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Lay Director – September 2017

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My Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas,

This will be my last article in the Evangelizer as my term comes to an end at the Secretariat meeting on Sept 26.  It has been a true blessing for me to have been of service to you and our Lord as we progress on our “Cursillo Journeys” in His wonderful church using the methods of Cursillo.

There is much work yet to be completed; however, I am very confident that your Secretariat and School of Leaders will be working hard to spread our message and to keep our many friends active on their journeys. Cursillo is in need of many workers; so please consider joining the teams, attend the School of Leaders and attend the secretariat meetings.

I thank each of you for all your support over the past three years and know you will support your new Lay Director, Bob McCormack.

Nick Lang (618-213-6391)

Lay Director – June 2017

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Dear Cursillistas,

With all the crops showing their heads in our farm fields, one’s mind is led to think about a great harvest in the fall. Our spirituality also leads our hearts and minds to remember the great harvest our Lord is expecting from us Catholics and especially his Cursillistas. The harvest is great but the workers are few.

Now is the time for you to MAKE A FRIEND, BE A FRIEND, AND BRING YOUR FRIEND TO CHRIST. So, so many times our Lord and our beloved Popes have said “Be Not Afraid.” Step up to the plate and be a sponsor for your dear friends and family members. If asked to be on the Cursillo Weekend as a team member, say yes to all the work and palanca that is required. Work for the Lord so that He may have a great harvest. You will be bringing Him the fruit He desires.

We also have many jobs to be filled on the working side of the Cursillo management team. Your talents and skills are really needed at this time. Please attend the School of Leaders and the Secretariat meetings to learn where you could fit in. Usually these positions take less than 2 -3 hours a month. We are also in need of representatives for each parish.

May God bless you with a great spring and summer,

Nick Lang (618-213-6391)

Lay Director – March 2017

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Dear Brother & Sister Cursillistas,

I am proud to inform you that the Women’s and Men’s Cursillo Weekends have been completed and that Sharon Gugliotta and Steve Schaefer did a marvelous job for you all. We have 12 new women and 9 new men in our 4th day community. Their teams did outstanding jobs in all respects.

The Secretariat’s efforts to reorganize Cursillo within the diocese continues, but sorrowfully with little progress. We need volunteers from each parish to step forth and be your parish’s representative – please contact me at 618-213-6391.

May your Lenten journey bring you into a closer walk with our risen Lord, Jesus.

God Bless, Nick Lang

Lay Director – December 2016

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Dear Sister and Brother Cursillistas,

The fall harvest is being gathered into the barns and silos. How are we doing as far as our harvest for the Lord? So far we have two women and one man candidate for the 2017 weekends. Christ is counting on you – His hands, feet and voice in your parishes and social environments. Let’s get out there and make a new friend, be a true friend, and bring this friend into the loving arms of our Lord.

Your Secretariat is in need of volunteers to help with our reorganization efforts. We need people willing to be parish representatives in all parishes of the diocese. These people would be posting Cursillo info into their parish bulletins and stocking the parish information racks with pamphlets, updating our mailing list of known Cursillistas in their parish or area, and other work as necessary to broadly advertise Cursillo.

Having recently spent a day in full “Thanksgiving” to our God of Love, let us remember all those less fortunate then us, those without families, those serving us who cannot be with their families and those who are too sick to participate in this celebration.

May your Advent days be a complete blessing to you and all your loved ones.

Nick Lang

Lay Director – September 2016

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Dear Brother and Sister Cursillistas,

Your Secretariat has been hard at work for the well-being of Cursillo within our diocese.

At our last meeting, with input from the School of Leaders, we elected Laura Veach to be the Chairperson of the Precursillo Committee as of the close of our meeting in September.

We sincerely THANK Margie Reaka for her long dedicated service.

Assistant Rector and Rectoras were selected for the 2017 Weekends. Margie Reaka will be the assistant for the Women’s team; while Garry Range will be the same for the Men’s Weekend. Further, the 2017 teams have received all of the necessary materials to begin their preparation for two great weekends.

We received a great report on the Spring Encounter of Region IV in Louisville, KY from Linda Bagsby. Most interesting is that there will be a “Cursillo de Cursillo” conducted in a nearby location within a year. This three day weekend is for us older Cursillistas to reignite our flame of love for our Lord.

Another big task is the reorganization of Cursillo within our diocese. We need to have parish representatives willing to work with the Secretariat to advertise our presence, to purify and complete our records, and to reawaken many Cursillistas whom we have not seen in many years. If you are willing to help in this effort, please contact me at 213-6391 or nplang415@gmail.com.

May God richly bless you in works for His kingdom,

Nick Lang

Lay Director – June 2016

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Dear Cursillistas,

The news from your Secretariat from the recent past is that we are attempting to reorganize this management arm of Cursillo, looking toward the future and what our “younger’ members will need to keep them growing toward a closer walk with our Beloved Lord Jesus for years to come. The primary goal is to be of one mind and heart serving our foundational charism which is “The Lord our God is Lord alone and we shall love the Lord Our God with all our hearts and all our soul and that we shall love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”.

The Belleville Cursillo, for many reasons, has grown to have two central areas of concentration, the Metro East and the Western vicariates.  We need to reestablish Cursillo to be strong in all five of the vicariates of the diocese. To this end, we need parish representatives from all the parishes throughout the dioceses, someone or a group, willing to do the working of placing news articles in their parish bulletins and postings on the parish bulletin boards. If you are willing, please call me at 213-6391 or e-mail me at nplang415@gmail.com .

Our website is doing very well averaging 30,000 hits per month with 500+ detailed reviews. Also, our new Facebook Group (Belleville Cursillo) now has more than 90 individuals signed up.

