A Pastoral Letter To The Cursillo Community

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A Pastoral Letter to the Cursillo CommunityAugust 2017Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and our Lord and friend Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit.Cursillo en Cristiandad is, as its name proclaims, a "Short Course in Christianity." As such, it seeks to presentto those who are faithful Christians the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a way that will both inspire andempower them to become leaders in living and proclaiming the faith of the community we call the Body of Christ,God's living presence in the world, loving and serving all, and transforming our environments. Fundamental tools,such as the discipline of the Tripod of Prayer, Study, and Action and the tradition of small groups of the faithfulsupporting and encouraging each other, are presented to participants to empower them for personal growth andtransformation in the Spirit.Furthermore, Cursillo is an official ministry of the Church, and as such it must not take a position of promotingany particular spiritual practice or methodology beyond those officially endorsed by the Church. Cursillo must,therefore, avoid the official endorsement of any particular method or spiritual practice beyond thosefundamentals, which it has taught from the beginning. There are, it is true, a wide variety of spiritual practices,some old, some of recent vintage, which individual Christians have found beneficial for their personal spiritualgrowth and transformation. Some have greater, some have lesser foundations in the Christian faith; some havelittle or no grounding in Christianity yet are not inherently inimical to the faith. A partial, incomplete listing ofsuch practices and methods might include the following: Alcoholics Anonymous, or other 12-step programsGlossalalia, or "Baptism in the Spirit"Labyrinth walkingZen meditationAromatherapyReiki therapyCrystal healingEnneagrammatic analysisWe do not make any judgment as to the validity or advisability of any of these practices or methods for anyparticular Christian, but we must also be careful not to endorse them as among the fundamentals of the faith,which Cursillo seeks to impart. Indeed, one of those fundamentals is a reasoned tolerance, even joy, in the richdiversity we find in our own Christian community. What works for one, however, may not work for another, andthis must be recognized and accepted by all.Therefore, while it may be appropriate for an individual team member to express, in the context of personalsharing (such as in a Rollo) the tremendous value personally experienced by particular practice-such as AA, forexample, or labyrinth walking, or Reiki therapy-it is not appropriate for the Cursillo weekend experience toformally present-and thereby implicitly endorse-a particular practice or method to the Candidates as part of thei

weekend experience itself. To be specific by way of example, it would not be appropriate for a team to schedulean AA meeting as part of the weekend, even if attendance were optional. On the other hand, if several members ofa team want to have a private AA meeting during unscheduled times, not as part of the weekend experience assuch, that is fine.Or, to use an example of a proposal which was actually made, and ultimately rejected, for a recent weekend: It isnot appropriate to schedule a Reiki therapy session as part of the Reconciliation rite, even though participationwould have been "optional."In all such matters, the good judgment of the Team as a whole, and finally the Rector/a, must be trusted to prevail;however, Rector/as should consult with the Team Spiritual Directors in determining the appropriate expression ofthe spiritual practices of individual Christians during the weekend. If there still are doubts, the Roman andAnglican Spiritual Directors of the General Secretariat should be consulted. To assist in making this judgment,we, the Roman and Anglican Spiritual Directors of the General Secretariat, ask that this letter be included in theofficial Cursillo Guidelines for the instruction and guidance of Rectors/as, Team Spiritual Directors, and Core andTeam members, and carefully enforced by all Secretariats.Your servants in Christ,The Rev. Martin Mager, Roman Catholic Spiritual DirectorThe Rev. Vincent Jang, Episcopal Spiritual Directorii

TABLE OF CONTENTSPHILOSOPHY OF CURSILLO . 6STRATEGY OF CURSILLO . 6Personal Freedom in Cursillo. 7Heterogeneity and Ecumenism . 7The Liturgy of Eucharist in Ecumenical Cursillo . 7FOURTH DAY AND GROUP REUNION . 8Pre Cursillo . 9The Weekend . 9Group Reunion. 10ELECTION OF RECTORS AND RECTORAS . 11ROLE OF THE RECTOR/RECTORA . 12Choosing Spiritual Directors. 12Choosing Your Core Team . 12Choosing the Music Director . 13Choosing the MOSSAF . 13Team Selection . 13Core Team Meetings . 14Letters for Meetings . 14Team Meetings . 15Palanca Angels. 15Team Commissioning . 15Forms to be completed during formation . 15Selection of Cooks and Table Leaders . 16Overnight . 16Weekend Scheduling . 17Rector/Rectora Checklist . 18Everything Else . 19On the Weekend: . 20Post Weekend: . 20Cursillo and Stewardship . 21Sample “Pass It On” Talk . 23ROLE OF THE ASSISTANT RECTOR/RECTORA . 25Assistant Rector/Rectora Checklist . 26ROLE OF THE HEAD COOK . 27The Spiritual Role of the Cooks . 28ROLE OF THE COOKS “NUTS AND BOLTS”. 29Food and Menu Planning . 30Kitchen Facilities . 30Menus . 30Purchasing Food . 30Palanca Meals for the Weekend . 30MEAL ASSIGNMENT WORK SHEET . 31ROLE OF THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR . 32Specific Functions of the Spiritual Director and Assistants . 32Ministry of Spiritual Director on the Cursillo Weekend . 32Spiritual Directors Rollos . 32LAY ASSISTANT SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS . 34ROLE OF THE LAY ASSISTANT SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR . 34THE ROLE OF THE MUSIC DIRECTOR . 36Forming the Music Group . 36Music Director as a Resource Person . 36Music for Team During Team Formation and on the Weekend . 36Music and Song Books . 36SAMPLE OF MUSIC SCHEDULES . 37ROLE OF THE MOSSAF – Minister Of Safety, Security And Facility . 38iii

