Happy Advent! It is one of my favorite times of the year, full of preparation, waiting and anticipation. So much to do and all of it adds to the joy and fullness of the time. And with all that going on, I extend to you an invitation, an invitation to come away for a little while. To come away, to give yourself an Advent gift, to come and sit at the feet of Jesus and have a Mary moment - Mary who left the busyness of the kitchen and the preparations behind to sit and be present to Jesus. At this mid point of Advent what a good time to stop and reflect on what Jesus being born into our world, into our lives means to us - the absolute incredible truth of what that means. So please come to Epiphany's Parish Center (aka the Little White Church on the corner) at 8PM on Friday 12/14/12. If you are not able to join us please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, never far from our hearts. Let us open the gift of a blessed Advent given so freely by our loving God.
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On Sunday December 9th, it was my joy once again to welcome the new cursillistas of Trenton #122 on behalf of our community. Jesus called Peggi Fleming, Olga Vogt, Neddie Kringdon, Carol Frascella, Elizabeth McCartney, Suzanne Fay, Joanne Henderson, Helen Molnar, Elizabeth Cerbie, Maureen McMillan, Mary Ann Polizzi and each one answered the Lord to come away with him and the team of Trenton #122. Just as the young teens walked with the cross in Spain some 70 years ago, and here in the Diocese of Trenton for 40 years, these woman joined the community in the Chapel singing the words to our beloved "DeColores", proving once again that The Cursillo in Christianity is not a work of man but of the Spirit of God. Welcome Ladies as we make our pilgrim journey together in our 4th day. Forever DeColores! *Please note that due to the proximity to Christmas, our School of Leader has been changed to this Friday December 14th at Epiphany in Brick-Little white church on th
Please continue to pray for the Team of Trenton 122. The weekend is to be held December 6 to 9, 2012 at Stella Maris Retreat House . Spiritual Advisors Father Ed Blanchett Sister Simon Robb Rectora Peggy Dannevig (Fourth Day) Assistant Rectora Gabrielle Toman (Piety Talk) Assistant in Training Kathy Tucker (Leaders Talk) Liturgist Ann Eby Angel Nancy Creviston (Action Talk) Auxiliary Theresa D'Andrea (Enviornments Talk) Alice Stanley (Christianity In Action Talk) Jean Tierney (Study Talk) Palanca and Prayer Team Sandra Maldonado (Laity Talk) Prayer Team Jackie Devine (Ideal Talk)
Beloved Cursillistas, As we give thanks to God for sparing us through this terrible storm, let us ask His Mercy and blessings upon those who were left less fortunate, losing homes, cars, possessions and even their lives. If Sandy has taught us anything, it is that life is precious and unpredictable and in the final analysis in the hands of God alone. It was heart-warming to see how everyone in my neighborhood (still without power as I write these words) pitched in to offer what they could to their neighbors. Doing what they could, where they are with what they had. Isn't this the essence of what our little course teaches. It is necessary for us to cancel our Mass for the deceased Cursillistas on Friday, as so many are still without power and dealing with helping family and friends who are still with us. This is not to say that we do not honor them with our prayers and certainly, knowing all of you as I do, many will be able to attend Mass on Friday in your own Paris
The cover of the Oct 11, 2012 issue of the Monitor shows Pope Benedict and the Synod of Bishops with the words “New Evangelization”. As Cursillistas we are very familiar with the word evangelization, but part of what the Pope is calling for in the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith is for us to take a second look, perhaps a deeper look at these two parts of our journey with the Lord and our life. As the Pope said at the Synod, “Our role in the new evangelization is to cooperate with God. We can only let people know what God has done.”. We hope you can join us at School of Leaders on Friday Oct 19th, 8pm, at Epiphany Parish Hall (the little white church on the corner) to hear more about “The New Evengelization”. Peace, Ronnie
Beloved Cursillistas, Last Saturday night we gathered to celebrate the 40 years our beautiful "Little Course" has been alive and well in the Diocese of Trenton and also the faithful priest, Fr. Jay Bowden, on his 50 years of priestly service to Our Lord/40 of which we were blessed he shared with Cursillo and the cause to: "make a friend, be a friend and bring that friend to Christ." His love of Cursillo and his leadership, holiness, and commitment to Ultreya and group reunion will live on in all of us who he has touched. We gathered with old friends and new and once again witnessed the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, as each cursillista brought their gift of food and good cheer. We talked of old times, new times and the future of our movement and hopes for our continued journey. One of my favorite quotes from our movement is "we do not seek to build a zoo but to baptize the jungle". Indeed, the Holy Spirit has has led us, in Trenton, forwar
