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November 15, 2003
Secretariat Meeting 10:00am, Cristo Rey (Lincoln) 4221 J St ... enter south
December 5-6, 2003
Spanish SOL, Contact Bianey Ruiz for Location
December 13, 2003
Secretariat Meeting NOON, St. Joseph School, Beatrice
January 9-10, 2004
School of Leaders (quarterly reunion) – 7:30pm Fri-4pm Sat, Sacred Heart,
January 17, 2004
Secretariat Meeting 10:00am, Location to be announced
Feb 12-15, 2004
Men’s Weekend, Sacred Heart School, Shelby
Feb 19-22, 2004
Women’s Weekend, Sacred Heart School, Shelby
March 13, 2004
Secretariat Meeting 10:00am, Sacred Heart School, Shelby
Post Three Day Cursillo Weekend Reunion 1:00pm, Sacred Heart, Shelby
April 30 -May 2, 2004
Spring Regional Encounter, Garden City, KS
June 27, 2004
Grand Ultreya at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha
July 29 - Aug 1, 2004
Cursillo National Encounter, Seattle, WA
Welcome New Fourth Dayers
St. Mary, David City, September 7, 2003:
Benjamin Avila, John Bongers, Jim Daro, Matt Davis, Raymond Havlovic, Ralph
Hein, Pat Gabel, Delmar Forst, and Fr. Charles Townsend.
St. Mary, David City, September 21, 2003:
Barbara Belsky, Raelyn Hagenow, Cheryl Hein, Margaret L’Ecuyer, Celia Sherman,
Welcome to the 4th Day! Let His light fill
you so that you become holy ... saints ... filled with His Light, His Love,
His Holiness. Remember Christ is counting on you, and you must count
Spring Region VI Encounter ... Will
be held in Garden City, KS on April 30 - May 2, 2004. Please note
that this date is one week later than what has been announced in prior
newsletters .. Bishop Tamayo (our National Episcopal Advisor) wants to
attend this Regional Encounter and moving it one weekend later, allows
it to work in his schedule.
News From Secretariat ...
Spanish Cursillo in the Lincoln Diocese ... We
are making plans to begin forming a Spanish SOL in the Diocese on December
5-6, 2003. Spanish-speaking cursillistas throughout the Diocese are
invited to participate. Before we can begin holding Spanish Three Day Weekends,
we need to have leaders forming community in a SOL.
If you are interested in being involved in a Group Reunion
(small friendship group) or being involved in the SOL, please contact Bianey
Ruiz (327-8077; firstname.lastname@example.org).
(In Espanol) Cursillos
de Cristiandad en la comunidad hispana de la Diocesis de Lincoln .... Se
esta planificando realizar una Escuela de Lideres en la diocesis en los
dias 5 y 6 de diciembre. Cursillistas de habla hispana en toda la diocesis
estan invitados a participar. Antes de realizar los cursillos de 3 dias,
necesitamos formar el equipo que coordinara los cursillos y esto se logra
en la escuela de lideres.
Si estas interesado en formar parte
de un grupo de reunion semanal o participar en la escuela de lideres, puedes
contactar a Bianey Ruiz en el 402-327-8077 o enviar un email a la direccion
Cristo te espera.
New Secretary ... Joyce Micek was elected
Secretary for the Secretariat, and Joyce and Chuck Micek are also the new
David City Ultreya Representatives.
Regional Encounter ... During the Encounter,
participants reviewed the Mission Statement of the Cursillo Movement (see
top of the next page), and discussed changes to be made at the Regional
level. In particular, a Regional Secretariat will be formed, consisting
of Lay Directors from each Diocese within the Region. Included in
the Encounter were spiritual reflections, the opportunity for Confession,
the celebration of the Mass, and fellowship with Cursillistas from across
The Cursillo Movement’s Mission Statement ...“The
United States’ Cursillo Movement is intended to help all Catholics develop
a thorough understanding of what it means to fully live a Christian life
in all of their everyday situations. As members of the Catholic Church
it is our responsibility to do everything possible to bring about the restoration
of the temporal order. The Cursillo Movement challenges each person
to determine the various ways necessary to introduce Christ, and His values,
in all aspects of society. The overall goal then is to transform
all aspects of society into Christian environments. This will be
accomplished by establishing small Christian-based communities within the
various environments of home, work, social and political.”
By-Laws ... Proposed changes to the By-Laws
were discussed for a second time at the October meeting, and will be further
discussed and voted on at the November Secretariat meeting.
