Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Thursday, February 23, 2017


Father Jerome Guld is presented a Love Vest with artwork by John Capuano.
The theme of Trenton 125 is "Please Come Up, The Door is Open."

The Team: John Capuano, Bob Burke, Michael Ivanko, Deacon Tony Martucci, Al Martella, Rick Klarmann, Father Jay Bowden and Father Jerome Guld.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Beloved Cursillistas,

Our God is an awesome God and our prayer warriors are awesome as well.  Thank you for all of your prayers and thanks be to God for a wonderful healing Mass last Sunday; after which the Dr. called to say that a very serious condition which was present on my first MRI had virtually disappeared from the second MRI!!!  

Please take advantage of this wonderful healing Mass which is offered every 2nd Sunday of the Month at Holy Family Church in Lakewood at 2 p.m.  There are prayers for healing as well as annointing from Fr. Andres (a Cursillista) and several relics to bless those who come for healing prayer.  This is also your Sunday Mass and many faithful Divine Mercy Prayer warriors have been faithful to do this each month for many years.  Our Lord provides for all that we need. Spread the word. 

forever DeColores!
mary ann xo

Thursday, February 16, 2017


"Prayer works...I don’t know why or how, I just know that it works.  If you believe you have never witnessed or  seen a miracle come see me, talk to me.  Last year I really thought and wished my life was over, do to so much pain, so much suffering.  So many people here at Saint Jane Frances deChantel  in Maryland were praying for me.  it was almost unbelievable.  Somehow I got through life saving surgery that probably would not have been successful except through their prayers. 

 This year I remembered my Cursillo family in New Jersey and asked for prayers for the the life threatening surgery I was facing.  Thank you.  I know we don’t thank each other for prayers but there are times when life dictates a thank you is necessary.  The surgery went well, and even though I couldn’t keep a follow up appointment with with the surgeon in Annapolis, the surgeon followed up  by coming to my house ON SUNDAY to remove the bandages and examine his work.  The surgery went well and I am doing well.  Again thank you.  We should always keep each other in prayer because we just never know what someone else may be facing and somehow, our prayers may just smooth out the bumpy road someone else may be traveling.  Don’t give up your prayers." Deacon Robert, Trenton 49.   

Note: Deacon Robert and his wife, Kathy (who passed away in 2013) are loved members of the Trenton Cursillo.  For many years, they were very involved with Trenton Cursillo until they moved to Maryland.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


The following is a homily delivered by Father Jay on January 22, 2017

This past Friday (January 20, 2017,) President Barack Obama stepped down from the Office of President of the U.S.A. and President-elect Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.A.

Change the names a bit, and today’s second reading from the First Century Letter of St. Paul the Corinthians could well apply to our nation in the 21st Century. On the one hand, our Nation is so great, so beautiful, so wonderful, and yet, on the other hand, it is so angry, so divided.

But since the earliest day of our Nation, from the time of our founding fathers and mothers there have been serious disagreements and divisions. There has been so much violence and hatred, tragedy and killing. It is so true - whether we are talking about the 21st Century, or the 1900s, the 1800s with its terrible Civil War, or the days before and after American Revolution.

With all of the very real and important differences and disagreements between them, President Obama and President Trump did continue our Nation’s great tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

Whatever our political, personal, religious, reasoned or emotional views, beliefs and differences are, I believe that we, and all of us, in our beloved United States of America need to hear and do our very best to help others to be – as St. Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago – UNITED in the same mind and the same purpose. As I said - here we change the names – BUT HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. DO NOT SAY "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos,” or "I belong to Cephas.”

Sisters and Brothers, these next words are familiar to us, and in this year 2017, I urge you, and I urge myself, to resolve to do and speak what we can to help the American Dream be even more real in our time:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Monday, January 23, 2017


What a joy to see so many at Saturday's School of Leaders! The Holy Spirit is working very hard to keep us on the right path!

The talk from Deacon Tony Martucci was so informative and interesting. I never knew there was so much prayer in such a little book.

Our spiritual commitment hopefully was an exercise in fruition as we pledge to God an action that will bring us closer to our Lord this year.