At School of Leaders last week, Robert opened with a wonderful reflection on letting God "transform" us and in doing so allowing ourselves to be transformed again and again in all our life's circumstances(4th Day). It opened the way for the talks and the sharing which spoke of stepping out in Faith (surrender to God's Will....saying "yes" first and not sweating the details) Father Ed really drove home what a treasure we have in our Catholic Faith that it is the only "complete" repository of TRUTH-we are the fortunate ones, blessed to be Catholic, blessed to be Cursillistas, blessed to be with each other at School, at Ultreya, in groups-wherever we can gather. Father reminded us of the four Marks of the Church-One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic- and how we can find in each of these what God wants for us and calls us to as followers. Dick Andrejack took those points and looked at them in a way that witnessed to a Christian life, live
Beloved Cursillistas, Friday night at Diocesan Mass Father Ed based his homily on "trust". Our witness Terry Ginther, expounded on that theme by giving us an amazing rule to live by: Asking God to take away our fear and then complete surrender to HIS Will. We all face many challenges in our 4th day but Jesus of Mercy tells us worry is useless...it is our faith that HE desires. Thank you Father Ed and Terry for reminding us that in these challenging times, Jesus sits on The Throne, yesterday, today and tomorrow. May our Jesus of Mercy take us to a place of enlightenment and Peace as we journey together. Rosa Parks is quoted as say: "Memories of our lives, our works and our deeds will live on in others". May this 9/11 in the year 2012 reflect in us the lives, works and deeds of all those we loved and lost; particularly as we remember our dear Cursillista brother, Al Conde. Rest in Peace, Al, and pray for our movement, our country and our world. foreve
You are invited to come celebrate Trenton Cursillo's 40th Anniversary and Our Beloved Father Jay Bowden's 50th Jubilee St. Martha's Church 3800 Hebertsville Road Point Pleasant, NJ 08742 Saturday, October 6, 2012 6PM to 10PM There will be a Pot Luck Dinner Please RSVP by September 23, 2012 Carol Gaynor @ 732-787-3744
"Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile." "From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile." MK. 7:22-23 These words today ring out to us as a warning. Our great nation was founded by people who left the security of their homelands in Europe to establish a home where they would be free to worship and live their lives in religious freedom. They fought a war with England to create a free nation protecting the values they loved. The founding fathers wrote a Constitution that established a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In that Constitution, they limited the government’s power to ensure the liberty of its citizens. Over the past fifty years, we h
The sixth chapter of John’s Gospel is a discourse by Christ about the Living Bread . Jesus will teach his disciples and us that He is the Living Bread come from the Father. The discussion will move from the Manna that Moses gave the people to Jesus being their food. Many of them will walk away, because they are sickened at the thought of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. But Jesus does not correct them or say that he is speaking metaphorically. He says that His flesh is true food and His blood is true drink. At the last Supper, He will give His disciples the first Eucharist and tell them to repeat this action. Today, most Protestant faiths believe that Eucharist is symbolic and not really Jesus’ Body and Blood. In fact, 60% of Catholics who are questioned do not believe that they really receive Jesus in Communion. Christ’s real presence is a core belief of our Catholic faith and it is not open to debate. The Eucharist has been passed down to us from the Apostles. Saint Paul
Beloved Cursillistas, On the TV Show, Survivor, the ideal is to outwit, outplay, outlast the competition. Today at our Community Day at Epiphany, the ideal was to RE-Connect, RE-Commit and RE-Consecrate to Our Lord and the Cursillo Movement. Roe DiStefano and her team of super-cursillistas gave us all the information we need to truly understand all the workings of the Cursillo Section. It was amazing to see this team put through their paces in such a fun and informative way and to realize how truly inspired our movement is. Everyone in the room could feel the Power of the Holy Spirit and each leader in the room RE-Consecrated themselves to God through a beautiful prayer which can be found in your Pilgrim's guide. The message of the day was to stand in awe before Our God and realize that each of us is given a talent and a mission for our time. Our movement helps us to realize that potential. As Father Jay explained in the beautiful article you will find in today's Mon
Beloved Cursillistas, In order to better understand "EXACTLY" what the language of the HHS mandate will mean in practical terms, please refer to Archbishop Lori's brilliant Parable of the Kosher Deli which can be found at http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-parable-of-the-kosher-deli/ . Bishop O'Connell has asked us to keep praying for him and for all our priests and bishops as they go before us in order to keep us informed, articulate and courageous in waging the battle against this unjust law. forever DeColores! mary ann xo
