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DE COLORES MAGAZINE

   

BRISBANE ARCHDIOCESE

 

March/April 2016

 

EASTER EDITION

 

 

 

 

Blessings of PEACE, LOVE and JOY

to you and your family

 

 

inside this issue

 

Message from Rosemary, Diocesan President

 

An Article about His Holiness Pope Francis

  

Message from Australian Cursillo Spiritual Director

  

Message about Men’s & Women’s Cursillo 3 Days

 

Palanca Page

  

Advice about Mananita & Clausura

For Men’s & Women’s Teams

 

Reflections

 

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From the President

 

Hello to all my fellow Cursillistas,

 

We are quickly approaching our Ladies and Men’s Cursillo 3 days for this year. Only a few weeks and they will be here. Have you invited anyone to attend either of these weekends? It’s not too late! We are particularly keen to have a few more male candidates to enable the team to present a great weekend to a good number of men. Keep up the prayer for team and candidates!!!

 

Just this week I attended our local Ultreya and was touched by a message meant for me, there and then. The message was that we cannot have peace until we let go of our fears. I believe that this message is important for each of us to take on board. Sometimes we are unaware of our fears, or the reason we are not at peace. At other times we may know that we are fearful of what lies ahead, of the consequences of a decision we need to make, of what the doctor will tell us, of how our children will get on, of how our parents will cope in old age, of many other things, or simply fear of the unknown.

 

Always, but particularly in this Year of Mercy we must find that peace that the Lord offers us. We must let go of our fears and step out of our comfort zones and TRUST in God’s merciful love.

 

Our Cursillo Movement is being used locally and globally to spread Christ’s message of love and to evangelise those who have not known or have lost touch with that love. We are God’s messengers, a role that offers

challenges as well as the gifts that we know come from God.

I leave you this prayer of Sir Francis Drake:

 

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wilder seas

Where storms will show Your mastery

Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes;

And to push back the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.

 

I invite you to extend, let go of your fears, step out in faith, and share God’s love and peace with all those you meet thus continuing your work as Cursillistas in your local area.

 

Remember our vocation is to serve God and to serve each other.

 

May we step out in faith, enabled by the resurrected Christ, to plant the seeds of faith and love in those we are called to serve.

  

De Colores    

Rosemary      

 

 

As God's chosen, blessed sons and daughters, we are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed ………… unless God steps in.

  

  

POPE FRANCIS

 

Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished, and is an open book that each person is called to write through their words and actions.

 

“The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy, to be read and reread, because everything that Jesus said and did is an expression of the Father’s mercy,” the Pope said April 3.

 

He noted how at the end of the day’s Gospel reading from John, the evangelist expressed that while Jesus carried out many signs in the presence of his disciples, not all of them were written down.

 

Because of this, “the Gospel of mercy remains an open book, in which the signs of Christ’s disciples, which are concrete acts of love and the best witness to mercy, continue to be written,” he said.

 

“We are all called to become living writers of the Gospel,” Francis continued, explaining that this is done by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, “which are the hallmarks of the Christian life.”

 

By means of these simple yet powerful gestures, even when unseen, we can accompany the needy, bringing God’s tenderness and consolation.”

 

Pope Francis spoke to a full St. Peter’s Square during his Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast instituted by St. John Paul II which takes place every year the second Sunday after Easter.

 

In his homily, the Pope focused on the healings carried out by the disciples in the day’s first reading from Acts, as well as Jesus’ appearance to them in the upper room in the Gospel passage from John.

He noted that in addition to speaking of the signs that Jesus did, the Gospel also presents a contrast between the fear of the disciples, who “gathered behind closed doors,” and the mission of Jesus, “who sends them into the world to proclaim the message of forgiveness.”

 

This contrast between “a closed heart and the call of love to open doors closed by sin” exists in the heart of many people today, Francis observed, explaining that Jesus’ call is one “that frees us to go out of ourselves.”

 

“Jesus, who by his resurrection has overcome the fear and dread which imprison us, wishes to throw open our closed doors and send us out,” he said, noting that much of humanity today is wounded, fearful, and marked by pain and uncertainty.

 

Written by Elise Harris

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2016 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Divine Mercy

 

 

Seed of Vision

 

The seed of the Holy Spirit was planted in us all.  For seeds to germinate they need light, water and nourishment.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the true source of light, water and nourishment.  Your countless ideas, visions and dreams are these seeds.  Inviting the Trinity into your soul will bring forth the abundant harvest within.  There is no rushing them.  Just be ready for their arrival.  In the meantime, let the Trinity prepare your soul as a flourishing garden of our Lord’s ideal life.

