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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 116th Meeting, October 10th, 2013
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Rogue Valley Curia: they have five attached curia, including one junior, and a total of 23 active members and 341 auxiliary members. They have 75% attendance at council meetings. Reported works include the homebound ministry, Sacred Heart Enthronement, and Pilgrim Virgin. Their former Spiritual Director is now the Bishop of the neighboring diocese of Baker. (Report by Sr. Lapuz, correspondent)

2) Seattle Comitium: their president, Br. Simpson, completed two terms, and the former vice-president was elected president. Comitium members have numerous apostolates at summer fairs. Br. Perlas, president of the SF Senatus, thanked Br. Simpson for his six faithful years as Seattle Comitium president, and for traveling to San Francisco to make his reports. (Report by Br. Marten, correspondent)

3) South San Mateo Curia: they have 12 attached praesidia, 10 senior, one Seminary, and one junior, with a total of 70 active and 450 auxiliary members. Several praesidia undertook an Exploratio Dominicalis. All Praesidia were visited last year. a book barrow is planned at Hillsdale Mall, and a Day of Recollection is planned for November. Three praesidia gave their annual reports in the last quarter. One praesidium will celebrate their 50th year in 2014. Another praesidium will start a Patrician's group. There is a junior praesidium in a school, which is supervised by the religious sisters who teach there.
(Report by Sr. Angeles, President)

4) Salinas Curia: There are five senior praesidia. They made hundreds of visits to bring Holy Communion to the homebound, have a jail ministry in Watsonville, promoted the Divine Mercy devotion, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, and worked in RCIA and CCD. They plan to increase door-to-door devotion. (Report by Sr. Fabi)

5) Portland Curia: They have three attached praesidia. Extension is planned in two parishes. There was a retreat in September, with the theme of True Devotion to Mary. A visiting religious sister from Canada, the Spiritual Director of a number of praesidia, gave an inspiring talk on Legion extension.
(Report by Br. Frost, correspondent)
                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

                                           Excerpts of a Letter from Sister McManus, Received August 23rd, 2013
Sr. McManus reports that the Concilium correspondents meeting had as an important topic, the continuing reports of the new Family Legion Praesidium, which is supported by SF Senatus. (Sr. McManus promised to send along her latest remarks soon)

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 116th Meeting, October 10th, 2013.

a) Peregrinatio Pro Christo, at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in San Jose: the 40 Legionaries (great turnout!) who participated made 2050 calls. Of these, 370 were Catholics, 130 non-practicing Catholics, 393 non-Catholics. 42 people expressed an interest in becoming Catholic, and 16 in joining the Legion of Mary. The parish provided the very best support, and Br. Perlas commended Br. Marten for his hard work and outstanding leadership for the PPC.
(Report by Br. David Marten, PPC Chairperson)

b) Senatus Monthly Apostolates to the Crowd: 2 Legionaries participated at the BART Station and 5 Legionaries participated in the Tenderloin.  Rosaries are given out, along with pamphlets in English and Spanish. At Bart, (a few examples), they spoke with a familty celebrating the Quincianera of their daughter, and with a jewish man who has often stopped by and chatted during the years. At the Tenderloin, they met a mother and two children. Several people asked for prayers for family members who have passed away. About 30 to 40 people are usually contacted during each apostolate, and most give their names.
(Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

c) Book Barrow at UN Plaza Farmers’ Market: Br. Pasion reported that three Legionaries worked at the UN Plaza Farmers’ Market.  A man was taught how to say the Rosary, and three auxiliary members were recruited. Many visit the book barrow to get the free literature, and Rosary guides in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and Divine Mercy pamphlets. (Report by Br. Pasion, Chairperson)

d) Pro-Life Apostolate: The Life Chain on Park Presidio Boulevard had 50 participants. (Report by Br. Konopaski, Pro Life Chairman)

e) Rosary Rally:  The Rosary Rally will take place on Saturday, October 12 at noon at United Nations Plaza, San Francisco.  This is sponsored by the Archdiocese with the help of the Legion of Mary.  Flyers will be available in all parishes. (The rally is now completed, and a report on the home page)

f) Santa Rosa Praesidia: Br. Perlas welcomed two Legionaries from the new Praesidia in Santa Rosa, Joseph Eckels and Michael Cazedessus. He thanked Br. Eckels for contacting Senatus and assisting in the extension. Br. Cazedessus, now president of the new Immaculate Conception Praesidium of Santa Rosa, was earlier a legionary in Louisiana in the 1970s, met his wife in the Legion, and also did door-to-door visitation. He is happy to be once again, a member of the Legion of Mary, and to renew his Legion promise, which is a beautiful expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Br. Perlas is hoping for more new praesidia up in the Santa Rosa area, and for a new curia there.

g) Other business: a reminder that each praesidium is to have a Mass offered for deceased Legionaries during the month of November. The annual planning meeting for Senatus officers and correspondents, is at 7 PM on November 1st, in the Senatus Correspondence Office. The Annual General Reunion will be held on Saturday, December 14th, at noon, at St. Finn Barr's. The Mission Excelsior Curia will join the Senatus in the celebration.

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.
  *Totus Tuus*
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