The Lord has truly blessed our Sacramento Cursillo movement this past weekend with the first successful Ultreya at St. Joseph Parish in Vacaville! The Ultreya was made possible through a collaborative effort from many active members in our community. Many prayers, the assistance of members of our Secretariat, and several Cursillistas who reside and regularly hold group reunions in the Vacaville area got the Ultreya off to a great start. We would like to thank Father Matthew for blessing our event and allowing the Movement to become an active presence in St. Joseph Church! Of the 16 individuals in attendance, 15 of them were Cursillistas, active and non-active, and one prospective candidate for the upcoming weekends. The parishioners present expressed gratitude at the opportunity to rekindle their Cursillo commitment and reconnect with other Cursillistas in the local community. Given the success of this Ultreya, there is hope that future ones will become instrumental in encouraging others to live a Cursillo weekend and practice their faith in community with other Cursillistas! All are welcome and encouraged to help with the continued growth of this Ultreya in Vacaville.

De Colores –

Alejandrina Anaya and Pam Gabriel

March 2014

I was told on my Cursillo back in 1974 that Palanca means lever—the word is related to the English word plank. A lever is a simple machine described and studied in first Physics class. For instance: To move a large rock out of a pothole, you could try to pick it up but inertia and gravity are working against you. A lever allows you to move objects much larger than you could unaided.



Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of us your faithful and kindle in us the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


"Without Me you can do Nothing"

How have you fed your relationship with Jesus Christ this week? When did you feel closest to Christ?


"If you knew the gift of God"

How did you study this week?


I will make you fishers of men

What apostolic success did the Lord accomplish through you:

  • in your family?
  • in your work?
  • in your Environment?

With what apostolic failure were you tested with this week?

  • How are we fulfilling our group''s mission?

As we pray, let us pray for those who are not with us this week.


We give You thanks Almighty God, for all the benefits You have given us. You Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Sacramento Cursillo

Chef CassDeColores Christmas

What better way to celebrate the season of our Saviors birth than to gather the Cursillo community together for some fellowship, singing, reflecting and, of course, eating. That was the scene on December 17th as the St Mel Men’s Group Reunion hosted a community celebration at the Parish Center in Fair Oaks. 

mels food - CopyOver 110 fellow Cursillistas and their families joined together for a wonderful evening that featured a full turkey dinner with the fixins, a beautiful reflection by St Mel Deacon, Dave Lehman, the Friedrich Family Christmas Story and a visit by the man in the red suit. Of course there was plenty of music provided by the Cursillo Band and a great deal of joyous fellowship.

mels narrator

Many thanks to our special chef, Cass Castaneda and his friend, Chef John, the band leaders, Tom West and Ron Bauer, all the servers, B Gruenisen who hauled the smoker around, Emigh Hardware for loaning us the smoker, free of charge, and to the Schaeffer’s who provided the beautiful handmade centerpieces. There was also a lot of setting up and cleaning to do…Cass and Janet, thank you!

mels santaGuests brought a plenty of tasty food…thank you for helping us feed the masses. And to all who brought the canned goods…we fed a lot of needy people through the St Vincent DePaul Society.

Thanks also to our new parish priests, Pastor Aldrin Basarte, and Fr. Memo Ramirez who joined us in between their Saturday confessions…there was also a Fr Joshy sighting, all the way from Elk Grove!
Let’s pray for a rich and spiritual growth to our movement in 2014!

nativityChristmas Party 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 06:00pm - 09:00pm


Oh Holy Night

A turkey dinner and the fixins will be provided, so bring an appetite.
Please bring a dish to share (according to the first letter of your last name).
A-J Salads          K-P Drinks          Q-Z Desserts
Everyone, bring your family favorite Christmas cookies to share!

We will be supporting  St Vincent De Paul so bring a donation of a nonperishable food to place under the tree and help provide a better Christmas for someone in need.

There will be singing, children’s activities, an Advent reflection by Deacon Dave Lehman, Chuck’s Family Christmas Story and and a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself.   All are welcome, especially families.

Location : Saint Mel''s Parish Center, 4745 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Contact : Denis Shunta @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 916-967-6559

Also consider that St. Mel''s Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm