Showing posts from 2013


Dear Friends, In the aftermath of the death of Nelson Mandella so much of his life of service has been recounted to the world. Two quotes struck us in particular: "Service is the rent you pay for space on Earth" When asked how he endured his 27 years of imprisonment, he answered that "knowing that the movement for which I suffered would win in the end." This kept him going. Mandella fully expected to be put to death when he was arrested, yet he would not betray his cause. How much are we willing to serve and sacrifice for our movement? To bring the cause of Christianity to our environment? Beloved Cursillistas, stay awake, we know not the day nor the hour. Merry Christmas! David and Mary Ann Dowd xo xo


I recently discovered that Mary Ellen Cortright, of Wagram, North Carolina, died from cancer last month, October 2013. Please remember Mary Ellen and her family in your prayers. Mary Ellen had suffered from various injuries and health issues going back to when she and her husband, Deacon Bill Cortright lived here in Matawan and later in Brick, NJ. The past year there in NC, Mary Ellen was in and out of the hospital, and St. Joseph's Rehab Center where Bill serves as chaplain, several times over the course of many months. She suffered from breast cancer, and during the time of chemo treatment afterwards, a severe infection developed in her foot and ankle, resulting in amputation. But, the cancer spread, and she died from cancer this past October. BILL AND MARY ELLEN CORTRIGHT more than anyone else are the persons God used to bring Cursillo to the English speaking people in the Diocese of Trenton. Bill and Mary Ellen and their three children, Cheryl, Bill Jr. and Bob moved from the


From the Parish family of St. Robert Bellarmine, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold, New Jersey, 07728 Third Annual "Christmas Carol Festival" Pope Francis recently said “I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.”  Spending time with our church family gives us hope and lifts our spirits. One way we can come together to celebrate our common beliefs is to be a part of our third annual Christmas Carol Festival. Experience the joy of our holiday with an evening of singing favorite Christmas Carols and sharing precious memories. Do you know someone who's been away from the Church? What a wonderful way to invite them to join you in a night of caroling and storytelling. Please feel free to personally invite them to this special evening, as we prepare for the great feast of Christ’s birth. This year the Christmas Carol Festival will be held on Friday, Decembe


Below is the latest palanca list and weekend information: TO DOWNLOAD THE PALANCA LIST, CLICK HERE Women’s Weekend  - Trenton 123 Theme:  Imitate Mary, Become Like Jesus and Live for the Triune God November 21-24 Candidates/Sponsors: Bayshore Gail Sonatore / Janet Moscuzza Forked River Marilyn Stufano / Hilary/Gordon Reinold and Linda Capobianco Lakewood/Brick Soledad Fox / Mary Weis Olivia Mata / Mary Weis Ann-Marie Miragliotta / Jean Tierney Pennington Diane Negri / Kimberly Moore Tinton Falls Juliana Chemali / Pat Burke Team: Rectora: Marie Garrett (Beyond Cursillo/Total Security) Assistant Rectora: Kathy Tucker (Piety) Assistant Rectora in Training: Paddy Morris (Leaders) Father Ed Blanchett: Spiritual Advisor Sister Clara Schroeder: Spiritual Advisor Auxiliaries:  Peggy Fleming (Study) Joanne Hendersen (Christianity in Action) Jean Tierney (Action) Liturgist: Pat Burke Angel: Adelaide Sangiorgi


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Yesterday, at the Region 2 Encounter, I began my report on the Diocese of Trenton in this way- I told those present that we have a women's weekend scheduled for next month and that we are still praying for candidates but we will serve whoever the Lord sends to us!  And what servants our team members are.  Their yes to the Lord is whole hearted with no room for what they want-only room to serve.  YES- we will have a women's weekend.  But there is room for more candidates! We heard a lot at the Region 2 Encounter about our "moveable square meter" that surrounds us and is our environment.  Juan Ruiz, Spanish language coordinator for National Cursillo, spoke to us about the Charism of the Movement and the moveable square meter and friendship were at the core of his talks. I used the computer to find out how big a square meter is.  According to one place it is a square with sides of 39 inches, 39 inches.  That is not much

