My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world” – Chris Rice

I hope this finds your loved ones and you safe and healthy. We all are navigating uncertain times and our globally connected world deluges us with data and information 24×7. Sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction or find hope in a rapidly changing and dark situation.

We Cursillistas are God’s people. As God’s people, He asks us to engage others; God wired us to be with others. Our government asked us to socially distance ourselves, isolate ourselves, and reduce our proximity to each other, because it wants to give our health care providers a fighting chance to heal and save others. Many in our Community are in the high-risk demographic.

We Cursillistas don’t do well isolating ourselves – our 4th days, Ultreya, School of Leaders, team formations, Cursillo weekends, and serving others – are all about bring us and others together in the glory and goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some in our Community deal better with isolation than others. It’s my belief, however, that the majority of our Community desire to be and remain connected. Our strength is connecting and engaging people. It’s built into our Movement.

Here is my desire: That each of you to actively reach out and engage 3-5 people in our Community – especially engage with someone who you may not have heard from or seen in a while. Find out if they doing okay and if they need help; offer to help or offer to find them help; simply have a discussion. Your phone call or email – your candle – may be just what someone needs to get out of their darkness

Here are some ideas:

  • Reach out to your sponsor.
  • Sponsors, reach out to your candidates. Regardless when they made their Cursillo, a simple message is all that is needed.
  • Contact Cursillistas who made your weekend with you. If you forgot, send us an email as we may be able to help.
  • 4th Days – (aka Group Reunions) – consider using one of the many video or phone conference products for your gatherings. Several teams have already used an online format with success. A list of free products can be found here on our website at Invite others to join, regardless of your group’s past tradition; reach out.
  • Past and Current Rectoras and Rectors – dust off your team and candidates lists. Call and email team and candidates (especially those whom you have not seen or heard from in awhile). Don’t fret that there may be overlap in reach out.
  • Parish Reps. Reach out to Cursillistas in your Parish – email them, call them – if you need a list of Cursillistas in your parish, contact me directly.
  • If you are called to reach out to Cursillistas in your parishcontact me and I will send you names, email, and phone numbers.

Please contact a Secretariat member or me with your other ideas to reach out.

St. Teresa reminds us that “Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours”.  We may not be able to physically see or touch someone, but I ask that we use phones, email, and conversation to be Christ’s hands and feet.

Please read below about other opportunities to engage with our community – Streaming of Masses, Prayers at Home, Online Stations of the Cross.

In closing, please be safe. Our Lord will hear your prayers.

You each are in my daily prayers.

De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter …

  • Live Streaming of Masses in the Diocese of San Jose
  • Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home….
  • Online Stations of the Cross
  • Secretariat Update
  • Spring Weekends Update
  • 2020 Weekend Dates
  • Stay Connected

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.

Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home….

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

Fr. Chris Bennett and his parish provided us a set of prayers to sustain us during this difficult time.  The set prayers are gathered into a file that can be found at

Online Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Please join the Community as we pray the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:45 PM. It will be led by 2-3 members of the Secretariat, including Fr. Chris Bennett.

  • 6:45PM – 7:00PM: Login, technical support, socialize
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM: Stations of the Cross

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

If possible, please also RSVP through Facebook.

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, 2020

Women’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.