Hope to see Everyone next month as we send Team 125 off to be fishers of men. De Colores!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Please begin your palanca for the Team and Candidates for Trenton 125. The theme is "Please Come In, The Door is Open" 

The Team

Father Jay Bowden, Spritual Director
Father Ed Blanchett, Spritual Director
Father Jerome Guld,  Spritual Director       
Deacon Tony Martucci, Spritual Director
Al Martella, Rector
Rick Klarmann, Assistant Rector
Mike Ivanko, Liturgist

Bob Burke, Warden, Prayer Team
Robert Lauricella, Auxiliary
John Capuano, Auxiliary

Confirmed candidates:
Nicholas Grippo (William Grippo)
Matthew Lucas (Tony Martucci)
Joseph Seelinger (Robert Burke)
John Carlucci (George and Mary Weis)
Tom Maier (Tim Fikete)
Michael Mastrocola (Tom McGuire)
Michael Gaynor (Carole Gaynor)

Tentative candidates:

Alton Drake (Robert Lauricello)
Edwin (Eddie) Petruzzi (Tony Martucci)
Westley Pamphile (Johnny DiStefano)
Les Bauer (Johnny DiStefano)
John Juchniewicz (Johnny DiStefano)
Kyle Johnson (Johnny DiStefano)
Adam Johnson (Johnny DiStefano)

We also ask that you pray from home or work for the following presenters and their talks:

Ideal (Bob) Friday 9:30 AM
Layperson in Church (Michael) Friday 1:15 PM
Piety (Deacon Tony) Friday 4:15 PM
Study (Al) Saturday 9:15 AM
Action (John) Saturday 2 PM
Leaders (Rick) Saturday 6:30 PM
Study of the Enviornment (Robert) Sunday 9:10 AM
Christianity in Action (Rick) Sunday 1 PM
Cursillista Beyond The Cursillo and Total Security (Al) Sunday 2 PM

Know Yourself (Deacon Tony) Thursday 8:30PM
The Prodigal Son (Father Jerome) Thursday 9:30PM
The Three Glances of Christ (Father Jerome) Friday 7:15AM
Habitual Grace (Father Jay) Friday 10:30AM
Actual Grace (Deacon Tony) Friday 2:15PM
The Person of Christ (Father Jay) Saturday 7AM
Sacraments (Father Ed/Deacon Tony) Saturday 10:15AM
Obstacles to a Life of Grace (Deacon Tony) Saturday 3:30PM
Christ’s Message to the Cursillista (Deacon Tony) Sunday 7:15AM
Life in Grace (Father Jay) Sunday 10:40AM 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Deacon Tony Martucci shares: "As America prepares to welcome a new president, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and other Catholics to pray the Novena for National Unity from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20. The prayer invokes the maternal intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States." The Knights ask all Catholics to pray this Novena for National Unity, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 12, and concluding on Friday, Jan. 20.

For more details, go to this link.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


De Colores,

I apologize for the late cancellation of School of Leaders, but the weather forecast didn't have snow in it on Friday afternoon when I was asked whether or not we should cancel School of Leaders.  I really was hoping to have the opportunity to meet as a community once more before Christmas.  
Secretariat has some potentially exciting news to share with you.  On the heels of an awesome women's weekend, we have an opportunity to have a men's weekend February 23-26.  The weekend is not confirmed but Secretariat is discerning whether to proceed with planning and preparation for a men's weekend.   There isn't much time, so we need community's help to discern if there are enough candidates--men whom you [the sponsors] have been praying for and who would like to experience Cursillo.   

If you have candidates who are interested in experiencing Cursillo but have not filled out an application, please have them fill out an application and send it to the Pre-Cursillo section heads [Pat & Bob Burke 1 Oakhurst Drive, Middletown, NJ 07748]. 

If you believe an application has been filled out in the past, please contact Pat & Bob Burke at 732-492-6122 to confirm that we have all of the correct information

The cost of the weekend is $295, which Trenton Cursillo will defray $95 of the cost of the weekend.  However, a candidate's ability to pay the cost of the weekend should not prevent them from making their weekend.  Therefore as the sponsor, if your candidate is unable to pay the cost of the weekend, please advise the Pre-Cursillo section heads (Pat or Bob Burke).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is opening up this door for us, but we need to know that there will be enough candidates before committing to San Alfonso and preparing a team for the weekend.  A decision will be made by our next Secretariat meeting on January 7th, so we need to know about candidates as soon as possible.

Please keep the Cursillo Movement in Trenton and throughout the world in your prayers. On behalf of Secretariat, we wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Please read the wonderful article about Trenton Cursillo from the December 17th issue of The Monitor. 

The article is called "Cursillo prayerfully brings community closer to Christ." The article tells the Cursillo story by focusing on one of Trenton 124's candidates, Veronica Jeffrey.

The article shares that "Cursillo shines a light on the fact that 'we are not alone.' We have communion with the Catholic Church and everything centers on the Eucharist and witnessing to faith."

Let's all read it and show The Monitor how grateful we are for sharing the Cursillo story. The article is at this link. 

Please also share the article with family and friends to help them know more about the Cursillo movement.