Peoria Cursillo Newsletter/ June 2022
Peoria Cursillo Community News & Updates

June 2022

Sign up for Cursillo programs can be done by calling the Cursillo Office at (309) 676-5587 or online on our website at
Upcoming Events

Join us tomorrow for our in-person June Ultreya!

The Ultreya is Saturday, June 4, and begins at 7 p.m. at Mt. Hawley Community Church, 6900 N. Mt. Hawley Rd., Peoria, IL 61614

Join us for a lay talk, pastor message and social time!
  • Theme "In God's Time"
  • Lay Speaker: Derek Amerman
  • Pastor: Darnell Starks
  • Host: Sally Amerman
Guests and families are welcome!
(Please note that this will not be a Mass for Catholics, and communion will not be served)

Are you ready for Cursillo Weekends?
After 2½ years, Men’s Cursillo weekend #1204 will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022. Mark Bursott will be Rector. Mark will soon be recruiting his team, and team formation meetings will begin in late July. Women’s Cursillo weekend #1205 will take place from October 27-30, 2022. The Rectora will be identified and announced soon. The women’s team will then be developed, and women's team formation will begin in September. Following these fall 2022 weekends, our next weekends will be in January 2023 for men, and February 2023 for women as we expect to get back to our regular schedule of six Cursillos each year.

We are still determining the location of our long-term home for weekends. Here's where the next weekends will be held:
  • Men's #1204 - Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022 - Sacre Coeur Retreat Center, Magnolia, IL
  • Women's #1205 - Oct. 27-30, 2022 - Sacre Coeur Retreat Center, Magnolia, IL
  • Men's #TBD - January 2023 (Dates TBD) - St. Augustine Manor, Peoria
  • Women's #TBD - February 2023 (Dates TBD) - St. Augustine Manor, Peoria

Following these weekends, we will gather the input and experiences of the team, candidates and Cursillo community in making a final recommendation to the Steering Committee for our long-term plans.

Stay tuned for more details on palanca opportunities for the upcoming Fall weekends. Details will be shared later this summer.
New home for Cursillo/TEC Offices
We are excited to share, as of May 15, the Peoria Cursillo office has moved to 2312 W. Wagner Lane, Peoria, IL 61615. This site was formerly the Holy Family Convent. We've partnered with Holy Family Parish and its Pastor Fr. Paul Joseph Langevin to use this space. Besides being the home for the Cursillo and TEC offices, this will also house a palanca chapel, and we will hold Cursillo and TEC team formation meetings and masses here.

There are some minor renovations we'll be doing over the summer, and we'll be asking the Cursillo and TEC communities for assistance.

We plan an open house near the end of the summer for the Cursillo and TEC communities and Holy Family parishioners to see how we're transforming the space. Stay tuned for more details!

We can't do God's mission without the behind-the-scenes contributors
There are many ways to show the love of Christ through apostolic action. In this newsletter, we want to thank all of the behind-the-scenes contributors, and especially Jeanne Weiman. For the past 20 years, Jeanne has volunteered on many Mondays coming in to the Spalding Renewal Center to keep the Peoria Cursillo/TEC library looking so nice and organized! Jeanne, a huge amount of gratitude for your efforts! Thank you!

An instrument of his peace
We all know someone who made a profound impact along our journey pursuing a life in Grace. Here's one account from long-time Cursillista, Kathleen Hilliard.

Dear Cursillo Family,

My name is Kathleen Hillard and I made Cursillo #335. TO GOD BE THE GLORY for the life of Tom Wiegand, who passed away earlier this year. I first met Tom when I was 22, and he was a Social Worker through the Human Service Center. At that time, I had been so hurt in life that I didn't trust anyone or even know how to love myself. In one of my first meetings with Tom, he could sense I had been hurt and told me words that still resonate in my heart today: “I will not hurt you." God used Tom to help me gain enough confidence to apply for and graduate from Illinois Central College and Bradley University. Tom's gentleness and compassion were so evident to me as he counseled me. As I think back to those days I could see Jesus in him. And I can just "hear" Tom gently reminding us today "CHRIST IS COUNTING ON YOU."  Through Tom, God brought Christian community to me, and I am forever grateful to God and to Tom for showering me with love and grace.
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Cursillo Service Spotlight

2022 Cursillo Anniversaries

35 yr #307 Maureen O'Brien
40 yr #205 Lou Ann Williams
45 yr #111 Frank Eason

5 yr #1134 Marty Urbanc
10 yr #1015 Tom Pelger
15 yr Postponed
20 yr #700 Orville Frank
25 yr #539 Gene Sweeney
30 yr #408 Dave Urbanc
35 yr #310 Ted Krupa
40 yr #206 Dennis Woiwode (D)
45 yr #113 Dorothy Hubbard
50 yr #31 Mike Foster
55 yr #M14 Bill Keyes (D)

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.

Group Reunion Message
Group Reunion - What it Means to Me

A Message from
Cursillista Greg Massey
The gentlemen in my group reunion meet every week to catch up with each other’s lives and to pray with - and for - each other. There is something about the consistency, camaraderie and counsel of our group reunion that is very comforting.

I know if I need to discuss or pray about something happening in my life, I can count on the members of my reunion group to be there for me, and I for them. That group reunion presence goes beyond the short time we spend together once a week. For me, in a sense, the gentlemen are with me throughout the rest of the week as well, helping to form and shape the decisions I make. I have become accountable to the group that, to some extent, guides the decisions I make and ensures that I am acting like a Christian man should act.

Having said that, I feel a little hypocritical writing this article as I was unable to attend group reunion throughout most of the pandemic. As I am sure was the case for many people, the pandemic changed our work life. The day started earlier, ended later, and we were tethered to the desk in our home. For me, meetings with colleagues from other countries early in the morning and late at night became the norm, and after our group meetings resumed, it made attending our group reunion very difficult. During that time however, the accountability never left me, and I continued to pray for the group members and use them as a guide for my actions. 

When I returned to group after almost two years, I was welcomed with open arms and felt as I imagined the Prodigal Son must have felt upon his return. No one asked why I had not been to group or if I thought I didn’t need to attend our group reunion meetings. They all seemed genuinely happy to see me, were eager to hear about how I was doing, and asked about my family members by name.

For me, the group reunion is a necessary part of every Cursillista’s Fourth Day journey. I am blessed to be a member of our reunion group and love them all dearly. I hope if you are reading this, and are not currently part of a group reunion, that you take the time to find a group. You will be very happy that you did. Contact the Peoria Cursillo Office at (309) 676-5587 and your request will be directed to the Group Reunion Chairs Jessie Morss or Kevin Littlefield.

God Bless,
Greg Massey