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“All movements begin with a halo of mysticism (charisma). Then they need an organization; in the end, the organization ends up swallowing up the mysticism.”
Calling All Cursillistas!
More than two hundred Cursillistas crowded into the Annual Cursillo Dinner Auction on November 16th. 1950’s music filled the air reminiscent of the “Happy Days” long past. Many attendees danced during the waning moments of this well-themed “Sock-Hop” celebration. Tables were moved to create a larger dance floor as couples smiled their way through dance routines. Joyful words streamed from my Cursillista brothers and sisters, “this was the best auction ever” and “I can’t wait to attend next year!” The auction was a colossal smash eclipsing many expectations!
Gracias goes out to George, Laurie, Dan and the entire Auction Committee! Ardent thanks to our “Fund a Candidate Sponsors” and to each Cursillista bidding for baskets & silent auction items!
Gary Gordon, Lay Director
The Deacon’s Beacon
We have just successfully completed our first pair of weekends at Divine Word Retreat Center in Riverside. All who worked the weekends plus those who visited the Divine Word were favorably impressed with our new home. There are a number of things that I personally like about our new site. First we have so much extra space for the Cursillo weekend. This includes a great deal of storage space. Second we have three chapels and can have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a dedicated chapel we call “The Marywood Chapel” which includes our special altar from the old Marywood Field Chapel. Unlike Marywood where there were many other activities, at Divine Word we are isolated from other groups and noise. The views at Divine Word are as spectacular as they were at Marywood although we don’t hear the Disneyland fireworks at night. We have moved many of the items that have been so special to Cursillistas over the years so it feels like home here. We have installed many of the Cursillo-purchased kitchen items from Marywood in order to upgrade the kitchen at Divine Word. With the exception of the traffic on the 91 Freeway, this site is superior in many ways to Marywood. I hope all in our Cursillo community will take the time to visit Divine Word at an upcoming Cursillo weekend especially by attending a Clausura. Pope Francis said recently “Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God… a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but to be shared”. Come to Divine Word and share that joy with all of us.
Click here for Farewell To Marywood -- a poem by Gary Murray