How can I thank you for ALL the LOVE you GAVE me at last Saturday’s School of Leaders? I knew there was going to be a celebration for me, BUT not to the unbelievable extent that you did!
I just have one REGRET! I WISHED that I had GONE AROUND to EACH OF YOU and THANKED YOU PERSONALLY for being there! However, I was UNABLE because I was TOO OVERWHELMED!!! So KINDLY ACCEPT MY THANKS AND GRATITUDE NOW TO EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE THERE as well as the fantastic decor, food, gifts AND HILARIOUS ENTERTAINMENT!!!
O course, having Sisters Mindy and Chris from my Order there to celebrate with me was the “Delicious Icing on the cake!”
MANY, MANY BLESSINGS OF PEACE TO EACH OF YOU!
Lovingly, Sister Clara
Community gathers to honor Sister Clara at School Of Leaders 2.16.19
School of Leaders February 16, 2019 Saturday after the 9 AM Mass will be hosting a celebration in honor of Sister Clara for all her hard work and dedication to the Cursillo Movement. Sister said she may be heading up to Englewood Cliffs for her retirement sometime in March or beginning of April. Please come and wish her well! We will be having a toast/roast for fun. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to wish Sister well by cards, donations or to share a story. Please pass this invite to all the Ultreya members who do not have access to the computer and e-mail. Please coordinate ride share opportunities. DeColores, Kathy Tucker
The key to happiness is climbing the ladder of the Beatitudes. Each rung is a closer encounter in our
relationship with our lord, JESUS CHRIST our light. The more we climb the
closer we are to surrender. While we read down the beatitudes one through eight
we realize how happy we have become and our personal relationship with the Lord
has become greater.
The world promises
happiness in what we want success in, “money new cars etc”….
Most philosophers think
it is a state of mind: happiness is much more; it is a state of being. It is
derived from being in communion with God. This communion I speak of is given
through the sacraments: My focus is the sacrament of reconciliation with the
priest in the confessional. This brings the soul and the heart to peace. This
peace is true happiness for it brings light to our soul. Being happy all the
time is virtuously not to be in this life but is eternal in heaven. In Mt.
Jesus says repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Take notice Jesus says
REPENT for the Kingdom of God is at hand. To achieve happiness is to have peace
to have peace is to have been in communion with God. To deepen this peace we
can receive Eucharist with a clean heart. And even in pain we
can be happy, for the love of God is within and we know this
because the Spirit reveals this in our mind.
The Sermon on the
Mount (Matthew 5)
1 When he saw the
crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came
2 He began to teach
them, saying: The Beatitudes
3 Blessed are the poor
in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus Talks With a
Samaritan Woman & she becomes happy!!!!!!! (John 4)
1 Now Jesus learned that
the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than
2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So
he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot
of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and
Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about
7 When a Samaritan woman
came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His
disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman
said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for
a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her,
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would
have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman
said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get
this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the
well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks
the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will
become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to
him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep
coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go,
call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,”
Jesus said to her, “You
are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five
husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said
is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman
said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this
mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in
21 “Woman,” Jesus
replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither
on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not
know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time
is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in
the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I
know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain
everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared,
“I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
After the encounter with
the Lord; the woman is transformed: she becomes excited, happy and wants to
shout from the rooftops what Jesus has told her about herself. The woman can’t
wait to get back to town to tell all she encountered & the truth Jesus
revealed to her.
Now, remember the woman
came to Jacobs well at the hottest part of the day when there is no one else at
the well. The woman didn’t want to be around the town people, for she was
ashamed of herself. Instead she found Jesus and climbed the first rung of the
ladder truly happy she is on the way to holiness.
What truth has Jesus
revealed to us, that we encountered a transformation that set us on the road to
happiness and the first rung of holiness? It is in holiness that
we find humility, and become humble in realizing how poor we are and that there
is a great wealth in the people we encounter for we are truly less.
At this point share on a
holy person that we love! I shared about Marilyn
These are the
steps of the ladder for there is great wealth in the climb; the gifts of the
spirit are above us; the fruits of the spirit are above. Our Lady Wisdom is
(Matthew 5: 4 - 11)
4 Blessed are they who
mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
6 Blessed are they who
hunger and thirst for righteousness,*for they will be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the
merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the clean
of heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are they who
are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,*for theirs is the kingdom of
11 Blessed are you when
they insult you and persecute you and utter every kindof evil against
you [falsely] because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be
great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Prayer: I put my trust in you oh Lord help me to
do your will. Thy will be done. Amen.
For a while now I have been asking God Why am I here? Praying over it and thinking heavily about
it, wondering if I would ever get an answer.
