News: AZ Crusillo August Newsletter (issue 53-1)

AZ Cursillo Newsletter
Issue: # 53 – 1

August 2015

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Dear The Rev. Victor,

Serve your Lord, your God!

To the Arizona Cursillo community that early Conference discount ends on August 21. After August 21 the cost goes up to $150.00 for the Conference and $235.00 for the Conference plus ECLW. Now you can register for both days for $125.00 or for the ECLW and the full Conference for $210.00. Such a deal! Here is the link to the website –  – and  we encourage you  to register today. Last couple of days to get the discount  ending on August 21!
Arizona Episcopal Secretariat wants to congratulate and asks for your prayers for the incoming President of the National Episcopal Cursillo Ministry – Carol Williams. As her current position as President-Elect coming to an end, she begins this new adventure as President in October. See Carol William Letter in the side bar to Arizona Cursillistas.     We would really like to see lots of people from Arizona there!

There are many reasons to sign up now, but perhaps the most important is you save money! When you sign up through August 21st the conference registration is only $125.

That’s nearly half the cost of previous conferences!

This year’s conference is housed in St. Mark’s Cathedral, saving lots on hosting fees. Also, the conference is slightly shorter; officially beginning Friday, and ending Saturday night.

This is your once-a-year chance to meet Cursillo leaders from all over the country, share what works, and develop solutions to the challenges within your diocese.

See the left-column links for more information about the 2015 Conference.

We’re offering workshops to explore new ways we can “Renew the Face of the Earth” through Christian ministry. We will also learn about new formats for sharing the Cursillo message, while celebrating and learning from traditional formats.

We also need to elect three new representatives from the West – clergy, layman (to replace Larry Remick from Seattle, who has resigned) and lay woman (to replace Carol Williams). Take a look at the ECMC Rep Manual, paying special attention to pages 7 and 8, which outline the responsibilities of district representatives/committee members. Pray for guidance, talk with the secretariat, and come to the Western district meetings at the Conference prepared to nominate (on Friday) and elect (on Saturday) the people God is calling to these positions. It certainly is a big responsibility. It is also hugely insightful and gratifying. I am always available to help and encourage you by phone, email and in person.
See the left-column links for more information about the 2015 Conference.


JULY 14 – 17, 2016
The Secretariat is proud to announce that the 2016 Cursillo Weekend is to be held at the Chapel Rock Conference Center in Prescott, AZ on the weekend of July 14th through 17th, 2016. This will be a Co-Ed Weekend. We urge you to pray for the Weekend, for Team and then for Candidates to make the Weekend.
The Secretariat will be announcing a Rector or Rectora when selected.
If you are interested in working on Team please complete a Team Application and mail it in to be reviewed. Please remember just sending in an application does not guarantee a working position on team. The final decision of who is working on Team #117 is the responsibility of the Rector or Rectora.
NOTE: We are offering an early bird special for NEW candidates for sending in their application before January 31, 2016, the Application fee is waived.Spaces will fill up quickly for this weekend. Remember the deadline for applications is June 1. 2016.
The cost per person for this weekend will be $300.00 per person, for double occupancy and $375.00 for single occupancy (Linen Rooms).
Please begin to seriously and prayerfully consider if you have a Candidate to Sponsor for Arizona Cursillo # 117. Keep in mind that you are called to: “Make a Friend, Be a Friend and then Bring that Friend to Christ”. Candidate applications are available – see quick link.
Remember that we will have scholarship and fundraisers over the year to assist with cost of holding the weekend. Donations are always welcome. If you want to donate to the weekend, use the mailing address in the quick link and mark on the Memo Line as Pay It Forward – #117.
Any questions please contact Ed Hume at
or Steve Cifone at


4th Day Reunion Weekend Staff Needed!! 
We are calling for Support Staff for the weekend.  We looking forward to having a weekend reunion for all Cursillistas (new and old). It will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday: February 26-28, 2016. Along with an Saturday afternoon Ultreya for people who would not be able to come for the full weekend but would want come for a short time. All meetings will be held at All Saints on the Deserts, Sun City. Lodging will be at local hotel and transportation to and from the church and the hotel will be provided. Final details on weekend cost will be provided in the next newsletter and Attendees Registration paperwork will be in the next newsletter. 
This would be open to ALL Cursillista, maybe you have not worked a weekend in awhile and just need to be around like-minded people.  
What we are looking to do is: some worshiping, singing, teaching and having speakers. What will be included is fun, praising, laughing and community building and getting together with old and new friends.


We are looking to build an event staff which will include: spiritual, music and support/cooks teams for the weekend.