School of Leaders (SOL) ... Another SOL was
held on Oct. 10-11 at St. Joseph Parish in Harvard. The focus of
this session was on the strategy of Cursillo – Precursillo, Three Day,
and Postcursillo. Thirteen people participated and the sharing and
discussion was most helpful for the work being done in updating the pastoral
plan. The participants had another opportunity to experience community
in the 4th day. The spirit of community was deepened.
The Secretariat again discussed whether or not the
SOL should remain quarterly during the summer months. Those commenting
still think the current format is preferable to the monthly, but during
the summer the monthly is preferred with two meetings in one week (e.g.
Tue and Wed; one East and one West), as it allows those attending SOL to
spend Friday evening “pulling away” from the distractions of the world
in order to be in a better frame of mind to make the Saturday discussions
Planning Ahead ... An updated tentative/proposed
schedule of Cursillo activities for the Lincoln Diocese is included.
The schedule includes activities from the present through August 2004,
and includes upcoming Cursillo Weekends, Regional and National Encounters,
SOL, etc. Again, the tentative/proposed schedule is an attempt to
provide cursillistas with enough notice to allow them to adjust their schedules
to participate in Cursillo to the fullest extent possible.
• November 15
• December 13
• January 17
• March 13 (Reunion for Feb. Weekends follows)
• April 17
• June 12
• August 14
• Jan. 9-10
• April 2-3
• Summer Meeting (evening session in June and July; one
East and one West for each month)
Three Day Weekend Activities
• Practice Feb. Weekends – Jan 30-31 or Feb 6-7
• February 12-15 -- Men’s Three-Day Weekend
• February 19-22 -- Women’s Three-Day Weekend
• April 30 - May 2 -- Spring Regional Encounter
• July 29 - August 1 -- National Encounter
• June 27 -- Grand Ultreya at Camp Kateri
Precursillo ... The Secretariat encourages
you to continue working in the Precursillo ... praying ... studying your
environments ... making a friend, being a friend, preparing that friend
to meet Christ.
Upcoming weekends are listed in this newsletter.
PLEASE prepare candidates early. The earlier candidates are prepared
and invited, the earlier the applications can be completed … the easier
it is to keep the 4th Day community informed about the candidates for the
Three Day Weekends ... and the better the sponsors can prepare the candidates
for the Three Days and for the Fourth Day.
ALL cursillistas are encouraged to review
the Precursillo Guidelines on the back of the blue Sponsor Sheet
attached to the Application Form. Of particular importance:
• A sponsor should ALWAYS confer with a prospective candidate’s
pastor PRIOR TO inviting the person to make a weekend. This
is important because the pastor might know of some reason that a person
should not make a weekend, and once an invitation has been extended, it
is very awkward to un-invite the person.
• Pay careful attention to the questions on the sponsor form
that relate to you, the sponsor.
• Before you sign the Sponsor Sheet, know what you are committing
yourself to as a sponsor.
Three Day Weekend:
• February Cursillo Weekends ... The
next Three Day Weekends are: Feb. 12-15, 2004 (Men’s) and Feb. 19-22, 2004
(Women’s), at Sacred Heart School, Shelby.
• Directory Update ... Included with
this newsletter is an insert with updated directory information for new
cursillistas and those who have had address changes since the directory
was printed in April 2002. In addition, the names (only) of those
cursillistas who have died or moved out of our Diocese are listed.
You may want to insert this page into your Cursillo Directory for future
From the Lay Director
... This Saturday … the First Saturday of November … is All
Saints’ Day. I have always (as far back as I can remember) had a
great love for the saints … they are great “friends” … When I was
in first grade, I remember reading about St. Bernadette … my first “friend”
… and since that young beginning, I’ve met many saints … “friends” … and
invited them into my life.
• “Lord, Where Can I Serve?” Sheet
... This newsletter includes an insert to provide an opportunity for you
to indicate where you would like to share your gifts / talents in the Cursillo
Movement. Please complete and mail to the the Lay Director, at the
address given on the “Lord, Where do I serve?” sheet as soon as possible.
• Ongoing Palanca ... The Secretariat
continued its discussion of the importance of Palanca with respect to the
work of Cursillo done by the Secretariat and SOL. Those present agreed
to pray a weekly Rosary for that purpose and they invite all cursillistas
to join them. The Rosary (or other Palanca) could be offered any
time during the week with the intention that the Secretariat and SOL be
truly open to the work of the Holy Spirit, and that the work be carried
out in accord with His leading and guidance.
Also, please remember to pray for the intentions listed
on the enclosed Palanca Calendar. You might include these intentions
in your morning offering ... let us pray for one another.
