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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 151st Meeting, September 8th, 2016
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)

A) Praesidia Reports from San Francisco Senatus

1) There was no report from a local Senatus Praesidium this month.

B) Council Reports from all around the Senatus

(1) Oakland Comitium (Reported by Sr. Teresita de la Paz, President)
Total Attached Praesidia = 10 with 79 Active and 1, 080 Auxiliary Members.  Four attached Curia are Southern Alameda County Curia with 17 Seniors and 1 Junior Praesidia; East Contra Costa County Curia has 5 Seniors and 2 Junior Praesidia; Oakland Chinese Curia has 5 Seniors and 2 Junior Praesidia; Oakland Spanish Curia has 7 Seniors and 1 Junior Praesidia.  Council meeting attendance is 66%.  They will be affiliating one praesidium in October.  Five new members were recruited at a recent Columban Drive.  Evangelization Works include Door-to-door or Home Visitations, Apostolate to the Crowd, Bookbarrow, Extension and Columban Drive, Homebound Ministry, Sacred Heart Enthronement, Prison Ministry, Pilgrim Virgin or Family Rosary.  They are actively promoting the Consecration of oneself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary using the St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary.  Two senior praesidia reported visiting a total of 1,289 Catholic homes, 450 non-Catholics, 179 non-practicing Catholics.  They Encourage and guide long-time non-practicing Catholics to go back to attending mass and consider going to confession.  A couple is actively working on validating their marriage in the Catholic Church, and then eventually have their 18-year old twin daughters baptized in the Catholic Church.

(2) Northern West Coast Korean Comitium (reported by Br. Anselmo Yoon, Vice President)
Total Attached Praesidia = 8 Seniors.  Total Attached Curia = 5; San Francisco Korean Curia  has 3 Senior Praesidia; Oakland Korean Curia has 10 Senior Praesidia; San Jose Korean Curia has 19 Seniors and 3 Juniors; Tri-Valley Korean Curia has 7 Seniors; Anchorage Korean Curia has 6 Seniors).  Total Active members = 475; Total Auxiliary Members are 518, including 8 new members in this quarter.  Council Meeting Attendance = 100% Comitium Officers; 52% for Council Members. Extension Efforts include distributing Church Parish Bulletins every Sunday by legionaries, a Mass sponsored by the Legion of Mary once a month; Legionaries are assisting in the Catechism class as teachers or staff.  San Jose Korean Curia is working on establishing a Senior English-speaking Praesidium.  The Comitium is subscribing to a Korean Legion of Mary Magazine which is delivered from Korea.  Other evangelization works include:  Extension, Homebound Ministry, Pilgrim Virgin or Family Rosary, Supporting Sunday school, Caring for new immigrating families.
The Oakland Korean Curia is preparing to establish a Young Adult Praesidium.  Legionaries are distributing evangelization leaflets in Korean language including CDs containing sermons given by popular priests in Korea.  These are placed on a display box or tray in Korean Restaurants and shops.
For contacting other councils who are in remote places, it was suggested to use Skype or conference call.  Another suggestion was to invite members who are bilingual to embark on Home Visitation work.

(3) Anchorage Curia (Reported by Sister Kristina Johannes, President)
Total Attached Praesidia = 8 (6 Seniors and 2 Juniors).  Total Active = 62; Total Auxiliary = 742.  Council meeting attendance is 75% for Curia Officers and 50% for Praesidia Officers. Extension Efforts – The new praesidium established at Holy Cross Parish last fall is thriving.  A Columban Drive held recently resulted in 25 new Auxiliary members.  Evangelization Works include:  Home Visitations, Apostolate to the Crowd, Columban Drive, Homebound/Hospital Ministry, Family Rosary, Crowd Contact at abortion clinics - talk to clinic workers and security guards; Conduct Natural Family Planning Classes; Project Rachel. Other Legion Works include:  Supervision of a Junior Legion Praesidium, Baptism Preparation classes, Faith Formation Classes, inviting non-practicing Catholics to Mass, washing the feet of the homeless at Brother Francis shelter, distribution of Sacramentals and literatures, promoting Catholic Radio; Juniors clean the Cathedral, visit shut in elderly, and serve at Mass. Evangelization Highlights:  Due to Crowd Contact at abortion clinic, one woman decided against abortion, and friendly contact was made with security guards there, one of whom was Catholic.  In another situation, one person returned to attending Mass after 22 years away from the Catholic Church.  A Junior Retreat is being planned in September.  One Junior Praesidium is offered by parish as a CCD alternative.

Note: Br. Cook's letter from Concilium is not posted this month, pending his decision to publish on the web.

A note about all Senatus Archived Council Reports: The reports must be approved at the following monthly meeting, so that means that they will be 1&1/2 to 2 months late, before publishing on the SF Senatus Web that Archived reports reflect the minutes as stated at the given month's meeting.

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 151st Meeting, September 8th, 2016

a) The Senatus PPC at Half Moon Bay, was a very grace-filled week. Almost 2,500 homes were visited, (288 Practicing Catholics, 157 Not Practicing).  Father Previtalli got the results that he wanted.   People were very friendly.  Cases that required follow up were referred to the Parish Pastor and Legion members...There will be an upcoming PPC in Madera in October sponsored by Los Angeles Senatus.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd at 24th and Mission Streets:  Five legionaries were present on a cold, foggy, gray morning at the Bart Station. The Protestant Church group was not there - usually their amplified music makes our Legion work quite difficult.  Some stories:  A group of young French tourists stopped.  One of the men showed us his Rosary around his neck, and took a Rosary pamphlet.  Imelda, a Protestant lady (we have often talked with her in the past) agreed to pray for unity.  Alfredo is a Legionary who stopped by and thanked us for working on the street.  Smokey, a young woman, probably drug addicted, asked for prayers.  She said she was due in court, and was afraid of the judge, and afraid she would be imprisoned-so we said the Our Father, and some Hail Mary’s, while she wept.

c) Apostolate to the Crowd at Eddy & Jones Sts: Reported by Br. Bill:  “Six legionaries attended, and made 31 contacts, including a Guy who kept pinching all of my shirt and jacket pockets, hoping to find a cache of money or coins, and left some bruises instead.”  Br. Gary’s remark: “hmm, now you know what it’s like to be a lady tourist in Italy.”  Emmanuel, an orthodox Jew, posed a riddle: “Jesus said, "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone."  So, since Jesus is perfect, no sin, why didn’t he throw the first stone?"
Sometimes we get remarks that are intended to confound us, but that one was too easy to answer....

d) Pro Life Work Br. Ron Konopaski, Chairperson, wrote a letter regarding Pro-Life activities involving the Legion of Mary.  This letter will be forwarded to Brother Cooke, our Concilium Correspondent.  He also invited everyone to the Life Chain event in October. Flyers are available.  The United for Life Luncheon is in October, so please pick up a flyer for more information.

e) The Senatus Summer Function – San Bruno Park, August 13, was a great success.

f) Legion of Mary Conference – Coming on Sep 10, 2016 (Saturday). It is expected to be another successful event, so please pray for its success and campaign for good attendance. You are needed there!

Other Concerns

Pro-Life Apostolate: Legionaries are encouraged 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).
A reminder (from Concilium), that Legion work requires Legionaries to evangelize all (every passerby), and that Legionaries should work some distance away from Abortion Clinics. The point is, to be far enough away to allow a neutral zone, so that Pro Choice individuals (and anyone else) can be approached and evangelized without the combatative circumstances sometimes found in front of Abortion Clinics.
                 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.

Pope Francis' Prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
The End of the Report for the 151st San Francisco Senatus Meeting of September 8th, 2016
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