SCHOOL of LEADERS SUMMARY by Rick Klarmann, Assistant Lay Director

You should have been there! Wow! Two powerful talks by Sister Clara Schroeder and Mary Weiss.  I can honestly say that I came to School of Leaders exhausted but left refreshed.  We started the evening off with prayer and meditation led by Pat Ivanko.  Then, after having small group reunion, we heard Sister Clara talk about Spiritual Direction. She had us with ‘spiritual direction being a journey where we walk with a director who encourages a closer walk with Christ’.  Many times over the past year or so, we have heard about our Fourth Day being a journey. Sister went on to note that a spiritual director helps the directee to recognize God in the everyday.  Routinely we are able to see His presence in the awesome, the sun peeking through the clouds, looking into the face of new born or a loved one, but we can get so busy that we miss Him in the everyday events of our lives.   Sister Clara shared with us what spiritual direction had been in the past and how it had changed.  At one


John Toman has written a thoughtful article about voting. It can be found at  http://allentownknights. org/


Marty Weisman writes: "The Parish family of St. Robert Bellarmine would like to invite the Cursillo community, to Pray and experience the "Rosary of Healing" for peace and healing in our own lives and throughout the world." "The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Liturgy Committee and the Legion of Mary of the Parish Family of St. Robert Bellarmine, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold, New Jersey, 07728, invites you to come and Pray the Rosary of Healing for peace and healing in our own lives and around the world, at 7:00 pm in the Church. Friday, October 4th - The Joyful Mysteries  Friday, October 11th – The Luminous Mysteries  Friday, October 18th – The Sorrowful Mysteries  Friday, October 25th – The Glorious Mysteries  The recitation of the Healing Rosary combines meditations, music and images and is truly inspirational. It is the perfect way to end a hectic week and begin a weekend.  Pamphlets will be available in the gatheri

FROM SCHOOL OF LEADERS by Ronnie Martella, Lay Director

Spiritual food for the journey, that is what we need and what School of Leaders provides for us.   Rick opened School by asking us to reflect on this potential situation…someone asks this question “Why would I want to live a Cursillo weekend?”…what would we say?  While grouping we had a chance to share our answer with the others in our group, to clarify in our own mind how we would respond to the question, to get different perspectives and ideas on how we might engage someone in that discussion.  Food for thought, food for the journey. Sister Simon spoke on prayer- a subject we are all familiar with and yet there is never a time we can’t grow in our prayer life, learn to see it in a different way.  Sister offered the words of   Julian of Norwich,  “The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”   Sister then went on to stress some elements of prayer- take yourself where you are, be yourself in prayer and remember sometimes we


“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”  “...the goodness of God is the highest object of prayer and it reaches down to our lowest need.”  ―  Julian of Norwich


Our brother and former Trenton Cursillo Lay Director, Len Capobianco writes asking for prayers and help for a new ministry. He writes:  “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…” 1 Chronicles 4:10 (The Prayer of Jabez) About three years ago I received a gift which was a book, “The Prayer of Jabez-Breaking through to the Blessed Life”. The second line of the Prayer of Jabez, “and, enlarge my territory” has become part of my daily prayer life. That line refers to ministry as territory. In March of this year I decided to retire as I had suffered another heart attack and thought it was time to sit back and relax. I’ve been praying to our Lord to expand my ministry beyond my current involvement in Kenosis (Prison Ministry). As I ask in my prayer “Lord you know my limitations”.  On July 24, I set out for Yardville State prison as it was the fourth Wednesday of the month and t


Marie Garrett writes: "The Pope convokes a day of prayer and penance for peace in Syria." You can read about it HERE . Patty Baylog alerts us that the Pope is asking for a day of prayer and fasting for peace throughout the world. Details are HERE . 