Last October I went to a talk at our Church and
the guest speaker was Colleen Rayner, the subject of her talk was “The Power of
Yes”.During her talk she spoke about
the Bible passage Jeremiah 29:11“For I
know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your
welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope”.I began to notice a connection to my
Then Kathy asked me with Tony to read this book “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly. I began
to think and realize these are messengers from God.God IS talking to me.
The Title intrigued me but I was apprehensive
because I had a fear to give a talk, however I did say Yes.Thinking back on the talk ”The Power of
First thing“Seek his will in all things this is the road that leads to Happiness”. Then here comes the Resistance, my fear of the
challenge, it would just be easier not to do it BUT God was challenging
Here are some points in the book that is helping
me to make a-better-version-of-myself.
“Reflect on my image of God and trace back to its
roots. My image of God: Gentle, kind, loving, very
patient.Wants me to see what he has in
store for me.I think back when I was
13, I remember how I wanted a sister. I would go to Church for 10 minutes or so
everyday after school and pray for a sister.Months later I remember my mother coming to me and told me that she
would be having a baby!I said “I
know”!She was taken aback, but I got my
sister.As I grew I wanted a loving
husband and children.I made pilgrimages
to churches and I was Blessed with all these things, God was there for me
everytime.Life was not perfect, life was messy.
"We lived with my parents in Manhattan in a room
and we had 3 children we needed to move to our own house everything was so
expensive here on the east coast my friends in California wanted us to move out
to them the houses where so much cheaper $24,000 compared to here $50,000.We packed every thing with a U Haul and ready
to leave for California but we ended up in New Jersey.It was too difficult on my parents and with
some help from them we were able to settle closer.Everything was ok for a while.
Our decision to move our business from NY to NJ
was based on trust in God, we were scared, needed to educate our children, they
were in High School and College was in the future for 3 boys in the next few
years, it was truly scary.Money was
plentiful in Manhattan buta toxic
environment, a small town in Cresskill, NJ was a step down but healthier for
the family.We did well, we worked hard,
less money but happier.We worked
together, our boys had to help at work.
We got involved with marriage Encounter,
Helped to bring my parents to our home.God sent us a great health aideBarbara, a Jamaicanwomen who stayed with us for twelve
years.We are still friends with her
today.I was there when my Mom and Dad
passed. Thinking back God was always there in the center of our life.I have a great devotion to Our lady I have
consecrated myself to her as I remember being taught “To Jesus through
Anna Maria speaks:
"When we married we were married in Germany and
during those years it was difficult for Tony’s family to come to our wedding
because of the political climate in Yugoslavia. His parents were not at our
wedding.Through the years we would take
many summer trips to visit Tony’s family, important for our children and Tony’s
We were able to have our 50th wedding Anniversary
in Slovenia with many of Tony’s relatives and our children and their families.
We celebrated our Mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Thanksgiving for
all these gifts from God.
This book helped me to go back our life together
and see how God is answering four questions:Who am I?What am I here for?
What matters most? What matters least?
It has given me a perspective and put things in
place so I can make sense of it all and where I am called to go next.
I believe that God has asked me to read this book
Important parts from the book:
Pay attention to your spiritual life. Here is where Cursillo has played the biggest
roll in our spiritual life and now I can see it. How fabulous is that!
Present moment awareness. Learn to find God in ordinary activities of
daily life. He wants you to be aware of
things while they are actually happening.
At the end of the day write down three times when you were fully aware
of God in your day”. In the smile of
your little grandchild or your old friend.
God invites you/me to change and grow every
day. It is an on going journey. God invited me to collaborate with him in my
daily conversion. But I am still
resistant. I know the next step will bring as much if not more happiness than
the last step he beckoned me to take, but I am resistant. I hope I can break through
the resistance today”.
As Christians we are called to transform every
activity in our lives into prayer.This
is how we become the-best-version-of-ourselves and live holy lives”. I remember
when I was in grammar school the Nuns would always tell us “offer it up”
whenever we had a task that we did not like.It was always easier to do the job with the prayer in mind.
“Everything can be transformed into prayer”.
Cooking, cleaning, daily chores, etc.
“Visit the lonely. Somewhere not too far from where you live, someone’s
saying a prayer. He is asking God to send someone to visit him and lift him up
out of the depths of his loneliness.God
wants you to help him answer that prayer”.
Read the Bible regularly the Bible gives us
incredible insight into the mind of God. People who read the Bible make better
From time to time it is good for us all to learn
to listen again. Listen to those you
love. Listen to your body. Listen to your conscience and soul. Listen to God.
