Peoria Cursillo Newsletter/ August 2021
Peoria Cursillo Community News & Updates


Sign up for Cursillo programs can be done by calling the Cursillo Office at 309/676-5587 or online. Following is a list of upcoming events. Feel free to invite a friend to join you! Please see more information about upcoming events at the link to our website below:

Upcoming Events Piety, Study, Action

Monday Night Masses in August: 7 pm CDT in-person at Blessed Sacrament in Morton or via Facebook Live via the Peoria Cursillo Office page (a link is on our website)

Note: There will be no Monday Night mass on Labor day. Beginning, Monday, Sept. 13, masses will return to the main chapel at the Spalding Renewal Center! Stay tuned for more details!

IN-PERSON ULTREYA this Saturday! Join us this Saturday, Aug. 7 for another in-person Ultreya. The evening will begin with the parish mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville at 4:30 p.m. Our lay speaker is Linda Sprague; host for the evening is Janet Snyder. Guests and families are welcome! NO SIGN-UPs are needed. Please join us. Bring your group reunion! Following the mass and talk, we'll have a social afterwards with individually-wrapped snacks and beverages.

Rosary: In-person in the main Cursillo Chapel held twice a month. Upcoming dates: Aug. 5 and 19; 7 p.m. CDT. Bonnie Stroot will lead on Aug. 5; Mary Ann Noe will lead on Aug. 19. Each week, the rosary will be said for a specific intention. If you cannot attend in person, you can now join us on Facebook Live!

Bible Study: An eight-week Bible Study on the Non-Pauline Letters will be led by Sr. Subha Clare Ramesh beginning Thursday, Aug. 12 from 7-8 p.m. in the Spalding Renewal Center Conference Room. The sessions will be every other Thursday, ending on Nov. 18. The small group is limited to 12 people, and our sign-up filled up quickly!
If you'd like to join our waiting list, please visit 

Compassion Ministry: We have an action group that reaches out to existing Cursillistas with sympathy cards, get-well messages, prayers for those giving reflections, holiday messages, etc. to encourage and support those within our community. If you know of someone who would appreciate a message, please email the Cursillo Office at We can also add them to our weekly prayer list.

Watch for details about additional action opportunities coming later this Summer and Fall.

The Most Amazing Harvest

Fellow Cursillistas, Pam Bates and Paula Patty, are identical twins. Pam’s late husband, Carl, inspired what was called The Most Amazing Harvest in the small farming community of Galva, Ill. During the first year after he passed away, Pam felt called by God to tell his story.

Paula had experience with writing as she used to write a column for the Galva News called “Where Are They Now." The goal in writing Carl’s story was to inspire others to recognize the miracles and joy regardless of the challenges they face. To know that God is always at your side and your guardian angels are real.

The Amazing Harvest Book is available for purchase at the Cursillo Center for $10. Please call or stop by the office if you are interested in purchasing one.

There is also a book study available for your group reunion to try! Please see the website for more information or call the Cursillo office at 309/676-5587.
Carpenter's Toolbox
The Chosen

Looking to increase your knowledge of the life of Jesus, but not much of a reader? The Chosen is a television drama for you. This series portrays Jesus through the eyes of those who met him. You can watch this series at

In addition to the Chosen app, you can search for it on your Apple or Android app store. From the app, you can stream to your TV using another device, such as Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, etc.

Remember to join us on Twitter!! Please follow us at Currently, we will use this page to provide a daily Bible verse, and we will look for additional opportunities to use this communication platform to share about Peoria Cursillo.

Cursillo Service Spotlight

2021 Cursillo Anniversaries

5 yr #1111 Jessie Morss
10 yr #990 Kathy Collins
15 yr #833 Julie McGrath
20 yr #669 Barbara George
25 yr #511 Judi Edwards
30 yr #391 Jan Powers
35 yr #289 Gloria LaHood
40 yr #188 Steve Novel (D)
45 yr #93 Deanne Schmid
50 yr #W13 Jan Breitbarth
55 yr #W3 Mary Slevin
55 yr #M11 Robert Venzon (D)
35 yr #290 Judy Zipfel
40 yr #189 Loretta Marx (D)
45 yr #96 Roger Weber

A Prayer to Bring a Friend to Christ
Loving and gracious God,
I thank you for calling me into a closer relationship with you through Cursillo;
I thank you for my sponsor who heeded your call to invite me to a Cursillo weekend;
I ask, Lord, that if it is your desire, you put someone in my heart to invite to make a Cursillo,
and ask that you give me the words and faith to guide them.
Lord help me to bring a friend to your loving and merciful embrace.
I ask this in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Go Make Disciples! Bring a Friend to Christ!
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

A Spiritual Message from
Deacon Ray Burton
        The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotional name used to refer to the Catholic view of the interior life of Mary, mother of Jesus; her joys and sorrows; her virtues and hidden perfections; and above all, her virginal love for God, the Father; her maternal love for her Son, Jesus Christ; and her motherly and compassionate love for all.
        Her feast day is celebrated following the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Also, the month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love, virtue and inner life.
        I find it interesting why the heart is a symbol of love. It was in the 1250s French manuscript, the Roman de la poire, in which a young man holds his vaguely pine cone-shaped heart up toward his lady love. So, every time we see a picture of a heart like on Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or the feast of the Immaculate heart of Mary, we should all be reminded about how much Mary and Jesus love us. Mary loves us enough to say “yes” when asked to be the mother of Jesus. Jesus loves us enough to do the Father’s will and take on flesh and ultimately suffer, die and rise for us.
        So during this month of August, let us all spend some time with Mary, asking for her help, telling her how much we love her and her Son, and continuing to thank her for saying “yes” to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation.
        God bless you all,
        Deacon Ray