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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

 

 

Lay Director – March 2015

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From Nick Lang:

De Colores to you Cursillistas!

It has been a long time since I’ve had the privilege to write an article for the “Evangelizer”. Last October I responded to Father Gary’s request to consider being Lay Director for Cursillo in our diocese. I held this honorable position from 1996 to 1999 and understood the amount of work it involves. After numerous prayers and discussions, I accepted the offer and was voted into office in November. I sincerely appreciate all the hard work that Pat Cates devoted to the office even as she battled some serious cancer and its treatment.

So here we are living through another precious Lenten Season. I pray that each of you has chosen your personal sacrifices. May I kindly request that you offer all of these as Palanca for our new Cursillistas as they begin their Cursillo journeys and for the Secretariat leaders. May your Lenten journey bring you to the full grace of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Morning.

For those of you starting your Cursillo journey, we sincerely and prayerfully welcome you to our community. I pray that you will find friendship groups soon and participate in the Ultreya nearest your home. Contact me or any of the secretariat officers if you require help getting started. We hope your recent experiences with Christ and the Holy Spirit throughout the weekend will enrich your spiritual life throughout your life.

To the rest of the fourth day community, I ask your help in examining where we are and what we must do to grow our community. Feel free to call or e-mail me with any suggestions.

God Bless, Nick

 

Lay Director – December 2014

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From Pat Cates:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This is my last article as Lay Director and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the support and pray-ers over the last three years.

We are very blessed that the Holy Spirit has guided Nick Lang to accept the position as Lay Director. Please thank him and welcome him, most of all let us all keep him in our prayers.