Sunday, April 24, 2016

CURSILLO ON EWTN

If you have not yet watched or wish to re-watch the two 30-minute EWTN programs on Cursillo, they are now posted online on the National Web Site. You can see them at this link.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A LETTER FROM LAY DIRECTOR, RICK KLARMANN

Dear Cursillo Community,
 

With heartfelt joy we are planning an upcoming Women’s Cursillo weekend on December 1-4, at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Address: 755 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740. I’m sure you will agree we must do everything we can to make this a success.
 
The cost to participate on the weekend has increased over the past few years approximately to $300-$350 per person. Because we realize that not everyone can afford this, Secretariat has decided to reach out to community for donations to defray the individual’s costs, hoping to encourage more candidates to attend,

We have set a goal to raise $2000, which we calculate will reduce an anticipated twenty people to a more manageable $200 cost per person.
 
If you are called to do so, please make out your checks to "Trenton Cursillo" and mark it for Cursillo Weekend.  You can mail your donations to:

Pat Martucci
1588 Dee Road
Forked River, NJ 08731


Or you can bring your donation to monthly School of Leaders, the April Ultreya (April 30th) or put your check in the collection during the June and September Diocesan Masses. 

Each month we will update all of you on our progress in reaching the goal of $2000.  So please give if you can, but more importantly pray for the team and candidates.
 
God bless,
Rick Klarmann
Lay Director, Trenton Cursillo

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A MESSAGE FROM MARY WEIS, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

Saturday's Leaders School included an insightful and moving interpretation of the Jesus question: "Who do you say I am?" by Deacon Tony Martucci. The question leads us to think, Who does Jesus say I am? This meaningful dialogue between Christ and us is so useful and relative at this time in our Lenten journey.

We were graced with a loving talk by our sister in Christ, Pat Burke about sponsorship and preparation for our upcoming Cursillo weekend.

Please join us next month when we will have a Lenten retreat, including an opportunity for confession and small group sharing until noon, on March 19. Bring a friend!

DeColores, Mary

Sunday, January 31, 2016

HELLO, AARON! by AL AND RONNIE MARTELLA

Sunday, January 31 was a true gift from God - a beautiful, sunny day! Ronnie and I decided it would be a great day to go for a long walk from our home in Hightstown to the ShopRite Shopping Center in neighboring East Windsor, about a two mile walk. It was a wonderful walk, full of lots of conversation, much laughing, and listening to birds enjoying the day as much as we did.

It took us about 45 minutes to get there and Ronnie suggested we might have earned a treat and suggested we visit a nearby restaurant for a beverage and an ice cream sundae! It was there that we met Aaron (Hello, Aaron!) Aaron was our server but in the course of 30 minutes or so became a friend. In conversation, we found out that he was studying in college, working part-time, but most importantly, ministering to others. He had made a Karios weekend while in high school and was living his fourth day in his environment. We asked Aaron if he was familiar with Cursillo and he said no. We spoke about the many parallels between Karios and Cursillo and how they both helped us to become closer to Christ. We left Aaron with an invitation to learn more about Cursillo and to share with his friends about its existence.

Meeting Aaron was a true joy. How fortunate we are that God places people like Aaron in our lives.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

SCHOOL OF LEADERS UPDATE by MARY WEIS, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

School of Leaders Update by Mary Weis, Assistant Lay Director:

The new year of School of Leaders started with a new outlook: live in the moment. That is where Christ is and that is where He wants us to be. We also discussed what new beginnings we were looking forward to in our spiritual lives this new year and what we need to do to get started. Our movement is planning a women's weekend this year but only with your help. Our lay talk on Sponsorship showed us the way to be a friend and bring that friend to Christ.

We challenged ourselves to a personal "wish list" of potential candidates that we would like to see make a weekend. We are all Counting on Christ for that.

De Colores!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A MESSAGE FROM MARY WEIS, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

A Message from Mary Weis, Assistant Lay Director

Our Day of Reflection was so different and thought provoking! For those of you who weren't there, you missed a great one!

We saw a video of what it would look like if Jesus was born today! Aaah, questions!! Would you have the same faith??

Also, consider Christ's birth:  how does that relate to our tripod?

What about mercy and how can we bring that to our own daily lives of living our 4th day???

Many thanks and blessings go to our speakers today - Father Ed, Deacon Tony and Sister Clara who made this all possible! 

God bless you!! Merry Christmas!!

DeColores, Mary