My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ …

Find and dust off your name tags, everybody!  We are holding an Outdoor In-Person Ultreya tomorrow on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 6:30PM at Holy Family!  We can’t wait to see all of you!  We will celebrate with music and gather as community as many of us will be together again for a first time since early 2020.  Bring your voices!  If you want to help with music, would you please contact our Post-Cursillo Co-Chairs Stephanie Flemming and Susan Porria?  Details are below.

The Secretariat and I are excited to announce that Peg Schrader and Irene Jacobs have discerned to be our Movement’s Co-Assistant Spiritual Advisors. Irene and Peg bring experience, servant leadership, and insight to us, the Community, and to the Secretariat.  They will assist our Spiritual Advisor, Father Chris Bennett, in providing for the spiritual needs of the Movement, nourish the Secretariat though meditations, readings, and prayer, and coordinate / facilitate the liturgies for Rector / Rectora discernment and other activities as needed. Both will also provide critical guidance as stewards of our Movement. Please congratulate Peg and Irene and please keep them in prayer!

Meanwhile, we continue to discern for our Three-Day Cursillo Chair and Secretary. Moreover, we are looking for someone to co-lead with John Huân Vu as website / communication coordinator as well.  We ask that you Pray, Invite, and Nominate fellow Cursillistas who you believe could serve on the Secretariat.  Please see below.

As a final reminder, lastly, the 31st National Cursillo® Encounter will be held July 23-24.  If you want to experience and share the richness and diverseness of our blessed Movement, this Encounter will do just that.  Details are below.

The Secretariat and I are looking forward seeing you all at our first Ultreya on tomorrow on July 21.

May you each continue to remember “Bless the Lord”  I keep you in prayer.

De Colores,


Here is the link to Fr Chris Bennett’s Spiritual Care Packages and Prayers and our Group Reunions/4th Day Groups.

In this newsletter …

  • Upcoming Events
  • 31st National Cursillo® Encounter
  • Secretariat – Pray, Invite, Nominate
  • Prayer Requests
  • Cursillo Links & Resources
  • Stay Connected & Posting Guidelines

Upcoming Events

July 2021 In-Person Ultreya
Wednesday, July 21, 2021  |  6:30PM – 8:15 PM
Holy Family Parish
4848 Pearl Ave, San Jose, CA 95136
Stephanie Flemming and Susan Porria are the new Post Cursillo Co-Chairs and are excited to invite you all to our first In-Person Ultreya in over a year! We would like to celebrate and worship together in a way that really has not been done before and we need you all to do that! We invite you to bring a blanket or lawn chair, your own picnic feast and be ready to celebrate together through music, prayer and community.

Our July Ultreya is happening on Wednesday, July 21st, 6:30pm in Murphy’s Meadow at Holy Family Church. We are encouraging everyone to be considerate of others by wearing masks, if you wish, and continuing to practice social distancing. Please feel free to celebrate with whomever you would like within your comfort zone.

Our evening will consist of both opening and closing prayers, a music inspired meditation (without sharing), and something we have all dearly missed, music and singing! So, bring your voices, your smiles and prepare to have a night of celebration.

If you can, please RSVP with Facebook.

31st National Cursillo® Encounter

The 31st National Cursillo® Encounter will be held on July 23 – 24, 2021 and will be virtual.  There is $50 registration fee. Registration will close Monday, July 19, but  National may be able to accommodate.

Register Online:…/
2021 Agenda:…/2021-NE-Combined-Agenda…
National Encounter Flyer:…/07/2021-NE-Flyer-Eng.pdf
Order your T-Shirt today!…/07/NE-TShirt-Flyer.pdf

Secretariat – Pray, Invite, Nominate

The Secretariat urgently ask the community to please discern for candidates to serve in the following open positions:

  • Three Day Chair
  • Secretary
  • Website & Communications (co-lead with John Vu; willing to learn and use WordPress)
  • Men’s Discernment Coordinator

We want to hear from you on who could serve: Pray. Invite. Nominate. Please read on.

Without these open positions being filled, we will not be able to host any Cursillo weekends.

We serve you, the community.  Our movement requires your voice, your leadership, your stewardship.  The movement will wither unless we secure your help.

These positions are essential to our Cursillo movement where each person would need to be acclimated, trained, and prepared for their roles and responsibilities. Serving on the Secretariat is a commitment of three years and we are open to having two individuals serve together as co-chairs.

Proverbs 16:9 says that the “the human heart plans the way but the Lord directs their steps.” Given this, we ask the entire community to please do the following three simple steps.


  • Luke 18:1: “[Jesus] told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.”
  • During this surreal time, we ask the community to not give up and pray for our Cursillo movement and for candidates to fill these positions.


  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.”
  • As you pray, if a name or a couple of names within our community are revealed to you, we ask that you please invite them to discern for these open positions.


  • Matthew 18:19-20: “Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
  • If you have a name that you like to nominate or if you feel uncomfortable inviting the person, please share the name to our Secretariat on our nomination page: If we see a name that appears multiple times, we truly believe the Holy Spirit at work and calling the person to service.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or other Secretariat members on our Secretariat page: Please also take the time to nominate someone:

The above roles are documented at this link:

Prayer Requests

Please also pray for those fighting with illness, Covid-19, mental distress, loss of job and the passing of loved ones.

You may also submit prayer requests on our Facebook page or on our website.

Cursillo Links & Resources

Our Cursillo Movement in San Jose is part of a rich and international fabric of Cursillo movements world wide. Below are links to several Cursillo websites that you might find interesting.

Here is the link to Fr Chris Bennett’s Spiritual Care Packages and Prayers.
Here is the link to our Group Reunions/4th Day Groups.

You’ll find books and manuals for purchase the National Cursillo Movement and the Eduardo Bonnin Aguilo Foundation websites below.

Additionally, you may find two Cursillo Foundational and History rollos here:

  • Foundational Charism
  • Life of the Founder and History of Cursillo

The NACG Cursillo North America and Caribbean organization holds weekly Ultreya on Wednesday evening at 6PM Pacific. A truly international flavor! See its website and/or Facebook page for more information.

Stay Connected & Posting Guidelines

If you are on Facebook, please join our private Facebook group to connect with our community and stay current with our events. Contact John Huân Vu if you have any issues.

Stay up-to-date with our events by integrating the San Jose Cursillo event calendar to your personal calendar via Google Calendar or iCal.

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for posting material to the Cursillo Facebook page and Newsletter: Posting Guidelines – Nov 1, 2019