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A MESSAGE FROM MARY WEIS, LAY DIRECTOR

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"A blessed and holy, happy and healthy New Year to all! May 2019 bring you ever closer to the Christ child, deepening your faith, hope and love through Cursillo. I wish each of you to make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ in the coming year." De Colores, Mary

THE BIRTH OF JESUS THROUGH EYES OF FAITH by SISTER CLARA SCHROEDER, CSJP

Year after year we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and yet year after year, our world seems to be crumbling with atrocities being heaped upon the human race. Listen to the words of a Christmas Day message from one John Paul II: “Wipe away, Baby Jesus, the tears of children! Embrace the sick and the elderly! Move men to lay down their arms and draw close in a universal embrace of peace! Invite people, O merciful Jesus, to tear down the walls, created by poverty and unemploy - meant, by ignorance, by discrimination and intolerance. It is you, O Divine Child of Bethlehem, who saved us, freeing us from sin.” In our world today, those same evils prevail along with added horrible atrocities. So why do we continue to celebrate Christmas, the feast of the Christ Child, Prince of Peace? The reason is FAITH! Now, we know that Faith is believing what we cannot see or understand. And we are speaking of supernatural Faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that Faith

PICTURES FROM TRENTON 127

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Team: Robert Lauricella,  Rick Klarmann,  Bob Morris,  Dick Hemler,  Father Ed Blanchett, Dean Boturla,  Deacon John Clymore,  Mike Ivanko,  Bob Burke Candidates:  James Monks (Sponsor - David Riggio) Luis Quinto (Sponsor - Adelaide Sangiorgi) James Walsh (Sponsor - Dean Boturla) Keith Daniels (Sponsor - Rick Klarmann) Jay Daniels (Sponsor - Rick Klarmann

DOCTRINAL TALK BY FATHER ED BLANCHETT

Scandal is nothing new to the Church or indeed to human understanding itself; it is as old as recorded history. The Old Testament is full of stories of individuals and kings from King David on, who behaved atrociously; just count how many times the kings of Israel made their children “pass through the fire”, a practice of sacrificing their children to the pagan god Moloch. At its very beginnings, the Church saw scandal in its leaders: Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied Jesus; all of the Apostles – except John – abandoned Jesus (probably with Peter leading the way out of town). In the 1500’s the behavior of many Catholic priests and bishops was so atrocious that an Augustinian priest decided the only way to deal with the situation was to separate from the Church. Although dedicated leaders such as St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Ignatius of Loyola led a true Counter-Reformation to address these failures, Martin Luther and others initiated the Protestant rebellion that continues to rock Ch

FORGIVENESS by MARY ANN DOWD

Prayer: Lord your Cursillistas gathered before you this day ask for courage-the courage to live out in our daily lives the faith we profess with our lips.   Amen I want you to close your eyes and think of one thing-your first love.   When you fell in love you wanted to know everything about that person.   What makes him or her happy what are the joys sorrows and most of all how to please that person.   Well, the author of those feelings, God, is no exception.   The most amazing love that we can imagine is exactly how God loves us.   Beyond our wildest dreams and he holds nothing back from his beloved.   One of the first commands he gave us was Love to  "Love one another as I have loved you"....there is no greater love than this to lay down your life for your friend."   Isn't that what we do when we forgive the hurt that someone has caused us.  We  put aside our "self-love" for sacrificial love "Christ-like love" Now it is very important

SCHOOL OF LEADERS by KATHY TUCKER, ASSISTANT LAY DIRECTOR

Saturday we had a wonderful SOL, with an inspirational spiritual talk  about Surrender from Deacon Tony Martucci.  Mary Weis gave the technique talk on Beautiful Hope.  If you have Hope you have Faith.  Please take the time to read the talks below, they are truly inspiring.  Come to the next SOL on  November 17, 2018  for your Spiritual fulfillment! Kathy  +++++ "Prayer of Surrender" by Deacon Tony Martucci Mk 10:17-30: "As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother." He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at hi

