San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
Council Reports given at the September 13th, 2012, San Francisco Senatus 103rd Meeting (Archived News Notes and Web Site)
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The October 13th, 2012, Rosary Rally was held at the United Nations Plaza at 7th and Market in San Francisco,
very close to SF Civic Center Plaza, and also the Main Library -1700 attended!
                                                          Below, Senatus Council Reports for September 13th, 2012, 103rd Senatus Meeting

1) San Jose Comitium: Br. Mike Aubin, newly ratified president of the San Jose Comitium, introduced his fellow officers and stated that a new praesidium has been affiliated to the Comitium

2) Oakland Comitium: The South Alameda Curia has 22 senior and 4 junior praesidia.  In the last year they made 5,800 home visitations.  The president of the Oakland Comitium has been instrumental in organizing the PPC in Fremont.  
(Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

3) Northern California Korean Comitium:  They have a new spiritual director of the Comitium, and the Anchorage Korean Curia is now attached to their Comitium. (Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)

4) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: There are seven senior, one junior and one intermediate praesidium, with 98 active and 514 auxiliary members.  Attendance at council meetings is 81%. The Curia is planning a retreat for juniors, and a Columban Drive is planned for Mission Dolores Church, and extension at St. John the Evangelist Church.  Among their works are door-to-door visitation, apostolate to the crowd, book barrow, prison ministry, Pilgrim Virgin visitation, Sacred Heart Enthronement, prayers in front of abortion clinics and sidewalk counseling, and promotion of Catholic Radio.  The praesidium at Mission Dolores, after losing some members, was helped by Legionaries from other praesidia. Br. Perlas commended Sr. Velicaria for her good work. and also those other praesidia members who helped the struggling praesidium. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)

5) North San Mateo Curia: They have 24 praesidia including three junior, one men’s and one family praesidium with a total of 251 active and 2,000 auxiliary members.  The Curia officers are visiting the praesidia with vacant officerships.  Columban Drives are planned in several parishes.  The Curia treasury was audited by a CPA.  Works undertaken in the Curia include door-to-door visitation, book barrow, apostolate to the crowd, prison ministry, sidewalk counseling and praying in front of abortion clinics.  Their family praesidium gave their 7th annual report with 12 members, including 4 new members.  Their senior works include door-to-door, apostolate to the crowd, pro-life, promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass, organization of Eucharistic Adoration and CCD.  Juniors are altar servers and cantors, take part in the Pilgrim Virgin Apostolate and study the lives of saints. A junior praesidium has been revived.  A proposal to form a new Daly City - Colma Curia made up of some of the praesidia in the North San Mateo Curia was reported.  The process to form this new Curia will take a few months to complete, so that all pros and cons may be taken into consideration by everyone concerned. (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 103rd Meeting, September 13th, 2012.

1) PPC:  29 Legionaries signed up, mostly from Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco Councils.  (See report of the now completed PPC at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont)

2) Rosary Rally in United Nations Plaza, San Francisco October 13 at Noon:  The committee is working with the Guadalupanos who organize the Guadalupe procession from South San Francisco to the Cathedral each year, for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  They will process from the Cathedral for the Rosary Rally.  At the rally there will be a section with 75 chairs for the handicapped and elderly.  Br. Perlas thanked Br. Marten for the good work on this.

3) Organizational Map of the Senatus:  Br. Perlas handed out an organizational map of the Senatus and attached councils, which he prepared.  There are in the Senatus 8 Comitia and 8 Curia, as well as one directly attached distant praesidium in Reno, in addition to 11 directly attached praesidia in the city of San Francisco.  He announced a data base project which will collect the names and addresses of all council officers including those of their attached councils.

4) Year of Faith:  At their last board meeting the Senatus officers discussed Legion goals for the Year of Faith, with Father Goode. All should welcome the New Evangelization, asking Catholics to deepen and renew their faith.  Four ideas were discussed: (1) Strengthen and revive the Patricians - which is a study of the faith. (2) The Legion should host a one-day conference at the Cathedral. (3) Promote Catholic Radio - everyone can learn about the Catholic Faith. Ask for pledges to listen for one hour a week. Also, listen to the program while commuting. (4) Proclaim publicly the Nicene Creed – this will be done at the Rosary Rally on Oct. 13.  Councils should think of other ways to celebrate the Year of Faith.

5) Compilation of Frequently Asked Questions:  Br. Perlas announced a project to compile those questions frequently asked about the content of the Legion handbook.  A letter will be sent, requesting that Legionaries submit their own questions. Experienced Legionaries will be consulted and answers given to the best of their ability.  The questions and answers will be sent to the Concilium for approval, and then published in a booklet printed by the Senatus.

Below, an excerpt from Porta Fidei - 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 will begin 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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