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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.


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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From Our Lay Director,  

Happy Easter!!  He Is Risen!! We pray that your Lenten journey was fruitful. Dying to self in order to rise with Christ this Easter. 

Jesus knew very well about dying to himself. How many times in scripture do we read about Jesus doing his Fathers will, not his own. I think about this lent and the giving up that I did. No, I didn’t give up stuff this year. I gave up my time to help others, especially when I was too busy. I gave up or offered my gifts, my talents to those who needed help, mostly in small ways. And I gave some of my treasure to those that needed it more. And I found that doing these things brought me joy. Not happiness, joy. There is a difference. Even when life throws a lot of muck your way you can still be joyful. Joy comes from knowing that God has all of life in His hands. The good, the bad and the ugly. And you come to know that even with sorrow and pain, there is a rainbow of love at the other end. You come to realize that all of this life's a journey. From the beginning to the end and all the highs and lows in between. Your life, my life is a dash, like on a headstone 1958 - 2075.What we do with our dash is what we will be judged for at the end of time.  When you go through the rough and hard times in life, as many of you know, it is the reliance on God that gets you through. Jesus had to die in order to rise from the grave. He had to die so that the Father could send us the Holy Spirit, The Advocate. Jesus knew that we would need help! I certainly can't do it on my own. But with God’s help I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Life is so much easier if I would get out of God’s way and let Him show me what I need to do, and listen to what He tells me. But I want to be able to control some of my life! 🙂 And we all know where that leads us. I can’t help but think; where does all of this lead me?   

I think it comes back to the stool. Piety, study and action. After all, isn’t lent meant to help bring us closer to Christ? How have I been doing this? First putting myself quietly before God and trying to listen to His still, quiet voice. Second, picking up the bible and reading His love letter to me. Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. And as I read trying to pick up on what God wants me to hear. And then third, going out and cheerfully sharing God with others. Nobody likes a grumpy Christian!!  For me , it has been a different lent this year, for a variety of reasons. As I finish lent while writing this, I look forward to the beautiful Easter Sunday! And all that it will bring. Celebrating the Lord rising from the grave and offering us new life! Let us run joyfully Jesus is King! Let us give Him our expectations and see what He does with them. May God bless you abundantly and grant you His peace!  May your lives overflow with His joy! And may your stool be solid to hold you in all of your endeavors!

Decolores! Ultreya! 

Your sister and brother in Christ, 

John Lyons,  Kathy Otermat

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