A NOTE FROM MARY WEIS, LAY DIRECTOR

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My felllow cursillistas, once again I am asking for donations to fund our upcoming Men’s Weekend December 6-9 2018 at San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch. Only through your contributions is this possible. We have increased the weekend fee to $225 but we must add an additional $60 for each and every person attending. San Alfonso charges us $285 per person for the weekend (and that’s at a discount!) We also don’t turn anyone away who cannot pay. Considering that we only had two diocesan masses this year with collections, your donations are the prime support of Cursillo. Monies we collect at School of Leaders go to food and drink. We incur both National and Regional dues as well as a stipend to Epiphany for the use of their venue. Please be as generous as you can, anything is appreciated.  Thank you again and may God bless you abundantly! You can send your donations to our Treasurer: JoAnne Henderson  48 Berkshire Rd Whiting NJ 08759 Also, Our Diocesan Mass/Team Send Off  wi

GOOD NEWS FROM MARY WEIS ABOUT TRENTON 127

Mary Weis, Lay Director writes: "We are pleased to announce that Trenton will be having a Men’s Weekend in December from December 6-9 2018 at San Alfonso Retreat House,  Long Branch, New Jersey. We only have 5 candidates so we’re praying that God will provide us with more. Candidates are:  James Monks  (Sponsor - David Riggio) Luis Quinto  (Sponsor - Adelaide Sangiorgi) James Walsh  (Sponsor - Dean Boturla) Brian Morgan  (Sponsor - Marisel Kemper) Anthony Cecala (Sponsor - George and Mary Weis) Please pray for these candidates and for the team of Trenton 127.

TRENTON MONITOR WRITES ABOUT TRENTON CURSILLO

The September 20, 2018 edition of the Trenton Monitor includes an article titled " Cursillo members enjoy evening of prayer, renewal, fellowship." The article, written by  Rose O'Connor opens: "The Cursillo community in the Diocese of Trenton gathered Sept. 7 in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church, Hamilton, where they prayed and supported each other on their journeys of faith." You can read the entire article at this link. Thank you to Rose and the Trenton Monitor for this article.

DIOCESAN MASS PICTURES

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Deacon Joe Moore of the Trenton Monitor staff took 29 wonderful pictures of Friday's Diocesan Mass at St. Raphael/Holy Angels Church. You can see the pictures at this link.    

A NOTE FROM MARY WEIS, LAY DIRECTOR

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Oh, what a night! The Diocesan Mass on Friday, September 7, was such a joyous, heartwarming and emotional event. The community was blessed by having three, yes, three priests con-celebrate: Father Ed Blanchett, pastor Visitation, Brick, Father Jay Bowden and Father Jerome Guld from Saint Joseph's in Toms River. Many cursillistas came out and brought their friends, curious to know what Cursillo is about.  Father Ed's humble and relevant talk on recent events had most of us teary-eyed. It also gave us hope and inspiration to continue in our faith and love of the Church.  This was followed by the installation of our new Post Cursillo Section Head, Terri D'Andrea. Adelaide Sangiorgi had already extended her term on Secretariat as the Post Cursillo Head and Terri was gracious enough to say yes to replacing Adelaide. We want to thank Adelaide for her devotion, hard work and untiring efforts working with the Ultreya Heads and Secretariat. Adelaide will be missed. We also want to

REGION TWO UPDATE by SUE WENZLICK, REGION 2 ENGLISH COORDINATOR

Hello Region 2 Cursillistas! I pray that your summer has been going well – I know mine has gone too fast!  I was so glad to see so many familiar faces at the 28 th  National Encounter last week in Seattle!  It certainly was a spirit filled group of people all gathering together in the name of the Lord. I am sending you this email to invite you to the Region 2 Fall Encounter scheduled for October 19-21, 2018 in Vineland, NJ.  All Cursillistas in Region 2 – in all Dioceses in their respective language groups – are invited.  So please spread the word! What is a Region 2 Encounter?  This is a joyful event in which leaders from the Cursillo movements in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC gather together for a weekend of food, fellowship, learning, sharing, prayer, Mass, rosary, and mutual support in friendship towards our common endeavor of bringing our friends to Christ in our own dioceses. Cef Aguillon, National English Coordinator, w