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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 128th Meeting, October 9th, 2014
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1) Rogue Valley Curia: A junior praesidium in La Pine is down to two members, but they are hoping to persevere as they have a number of faithful auxiliaries.  A new president has been appointed in another praesidium.  The question was raised: “Can praesidia join together for a praesidium function?”  The answer is on page 176 of the Handbook, “several praesidia may, if they desire, combine to hold such a festival.”  (Report by Sr. Lapuz, Correspondent)

2) Salinas Curia:  Four annual reports were given in the last quarter.  Works reported included RCIA, door-to-door visitation, promotion of Divine Mercy, and a book barrow at a shopping mall.  Legionaries arranged for a priest to visit a 95-year-old lady who had been upset at the Church for many years.  Legionaries visited and encouraged the family of a drug addict. (Report by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent).

3) Portland Curia:  They have four attached praesidia.  Extension is planned in several parishes.  Their annual retreat was held in September.  Their spiritual director has received a new assignment as pastor of a distant parish. (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

4) San Francisco Spanish Curia:  They have six attached praesidia, 50 active and 200 auxiliary members.  Visitation of praesidia is needed.  Audit of the treasurer’s books is to be done by non-officers.   They do an apostolate to the crowd and book barrow.  When contacting people for Pilgrim Virgin visits, they ask them to invite their friends to participate.  A Columban Drive is planned for St. Charles Church where their acting spiritual director is the new pastor.  He is not able to attend the Curia meeting so he tries to meet with the officers on another day.  Prison visitation is planned.

                               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, 128th Meeting, October 9th, 2014.

a) New Correspondence Office: Br. Perlas announced that the Senatus Correspondence Office has now moved to 2748 Junipero Serra Blvd., , Suite 21, Daly City, CA 94015.  On November 7 the annual planning meeting with the correspondents and Senatus officers board will be held at the new office.  The office has already received the blessing of Bishop Ignatius Wang, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.

b) PPC:  Br. Perlas asked Br. Marten to give a report on last month’s Peregrinatio Pro Christo to St. Eugene’s in Santa Rosa.  Br. Marten stated that a new praesidium was established last summer.  The rector of the Cathedral was very cordial in inviting the PPC project. 2,157 homes were visited over a period of six days.  Seven Legionaries worked all six days.  Most commuted a long way from San Jose, Alameda, Benicia, and San Francisco.  At least six teams went out each day.  Ten percent of the parish is Spanish-speaking – the Legionaries promoted the start of the Spanish Mass.  The Cathedral has gone through scandals, which included a previous Bishop.  Justin Kim, veteran San Jose Korean Curia President, said that he never saw people so angry.  He used Miraculous Medals in approach and all said “yes.”  It was felt that the Legionary presence helped to dissipate anger.  The parish is big – about one third of the parish was covered.  Many cases were recorded for callbacks.  Three new members were gained for the praesidium.  It was found that part of the PPC experience is to learn from fellow Legionaries.  Br. Palencia was able to get three atheists to accept a Miraculous Medal.  He said he tells atheists, “you didn’t make the world, stars, etc.”  Catholic Radio was promoted – thousands of Catholic Radio Cards were distributed.  Br. Perlas said that the spirit of the Legionaries made the PPC special, despite the heat.  He experienced people yelling at him. He said to pray for them.  He thanked Br. Marten for his organizing skills and commitment.   

c) Brazilian Legionaries:  Br. Perlas related that recently some Brazilian Legionaries visiting San Francisco contacted him through the Senatus website.  They gave him some Legion material in Portuguese.   Br. Perlas gave a subscription to Maria Legionis magazine to the Brazilians. Br. Frost noted that there is an apostolate for Brazilians at St. Thomas More Church and that a new member of his praesidium is from Brazil with whom he will share some of the Legion material given by the Brazilian Legionaries.
d) Pro-life Activities: Br. Konopaski reported that the Forty Days for Life will be having a table at the Walk for Life.  He reminded us that pro-life includes end of life issues also.

e) Rosary Rally:  Br. Perlas asked all to attend the upcoming rally at UN Plaza.  It is now an archdiocesan event but the Legion of Mary is one of the main supporters.  The Archbishop will process with the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the plaza.  Legionaries are needed to hand out rosaries during the rally.  Confessions will be heard during the rally and priests should be encouraged to help with this.

f) Apostolate to the Crowd:  Five participated in the apostolate at the BART station.  Several Legionaries who know sign language had a conversation with a deaf person.  Two men of the Sikh religion were told about Catholic Radio and given cards to remind them.  At the Tenderloin apostolate six Legionaries participated.  Two Legionaries entered a bar and were able to have good contacts there.  Another pair of Legionaries spoke with a Buddhist about his rosary and were able to give him the Catholic rosary and explain how to pray it.  Legionaries met a group of young people, “Youth with a Mission,” who were giving help to the homeless.  Three of them took rosaries. (Report by Br. Wehrmeister)

g) Mass for Deceased Legionaries: Br. Perlas reminded all praesidia that each should have a Mass said in November for all deceased members of the Legion of Mary.

h) Annual General Reunion: The Annual General Reunion is planned for Friday, December 5 at 6:30 pm.  The Senatus and attached praesidia will be joined by Legionaries of the Mission Excelsior Curia.

i) Length of Praesidium Meeting:  Sr. Abisamis asked how she could reply to the praesidium’s spiritual director who asked that the meeting be shortened to one hour.  She does not think this is possible.  It was suggested that it would be acceptable for the spiritual director to leave after one hour and the meeting could continue up to a maximum of one and a half hours length.

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.

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