Happy Thanksgiving, Holy Advent, and Merry Christmas! This is a
happy time of year as we count our blessings and remember the
greatest blessing of all — the Father’s only-begotten Son
Who came to be our Savior. It is a family time of year, as
families gather from far and near to celebrate the
holi(holy)days, often around dinner tables. I am reminded that
we are all a family, too, because of Jesus. As we draw close to
the end of the Jubilee Year 2000, we prepare to celebrate once
again His human birth in Bethlehem. I read something not too
long ago that I want to pass along to you. It addresses “the
discrepancy between authentic Christian living and the
contemporary situation in which the moral behavior and attitudes
of baptized Catholics seem almost indistinguishable from that of
the overall population.” The thought is this: Besides the
birth of Christ 2000 years ago, there is what can be called His
“mystical nativity.” This mystical nativity occurs “ ‘as
often as anyone is becoming a Christian,’ and no one is ever
finished becoming a Christian.” May Christ continue being born
in us, so that the whole world can rejoice to see its Savior,
and give Him thanks!
Yours in Christ our Lord,
Please Offer Your Prayers &
April 19-22, 2001
St. John’s Church
April 26-29, 2001
St. John’s Church
NOTE: Closuras are at 3:30 p.m. Sunday but will not
include Mass. Please attend Mass before coming.
from Diane Davis
Director for the Cursillo Movement
It's hard to believe that 3 years have gone by since Dan and
I agreed to Co-lead the Cursillo Movement for the Tulsa Diocese.
Dan served our community well in a selfless, Christ-centered
spirit of generosity and love. He has a strong commitment to
bring the spirit of Christ to all he encountered, through his
leadership in the Secretariat, School of Leaders, Group Reunions
and Ultreya. Our movement was in a bit of a slump when Dan came
onboard and through his enthusiasm and prayerful support and
encouragement, (not to mention his positive and energetic
attitude), he helped put new life and renewed spirit into our
movement. I'm sad to see him step down but happy to know he will
still be very involved and remain active in the movement.Thank
you, Dan, for your gift of service, love and support to me and
to all of our fellow cursillistas! God bless you, Julianne and
your family!I would also like to welcome Steve Krause, as our
new Co-Lay Director, taking over for Dan, after the first of the
year. Steve brings a fresh new spirit of enthusiasm and grace as
he takes on as his mission, the post-Cursillo segment for our
movement. I look forward to serving as Co-Lay Director, with
Steve during this next year, and thank him for answering the
call to serve in this capacity. Thank you, Steve!
It is prayer, sacrifice/palanca, group reunion and Ultreya that
sustains and supports all of us in fulfilling the true mission
of serving Christ and His Church through the Cursillo movement.
I ask for your continued prayers for Steve, myself, Fr. Gaalaas
and all of us in the Cursillo movement so that we may better
serve Him, in all that we do, for His greater glory.
May the spirit of Christ bless you and your families during this
Holy Season and fill your hearts with Peace and Love, as you
experience the true meaning of this Christmas season, the birth
of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Your Sister in Christ,
Cursillo #34, Harrah, OK.
Welcome Cursillistas of Cursillo
Mary Kaye Lebeau
Mary Jane Dorworth
C. W. "Mickey" Bradley
Tulsa -- 1st Friday, 7 PM, Christ the
contact Pat Duffy 491-6790
Broken Arrow --
7 PM, St. Benedict’s
contact Lisa & Rob Owens
Traveling Ultreya - 2nd Sunday, 2 PM,
location rotates among the Tulsa Diocese’s
parishes of the Southeastern Region: Muskogee,
McAlester, Poteau, Sallisaw, Durant, etc. Next
Ultreya is Jan. 14th, McAlester, St John’s
Parish Hall. Contact: Tracy Matthews at
918-423-2973 or Marian O'Rourke at 918-682-9779.
Time Flies When You're Doing God's Work
By Dan O’Brien
Three years ago Diane Davis and I committed to sharing the lay
directorship for the Diocese of Tulsa Cursillo Movement. During
those three years I have come to understand, and most
importantly appreciate, the importance of a strong community of
believers working together for a common goal, that of bringing
others and ourselves closer to God. I have come to this
understanding not by what I have done for Cursillo, but by what
I have seen and heard all of you Cursillistas doing for each
other and those that you meet daily. This understanding has
affirmed my belief that the Cursillo Movement is, as Pope John
Paul II recently stated, "capable of making one rediscover
the beauty of encountering Christ and of being Church".
