Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOR YOUR STUDY

Mary Pellecchia writes: "I wanted to share with you that there is an article about Cursillo in the May/June 2015 issue of the Maryknoll missionaries's magazine. It's a really nice article & it's titled Cursillo: The Little Course In Christian Love & it's written by Gabriella Romeri. You may access it at
http://www.maryknollmagazine.org/index.php/magazines/612-cursillo-the-little-course-in-christian-loveGod is truly alive and at work & one of His instruments is Cursillo. God bless all of you. DeColores." 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A NOTE FROM LAY DIRECTOR, RONNIE MARTELLA ABOUT REGION 2

Last weekend Region 2 was once again a joyous celebration of our diversity and our unity in our love of God and our journey with each other.  It was a weekend of prayer, song, laughter, dance, fellowship, fun and food.  The staff at Pope John Paul II retreat house in Vineland is always so welcoming, gracious, generous and attentive. 

Father Rene Canales gave a talk on Saturday morning “Listen to my Voice”.  In speaking about the Good Shepherd and we as the “sheep”, Father was full of the Holy Spirit, joyful, engaging, funny, insightful and challenging.   Father Canales stressed the importance of responding only to the voice of the Good Shepherd and not to be distracted or led away by any of the other voices.  He reminded us that we have to live in the kingdom, not just visit there.

The sharing/reports from other diocese in Region 2 always give insights, ideas and a sense that we all have triumphs and challenges and we can rejoice with each other when things go well and lift each other up when things are a struggle.  At this regional encounter the committees that were formed for the upcoming National Encounter in July met and discussed the plans for the weekend. 

Region 2 and National Encounters are always faith filled, joyous events that give us a chance to meet people from around the region and country,  cursillistas with whom we will share and learn, pray and sing.   Because it doesn't matter if two cursillistas live in the same diocese or  are separated by the entire country (or the entire country and an ocean as with the couple we met from Hawaii!), we share of love of and faith in God and our 4th day.

NATIONAL ENCOUNTER IS COMING JULY 23 to 26

The National Encounter will be July 23-26 at Villanova University, outside Philadelphia.  There is still time to register, the cost if you are staying overnight is $325 if you register before June 15, and then the cost is $400. If you choose to commute, there is a reduced commuter rate of $250 which includes meals, workshops and other events. 

Anyone registering for National Encounter will be reimbursed $100 by Trenton Cursillo, making the cost $225 before June 15 and $300 after.   Volunteers for the various committees are always welcome and needed.  Committees include; hospitality, decor, transportation, ultreya, fiesta, liturgy, book store.  If you’d like to join one of these groups or learn more about any of them please contact Ronnie at the Trenton Cursillo e-mail - trentoncursillo@gmail.com.

Here are some more details about this encounter: 

Keynote Address:  Friendship with Christ:
Key to Evangelization by Dr. Ralph Martin

Workshops include:
  • Charity in the 21st Century by Deacon Gary Terrana
  • Attitudes and Reactions by Maribel Gomez
  • Prayer and Discernment by Rev. John Meyers
  • Means to Energize Your Fourth Day by Walter Benavidez
The weekend will include daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, morning/evening prayer, ultreya, fiesta and more.

Trenton Cursillo currently have ten people attending - hope you will join us!!!

POPE FRANCIS MEETS CURSILLISTAS

Just in case you missed the EWTN airing of Pope Francis' meeting with Cursillistas today in Rome, here is a link to a story, photo and radio announcement of his key points:  http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/1140905

CURSILLO on EWTN

The second of two episodes, "Bringing our Friends to Christ", is scheduled to be broadcast on EWTN's The Church Universal program on the following dates:

    •  May 12, 2015 - 5:00 a.m. (EDT)
    •  May 15, 2015 - 10:00 p.m. (EDT)

If your TV set does not receive EWTN, you can watch it live at these times from your computer.

The DVD of 2 episodes will be available at Cursillo bookstore for $10/copy shortly after the airing of 2nd episode. Will keep you posted.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A MESSAGE FROM LAY DIRECTOR, RONNIE MARTELLA

Since Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday I've had two lines from scripture in my mind.  On Palm Sunday the homily focused on the short but powerful piece of a verse… “The Master has need of it” Mark 11:3.  Father asked us to put ourselves in the place of the apostles- how could we just walk up to someone and start to take their donkey?  How can I do that, what if they said something ??  Tell them the Master has need of it, that is all we need to know, the master has need of us, our gifts and our willingness to serve Him and each other.

On Holy Thursday came the beautiful call to follow in His way, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13: 14-15.  What a beautiful and powerful image, Jesus bending down to wash dusty, dirty feet. 

I asked a while back for you to send a list of all the ministries in which you serve.  The response was incredible and I am humbled by your gifts and the ways in which you are God’s loving, caring presence in so many ministries, to so many others in your environments. 

I asked for that list to send it as part of the report to Bishop O’Connell about the Cursillo Movement in the diocese.  I wrote about how we in Cursillo live our 4th day and believe that our environment is the moveable square meter that surrounds us.  I told him we were praying for him, for his continued recovery and for him as he leads the diocese.
I sent that report and received a response from Bishop O’Connell who wrote “Thank you for your report and for your leadership and service.”

The movement and the diocese are blessed with so many faith filled, generous, loving people and I am blessed that the Lord has allowed my life to be touched by so many of you.  You inspire me, you lift me up and help me to be better, you are tireless in your witness to a Christian life well lived.