My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” John 13:34

I’m sorry this newsletter is late.  Because of Shelter in Place, we strive to connect with you, the Community, about once a week on average.  The Secretariat deeply desires that we stay connect to one another and serve if able.  Please see below for coming events, including a Rosary on Wednesday June 10.

This newsletter is late because of me.  The death of George Floyd and others before him is the current tipping point in unleashing collective rage around the country. We’ve seen reactions and responses from many quarters.

I’m struggling with my emotions: anger, disgust, sadness, fear and with my feelings: heartbreak, agony, pessimism, and despair.  Some are selfish. Most are in solidarity with people of color (and others).  Perhaps some of you can relate.  I know similar (and more intense) emotions and feelings are being shared in many of your 4th Day Groups.

Feelings and emotions are not right or wrong.  How I (we) translate those emotions and feelings into action, words, and deeds matter.  Christ died for our salvation 2000 years ago and is transforming the world through the continuous work of countless believers, who journey with the Holy Spirit moment by moment.

We believers transform our world by tirelessly turning our hearts and minds towards God. We choose to transform the environments where we live, work, and play by demanding and pushing for equality and justice.  We choose to transform through authentic discussion, listening, learning, building awareness, education, and sincere empathy.

We often hear, “What would Jesus do?”  A member of my 4th Day often says “I’m not sure what Jesus would do, but I do know what Jesus would not do.”  Each us needs to chose what to do and what not to do.  Are we going to improve equality and justice and dismantle systemic racism or make other decisions?

I believe that we don’t have 2000 years to end systemic racism, inequality, or injustice.  Change will not happen overnight, but it will change moment by moment by our choices, voices, thoughts and actions.

I ask each of you to consider your choices and turn your emotions and feelings into meaningful actions for change.  All of us have gifts we can use:  prayer, advocacy, education, thoughtful dialog, service, study, emailing government officials, etc.

At the very least, I ask each to pray for the metanoia, wisdom, and awareness that we may need.

There is no place for racism or discrimination of any sort in our Movement, in case people desire to know where I stand.  If I’ve learned anything in the past two weeks is that I and we can and will do better.  If you observe otherwise, I ask that you contact me directly.

Cursillo is a lay movement in the Catholic Church under the auspices of the Bishop.  Bishop Cantú posted a response to the death of  George Floyd and a response to racist incidents in our local high schools.  Members of the Secretariat are in unity with the Bishop.

In case you’ve were not aware of the Bishop’s responses, the links are here:

Bishop Cantú Speaks on the Death of George Floyd

Working to Eliminate Racism from our Hearts and Schools
You are in my daily prayers.

Sincerely and De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter

  • Upcoming Events
  • Updated – St. Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home
  • Catholic Charities: COVID Recovery Ministry
  • Food Resources in Santa Clara County
  • Updated: A Message from Saint Clare’s Retreat Center
  • National Encounter 2020
  • Secretariat Update
  • 2020 Weekend Dates
  • Stay Connected

Upcoming Events

Please consider attending these upcoming events as an opportunity to grow in your faith and build community with others.

Given that many people in our community may not be subscribed to the Newsletter (or Facebook), please share this message with other Cursillistas who might be interested.

Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries – Online

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Zoom Link:

The San Jose Cursillo Secretariat of the English Speaking Community would love to invite everyone for an online Rosary on the Sorrowful Mysteries on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:45PM.

  • 6:45PM-7:00PM: Login, Socialize, Tech Support
  • 7:00PM: Rosary, Prayer Intentions

If possible, please RSVP through Facebook.

Rosary – Joyful Mysteries, Prayers for Equality & Justice – Online
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Zoom Link:

The San Jose Cursillo Secretariat of the English Speaking Community would love to invite everyone for an online Rosary on the Joyful Mysteries with Prayers for Equality and Justice on Wednesday, June 17,  2020 at 6:45PM.

  • 6:45PM-7:00PM: Login, Socialize, Tech Support
  • 7:00PM: Rosary, Prayers, Prayer Intentions

If possible, please RSVP through Facebook.

School of Leaders: Three Glances of Christ & Ideals Rollo
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:45PM – 8:30PM

Zoom Link:

School of Leaders will gather and discuss the “Three Glances of Christ”  meditation and Ideals Rollo, critical foundations for candidates as they begin Friday, the Day of Faith.

School of leaders is open to everyone, including new Cursillistas and the current Fall 2020 Men’s and Women’s Teams.

  • 6:45PM – 7:00PM: Login, technical support, socialize
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM: School of Leaders

If possible, please RSVP through Facebook.

Diocese of San Jose – Various Online 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.

Updated – St. Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home

Fr. Chris Bennett and his parish provided us a new set of prayers for when we can’t gather for mass (Holy Trinity). The sets of prayers are found on the Secretariat Google Drive found here: Fr Chris Bennett’s Care Packages and Prayers.

Please share this message to other Cursillistas who might be interested.

Catholic Charities: COVID Recovery Ministry

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to help it respond to the Covid-19 situation.  Under the direction of Fr. Jon Pedigo, they are creating a new ministry of COVID Recovery.  There are opportunities “on the ground” as well as on the phone and from home.  Opportunities include the following:

  • Food Distribution Volunteers – Distribute food from various parish sites.
  • Accompaniment Volunteers –  Provide deep emotional and social support to adult clients who have trauma histories and are facing current economic challenges.
  • Referral Volunteers  – Help community members navigate and locate social and other services and references they need for help.
  • Translators  – Provide translation for documentation and publications (Spanish/ English and Vietnamese/English).
  • Sip and Sew Volunteers – Sew masks together (virtually) to support the volunteers at food distribution sites and other public venues.

For details and contact info, please read Fr. Jon’s message here:  Volunteer Opportunities for Catholic Charities  or  (Read in Browser: Volunteer Opportunities for Catholic Charities)

Food Resources in Santa Clara County

Catholic Charities and Second Harvest are distributing food from various parish locations. Please see locations and times here: Food Distribution – Weekly Drive Through – Churches – Catholic Charities

  • Please pass on the information to those that need it.
  • To volunteer and help, please see the next section.

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

Please navigate to and pass on the link and information to those who may benefit. Please also note that several schools are offering meals for kids at the above link.

Updated: Message From Saint Clare’s Retreat

Below is an updated, short letter that we received from Sisters at St. Clare’s Retreat.  Might you please able to keep the Sisters in prayer?  If you are able, might you please consider helping the Sisters with a donation?

     Dear Family and Friends,

     We miss you. We pray for you. We love you.

     As of today, May 29, you have donated over $8,000 towards the COVID-19
losses of $240,000 in operating costs of St. Clare’s Retreat. Words cannot
express our  gratitude for your generosity and support! Your donations will
help the Sisters keep the doors open for all who come here for retreats.
May God Bless you all!

With love, gratitude and prayers,
The Sisters at St. Clare’s Retreat.

National Cursillo Encounter 2020

National Cursillo Encounter 2020 is scheduled for July 24-25, 2020.  It is a virtual event that includes, rollos, Mass, and Music.  It is open to all Cursillistas.  Registration is open now through July 18th.  Early registration is $50.00 per person. The schedule has not yet been posted.

For details and registration please use this link: National Cursillo Encounter 2020

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

2020 Fall Weekend Dates

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

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.