• Post Three Day Cursillo Weekend Reunion ...
Reunion for the September Weekends was held at St. Mary School, David City
on October 4. Barb Belsky and Pat Gabel gave witnesses about the
effect that Cursillo had on their lives. The Reunion followed the
Ultreya format, ending with a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and then
snacks and fellowship.
• Group Reunion ... To make it easier
for a cursillista who is not a member of a Group Reunion to find a group,
it has been suggested that each Group Reunion choose a patron (just as
you chose a family name during the Three Days). This also does not
identify the group according to specific persons in the group. Each
Ultreya Center could have a listing of groups (by patrons) with the day
and time that the group meets, so that those not in a group could find
one that meets their schedule. Please give the name of your patron
and the members of the group to your Ultreya Center representative.
• Ultreya ... Is one of the two
essential elements of living the 4th Day ... According to the Leaders’
Manual (p.118): “Whereas the Friendship Group Reunion provides for the
good of the individual, the Ultreya provides for the good of the community.
Both are essential in terms of the method. Both are important for
the realization of the direction of our whole life in the light of the
Gospel and the opportunity to share that life with other evangelizers.
An isolated Christian is a paralyzed Christian. So too is a group,
if it is not tied to other groups.” If you have not been attending
Ultreya, you are only using half of the method ... and maybe others are
missing the gift of the Lord to be given through your presence ... your
being at Ultreya may be just what someone else needs to live their 4th
• Grand Ultreya ... It was agreed
that the Lincoln Diocese would have another Grand Ultreya at Camp Kateri
near McCool Junction on June 27, 2004. It is intended that this will
be an annual event held on the 4th Sunday of June each year. In conjunction
with this year’s Grand Ultreya, it was decided to plan an Evangelization
Walk ... more details to follow.
In recognition of my great love and respect for
the saints … those who have gone before us, having struggled with the very
same things that we struggle with … one of the members of my Group Reunion,
who knew of my great love for the saints (and my “friendships” with them)
gave me a wall hanging with the following quotation as a “remember me”
gift when we made our move from Columbia, Missouri, to Nebraska: “Why
were the saints saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult
to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because
they pushed on when they wanted to stand still and kept silent when they
wanted to talk and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable.
That was all. It was quite simple and always will be.”
I really like that quote … it calls me to task about
the way I approach each and every day … each Fourth Day. He
asks that I be cheerful when I don’t “feel” like being cheerful … He asks
that I be patient when patience comes hard … He asks that I continue
on when I would rather just stop/rest … whether out of frustration or weariness
or sheer stubbornness … I need to remain silent when I want to talk
and be agreeable when I’d rather not be … and that’s ALL?!?!
So it’s quite simple, is it? But if I want to be a saint … and I
DO want to be a saint … I have to continue to answer God’s call to conversion
on a daily basis … whether I “feel” like it or not …
Mother Teresa, who was recently beatified, had such
a beautiful way of looking at life … the simple path … She said,
loves me. I’m not here just to fill a place, just to be a number.
He has chosen me for a purpose. I know it. He will fulfill
it if I don’t put an obstacle in His way. He will not force me.
God could have forced Our Lady. Jesus could have come just like that.
The Holy Spirit could have come. But God wanted Mary to say yes.
It is the same with us. God doesn’t force us, but He wants us to
say yes.” Yes … obedience … we become saints by doing God’s will
for us … by being obedient to our calling … no matter what …
Mother Teresa further commented: “Our human nature
stays with us from beginning to end. We must work hard every day
to conquer ourselves. We must learn to be meek and humble of heart.
Let us try to give everything to Jesus: every word, every moment.
Jesus, use my eyes, my ears, my feet! My resolution must be firm:
to become a saint.”
And yet more: “Holiness is not the luxury
of the few. It is a simple duty [there’s that word ‘simple’ again
…] for each one of us, especially for us who have been chosen.
We have been chosen to belong to Christ.”
And: “Nothing can make me holy except the presence
of God and to me the presence of God is fidelity to small things.
Fidelity to small things will lead you to Christ. Infidelity to small
things will lead you to sin.” And we seem to have come full circle
… fidelity to small things … being cheerful … being patient … continuing
on … keeping silent … being agreeable … that’s all … quite simple … small
things … Palanca ...
Thank You, Lord, for the example of the saints …
make all of us saints … keep us faithful to our calling … help
us to look for and come to love the small things … may they lead us to
You … I’m counting on You!!!
St. Paul, patron of Cursillo … pray for us!!
