My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ …

May the peace of Christ be with you all!

I am happy to announce that Stephanie Flemming and Susan Porria have discerned as our Post-Cursillo Co-Chairs.  We welcome Susan and Stephanie to the Secretariat and are very happy to have their experience, voices, and enthusiasm serving on the Secretariat.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Also, this week, several women will discern to be our Women’s Rectora Discernment Coordinator.  This person will journey and nourish Rectora Candidates as they decide to discern for Rectora. This a crucial role for the future of our movement.  This person will walk with candidates who have met or nearly have met Rectora criteria and support them in their discernment. Please keep these women in prayer. This role was last held by Rita Russo who went to our Lord this past Fall.

We continue to discern for our Three-Day Cursillo Chair.  We also will have the roles of Secretary and Assistant Spiritual Director opening on July 1. Please see below for details.

We’ve decided to hold off the Fall 2021 weekends.  Vaccinations are on the rise and we are hopeful for a timely end to this pandemic.  Saint Clare is just starting to open up itself with on-site retreats and they’ve communicated that their capacity is restricted to levels much less than we have had in the past.  Combined expected (and yet unknown) guidelines from the State, Counties of Santa Cara and Santa Cruz, as well as the Diocese of Monterey and San Jose, we decided stay the course.

That being said, our new Post-Cursillo Co-Chairs are considering an in-person, outside Ultreya sometime in July. Given that our April outdoor mass was not well attended, it was intended, in part, to be a litmus test to gauge people’s comfort for gathering. We hope that in July more our community will feel comfortable in gathering.

Here are our coming events:

  • Ultreya is Thursday, May 20 at 7PM. Details are below.
  • School of Leaders is Wednesday, May 26 at 7PM.  Details are below.
  • Our newest Co-Ed Group Reunion / 4th Day continues to meet on Saturday mornings.  Details are below. The group would love to have others join and share your closest moments to Christ this Saturday, May 22 at 9AM.

On behalf of the Secretariat, we wish you a blessed Pentecost.
Let everyone around you see Christ’s light through your words and deeds.
I keep you in prayer.

De Colores,

LarryC

Also, here is the link to Fr Chris Bennett’s Spiritual Care Packages and Prayers.

In this newsletter …

  • Upcoming Events
  • Prayer Requests
  • Secretariat – Call to Prayer, Call to Serve
  • Cursillo Links & Resources
  • Stay Connected & Posting Guidelines

Upcoming Events

May 2021 Virtual Ultreya
May 20, 2021  |  6:45PM – 8:30PM
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The Secretariat invites the community to join their fellow Cursillistas for our May 2021 Virtual Ultreya on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

We will be celebrating an evening of fellowship and music as we walk together in Christ.
We will begin some social time at 6:45PM to 7:00PM followed by prayer, meditation, sharing in small groups, witness or keynote speakers. We will offer our individual petitions followed by a rousing ‘De Colores’.

Claus Dahm and Jim Mathews will be our witness speakers.

If you can, please RSVP with Facebook.

Saturday Co-Ed Group Reunions (4th Days)
May 22, 2021  |  9:00AM
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Many people in our community would like to be part of a Group Reunion (4th Day) Group. However, during these days of minimal contact, it might be difficult. This is an opportunity to meet and to share online until we can meet in person. Open to all men and women here in San Jose or joining long distance.

On Saturday mornings, there is an open meeting to share Piety, Study and Action (PSA) for the week. The meeting will open with sharing guidelines, a brief verse or antiphon to help to center ourselves, followed by the Holy Spirit prayer and then on to sharing. The meeting will end when everyone has had a chance to share their PSA. Final closing will be a traditional prayer.

This is an open meeting. Attending every week is not mandatory but please join when you can and feel free to reach out to other Cursillistas.

May 2021 School of Leaders
Wednesday, May 26, 2021  |  6:45PM – 8:30 PM
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The entire Cursillo Community is invited and encouraged to attend our School of Leaders for an evening to gather and strengthen our faith journey. We will begin with social time at 6:45 and start the discussion promptly at 7PM. (Note, this Zoom session will have a waiting room and you will be admitted by the host).

The Doctrinal Talk will be an overview of the Sunday Rollo of Life in Grace. The Technique Talks will be an overview of Christianity in Action Rollo and the Vision Talk.

If you are a new Cursillista, this is a great opportunity to learn more. If you are on a formation team, this is a great way to strengthen your overall knowledge of the process. If you are a seasoned veteran or have not been on a team for a while, come and refresh your hearts!

If you can, please RSVP with Facebook.

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.

Secretariat – Call to Prayer, Call to Serve
Reprinted From April 18, 2021 – with an an update on response

As more of our brothers and sisters are getting vaccinated and with our churches and county slowly reopening, we are actively reassessing when to have our Cursillo weekends and in-person events again.

For the past nine months, we have had at least one open position on our Secretariat.  Unfortunately, we have yet to find a candidate willing to serve. These positions are extremely essential to our Cursillo movement where each person would need to be acclimated, trained, and prepared for their roles and responsibilities.

After asking the community to prayerfully discern those who are willing to serve, we now have three openings that are critical to our Cursillo movement:

  • Three Day Chair (no one yet has expressed interest)
  • Men’s Discernment Coordinator (we received several “maybe”s)
  • Women’s Discernment Coordinator (we are scheduled to discern the week of May 17)

Moreover, we will have two more openings this upcoming summer:

  • Assistant Spiritual Director (we have one person who might be interested)
  • Secretary (no one yet has expressed interest)

Without these open positions being filled, we will not be able to host any Cursillo weekends. Our movement requires your stewardship and voice.  The Movement will die on the vine without your support.

As you may be aware, the Secretariat has been very busy by reviewing all aspects of our weekend and traditions while hosting events virtually to allow the community to come together. For example, our virtual Ultreyas, helping members find 4thdays, and continual coordination with the sisters of Saint Clare’s to take care of our trailer and prepare for the weekend were only possible thanks to Secretariat members going above and beyond their roles and responsibilities. Nevertheless, this is unsustainable since our Secretariat has been stretched thin and therefore needs your help to fill these positions.

Given this, we ask all community members to please pray and carefully discern for these open positions. Serving on the Secretariat is a commitment of three years and we are open to having two individuals willing to serve together as co-chairs.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions. The entire Secretariat is open and supportive on your discernment. You can contact us and find a summary of the role at www.sanjosecursillo.org/secretariat.

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.

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