Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Mary Weis writes: "Below is a list of the men attending the Spanish-speaking Cursillo weekend starting Thursday 10.10. Please pray and offer palanca for them. The closing ceremony for the Cursillo is Sunday at 3:30 PM at the parochial hall of the St Mary Cathedral 151 N. Warren Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 if you would like attend, thanks and have a blessed day 

Monday, September 23, 2019


My Beloved Cursillistas,

What a wonderful School of Leaders we had on Saturday September 21, 2109.

Robert Lauricella our new Assistant Lay Director, did an outstanding job, bringing together the Spiritual and Technique talk. We are reminded to: MAKE A FRIEND BE A FRIEND AND BRING YOUR FRIEND TO CHRIST!!

We are reminded we are not alone on this journey! Deacon John Clymore, has reminded us to look at ourselves. What in our life is an addiction? (shopping, TV the internet, etc.) 

Are we helping the less fortunate? Are we looking to help one another? We need to Love one another as Jesus does. Jesus never intended the Christian life to be a solitary journey we are stronger when we are surrounded and supported by our brothers and sisters in our faith.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Women’s Trenton 128
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Team

Kathy Tucker
Mary Weis
Mary Ann Dowd
Adelaide Sangiorgi
Amy Schiano
JoAnne Henderson
Lisa Klarmann
Ronnie Martella
Alice Riggio
Father Ed Blanchett
Deacon John Clymore

The Candidates (and Sponsors)
Angela Caputo  (Marie Garrett)         
Scarlet Marie Daniels (Rick & Lisa Klarmann)
Minnelly Guerrero (Marisel Kemper)

Diane Kerrigan (Mary Weis)
Theresa (Terry) Mihalko (Alice Riggio)

Brenda Robertazzi (Alice Riggio)
Suellen Valia (Kathy Tucker)
Mary Vitale (Mary Weis)
Arleen Walther (Robert Lauricella)
Ellen Wilezol (Adelaide Sangiorgi)  

Saturday, September 7, 2019


New Lay Director, Kathy Tucker.  In front of the Ambo
is Father Jay Bowden's Cursillo vest,
 given to Trenton Cursillo 
by Father Jay's family. 

DeColores! Good Evening everyone and welcome to our beautiful parish at Saint Rose of Lima.

As with all things in Cursillo we start with Prayer: 
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of us Your faithful and kindle in us the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen

I believe all new Lay Directors say that we have big shoes to fill I too echo that responsibility.

When I first started working with Mary I found her to be a great coach, mentor and supportive of my ideas and a true friend. I also knew her as holy, gentle, kind and understanding and sometimes a (bit pushy). We work so well together I could not have picked a better lay director and a better person to collaborate with. Mary Weis has done such a tremendous job serving as Lay Director these past two years. It’s just been incredible. She has been a mentor to me as we would speak on the phone and hours would have passed as we bounced ideas off each other. At times she would say your not doing enough! Do more be Better! (My brain was saying REALLY! Mary) Mary has pushed me to be a better version of myself! What a pleasure it is to call Mary my friend!

During her tenure, there has been two weekends and we have expanded our horizons. We were published in The Monitor and we have been on the radio! We were able to re-unite with our Spanish Cursillo meeting with them at their Ultreya and at the June bilingual Mass. We want to continue to foster this relationship and bring our communities together to work together in future endeavors. (October 26th there will be another Bilingual Mass at St Mary’s in Trenton/Bishop David O’Connell will be celebrating Mass) Everyone is welcome!! What accomplishments and teamwork! I can only hope to continue this Cursillo ministry and to be as devoted, 
prayerful, caring and hopeful as you are!

On behalf of the Secretariat and the entire Cursillo community we are truly grateful and  thank you Mary for your service.  

Saturday, August 31, 2019


“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:1

In society today, humility may be seen as a weakness. When we look at those people whom we may see as role models, in sports, politics, business or entertainment, we often notice that they seek attention and adulation. Often they see themselves as better than they see others.

Pride is root of all evil; the chief sin that often leads us to other sins. It is the belief that all we are and all we have are the result of our own efforts alone.

Mohammed Ali often boasted, “I am the greatest.” In the boxing ring, he easily dispatched most of his opponents. However, age and injuries took their toll and Parkinson’s disease robbed him of his physical and mental abilities in his later life.

Carly Simon sang, “You’re So Vain” about a man who had everything- wealth, talent, and good looks- but who was shallow and had few real friends.

On the other hand, humility is gratitude for what we have, recognizing our dependence on God.  It is a lack of conceit and a modest view of ourselves. It is an emphasis of goodness, a call to follow Christ and to trust in the wisdom and salvation of God in our lives.

