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(Isaiah 9) The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.THEVOICEJANUARY 2020Happy New Year!By the time you read this, you will probably alreadyhave forgotten most of your New Year’s resolutions. Thisis the month of good intentions and broken promises. Lastyear at this time I made a resolution to lose 10 pounds andby the end of the year I only had 15 pounds to go.While the rest of the world quickly turns fromChristmas to more secular things, the Church continues tocelebrate Christmas until January 12, the Feast of theBaptism of the Lord. This is an appropriate time for us toreflect on good intentions we made or were made for uswhen we were baptized.These baptismal promises must not be like New Year’sresolutions, easily dismissed. We were baptized into a newway of life in Christ. What that means for you is differentfrom what it means for me or your spouse or neighbor.God created us uniquely and commissioned us to be Hisdisciples. What has God commissioned you to do in yourenvironment? How has he called you to bring about HisKingdom in your lifetime and in your part of the world?Part of the right of baptism includes an anointing withthe oil of sacred chrism. It includes the words “as Christwas anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you livealways as a member of his body.” As baptized disciples ofChrist we are called to be priests, prophets and kingsworking to bring about the kingdom of God. I invite youto join me in reflecting on this baptismal call.The role of a priest is to offer a sacrifice. That doesn’tjust mean the Eucharistic sacrifice at the altar. Sacrificemust be a part of our lives. What are we sacrificing forChrist? What are we willing to give up? We are called tostewardship which means sacrificing some of our time,talent and treasure for a greater cause. That is ourpriesthood and the reward is eternal.The role of the prophet is to speak the word of God intruth. Think about your everyday conversations. Do youspend time professing and defending the faith into whichwe have been baptized? We talk so easily about sports, theweather, family, our job or hobby. Why do we find it sodifficult to talk about our Faith, the most important part ofour life? Perhaps our Faith has been weakened by lifecircumstances or issues in our Church. Faith is like amuscle that will be strengthened when we exercise it.Perhaps we are reluctant because our knowledge of theFaith is shallow. We can always speak with great authorityabout our own unique experience of God. We can alsotake advantage of the many opportunities to learn moreabout our Faith. Remember the Cursillo tool of study?The role of the king, as Christ defined it and lived it, isto serve. How are we serving the Church, Cursillo and ourbrothers and sisters? Volunteering in our own parish, notwaiting to be asked, is one obvious way. Say not: “I amnot qualified.” Remember, God qualifies the called.Saying “yes” when invited to serve on a Cursillo team ordo Palanca is yet another way. Then there are myriadopportunities to serve our family and our community. Wemust have a servant’s heart. Remember the Cursillo toolof action.All of this will be made possible if we remember theCursillo tool of piety. PRAY! May God strengthen us inour New Year’s resolutions and especially in ourBaptismal promises.Deacon Marty, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish

Check the website for any new information onupcoming Ultreyas and Events.Please let Postcursillo Chair Mick Kapanicasknow of any upcoming Ultreyas 2020Jan. 67:00 PM Rosary for our country (Mt. Claret Chpl)Jan. 76:30 PM SOL (Mt. Claret)Jan. 87:00 PM Mass/ORIENTATION for 929/930Jan. 11 2:00 PM ULTREYA (St. Francis Cabrini)Jan 146:30 PM Secretariat Mtg (Mt. Claret)Jan. 16 -19MEN’S ENGLISH #929 (Mt. Claret)Jan. 18 9:30 AM SOL (St. Agnes)Jan. 25 8:00 AM ULTREYA (TBA—Westside)Jan. 30-Feb. 2WOMEN’S ENGLISH #930 (Mt. Claret)Feb. 3Feb. 4Feb. 11Feb. 15Feb. 22Feb. 26Feb. 29February 20207:00 PM Rosary for our country (Mt. Claret Chpl)6:30 PM SOL (Mt. Claret)6:30 PM Secretariat Meeting (Mt. Claret)9:30 AM SOL (St. Agnes)8:00 AM ULTREYA (TBD– Westside)ASH WEDNESDAYCURSILLO LENTEN RETREATApplications are available from your Parish Representativeor email Bruce and Debi Wiskirchen list of Parish Representatives can be found athttps://www.phoenixcursillo.comDateNumber 9/10/202010/22/202011/5/2020TBDTBDThe TBDMen's EnglishWomen's EnglishMen's SpanishMen's EnglishWomen's SpanishWomen's EnglishMen's EnglishWomen's EnglishMen's SpanishWomen's SpanishMen's SpanishWomen's SpanishMen's EnglishWomen's EnglishMen's SpanishWomen's SpanishFor these events, and many more, go to: FOR LIFE MARCH & RALLYJanuary 18, 2020, 10:30 AM—2:00 PMWesley Bolin Memorial ParkAzLifeRally.orgMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretFlagstaffMt. ClaretFlagstaffMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretMt. ClaretFlagstaffFlagstaffMASS FOR THE UNBORNJanuary 19, 2020 9:00 AMSs. Simon & Jude CathedralCATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCEFebruary 1, 2020Xavier College PrepCATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCEFebruary 20, 2020Xavier College PrepPage 2January 2020