I invite any of you to give me your ideas on how we can better advertise and more efficiently make ourselves known within the body of Christ in Southern Illinois.

De Colores,

Nick Lang

Lay Director – March 2016

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Happy Easter to you all. I sincerely prayed that each of you experienced a truly wonderful Lenten season and celebrated a Blessed Resurrection of our beloved Lord Jesus.

The two Cursillo Weekends have given us 33 new Cursillistas for the Lord to plant where He will and watch over them as they become the fruitful plants He desires. Thanks to all the team members, the staff at the Ruma Center Motherhouse, and especially to the 4th day Palanca army. Please continue to pray for dear, brave Susan Gass as she undergoes treatment for her back.

At this time our thoughts turn toward correcting anything necessary to improve our 3-day materials and prepare for our next round of weekends. If you have any constructive comments to aid in this process, please send them to me at nplang415@gmail.com.

Our primary task as Cursillistas is to “Make a Friend – Be a Friend – and Bring that Friend to Christ.” Sponsoring someone for a Cursillo weekend is a true commitment to Christ in that you must prepare them for the Cursillo and support your candidate as they enter the 4th day community by finding them a group and introducing them to the Ultreya.

Our God of Love continues to call us to Himself through the great feast of His Divine Mercy on    April 3rd followed by His outpouring of the Holy Spirit on May 15th. May all His blessings empower you as you go forth to work in His vineyards. As Jesus said, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

God Bless, Nick Lang

Lay Director – December 2015

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Dear Brother and Sister Cursillistas,

This month our dear mother church doubly blesses us with the season of Advent and the Holy Year of Mercy. Advent – to prepare us for remembering the coming of our Beloved Lord Jesus, and Mercy, – to give us a pathway to examine how our lives can be more productive for Christ as well as a motive to examine our relationship with all we encounter and interrelate.

So, what gift can you prepare for the infant Jesus during Advent? Perhaps you could contact those people you have sponsored on a Cursillo weekend and determine how to help them on the journey, if they need help. Are these friends grouping, attending Ultreyas and School of Leaders? How about your, are you grouping, attending Ultreyas and School of Leaders as often as possible? Are you making friends, being a friend, and bringing these friends to Christ?

During this year of Mercy perhaps we could begin with a review of the subject and make it our year-long effort toward piety, study, and evangelization.

Corporal Works of Mercy are those that tend to bodily needs of others. See Matthew 25:34-40. The last work of mercy, burying the dead, comes from the Book of Tobit.[3][4]

  1. To feed the hungry.
  2. To give drink to the thirsty.
  3. To clothe the naked.
  4. To shelter the homeless.
  5. To visit the sick.
  6. To visit the imprisoned.
  7. To bury the dead.

Just as the Corporal Works of Mercy are directed towards relieving corporeal suffering, the even more important aim of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to relieve spiritual suffering.

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish sinners.
  4. To bear wrongs patiently.
  5. To forgive offences willingly.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead.

May Our God of Love be with you throughout this holy season,     Nick Lang

Lay Director – September 2015

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Dear Brother and Sister Cursillistas;

I have spent a good amount of time praying over and wondering what to write to you about concerning our lives of “Christ Counting on each of us.” Needless to say, considering that we currently have one man and one woman as candidates for our upcoming weekends, the idea of evangelization comes to mind most frequently.

We’ve all enjoyed a wonderful vacation this summer, and the weather hasn’t been so bad. Now is “Harvest Time,” the time to turn around and get busy working to harvest souls for our God of Love. Have you made some new friends, gotten some new neighbors, or parishioners? How about those who have journeyed through the RCIA, and most importantly do these friends know that you have made a Cursillo? Pick up the pace of your new friendships and bring these friends to Christ through the Cursillo.

I recently listened to a Lighthouse CD titled “Evangelizing Catholics” by Dr. Scott Hahn. It is so interesting that evangelization has been the theme of every Pope since Vatican II. Two years ago the Church was to have been dedicated to a “New Evangelization” but I, for one, failed to see much action from this effort. Perhaps that is the fault of we lay people. We can’t sit around waiting for our priests and bishops to lead us by the hand. Remember go forth and – Be a Friend – Make a Friend and Bring that Friend to Christ.

Our Cursillos are for our Catholic brothers and sister. However, we should also have an ecumenical spirit to our friends of other faiths and guide them to programs of renewal, if these are available, or at least guide them through the process of conversion in their lives to bring them closer to the love which Christ has for each of them and us. One never knows when they are talking to one of our next converts.

Ultreya (Onward), Nick Lang

 

Lay Director – June 2015

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From Nick Lang:

De Colores, Dear Cursillistas:

Our Loving God has brought our world back to life in this springtime of beauty and color. May your hearts be filled with this radically amazing event of His creation. I recently read that God didn’t have to give us color. Oh, what a blessing it is to us that He did so.

With all the new growth taking place, my soul longs for new growth in our Cursillo movement. I hope and pray that each of you is busy planning for new candidates for the 2016 weekends. Have your groups pray with you for the friend you desire to bring to Cursillo.

I think we should spend some time reading our Leaders Manual (chapter 9 and specifically pages 93 – 96) to gain a better understanding of the sponsorship process and the responsibilities involved. There is also a small booklet available from Linda Bagsby (618-960-1023) on sponsoring.

So often we think we are finished once an application is turned in to the pre-cursillo chairperson. This is just the last step in the preparation phase. After the candidate has made his/her weekend we have many responsibilities to see that they are properly introduced to life in their Fourth Day. Get your friends into a friendship group and attending Ultreyas and the School of Leaders. Stay abreast of their growth and involvement with Cursillistas. Your friendship does not end at the closing of their weekend.

The application and dates of the weekends are available on our website, www.BellevilleCursillo.org.

God Bless you all, Nick