When we look at Christ as our example, we can see that His glory came from His obedience to His Father’s will. Christ, the Son of God, gave up all to become a human like us. He was born, not in a castle, but in a stable. He grew up as any other child, subject to His parents. He worked most of His life as a tradesman, working with wood and stone and earning a daily living.

When Christ started His ministry, He was an itinerant preacher, going from village to village, depending on the goodness of others to provide Him with food and shelter. He freely shared His wisdom and His knowledge of God, His Father, and showed mercy and compassion to all who sought it from Him.

In the end, He meekly submitted Himself to His passion and death for the salvation of the human race. At any moment, He could have stopped it, but in humility, He trusted in His Father’s will. On Easter Sunday, He rose in Glory, conquering death and giving us hope for eternal life.

When Christ said, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted, He was inviting them to follow His example.

Being humble is recognizing our talents and abilities as gifts from God for us to use for the good of others.

Bob, a US census taker was interviewing a couple in the poorer section of town. The wife, Suzie, said, “Joe works for the borough.” Joe looked older than his twenty-something years and his hands were very rough, the hands of a man who works hard. “What do you do?” asked Bob, Susie responded, “Joe collects garbage. You know, I’m so proud of him. He is the best garbage man in the borough. He can stack more trash on the truck than anyone else can. They don’t have to make as many runs and that saves the borough money.”

“That’s incredible,” Bob answered.  “It’s a difficult job. Most people would gripe about a job like that. Your attitudes are amazing.”  Suzie said. “I am very proud of Joe and I always will be. You see, I don’t think the job makes the man. I believe the man makes the job.” With that, she showed Bob a quote that they had framed and hanging on the wall. It was from a speech by Martin Luther King.

It read:

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven will pause to say. “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”*

*© Bob Perks  2001                                                       

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Please start your palanca for the candidates for Women's Weekend 128 (12/5-12/8.)

Candidate                                        Sponsor                                       
Arleen Walther                                 Robert Lauricella              
Angela Caputo                                 Marie Garrett         
Scarlet Marie Daniels                      Rick & Lisa Klarmann       
Ellen Wilezol                                    Adelaide Sangiorgi       
Diane Kerrigan                                 Mary Weis         
Mary Vitale                                       Mary Weis

As additions are made, updates will be sent. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Sue Wenzlick, Region 2 Coordinator writes: "On behalf of the Region 2 Service Team (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) I am sending out this email to formally announce the upcoming Region 2 Fall Encounter!

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2019
Place:  St. Philip Neri Church (near Baltimore, MD)
Time:   8:15 AM with breakfast and ends at 7 PM
Cost:   $30 (includes 3 meals)

A 2-page flyer is attached for you to read about this upcoming event!  Contact information and the agenda are included in this flyer!

We hope that you will mark your calendars for this upcoming event!  Let's fill the hall with our Cursillista friendship!"

Monday, August 5, 2019


Spread the Word about our Diocesan Mass!!

I'm asking everyone to copy the attached bilingual flyer and share it with their parish and fellow cursillistas.

Please get the word out about the Cursillo Mass on October 26 2019 at noon at the Cathedral.

Invitations have been extended to both Newark and Metuchen Dioceses.

This is a once in a lifetime event we as cursillistas cannot miss.

You can download the attached bilingual flyer here.

Tell everyone about this mass that will be celebrated by our own Bishop David O'Connell.

Make copies and hand out to your friends. Carpool. See you there! De Colores

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019


In January, 2015, Dick Hemler did a wonderful talk on the “Foundational Charism of the Cursillo Movement.”

The Foundational Charism of the Movement are the special graces given to the founders of the Movement.

In the talk, Dick spoke about the first Cursillo weekend that took place on August 19 to 23, 1944 in Cala Figuera, Spain. Eduardo Bonnin was the rector. It contained all the structures of future Cursillos.

I would humbly suggest that if you haven’t read it, you take the time to do so. You can read it here. 

Today, I’d like to look more at that first rector, Eduardo Bonnin, and focus on how his life experience, influenced by the Holy Spirit, helped to shape Cursillo and its charism. In this talk, I will use Eduardo’s own words, and those words came from an undated interview with Eduardo conducted by Cardinal Josef Cordes, who was President of Pontifical Council for Human Development from 1995 to 2010.

Eduardo was asked what type of formation he received as a young person. He responded:

“Very sincerely I believe that the Lord, using many circumstances has manifested his will, little by little, throughout my life.”