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PALANCA! BY LAY DIRECTOR, MARY ANN DOWD

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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

A MESSAGE FROM MARY ANN DOWD, LAY DIRECTOR

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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

MAKE A FRIEND, BE A FRIEND...

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

A MESSAGE FROM RONNIE MARTELLA, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

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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

IN GOD WE TRUST by Deacon Tony Martucci

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

A NOTE FROM OUR LAY DIRECTOR, MARY ANN DOWD

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,

PRESENCE - A WITNESS

Note: This witness was given by Al Martella on February 3, 2012 at the Diocesan Mass.  I wanted to make sure I would be an effective witness, so I went to the Cursillo National Website and found a document from the  Diocese of Wichita on what a witness talk should be like.  It said that the Witness Talk should not be: a) It should not be sensational - no need for Cecil B. deMille productions in Ultreya  witnessing. b) It should not be a sermon, nor should it be instruction in Catholicism. c) It should not be longer than five to ten minutes. d) It should not be too emotional. Emotions will be affected by a simple, sincere  talk. It said the Witness Talk should be: a) It should be your life lived out as a Christian - how the Lord is working through you. b) It should be concrete and practical, carried out in the normal flow of your life. c) It should be centered on and be about Christ, how you were His instrument. d) It should be centered in the present, not something that happened s

LET US PRAY TO OUR PATRON SAINT, ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE

As St. Paul wrote, the Spirit wants to enlighten our hearts so that we can know the length, depth, height, and breadth of God’s presence and his love (Ephesians 3:16-19).* Let us pray to our patron saint, St. Paul the Apostle.  O glorious St. Paul, after persecuting the Church you became, by God's grace, Her most zealous Apostle. To carry the knowledge of Jesus, our Divine Savior, to the uttermost parts of the earth. You joyfully endured prison, scourgings, stonings, and a shipwreck, as well as all manner of persecutions, culminating in the shedding of the last drop of your blood for Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Obtain for us the grace to labor strenuously to bring the Faith to others and to accept any trials and tribulations that may come our way. Help us to be inspired by your Epistles and to partake of your indomitable love for Jesus, so that after we have finished our course we may join you in praising Him in heaven for all eternity. Amen. * Quote from the Word Among Us Website