It is with great pleasure and joy to announce Laura Zabriske as our 2018 Women’s Cursillo Rectora. 

Laura is a talented person filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit and will be leading by bringing joy, spirituality, and Christ-like presence to the 2018 Women's Cursillo weekend.  She is committed to Cursillo, her faith, and her two daughters. She is presently a Project Manager for Allstate and attends St Joseph Marello Parish. Laura is also a current member of The Secretariat. Many of you know and seen her as the vibrant, enthusiastic person co-organizing our Ultreyas.

Please give Laura a call or send her an email to congratulate and wish her many blessings.  Please offer your deepest prayers and utmost support in her leadership as she assembles her Core and Retreat teams in their pursuit of enrolling candidates and assembling an inspirational and a spiritually fulfilling women’s weekend retreat scheduled for April 26th thru 29th, 2018. 

Through the Holy Spirit, may Laura’s and her team’s fire and spirit illuminate and profoundly inspire the candidates’ faith.  Congratulations and may God abundantly bless you, Laura.

On Fire

De Colores Cursillista Brothers and Sisters.

I’m Vince Johnson, the Rector for the 2017 Cursillo Men’s retreat – September 21-24. Our theme this year is “On Fire!”. Our goal is to set you and the candidates on fire for Christ, Cursillo and the Church.

Fifty days after Jesus died and rose from the dead the Apostles and Disciples gathered in Jerusalem. They were hidden in what I imagine was a second story room with a large balcony. They prayed night and day with the windows and doors closed.

They were afraid. They were afraid that what happened to Jesus would happen to them.

Suddenly the windows and doors flew open! A wind blew through the room. A large ball of flame appeared above them. It divided into tongues of fire and each tongue settled right over a disciple. Each disciple became filled with the Holy Spirit and began to exclaim the glories of God.

They were set on fire!

Outside the Jews visiting Jerusalem from all over the world heard the commotion and gathered in front of the balcony. Peter stepped out and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. 3000 people became Christians that day. Over the next few years the Apostles and Disciples spread over the whole known world and proclaimed the Good News.

They set the world on fire!

This is the mission of Cursillo: to set the world ON FIRE! We set it on fire with each candidate that becomes a new Cursillista. In turn, each new Cursillista goes into the world and sets his corner of it on fire. Each Cursillista then attracts new candidates and the cycle continues.

We set the world on fire!

Are you ON FIRE? Do you want to spread the fire? I am asking each of you, brother and sister Cursillistas, to step out and give the gift of Cursillo, the gift of FIRE. Each of us can do something. Together the Holy Spirit will make our efforts fruitful. Here are some ways you can spread the Cursillo fire:
• Pray daily for the weekend team and Candidates
• Sign up for the prayer wheel for the weekend.
• Ask a friend to go on the weekend. Sign up your friend. Sponsor your friend or find a sponsor for your friend.
• Speak about the weekend to your “Fourth Day Group”. Encourage members of your group to sponsor a friend. Encourage your group to “chip in” for a scholarship.
• Talk the weekend up to all your fellow Cursillistas.
• Go to the website http://www.sacramentocursillo.com/index.php/pre-cursillo to pick up brochures, instructions and applications.
• Spread the word of Cursillo to everyone you know - family, friends, church members, co-workers.

Cursillo is about bringing friends to Christ. About setting the world On Fire! What a gift. What a privilege to be called to this mission - just like the very first Disciples.

Let’s set the World “On Fire!”

De Colores,

Vince Johnson








Exciting news brothers and sisters….

The Holy Spirit tapped Eileen Locasio on the shoulder and she has graciously accepted the assignment as our women’s rectora for the next spring weekend. It will be held on April 27th through April 30th at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Applegate.

It is not too early to make a friend, be a friend and bring a friend to Christ!!! I have applications ready for you to use…find them on the Sacramento Cursillo website!!!

Let’s support Eileen in prayer as she begins her journey towards the spring…you may also pray and discern what role you may want to take in support the weekend!! Eileen would really like to hear from those of you who are interested in helping with the weekend.  Either send her a note at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at: (916)983-1665.


November 2013

When I first made my Cursillo weekend in October of 2011, I was quite struck with the realization that I had not just gone through a sort of retreat weekend, but had in fact entered into a large community of like-minded people.

At the reunion ultreya, I was asked if I would like to give the witness talk, which I agreed to do. And as I stood there, sharing my weekend experience, and looking out at all the smiling faces of the people who had done the same, I was very moved by the realization that suddenly I had a whole bunch of new friends, people who were like-minded to me, who wanted to share our beautiful faith. The thought of having gained so many new friends was quite overwhelming for me, as I am not a person who takes friendship lightly.

To Read the entire lesson click on this link Friendship and the Group Reunion