A reminder that on this Friday, September 6, 2013 we have Diocesan Mass at St Anthony of Padua, Hightstown NJ @ 8pm. Directions can be found HERE . Please bring a friend!


Make a friend, be a friend, bring that friend to Christ.  We have all heard that many times.  Have you ever noticed that the last line is bring that friend to Christ, not to a Cursillo weekend.  But what about candidates for any weekend like the two we have scheduled for November and next February. If we are a relationship with someone, we share about our life with them and they share theirs with us, if we are supportive and witness to our journey with the Lord, then when the time is right the natural outcome of that relationship might very well be that they are ready to live a Cursillo weekend. So let us continue to establish relationships with others that will allow for us to share our life in Christ with others.  Invite that person to Ultreya, perhaps a friendship group reunion, Cursillo activity or Diocesan Mass.  And be aware and open for the time to be right for that person to live a Cursillo weekend. If you have a relationship with someone who is ready, pleas


Please note the September 22 "Igniting the New Evangelization in Your Parish" with Ralph Martin has been cancelled.


An announcement from The Diocese of Trenton's  Ministry of Catechesis and Evangelization Announcing an exciting event you won’t want to miss. Spend time immersed in Catholicism – attend the East Coast Catholic Family Conference on Saturday September 21st.  Saturday offers a great slate of Catholic speakers culminating in the celebration of the Mass by Bishop David O'Connell. 2013 EAST COAST CATHOLIC FAMILY CONFERENCE – Saturday, September 21st from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm  @ Sun National Bank Center, 81 Hamilton Ave, Trenton, NJ 08611 “Follow Me: A Call to Authentic Discipleship” featuring: Johnnette Benkovic Ralph Martin Dr. Ray Guarendi Includes: Mass Confession Inspiring Speakers Vendors Local Musicians: Martha’s House, Saint Mary’s Singers, Trenton Diocesan Choir and More!! Get your tickets now at Sun National Bank Center: advance purchase $25; at the door $35; Special advanced Sale Prices for families and groups. To purchase tickets: www.SunNationalBank


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, read the article  "Mary is with us in our struggles, Pope Francis teaches."   Click here to read the article . For a chance to hear the talks from the National Encounter 2013, along with other information, go to the National Cursillo website at  and click on CURSILLO® RESOURCE CENTER. 


As we start back to School of Leaders and have our next Diocesan Mass, we'd love to see community come together to pray, sing and share.  Our teams have been selected and formation has begun for the next set of weekends.  If you have friends you believe are ready to live a Cursillo weekend ...make sure to get the completed and signed applications to Pre Cursillo section as soon as possible.  As always, the number of candidates will be the factor that determines whether the weekends go on.


Thursday  night,  picked up two Cursillistas from San Diego, Ramon and Marie, in Jersey where they were visiting family and took them over the bridges to Long Island. The opening - our sisters and brothers in Christ from Brooklyn!  Two brothers charging-yes charging- down the side aisles and up the middle with colorful flags, then the entire group dancing down the aisles, on to the stage-enthusiasm, joy, music, life! The talks each using the Charism of the Movement to emphasize or go deeper into it.  Called to be salt and light, we must not only let Jesus into our hearts but we must let Him out of us to evangelize.  Awareness...what is your altar?  your desk, your ironing board-wherever you serve God-there is your altar.   The charism - a gift from God to a person which must be discovered and accepted over and over, it is not for the one who receives it but is for the good of the community.  A gift, talent, grace, calling, vocation. Cursillo - a movement, that through a m


Prayer is the greatest spiritual gift and blessing we possess. It is our loving response to God. Make a loving response to God and participate on a Men's Retreat. Loyola Retreat House, Morristown, New Jersey on September 6 to 8, 2013. For information, please call Richard Andrejack at 732.892.4721


