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January 2001

    Calendar of Events
January 6, 2001 Secretariat Meeting at St. Johnís School, Lincoln - 2:00pm
January 11-14, 2001 Menís Weekend at St. Johnís School, Lincoln
January 14, 2001 Men's Closing at St. Johnís, Lincoln, 4:00pm Mass
January 18-21, 2001 Womenís Weekend at St. Johnís School, Lincoln
January 21, 2001 Women's Closing at St. Johnís, Lincoln, 4:00pm Mass
March 2001  Leaders School Retreat Ė Details to be announced later ...
April 27-29, 2001 Regional Meeting at Grand Island, NE Ė More info to come...

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus,
    The next two Cursillo weekends in Lincoln at St. Johnís are fast approaching.  We have a nice group of candidates, & there may be others added to the list as the weekends approach.
    I invite & encourage you to continue to pray for the Candidates, the talk team, & the palanca team.  As you write palanca letters, the National Cursillo Center recommends that every Cursillista write one letter to the entire group of persons making the Cursillo weekend.  Then, if you personally know a candidate, you may also write an individual palanca letter to him or her. Also, if your Ultreya Center schedules hours of prayer or adoration for the success of the weekends, sign up for an hour.  If you can make it to one or both "closings", plan to be at the Fourth Day Mass at 4:00pm at St. John's Church in Lincoln.
    The "closings" have changed a little bit in the last year or two.  We will be following the guidelines for the closing which is given by the National Secretariat in the new "Three Day Manual".  Some of the closing will be much like you have experienced before and some will be different.  One addition is that we will be having Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament during the closing.
    As you do palanca, remember the importance of prayer, sacrifice and mortification.  The Modern Catholic Dictionary says of mortification: "The practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God.  (etymology: Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.)".  There is much to reflect on there.  Check a few of the other words in that definition in a dictionary and ponder...
    May each of us grow in the likeness of Christ through the practice of the virtues.  May we sacrifice and pray and do palanca so that others may be open to the grace of God and also grow in his image and likeness.  May the Infant Jesus whose birth we have celebrated take birth anew in our hearts and help us to live again our fourth day.
    De Colores!      Fr. Mark Seiker

PRAYER/ADORATION HOURS for the Lincoln Weekends (listed by Ultreya Centers)
Thursday, 7:00pm - Midnight . . . . . . . . Hastings
Friday, Midnight - 5:00am . . . . . . . . . . Wahoo
Friday, 5:00am - 10:00am . . . . . . . . . . Beatrice
Friday, 10:00am - 1:00pm  . . . . . . . . . McCook
Friday, 1:00pm - 6:00pm    . . . . . . . . . Beatrice
Friday, 6:00pm - Midnight  . . . . . . . . . . Plattsmouth
Saturday, Midnight - 5:00am . . . . . . . . David City
Saturday, 5:00am - 10:00am . . . . . . . . Hastings
Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm . . . . . . . . Plattsmouth
Saturday, 2:00pm - 7:00pm  . . . . . . . . Wahoo
Saturday, 7:00pm - Midnight . . . . . . . . David City
Sunday, Midnight - 6:00am . . . . . . . . . McCook
Sunday, 6:00am - 4:00pm   . . . . . . . . . Lincoln

SEND PALANCA LETTERS -- for the Lincoln weekends to: St. John the Apostle Church, 731 Skyway Road, Lincoln, NE  68505.  ATTN: MEN'S CURSILLO or WOMEN'S CURSILLO.  General Palanca letters are encouraged, and specific letters to Candidates from the sponsors, spouses, and pastors.  Sorry for the lateness of this mailing.  Please try to write your Palanca letters SOON, so that they will be in Lincoln in Friday's mail!!

SPRING REGIONAL MEETING: will be held April 27-29, 2001 at Grand Island, Nebraska.  This is pretty close for a Regional Meeting.  It would be very good to attend this meeting.  There are a number who are talking of attending this meeting.  If you are interested or for more information (as it becomes available), please contact Chris Yarger, or your secretariat representative.

Cursillo WEB PAGE ... check out the new web page ( for Cursillo Movement of Diocese of Lincoln.  This newsletter & other Diocesan Cursillo information is available there.

Candidates, Team, Palanca for the Lincoln Weekends:
                MEN: Paul Bruckner Bruckner (Lincoln), Donald McCarty (Ashland), Ron Barzydlo (Lincoln).
                WOMEN: Peggy Bruce (Hastings), Martha Bruckner (Lincoln), Connie Rolenc (Lincoln), Mary McCarty (Ashland), Cindy Steinacher (Crete), Carmen Longoria (Lincoln), Jean Powers (Lincoln), Betty Christen (Lincoln), Meagan Richter (Crete), Kim Wilson (Crete).
Candidates for Men's Weekend -- Gene Bade, Pat Carroll, Sterling (Bud) Gray, Robert Harper, Jay Korus, Mark McCarville, Marc McClure, Jay Meisinger, Gary Meyer, Robert Moore, Mark Pribyl, Jeff Scaturro, Ken Shreves, Mike Tebbe.
Talk Team for Men's Weekend -- Terry Little (Coordinator), Bobby Jo Spangler, Harlan Ullsperger, Jeff Marsh, Bob Rice, Bill Swanson, John Kool, John Buser, Lynn Swanson, Fr. Nick Baker, Fr. Tom McGuire, Fr. Jim Schrader
Palanca Team for Men's Weekend Ė Ron Sladky & Ron Yarger (Co-coordinators), Fr. Tom Lux.
Candidates for Women's Weekend -- Julie Chilcott, Michelle Dixson, Mary Fertig, Elizabeth Gray, Mary Harper, Deb Jones, Charlynn Krcilek, Joann Krumwiede, Charity Masters, Annette McClure, Krista Meisinger, Linda Meyer, Diane Pribyl, Melissa Scaturro, Connie Seals, Loretta Tebbe,
Talk Team for Women's Weekend -- Joan Scdoris (Coordinator), Chris Yarger, Elaine Korus, Pat Shied, Kathy Sladky, Chris Meysenburg, Cheryl Prothman, Joan Junkin, Elaine Swanson, Fr. Mark Seiker, Fr. Rudy Oborny, Fr. Jim Benton
Palanca Team for Women's Weekend --
Annette Wemhoff & Theresa Wilhelm (Co-coordinators), Fr. Brian Connor

INFO FOR CLOSINGS -- There will be a catered meal for both the men's and women's closings.  Cost: $5.00 per person, including the team and palanca.

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