 

 

Message from our Australian Spiritual Director

 

Here is National Spiritual Advisor of the Cursillo Movement, Fr John Armstrong’s reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

 

There is a universal sense of a call which is more than what we are called to do with our lives.  There are questions in life which are not answered, which move beyond the superficial.

We know how easy it is to classify people by their work, by their successes or by what they own.  There is something which allows us to be familiar with the arena in which we work, which provides us with some security and sense of worth.  However, this can be sorely tested if we are asked the question about whether this is all that we are called to be?

When our life is too closely identified with our occupation or our daily activity.  We can start to think that we only have value when we are doing things which appear worthwhile.  Yet the deeper question that Jesus asks is, who do we love when we do what we are doing?

This is more than just being lost in activity but allowing us to discover that our humanity is expressed in who we love, so that we can love what we are doing.

  • How do I understand this call that Jesus places before us? 

"The intellectual quest is exquisite, like pearls and coral. But it is not the same as the spiritual quest. The spiritual quest is on another level altogether. Spiritual wine has a subtler taste. The intellect and the senses investigate cause and effect. The spiritual seeker surrenders to wonder." (Rumi Wisdom; trans. Timothy Freke)

Spiritual Advisor, Fr John has spent a period of sabbatical in Wales and shares some of his thoughts with us about that experience.

 

  

Fr. John  

 

 

Meditate on the Following:

 

‘Sir, leave it one more year...

 

God gives us many chances to finally bear fruit.  We often please ourselves regarding this fruit, but is it what Jesus really wants of us?  Thomas Merton says he believes our desire to please the Lord really does please him.  Ignatius learnt Jesus through his head – to know; his heart – to love; his hands – to serve.  This is what we are called to do.  The fertilisers we need are prayer, meditation and service to others, these are what bear fruit.

 

At first, the command to go and bear fruit that will last can appear frightening.  We can feel like the prophet who said, “I am only a child”.  But then I realised the word ‘co-missioned’ is involved.  We do not go alone.  Lord, help us to live and understand how Jesus did, especially with those who are different from us.

 

 

3 Day Cursillos for 2016

 

This year’s Cursillo 3 Days will be held at the BRIBIE ISLAND RETREAT AND RECREATION CENTRE pictured below.  This is a relatively new complex owned by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.  It is situated on the surf-side of Bribie Island and is very easy to access.

 

Facilities include the Greek Orthodox chapel, an auditorium, 7 self-contained cabins, in a bush setting, all within 100 metres of the Surf Beach.

           

As we are able to cook for ourselves this year, there will be a Team of Cursillistas helping in the Kitchen and surrounds.

 

The Kitchen Team are asking for donations of Cakes, Biscuits, Slices, Cheese Platters and dips for both of the 3 Days.  

 

 

PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK OR RECOVERING

 

Please continue to pray for all those people who are sick or recovering.  We also pray for our own family and friends suffering illness and difficulties in life at this time.

 

PRAYERS ARE ALSO ASKED FOR THE DECEASED

 

Please pray for those Cursillistas who have died since our last newsletter.  Also please pray for their families.

 

In God we trust  

 

 

Meditation:

 

Prayer is the fundamental and grounding experience of everything we are.  In other words, prayer is the process wherein we discover both who we are and why we are.  In essence, it is the process whereby and wherein we pay attention with total concentration to our human nature so that, by attending to our own creatureliness, we come to attend to and upon our Creator.  St Augustine put this very succinctly and very marvellously in this way: “Man must first be restored to himself, that, making himself as it were a steppingstone, he may rise thence and be borne up to God.”

 

So prayer mediation is not just a way of “doing” something but it is a way of “becoming” someone – becoming yourself: created by God, redeemed by Jesus and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

-       John Main, “Christian Meditation” (Benedictine Priory of Montreal)

 

  

PALANCA:

 

We need your prayers for all team members and for the candidates. 

 

We also need pray-ers at home and at Woorim during the Cursillo

3 Days for the team members when they are giving their talks, that the Candidates hearts will be opened to receive the Holy Spirit

 

See about Mananita and Clausura in a separate article below.

   

 

A Letter from Our Pre-Cursillo Team

 

Hello everyone,

 

2016 Cursillo Weekends

 

Women’s 3 Days - Friday night 22nd April to Monday 25th April 2016

 Men’s 3 Days – Friday night 29th April to Monday 2nd May 2016

 

At 3rd Avenue, Woorim, Bribie Island

 

The Women’s weekend is now only two weeks away and the Men’s three weeks away and the teams are at the end of their preparations.  We pray for the team that the Holy Spirit will guide their work and foster their bonding into community.