On Tuesday, July 8, I arrived at the hospital for a scheduled resection of my colon and possible hernia repair. The doctor thought he could do it laporascopically. At 7:30 AM, I was wheeled into the OR. The surgeons realized there were too much scar tissue and had to open me up. The surgery lasted four hours. The colon was connected and the hernia repaired. In the recovery room, I was alert and feeling very well. The surgeon was amazed. There were no rooms in ICU so I was taken to a private room that evening. Wednesday morning, the surgeon came to see me and was very happy to see how well I was recuperating. He had thought of sending me home that weekend. Wednesday afternoon, I began to crash. My heart rate skyrocketed, my blood pressure dropped to about 64/50 and my kidneys began to fail. Specialists were called in and I was transferred to ICU. When my family came to see me on Thursday, they were shocked to see me laboring to breathe. Pat told the people at church, and put me on t


We started the evening off with song and we shared in small groups; in addition to Piety, Study and Action, everyone was asked to think about and discuss, “How do I want my life to be different in the next year?  How do I want my Cursillo community to be different in the next year?  We will continue to ask these questions in the months to come.  To make our Cursillo all that it can be, we need your thoughts and ideas, we need to know how we can work together to make Trenton Cursillo all that it can be and should be.  During the day of recollection at St. Denis, the topic of prayer and meditation was suggested and will be presented in September.  Other talks include: ·         Sponsorship ·         Spiritual Direction and the Role of the Spiritual Advisor ·         Studying the Environment around me ·         Developing the Mind of Christ ·         Leadership Since our Cursillo we ekend we have all been on a journey, a personal El Camino de Santiago de Compostela.  If we w


For Your Study: WFJS Radio and the Domestic Church Media Foundation is offering the 2013 East Coast Catholic Family Conference.  The theme is Follow Me: A Call to Authentic Discipleship. The date is Saturday, September 21. Speakers include Ralph Martin and others. The Conference will conclude with Mass. Full details can be found  here . For Your Action: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act  (HR1797) actually passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 228 – 196 .The bill prohibits abortions after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life is in danger,  because medical science knows that an unborn baby can experience pain at least as early as 20 weeks. The bill  now  goes to the Senate where the fight will be a lot tougher. Only a strong public outcry will force even a vote on the bill. Please write your Senator to express support for the bill? Click  here  to get an address for New Jersey's Senators. Click  here  to read a summary of the act.


On Monday August 19 at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, NJ, we will tee off on our third annual day of golf, prizes, fun and a chance to win a new car. A dinner will follow at St. Martha's Parish Magee Hall. If you're not a golfer, you can still help us raise money for the parish by attending the dinner, sponsoring a hole or donating a gift basket to be auctioned off at the dinner. Single golfers price is $125 and $480 for a foursome registered together. The day includes a round of golf, lunch, halfway house beverage cart with soda and beer, and the dinner afterwards. Prices are reduced this year for hole sponsorships! Just $150 for corporate/business, $125 for personal sponsorships, and $100 for In Memoriam sponsorships. Registration for the day of golf is 11:30 a.m. with driving range access. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 pm. Dinner only tickets are just $20. Tickets available and registration forms available at St. Martha's, 3800 He


May School of Leaders We started the evening off with song and we shared in small groups; What talents or gifts do I possess and how are they manifested?.  Sister Clara presented a Doctrinal Talk about the Holy Spirit. She opened with some of the attributes of the Holy Spirit, that He is our Counselor, Teacher, Advocate, Comforter, and more.  Sister also shared insights into the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the fruits of the gifts.  She spoke about the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.  She explained about that through wisdom we come to value the things we believe through faith, and Understanding allows us to grasp, as least to a limited degree the truth about what we believe.  The gift of Counsel allows us to judge how best to act and Fortitude, which is more than courage, gives us the strength to follow through with the actions suggested by counsel. In the gift of Knowledge the Holy Spirit helps us to judge thi


