January 19, 2014

Cursillo

Men and Women of St. Joseph Parish

Is your heart on fire for Christ? Is it filled with the Holy Spirit or like a candle in the wind, flickering and barely alive? If you want to experience what the disciples felt on the day of Pentecost, then give yourself the gift of a Cursillo and light your heart on fire! A Cursillo weekend is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Cursillos run from Thursday evening thru Sunday and they are ongoing.  The next Cursillo weekends begin October 15 (Men), and October 29 (Women). See below for the rest of the upcoming schedule.

Brief History of the Cursillo Movement

Cursillo came out of the pain and horror of the Spanish Civil War which ended in 1939. Spain was a Catholic country, and in that war Catholics were fighting Catholics, and when the terrible killing ended, the country was nearly dead spiritually. Then the Holy Spirit took charge, and a young Spanish Catholic lay group responded to a plea from Pope Pius XII to restore Christian values to their country. After prayer and discernment, these remarkable young people, decided to gather 100,000 young men and women to go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella (the burial place of St James the Apostle). It was an arduous trip and they encouraged each other by saying “Ultreya”, which means “Onward”.

The Cursillo was formed during that pilgrimage, and under the leadership of Eduardo Bonnin and Juan Hervas, Bishop of Majorca, the first Cursillo was held on the island of Majorca, Spain in 1944. It was brought to the United States by two Spanish Military Exchange Pilots who were training with the US Air Force in Texas. The first US Cursillo was held in Waco, Texas on May 25, 1957.

Growth of the Cursillo Movement

It quickly spread throughout the United States, and the first English Cursillos were held in 1961. Worldwide, there are something like 6 million Cursillistas. There are Cursillos in nearly every major city in the US, and nearly every country worldwide.

Fruits of the Cursillo Movement

Our Catholic Cursillo has been so successful in bringing people to Christ that it has found expression in other faiths: There is a Lutheran and a Methodist Cursillo, there is also a protestant Walk to Emmaus which is essentially identical. Also coming from Cursillo has been the Kairos movement, which is an interfaith Cursillo-type weekend for those in prison. Other “retreats” based on Cursillo are the Marriage Encounter, Engagement Encounter, and a retreat for those whose marriages are troubled, called Retrovaille (pronounced Retro-Vie).

What Cursillo will mean for you?

Many who have made their Cursillo retreat weekend have likened it to a personal encounter with Christ or being touched by the Holy Spirit.  Everyone experiences something different and is touched differently by the retreat weekend. The purpose of Cursillo is:

  • A Movement of the Catholic Church which, by means of a specific method, makes it possible for people to live what is fundamental for being a Christian, and to live it together.
  • It helps people discover and fulfill their personal vocations.
  • It promotes the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their environments with the Gospel.
  • It gives pride in being a Catholic Christian.

It Begins with

A three-day experience of living Christianity — a little course (in Spanish, “Cursillo”) — in Christian community. Daily Mass, communion and visits to the Blessed Sacrament are available.  It starts on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. During the three days, those attending live and work together listening to talks given by priests, deacons and lay persons and participate in small group discussions.  The talks include topics which deal with life, the Christian ideal, the Catholic Faith and the Christian approach to the world.

It continues…

With an invitation to form a small Christian support group which is joined to a larger Christ-centered community. The community spirit of the weekend is continued through reunions of small groups of Christians and through Ultreyas or the gathering of the larger community.  With a method to work together to bring other men and women to know and love Christ.

An Invitation

  • To be an informed Christian
  • To be an effective Christian
  • To put Christ in the center of your world

Testimonials from St. Joseph Cursillistas

“I made my Cursillo weekend in January 2014.  It had a profound affect on me and has changed my life for the better.  I experienced the love of Christ and the Catholic community at large in a way that motivated me to be a better man and follower of Jesus.  The relationships I have developed from grouping with fellow Cursillistas has enriched my life and continues to keep me open to following God’s call to make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ” – Anonymous

Upcoming Cursillo Weekends

Are you ready to move forward in your faith?

If you are interested in attending a Cursillo weekend, please fill out the application form and send to sfcuda@yahoo.com.   If you are interested in finding out more about Cursillo, please contact Deacon Shane Cuda at 562-493-0541 or email sfcuda@yahoo.com.

For more information see: https://www.occursillo.org/