I pray the prayer of Jabez frequently throughout my day: Oh, that you would bless me, indeed And enlarge my territory That Your Hand would be with me, And that you would keep me from evil. The second line is a step in faith asking the Lord to take me whenever he would to do HIS work. I know that my capacity is limited these days and I believe that he is telling me to simply touch everyone I come in contact with. We just moved into our new home in Toms River, and yesterday morning (Sunday) our new neighbor John came to our door to tell us that our well (for the sprinkler system) was running constantly into a drain and out into the street. We thought it was rain water coming out of the drain caused by Friday's heavy rain. Anyway, John showed me how to turn off the system and then showed me the access to the well and commenced to get down on his knees and removed the pressure relief valve that was causing the problem (John is 81 years old). I than
Joseph was a descendant of King David. We know this from the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 1, verse 17. Because Joseph was of the House and family of King David, he had to go Bethlehem, the city of David, with Mary, his wife, to be enrolled in the first census of that time. It was there in Bethlehem that Jesus was born. This can be found in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 2, verses 1 to 7. Joseph, a carpenter by trade, would have a role in history that would be unlike anything that anyone could have imagined. Let’s spend a few moments now with Joseph who is the patron of a happy death, a model of fatherhood and a protector of families. Joseph, when you were a boy, did you ever imagine the role in history you would play? When you fell in love with Mary, could you ever have possibly imagined her role in history? What was it like for you when you held the tiny baby, Son of God, in your arms on that first Christmas night? When you looked into the eyes of baby Je
Pay Attention, Be Amazed, Tell About It. Recently I was fortunate to take part, along with other members of Secretariat, in a Day of Spirituality. Sister Ann Marie Rimmer, a Dominican sister who is one of the retreat directors at Stella Maris, along with two lay women, led us on a day of reflection and discovery. Sister Ann Marie told us of retreat she attended in which the first thing she read while she was there were those 7 words with which this began. They are from a book of poetry. Think about it, 7 small words, packed with potential. She reminded us of the need to bring ourselves away from the daily needs, works and distractions we encounter - in order to be open and attentive to God in our lives. One of the lay women gave us 4 glimpses of the Mary as she looked back a 4 seminal moments of her life with Jesus starting with her initial response to God’s invitation and the lay woman other took us through an experience of centering prayer during which we started, or perhaps
A very special thanks to Pat and Jim Christenson for arranging a very enlightening and wonderful trip to the Princeton University Museum of Art. The tour of its religious art works was outstanding. Over 19 cursillistas attended. The exhibit is open to the public - details can be found at http://artmuseum.princeton. edu/ . Pat and Jim - thank you for a wonderful day!
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY - On SATURDAY, JUNE 2 our own beloved Deacon Tony Martucci will be celebrating his 25th Anniversary as a Deacon with a Mass at 4 pm at St. Pius X in Forked River. Join us at this Mass for Tony and Pat. COMMUNION BREAKFAST - Robert Lauricella writes: "Just a reminder our Pancake Breakfast is set for SUNDAY, JUNE 3 . I will be opening up at 6:00 am. The men will star cooking shortly after. The Masses are 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am. We will be serving Eggs, Pancakes, Sausage ,Juice, Coffee, Tea, and some other goodies. We will be at St. Mary's School Cafeteria, Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown NJ. The price $6 children for children, $10 for adults. Let's all join together and make this a successful fundraiser.Keep this in prayer." PLEASE COME IN, THE STADIUM IS OPEN - All are invited to the Trenton Thunder baseball game at the Waterfront Park on FRIDAY, JUNE 8 . They are playing the Binghamton Mets. Tickets are $8 each. Please email Matt Oleyni
Beloved Cursillistas, Last week the words to the hymn....."we got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts" kept going through my head. I had no idea why until we attended the Regional Encounter on the weekend. The encounter was wonderful in all the ways we hold dear as Cursillistas. It was an encounter with self, God and our neighbors. But, it wasn't until the very end of the weekend, when we had some closing thoughts from our regional Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Andre Meluskey, that i realized the reason for this recurring song. Father shared with us that in his 53 years as a Priest, his most intimate, touching and unforgetable experience was living his Cursillo in Christianity! He reminded us that living the life of a Christian is, in his words, "a party".......he challenged us to let the world know that indeed we got that joy...joy....joy...joy down in our hearts. Forever DeColores! Mary Ann xo
"Evangelization is the mission of the church. And that means it is our mission. How comforting to know that this mission is not meant to be a burden! How encouraging to know that we have the Holy Spirit with us. How energizing to know that he will never fail to give us everything we need to accomplish the task—even the boldness to step out and try! So what are you waiting for? So what are you waiting for? Not only do you have the best news in the world to share, you have the Holy Spirit to help you share it!" Please visit the the Word Among Us web site for more thoughful reflections.
