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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 139th Meeting, September 10th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

1) Oakland Comitium: They have 10 attached praesidia including one junior praesidium and 4 attached Curiae with a combined total of 36 praesidia in the Curiae. A Vietnamese praesidium is being formed in Oakland; the praesidium at St. Jarlath’s is being revived. Overall active membership is increasing. A recruiting leaflet designed by a praesidium president is now being used. A book barrow is held each Saturday at Lake Merritt. An outdoor function is planned at Mission Santa Clara.
(Report by Sr. de la Paz, President)

2) North West Coast Korean Comitium: They have a total of 467 active and 512 auxiliary members in all their attached praesidia and Curiae. Teaching catechism is a big part of their apostolate. The San Jose Curia wants to establish English-speaking praesidia to work with junior praesidia. The Comitium’s treasurer’s books were audited by a committee elected by the council. 121 members attended a summer function in Cupertino. (Report by Sr. Perlas, Correspondent)

3) San Mateo Comitium: Extension is planned at St. Catherine’s in Burlingame. The seminary praesidium is beginning their school year. A Holy Hour of Prayer for Clergy was held. The Silent Retreat at St. Clare’s was packed with attendees. The Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is being promoted.
(Report by Sr. Angeles, President)

4) San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia: They have ten attached praesidia including one junior and one intermediate praesidia. A Curia planning meeting is being held this month. They will use a map of the area to see where the Legion of Mary is needed. Br. Pasion, representing the Senatus, assisted the Curia with the election of Curia officers. Attendance at the meeting is 78%. Book barrow, apostolate to the crowd and crowd contact at the abortion clinic have been reported. A CPA audited their treasurer’s books and made recommendations on procedures, which will be implemented by the Curia. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, President)

 
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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   http://www.legionofmary.ie/   ]
 
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 139th Meeting, September 10th, 2015.

a) Expiring Terms of Office: Br. Perlas announced that Sr. Miller’s First Term as Vice-President ends in
October, and the second terms of Br. Frost, Secretary and Br. Williams, Treasurer, end in November. Elections
for these officer positions will take place in November.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd: At the 24th Street BART Station 5 Legionaries participated along with Fr.
Jimenez, pastor of St. Charles. A Jewish lady accepted a rosary. At the Eddy and Jones Street apostolate 9
Legionaries participated. (Report by Br. Wehrmeister, Chairperson)

c) Santa Clara Conference: Brother Perlas said that many Legionaries are coming from Stockton, Sacramento
and Oakland.

d) Risk and Liability Waiver: Br. Williams said that this is becoming standard for all volunteer organizations.

e) Summer Function: The summer function was very well attended and enjoyable.

f) Rosary Rally: This will take place on Saturday, October 10 at United Nations Plaza at noon. There will be a
10:00 am Mass at the Cathedral followed by a Eucharistic Procession let by Archbishop Cordileone. All were
asked to invite and encourage parishioners to attend. The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be present.
Promotional leaflets for the Rosary Rally are available.

g) Praesidium Function: Br. Perlas reminded officers about holding a praesidium function to celebrate the
birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

h) Visitations: Visitation forms for each praesidium have been prepared by Sr. Miller and were distributed to
those assigned to praesidium visitation.

i) Treasurer’s Audit: Br. Williams reported that the audit of the Senatus Treasurer’s Books for 2014 has been
completed. Br. Perlas thanked all Councils who have made donations to the Senatus.      

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.

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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.
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