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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 127th Meeting, September 11th, 2014
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1) San Jose Comitium: They have 17 attached Praesidia and three attached Curiae. The San Jose Spanish Curia had a Marian Retreat, given by their interim Spiritual Director Fr. Miramontes, at St. Maria Goretti Church. The former Spiritual Director, Fr. Joseph Kowalczyk, has moved to Maryknoll in New York. The Comitium has started a lending library of books, CDs, and DVDs, consisting of purchases and donations from Legionaries. Among the Comitium's work are a Book Barrow at Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, Forty Days for Life, and an Apostolate to the Crowd, in downtown San Jose. There is a plan to start an Apostolate to the Crowd at the Mission College parking lot, across from Our Lady of Peace Church, as there are crowds there at the lot, before the San Francisco Forty Niners football games. (Report by Br. Aubin, President)

2) Oakland Comitium: They have nine attached Praesidia, and four Curiae. Their Council meeting attendance is 80% to 85%. Mary, Help of Christians Praesidium at St. Michael's Church, visited 1,747 homes. A new Praesidium has been formed at St. Michael's, due to an increase in membership. St. Michael's is supervising a Junior Praesidium that has 21 active members, and a Patrician Group that has 12 members. Mother of Divine Grace Praesidium in Alameda has nine active members. They distributed 1442 Holy communions to those confined in rest and and nursing homes. Southern Alameda County Curia has 16 senior and 2 junior Praesidia. They visited 4,961 homes during the year. Among their works are Book Barrow, working for the homeless, distributing Catholic Radio cards, and Pro-Life work. Two Praesidia evangelized and prayed in front of a local abortion mill, which finally closed down.
(Report by Sr. De la Paz, President, and read by Br. Perlas, correspondent)

3) Northwest Coast Korean Comitium: They have five attached Curiae. Their total membership consists of 448 active members, and 483 auxiliary members. A new junior Praesidium with 8 elementary school students was established in the San Jose Curia. In the Tri-Valley Curia, one new Praesidium was established on July 30th, and another Praesidium is planned for those 40 to 60 years of age, and another Praesidium for men is planned. Their Columban Drives resulted in 28 new active members, and 2 new auxiliary members.

4) San Mateo County Comitium: The newly established Comitium has 18 attached Praesidia, and two attached Curiae. Council attendance is slowly improving, and there are just a few vacant positions to be filled. Extension efforts are in progress in several parishes, and another has agreed to a Columban Drive in November. An Exploratio Dominicalis is planned for next year at All Soul's Parish in South San Francisco. There are many works, including Door to Door Evangelization, prison ministry, and Pro Life work. They promote the traditional Latin Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration. A workshop on understanding the Latin Mass was held in June, which culminated in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary form. Br. Perlas mentioned that there are now 15 altar servers for the Traditional Latin Mass at Mater Dolorosa. One Junior Praesidium participated in a Book Barrow at the Orange Park Farmer's Market, and prayed the Rosary in front of an abortion clinic in South San Francisco. A Junior's Day was held in July at Mater Dolorosa. There were a total of 30 participants, including parents/guardians and Senior Legionaries who assisted at the event. (Report by Sr. Perlas, President)

5) Mission Excelsior Curia: They have 113 active members (an increase of 9 members), and 735 auxiliary members (an increase of 200). They are hoping to affiliate a new Junior Praesidium at St. Elizabeth's Church. Among their works are Door to Door visitation, Sacred Heart Enthronement, and Pro Life activities. They were able to save one baby (the mother changed her mind), through their evangelization and Pro Life activities in front of an abortion clinic. They have formed a Frank Duff prayer group which has 6 members and will meet once a month. This group is attached to Mary Help of Christians Praesidium at Corpus Christi Church. One member shares her devotion to the Miraculous Medal with the First Communicant's at St. Anne's School, and presents the Medal to each child, at a special Mass. This year, Bishop Walsh, together with priests, presented the Medals, which made the event more significant to the children. Mother Most Pure Praesidium is making a visit to a juvenile detention center, as their goal. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)
                               Remarks From Sr. Maureen McManus, the Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

                                        Date: September 8th, 2014 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Sister said to be gentle and prudent about recruting active members from Patricians, as it can have a negative effect on Patrician attendance, if it is perceived as a recruiting ground for active Legionaries. On the other hand, it can gradually encourage them to articulate their knowledge of the Faith, and with natural growth in friendship, some may joint the active ranks when invited to a Praesidium. She suggested two writings by Frank Duff - his article, "Some Peregrinatio Principles", and his essay, "The Spirit of Home Visitation". Sister stated that despite materialism and secular values, deep down everyone needs God, to find peace of mind and salvation".
[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 127th Meeting, September 11th, 2014.

a) Promotion of Family Prayer: Br. Williams suggested thinking about the establishment of more Famila Praesidia, as it is now difficult to keep Junior Praesidia going. Br. Perlas mentioned that Concilium might allow a second Family Praesidium. Br. Miller said that we should promote the Rosary and educate people as a family unit, and this can be done during a Pilgrim Virgin visit. Sr. Aubin suggestes sharing religious videos with families.

b) Prison Ministry: Br. Perlas and Sr. Judy Lagowski have been working on forming a Praesidium at San Quentin. Sr. Lagowski has succeeded in starting a Praesidium with a Spiritual Director and five active members, and this Praesidium will be affiliated with the SF Senatus. Their Legion work will be to teach fellow inmates. Only Sister and a gentleman will have contact with the prisoners. Sister will be there every Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, and also, she is working with a prison Praesidium in Chowchilla. (Report by Br. Perlas)

c) Apostolate to the Crowd: Six Legionaries worked at 24th and Mission. A Protestant group that was formerly hostile is now friendlier to the Legionaries, and one of their members shook hands with Br. Wehrmeister. A man took a Rosary, and has been in contact with the Legion for many years. Ten Legionaries worked at Eddy & Jones Streets. Many accepted Rosaries, and one man who is being tested for Lung Cancer, asked for prayers. One man kept praising Our Lady over and over. Two people were frightened of the Rosary. (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

d) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Br. Marten spoke about the upcoming PPC, and thanked all who responded. Br. has heard from Legionaries from Vallejo, Oakland, Southern Alameda, and San Jose. Many Legionaries will be coming for a single day. About 10 to 12 will be working Monday through Wednesday, and about 18 will be working Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Br. Marten said that the Legionaries will get more out of the PPC, than those contacted. (Report by Br. Marten)

e) Legion of Mary Conference: Br. Perlas thanked all who participated in the Legion of Mary Conference, especially Fr. Goode, and the San Jose Comitium. Archbishop Cordileone was very impressed and knows the value of the Legion of Mary. Fr. Goode has suggested that Archbishop Cordileone be the main speaker at next years conference.
f) Summer Function: There was a good turnout for this year's Summer Function, which was very well organized by the San Mateo County Comitium.

g) Rosary Rally: Br. Perlas asked that all promote the Rosary Rally on October 11th. Father Apostoli will be the main speaker, and there will be a Legion of Mary table. The 24th and Mission Apostolate to the crowd will take place on the same day in the morning, and the Rosary Rally will follow later in the day.

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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