Written by Thom Hiatt
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 14:27
Written by Anne Sanchez
by Anne Sanchez
Rectora, Weekend #271
In the new and modern age, many Catholics don’t go to church. They used to go as children when Mom or Dad made them go. Now, it’s becoming harder and harder to find God in the culture. It’s harder and harder to find a reason to believe. It has been said that it takes one generation from inadequate adult catechesis to non church attendance; then one more generation from non-church attendance to unbelief.
I see Cursillo as an antidote to what is happening in the world. G.K. Chesterton said, “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”
There is no greater witness to that love affair with Jesus than in the Cursillo movement.
We in Cursillo have a mission to transform our environments into Christian ones. We are a movement that takes our faith out into the world.
As the women’s team came together for weekend #271, it was so evident that these women were in love with God; ON THE MOUNTAIN we saw such an overwhelming expression of God’s love.
The last women’s weekend, Cursillo #271, was my turn to be the team coordinator, or Rectora. Now it is my turn to step aside and soon there will be another Rectora... and then another. Each weekend is phenomenal in its beauty and holiness, because the movement is led by the Spirit. When we are ON THE MOUNTAIN together, God’s presence is abundantly felt.
I am so grateful to be a part of the movement; so grateful that I can pass the experience on to my children, and one day to my grandchildren.
I have no doubt that we can slowly but surely regain our momentum and be instrumental in helping to bring God back into the culture.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:52
Written by Vince Provenzano
The Purpose of “Cursillo in Action” is to continue to improve our Relationship with Christ Jesus and our Community through increased Knowledge of the Cursillo Movement and our Catholic Faith. To persist and Lead by example in all of our daily Environments… The Cursillo weekend is just the beginning of this Journey.
The San Diego Cursillo is a graced movement of over 50 years. The movement gives Catholics a method to connect with our Lord each day, and consists of a lay method based on small lessons in Christianity. This has proven to be very effective when dealing with daily challenges that occur in all of our lives.
Our next gatherings will be May 13th, June 10th, and July 8th, 2013 at:
Church of the Resurrection
1445 Conway Drive
Escondido, CA 92027 (map)
Music Provided by the “Rennix Resurrection Review”
May 13th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
What is Cursillo – Jim Koed
Vatican II – Deacon Charlie Frice
June 10th, 7:00 - 8:30pm
The Art of Surrender – Deacon Rick Melrose
Baptism, Transfiguration, and the Cursillista - Lay Director Mike Helkenn
July 8th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Prayer… Unlocking the Channel to Grace - Deacon Mitch Rennix
A Light in the Darkness - Frank Schmitz
Living in Happiness - Vince Provenzano
ALL ARE WELCOME TO THESE EVENTS, NOT JUST CURSILLISTAS
The meetings will typically follow a format of:
Cursillo related Topics, 20-30 minutes
Catholic/Christian everyday Topics, 20-30 minutes
Grouping or open discussion, 15-20 minute
Usually includes Great Christian Music
We look forward to your participation as a Cursillista continuing on your path of Piety, Study and Action, and to help perpetuate the Catholic Cursillo Movement.
It’s our Biblical Christian calling to, “Make a Friend, Be a Friend, and Bring that Friend to Christ."
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 17:09
Written by Larry Broding
For me, this rector experience was a sweet ride, a real season of grace.
I first sensed the weekend began to jell in the last meetings of team school. The rollos got better and better; the spirit of the team grew, inspiring confidence in everyone. Yes, Sparky worked overtime, but the Spirit whispered, "Don't worry. Everything will work out." And all our problems resolved themselves quickly.
On Friday morning of the weekend, Gary Lowe set the stage with a solid rollo on Ideals, then Deacon Rick Melrose gave his dynamic rollo on Habitual Grace. From that point on, the weekend took off like a rocket and never lost altitude. In talk after talk, the team and the candidates grew together, stronger and stronger. Jon Lutack summed up building momentum in his magnificent rollo on Christianity in Action when he said, "Relationship becomes community and community becomes the Body of Christ." Amen, brother. When I heard the wind whip over the mountain on late Saturday night; I realized that was an apt metaphor for the work of the Spirit on the weekend, rockin' our spiritual house, taking the weekend to a place I never could have imagined. If any one phrase could describe the spiritual destination of the weekend, Joe Gilbreath stated it plainly as the punchline to his empowered Piety rollo, "Yes, Lord, Now, what's the question."
Coming down the mountain has left me with a sense of gratitude. I thank God for the opportunity to serve and for the gift of an unbelievable weekend. I am grateful to the best team I could ever imagine; it was truly God's team for his weekend.
Finally, I would like to thank our new Cursillistas for the chance to walk this journey with you, to serve you and to bring you into this wonderful movement of Christian leaders.
It was a sweet ride, indeed.
Rector for Weekend 270
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:53
Written by Mark Harvey
I am happy to announce that we just opened a new Adoration Chapel at Mary, Star of the Sea Church in La Jolla. 99% of this project was driven by Cursillistas.
Presently (as of April 2013) the chapel is open Monday 9:00 am (after morning mass) until Thursday 8:00 am (before mass). 24 hours a day. Our goal is to soon be Perpetual 24/7/365.
The chapel is open to all during normal parish hours, and open to any scheduled adorer at night. A code is needed to get in.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:58