After the three day weekend, we are called to live our “4th Day”, the rest of our lives, through a life of friendship and love with our neighbors and God. Our Cursillo activities serve to support and sustain us in our relationship with Christ and to foster a stronger sense of Christian community.
News this Month – October 2019
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That says it all!! 100+ Cursillistas gathered on September 14 th to re-connect with each other and to discuss the primary challenges facing the Marin Cursillo community: expanding the volunteer base, attracting more candidates – particularly men and young adults, increasing 4 th Day participation, and meeting our increasing costs.
In the first part of the morning, speakers focused on important roles that our Cursillistas are encouraged to undertake in their Cursillo journey, e.g., participating in Weekend teams. The second part of the morning featured Palanca opportunities before and during the Weekends, as well as within our community and beyond throughout the year. In the afternoon, we broke into group sessions to discuss the remaining three challenges: attracting more candidates, expanding and creating 4 th Day Groups, and producing fundraising opportunities. On breaks in between, the Marin Cursillo website was on display with support available to answer questions and show off really useful features. Throughout the day, it was emphasized that we were asking for creative ideas and suggestions and a willingness to step up.
Bruce Burtch was the organizer and master of ceremonies for this wonderful and joyful event. The music before and after the event was provided by Charlynn Baumsteiger, Ximena Bervejillo and Libby Silvestri. Cooks were led by Tehani Mosconi and John Bischoff. An old-western-style lunch was served with entertainment from the Trail Boys. Tom Brawley and his team managed the set-up and break-down. Kudos to Bruce and all the production crew, photographers and speakers. (See pictures below.)
New Year Changes in the Secretariat
Our fiscal year ends in June, so with the August 26th meeting, Janie introduced new members of the Secretariat.
Mary Bartunek, from Church of Redeemer, becomes the new Secretary. She comes with a strong business background and her talents are appreciated. John Pugh retires – and moves on to Bigger and Better challenges as 2020 Rector.
Jean Nelson, from Our Lady of Loretto, takes on the position of committee chair of 4th Day/Ultreya. Jean has been the keeper of the roster of 4th Day groups and now moves into a more robust role.
In the Leadership Committee, the rector and rectora from the 2019 Spring Weekend, Kevin Baumsteiger and Molly Hartle, step up as Larry Mazotta and Fleta Matthews retire.
Featuring a new video!
Back in 2016, when we started working on Release 2 of the Marin Cursillo website, the team (Janie Burtch, Ron Leach, John Pugh, Dick Spotswood and Maryellen Danehy) searched the web to find model sites. Alabama Cursillo was - by far - the best website we found. During our development period, we’ve exchanged ideas and technical insights. They’ve recently produced this video on “What is Cursillo?” And we are posting it on our home page. Check it out! https://marincursillo.com/
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