Effective January 1, 2001 Steve Krause will be taking over my
position as co-lay director of the Diocese of Tulsa Cursillo
Movement. As Steve and Diane continue the evangelizing growth of
the Cursillo Movement here in the Diocese of Tulsa they will be
asking for leaders to help them in their efforts. I have
committed myself to helping in that effort and I ask each of you
to recommit yourselves in the following ways:
-Attending a Weekly Group Reunion
-Joining in, and being an active member of the
Ultreya in your area.
-Participating in the school of leaders.
-Daily formation through prayer and sacrifice.
-Continued faith study through reading only the
-A willingness to share your faith and experiences
-Responsible sponsorship of Cursillo candidates.
May God extend his blessings to you and your families as he has
Your Servant In Christ!
New Co-Lay Director of Tulsa Diocese
By Steve Krause
We are all called to be Leaders. Fact is, the objective of the
Cursillo method is to Find, Form, Sustain and Link Lay Leadership
for Christ and His Church. This summer Dan O'Brien ask me to
consider taking over his position as Co-Lay Director of the Tulsa
Diocese Cursillo Movement along with Diane Davis. I told him I
would pray about it. Shortly after I spoke with Dan I received a
call from Chris Juen, fall Cursillo 27 Men's coordinator and he
asked me to be on the Team and to prepare a primary rollo on
Leaders. Over the next few months I prayed and prepared my rollo
and by the Grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit delivered
the talk to the Cursillo 27 candidates. You know where I am going
with this... God was preparing me and talking to me loud and clear
to answer His call to become a Christian Leader to raise up His
Kingdom on Earth. This process began in October of 1994 during my
Cursillo 17. I've served on many Cursillo teams over the last six
years, joined the Secretariat three years ago, I've been attending
Leaders School for the last two years and was the lay coordinator
on Cursillo 25 last fall. I've received many blessings through my
involvement in the Cursillo Movement and pray that I may continue
to answer His call.
I have some big shoes to fill taking over for Dan O'Brien. We have
been blessed during Dan's three years as serving as co-lay
director of our Cursillo Movement in the Tulsa Diocese. Our
Movement has grown significantly and gained tremendous momentum. I
want to thank Dan O'Brien for his leadership, commitment and
support. Good News...he will continue to lead our Prayer Requests.
I know many of you, and look forward to getting to know more. My
emphasis will be on post-Cursillo and living our Fourth Day
through the Cursillo methods of perseverance with small group
reunions and Ultreyas. Please join me in serving our Lord and His
Church through the Cursillo. I ask for your prayers and palanca
for the Cursillo Movement in the Tulsa Diocese and worldwide.
Your Brother in Christ,
Cursillo #17, October 1994
St. John's McAlester, OK
Upcoming Diocesan Study Offerings:
Catholic Faith As An Adventure for Men
A study and discussion of the challenges confronting Catholic men
Instructor: Tim Sullivan at Church of the Madalene from 7-8:30
Wednesdays, Jan 3, 17, 31; Feb 7, 21; Mar 7
Registration: 294-1904 ext 141
Marriage & Family Life Lecture Series
"The Do's & Don'ts of Couples' Communication"
Christopher Ruff, S.T.L., will focus on the obstacles to effective
communication between spouses and point the way to loving,
Holy Family Cathedral, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001.
Registration: 294-1904 ext 141
The Cursillo Movement in our diocese cannot grow to its
potential without a corps of people who have made Cursillo their
ministry. The School of Leaders (Servants) will meet:
1st THURSDAYS 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Benedict’s Church
Contact Dan O’Brien 455-4529 or Diane Davis 298-8759
Format will consist of Prayer, Spiritual Formation, Leaders’
grouping, and Cursillo formation. Please come.
Sun., Jan. 14th, 2:00 p.m. Benedict’s St. Scholastica Bldg.
When you want to invite a friend to Cursillo, please review the
Responsibilities of Sponsorship
( reprinted from the TRIPOD, Archdiocese of Seattle )
Before the Cursillo Retreat:
1. Candidates shall be adult Roman Catholics in good standing (able to
2. “Talk to God about your candidate before you talk to your candidate
3. A sponsor should be actively participating in Group Reunion, and know
that the mission of Cursillo is evangelization.
