My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“Fight for the things that you care about,
but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Our world lost a courageous leader in Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week.  She is a role model for women and girls and dare I say it, for all of us.  Ginsburg led with grit, determination, and a moral compass of equality and justice.  She brought people to her side by building up and supporting the marginalized and disadvantaged with logic, empathy, compassion, and determination.  I am drawn by her quote above “do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”  Her behavior is striking similar to that of Jesus Christ.

The purpose of Cursillo is to equip, challenge, and support Christians to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  That is what the Action Rollo is all about, leading and bringing people to Christ through apostolic action. Each of you are leaders in your community, businesses, non-profits, churches, schools and families, “fighting for what you care about”.  You are taking action to be a better person, helping others to be better people, changing your environment, volunteering and serving through acts of corporal mercy, and advocating change at local, state, and national levels.  Through your action, others want to “be like you” and to journey with you; perhaps THEN you might want to have a discussion about Christ and your faith.

We know Jesus got angry over injustice and inequality. Jesus routinely called out folks as hypocrites or a “brood of vipers.”  But He’s Jesus.  In the end, His name calling didn’t help anyone or change anything. The path of change He took was the path of torture, humiliation, death and thankfully, resurrection. He changed the world by taking on sin and injustice with His life. He changed the world by injecting faith and support into his followers.  He sent the Holy Spirit. He fought in a way that made others follow him and become leaders themselves.

I ask each of you, as we move through a difficult 2020, “fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”  Consider your ways.

We have School of Leaders this Wednesday, September 23. Details are below.  We are discussing the Friday night liturgy, among other things.  Changes to Friday night will be discussed.  Please join us.

Lastly, it’s with regret that I announce that Bobby Montalvo stepped away from the Secretariat as Post-Cursillo Chair.  I thank Bobby for his leadership and passion for Cursillo.  Thank you Bobby for leading/co-leading the Post-Cursillo Chair role for the past two years. I know it’s been difficult and I much appreciate all that you did and all that you do for our Community. Thank you for your organization, guidance, and love for all of us. Bobby, you live the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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.  Won’t you please prayerfully consider serving our Community? Please see below.

Please be safe and please continue being that Light of Christ to all you meet.  You never know who you will bring to Christ.

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:

Upcoming Events

School of Leaders – Continuous Prayer, Friday Night Liturgy
Wednesday September 23, 2020
6:45PM – 8:30PM

School of Leaders will gather and continue the structure and activities for Friday, the Day of Faith.

  • Doctrinal Talk: Role of Continual Prayer
  • Technique Talk: Healing and Reconciliation Liturgy

School of Leaders is open to everyone, including new Cursillistas and the current Spring 2021 Men’s and Women’s Teams.

  • 6:45PM – 7:00PM: Login, Technical Support, Socialize
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM: School of Leaders Presentation

Zoom Link:

If you can, please RSVP on Facebook.

Region XI Fall Virtual Encounter
Saturday October 3, 2020
12:30PM -6:15 PM

The Region XI “Virtual” Encounter will take place on Saturday, October 3rd. No registration fee, this encounter is free for all Cursillistas! 

This is a time to “encounter” each other, to build friendships, to pray together, and share Cursillo with each other, all from the comfort of our home.  Details and schedules are found here: Region XI Virtual Encounter

All Cursillistas should use the following Zoom link to login to the Regional 11 “Virtual” Encounter.

The English-speaking Cursillistas should use the following Zoom link to login to the Breakout Session – Group Dialogue which is scheduled to begin at 4:15 PM; however, this time may change. We will be informed when to login to our breakout session.

Updated – St. Christopher’s Parish Prayers at Home

Fr. 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.

Catholic Charities

Food Delivery Volunteers Needed
Catholic Charities is looking for 15 volunteers for who can do a shift of three hours a week or more to deliver food to the homebound. It is a no-contact delivery.

The Volunteer would pick up the food at a Second Harvest site and deliver to people in a geographical area.

To register, please click on VOLUNTEER NOW.

Once you register on Volunteer Impact, the application needs to be accepted. Then you will receive an email from the Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator about scheduling yourself for particular dates.

If you have any difficulty signing up on this system please contact Lynda DeManti at

If you have time and feel comfortable, might you please consider the opportunity?

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.

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.