Join us for a day

Saturday, June 7, 2014
8:00 am to 3:15 pm
St. Mel Parish, Fair Oaks

Featuring: Jesse Romero - A full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ centered preaching. He is the director of his preaching apostolate called" "On Fire evangelization."
Continental breakfast and a catered BBQ lunch included.
$35 now or $40 at the door.

Register online today! smpcevents.org
For more information call: 916-834-6226

A Summary from the Original Report

3encounterThe VII Cursillo World Encounter was held at St. Leo’s College within the campus of the University of Queensland, Australia. The Encounter was an exuberant gathering of 187 delegates and observers from 23 countries. Three delegates, Jim Wells, Juan Ruiz, and Hoang Tran, and 15 observers represented the USA.

The opening words of Thursday’s Morning Prayer set the tone and purpose of the whole Encounter:

‘O Lord Jesus, we have come before you at this VII World Encounter and we are opening our hearts and our minds so that you can reveal to us the mystery of your love’.

 Click to read the full summary

Cardinal BergoglioLetter from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires,
To the Cursillistas of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires 

June 13, 2011, Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church
Originally published by Agencia Informativa Católica Argentina
Translated by Los Angeles English Cursillo Spiritual Director, Fr. Modesto

Letter to the Cursillistas of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires

My dear Cursillistas:

"The good seed are the children of the kingdom." (Mt. 13:38)

As we approach the celebration of the feast of Saint Paul, your patron and model of how to live "de colores", we give thanks to God for all the fruits that the Cursillos in Christianity Movement has generously given the Church.

Your service of proclaiming Christ by being his witnesses in your everyday environments, is an embodiment, a concrete renewal of the Baptism that we have received in Him and makes you disciples and missionaries of the Word, as this was expressed in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: " Through their baptism and confirmation all are commissioned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself" (Lumen Gentium no. 33).

I write to you conscious of the challenge that today''s society presents to the enculturation of the Gospel; but I trust that your audacity and apostolic fervor - born of a personal encounter with self and with Christ - will lead you to make history for the good of all. So that, many brothers and sisters, marginalized or not, who live on the fringe may feel embraced by the love of Jesus.

To be a pilgrim in our City means not becoming comfortable, but to be open to life and to pay attention to what is happening in our heart - like a good Samaritan confronted with the difficult circumstances of so many brothers and sisters.

It is necessary that the Cursillos in Christianity Movement, through the participation of everyone, continue its journey of pastoral conversion as proposed at Aparecida (Cf. 5th General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, "Disciples and Missionaries of Jesus Christ")

As Cursillistas living through difficult times you need to ask God for the Grace to have many candidates, to have an ongoing precursillo, so as not to fall into the hopelessness that paralyzes and causes anguish. The gift of theKerigma that you received in your Cursillo sends you on mission as proposed by the tripod of piety, study and action.

As an Archdiocesan Church, we need the unity of all in Christ, so that He, and only He may reign in our hearts and we may thus be able to recognize him like the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

In thanking you for your journey as a Cursillista, I ask you not to stop renewing your apostolic zeal and dedication and that of your brothers and sisters in your Group Reunion before Jesus in the Eucharist.

Today more than ever we need that your nearness in the environments be a source of light and joy for so many brothers and sisters who do not yet know that God is a Father who loves them tenderly.

Today more than ever we need your presence so that many families may encounter the transcendent love of Christ - a new and greater dimension of human love.

Today more than ever we need you and your witness at the Ultreyas, so as to go "onward", to go beyond, in the proclamation and experience of the Kerigma.

I ask that you pray for me. May Jesus bless you and Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace, keep you.


Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

2encounterThe National Cursillo Encounter will be held at Chapman University in Orange, California, from Thursday, July 31, to Sunday, August 3, but you knew that, right? What you may not know is that it will be one exciting spirit-filled weekend of song, prayer, great talks, fun and fellowship that will kick-start your love for the Lord and propel you forward in your faith life as a Cursillista. Last summer, the Encounter was held in New York with an attendance of almost 700 people, up nearly 300 from the previous year. This summer, because of the location, the attendance is expected to completely fill the 950-seat maximum!

Why should you go to the National Encounter weekend? I read some of the talks from last summer’s Encounter. I was so inspired by these talks, which centered around the Year of Faith to encourage the building up of our Catholic faith. This year’s theme is appropriately the New Evangelization; since evangelization is the essential apostolate of the Cursillo movement.

encounterThe cost for the weekend is $335 if you register before May 31, and includes a room and all meals from dinner on Thursday to breakfast on Sunday. That is a good buy in Orange County! If a large group of us want to go, we could look into hiring a bus for the transportation. How great would it be to have a large group of Sacramento Cursillistas together for this event?! Talk to your spouse; talk to your Group Reunion (4th day). Let’s make this National Encounter in Orange our Sacramento Ultreya!

Here is what one woman said about her experience last summer: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Praise Jesus! I am on fire! It was a truly amazing and blessed experience to serve Jesus and the Movement in such a special way this past weekend; I could not ask God for more. I pray & hope to be able to transmit my excitement and spiritual energy to my diocese. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! DE COLORES!” (Marisela (Rodriguez) Garcia – Diocese of Rockford, IL)