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Happy New Year!


That phrase takes on new meaning for me with the challenges of 2020. I'm ready to look back on 2020, instead of living in it. However, I have learned much from 2020 because I had time to learn yet again that:


1. God loves me. From John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." I reminded myself often that God is still in control, continues to love me, doesn't want me to live in fear. I want to continue to live in love, not fear.

2. God has a plan for me. From Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This, of course, is not a guarantee of a life without hardship. We are not in heaven yet. But there is hope. And a future. Even when I cannot imagine what that future could be because my life has changed from what it was.

3. Placing my trust in God is the way to peace. From Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Whenever I tried to lean on my own understanding this past year, I did not live in peace. When I trust in God, I can let go of my worries for what is not mine to control. Which is pretty much everything.


I'm looking forward to seeing you and hugging you before too long. I am now even more grateful for this movement, for all of you God-loving people who know well how to love and serve God and our fellow pilgrims on this earthly journey.


God bless you! Your Brother and Sister in Christ,

John Lyons Kathy Otermat

lyons5876@gmail.com kotermat04@gmail.com


From our Spiritual Advisors


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are in the process of beginning to tell the story again of Jesus Christ, having come to earth to be with us as part of God’s plan of saving the world. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you all are experiencing more and more and more grace and sense of presence with Jesus our Savior.


I’d like to start to try to put this together from the beginning of time up to our own generation. We have the Old Testament which is a written record of God’s interplay with us humans. The Old Testament has lots of references to nature: beautiful farmland, fruitful vines, mountains, streams, paths, etc. It also includes tough stuff like hurricanes, floods, pestilence. We also have the story of the human condition from the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin and the challenge of getting along with all kinds of other human beings who want to run the world. God sent prophets to teach us humans to trust Him and to try to make it all work together. Aren’t we just finishing a year with multiple challenges, both in nature (e.g. Covid-19) and our politics resulting from the human inability to get along with others??


In our own generation we have a situation of our faith ancestors (Jews) still struggling to live in peace, especially those living in Israel, the Holy Land of Jesus’ birth. And all over the world, current day Jews are still struggling with things like the Holocaust and all kinds of anti-Semitism. We have the gift of Jesus, Son of God, coming to earth to share our human condition to help human beings live in peace. We are 2,020 years old and still uncovering the power God wants to give us. In our faith we understand that we are sisters and brothers to Jesus with God the Creator as our Father and Mary as also our mother. We have the opportunity to invite all we meet to share that peace as we: “Make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ.”


Cursillo helps us understand more and more what God is giving us and wants to use in us to bring the world to peace. Our sharing of our stories of faith in Grouping, Ultreyas, School of Leaders, team formation and parties are all tools to get to know Jesus better, ourselves better and God better. Cursillo is one of the best gifts we have to help us do this. Upcoming Cursillo Weekends Men’s September 16-19, 2021 Women’s October 14-17, 2021


I’d like to end with a beautiful challenge to each of us to develop a PERSONAL PLAN to live as Jesus wants us to for the coming year so that the peace, He brings may become more evident in our lives, our homes and our world. As we personalize more deeply our faith and share it with one another we can become sparkling, fantastic, inspiring tools for our world to be much better off at Christmas time 2021! We just need to witness very confidently our precious faith and help one another grow more deeply and closer and closer together. SO: let’s each of us think faithfully, reverently, powerfully about how our faith can help ourselves, …. help our families, …. help our friends, …. help our coworkers, …. help our neighbors, …. even help our politics and those who come off as our enemies! Gonna be a challenge of course; but it will truly bring a more wonderful life!


De Colores,

Fr. Skip

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From our Spiritual Advisors:


My beloved sisters and brothers in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our loving Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

Greetings to you all in this precious Advent and Christmas Season.

Although on the surface things look pretty much the same yesterday as they do today, yet it is a new year, liturgy wise. A fresh opportunity to prepare for Jesus’s coming on his Birthday at Christmas, at the Second coming and in the myriad different ways he comes to us each and every day.

Because of our Cursillo experience, we know how to look for Jesus in one another. Perhaps we need a refresher and so Advent offers us that time and place to practice.

I uncovered a Christmas Card that I received last year from Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic Team that I’d like to share with you all. It captures my own sentiments, but they have a much better wording.

Life is messy!

Every day, in large ways and small, we have to decide if we are going to avoid the mess

Or

Immerse ourselves in the mess and do something about it.

This Christmas

Let’s be honest…things are a mess!

What makes Christmas brilliant and humbling, comforting and hopeful is

Jesus

The Son of God, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the God-man of endless

Love and infinite grace - chose to put himself in the middle of our mess.

Every year, and every day. He doesn’t have to, but he chose to, in order to prove the

Father’s love for us.

(Dynamic Catholic Team)

So even though we recognize the messiness of life during this pandemic, we can count of Jesus to be there with us, side by side.

“COVID Cancelled” has drastically changed a lot of our regular routines, meetings, conferences, and the like, even our church services. We can almost identify with the C and E people (Christmas and Easter). Hopefully, we will be back to Eucharist and the Sacraments. But I think we have a lot of work ahead of us to bring back those who have been away for ten months. We must show the way and invite them, (especially family). A positive way to do that is by becoming E and C Catholics…Eucharist and Confession, so we have the spiritual strength and courage to evangelize.

My prayer is that we Cursillistas may embody the Incarnation so well that we will attract people back to Jesus, to their faith and prayer life. May we continue to His instruments throughout the New Year. You are all in my prayers, thoughts, Masses throughout the whole Christmas Season.

Fr Jim

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CURSILLO!  Pronounced (kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word for "short course" (in Christianity).

The weekend begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday. During these three days those attending live and work together, listening to talks given by clergy, sisters, brothers, and people like yourself who make faith come alive in fresh ways. We also pray, attend mass, and share the Eucharist.

Please be advised the old website toledocursillo.org is no longer affiliated with the Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Toledo.

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