Dear Friends

As we begin the new Liturgical Year with our celebration of the 1st Sunday of Advent, we look to the coming celebration of Christmas. As we prepare, please consider attending the events listed below that are hosted or supported by the Cursillo movement.

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This newsletter is being sent out using our new mail service – Mailchimp. We are hopeful that this change will remedy the problems we have been having in getting our messages to all of you.

You can help us tremendously by adding the email address: “” to your safe senders list to inform your email system that we are viable organization.

Moreover, if you know of any community members who were not getting our emails or would like to be part of our Facebook group, please have them go to the website and click on the contact link to send us a message. Many thanks to John Vu and Brian Donnelly for the work done to make this switch.

Spring 2019 Weekend Teams

Marty Dale and Lyn O’Connell are in the process of forming their teams for the Spring 2019 Cursillo Weekends.

If you want to be considered for their teams, now is the time to contact them. You can express your desire to serve by putting in a work application on the San Jose Cursillo Website by navigating to, hover over “THE WEEKEND” and click on “Work a Weekend”.

Upcoming Events

School of Leaders

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:45PM to 9:00PM
Transfiguration Church, 4325 Jarvis Ave, San Jose, CA 95118, USA
Facebook Event

Join your fellow Cursillistas for an evening to gather and strengthen our faith journey. The evening will begin with social time from 6:45pm-7pm, followed by a talk by one of our priests, deacons, or religious, and then followed by a talk on a technical aspect of Cursillo. We have a great line up on that evening December 4:

  • Father Bob Leger will speak on preparing ourselves to Journey through Advent
  • Dan Archuleta will give a talk on Sponsorship including being a sponsor and the responsibility it requires
  • Dave Roberts will give and remind us on the rich history of our Cursillo movement

We will end the evening with offering our prayer and ‘De Colores’.

Camp Fire Community Support Dinner Fundraiser

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Santa Teresa Catholic Church, 794 Calero Ave, San Jose, CA 95123
Facebook Event

We all know about the devastation caused by the fires in Northern California and how many have family or friends in our Cursillo Community impacted by this terrible disaster. One way we can help out is to attend the fundraiser being held at Santa Teresa Church. The event will feature a homemade Italian dinner, raffle, music, drinks, and desserts. All who come will be asked, in lieu of buying a ticket, to make monetary or gift card donations.

Advent Retreat with Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú

Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Holy Family Parish Church, 4848 Pearl Ave, San Jose, CA 95136
Facebook Event

All are invited to an Evening of Advent Retreat led by Coadjutor Bishop Cantú at Holy Family Parish. The retreat will focus on: “The Mystery of the Incarnation: Jesus Christ, God and Man.”

On behalf of the Secretariat …

… I wish you and your families a blessed Advent and a wonderful celebration of our Lord’s Birth.

Know that you are in my prayers every day,

Chris Basanese

Lay Director