20 C M B 20Having an EpiphanyMerry Christmas Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Iknow, it’s January and for many people Christmas endedon December 26th. Some may even be relieved that themad commercial rush that the holidays have become isover, and they can’t wait to put it all behind them foranother year, or at least until we are bombarded with adsfor Valentine’s Day. For devout Christians however, weknow that the Nativity of the Lord is just the beginning ofthe revelation of Christ’s divinity to us. The “TwelveDays of Christmas” is much more than a classic carolabout gifts, it is rooted in an ancient Tradition leading upto the Feast of the Epiphany. The word epiphany iscommonly used in secular conversation to represent asudden understanding, an “AHA!” moment if you will.The word Epiphany has its roots in, and was first used inthe early Church, and is defined as a manifestation orrevelation. The Epiphany was first traditionallycelebrated in the Eastern Church on January 6th in athreefold gospel celebration, not only of Christ’smanifestation to the gentiles represented by the ThreeKings, but also his revelation as the Son of God in HisBaptism in the Jordan, and the onset of his mission at theWedding Feast of Cana. The Roman Church soonadopted this Tradition and eventually separated the threegospels passages giving them each their own feast day.The start of a New Year typically evokes thoughts ofnew beginnings, and resolutions to bring positive changeinto our lives. Now that the holiday rush is subsiding,maybe it’s time to think about ways that we can fulfillour Cursillo mission to evangelize our environments.Perhaps there is someone in your life in need of anThe Voice20 C M B 20Epiphany, and bringing them to Cursillo may be just thenew beginning that they are longing for. It could besomeone like the three Magi, who are far away fromChrist, yet are seeking God in the journey within theirsoul. Or maybe someone newly baptized in the Christianlife seeking to know Jesus on a deeper level through theGrace of Holy Spirit that has been given to them. Maybeyou know someone whose spirits are running dry like atthe Wedding of Cana, who could use a taste of choicewine that Cursillo can provide. Maybe bringing a friendto Christ by sponsoring them on Cursillo and offeringyour Palanca is just the spark that you need to rekindlethe fire in your heart. The January Cursillo weekends areright around the corner, orientation is January 8th, andnow is a great time to sponsor a friend or relative.Contact your parish representative, or the PrecursilloChairperson if you need an application.We have a beautiful Christian Tradition of blessingour homes at Epiphany by marking our doorways withchalk and writing the beginning and ending numbers ofthe calendar year, before and after the letters “C M B”,representing that names of the three wise kings, Caspar,Melchor and Balthazar. These are also the first letters ofthe Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat” whichtranslates to “May Christ bless this home”. Wouldn’t itbe wonderful to bless our Cursillo home of Mount Claretas we begin the year with new Cursillistas attending theJanuary weekend retreats, with a full reunion at of ourCursillo family at the Clausuras, and most especially byfilling our home with your prayers of Palanca andAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the Men’sand Women’s Cursillos. Be a blessing to others bycoming home to the Mountain this January.20 C M B 20 “May Christ Bless This Home.”In the Peace and Love of Christ,Joe FairliePage 3January 2020

