The Cursillo movement is a program to find, form, sustain, and link lay leadership for Christ and His Church. The word “Cursillo” is Spanish meaning “little” or “short course.” Therefore a Cursillo retreat consists of an extended weekend designed to bring you into an encounter with Christ. During the three days of the retreat, the participants listen to talks given by priests and laity on topics including the Sacraments, Christian community, Christian Life, Grace, Faith and Evangelization in your environment. Each talk is followed by a discussion period. After attending a Cursillo weekend smaller groups of Cursillistas meet on a regular basis to encourage one another in spiritual improvement and the Christian apostolate.
The Cursillo Movement is focused on helping each of us fulfill our baptismal responsibility: to go forth as apostles and proclaim the Gospel. It also assists us in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully Catholic and gives us the tools to make Christian community possible in neighborhoods, parishes, work situations and other places where people live the greater part of their lives.
“Today we have no time to remain still; the task of evangelization is urgent,” he added. “The Ecclesial Movements and New Communities are a timely answer of the Holy Spirit to the challenges that the world poses to the Church of our time,” the cardinal said. “That is why the Church looks to you with great hope and counts on you.”
Cardinal Rylko pointed out that the Movement of Cursillos of Christianity is present in 63 countries worldwide and that all the communities are an integral part of the life of the Church. “You are a gift of the Holy Spirit, an indispensable instrument of the evangelizing mission, the expression of the Church’s vitality in our days,” he said.
Referring to all lay associations and ecclesial movements, the cardinal highlighted three tasks they face: “To be schools of holiness, mission and communion.” Related to this, he explained that the world needs real, holy Christians, and to that end the various movements and associations must be missionary and evangelizing, as well as true schools of communion. The celebration began with the words of Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, who said that “today is a day of celebration in the Diocese of Cordoba because, through the Movement of the Cursillos of Christianity, thousands upon thousands of people have encountered Jesus Christ in His Holy Church.”