All, I hope you plan to be part of the community that will gather to celebrate the Eucharist at St. Joseph's in Beverly this Friday June 7th at 8PM for our next Diocesan Mass.  The directions can be found at: . Car pooling with fellow Cursillistas is a great way to make the trip a joy and quick! So gather the Ultreya, call people you haven't seen for a while and come together...we will all be the better for it! Peace, Ronnie


A wonderful article from the June issue of "Word Among Us" is called "Don't Forget the Lord" and includes four simple steps to better evangelize. Number one on the list - no surprise to Cursillistas - is "Be a Friend." Read this thoughtful article at:


For Your Piety: Janet Moscuzza writes: "There is a  Corpus Christie Procession this  Sunday, June 2  at Mary, Mother of God Church after the  Noon  Mass.  Cursillo is assigned Altar 1 in front of Mater Dei High School.  MaryAnn and David Dowd will carry our banner and the Cursillo Cross is on this Altar.  All are welcome to join us." Directions can be found at .  For Your Study: Bonnie Carcione wants to share this link to "Discover Psalms" - a  four-week online guided meditation that will introduce you to the Psalms as “the school of prayer.” It can be found at . For Your Action: Dick Andrejack shares this message about  Kenosis Prison Ministry Kenosis is a Greek word, it’s meaning is – “to empty” We believe in our Christian faith God emptied Himself to become man through our Blessed Mother, who emptied herself to do t


St. Mary Parish is hosting a Procession in commemoration of Corpus Christie, Sunday, June 2 after the Noon Mass at Mary Mother of God Church.  All of the parish ministries will be participating and we would like to invite all  Cursillistas  to join us in this Procession. The ministries of the parish will be decorating 4 different Altars located around our parking lot. The Cursillo group will be walking with the Rosary Altar Society and Right to Life if you are looking for us and we will be carrying our banner.  Hoping you can join us that day.  For information call Janet Moscuzza (732) 671-7248.


On Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:30PM, St. Robert's will be offering the presentation "Pentecost and Our New Pope" a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Christopher Bellitto, Associate Professor of History at Kean University and Papal historian, Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni, Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Trenton and Ana Valentine, former Religious Education Teacher for Christian Brothers Academy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Martin Weisman at or 732-462-7038. Adult Faith Formation Ministry of the Parish Family of St. Robert Bellarmine,  61 Georgia Road, Freehold, New Jersey, 07728 Rev. Monsignor Sam A. Sirianni, Pastor.


For a great study of the DNA of a Cursillista, go to the Study tab. You might see yourself in a whole new way! Also on the website, under the Piety tab  are some thoughts and a prayer service from Hilare Reinold about praying for and with those dealing with loss. Something we all need, especially lately.

THOUGHTS ON THE DAY OF REFLECTION by Ronnie Martella, Lay Director

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Last Saturday Sister Simon and Father Ed gave us a day of reflection on the Liturgical seasons and more. Father reminded us that while we have faith in the eternal, we live in time and our lives are marked by certain events and observations. He walked us through the church year and highlighted how each of those seasons opens for us a window on a deeper relationship with God. Opening ourselves up can be a fearful thing, but reflect on this quote from Henri Mouwen that shows us what is possible if we can get past the fear: “Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own, but what you want to give me.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life Sister Simon walked us through Ordinary time and then gave us some not so ordinary words


Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of postings from the Cursillo Archives. We believe these articles are as timely today as they were when they were first published. AWARENESS by Arny DuPont This year Doris and I took our vacation on the beach in South Carolina .   Our son and daughter along with their children accompanied us.   Two of our granddaughters are 3+ years old and the other granddaughter is 5+ years old. Throughout the week I would arise early and check the horizon for visibility. It was my intention to sit with my oldest granddaughter to watch the sunrise. Every day the sky was either foggy or it was raining and so I would return to bed. Finally, on the last day of vacation, the sky was clear.  I silently crept to my granddaughter’s bed and whispered to her that I was going to watch the sunrise and asked if she wished to join me.  She sleepily said yes so I wrapped her in her blanket and went outside and sat with her as the sun  prepared to begin