 

We, Michael and Coralie, as the Pre-Cursillo Committee, are asking you to once again consider sponsoring a candidate. 

 

We ask you to:-

 

PRAY

Please pray now for the success of the weekends and for the sponsors and candidates and all those working to make it happen.  Pray especially for the teams and their lay Rectora, Eva Judge and Rector, David McLean.  We all know the power of Palanca both offered from the home and from attending the weekend for Palanca, the Mañanita and/or the Clausura.

 

SPONSOR

There is still time, so please consider prayerfully the possibility of sponsoring.  Do you already have a potential candidate in mind?  Please let us know if you are considering someone so that we can help in any way we can.

 

Or has someone already expressed interest in or said “yes” to attending the weekend?

 

Several Cursillistas last year indicated they had approached potential candidates who were subsequently unable to attend the 2015 weekend but who expressed intent to attend in 2016.  If you are one of those Cursillistas, we ask that you extend the invitation once again to those who expressed interest.

 

Consider asking them to complete a registration form sooner rather than later so that we can plan the weekend as best we can.

 

HELP IS AVAILABLE

 

We can help you should you be open to sponsoring. We have several brochures to send.  Two are for sponsors: “What Should I Tell My Friends” and “Sponsorship”.  These are to help you to know what to say and do.  Then there are three brochures to give to potential candidates.  The first is “What is Cursillo” an overview of the Cursillo Movement.  The second, “the Cursillo 3-Day Weekend”, is an outline of what to expect on the weekend and a great brochure to sit down with a candidate and discuss.  The third brochure is the registration form.  All these brochures contain easy to read information and should answer any questions.  We are happy to give them to anyone, just ask.  Should you need anything else or have specific questions please contact us and we will help in any way we can.  Our contact details are below.

 

Everyone has a role in either prayer, prayerful action or both. Together we can make the 2016 Cursillos both Spirit filled and candidate filled.

 

De Colores,

 

Michael and Coralie

 

Coralie Bishop,

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Michael Golden,

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MANANITA

Women’s 3 Days

 

this is Your PALANCA invitation

 

Come along and join us on the 3rd morning of the Cursillo.

This wonderful opportunity takes place just as the sun is rising and is the Palanca serenade of the Cursillo Community for the Candidates.

This simple ceremony has a profound effect.  Although no words are spoken, the prayers and love of the community for our new brothers is tangible.

We contribute to the weekend by helping the Team to "Prepare the way for the Lord," as for some, the Mananita may be the catalyst to break down

the final obstacle to the acceptance of God's unconditional love.

 

Please come and join us

 

"Christ is counting on us"

 

WHEN: MONDAY 25th April - We will gather in the car park at 6.30am, for prayer 6.45am, Mananita begins at 7am.

 

WHERE:  - 3rd Avenue, Woorim, Bribie Island

 

For those who can come to the Mananita on Anzac Day, if you would like to attend a Dawn Service, there is one held in the car park near the Surf Club at Woorim. (across the road from the Center which commences at 4.28am)

 

You are welcome to stay:

PALANCA: For the team and candidates throughout the day

 

CLAUSURA: At 4.15pm to welcome our new sisters to the Cursillo Community (Please gather at 4pm) 

 

 

MANANITA

Men’s 3 Days

 

this is Your PALANCA invitation

 

Come along and join us on the 3rd morning of the Cursillo.

This wonderful opportunity takes place just as the sun is rising and is the Palanca serenade of the Cursillo Community for the Candidates.

This simple ceremony has a profound effect.  Although no words are spoken, the prayers and love of the community for our new brothers is tangible.

We contribute to the weekend by helping the Team to "Prepare the way for the Lord," as for some, the Mananita may be the catalyst to break down

the final obstacle to the acceptance of God's unconditional love.

 

Please come and join us

 

"Christ is counting on us"

 

WHEN: MONDAY 2nd May - We will gather in the car park at 6.30am, for prayer 6.45am, Mananita begins at 7am.

 

WHERE:  - 3rd Avenue, Woorim, Bribie Island

 

You are welcome to stay:

PALANCA: For the team and candidates throughout the day

 

CLAUSURA: At 4.15pm to welcome our new brothers to the Cursillo Community (Please gather at 4pm)

 

 

 

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May you all be blessed by Our Lord Jesus Christ especially during the current Easter season and beyond.

  

 

REFLECTION

 

Life is but a stopping place,

A pause in what's to be,

A resting place along the road

To sweet eternity.

 

We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
But never meant to stay. Our destination is a place
Far greater than we know.
For some, the journey's quicker,
For some, the journey's slow. And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord. Author Unknown

 

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