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1 What is ? * * (Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask) Text taken from “The Cursillo Movement’s Sponsor’s Booklet”, used with permission copyright 1994

2 Why would I want to go? To learn a simple method to seek and develop a Christian spirituality, mentality, community and vibrant life! If you want to know the answer to “What is God’s purpose and plan for my life- where am I going- please inquire about the Cursillo Weekend!

3 What does “Cursillo” mean? Cursillo means “short course” in Spanish. It is a spiritual renewal movement in the Roman Catholic Church so the short course is in Christianity.

4 When and where did it begin? The Cursillo movement started in Spain in the 1940’s and came to the United States in It has spread to other countries and other denominations within Christianity. (Tres Dias, Kairos, Walk to Emmaus)

5 Does the Church approve of this? Yes! Pope Paul VI and Pope Joh Paul II have approved, endorsed, and encouraged this renewal. Bishop Kevin Boland supports and provides spiritual guidance for the Cursillo here in this diocese.

6 What benefit has it provided in my Diocese? Hundreds of Catholic men and women have been profoundly affected and been transformed. Their Christianity has been energized and they have provided lay leadership in our parish and diocesan programs. They have become the “leaven” in their own environments of family, workplace and social life.

7 How does this ‘really’ work? The power of the Cursillo weekend lies in the action of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ touches us in His special, unique way through the gift of grace. All we need to do is say “Yes”.

8 What do you do on the weekend? The three day weekend, Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, consists of spiritual presentations by priests, deacons and laypersons. Small group discussions follow each presentation. During the evenings, ideas of the day are illustrated and presented in unique and enjoyable ways. Time is set aside for informal gatherings, food and of course prayer, quiet meditation including daily Mass.

9 What are the talks about? Friday’s talks center on understanding ourselves and what motivates us. Talks on Saturday focus on our relationship with God and how to deepen and make it fuller. Talks on Sunday focus on how we fulfill God’s will in our lives.

10 Friday’s talks center on understanding ourselves and what motivates us What your goals in life are, (ideals) The Layperson’s role in the Church Holiness Grace Faith

11 Talks on Saturday focus on our relationship with God and how to deepen and make it fuller. Formation (Increasing knowledge) Evangelization (being Christ in today’s world) Leaders Sacraments Obstacles to Grace

12 Talks on Sunday focus on how we fulfill God’s will in our lives Christian Life Study of our environments Christian Community Group Reunion and Ultreya

13 So what happens after the weekend? The “Fourth Day” plan refers to the weekly and monthly small sharing groups that continue to provide support and encouragement in the Christian community. It provides a way to persevere on your Christian walk for the rest of your life.

14 Can anyone go? The Cursillo movement is for Catholics who are able to receive the sacraments. Singles and both persons of a married couple are strongly encouraged to attend Mature, responsible, natural leaders in the community are encouraged to attend Those who have an open heart that is searching for a deeper relationship with God

15 What does “ ” mean? DeColores means “of colors” in Spanish and refers to the joyful spirit that the Cursillo movement is known for. (It is also a song that is used throughout the weekend)

16 How can I go on a weekend? Talk to someone who has been Ask your priest/deacon/lay leadership Go on-line to find a participating Cursillo group in your area You’ll be glad you did!


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