My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

We Christians take comfort from Jesus’ promise that we are never alone.  I believe too that God want us to be and live in community.  I believe he expects us to love, support, and minister to each other as well as to those who are physically alone or on the margins.  For those reasons, I continue asking you all to reach out to others (phone, email, text), gather in your Reunion Groups (4th Days), and volunteer if you are able.  Sometimes, those that “seemed OK last week”,  possibly could use a friend and a kind voice this week.  Be the light of Christ for someone.

We will continue to publish links to Fr Chris Bennett’s messages and other resources below and at

This pandemic’s impacted everyone in some manner.  There is hope in our hearts for an equitable resolution. We know, however, many are suffering, grieving, and hurting.  We often heal in community with others.  We will have an online Healing Mass with Father Chris Bennett on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:45PM.  Details are below. Please join us.

And finally, three of our brothers and sisters in Christ entered their 5th Days over the past few weeks:

  • Clift Herndon
  • James Raybon
  • Brian Donnelly

Please keep their families and them in prayer.  May the Lord welcome and gather them swiftly into His loving arms. Holy Mother Mary, please pray for Clift, James, and Brian.

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

De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter

  • Upcoming Events
  • Updated – Saint Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home
  • Message from Saint Clare’s Retreat Center
  • Food Resources in Santa Clara County
  • Call for Volunteers – Food Distribution and Community Volunteer Links
  • Secretariat Update
  • 2020 Weekend Dates
  • Stay Connected

Upcoming Events

Healing Mass with Fr. Chris Bennett
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM
Zoom Link:

Fr. Chris Bennett request all participants to please bring a candle and some water with you for the Healing Mass.

The San Jose Cursillo Secretariat of the English Speaking Community would love to invite everyone for an online Healing Mass with Fr. Chris Bennett on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7:00PM.

  • 6:45PM-7:00PM: Login, Socialize, Tech Support
  • 7:00PM: Healing Mass

This will be led by Fr. Chris alongside some Secretariat members.

Please consider attending this opportunity to grow in your faith and build community with others.

Given that many people in our community are not on Facebook, please share this message to other Cursillistas who might be interested.

If possible, please RSVP through Facebook.

School of Leaders – The Introductory Rollo – Rector / Rectora
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM
Zoom Link:

School of Leaders will gather and discuss the Introductory Rollo that’s given by the Rector and Rectora to the candidates at the start of the weekend.  This rollo is crucial to the start of the weekend, setting the stage for the three days and instilling confidence and peace in the candidates.

School of leaders is open to everyone, including new candidates and the current Fall 2020 Men’s and Women’sTeams

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

Please consider attending this opportunity to grow in your faith and build community with others.

Given that many people in our community are not on Facebook, please share this message to other Cursillistas who might be interested.

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 – Saint 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. The sets of prayers have been moved to 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.

Message From Saint Clare’s Retreat

Below is  short letter that we received from Sisters at St Clare’s Retreat.  Might you be able to keep the Sisters in prayer, please?

          Dear Family and Friends,

May the Good Lord bring an end to the suffering caused by the virus.
May He, in His infinite mercy, keep you and your family and friends
safe from all harm. As we pray for you, please also pray for us,
especially for a way to generate the operating costs necessary
to maintain the retreat center.

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

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.

Call for Volunteers – Food Distribution and Community Volunteer Links

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

: Catholic Charities and Second Harvest Food Bank are distributing food from several Parishes in the Diocese.  They need help. Dates and times vary (see above section). If you can help please sign up here: Parish Food Distribution Volunteer Sign UpIn general, Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers to:

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.

This link 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

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.