February Senatus meeting held on 21st February 2021

The President on behalf of the Senatus of Uganda welcomed all present for the very first meeting in the year 2021 after having missed the January 2021 meeting due to electioneering that was happening then.

All Legionaries were encouraged to have the courage and faith amidst the CoVID-19 pandemic and not to lose hope.

All the newly ordained Priests and Deacons were congratulated.

Councils were asked to take on the 24-hour rosary initiative started by Concilium. In this initiative, each Curia gets 24 members that commit to reciting the Rosary at each hour for a particular day. For Comitia and Regia, they should do it for directly attached Praesidia. The approach had been tested by the Senatus and it works very well.

Legionaries were reminded that the Centenary Celebrations begin September 2021 and that all Legionaries can submit articles for the Centenary memorial Magazine not later than 25th March 2021.

Officers of the Senatus of Uganda had the planning session from 7th to 9th January 2021 in which the annual program and the theme of the year were chosen.

Annual Program

Each Council was given a booklet containing the annual program. A copy can be downloaded from HERE.

Important to note in the annual program is that there has been an adjustment in the time for councils to report. We kindly ask officers to take note.

The Senatus of Uganda will be organising a talk every last Saturday of the month to talk about different topics of Concern in the Catholic Church.

2021 Theme

2021 being a unique year for the Legion of Mary in which we celebrate the Centenary of her founding, we shall have the theme from January to August 2021 and then from September 2021 to September 2022, we shall use the theme for the Centenary Celebrations.

Central in the Legion System is: Holiness, Meetings and Apostolate – Learning from St. Joseph, Patron of the Legion.

Legionary Handbook Chapter 8 Part 1 and Chapter 33 Part 1 (b)

The Centenary Theme is:

Remember, Renew, Recruit, Rejoice. 1921-2021

Reports

In the meeting, we received the report from Kabale Regia, Regia of Western Uganda and Kakindo Comitium.

December Senatus meeting held on 20th December 2020

The President on behalf of the Senatus of Uganda extended thanks to all Legionaries that have been able to do their responsibilities in this year 2020 that has been with quite a number of the challenges in the apostolate.

In the meeting, condolences were extend to all councils that lost their members and Spiritual Directors. A request was made to all Legionaries to take the CoVID-19 SOPs seriously because the disease is at its peak. Wash hands or use the sanitiser, wear your mask and social distance.

As Legion of Mary in Uganda, we shall be committing ourselves to prayer against the CoVID-19. A 30-day novena has been organised so as to pray through the intercession of Mother Mary of Perpetual Help. Mass will be on Radio Maria everyday at 7pm starting 20th December 2020 for 30 days. After Mass, will be the rosary and then a prayer for the end of the pandemic by Pope Francis. The prayer is available here in English and Luganda.

Regarding the Centenary Celebrations, Legionaries were reminded that they were still on hold till September 2021 if at all it will be deemed fit to start the celebrations.

In the meeting, we had a visitor from South Sudan, Tombura Yambio Diocese, Christine Kinamborisa who extended greetings from their Bishop, Rt. Rev. Barani Edwardo Hiiboro. She thanked Senatus of Uganda for the love shown to them and the visits made to their Curia.

In the meeting, we received a report from Kampala Comitium A that was greatly thanked for the workdone especially Sunday Search for souls (Exploratio Dominicalis Handbook Ch. 40 No. 10).

The Legionaries were reminded that in December and January, we pray for the beatification of Servant of God Alphonsus Lambe.

Following the declaration of the year dedicated to St. Joseph (8th December 2020 – 8th December 2021), Legionaries were asked to increase their devotion to St. Joseph, one of the Patron Saints of Legion of Mary.

All Legionaries were encouraged to say the Legion of Mary prayers daily as well to use the Sacramentals like medals and scapular and also encourage others to put them on.

October Senatus meeting held on 18th October 2020

After a period of 6 months without holding our Senatus meeting due to the restrictions inorder to limit the spread of CoVID-19, Senatus of Uganda finally held it’s meeting on Sunday, 18th October 2020 upon the relaxation of the restrictions on churches.

Due to the limit of the congregations to 70 in the President of Uganda’s guidelines issued on 20th September 2020, most of the officers that could have willed to attend couldn’t.

Below is a summary of the issues discussed:

  1. Centenary Celebrations scheduled to begin in September 2020 were put on hold. Preparations for the centenary magazine are underway. Each council should write an article about the history of their council. For more guidelines, click here.
  2. All Legionaries were asked to continue praying for the new bishops; Rt. Rev. Eciru Joseph Oliach of Soroti diocese, Rt. Rev. Severinus Jjumba of Masaka Diocese and the most recent Archbishop, His Grace Lambert Bainomugisha of Mbarara Archdiocese. Let those that have offered a Spiritual bouquet submit to their respective higher councils.
  3. When praying for a departed Legionary, it’s only a Praesidium that uses secret bag collection not the Council. This note comes as we prepare for November, the month of our faithful departed.
  4. The Website for the Senatus of Uganda was to be out that week in a bid to help Senatus in delivering information. Kindly use it often and share the information to reach to all Legionaries.
  5. The Patrician groups that had been formed can start meeting in consultation with their Spiritual Director.

Each officer present received the following documents (Most are available for download except the correspondence from Concilium):

  1. Correspondence from Concilium (Contact your Correspondent)
  2. Guide on allocation of Legionary work during CoVID-19 period
  3. Guidelines for resuming Council meetings
  4. Guidelines for resuming of Praesidium meeting
  5. Concilium elections held in August
  6. Permission from the Bishop of Hoima Diocese to print Runyoro-Rutooro handbook of the Legion of Mary
  7. Questionnaire on Council progress. This was filled by all present. Incase you missed, kindly download and fill it and submit at the next meeting.

In the meeting, we received reports from Nsambya Comitium and Kabuwoko Comitium. All councils whose reports are due (according to the annual program) should prepare the reports and submit them.

Let’s continue to Pray the Rosary in this month. For information about how to enroll in the rosary confraternity, Click here.