Diocese Roman Catholic Cursillo
Volume No. 1
Issue No. 2
From Spiritual Director Fr. Gaalaas
Word From Our Lay Director
to our new Cursillistas from Cursillo 32!
Fr. Patrick Gaalaas
No doubt about it, the recent scandals have made the work of
Evangelization more difficult – and, at the same time, they have made
it more necessary than ever. How
to accomplish this always-important (because God-given) task in the face
of this present challenge? It
will surely require both extra faith and extra holiness.
Faith and holiness are graces from God and not our own doing.
But we can pray for these gifts and open ourselves to receive
them. Along that line, let
me suggest two items for our Formation and two items for our Holiness.
If you are looking for some solid spiritual reading, I suggest two
recent publications by Pope John Paul II.
The first is his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, Rosarium
Virginis Mariae. The title
is in Latin, but the text I have is in English.
You can download it by going to www.nccbuscc.org
and clicking on “statements.” At
that same address, and under that same heading, you will also find the
Pope’s recent Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
In his letter on the Rosary, the Pope offers us a very deep, but very
readable, meditation on the meaning of this traditional Catholic
devotion. He proclaims this
to be “The Year of the Rosary” and gives the Church five new
mysteries to contemplate. He
calls them the Luminous Mysteries.
His encyclical on the Eucharist is fairly brief and very deep.
Its final section on Mary as the Woman of the Eucharist is
especially rich. Important
also are the paragraphs that promote Eucharistic Adoration.
Both of these documents are great Formation for cursillistas.
And what these documents recommend – and help us understand in greater
depth – are two wonderful practices of Holiness: the recitation
of the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration. Do yourselves and the
world a favor. Pray the Rosary in a deeper way, and spend some
quality time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Kevin Sartorius will serve as coordinator
of the men’s weekend
which will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church in McAlester, Sept. 25-28. You may contact Kevin at 2516 Ithica St., Broken
Arrow, OK 74012. Kevin’s
home phone is (918) 630-9891. Email:
The women’s weekend coordinator is Martha
Peters. The women’s
weekend is scheduled for Nov. 6-9 at Our Lady of Sorrows Convent in
Broken Arrow. Applications
may be mailed to Martha at 2003 Tanglewood, Muskogee, OK 74403.
Home phone: (918) 683-0465 Email:
Applications are available on the website
Thanks for your prayers and the palanca offered for the
success and safety of all attending the 13th National Cursillo Encounter
in Cinncinnati, OH at Xavier University, July 17-20th.
Our diocese had 6 attendees: Gail Hobbs, Mary Sadler,
Kevin Sartorius, Larry Rubalcaba, Fr. Paul Amalari
and Steve Krause. There were 650 attendees representing most all
dioceses in United States, with 50% English, 40% Spanish and the rest,
Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Portuguese. It was a true representation
of the universal church ... the Body of Christ. The Mass celebrations were
quite an experience with 39 priests and deacons, two bishops with multiple
languages used for prayers, readings, homilies and songs. Fortunately they
provided multiple translations via headsets. (It reminded me of the United
The theme of the Encounter was "Being Christian.”
There were 10 talks given that uncovered the original inspired charisms,
thoughts and thinking of the founders of Cursillo. The topics were:
Person, Freedom, Love, Friendship, Conviction, Sincerity, Criterion, Life,
Normality, Joy. These original topics transformed into the meditations,
rollos and methods for Cursillo about Being Christian and living what is
fundamental for a Christian and transforming environments.
We were able to record the 10 talks plus the opening
keynote address by our new National Episcopal Advisor, Bishop James A.
Tamayo (from the diocese of Larado, TX) and Wrap up talk by Victor Lugo
our National English Coordinator. We will be sharing the topics and
concepts of the Encounter through our Ultreyas, School of Servant-Leaders,
newsletters, emails, team meetings and conversations. We want to share the
wealth of information, insight and inspired teachings with all of you.
Being around Cursillistas for 3 days is a wonderful
experience. The sharing of experiences of our individual diocese helps us
learn from each other. I feel certain that our Movement in the Diocese of
Tulsa is moving in the right direction.
Christ is Counting on us ... and us on Him!
St. Benedict Group
from an article that originally appeared in the National Catholic REGISTER
for March 9-15, 2003 by Joseph Pronechen)
38-year-old Scott Moyer, conversion doesn’t mean switching religions.
It means drawing closer to Christ.
cradle Catholic, Moyer says that, after he got involved with his San
Francisco parish’s young-adult community, he stepped beyond his
childhood faith to ask questions about how
to put his faith in motion, such as, “What does it mean to work
in the world?”
also decided to observe Lent more closely so that he could experience
Easter more fully. “I wanted to challenge myself in all aspects of my
faith,” he recalls.
a Dominican conference, he says, he realized what it means to be “called
to participate in Christ’s work.”
Examining his conscience, he saw that he had been living his faith
from a self-centered set of expectations.
Now he was being converted---again.
[realization] struck a chord in me,” he says.
“”We do the work with Christ and we do bring Christ into the
world, whether we know it or not---whether in positive or negative ways,
from the people we encounter every day to the life choices we make.”
in Rome recently, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger put it concisely:
“Conversion never ends.”
catechism tells us that baptism is the occasion of our “first
conversion.” But, it goes on to say, “Christ’s call to conversion
continues to resound in the lives of Christians. This second conversion
is an uninterrupted task for the whole
Church” (no. 1428).
first full week of Lent is a fitting time to consider this teaching and
ask: What is conversion, anyway? And
what do I need to do to undergo it?
with those questions, Dominican Father Michael Sweeny, director of the
Catherine of Sienna Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., points to
Jesus’ instruction to “repent and believe the good news.”
well that things couldn’t be the other way around, Father Sweeney says.
“Our Lord doesn’t say , ‘Believe the good news and
repent.’” First repentance calls for us to turn away from all that
would keep us from God; then
the good news---the Gospel---calls for us to turn to everything that is of
God. “Jesus put two tasks
in front of us,” adds
Father Sweeney, “Sometimes
as a Catholic people we tend to forget the second.”
the first moment of conversion, when we repent and turn toward Christ,
we need to put on Christ, as St. Paul puts it (Romans 13:14).
conversion is very much incomplete,” says Father Sweeney, “if we’re
just concerned about sin in our life.”
Catholics are aware of the need to do penance and struggle against sin,
especially during Lent, says Father Sweeney--- “but the second part,
putting on Christ and therefore doing his work, often gets overlooked.
To be truly converted is to enjoy the same relationship with the
Father as Jesus does.”
St. John the Evangelist says: [A]s
he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). “We’re putting in
Christ,” adds Father Sweeney. “We’re living his life; we’re taking
up his mission and living it.”