As the Father loves me, so I love you; remain in my love, says the Lord
– John 15:9

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ …

May the blessings of  Pentecost remain with you all!

We have a reminder and an announcement to share.

As a reminder, School of Leaders is this evening, May 26, 2021 at 7PM. Fr Dave Mercier will be sharing his thoughts on “Living in Grace”, the Spiritual Advisor Rollo.  Details are below.

We are happy to announce that Norma Basanese and Laura Castellano discerned last week to be co-Rectora Discernment Coordinators.  They were commissioned by the Secretariat last Wednesday evening.  Laura and Norma will journey with the Cursillistas who are qualified to serve as Rectora and those who are on a path to be qualified. They will nourish the Cursillistas spiritually and help discern the Holy Spirit’s call for them to serve as Rectora. They take over the role recently held by Rita Russo who went home to the Lord last fall. Please keep Laura and Norma in prayer.

[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.]

Here are our coming events:

  • 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 29 at 9AM.

We are often asked to “pick up our crosses and follow Christ”.  I was reminded recently that it’s also important, perhaps more crucial, to help others pick up and carry THEIR crosses.

I keep you in prayer.

De Colores,


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 School of Leaders
Wednesday, May 26, 2021  |  6:45PM – 8:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
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 delivered by Fr Dave Mercier. 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.

Saturday Co-Ed Group Reunions (4th Days)
May 29, 2021  |  9:00AM
Join Zoom Meeting
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.

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
An update from April 18, 2021  

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)

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

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