See the team application in the quick link tab on the left for submitting a team application to support and having loads of fun on the weekend.  
Any questions please contact:  Steve Cifone at



St. Stephen’s Phoenix
Scholarship Fundraiser and Bingo
Saturday – October 3, 2015
The Cursillo Ministry will be holding a Fundraising Dinner and Bingo on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 5:30-8:30 PM, in Parish  Hall.
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church
2310 N 56th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
This will be a Oktober Fest dinner and Bingo with all funds going to AZ Cursillo Scholarship fund.
Come and celebrate in style — don’t miss out on a great night of dinner, fun, and fellowship.
Anyone interested in donating to the Bingo Prizes  items such as theme baskets of movie, pasta, barbecue, etc., and restaurant gift cards, may contact Schelly Cifone at (480) 227-9686 or
Tickets are $10.00 per persona   2 for $15 in advance or $15.00 each at the door, included with dinner price is 1 Card for Bingo. Additional cards are 3 for $10.00.
The deadline for reservation is September 19, 2015.
If interested, in cooking, working, setting up and/or cleaning up:  please contact Schelly Cifone at (480) 227-9686 or
See you there!


Episcopal Diocese of Arizona Convention
Friday October 16 & Saturday October 17 2015
Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, AZ


Arizona Episcopal Cursillo will be sponsoring an information table at the Diocese Convention and needs your support. Convention hours on Friday, October 16, 2015 are 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM and on Saturday October 17, 2015 are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We need your help in setting up and taking the table each day as well as staffing the table during all Convention hours. We are looking for Cursillistas who can commit to at least a two hour slot to help staff the table. Please email Steve Cifone at and let us know what time you would be available. We will be showing a computer slide show of our Spring Weekend, providing Cursillo information as well as greeting fellow Cursillistas known and unknown. The Convention is always an excellent opportunity to meet and gain information from Cursillistas new to our Diocese as well as those who have not been very active and make them feel welcome.


A second way for you to support our Arizona Episcopal Cursillo Convention table is by making a donation to help defray the cost of the table. The cost to our Cursillo Community for the table is $120.00. If you wish to help support this effort, please make your check payable to Arizona Episcopal Cursillo. Your support will be deeply appreciated!
One last note, If you are a Delegate to Convention, Clergy or Lay, please consider wearing your Cursillo Cross during Convention. Through the wearing of your Cursillo Cross you may have an opportunity to meet Cursillistas new to our Diocese or who have not been active as well as be given an opportunity to share your story and journey not only as a Cursillista but as a Christian as well.

Remember: Make a Friend. Be a Friend. Bring that Friend to Christ.





Updating Cursillo Database
De Colores!    We are currently trying to update our Cursillo database. There is some information that was lost from being transferred to the new database.
Thank you to those who sent in there updates, if you have not take the time to update your information, please complete and send in.
Please provide the following information:
Current Address:
City, State and Zip Code:
Current Contact phone number (home or cell):
Current Email address:
When did you make your Cursillo, Number, Date and Location?
What current church are you attending?
Who is the Cursillo Parish Representative at your church?
Are you currently receiving the AZ Cursillo Newsletter?
Please reply by email by copying the above information and complete for our new database and return via email to
If you know someone who is a Cursillistas but does not receive email or have a computer. Please ask them if it is ok to provide their information to you to be submitted on their behalf.
Our apologies if you are receiving multiple emails based on newsletter and/or personal email addresses.
Thank you for your time and support in this matter.
Steve Cifone
Arizona Episcopal Cursillo
Communications Chairperson





Upcoming Events:



We are looking for what is happening in your Cursillo Community. Let us know and how can we support you! If you are hosting an Ultreya at your church or something that needs to be announce. You can contact Dan Basche at or Steve Cifone at


So here are some upcoming community events. Ultreyas can be held anywhere in the state, Northern, Central and Southern regions. Just a reminder that Ultreya are open to anyone!



St Luke Episcopal Church Prescott invites you to the Ultreya on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
St. Luke’s is located at Highway 89 and Ruger Roads, Prescott, AZ 86301.




Cursillo Fundraiser and BINGO –  October 3, 2015 to be held at St. Stephen’s in Phoenix. See above for more information.  Contact Schelly Cifone at 480-227-9686 or


Diocese of Arizona Convention  – Phoenix,    October


Steve Cifone know at




National Cursillo Convention  – Seattle, WA    October 16-17, 2015   See above and on the left side for additonal information.




St. Mark’s Mesa Cursillistas invite you to their next Ultreya scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 2-4 P.M.
Refreshments will be served.
Location: 322 North Horne Street, Mesa, AZ 85203.
Contact Monica Larsen at 480-621-8158 or e-mail
If we are missing your scheduled Ultreya, please let us know Dan Basche at or Steve Cifone at
As a reminder that if you know that someone is not receiving a newsletter please print and pass onto them, thank you!
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