Sunday, August 18, 2019

REGION 2 FALL ENCOUNTER ANNOUNCED

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

INVITATION FROM MARY WEIS

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

EDUARDO BONNIN AND THE CHARISM OF CURSILLO by AL MARTELLA


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.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HOMILY FOR FATHER JAY by FATHER ED BLANCHETT

There’s a story about three men who helped to build one of the great cathedrals in Europe. When asked what they did, the first described the mechanics of laying down the mortar, placing one brick atop another and setting the next brick beside it. The second described what he did as a step towards perhaps one day becoming a master builder on greater projects. The third simply replied, “I build cathedrals.” You see, through his explanation the first man saw what he did as a job, the second as a career, and the third saw what he did as a vocation.

Even before his 57 years as a priest, I’m sure that Fr. Jay also saw his life in terms of vocation: that call to holiness which each one of us – ordained, religious, married and otherwise – is given by God. The deep search that he made throughout his life – in his work, in his family; yes, even in the stubbornness that he carried with him, were clear indications of the thirst to satisfy that vocation, his own call to holiness.

Monday, July 8, 2019

MEDITATION ON ACCEPTING GOD'S WILL by DEACON TONY MARTUCCI

As Jesus sent 72 disciples to prepare the way before Him, He told them:
“I am sending you as lambs in the midst of wolves. Do not carry a walking staff or traveling bag.” (Luke 10:2)

Can you imagine that? When my family goes to the beach for a few hours, we carry beach chairs and blankets, towels for each of the children, a cooler with sandwiches, soft drinks, water, and snacks, toys for the beach. A week’s vacation looks like moving day, with all the suitcases. Yet, Jesus said to His disciples, “Travel light.” His message to them and to us is “Trust in My Providence. Go and spread the good news and I will take care of your needs.”

As adults, we have come to trust in our own ability to provide for ourselves. Giving control to God is very difficult for us because it is submitting to the will of God. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A NOTE FROM MARY WEIS

This week Cursillo has lost two of the most holy men to live a weekend: Father Jay Bowden, our founder and Spiritual Advisor for over 30 years, and John DiStefano, past Lay Director and Rector.

God must be loving Cursillo because He has called to Himself two extraordinary men.

Monday, June 17, 2019

TRENTON MONITOR PRINTS ARTICLE AND PICTURES OF THE BILINGUAL MASS

An article and pictures about the June Bilingual Diocesan Mass were published in the June 14, 2019 issue of the Trenton Monitor.

The article by Lois Rogers starts: "“De Colores!” This joyful greeting of the Cursillo movement resounded through the vaulted nave of St. Robert Co-Cathedral, Freehold, June 7. There, hundreds of members of the English and Spanish Cursillo movements shared their first diocesan bilingual Mass and fellowship.

The phrase, which translates from the Spanish as “in colors,” refers to the grace of God embodied in the colors of Noah’s rainbow. It would be heard throughout the night as cursillistas from around the Diocese and beyond shared the Eucharist, were moved by the Word of God through the Scriptures, preaching, song and testimony from one of their own."

You can read the entire article at this link.

You can also see over 40 pictures from the Mass at this link.

Monday, June 10, 2019

REQUESTS FOR PRAYERS FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF EDUARDO BONNIN AND FATHER MANUEL APARICI

Mary Weis has asked that we send this to all in community.

All cursillistas are asked to please pray for the glorification of two Servants of God - Eduardo BonnĂ­n and the Venerable Manuel Aparici who are on the process of Beatification. (PRAYERS FOR BOTH EDUARDO AND FATHER MANUEL ARE LOCATED BELOW.)


BACKGROUND

We may all know Eduardo, but we may not be as familiar with Father Manuel Aparici. Manuel Aparici Navarro (1902 – 1964) was a Spanish Roman Catholic priest. He exercised his pastoral mission in his home of Madrid and served as a member of Catholic Action. He focused on the motivation of the faithful in the participation of both the Sacraments and of church life.

Father Navarro was ordained to the priesthood in Madrid. He became a member of Catholic Action and he served as the Youth Chairman of the Spanish Catholic Action from 1934 until 1941 during the period of persecutions of the Catholic faith during the onslaught of the Spanish Civil War. He also served as the chaplain for the chapter from 1950 until 1959 and helped to pioneer the Cursillo Movement to help motivate the participation of the faithful in church life.

He passed way in 1964 and was proclaimed to be Venerable in 2013 on the account of his life of heroic virtue.

(Some information used from Wikipedia.)

THE PRAYER FOR SAINTHOOD FOR EDUARDO BONNIN AGUILO

O God, dispenser of all graces and charisms.
You granted your servant EDUARDO BONNIN AGUILO the grace of dedicating his whole life, with humility and generosity, to the work of the CURSILLOS IN CHRISTIANITY MOVEMENT, as he traveled the five continents proclaiming that God in Christ loves us.
Grant us through his intercession the favor that we now implore Thee.
(name the favor being requested)
Also grant us the grace, of his beatification for your greater glory and the good of your Church, that shines throughout the lives of its saints.
We beg this of You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Father...

PRAYER TO BESEECH THE GLORIFICATION OF VENERABLE MANUEL APARICI

Our Father who are in heaven, condescend to glorify your Servant MANUEL, who, by his words and examples, as a lay apostle and as a priest, taught us to turn our lives into a Pilgrimage: WALKING THROUGH CHRIST TOWARDS FATHER, URGED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WITH THE HELP OF MARY, AND TAKING OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH US. Grant us by his intercession, the grace we are asking for, and permit that we imitate him, working tirelessly for the extension of your Kingdom and for the good of our brothers and sisters. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

THE ROSARY by JANET MOSCUZZA (FROM THE MAY SCHOOL OF LEADERS)

Opening Prayer:  Dear Mary, your entire life was devoted to the Word of God made flesh in your Son, Jesus Christ, as a hymn of praise to God sung in melodies of joy, sorrow, light and eternal glory.  We pray here that as we meditate on Mary’s Rosary, we too may become closer to your Son.  Amen