4. A sponsor needs to have known his/her candidate on a personal
one-to-one basis for some time.
5. Because this is not a secret society or initiation weekend, please
inform the candidate about the weekend: explain the silent retreat, the
talks, the table discussions and posters. (Just try to keep the Palanca and closure a surprise!)
6. Tell the candidate about the evangelistic purpose of the movement,
and the follow-up commitments of Group Reunion and Ultreya.
7. Both husband and wife should be informed about Cursillo. It is not
recommended that only one marriage partner become involved in Cursillo.
If possible, submit applications together for both husband and wife.
8. Advise the candidate that a donation is recommended but not required.
9. The sponsor should have a potential group reunion for the candidate.
The sponsor may invite the candidate to Group Reunion and Ultreya before
10. Have the candidate fill out his/her section of the application.
Complete the sponsor’s section. Submit the application to the
candidate’s pastor to complete. The sponsor should mail in the
11. Be in regular contact with the candidate prior to the week-end.
Confirm his/her attendance after the sponsor-letter is received. Notify
the pre-Cursillo section as early as possible should the candidate
decide not to attend.
During the Cursillo Week-end:
1. Provide Palanca (prayer and sacrifice, spiritual bouquets from the
sponsor and family.)
2. Provide transportation to and from the Cursillo site and attend
3. Assist your candidate’s family during the week-end and help in
whatever manner they require.
After the Cursillo:
1. Find the new Cursillista a Group Reunion. (Ultreyas are a good place
to find a Group Reunion.)
2. Bring the new Cursillista to Ultreyas following the week-end. See
3. Continue to maintain close contact after the week-end (be a friend).
Encourage the new Cursillista to persevere in the Fourth Day.
How to Get Your Candidate into Grouping
from Ultreya Magazine
Sponsors realize that their toughest job begins with their new
cursillistas’ Fourth Day. Every sponsor must face the challenge of
encouraging the new cursillista to find a group reunion and to go
Easy? It doesn’t seem so at first, but it can be. Try this method,
which is approved by the Cursillo Movement itself. For this approach to
work, the sponsor must begin before the weekend. As a sponsor, you are
already doing the initial steps of this method when, with much prayer
and discernment, you get your candidate to agree to make a Cursillo,
fill out the necessary paperwork, and settle down to wait for a weekend
which can accommodate your candidate.
As the weekend nears, casually invite your candidate to “Come with me
to visit my prayer group sometime.” Offer to pick him or her up,
introduce your candidate to everyone, and make the new person feel
welcome. With the initial invitation, you might want to mention that
this group differs from prayer groups which pray formal prayers the
whole time. This is a group where each person tries to live Christ’s
law of love for God, neighbor and self. On a daily basis, each person
tries to change those things in his or her life which interfere with
living Christ’s commandment of love. Lastly, each person does whatever
he or she can to share Christ’s love with others. That’s what makes
your prayer group unique, and your candidate should know that. It might
make your candidate more willing to venture out with you to group
Hopefully, your candidate will see how the members of your group nurture
each other on a spiritual level. No mention need be made about the new
person joining the group after the weekend. Then, when Sunday’s talk about group reunion and its importance to
each cursillista's Fourth Day is given, your candidate will say, “So
that’s what I saw with my sponsor! I can join a group or start one
with some of my new friends from this weekend.”
At the closure, the sponsor can discuss group reunion and reassure the
new cursillista that they are there to help him or her find a group
where they are comfortable. At first this approach may seem “backwards” to all our previous
experiences. It does not lessen any o f the impact of the weekend
experiences because no connection or link is given to the future
cursillistas about Cursillo and the weekend. Does this work? It
certainly does. I can attest to it. My group reunion members and I have
used this approach with three candidates, all of whom are still grouping
after several years. I urge all sponsors to consider this approach, and see how the Lord
works to reassure new cursillistas that group reunion is easy,
non-threatening, and important in one’s spiritual life.
When you determine to sponsor a candidate, please invite them to Ultreya
and to your small group (or help them find or establish another group).
You are inviting them to a long- term involvement in a community which
has Christ as its head and which is intended to endure well beyond the
three day weekend.