Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) Christianity is a movement that, through a method of its own tries to, and through God’s grace manages to, enable the essential realities of the Christian to come to life in the uniqueness, originality, and creativity of each person. In becoming aware of their potential and while accepting their limitations, they exercise their freedom by their conviction, strengthen their will with their decision, to propitiate friendship in virtue of their constancy in both their personal and community life.
The 3-Day Cursillo Weekend
Approximately three dozen men or women (the weekends are not co-ed) meet from Thursday evening until Sunday evening with a team of two priests (or one priest and a deacon or a nun) and from fifteen to thirty laypeople. Fifteen talks are given, ten by laypersons and five by the spiritual directors. The talks lead to lively discussions in small groups.
The three days are interspersed with music, sharing, laughter, prayer, reflection, and silence as you discover what it means to say, “We are the body of Christ.” Mass is celebrated each day (except Thursday) as well as morning and evening prayers.
There is nothing dull about a Cursillo weekend. It is a joyous workshop in the fundamentals of our beautiful Catholic faith where everyone learns by experiencing a living community. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ.
It is difficult to explain what the Cursillo does for a person, or what happens over a weekend. Since each person comes to the Cursillo from a different place in time and a different relationship with God, it is understandable that each will respond differently to the material presented and the experience of community living in a Christian atmosphere.
For some, it is a total turnabout in their lives; for others, it is a grand awakening; for yet others, it is an enrichment of what they have already known and have been living.
We do not promise anything or judge anyone – we simply offer the program and rely on the grace of God and the openness of the individual to produce its benefits.
“What is Expected of Me?”
There is no specific response expected of you. Just be open to what happens. Simply take a fresh look at what the Church has always taught—Good News—the miraculous and joyous discovery of Christ’s endless love.
You are not expected to know or do more, just reflect on being more! There are no tricks or hidden mysteries only revealed to the initiated. If there are any surprises, that is only because the Christian life is full of surprises.
Our Parish contact for the Cursillo movement is Jim Fortin. He can be reached at 603-953-3843, or by email at [email protected]. You may also visit http://www.nhcursillo.org for more information.