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Place: Our Lady of Hope
Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Dates to Remember:
4th Day Reunion: Nov. 8th at St. Margaret Mary, Winter Park
Babe Chick Dinner: November 15th after 4:30 Mass
A-H Salads; I-R Desserts; S-Z Side Dishes
Theme: What are we thankful to God
Led by the grouping of Joe Valley,
Frank Allman, Wally Gattinella, Jack
Mayhew, Jim Wilkinson, Tony Ziner
Refreshments: Everyone! Please
bring finger foods or snacks to share.
Please pray about sponsoring a candidate for the next
weekends! If you need a copy of the "Cursillo - What Is It"
booklet for your prospective candidates, please contact Liz or
Greg Lilly at [email protected]
Mondays – National, Regional, and Diocesan Secretariats
Tuesdays – Schools of Leaders
Wednesdays – Cursillistas in the United States
Thursdays – National Cursillo® Movement’s Apostolic Actions
Fridays – Cursillo Weekends
Saturdays – OMCC and NACG Executive Committee
For Cursillo merchandise, visit the DeColores Rainbow Store
at It comes highly recommended for
their prices, inventory and service!
The Good News
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“God chose us – how do we express our thanks for His wondrous love?” was the theme for the
October Ultreya. Led by the grouping sisters of Joanne Cavallari, Jackie Kane, Maureen
Kealhofer, Liz Lilly, Patti Willems and Pam Wilmott, Joanne welcomed everyone and served as
moderator for the evening. Maureen shared the opening prayer entitled, “A Prayer of Thanks for
God’s Reliable Love.” Jackie proclaimed the reading, Ephesians 1:1-10.
The witness was given by Liz Lilly. Liz shared that she made her Cursillo 6 years ago. After the
weekend she was not sure she ”got it.” Not ready to give up on the experience, she decided to
“fake it until she made it.” Over the 6 year period, Liz served on 3 teams. The first team she
was on setup and assisted with a candidate receiving a palanca letter from her son. She learned
about true apostolic action that weekend. The next weekend was about study as she was a table
leader. The 3rd weekend, Cursillo #101, Liz served as bell ringer and gave the Piety talk – the
third leg of the tripod. After delivering this talk, she shared she finally “got it.” Since that
weekend, she has read several books, sought out spiritual direction and has been the “Light of
Christ” to two new teachers on her grade level.
After the witness, Deacon Mike Pettit gave the spiritual reflection. He shared that we have been
chosen from the foundation of the world, not only in the big things but also in the little things.
Mike shared his experience when he was sitting on a bench in the mall and a woman came up to him
and told him that God loves him. It was the words he needed to hear at that moment. He closed
with many are called but few are chosen and that should give us great joy because He chose us.
The Babe Chick Dinner will be November 15th following the 4:30 PM Mass. A-H Salads; I-R
Desserts; S-Z Side Dishes. Please join us in welcoming our Babe Chicks!
Your Area 4 Coordinators
Liz and Greg
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The Good News
National Cursillo Newsletter
October, 2014
Doctrinal Section by Fr. Alex Waraksa, National Spiritual
Know yourself.
We can think about how we know ourselves, others can tell us how they see us and this can inform our self-knowledge, and
God can reveal to us how He sees us.
Are we always the best judge of ourselves? Perhaps not, because in depression we can be tempted to suicide and in the sin
of pride and selfishness we can condemn others to death to serve our own desires. Are others the best judge of who we are?
Not necessarily, because many judge according to appearance, social or economic status, or according to religion or their own
criteria. Perhaps God knows best who we are, that we are made in the image and likeness of the Creator, and that we are so
valuable that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but
might have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Each of us is a gift of God and each of us is loved infinitely and constantly by God. This is
what God wants us to know about ourselves.
In some way or another we have been taught to think about ourselves in a certain way. Hopefully if this is positive, we have
accepted it and used it. If it is negative, hopefully we have rejected it and moved on to a more Christian-based way of thinking
of ourselves. Thinking of ourselves as loved is essential to human and spiritual well-being.
Self–discovery is also knowing my potential, my talents, my gifts and my limitations. With grace, I minimize the effects of my
weaknesses. With grace, God strengthens the effects of my desires and efforts and brings fruit to the realization of God’s plan
of evangelization. God sees our potential, our way to fulfill the divine plan in our lives. God’s confidence in us should help us
grow in self-confidence.
Do we accept God’s love for us? Do we accept God’s plan for us? Is the promise of Gods’ help greater than our fears?
Is the gift of God’s grace to follow Jesus greater than our desire to control how things should go? Is God’s invitation to trust
greater than our desire to know everything before we will even try to begin following? Do I have faith and trust that in the same
way that God led people in the scriptures, He will guide me today?
Let us conclude by reflecting on two parts of Scripture where Jesus taught us to value those who had not yet become
important to others or who had become less important because they had sinned and remember that each of us is a child of
God and a sinner in need of forgiveness.
“At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”He called a child over,
placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom
of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child
such as this in my name receives me.” (Matthew 18:1-5)
“Then Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give
me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but
she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with
ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.” (Luke 7:44-47)
The Cursillo Movement
The Good News
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Senior Day
November 13, 2014
A Remembering Church: In the Church
liturgical year we think of November as the
month of the dead, the “poor souls in
purgatory.” It is a time for connecting with
our companions in faith, past, present and
future. (Please bring a picture of a
deceased loved one to this session.)
Presenter: Carol Stanton, PhD
Price: Donation
san pedro spiritual development center | 2400 dike road | winter park, florida
32792-8104 | 407-671-6322
[email protected];
Helen McCartin
It is YOUR NEWSLETTER and hopefully it fulfills three
So, if you need to tell the Area 4 Cursillistas of a particular
event, this is the place to do it. If you have seen, read, or
had an inspirational moment you wish to share with others,
this is the place. If you had an evangelization moment that
will help others in their efforts, this is the place to share it.
The Newsletter Committee is always looking for your
help to make this useful publication. Please contact
Betsy or Cathy if you have something for the Newsletter.
You can submit articles to Betsy at [email protected]
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The Good News
Mike’s Minute!
"Let all creation help you to praise God. Give
yourself the rest you need. When you are walking
alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the
flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and
the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a
sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they
invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who
has given them being."
— St. Paul of the Cross
From Overview
During November, as in all of Ordinary Time (time after Pentecost), the
Liturgy signifies and expresses the regenerated life from the coming of
the Holy Spirit, which is to be spent on the model of Christ's Life and
under the direction of His Spirit. As we come to the end of the Church
year we are asked to consider the end times, our own as well as the
world's. The culmination of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the
King. "This feast asserts the supreme authority of Christ over human
beings and their institutions.... Beyond it we see Advent dawning with
its perspective of the Lord's coming in glory."— The Liturgy and Time,
A.G. Mortimort
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of November 2014
General: That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of
God and the support of others.
Missionary: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and
well-formed mentors. (See also
The Good News
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If you have any Catholic or Christian books, cds, or other materials that you
would like to donate to be used at the book table on Cursillo weekends, please
bring to the next Ultreya.
If you need a name button, please send your name as you want it on the button,
and the number of your Cursillo to Betsy Gattinella: [email protected]
If you would like a ride to Ultreya, please email [email protected]
Please consider contributing to the National Cursillo Center $3.00 per year
Campaign. Your donation is tax
Please wear your Cursillo cross on the first Sunday of each month to help
invite discussion of faith and Cursillo. “Be ready, because the Holy Spirit will
send souls your way!”