From the Spiritual Advisor ... In
less than a month, our thoughts will turn to the civil celebration of Thanksgiving
Day, and then in a few short days to the holy season of Advent. For
much of the month of November, many will be thinking of the coming of Thanksgiving.
Then, for much of the month of December, many will be thinking of Christmas.
Each of those days is important, and yet, our celebration
of Thanksgiving and Christmas must be more than just one day. Our
celebrations must be more than just civil celebrations ... they must involve
our relationship with Jesus. As we count up our blessings in preparation
for Thanksgiving Day, we must remember the many spiritual blessings we
have received from Jesus (our physical life, our spiritual life, our faith,
the Church, the Sacraments – especially Reconciliation and Eucharist, our
spiritual friends, and the gift of Jesus to us). Each day, and especially
at each Mass, we should be thankful people.
As we need to spend four whole weeks in longing,
joyful, hopeful preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth ...
so we should often count up the blessings we have received from our Lord
– blessings for which we must daily give thanks to God. I think it
was Shakespeare who said: “Can no other answer make but Thanks, and Thanks,
and ever Thanks!” Since the word Eucharist means “Thanksgiving”,
we might add the Grace of the Lord to that secular thought and say: “Can
no other answer make than: Thank you Jesus!”
When we receive Him into our hearts through the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and recognize
the great gift that we have been given, then we grow to be more like Him.
May we thank Him for all of the gifts we have received. May we show
our thankfulness by using well the gifts we have received, and by preparing
to welcome Him into our hearts.
De Colores Father Mark
When anyone takes up the work of the conversion and Christian renewal
of persons and the evangelization of human groups, it is absolutely indispensable
that the entire work be built upon the grace of God.
This is the foundational stone upon which all other human efforts
must be based and developed. This grace can be obtained only through
the powerful means of trusting, constant and humble prayer.
Today, perhaps more than ever, it is necessary to remind ourselves
that without God we are nothing, bereft of value, and incapable of doing
anything. We must reaffirm that before anything else, the most characteristic
mark of the Cursillo methodology ties in the whole concept of Palanca --
prayers, sacrifices and works of mercy. Palanca must be genuine and
offered by communities and individuals living in union with Christ and
each other if the effectiveness of all other human efforts in the Movement
is to be assured. This is to take seriously the promise of Christ:
“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall
be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)
...Within the (Cursillo) Movement we must be vigilant that the
term Palanca not be misunderstood and abused so that incidental trimmings
overshadow its interior call and meaning. Colorful posters and banners
are not Palanca, neither are flowers, edibles, friendship letters or good
wishes. This is false Palanca under the guise of “nice things.”
Prayer and self-denial are not “nice things”, but they are more effective
in securing God’s grace.
It must be understood that letters are not Palanca. Letters
are merely a vehicle in which we convey the actual Palanca being done ...
Self-denial is part and parcel of the Christian life. Any de-emphasis
of it in the Movement would indicate a shift away from Christ-centeredness.
In the life of the Church, we are offered seasons such as Lent and Advent
to bring us back to the proper spirit. A better way would be to live
in a spirit of Palanca each day.
Palanca offerings should not be limited to the Three Days.
The selection of candidates...the growth of Group Reunions, Ultreyas and
especially the work of Secretariats...depend mostly on authentic and generous
Palanca offered by all...St. Paul reminds us in Romans 12:1, “Offer yourselves
as a living sacrifice dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him.”
–Cursillo Leaders’ Manual (Chapter 12, Palanca)
As a part of my Palanca, I would like to serve the Lord in / through
the Cursillo Movement in the following way(s):
_____ Offer holy hours during Cursillo Weekends
_____ Offer holy hours at other times on behalf of the Cursillo Movement
_____ Help with the clean up after a Cursillo Weekend
_____ Work on the Palanca Team on a Cursillo Weekend
_____ Bring food for Cursillo Weekends (snacks, grocery items)
_____ Make monetary donations toward expenses (newsletters, Weekend
supplies, Weekend food, etc.)
_____ Be involved in School of Leaders (SOL) to learn more about
the Cursillo Movement and form community with
_____ Serve on the Secretariat (SOL required)
_____ Lead the music on a Cursillo Weekend (SOL required)
_____ Give a talk on a Cursillo Weekend (SOL required)
Other suggestions for volunteering: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Name: ______________________________ Phone No.: ________________
Email address: _________________________________________________
I made my Cursillo Weekend on ___________ at ______________________
Mail to: Kathy Springer, Lay Director, at 1410 E 15th St, Crete,
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