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REMEMBERING FATHER JAY ON HIS BIRTHDAY

In this season of thanksgiving, we have many thanks to offer to Father Jay Bowden, who was born on this day in 1936. It is over two years since Father Jay passed away. He remains in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers. In 2011, we assembled an audio of memories of seventeen cursillistas who had passed away. A full list of those remembered and the cursillistas who remembered them are down below. At the end of the thirteen minute audio, Father Jay shares a memory of Joyce Walsh Zarsky. Father Jay ends his memory as he  wishes Joyce to RIP - first saying Rest in Peace but  then changing it to in Rejoice in Peace.  Rejoice in Peace, Father Jay. We love you and DeColores! You can listen to the memories AT THIS LINK. +++++ Phyllis McKinstry remembers Valerie Bromsky Jackie Devine remembers her husband, Tom Devine Johnny DiStefano remembers Bob Leone Til Dallavalle remembers Arny Dupont Rick Klarmann remembers Roger Webster Mary Ann Dowd remembers her brother, Anthony Forte Lisa Klarmann

LETTER FROM ROBERT LAURICELLA

Dear Cursillistas, This coming Thursday as we know is Thanksgiving. Do not know where the time goes. We do have a lot to be thankful for. Jesus reminds us all  all the time that He is with us. I know i am thankful for the blessings he has Blessed me with,  especially when we stop to think about what we have experienced as a whole with the pandemic. Jesus reminds us that he is here with us. This Coming Sunday is this feast of Christ the King.. I always loved this feast.  As we come close to the season of Advent let us prepare ourselves for the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Sometimes we get overwhelmed and caught up with all that has to be done for Christmas.Take time and pray and focus and walk with our Lord. Talk to him. He Knows what we want and desire in life. I will be praying for all of you as i always do this Thanksgiving. Remember pray pray pray. Happy Blessed Thanksgiving to all. DeColores Robert Lauricella Lay Director. P.S.: Remember our Mass will be Friday December 3  St.

A NOVEMBER MESSAGE by ROBERT LAURICELLA, LAY DIRECTOR

DeColores, Cursillistas, As I reflect on the month of November, I always think of Thanksgiving as a day that we give thanks. We should be thankful everyday. Our Lord is smiling down on all of us. The Love he has for us is so profound. We are his and his we are. God is good all the time. In the month of November we also remember all who have gone before us who are living their fifth day with Our Lord in heaven. Please know that I have everyone on my heart and on my prayer list. Hope to see everyone soon. DeColores, Robert J Lauricella Lay Director, Trenton Cursillo

OCTOBER, 2021 NATIONAL NEWSLETTER

The October, 2021 National Newsletter is available and includes an article on the history of the Cursillo Movement. You can find this informative article and the entire newsletter AT THIS LINK.

CURSILLO IN THE TRENTON MONITOR

You can read a recent article about Trenton Cursillo "New leaders eager to continue mission of Cursillo movement in Diocese" from the October issue of the Trenton Monitor AT THIS LINK.  Pictures from the Installation of Robert Lauricella and Bob Morris can be found at the Trenton Monitor site AT THIS LINK.

A MESSAGE FROM ROBERT LAURICELLA, LAY DIRECTOR

DeColores Cursillistas, I am currently on retreat. As I make my retreat, I have you all in my prayers. The word "joyful" came to me. I am joyful that our Lord chose me out of his flock to be Lay Director of the Trenton Cursllio movement. I always go back to my first weekend Trenton 116. I felt the Lord calling me back then, saying "I need you to tend to my sheep and carry my flock.” The journey that I am on with all of you is a great spirit filled journey. I feel everyone’s prayers and support. I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us along our journey. As cursillistas please be open to the spirit as you live your fourth day. As the song goes "Come follow me, my people, and I will give you rest." Thought of the day - Let’s talk with Jesus when we have Him in our hearts after communion. Think of how much you wanted to tell him in the privacy of that moment. Listen to the voice of Jesus. Ask for a grateful heart and live all day in union with Jesus. DeCo

A MESSAGE FROM ROBERT LAURICELLA, LAY DIRECTOR

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Dear Cursillistas, My heart is full of gratitude. I thank everyone in the community for supporting me and Bob in our installation Mass. Friday’s Mass was so Spirit led. A lot went into in preparing that Mass. In these troubled times we are living in please stay focused on Christ. Christ be our light. He is our hope and he is our joy. DeColores,  Robert Lauricella, Lay Director  Please remember School of Leaders is this coming Friday 7pm at Visitation Church  Secretariat is at 6:15 pm

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW LEADERS

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Congratulations and Blessings to our: New Lay Director,  Robert Lauricella New Assistant Lay Director and  Director of the School Of Leaders,  Bob Morris Newest Past Lay Director,  Kathy Tucker God Bless You All! And Thank You for Your YES to God!

