchorage Curia has 6 senior, and 1 junior Praesidia. Extension is underway at the Cathedral, as well in another town. There was a Legion of Mary booth at a Diocesan conference. Among the works are door-to-door visitation, teaching Catechism, sidewalk Counseling, and homebound ministry. A Columban drive gained four new Members. (Read by Br. Perlas, for the correspondent)

4) North Utah Curia has four attached Praesidia. Queen of Peace Presidium gave their 16th annual report. Their works are CCD, visitation of homebound parishioners and those in an assisted living facility. Their goal is to increase membership. (Report by Br. Frost, correspondent)

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

                                             Excerpts of a Letter from Sister McManus, Dated October 28th, 2013

"When I reviewed your August Minutes, the reports were impressive. The September Minutes reflect good extension and recruiting efforts, good activity for juniors, and for Patricians. A question from Sacramento Praesidium: "Can a prison praesidium be formed, since it may not be possible to be visited by the higher council?" Answer: The priority is to give inmates the blessing of Legion membership, even if they cannot be visited. Perhaps it is possible to have a member of the Prison Staff join as a member, but that is not always possible. Prisoners should not be deprived of Legion membership for this reason. A correspondent or another Praesidium can keep in contact with them, bring news, and answer questions. Officers should be appointed as usual, and if possible, the prison Praesidium should be encouraged and visited by the curia twice yearly. There are already prison Praesidia in many parts of the world, and Legion membership has a very positive effect on prison life..."

From Concilium Reports and news: A praesidium of 6 in Dublin distributes 100 copies of Maria Legionis quarterly, and runs a Rosary group in an Asylum Seekers Hostel. In Ireland, 8 junior Legionaries clean graves for special commemorative Masses, and knit blankets for third world children. In East Java, junior Praesidia and Exploratio Dominicalis are emphasized. The Senatus in Rio de Janeiro had 2257 visitors to the Legion stand at World Youth Day. Young Legionaries were commended for their contact work, and appreciation for two young Irish Legionaries. Rwanda had 320 young people at a 3 day youth conference, which was highly commended by the Bishops there.

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 117th Meeting, November 7th, 2013.

a) Senatus Monthly Apostolates to the Crowd: Eight Legionaries participated in the Tenderloin Apostolate. There were many contacts, including some Protestants, people without a Church, and Catholics from St. Patrick's, St. Anthony's, St. James, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Charles.
(Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

b) Book Barrow at UN Plaza Farmers’ Market: Three Legionaries worked at the UN Plaza Farmers’ Market. A Cuban asked for instructions in How to Pray the Rosary. A man with a Catholic girlfriend was invited to become a Catholic, and told about the RCIA program at St. Patrick's. A Baptist asked for a Rosary and Rosary leaflet... [These reports for the Book Barrow and Apostolate only include a few selected from many contacts, and also, many Rosaries and leaflets are always given out.] (Report by Br. Pasion, Chairperson)

c) Pro-Life Apostolate: An Apostolate is needed, and more workers, at the Abortion Clinic in the Mission District.
(Br. Ron Konopaski, Pro Life Chairman)

d) Rosary Rally: The Rally was very successful, and well attended by many Legionaries, and also a great turnout by the Spanish speaking community, and by high school students and teachers. Confessions were held for the first time during the rally, attended by many. Legionaries helped recruit the Priests. The Archbishop is planning to make the Rosary Rally a yearly event, with greater activity.

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.
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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