My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas …

“Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28

The month of May is when we Catholics honor our Blessed Mother, Mary. It’s a month to praise Mary and thank her for praying for us, interceding on our behalf to her son Jesus Christ.

Mary is my role model for trusting God: Annunciation, flight to/from Egypt, losing/finding Jesus in the Temple, standing at the foot of the Cross, and placing her Son in the tomb.  She shows me how to persevere and to suffer gracefully.  She also shows me the glory and promise of Jesus and Heaven. I find peace in praying to her.

I invite you to pray to Mary this month and to share your hopes, dreams, fears, and sorrows with her. Ask her to guide and protect your family, loved ones and you during this pandemic.

Join us for Praying the Rosary on Wednesday May 6 at 6:45PM, the Glorious Mysteries (details under Upcoming Events below.)  On Wednesday May 20 we will pray a devotional to Mary. Details will be forthcoming.

And finally, regardless of how much “opening” our County may or may not do, everyone will not be leaving their “shelter”:

  • Please continue reaching out to your community – phone calls, email, texts – be present for someone – we are not “done” and many need to know they are not alone.
  • Keep your 4th Days going – many of you are! Please invite others from your weekend or your parish to your 4th Days.   Contact us if you need information.  If you’ve not met online, we have resources on at to enable your 4th Days.
  • Volunteer and serve our community if you can (details below).
  • Pray for our priests and religious. Call or email them and offer support and encouragement.

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

De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

In This Newsletter

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

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.

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 see this link below…And please pass on the link/info to those who may benefit.   [Note, several schools offer meals for kids – see the 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 Up

In 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:

Upcoming Events

Online Rosary The Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

Mark your calendars! Please join the Community as we gather and pray the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 6:45 PM. It will be led by Fr Chris Bennett (when available), members of Community, and the Secretariat.

  • 6:45PM – 7:00PM: Login, technical support, socialize
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM: Rosary, Prayer Intentions

This will be Zoom online event: Zoom Link:

If possible, please RSVP through Facebook.

Marian Devotion – Details Forthcoming
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:45PM – 8:00PM

The Secretariat will lead a meditation or prayer devotional to Mary. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

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

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

This will be Zoom online event: Zoom Link:

Diocese of San Jose – Online Masses – times and format vary

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.

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.