My Brothers and Sisters in Christ …

De Colores! May the blessings and peace of our Lord be with you!

Here are the summary of upcoming events and notifications:

  • October 16: Ultreya at Church of the Resurrection
  • October 17-20: Women’s Fall Weekend at Saint Clare
  • October 30: Spring 2020 Rectora / Rector Discernment at Santa Teresa
  • Request from The Grateful Garment Project

You can find more information about each of these events and notifications below.

Women’s Fall 2019 Weekend

October 17-20, 2019

2019 Fall Women's Weekend LogoThe Women’s Fall 2019 Weekend, “Bless the Lord” begins Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Rectora Laura Castellano and her team will lovingly serve the women candidates. Please keep the women’s team and the candidates along with their sponsors in prayer. As of this writing, the weekend has 18 candidates.

Some brief reminders:

  • Online Prayer Chart: There are still open slots on the online prayer chart that can be found on the 2019 Fall Weekends page. Please remember that the weekend is powered by your prayers!
  • Palanca*: Please use one of the two palanca drop off locations found on the 2019 Fall Weekends page or please give to a team member or one of the sponsors. You can also find the name of team members and candidates on the 2019 Fall Weekends page. Here are the following palanca runs for the weekend:
    • 3 runs for the team
      • 1 time each on Friday, 1 time on Saturday, 1 time on Sunday
    • 5 runs for the candidates
      • 2 times on Friday, 2 times on Saturday, 1 time on Sunday
  • Mañanitas will be Sunday, October 20, 2019. Please arrive at 5:45AM and please carpool. If you can, please RSVP or comment if you can carpool via Facebook Event: Fall 2019 Women’s Mañanitas.
  • Potluck will be Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 6:00PM at Santa Teresa Parish, Avila Hall, 794 Calero Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 [Google Maps]. The hall will be open at 3:00PM for set up. If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event: Fall 2019 Women’s Potluck

* Palanca are prayers, good works, and sacrifices we do for, or offer on behalf of, the team and candidates. We write cards and notes to the team and candidates and express those offerings of prayers, good works, or sacrifice, made on, or for, their behalf. We also may write notes and prayers of encouragement in the name of Christ.

Palanca for Women’s Weekend

Our Head Cook, Stephanie Flemming, is reaching out to the community and ask for volunteers to volunteer their time and energy to support the team and the candidates on any or all of the following:

  • Help clean up the kitchen on Friday night
  • Help bring leftover food to the potluck on Sunday after Mañanitas or before Clasura
  • Help clean up on Sunday at Saint Clare’s at noon
  • Provide any monetary donations

Please contact Stephanie through one of the Secretariat members via

Upcoming Events

October Ultreya

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:45PM to 9:00PM

Church of the Resurrection
(School Gym)

1395 Hollenbeck Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Google Maps ]

If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event.

The entire Cursillo Community is invited and encouraged to attend the October Ultreya.

The Ultreya will be sponsored by the Fall 2019 Men’s team, “Here I Am, Lord” led by Rector Harry Stice.

Come and join together as we welcome our new Cursillistas, celebrate with the team, pray, sing, and support each other on our spiritual journey.

We are told “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Come join us as we celebrate and support each other as we journey together as “Grace-filled Christians.”

Spring 2020 Rector & Rectora Discernment

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7:00PM to 9:00PM

Santa Teresa Catholic Church

794 Calero Avenue
San Jose, California 95123
Google Maps ]

If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event.

Join your fellow Cursillistas for an evening to gather and pray for qualified candidates discerning to serve as the Spring 2020 Rector and Rectora.

The evening with begin with an opening ceremony – song and prayer – before the candidates meet with a facilitator in a private room. During the discernment, the community continues to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance through scripture, song, prayer, and meditation. We will end the evening with offering our prayer and ‘De Colores’.

We will have it at Santa Teresa Parish in the Chapel that is adjacent to the Conference Room and Sacristy.

If you know someone who is a qualified candidate and is interested in discerning, please reach out to Lee Panec for Rector and Rita Russo for Rectora.

Request from The Grateful Garment Project

Lisa, the Executive Director of The Grateful Garment Project (and a Cursillista), would like to make a request of all the 4th Day groups in Cursillo. We are especially trying to reach our men.

The Grateful Garment Project is an organization that helps cloth victims of sexual abuse, most of the time their clothes are taken as evidence and they are sent home in a hospital gown.

Please consider collecting men’s boxer shorts (no white briefs, please), size Med – 2X for the month of October.

She finds her inventory very depleted in men’s boxer shorts. The hospitals have requested NO WHITE BRIEFS as there is often trauma to that area and they can be too tight fitting. So the trauma centers want ONLY boxers.

If Cursillistas from 4th Day groups could get together two or three packages of boxers, sized Med – 2X, that would be wonderful. Doug and Mary Ellen Bray will take charge of collecting them and will get them down to Lisa. Or you can bring what you’ve collected to the Ultreya on October 16, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection.

Thank you for your time and attention to this request.

Doug & Mary Ellen Bray. You can contact them through one of the Secretariat members via
The Grateful Garment Project

In Conclusion …

Know that you are in my prayers every day.  Recall YOUR response to this question, “Who is the Church?” … And may you keep striving towards your personification of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Larry Cargnoni
Lay Director