This Friday, April 20th is School of Leaders. We will begin at 8pm and finish the review and update of the Pastoral Plan. To see the updates/changes made to date you can go to the the link in the upper right hand corner, under the We Remember and Gennesaret tabs. The changes are marked with the dates they were made. At Mass, last Friday evening, Hilare Reinold gave a wonderful witness about things communal and community. She spoke about hearing at a communal penance service that we gather together because we know God loves us and wants the best for us. The times that we come together, whether it is a Cursillo weekend, Gennesaret, Ultreya, or small group, we get a glimpse of the world as it can be with everyone serving each other, using the gifts we have been given for the good of all. Let us continue to work together toward that common goal of building the kingdom of God here-right where we are. Our work on the Pastoral Plan is one part of that journey--come and join us and
THE STORY OF JERUSALEM: A CITY OF JOY AND OF SORROW Dr. Christopher Bellitto, PhD. , of Kean University on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Hall, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728 St. Robert Bellarmine Adult Education Ministry presents Dr.Christopher Bellitto, PhD., of History at Kean University. Join us for an evening of discovery as we uncover the The story of Jerusalem: a City of Joy and of Sorrow. From the earliest mention in the Bible to the present day headlines, the city of Jerusalem has played a vital role in world history. The rise and fall, twist and turns for nearly 3000 years of the city that sits at the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Dr. Bellitto takes us on the journey of the story of Jerusalem: a City of Joy and of Sorrow. Light refreshments will be served
Beloved Cursillistas, As our Lord draws us near this Holy Week, our Cursillista community can easily see our journey mirrored in HIS Passion. The physical and mental pain, abandonment, doubt, sorrow and finally surrender to the Will of the Father. As we look for answers in this changing world, let us walk our camino with HIM as HE walks with us. The Carmelites had sent something this week which helped David and me and I pass it on to all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us remember: There is no place beyond HIS strength.... no boundaries to HIS love.... no limit to HIS mercies... no need beyond HIS care. Our love and HIS peace for a blessed, joyful and Happy Easter! Mary Ann xo
I go to a Zumba class each week. One of the reasons I really enjoy it is the instructor, Carlos. Not only is he good at what he does but he is full of genuine enthusiasm and always has a smile on his face. I get the feeling that if he was the only person in the room-he’d still be smiling and enjoying the movement. At the start of each class he always tells us, “Don’t worry about doing the moves exactly like me (and others) are doing, just keep moving, enjoy yourself and have fun!” And do we have fun. There are times when most-if not all-of the class is moving in unison. It looks and feels incredible! Even if a couple of us aren’t quite there-it doesn’t matter-we just keep moving, doing the best we can and getting the benefits of being with others who want the same thing and are working toward the same goal. That is how I’d like community to think about School of Leaders-come, enjoy, share, work with others toward a common vision and goal, have fun & share in the fellowship.
We ask all cursillistas to join us in remembering in prayer our beloved Retired Bishop John C. Reiss, who passed away Sunday, March 4. Many cursillistas will remember Bishop Reiss' leadership of our Diocese and his presence at many Cursillo events. More about Bishop Reiss can be found at the Diocese of Trenton website. Past Lay Director Gordon Reinold said of Bishop Reiss: "I remember Bishop Reiss as a kind and gentle man who had a good sense of humor. He was good to us in Cursillo. May he rest in the fullness of God's love." Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Beloved Cursillistas, Last night at Diocesan Mass Father Ed challenged us to live the gospel message we heard as true Cursillistas. Father expressed that although the times we live in are exasperating with all that goes against the gospel of life Jesus preached; we must not respond out of anger or hatred in the same way that we are being attacked, but we must SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, as Jesus taught us to do. We are being challenged as the first Cursillistas were, to bring love where there is hatred, to bring light into the darkness. We must truly be informed, articulate and courageous in defending our precious faith because Now more than ever-----Christ is counting on us! Forever DeColores! Mary Ann xo
I found this note on the mirror of my bathroom as I was washing this morning: Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help. So have a good day. Who is in charge of your life? Who has control? When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we say “Thy will be done.” Do we really mean that? In the Book of Genesis, God tells Abraham to take his son Isaac to the mountain and to offer the boy as sacrifice to God. What father or mother would be able to do such a thing? God tested Abraham’s love for Him. He asked Abraham not to put anything or anyone ahead of Him. Abraham took Isaac, but he was far from happy about the sacrifice. “God will provide the offering,” Abraham told Isaac. And He did! In the Mark’s Gospel, Jesus brings Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain where He speaks with Moses the great lawgiver of the Hebrew Testament, and with the great prophet, Elijah. Scripture scholars believe that they were talking about Christ’s coming
