Feed your soul at upcoming Cursillo weekend

Friday, May. 12, 2017
By Laura Vallejo
Intermountain Catholic

KANAB — Men’s and Women’s Cursillo weekends are quickly approaching. The events, which are separate for men and women, will take place in Kanab.
“This is a great way to develop a wider Christian community,” said Lisa Bachiller, who in 2016 went to a Cursillo weekend and found it spiritually enriching.
The Cursillo movement has helped Bachiller develop a network of friends, “not only in your parish but in a bunch of parishes, all people are interested in growing a relationship with Christ,” she said. “It’s a really great way to stay connected and be reminded of our relationship with Christ.”
The weekend retreat director is Rita Stelmach.
“This is a spiritual retreat, where you have a personal relationship with Christ. What we based it on is to get to learn to know love, and serve,” said Stelmach, adding that the service aspect happens after finishing the retreat.
“You have to live it to be able to experience it. … It’s kind of like when people are always looking to improve their physical body – a retreat is where you go and feed your soul, your spiritual part of your life,” said Stelmach.
In today’s world people usually don’t take time to feed their souls, she said. “To do things spiritually and to grow in the love for God – what better way to do it than by attending a spiritual retreat?”
Every Catholic in good standing with the Church can participate in the retreats, she said. “If people are able to receive and participate in the sacraments – if married they must have the Catholic Sacrament of  Marriage … – they are more than invited to come to the retreats.”
Each day of the retreats will begin with Morning Prayer and end with Night Prayer. Daily Mass will be celebrated. Clergy will give presentations on the Sacraments and other Catholic-based themes, while  lay people will give talks based on knowing, loving and serving God. Home-cooked meals will be provided.
The Cursillo movement is a Catholic apostolic movement that began in Spain in 1944 and is based on the Catholic baptismal responsibility to go forth and proclaim the Gospel.
“The Cursillo Movement gives us the tools and training to fulfill our baptismal call. It helps us to Christianize our environments (neighborhoods, workplaces, parishes, etc.) by promoting the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven these environments with the Gospel,” reads the invitation to the weekend Cursillo.
 “I made some great friends from all over the state and have continued to be involved in the Cursillo community. … I have found this on-going community to be a wonderful oasis for spiritual growth and communal fellowship,” said Bachiller, who gathers weekly with about five friends for a Cursillo “faith group” meeting, and twice a month teaches an Adult Faith Formation session.

Men’s Cursillo weekend 
WHEN
: Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4
COST: $125-$150, includes room, board and transportation. Financial aid available.
For information or to register, contact Chrsitine Benevento, 801-913-1181; Frank Lujan, 801-664-3003; or Rita Stelmach, 801-647-0143 or rstelmac@blm.gov.

Women’s Cursillo weekend
WHEN: Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18
COST: $125-$150, includes room, board and transportation. Financial aid available.
For information or to register, contact Chrsitine Benevento, 801-913-1181; Frank Lujan, 801-664-3003; or Rita Stelmach, 801-647-0143 or rstelmac@blm.gov. 

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