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Welcome to our Lay and Spiritual Directors website blog for the Diocese of Toledo Cursillo Movement!

A Message from the Lay and Spiritual Advisors of the Toledo Cursillo Movement.


From Our Lay Director,

What a glorious time it is in May! Outside, there are more sunny days, our gardens are or will soon be planted, farming machinery is on the road. May is such a month of promise.

Where are our minds directed? Toward the promise of eternal life? If so, how are we spending our time and talent and resources?

We had such beautiful Cursillo weekends this Spring. The witnesses and joyful faces of our newest Cursillistas certainly helped to reinforce my desire to better live my life for Christ, and to bring others to desire that even more for themselves than they do already.

This is the time to “Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ”. It seems as if when the weather gets better, we get together with friends more often. As we understand and embrace the gift of ourselves as beloved children of God, we draw others to us, giving us the opportunity to share our love of Jesus with them.

I grew up in a home where both my parents were very devoted to God and to their roles as members of the Catholic Church. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, although with 5 kids, her younger sister with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my father with his very busy life to care for, she did not have a very quiet life. BUT she was a very peaceful, loving person even with the challenges of her daily life, and others were drawn to her by the essence of who she was. She was quick to say, from 1 Peter 4:8b, “Love covers over a multitude of sins.” I didn’t understand that as a child, but now I realize that she knew well that we are all struggling, that Earth is not Heaven, that we are not perfect, but love conquers all. She lived well the verse from 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Happy Heavenly Mother’s Day, Mom!


Kathy Otermat

John Lyons

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Our Spiritual Advisor Article

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, our Lord and risen Savior.

May Jesus be praised for all the good things He has done for us. May we return the favor by offering our own lives in His service.

As Easter Season continues to unfold we move into the month of May, the Month of Mary, the Mother of our Savior and our Mother too. For some, this is the merry month of May. For us it is the “MARY” month of May. There are three Marian feast days: May 13th Our Lady of Fatima; May 20th, feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of the Church; and May 31st, the Feast of the Visitation. Many of our parishes begin the month of May with tribute to Mary by a Crowning Service giving honor to her as our Queen Mother of heaven and earth.

It is a good and wise thing to renew our own consecration to Mary again asking her protection, intercession and guidance on our journey through life. I encourage you to seek her intercession through the Rosary and Litanies and other Marian prayers. This month also would be a good opportunity to visit the Marian Shrines in our Diocese, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine southeast of Bellevue on Rt 269. Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Carey and our own Cathedral, Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary on Collingwood Ave. in Toledo. Make it a Marian Pilgrimage with families, friends, group reunions, maybe even a designation for an Ultreya.

The Month of May is also the occasion for the celebration of First Holy Communion for our children. I remember my First Communion (sort of) on May 4, 1952. I was six years old then and really didn’t have a clue of what Eucharist really was. But Jesus knew and has allowed me to grow into a deeper understanding and relationship with Him. I find this month as an opportunity reflect on this wonderful mysterious gift. There is always more to discover, to appreciate and to love because I am in relationship with the Person of Jesus, His true Presence, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

The Eucharistic Revival that we are in will culminate this summer in Indianapolis, Indiana with the great Eucharistic Congress. I believe reservations are still open. But if you are not able to attend in person, I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities on the local level to participate. Make plans now to meet in your groups and/or Ultreyas to be a part of this awesome occasion.

Another major part of the Easter Season is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus to the right hand of the heavenly Father. And the Season culminates in the great Feast of Pentecost.

My friends on the Board of the Ministry to Catholic Charismatic Renewal are planning a special Service on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at Epiphany Parish/ St Thomas Aquinas site on White St in East Toledo. You all are cordially invited to pray with us for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our families, parishes, Church and world.

You all are a true blessing in my life. I pray that you will continue to BE a blessing for each other and for everyone you meet.


Fr Jim Brown

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From Our Spiritual Advisor              

Dear Brother and Sister Cursillistas We’ve just finished the tremendously spiritual season of Lent and its preparation for the experience of Holy Week and Easter.  There were a lot of gatherings to pull us together to grow in faith and in the friendship of one another.  That builds our personal sense of our faith merits and demonstrates how that builds community and a sense of belonging. 

Now we have another kind of experience to share when we’re often pretty much more alone and have time to relax and remember some of the good times we just shared, to let those affect us in our lives more deeply!  All of this is the human way of life with its business and quietness intermixing so we can stay alive and have fun. 

My thought for this month’s ARK is that we can share with some family and friends. A couple of thoughts that inspire us to share with others, - the faith gifts we experienced, - be good and fun instruments in the hands of The Savior Jesus  to give the world.  We each have a way to experience friendship in gentle timing and most likely some “surprising” thoughts!  TAKE THE TIME TO PONDER EACH QUESTION.

Here are some QUESTIONS TO PONDER so we can share:  

What Is Your Favorite Part Of Spring? 

 What Is The Last Thing That Made You Smile?   


Favorite Springtime Sport? 

What If You Had An Extra Hour In Every Day, How Would You Spend It?       

What Do You Value Most In  A Friendship?

Got ya all in prayer as we experience this fun time at the same time!!! 

I might be on a beach with a beverage in my hands when you read this,               

Fr. Skip

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