Beloved Cursillistas: A while ago we had put out to community a request to pray and do Palanca for our on-going journey, as well as encouraging community to share ideas for future endeavors. We want to keep you posted. As of this date we have received the following commitment to prayer and fasting from Lakewood Ultreya: A Rosary Holy Hour Novena to our Blessed Mother A Saint Jude Novena Fasting from milk or cream in coffee Alms giving to the poor We are all included in this prayer and sacrifice as we all continue our 4th day journey. It is in the knowledge that others care for us in Christ that keeps us going (Ultreya!) God bless you all and keep you in HIS Loving Care. Forever DeColores! Mary Ann xo
Beloved Cursillistas: Think, Pray, take responsibility for your Faith in Jesus Christ. Here are three short quotes which we can ponder in the Precious Presence of the Blessed Sacrament: "To give the victory to the RIGHT, not bloody bullets, but----PEACEFUL BALLOTS only are necessary." (Abraham Lincoln) "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the Hand of God" (John F. Kennedy) "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesars and to GOD the things that are GOD's" (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) Forever DeColores! Mary Ann xo
Something to think about regarding being a friend as discussed in The Word Among Us . Sounds like the author may be a cursillista! "Jesus never intended the Christian life to be a solitary journey. On the contrary, we are stronger when we are surrounded and supported by brothers and sisters in the faith. Where the world tells us to be independent and self-reliant, Jesus tells us to lean on each other—and to let others lean on us. That’s probably why he sent his disciples to preach two by two. He knew they needed to balance each other out, with one helping the other in moments of weakness or tiredness. He knew they needed each other so that they would not fall to temptations of pride, or give up in the face of opposition or hardship. What about you? Do you have brothers and sisters to help bring you to Jesus? Are there people whom you would go out of your way to help in their faith? It’s always a good idea to reach out to one or two people in your parish and try to build
School of Leaders is Friday February 17, 2012 at Epiphany's Parish Hall (the Little White Church on the corner) starting at 8pm. Trenton Cursillo has a solid base from which to grow; School of Leaders, Ultreyas, small groups (some of which have been in place for many, many years), our 40th anniversary coming up and new Cursillistas. It is clear that community loves God, each other and Cursillo. However, Sister Clara recently told me of something she heard the author Joyce Rupp say-“God loves you just the way you are. But He loves you to much to leave you there.” As we respond to God's call to not stay where we are, we have challenges ahead of us that will influence the way we need to plan and the decisions we make. Trenton Cursillo needs to move forward, to reflect changes in community and circumstances and to respond to the urgings of the Holy Spirit. That movement was started at January School of Leaders when those gathered there brainstormed on the question-“What
Two angels came to earth, disguised as poor, lost travelers. At the first home they visited, they found a very wealthy couple who refused to invite them in, and sent them away, cold, hungry and exhausted. Before leaving, one angel placed a valuable gift behind the bushes of the home. At the second home, was a very poor family with four children. With scarcely enough for their family, the couple invited the angels in, shared some of their food with them and let them rest in the warm bed for the night. The next morning before the two angels left, one angel put a huge hole in the foundation of the house. The second angel was very puzzled by these actions of the first angel. “I don’t understand why you left a valuable treasure in the first house when the people there was so mean and spiteful and caused such a burden on the second family who gave all they had for us.” “Everything is not always as it seems,” replied the first angel. “When the first couple discovers the treasure, they will
Beloved Cursillistas, Friday night at Diocesan Mass began (as Ronnie Martella says), our journey "back to the future". It began with Father Ed once again reading the letter from the Bishop urging us, as Catholics, to speak up against what is an unconstitutional law forcing not only Catholics, but people of conscience everywhere, to conform to anti-life legislation. By going to the Right to Life website you can easily access your congressmen and make your feelings known. (Editor's Note: Here is a link to the United States Conference of Bishops to learn more about the HHS Mandate - http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/index.cfm ) Secondly, Al Martella reminded us of the past influences on our environments and our attitudes (the Faith of our fathers and mothers and friends), which taught us to understand how BIG our God Is...how much HE loves us and how to respond to that Love (the witness can be found below)...and Thirdly,