A NOTE FROM KATHY TUCKER, LAY DIRECTOR

Just wanted to make the announcement to the community that Robert Lauricella agreed to be the new Lay Director and Bob Morris agreed to be the Assistant Lay Director. Congratulations to both of you well deserved! Prayers to the Holy Spirit that they may guided in their journey! The Installation Mass will be at Saint Mary’s @7 PM on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Middletown, NJ. Peace, Kathy  

A NOTE FROM ROBERT LAURICELLA, OUR NEXT LAY DIRECTOR

Dear Cursillistas, I am filled with gratitude and many other mixed emotions at this time. I am grateful to our Lord Jesus for the faith that I have and for the Love which he embraces me with.  As your incoming New Lay Director, I am looking forward to working with everyone in Cursillo. My journey has been a good spiritual one. The Holy Spirit is so profound in my life guiding me and leading me each and everyday. I need everyone's support at this time .. know that I love my brothers and sisters in Christ. DeColores, Robert Lauricella

JUNE NATIONAL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

The June National Cursillo Newsletter is available.Additional information on the upcoming National Encounter is on the flyer's last page. The Encounter will be held virtually on July 23 and 24, 2021.

A NOTE FROM KATHY TUCKER, LAY DIRECTOR

To All My Brother's, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Father's Day!! Father's Day can hold many emotions for both men and women - those who had a loving father that passed away, those who never knew their dad, those expectantly waiting to become a dad soon, and countless other situations surrounding the father-child relationship. God can use this special day to draw us closer to Himself - the one true Father who remains faithful and full of unconditonal love. Use Father's Day prayers to bring God's peace and glory into your home and life today. Friday nights SOL was a wonderful night of receiving Love in our hearts for each other. Father Ed and Rick Klarmann gave us such beautiful and emotional talks.  I say to all tune in to SOL, be present it is well worth your time, to stay spiritualy connected to Cursillo!! God Bless You All, Remember treat each other with Love. Your Humble Servant, Kathy Tucker  

BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST by DEACON TONY MARTUCCI

Have you ever been an eyewitness to a miracle? A miracle is: a wonder; a marvel; an extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is attributed to a supernatural cause; such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God. Every Sunday we all witness a miracle taking place at Mass. In fact miracles occur on a regular basis each day that Mass is celebrated. The priest takes the bread and wine which are offered in our name and he says the words of consecration, just as Jesus did at the Last Supper. The bread and wine retain all of their appearances but they are turned into the living Body and Blood of Christ in what is called transubstantiation.  Today, most Protestant faiths believe that Eucharist is symbolic and not really Jesus’ Body and Blood. In fact, nearly 37% 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

DIVINELY LED by JANET F. MOSCUZZA

Opening Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, you have created all things according to Your plan from before the beginning of time. I pray You help me receive Your graces and respond to the challenges before me. May all that I do serve You and give You glory. Amen When you reminisce about your life, aren’t there a mixture of both joyful and sorrowful memories that flow through your mind? A few weeks ago I had a conversation with George Chemali. George is a Cursillista who is studying for the Deaconate. George was infected with the Corona Virus at the beginning of February. Shortly thereafter George’s wife Julianna was also infected. George is a special case since he has very bad Asthma and unfortunately the infection has really debilitated him. I speak to you tonight of George because it is amazing to see George’s take on what has happened to him. George has only gratitude for his situation. He sees his illness as a way of furthering his ministry. He believes he can minist

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: ACTION by RICK AND LISA KLARMANN

In Piety, our whole life is directed to God; study helps up establish a better relationship with God, and to come to know His will for us.  Action is the exercising of our mind, will and senses—basically doing something.  However, in the life of the Christian, our action has Jesus Christ as the focus or reason we do a thing—the things we do and say—our actions are a consequence of being Christian. Apostolic Action takes Christian action a step further.  Apostolic Action is exercising the power of Love; love of God and love of neighbor to bring them closer to Christ.  Apostolic Action is important to us.  James reminds us that faith without works is dead.   If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  [James 2:15-16] • On Ash Wednesday, in the Best L

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: LIVING THE CURSILLO METHOD DURING THE PANDEMIC by BILL GRIPPO, FORMER LAY DIRECTOR

DeColores, Recently I had the wonderful weekly opportunity to share with Al Martella and a regular group of men who have been on a conference call weekly since the Pandemic began.   It is truly enriching. Today Al asked each of us to share how we are coping with the pandemic personally!   The responses were heartfelt, emotional, personal and prayerful. I was the last speaker, the clean up “batter” so to speak. I based my thoughts on the Tripod (Piety, Study and Action) My first step in coping with this is to continue and strengthen my own prayer life… I attend 2 weekday Masses and one on Sunday and made myself useful by assisting the Church team in organizing the return to Church effort.   I start my day with morning prayer, and do a good amount of spiritual reading.   I try to go out of the house and sit in a park, by the complex pool or outside of Dunkin Donuts (cannot give up that first Cup!!)   I am reading the biography of John Paul 2!   It is 1000 pages and I read it as

REFLECTION ON THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT by DEACON TONY MARTUCCI

The Temple in Jerusalem was the heart and soul of the Jewish people. Inside  was a room called the Holy of Holies. Once a year the High Priest could enter  and offer sacrifice. A large curtain hung from the ceiling to the floor at the  entrance. Inside was the Arc of the Covenant which the Hebrews carried with  them from Egypt. It contained the rod of Moses, the tablets of the Ten  Commandments and some manna from the desert: reminders of God’s presence  among them. On the day Jesus visited, He found merchants in the court outside the Temple  selling doves, pigeons, and lambs to the worshipers who came to offer sacrifice.  They could not use Roman coins at the Temple, so there were bankers, money  changers, who would exchange shekels for the Roman money, for a fee. They  polluted the Temple with earthly matters. Rather than a place of worship and  encountering God, the Temple had become big business for the Priests. The  merchants and Priests profaned what God made holy. This is why Ch