My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
– Psalm 106:1

“Give thanks to the Lord.”  I find it hard to utter those words these days.  2020 has not been the year I imagined back on January 1.  I do give thanks to the Lord, however, because I am blessed.  Perhaps you are too.  I am grateful for my family and friends, for God’s creation, for those who serve our community, for our essential workers, for those who grow, produce, and deliver our food, for our priests and religious, and for you, the Cursillo community.

When I stop complaining about “my loss of 2020”, I realize that perhaps God forced me to rearrange my priorities.  I pay more attention to relationships near and far. I am more attentive to those impacted greatly by this pandemic and to those whose daily, pre-Covid struggles have been amplified and illuminated by it.  I’m praying more often and longer.  Many of you taught me to “chose joy”.

I know you all are grateful for God’s blessings in your lives. I hope that this Thanksgiving week allows you time and space to reflect on God’s goodness in your lives.

On behalf of the Secretariat, I wish your families and you a safe, healthy, faith-filled, joyful, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Our first online Ultreya is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, November 23 at 6:45PM. The Fall 2019 Men’s and Women’s teams are jointly hosting.  And there will be one small surprise!  Members of the Secretariat will “hang around” afterwards to answer any questions you might have.  Details below.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you!

Julie Goshy-Stalions will start a new Co-Ed Group Reunion (4th Day) that will meet on Saturdays from 9AM-10AM.  It starts November 28.  Details are below.

We are looking to secure a date for an online Advent Liturgy with Father Chris Bennett.  Please keep an eye out for more information in the next 1-2 weeks. We will post the link in the near future so that all of you may be able to attend.

The Secretariat is discerning for both the Post-Cursillo Chair and the Three-Day Chair. These are opportunities to serve our community and be a steward to the Cursillo Charism.  The situation is becoming urgent. Won’t you please prayerfully consider serving our Community? Please see below.

And finally, please keep in prayer, our Cursillistas who are struggling with cancer, COVID-19 and/or the loss of love ones.

You are in my daily prayers!

Sincerely and De Colores,
Larry Cargnoni

P.S. For your convenience, the list of Group Reunions (4th Day Groups) can be found now at this link:   AND we’ve included a space for Co-Ed Group Reunions.   Please let us know if your Group Reunion (4th Day Group) needs to be added or updated.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Ultreya
Monday, November 23, 2020
6:45PM – 8:15 PM
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We recognize that 2020 has been a surreal year to our families.

Join your fellow Cursillistas for our Fall 2020 Virtual Ultreya on Monday, November 23, 2020 celebrating an evening of fellowship and music as we walk together in Christ.  It will be hosted by the Men’s and Women’s Fall 2019 Teams with witness speakers from both.

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’. We will also have a Q&A with the Secretariat afterwards.

Here’s our tentative schedule:

  • Gathering Song
  • Opening Prayer
  • Testimony Speakers
  • Meditation
  • Sharing via Breakout Rooms
  • Closing Prayer
  • Q&A by Secretariat

If you can, please RSVP with Facebook.

Updated – St. Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home

Father Chris Bennett and his parish provided us a new set of prayers for when we can’t gather for mass (Ordinary Time). The sets of prayers are found on 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.

New Group Reunion (4th day) Forming!

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 men and women here in San Jose or joining long distance.

Starting November 28 at 9AM via Zoom, there will be an open meeting to share Piety, Study and Action 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, join when you can, feel free to reach out to other Cursillistas.

You may RSVP with Facebook, but it is not necessary. This will be occurring every Saturday including the following:

  • Nov 28, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Dec 5, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Dec 12, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Dec 19, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Dec 26, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Jan 2, 2021 09:00 AM
  • Jan 9, 2021 09:00 AM
  • Jan 16, 2021 09:00 AM
  • Jan 23, 2021 09:00 AM
  • Jan 30, 2021 09:00 AM

You can also download and import the dates as a iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

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Meeting ID: 817 5881 5337
Passcode: 415641
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If those numbers do not work, you can check out other numbers at

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests have been asked for Cursillista Rita Russo who is diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and for Lourdes Thevanayagam who is also battling cancer.  Please pray for Mickey Salem and Sandy Tinapay as they recover from Covid-19

You may also submit prayer requests on our Facebook page:

Cursillo Links and 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.

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

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

San Jose Vietnamese Cursillo Movement

San Jose Korean Cursillo Movement

San Jose Spanish-speaking Cursillo Movement
Note: we can’t locate a website for the San Jose Spanish-speaking Cursillo Movement.
Please contact us if you have information.

National Cursillo Movement USA
NACG Cursillo North America and Caribbean
World Body of Cursillos in Christianity
Eduardo Bonnín Aguiló Foundation

Secretariat Update

As noted above, we started our discernment for our Post-Cursillo Chair and Three-Day Chair. We are asking the community to prayerfully discern those who are willing to serve. Serving on the Secretariat is a commitment of three years.

While we aren’t conducting weekends, the Secretariat has been busy. The Secretariat is in a unique spot.  We are dealing with COVID and we are currently reviewing all aspects of our weekend and traditions.

Dealing with COVID has pushed our programs completely online. In the spring and summer, we held a number of weekly and bi-weekly events.  They were popular for some.  School of Leaders is active. Group Reunions / 4th Days are active.  We need new ideas for engaging Community and building our and refreshing our parish representatives.

There is a new Rector / Rectora Step-by-Step manual that came from National that forces us to review our weekend content and structure.  The discussions are thoughtful and introspective.  There will be some changes.  And we will retain most current traditions.  Eventually, we will need to provide updated guidance to the teams.

The Secretariat is a supportive group and we help each other.

Would you please prayerfully consider it?  I am happy to answer questions.  I invite you to talk to other Secretariat members.

Please reach out to Larry Cargnoni for more information if you are interested. You can contact us and find a summary of the role at

Posting Guidelines

As a reminder, here are the guidelines for posting material to the Cursillo Facebook page and Newsletter.

2021 Spring 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
April 15-18, 2021
Women’s Weekend
April 29- May 02, 2021

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.