My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” – Pslam 27
Holy Week is here.  We anxiously await with excitement and anticipation  Christ’s resurrection which we will celebrate this coming Easter Sunday.

But alas, before we celebrate the Lord’s victory over death on Easter, we must walk with Jesus through the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and His Passion and death on Good Friday.  Jesus gives us the beautiful sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. That beauty is quickly  over shadowed by betrayal, abandonment, grief, pain, and death.  Jesus’ disciples  didn’t comprehend was going to happen, but we know.   We know Jesus is alive!  We carry the resurrection, light, hope, and grace of Jesus in our hearts.

Please, keep being  and sharing your risen light of Christ to those around you.   Please keep helping those that need help, calling those who are isolated and may not have family around to check in on them.

Please pass on your gratitude to  and keep in prayer our health care workers, our priests and religious, those working in essential services, and those working to feed and house the marginalized and unemployed. Please support these people in the safest and most practical way you can.

If you can volunteer and help distribute food this week or over the next several, please see details in the Newsletter below.

The Secretariat and I extend to each of you a blessed Holy Week.   May God grant you all His graces this Easter Sunday and beyond.

Below in this newsletter you will find:

  1.  An invitation to join us in reading/praying  of The Passion on Wednesday, April 8
  2.  An update to St Christoper’s Parish Prayers at Home (two new files from Fr Chris Bennett)
  3.  A link to Online Masses and Times
  4.  A link to Food Resources
  5. Links to volunteer your time and talent for food distribution and other services

Please stay healthy and safe.  You are in my daily prayers.

De Colores,

Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter …

  • Online Reading/Praying of The Passion
  • Updated – Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home….
  • Online Masses
  • Food Resources
  • Food Distribution and Community Volunteer Links
  • Secretariat Update
  • Spring Weekends Update
  • 2020 Weekend Dates
  • Stay Connected

Online Reading and Praying of The Passion

The Passion According to Matthew
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM
Please join the Community as we read pray the The Passion According to Matthew on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:45 PM. It will be led by 2-3 members of the Fall Men’s and Women’s team and Fr. Chris Bennett.

  • 6:45PM – 7:00PM: Login, technical support, socialize
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM: The Passion

This will be Zoom online event.

Information about the event including how to properly log in can be found at

If possible, please also RSVP through Facebook.

Updated – Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home….

Updated- Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home When Gathering for Mass is Not Possible

Fr. Chris Bennett and his parish provided us an additional  set of prayers to sustain us during this difficult time.  The sets of prayers are gathered under Resource Files that can be found at

Live Streaming of Masses in the Diocese of San Jose

Diocese of San Jose – Masses

The Secretariat (specifically John Vu), created a page that lists the Masses various parishes plan to stream. The listing can be found here:

Please note that parishes may change their dates, times, links. Please (gently) inform us if you notice any changes.

Food Resources

Food Resources in Santa Clara County

Second Harvest Food Bank maintains a list of resources that either provide meals or food.

Several schools offer meals.

Please see this link below…And please pass on the link/info to those who may benefit.

Food Distribution and Community Volunteer Links

Links to Food Distribution and Volunteer Activities

For those looking for a way to help in Santa Clara Valley:
First: Every, please be safe and healthy.

Food Distribution:  Second Harvest Food Bank is looking to distribute food from St Lucy on April 10.  Details are being worked.   If you can help please sign up here: Parish Food Distribution Volunteer Sign Up

In general, Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers to
Distribute food:
Help in other activities:

The City of San Jose and the County are coordinating people/volunteers to assist with food distribution to vulnerable residents in the county and other relief needs. Silicon Valley Strong, under Mayor Liccardo, is taking the lead. [they are also seeking monetary donations.]
The link below can be used to enter your name, skills, etc and Silicon Valley Strong will notify the various non-Profits.

Secretariat Update

Service/Leadership Opportunities

Sue Winklebleck, Assistant Lay Director, and Michael O’Connell, Treasurer will complete their respective Secretariat service terms at the end of June. As such, we are asking Community to prayerfully discern your willingness to serve for either of the two positions. Terms are for three years starting on July 1.

Please reach out to SueMike, or Larry Cargnoni for more information if you are interested. You can contact us and find a summary of the roles at

Spring Weekends Update

Reminder: Spring Weekends are Postponed to Fall

Our Spring 2020 Men and Women Cursillo weekends have been postponed to the fall due to the COVID-19 situation as communicated on March 11, 2020 (see Fall dates below).

Rectora Jennifer Ventura and Rector Chris Lavond both held team formation meetings and explained the situation and decision. Team members are discerning whether they are able to serve the weekend in the fall. We pray that they will.

Both Chris Lavond and Jennifer Ventura discerned and will remain Rector and Rectora respectively. We are very excited they heard God’s call and said “yes”.

The Secretariat contacted the candidates and informed them of the postponement. Some candidates can shift to the Fall 2020, while others requested a shift to Spring 2021. For each, there is a time and season.

2020 Weekend Dates

Men’s Weekend
April 16-19, 2020
(now postponed to Fall)Women’s Weekend
April 30-May 3, 2020
(now postponed to Fall)

Men’s Weekend
October 8-11, 2020Women’s Weekend
October 22-25, 2020

All weekends will be held at Saint Clare’s Retreat Center. We also posted on our website the upcoming weekends, so please save the date.

Stay Connected

If you are on Facebook, please also join our private Facebook group to connect with our community and stay current with our events. Please also contact John Huân Vu if you have any issues joining.

Stay up-to-date with our events by integrating the San Jose Cursillo event calendar to your personal calendar via Google Calendar or iCal.