NEW BEGINNINGS FOR CURSILLO BRISBANE
Following the call of Pope Francis when he spoke to the lay ecclesial movements saying “the Charism to which you belong must be furthered more and more. You must reflect together on the new situations in which you live, recognising and accepting change to outdated ways of your method of apostolate” (cf. Pope Francis Bulletin 19.6.21). The Brisbane Cursillo Movement reflected on our changing world and on its method of holding 3-day weekends.
Cursillo came to Brisbane in the late 1960’s and continues to offer people the opportunity to discover themselves, deepen their relationship with Christ, live to their full potential, and together with others, support and help Christians live the Gospel in everyday life, in so doing bringing Christ’s message to the world.
Through a series of talks and discussions, as well as sharing and praying, singing and laughter, a team of laity and a Priest present the 3-day experience, lived in an atmosphere of friendship and joy.
Pope Francis has spoken of the modern world’s need for ‘Spirit filled evangelists, empowered by the Holy Spirit – joy filled missionaries on fire with the love of Christ who boldly and courageously share the love of God in their own homes, families, workplaces, neighborhoods and social circles where so many are distant from or are indifferent to God’. (The Joy of the Gospel)
This year we held our 3-days at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish Hall, Woody Point, with participants returning home each night. The Men’s was held from Saturday 29 April – Monday 1st May; The Women’s from Friday19th -Sunday 21st May.
Cursillo proudly offers a safe place to “Be a friend, make a friend and bring your friend to Christ”. A place where the Joy of the Gospel can come alive and be sent to the world – a charism alive and apostolic.
Cursillo is supported by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Tim Norton here in Brisbane.
Rosemary Haydock is our current Brisbane Cursillo President. Rosemary has been a Cursillista for 46 years an has two sons and 4 grandchildren. She has been very active in Cursillo and her Parish for many years. She has always found Cursillo a great support and asset in her Spiritual and personal development and the friendships she has developed through Cursillo have been long lasting and lifegiving.
Fr Peter Gablonski has been our Brisbane Cursillo Spiritual Advisor for four years and has been very supportive of all our activities. Thank you Father Peter.
Fr Peter has been appointed as the Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Parish, Booval, since late 2023, and he continues to inspire us to bigger and better things.