“Prayer and fasting” it can be as simple as
ordering a glass of water instead of a coke.
In order to consistently overcome resistance we
need to give truth a place of honor I our lives.
“Our culture is trying to murder truth and it is
important to note that you cannot murder truth without first murdering the
Catholic Church. So in a culture that hates truth, the Catholic Church is
public enemy number one”.
“You cannot be happy focused on yourself. You
were made for mission. It’s deep within
you. Only by serving others in a
meaningful way do we truly discover the happiness we yearn for so
"This world we live in is not our destination we
are only passing through."
Lastly, Have you
ever wondered what God Looks for on a resume?
Only one thing! He asks only one thing of us. He can take care of the rest. The one thing God needs from you in order to
launch you into mission is availability.
Make yourself available to God and Incredible things will happen.
This book is very powerful I just skimmed over
some points that seemed to resonate with me but it is a must read book and a
must do book.
Loving Father, I come to you today to make myself
100 percent available to you.
I lay everything I have and
everything I am at your feet.
Take what you want to take, and give what you want to give.
Command me in all things. I will do whatever you ask me to
Transform me and transform my
life, so that I may become
and lead others to you with my
life and my love! Amen
From Mary Weis, Lay Director: De Colores! Below please find information about the Regional Spring Encounter that is a one day event. It will focus on the new guide for Rectors on the Cursillo Weekend. I encourage all of us to be there and to register in advance. We can easily carpool for the day - it is in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Thank you and God bless, Mary *** APRIL 6 – REGION 2 SPRING ENCOUNTER *** (Note: this encounter is a one-day event, not the usual three-day event.) Come for the unveiling of the new STEP BY STEP RECTOR’S MANUAL. This one-day event will be held in Wilmington, Delaware. WE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING THAT ALL SECRETARIAT AND SCHOOL OF LEADER MEMBERS OF OUR ENTIRE REGION ATTEND! Location: St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1010 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19804 from 8:30am to 5:00pm Cost: $25 – covers the cost of breakfast and lunch. Please mail your $25 check payable to “Cursillos de Cristiandad Region 2” and mail to Carmen Oliva, 3308 Floral Street, Silver Spring, MD 20902 Deadline: PLEASE RSVP and make payment no later than Saturday, March 30, 2019 $35 will be charged at the door – so save money and pay now! We hope you can join us! Sue Wenzlick, Region 2 English Coordinator
“Lord hasten to fill the
emptiness within me this CHRISTMAS. Christ, light of the world, sparkle
within me, dance within me, speak Within me, command within me. Christ, light of
the world, take me, mold me, hold me, for I love you, Lord Jesus,
1st Reading:Of all the titles by which we address Mary,
the most profound and meaningful is “Mother of God”.This is a daring, startling title.God, the creator of the whole universe, has a
Mother? The title “Mother of God”
does not imply that Mary herself if divine.It does mean that she is most worthy of our love, our gratitude and our
confidence in her intercession.As we pass
through this Advent it is comforting to know that she will accompany us with
her prayers and her motherly love.
Song:SING OF MARY, by Gretchen Harris
2nd Reading:In these days of Advent we often remember
those who are spending this Christmas at Jesus’ table.If someone close to us has passed this past
year we might think this, “This is the first Christmas without them.”
But even if they died long
ago, we remember them in a special way at Christmas.
We sometimes remember our
childhood, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning as a youngster with our family.
We might think of Mary and
Jesus together on the great Jewish feast after Joseph had died.They remembered how they used to celebrate
those wonderful days with him.On those
days Mary missed her husband, whom she loved.
Whomever you miss at
Christmas… talk to Mary. She understands.
AFTER DECEMBER, by Gretchen Harris
Let’s take a walk with Mary
Song:MARY, DID YOU KNOW by Kelley Mooney
“What do you want to say to Jesus”
Song:HALLELUJAH BY Kelley Mooney
I always look for the
special gift from Jesus every year sometimes it comes early during Advent last
year it came on Little Christmas.
This year I got a call from
a MOM whose child I had in Rehab.Suzie
after her father died she had a series of seizes. They told her Mom she would
not make it start planning her funeral.I’ve
been praying for a miracle for her.Well
I was having a real rotten day and then her call came and she shared Suzie is
eating and talking and walking.My
Christmas Gift came early today.
What is the most special
gift you’ve ever received?Did you
receive it on your birthday, for Christmas, or on another occasion?
Turn and share with the
person sitting next to you.
I will close with a song to
bring you back in.
Song: All Good gifts by God Spell
Christ gave us Grace,
Justification, righteousness, obedience and eternal life.
