Lay Director Message

Chris Basanese / Lay Director

Dear Friends …

Peace and love of Christ be with you all! The season of Lent is upon us. May it be a time of reflection and renewal in our faith.

Men’s Spring Cursillo Weekend
April 4-7, 2019

It is hard to believe that the Men’s Spring Cursillo Weekend will begin in just under 3 weeks. The team and candidate lists along other information about the weekends can be found under the Current Weekends section of the San Jose Cursillo website. Please keep the team and the men who will make the weekend in your prayers.

There are still openings for the weekend! Now is a great time to invite your friend in church or a family member to be on the list for the weekend. Check out our website at for more information including the following links:

Please don’t forget the Women’s Spring Cursillo Weekend will be just after Easter on May 2-5, 2019. More information about the weekend is also available on the website.

Upcoming Ultreya and School of Leaders

Please save the dates for these events and make it a priority to attend one or both of these Cursillo events this month.

Our Ultreyas are one of the best ways to gather, build our community, and hear how Cursillo is impacting our newest Cursillistas and about service opportunities.

Our School of Leaders gives us a chance to learn more about Cursillo – so we can be better Cursillistas and, when the opportunity arises, be better team members.

All Cursillistas are invited to and encouraged to attend both of these events.

March Ultreya
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Santa Teresa Catholic Church
794 Calero Ave
San Jose, CA 95123
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We will have witness speakers from the Men’s Fall Cursillo Weekend led by Jesse Orendain. Our speaker will be from Santa Teresa Parish to talk to us about sexual assault and human trafficking in our county.

March School of Leaders
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Saint Martin of Tours Parish
200 O’Connor Drive
San Jose, CA 95128
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We will have doctrinal talk by Father Bob Léger on “Grace” with a technique talk by Chris Basanese on team formation feedback.

Lay Director Opening

My three-year term as Lay Director ends June 30, 2019.

We are now accepting nominations for the position of Lay Director.

Nominations for the position of Lay Director may be made by any Cursillista (for themselves or others). Please review the Lay Director Responsibilities. The nominations should be made in writing listing the qualifications of the nominee and submitted to Chris Basanese by either:

  • Email:
    • Subject: Lay Director Nomination
  • Mail:
    • San Jose Cursillo Secretariat
    • Attn: Chris Basanese
    • P.O. Box 6648
    • San Jose, CA 95150

Other Upcoming Secretariat Openings

We will also have openings for the Pre-Cursillo Chair and School of Leaders Chair at the end of June. Please contact me if you would like more information or if you are interested about the position including how you can serve the wider community and movement. You can also review the responsibilities on the website for the open positions:

In Conclusion …

Know that you are all in my prayers everyday. If you ever have any questions, concerns or even things you are happy about that you wish to share with me – send me an e-mail message and I will do my best to respond by email or phone.

Chris Basanese
Lay Director

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March Ultreya

Santa Teresa Catholic Church

794 Calero Ave
San Jose, CA 95123

Date: March 20, 2019

Time: 6:45-9:00 pm

Join your fellow Cursillistas for an evening of good food (potluck), great friends, sharing, encouraging music, and fellowship. The evening will begin with social time from 6:45pm – 7pm, followed by prayer, meditation, sharing in small groups, witness speakers, and a keynote speaker. We will end the evening with offering our individual petitions as prayer and a rousing version of ‘De Colores’.

March School of Leaders

Date: March 26, 2019

Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm

Join your fellow Cursillistas for an evening to gather and strengthen our faith journey. The evening will begin with social time from 6:45pm-7pm, followed by a talk by one of our priests, deacons, or religious, and then followed by a talk on a technical aspect of Cursillo. We will end the evening with offering our prayer and ‘De Colores’.

Saint Martin of Tours Parish

200 O’Connor Drive
San Jose, CA 95128

Inspirational Quotes

“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.”

St. Augustine

“Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again: for forgiveness has risen from the grave!”

St. John Chrysostom

“Mary, who is the Virgin Most Pure, is also the Refuge of Sinners. She knows what sin is, not by the experience of its fall, not by tasting its bitter regrets, but by seeing what it did to her Divine Son.”

Venerable Fulton Sheen

“Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.”

St. Rose of Lima

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