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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 129th Meeting, November 13th, 2014
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Stockton Comitium:  They have 168 active members of 12 directly attached praesidia, and 820 auxiliary members, as well as 2 attached Curiae.  The Modesto Curia has a Spanish-speaking junior praesidium.  Legionaries have invited non-Catholics to participate in praying the rosary and this has been appreciated by them.  A retreat for juniors is being planned.

2) Idaho Comitium: They have 15 attached praesidia with 83 total active and 195 auxiliary members, and two attached Curiae.  They are making efforts to strengthen new praesidia, and have received permission from a pastor to establish a new praesidium.  A pastor believes in the importance of the Patricians. Attendance at Comitium meetings is 87%.  Visitation has been carried out to all praesidia and Curiae in the last year.

3) Sacramento Comitium:  They now have 10 praesidia – 9 English and one Spanish.  They have three Curiae.  The council has a full slate of officers and there is approximately 57 percent attendance at Comitium meetings.  The Northern California Counties Curia is quite a ways from Sacramento but the Comitium President and another member are planning a visit.  They had one Columban Drive and are planning two more. Among their works are apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, homebound ministry and prison ministry.  They do some door-to-door work and also teach catechism.  One praesidium gets auxiliary members through Pilgrim Virgin visits.  A young Asian girl was converted and was enrolled in RCIA. (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)

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

                                                                                        Excerpts from her letter, Dated October 7, 2014

Sr. Maureen wrote, “well done on completing the treasury audit for 2013, this is a good example for all councils.”  She noted that at Concilium reports are received often mentioning Christian persecution and refugees fleeing war.  She asked that they be remembered in our daily Catena.  She spoke of a home visitation evangelization project which visited 2,278 homes over two days in Dublin as a solution to low Mass attendance.  She stated that it was a true experience of the “Joy of the Gospel.”

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

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 129th Meeting, November 13th, 2014.

New Correspondence Office: 2748 Junipero Serra Blvd., , Suite 21, Daly City, CA 94015. 

a) Apostolate to the Crowd: At 24th and Mission three Legionaries participated before leaving to attend the Rosary Rally.  At Eddy and Jones on Halloween five Legionaries had good contacts with Baptists.  A Pentecostal said, “All Catholics will burn in Hell. But maybe not you guys.” (Report by Br. Wehrmeister)

b) Pro-life Activities: Br. Konopaski said that the Life Chain might be held more than once a year.  Regarding the Forty Days for Life he said that he needs help in organizing scheduling so that he does not have to be there all of the time.  Br. Perlas suggested that parishes take responsibility for one day, as they do in San Mateo County.  Pro-life information may be placed on the Senatus website. (Report by Br. Konopaski)

c) Spiritual Bouquet for Fr. Goode: Sr. DeVincenzi reminded all praesidia about the Spiritual Bouquet for Fr. Goode.  There is a handout for each praesidia president.

d) Rosary Rally: It was very successful and Br. Perlas thanked Br. Marten for his great dedication and skill in organizing many of the details.  Many Catholic Radio cards were distributed as well as many rosaries.  The rally was broadcast live on Immaculate Heart Radio, and during the broadcast Legionaries were interviewed and spoke about the Legion of Mary.  Br. Perlas stated that planning is already underway for the next year.
(Report by Br. Perlas)

e) Other Events: Br. Perlas reminded all praesidia that each should have a Mass said in November for all deceased members of the Legion of Mary. The Annual General Reunion is planned for Friday, Dec.5 at 6:30 pm.  Brother Perlas reminded all that all Legionaries are included as well as their family members. A Columban Drive is scheduled for St. Patrick’s on November 30 after all Masses.  There will be a Patricians meeting at St. Finn Barr’s on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 am.  The topic is “The Effects and Graces of Confession.”

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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