"A blessed and holy, happy and healthy New Year to all! May 2019 bring you ever closer to the Christ child, deepening your faith, hope and love through Cursillo. I wish each of you to make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ in the coming year." De Colores, Mary
Year after year we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and yet year after year, our world seems to be crumbling with atrocities being heaped upon the human race. Listen to the words of a Christmas Day message from one John Paul II: “Wipe away, Baby Jesus, the tears of children! Embrace the sick and the elderly! Move men to lay down their arms and draw close in a universal embrace of peace! Invite people, O merciful Jesus, to tear down the walls, created by poverty and unemploy - meant, by ignorance, by discrimination and intolerance. It is you, O Divine Child of Bethlehem, who saved us, freeing us from sin.” In our world today, those same evils prevail along with added horrible atrocities. So why do we continue to celebrate Christmas, the feast of the Christ Child, Prince of Peace? The reason is FAITH! Now, we know that Faith is believing what we cannot see or understand. And we are speaking of supernatural Faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that Faith is “both a gift from God and a human act by which the believer gives personal adherence to God who invites his response, and freely assents to the whole truth that God has revealed. And the whole truth of our Faith is contained in the Bible as well as in Sacred Tradition. An example of Sacred Tradition is the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception which cannot be found in the Bible. It was Pope Pius IX who proclaimed Mary’s Immaculate Conception a Dogma of Faith back in 1854. But getting back to the birth of Jesus, everything we believe about His birth can be found in the Bible, starting in the Old Testament. In Isaiah, chapter 9, verse 5, we read: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, GodHero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” In the New Testament, starting with Matthew’s Gospel, chapter one, we read about how Joseph was greatly troubled about Mary’s pregnancy and how the angel told Joseph in a dream it was OK to marry Mary and he was to name the baby Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” Then what Matthew tells us in verses 22 & 23 is what our Faith is all about. We read: Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord said through the prophet Isaiah, “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” which means , “God is with us.” Again, another prediction of Jesus in the Old Testament. But what a declaration of our Faith: GOD IS WITH US! In chapter two, Matthew goes on to relate the Visit of the Magi, also known as the Three Kings who were astrologers led by the star to the Manger to pay homage to the Christ Child. What Faith the Magi had! They believed in something that was beyond their total understanding. Matthew goes on to relate The Flight into Egypt and the Massacre of the Infants which caused sorrow and fear to Mary and Joseph. Babies were being killed back then as babies are being killed today through the horrible evil of abortion. How we need our FAITH today to keep us on the right path that our caring God wants us to travel! In Luke’s Gospel, we read other details of the Birth of Jesus that are not in Matthew’s Gospel. In Luke’s account of the Announcement of the Birth of Jesus we read that it was the Angel Gabriel who informed Mary of the birth of her Son, Jesus. Matthew gives us no name of the angel. However, in regard to FAITH, Luke concludes his message to Mary by informing her that her cousin, Elizabeth, is also having a child in her old age. Angel Gabriel concludes this message saying; “for nothing will be impossible with God.” This is another declaration of our Faith; “FOR NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.”
Now the Liturgical word for the Birth of Christ is INCARNATION. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that Incarnation is “the fact that the Son of God assumed human nature and became human in order to accomplish our salvation in that same human nature. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is both true God and true man, not part of God and part of man.” It is only through our FAITH that we are a able to believe this and not understand it.
I love how St. John expresses INCARNATION in his first chapter, verse 14a; “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” And again in ch. 2 verse 16, John tells us; “For God so loved the world the he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” Think of it. Jesus, Son of the living God, left His celestial home in heaven to be one of us — taking on our human nature with all its pain and sorrow. In the Bible, Paul’s letter to the Philippians ch.2 verses 6 to 10 give us a glimpse of what Jesus sacrificed for us. No one could have loved more! It is our FAITH that enables that us to truly believe this without full understanding. Just think about it…We all have a purpose in life. And so did Jesus! His purpose was to be one of us in everything except sin so that we can know God personally, not as spirit that we cannot see. Jesus told us in scripture from John, ch. 10 verse 30: “The Father and I are one.” Again in ch. 14, verse 7: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will know my Father.” The Infant Christ Child was born to live poorly, suffer greatly, die a gruesome death on the Cross and RISE triumphantly. We will also rise after we die and be united with our loved ones in heaven, God’s celestial home, only if we live the life God wants us to live. So let us all be grateful and faithful to our Faith that we first received in our Baptism as well as the Grace we receive from frequent reception of the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Penance, or Reconciliation, throughout our lives. To conclude, I encourage you to celebrate Christmas not through sentimentality but through the eyes of FAITH. DE COLORES!