My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” Acts 2:11

Many of us are processing the recent events in Minneapolis and in our own communities.  It can be difficult to sort out “where to start”, so I start with prayer. I pray for healing, understanding, awareness, justice, and equality.  Yeah, that’s a long list, but the situation is complicated, long-standing and systemic.  I also pray for discerning my response.

I believe in the powers of love, acceptance, and sharing.  When I read Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, I see a call for me to share the love and witness of God and Jesus to everyone through word, deeds, and everyday behavior.

I know each of you share God’s unconditional love and acceptance with others, and those people are better because of it.  I also believe in the multiplier effect: the more we love and accept others, the higher the chance that they too will love and accept others. And so forth.  Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection shows me that love does eventually conquer hate and darkness.

Fr. Jon Pedigo of Catholic Charities is starting a new ministry of COVID Recovery and is asking for help in several areas. Please consider helping if you are able. See below for more information.

We continue our Community Liturgies on Wednesdays. They are a time to pray together as Community.  You are invited to join us for a Pentecost Meditation on June 3 and the Sorrowful Rosary on June 10.

Also, please consider discerning to serve on the Secretariat. Please see information below.

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

De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events

Pentecost Meditation – Online
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84507185877

The San Jose Cursillo Secretariat of the English Speaking Community would love to invite everyone for an online Pentecost Meditation on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:00PM.

  • 6:45PM-7:00PM: Login, Socialize, Tech Support
  • 7:00PM: Pentecost Meditation

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.

Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries – Online
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84507185877

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

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

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84507185877

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

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: www.sanjosecursillo.org/covid19.

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. 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.

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, it is creating a new ministry of COVID Recovery.  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)

Updated: Message From Saint Clare’s Retreat

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

     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!
https://stclaresretreat.com/operating-costs/

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 www.shfb.org/get-food 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.

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 www.sanjosecursillo.org/secretariat.

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.