October, November and December, 2019 – thesemonths have been exceptional for my soul. During thistime, I experienced an elevated level of spirituality and anincreased awareness of God’s presence in my mostordinary life.Looking back and considering what made this time someaningful, I am drawn to a line from a song from TheSound of Music, “These are a few of my favorite things”.So, what made this time so special, so blessed? Iimmersed myself in piety, study, and action.In October, I was privileged to serve on the team forthe Women’s Cursillo 926. The jump-start to my spiritualawakening actually began in August with the firstmeeting at Mt. Claret of our team formation.Immediately, I knew I was in for a glorious experience.The depth of faith held by thesewomen was palpable. It wasreal. It was warm, loving andwelcoming. It was not at allsanctimonious. There were noself-righteous Pharisees here.These women were true-to-thecore Catholic Cursillistas livinggenuinely in their Fourth Day.With each meeting, moreexperiences lived by thewomen were shared - many ofthem tragic. Yet, each one wasinspirational in that thesewomen emerged stronger in the love of God for havingendured, and even physically survived, theircircumstances. The more I listened to my teammates, themore I was in awe. I was in the company of extraordinarybeings. These ladies were no wimps.Then came the three-day Cursillo weekend and thecandidates arrived. Here’s what happened: we had theperfect storm. No, not a storm of destruction. It was astorm of spirituality in the best possible way. Not onlywas the team functioning on a high level of faith, but sowere the candidates. Synergy was going full bore. Mt.Claret hosted an atmosphere of living grace throughoutthe Cursillo. I am still feeling the elation from thatweekend.In November, my parish began the 33-day MarianConsecration. Cursillo translates to “a short course”. Forme, the Consecration was also a short course with itslessons in theology. What especially grabbed my attentionwas how the “Holy Spirit is the uncreated ImmaculateConception and Mary is the created ImmaculateThe VoiceConception”. That concept was so meaningful. With eachday’s reading bringing new information, the Consecrationbecame exciting and serious at the same time.In December, I approached my pastor about doing aparish novena for Christmas. Fr. Kline agreed. A littleresearch turned up a Christmas Novena by St. Alphonsusof Liguori. The messages in the Meditations and Prayerswere wonderfully unique and thought provoking. With hiswords, I realized that Christmas is simultaneously a timeof joy and a time of soul-searching. While Catholics availthemselves of the sacrament of Reconciliation in order toreceive the Holy Eucharist at a Christmas Mass, I realizedthat St. Alphonsus was showing us that self-examinationand confession relate intimately with our preparation forthe birth of Jesus Christ.The novena itself became aform of palanca for me. It wasdecided that the novena wouldbe held after each 6:30am and8:30am Mass during the weekand after the 8:30am Mass onSaturday. On Sunday, theparishioners could pray thenovena at home. Additionally,parishioners who could notattend the weekday andSaturday Masses could praythe novena at home orwherever else they might be.To lead the novena during the week, I attended each ofthese morning Masses. Why the palanca? I am not amorning person, I am a night owl!!!! Since I don’t livearound the corner from the church, I drove through 8miles of morning rush hour traffic to get to the 6:30amMass and stay for the 8:30 Mass. There were days I was ina mental fog. Nevertheless, I was there. The benefit wasthat the novena was made even more special for mebecause I was not doing it out of ease or convenience.Happily, the parishioners who came each day to pray thenovena were devoted to the novena and were appreciativeof it being available to them.From the time I made my Cursillo in 2008, the pillars ofpiety, study and action have provided me withopportunities to be the best Cursillista I can be. The year2019 renewed my spiritual self. Now, in 2020, I lookforward to living even stronger for Christ in my FourthDay.Kathryn Andrzejczak, #774St. Bernadette ChurchPage 4January 2020

