Cursillo Movement Cursillo is short for a Spanish phrase Cursillo de Christiandad meaning "Little (or short) course in living what is fundamental for being Christian". A cursillo begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday night. During those three days the cursillistas (those taking the Cursillo or short course) live and work together, listening to talks given by priests and laypersons.
During the talks, the cursillistas take notes just as they would in a regular class. The teachings of Christ are presented in a climate of joy, with many singing and joking sessions. Each talk is followed by a discussion period and time to graphically illustrate the message. They also attend Mass, are invited to Reconciliation, receive Communion, pray the rosary and visit the Blessed Sacrament daily.
The cursillos take place at Providence House (aka. Maison Notre-Dame-de-la-Providence) in Orléans. Cursillos for men are generally held in November and March or April, and for women in October and April. If there is sufficient demand, additional cursillos are held in February. See the Cursillo Calendar for the dates of the next cursillos. The "after" activity of the Cursillo is known as the "Fourth Day", that is the balance of the cursillista's life on earth.
During that time, perseverance is important just as it is in any method of renewal. In the Cursillo Movement, the community spirit is continued after the three days through the ultreyas, or reunions, of the community. These are available weekly at a central location, as a means of growth in understanding and zeal within the Christian community. Reunions of smaller groups of friends are also available in order for them to encourage one another in spiritual improvement and the Christian apostolate. For more information, pickup a brochure that is available in the church narthex contact and telephone number listed on the Parish Bulletin.