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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 140th Meeting, October 8th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

1) Seattle Comitium: Three new praesidia were formed in the last quarter, including a Spanish-speaking praesidium and junior praesidium. Efforts are being made to form a new Spanish Curia in Seattle proper. Visitations were made to the Spanish Curia in Toppenish with five praesidia, and to a new Curia in Redmond, Oregon with three senior and two junior praesidia. The Curia in Toppenish was formally affiliated to the Comitium and its four officers ratified. A Legion of Mary retreat was held in Palisades with the generous help of a benefactor. A Congress is planned for November. Comitium officers’ board meetings are held twice a month. Columban Drives are planned for three parishes in October. (Report prepared by Seattle Comitium officers and delivered by Sr. Christine Plantilla)

2) Salinas Curia: A new praesidium was formed in the last quarter. The Curia now has a total of six praesidia. Recent praesidium reports included door-to-door visitation, book barrow, teaching CCD, praying near an abortion clinic, bringing Holy Communion to nursing homes, promotion of the Divine Mercy and jail ministry. Fr. Goode stated that a seminarian in the Legion of Mary Praesidium at St. Patrick’s Seminary has worked with Legionaries in Salinas. (Report by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent, and given by Sr. Dayoan)

3) Portland Curia: They have five praesidia including one Spanish-speaking praesidium. An annual retreat was held in September. Works reported by praesidia include contact work near an abortion clinic and door-to-door visitation. Extension is planned in two parishes. Br. Perlas said that the new Curia in Redmond, Oregon, in the Baker Diocese, would be cared for by the Seattle Comitium. (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)

4) San Francisco Spanish Curia: They have six praesidia with 32 active members. Works include Pilgrim Virgin, teaching of CCD, visitation of the sick. Auxiliary functions are planned and a Day of Retreat, as well as a conference on November 21. The Curia President, Br. Chan, also spoke in Spanish and his report was translated by Sr. Miller. Br. Chan stated that in general the praesidia are working well although it is a problem getting people to commit to be officers. They are making great effort to instruct people as to what is the Legion of Mary. He said that in San Francisco there are many former Catholics who attack the Catholic Church, and the Legion of Mary is trying to respond to these people. Fr. Goode asked that the Curia apply the master-apprentice system – that less experienced Legionaries go with more experienced Legionaries. This is what they do in East Palo Alto and it is working. (Report by Sr. Alfaro, Secretary)

Fr. Goode commented on the visit of Pope Francis to the USA, and said that the Pope hit a grand slam, speaking as Jesus would. Fr. Goode also encouraged Legionaries to read about St. Junipero Serra, who truly had heroic virtue. St. Junipero Serra was only mean to the military authorities. Don’t let anyone tell you that Junipero Serra was not a saint. He channeled his anger in order to protect the native peoples. One book on Junipero Serra we could all read is by a teacher at Serra High School.

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

Letter, Dated September 8th , 2015
 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Br. Cooke writes: “In reference to an earlier question, regarding use of “Morning Star” for a new praesidium…this title is reserved for Homeless Hostel praesidia…Your generous donation to Concilium is noted and thank you for the same…I am most impressed with the Legion work of the Senatus and its attached councils…For the 11th year in a row, the Concilium have organized a weekend Conference for the 18-40 year age group... we hope to welcome more that 200 young adults.”
[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 140th Meeting, October 8th, 2015.

a) Apostolate to the Crowd: At the 24th Street BART Station five Legionaries, including Spanish-speaking Legionaries, participated. Many mothers with their children accepted rosaries. For some minutes, a Protestant lady yelled to some Legionaries about reading the Bible. She was reminded that the importance of the Holy Eucharist is in the Bible. Legionaries tried to engage her and other Protestants in friendly conversation and dialogue. At the Eddy and Jones apostolate nine Legionaries participated. They spoke with several Native Americans. A homeless person offered to share his food with them. There were a number of positive contacts with Muslims, one of whom accepted a Miraculous Medal. (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

b) Pro-life Apostolate: Br. Konopaski
said that the Life Chain last Sunday had twice as many people as usual. Forty Days for Life is being held in San Rafael. There will be a talk on October 24 at the University of San Francisco on the pro-life pregnancy centers as an alternative to Planned Parenthood.
(Report by Br. Konopaski, Chairperson)

c) Santa Clara Conference:
All agreed that the talks were outstanding and the day was very well organized.Br. Perlas said that the talks would be made available. He said that Legionaries from many areas were able tocome together to see each other and learn more about the Legion of Mary. It was great to see many Legion of Mary priests and deacons. Br. Perlas noted that the proceeds from the Santa Clara Conference exceeded conference expenses by $320.00

d) Rosary Rally: Br Perlas
encouraged all to participate in the Rosary Rally at UN Plaza this coming Saturday.

e) November Mass: Br. Perlas
reminded all praesidia to have a Mass offered for all deceased Legionaries during the month of November.

f) Extension:
There is a possibility of a new praesidium at St. James Church in San Francisco. A Columban Drive will be held there October 17 and 18 through the efforts of Br. Palencia.

g) Election of Senatus Officers:
The election is planned for the November Senatus meeting. Sr. Miller’s first term as Vice-President has expired and she is eligible for a second term. As Brother Frost has completed his two terms as Secretary and Brother Williams has completed his two terms as Treasurer, new officers for these positions will be elected.

h) Correspondence Office Location: Br. Perlas
announced that the Senatus would no longer be able to sublease the Correspondence Office from the current leaseholder, Catholics for the Common Good, because they are ending their lease on December 31 of this year. The Senatus is not in a position to take over this lease so we are looking to obtain office space from St. Finn Barr Parish.

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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