JOB DESCRIPTION . 38MOSSAF PROCEDURES OVERNIGHT AND WEEKEND . 39THE ROLE OF THE TABLE LEADER . 40OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND . 43OVERVIEW OF THE CURSILLO TALKS . 43FRIDAY – Day of Faith . 44The Call to Be Fully Human . 44Grace as a Relationship with God . 44Lay Person as Church in the World . 44Faith . 44Palanca . 44Piety: Living the Christian Life . 45SATURDAY – Day of Love. 45Study . 45Sacraments (SD) . 45Action . 45Obstacles to Living a Christian Life . 46Leaders. 46SUNDAY – Day of Hope . 46Being Christ in Our Environment . 46The Christian Life . 46Christian Community in Action . 46Group Reunion and Ultreya . 47The Fourth Day . 47CURSILLO MOVEMENT AND METHOD . 48HOW TO FINANCE YOUR WEEKEND . 49Sample Budget Summary . 50Sample Budget Income . 51Sample Budget Expenses . 52Monthly Finance Report . 53HOLY REDEEMER RETREAT CENTER . 54SECRETARIAT . 55TEAM COMMITTEES . 56Cursillo Committees: Brief Description of Responsibilities . 56ART . 58Responsibilities: . 58ART COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 58MUSIC. 59Responsibilities: . 59MUSIC CHECKLIST . 59LITURGY . 60Responsibilities: . 60LITURGY COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 60FOURTH DAY . 61Responsibilities: . 61FOURTH DAY COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 61What to Include In the 4th Day Packet . 62SPONSORS’ COMMITTEE . 63Responsibilities: . 63SPONSORS’ COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 63WELCOMING COMMITTEE . 64Responsibilities: . 64WELCOMING COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 64PALANCA . 65Responsibilities: . 65PALANCA COMMITTEE CHECKLIST . 65MAÑANITAS . 66Responsibilities: . 66iv


PHILOSOPHY OF CURSILLOPhilosophy of Cursillo is the general principles of thought on which Cursillo was founded; principles that apply asmuch today as they did when the first Cursillo Weekend was held in the late 1940’s.Our founding fathers had a wonderful idea and that was to Christianize their environment by linking togethersmall groups of Christian men. Starting with a Core group of Christians they would reach out and invite others inthe small group reunions. The small groups came first and then the Weekend followed, not quite like we do ittoday.Cursillo has three main concepts:1. Cursillo is a movement of the church in the world; it is a means not an end. If the weekend is our goal wehave missed the mark, for Cursillo is an apostolate of the laity. It does not end.2. Cursillo strategy is to go out into our existing environment to nurture and rekindle one another’s faiththrough witness, words and work, thereby Christianizing our environment.3. The method we use to Christianize our environment is the same one we use to sustain our own faith.Piety, Study and Action-the Cursillo tripod, which is the basis of the Small Group Reunion.The entire Cursillo movement is made up of three parts also.1. PRE CURSILLO, where we actively seek Candidates, nurture and love them to prepare them for theweekend.2. CURSILLO PROPER, the weekend itself where the Candidates receive the joyful proclamation that theyare loved unconditionally by God and are introduced to the idea that Cursillo is a movement of the laity tolive this Good News in their daily lives and bring Christ into their environments.3. POST CURSILLO, where we sustain ourselves by meeting in small groups and in Ultreyas so we canstrengthen our resolve to live out the Christian Principles and bring light into an unhappy world. TheCursillista then seeks out others to bring into the apostolate and the cycle continues.Does it work? You betcha! The Cursillo Movement started with a small handful of men, now there are over 3million men and women who are in the movement all over the world. In the Bay Area alone there are at least16,000 people who have been through the weekend. Where are they? Some have moved, some are with God andsome ONLY made the weekend.Perhaps it is time for our movement in the Bay Area to get back to our founding fathers broader vision.Cursillo is not a weekend but a way of life. It is a calling to prayer, study and action, living in a way thatwitnesses to others that God is with us, bringing hope to others that they too are loved. We are the ones whowill change the world, one person at a time. Through us God’s love is made known when we become thewilling instrument of his grace.STRATEGY OF CURSILLOThe founders of the Cursillo movement shared a vision of the possibility of Christianizing the structures of oursoc

1. Cursillo is a movement of the church in the world; it is a means not an end. If the weekend is our goal we have missed the mark, for Cursillo is an apostolate of the laity. It does not end. 2. Cursillo strategy is to go out into our existing environment to

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