EASY TITHE First, we would like to thank all of you who are currently enrolled with Easy Tithe. Your continued support of theCursillo Movement is greatly appreciated. (If your card has changed or expired, please take a minute to go and update/) WHAT IS IT?A low cost monthly auto withdrawal from your bank account directly to the Cursillo Movement to help pay foroperating expenses of the Movement (i.e., rent, supplies, stipends and scholarships). You choose the amountyou’d like to contribute, when, and how often. WHY? A major goal of Cursillo is to allow every qualified candidate to live their weekend. The cost of the weekendshould never keep someone away. The actual cost to put a candidate through the weekend is in excess of 350 perperson. However, we strive to maintain the stipend at 150 per candidate. To accomplish this goal requiresfundraising, including our Easy Tithe program. While Cursillo weekends can be held almost anywhere, we are truly blessed to call the beautiful, holy ground thatis Mt. Claret Retreat Center, “home”. It has been home to the Cursillo for many years due to the vision of theClaretian priests who were caretakers of the Movement in Phoenix in the beginning, the devotion of Msgr.McMahon, and the love, time, and talent of many Cursillistas over the years. Support through Easy Tithe assists inensuring that Mt. Claret remains our home for future candidates and all Cursillistas. HOW?Simply go to the Easy Tithe link on the Cursillo website ( orgo directly to PRAYERFUL CONSIDERATIONA five ( 5) or ten ( 10) dollar monthly Easy Tithe donation can make a huge differencein not only a candidate’s life, but also the many Cursillistas in our Diocese. Pleaseprayerfully consider participating in Easy Tithe and enroll today.On behalf of the Cursillo Movement of Phoenix,we thank you for your prayerful consideration and support.If you have any questions, please contact Karla Keller ( Reps Needed!!!: To see if your par ish is one of those not cover ed,please go to our website. If interested, please contact the Postcursillo Chairat ( or Precursillo Chair at( a work ofheart!The VoiceUltreya! It just takes a place and some fr iends to r ejoice together in thegraces we receive as we live our piety, study, and action throughout our 4thday. Please get in touch with the Postcursillo Chair, if you are interested inhelping with or hosting an Ultreya in your area.Palanca Chair: The palanca chair is r esponsible for r equesting Gener alPalanca for Phoenix, and sending General Palanca for other Diocese’sweekends, and downloading and printing the General Palanca for ourWeekends. This can be done from your home! Please contact Three-DayChair at ( 5January 2020

Record your prayers andsacrifices for upcoming Cursilloweekends both in our Dioceseand other Dioceses either on theform below or on the website.Palanca is gathered cumulatively,recorded, and relayed in a generalpalanca letter for those weekends,both locally, in the US andInternationally. Send the form below to CursilloMovement, Mt. Claret, 4633 N 54th St, Phoenix, AZ85018 or bring the form to School of Leaders. Yourintercessory prayer, sacrifice, and works of mercy are thelevers which lift up the Movement all over the world.General PalancaSacramental MassesSpiritual CommunionHours of AdorationVisits to Blessed SacramentDaily PrayersRosariesGlory BeHail Holy QueenHail MarysOur FathersInstances of FastingHours of PrayerHours of StudyHours of ServiceLeader's PrayerChaplets of Divine MercyNovenasOfferings of Pain/DistressReconciliationOther:Other:Other:There is a prayer list on thewebsite that will be updated withyour prayer requests and 5th daynotices. On this page, you willfind a form to send in yourrequest, or send it directly will remain on the prayer list and on the 5th day listfor one month. Resubmit if you would like to have thename remain on the list.Vatican-approved prayer for the intercessionof Servant of God, Eduardo Bonnin,Founder of the Cursillo MovementAmount“Oh God, the dispenser of all graces and charisms, Yougranted your servant Eduardo Bonnín Aguilo the grace ofdedicating his whole life with humility and generosity, tothe work of the Cursillos in Christianity Movement, as hetraveled the five continents proclaiming that God inChrist loves us. Grant us through his intercession the favor that we now implore Thee. (Name favor being requested.) Also grant us the grace, of his beatification foryour greater glory and the good of your Church, thatshines throughout the lives of its saints. We beg this ofyou in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”(At the end pray the Lord’s Prayer.)PHOENIX CURSILLO DATABASEPlease help us keep the Cursillo records up to date.If you change your address, email, phones, etc., pleaseemail the updated info to!PS Info on the database is never given out or sold. Itis used only for sending Cursillo news such as the Voiceand contacting persons for Team Formation.Cursillo MovementMt. Claret Retreat Center 4633 N 54th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018(602) 840-5066Email: Website: www.phoenixcursillo.comFacebook: Phoenix Cursillo MovementThe VoicePage 6January 2020

wine that Cursillo can provide. Maybe bringing a friend to Christ by sponsoring them on Cursillo and offering your Palanca is just the spark that you need to rekindle the fire in your heart. The January Cursillo weekends are right around the corner, orientation is January 8th, and now is a great time to sponsor a friend or relative.

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