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

JUNE 2021

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

Please join us on Twitter!!
We’ve expanded our social media presence and Peoria Cursillo now has a page on Twitter! If you’re on Twitter, please follow us at
Initially, 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. Do you have a favorite Bible verse that you’d like to see? Or is there a certain day you’d like to provide a verse (like your anniversary or birthday)? Do you have an anniversary for a loved one that you would like to remember with a bible verse? If so, please send it to Bill Fischer at for consideration for inclusion.

Upcoming Events Piety, Study, Action

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

In Person Ultreya! And on Facebook Live! Join us for our first In Person Ultreya in 2021 at Blessed Sacrament in Morton on Saturday, June 5; 6:30pm. Lay Reflection by Drew Lee, Mass With Msgr. Jerry Ward, Homily by Dcn. Kevin Zeeb and social time outside afterwards with snacks and beverage - individually wrapped.
To sign up to attend the Ultreya in person on June 5.... click here:


Rosary: In-person in the Cursillo Chapel held twice a month. Upcoming dates: June 10 & June 24; 7 pm CDT. 
Each week the rosary will be said for a specific intention. If you cannot attend in person, you can now join us on Face Book Live!


Watch for details about book and bible studies coming this summer


Cursillo Building Workday: Please join us for a workday at the Spalding Renewal Center on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00am-1:00pm.
We need several people to utilize the time we have this summer to do a "spring cleaning". If you have some TECites in your family, we could sure use some younger hands. Perhaps your group reunion can assist! Please sign up at the following link if you can participate:

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, simply reply to this email. We can also add them to our weekly prayer list.

Service Action Program:  This program is intended to lend a hand to those in our Cursillo community who need assistance with household repairs, lawn care, or other actions that they are unable to provide for themselves. If you or someone you know in our community could use assistance, simply reply to this email. Our Service Action program members will contact you if they can provide the service. Our team members will provide the service free of charge. If materials and supplies are required, you are requested to provide.

Each month there will be opportunities for you to grow in Piety, Study and Action through a Rekindle program. If you would like to become involved in planning or leading a Rekindle event, please contact Julie Blair at or 309.360.8215 or Cary Lyons at or 309.265.4607. We are always looking for new ideas and new people!
If you are not receiving emails from Cursillo, please email the Cursillo Office at with your current email address so we can ensure that you are receiving our invitations to Rekindle programs. We don’t want to miss anyone!

Carpenter's Tool Box -
Helping You Live a Life in Grace

Grace Through the Seasons by Joyce Heiple (a Peoria Cursillista) was written to help the reader come alive to the ever-present gift of God’s grace in their lives. This is a story of Joyce’s life in grace. Grace Through the Seasons will give you hope when you feel lost. The book challenges you to respond from your life's story and reflect on God’s gifts to you. The book is simple but mighty because the Holy Spirit will work through her story to the reader’s story.  

Cursillo Service Spotlight

2021 Cursillo Anniversaries


5 yr #1110 Mitch Elwell
10 yr #988 Sam Taylor (D)
15 yr #829 Rick Moon
20 yr #668 Bill Juraco
25 yr #502 Jim Benson
30 yr #390 Tom Pilat
35 yr #288 Tom Bower
40 yr #187 Bessie Parks
45 yr #91 Bernard Templin
50 yr #M27 Jim Walkowiak
55 yr #M10 Chuck Heer

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!
Spiritual Message from
Pastor Jim Gorby

DAD!! DAD!! We love you!
           In our culture the third Sunday in June is designated as Father’s Day. It was first observed on June 19, 1910, in the State of Washington. It was the idea of Sonora Dodd of Spokane. In 1972, Father’s Day became an official national holiday. Father’s Day has also become a big business. There are sales on many kinds of tools. How about a new truck for dad? Perhaps more practically, an accessory for dad’s current truck. Then there is taking dad to his favorite steak house. Fishing gear and accessories are good choices as are hunting accessories as well. This one special day set aside to honor dad is important. A vehicle to help us thank dad for what he does and means to us.
           The Scriptures put a slightly more serious and deeper meaning to recognizing dad. In Exodus 20:12, the commandment is given, “Honor your father…so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Moses has come down from the mountain with commandments written by God’s own hand in stone. Honoring your father is not a one-day deal. It is every day that we are to honor our father. Fathers are to teach their children God’s words as we are reminded three times in the fourth chapter of Deuteronomy. The father is the spiritual leader of the family. Again fathers are commanded to “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give to your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth (Deut 11:18-21). It is important for fathers to teach God’s word to their children, so they have an understanding of God and what He not only requires for us His children, but also the blessings, love and grace He has for us. Many people’s ideas of God as our heavenly father are based on their earthly father’s behavior and response to life. Earthly fathers need to take this seriously. Do your children see you pray, read Scriptures, attend church, show love and grace and encouragement to family? The psalmist writes, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them (Psalm 127:3-5).
           My quiver is empty. I have no children. My wife and I suffered three miscarriages while trying to have children. Today they would be 29, 26, and 21 years old. Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are empty days for us. We both love children. We have interacted with many children. At the end of the day they go home with their parents. We go home alone. I would really like the opportunity to teach my own children about God the Father. But I know that our God has taught them Himself. Someday when I am called home, I want to hear my Heavenly Father’s voice say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” And to hear three voices shouting “Dad!! Dad!! We love you.” “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6). Our Heavenly Father longs for all of us to be with Him in Heaven. He wants all of us to say, “Abba Father, we love you!!” Blessed Father’s Day to all fathers!