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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 141st Meeting, November 12th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

1) Anchorage Curia: Sister Velicaria, correspondent, reported about their Curia Visitation on July 16-17 with Brother and Sister Miller. They met the Curia President, Sister Kristina, who conducted their meeting. Mary, Queen of Peace Praesidium from Fairbanks gave their annual report. Their works include teaching CCD, leading a youth group, teaching RCIA, and distributing Mass information for tourists at local hotels. They alsomake visits to the homebound, hospital patients and nursing home residents. Mount Carmel Praesidium was visited. One of their works is apostolate to the homeless at Brother Francis Shelter. The Legionaries assignedare nurses who care for their wounds, wash their feet and trim their toenails. A priest sometimes accompanies the Legionaries and washes the most severe cases. Sister Velicaria also attended the junior praesidium meeting at St. Benedict Church. Present were 7 juniors and 2 adults. Their works include visiting nursing homes where they sometimes celebrate the birthdays of juniors and residents together with a cake. Sister also had an opportunity to attend a Summer Function.
Report by Sr. Tessie Velicaria, Correspondent

2) Sacramento Comitium: Brother Santa Maria, the outgoing Comitium President of six years, announced theformation of a new praesidium at St. Joseph’s Parish in Elk Grove. The name of the presidium is Our Lady ofMount Carmel. Also present at the Senatus meeting was the new Comitium President, Brother Charles McGloughlin. Brother Santa Maria suggested that Bishop Sotto of Sacramento be invited to next year’s Legion of Mary Conference.

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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.

                               Remarks From Br. Andrew Cooke, the new Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

Letter, Dated November 4th , 2015
 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Br. Cooke writes :"Thanks to the Senatus for the $1,000.00 donation to the Concilium. The mention of annual audits for treasurer books at Senatus, Comitium (Koreans) and Curia (SF Mission Excelsior), is to be commended and sets an example for other Councils. Concerning the Senatus website - It is important for all involved to consult the Concilium 2005 guidelines on Legion Website design, when designing a local website or when updating its content etc. I attach a copy of these guidelines and perhaps you could copy it to all your councils and even praesidia who have Legion websites.”
[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 141st Meeting, November 12th, 2015.

a) Election of Senatus Officers: Br. Bill Wehrmeister was elected Senatus Vice-President, replacing Sister Miller who had completed her first term. Sister Carmen Perlas was elected Senatus Secretary, replacing Brother Frost, who had completed two terms. Brother Raymond Frost was elected Senatus Treasurer, replacing Brother Williams, who had completed two terms.

b) Annual Planning Meeting:
The Senatus annual planning meeting with Father Goode will take place on Saturday, November 21 at St. Francis Church
in Palo Alto.

c) Columban Drive:
Congratulations to Brother Pol Palencia and Sister Judy Lagowski for having collected 40 names. The orientation meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16 at St. James Church.

d) Apostolate to the Crowd at the 24th Street BART Station: The apostolate at the 24th Street BART Station was held on October 10, the same day as the Rosary Rally at UN Plaza. Brothers Wehrmeister and Lanza met people who took Rosaries, Spanish pamphlets and Miraculous Medals. They met three ladies who needed prayers and a Protestant street worker who shook hands with Brother Wehrmeister again and again and perhaps Brother and the Protestant will get together for coffee someday and talk things over.

e) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy and Jones Streets: This apostolate was held on October 30 at 7:45 pm. Seven Legionaries participated. Many passers by were dressed in costume. Some asked for a blessing while eleven took Miraculous Medals. One bag full of medals was given out very quickly. One person was overwhelmed by the response after using his first Rosary; he took another one.

f) PPC: There are no plans for a large scale PPC. There was a proposal to hold mini PPC’s and these will be called “Sunday Search for Souls” and will be held in different parishes throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In 2016 it is planned that there will be one mini PPC per month to be led by Br. Dave Marten. More praesidia will be encouraged to be involved. Details will be discussed at the annual planning meeting with Father Goode.

g) Pro-life Apostolate:
Br. Konopaski gave out beautiful colored pamphlets in English and Spanish entitled “The First Nine Months – Witness this Miracle in the Making.” The campaign of gathering Parental Notification signatures is still on going. Brother requested that Legionaries should gather signatures in their respective parishes. In order to do this Legionaries must request permission from their pastor and then set up a table with signature forms after each Mass.

h) Annual General Reunion
: The Senatus will be joined by the Mission Excelsior Curia for the annual reunion at St. Finn Barr’s Parish Hall. The date is December 5 and the time is 6:00 pm. It will be a potluck and Sister Perlas will contact people as to what to bring. Flyers were distributed.

i) Comments on the Rosary Rally: Congratulations to Brothers Dave Martin and Raymond Frost for representing the Legion of Mary behind the scenes and planning with the Archdiocese. The presence of Our Lady of Fatima was a blessing. Next year’s Rosary Rally is set for October 8. We are very grateful for the support of the Archbishop.

j) Senatus Office Move to St. Finn Barr’s: Brother Perlas announced that St. Finn Barr will provide space in the former parish convent for the Senatus files and a place there to hold our Senatus Officers’ Board Meeting. Volunteera are needed to help move Senatus files and equipment from our office in Daly City.

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)
                 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.

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.
  *Totus Tuus*
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