The Ottawa Anglican Cursillo Movement's Newslwetter - Holy Week & Easter 2018
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Fall Edition 2018

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Invitation: Musicians to Join us at Synod 

Hello Cursillistas !

Let's Praise and Worship Together!

Cursillo Secretariat would love to have Singers & Musicians come to sing and play in the morning at Synod!

Date: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2018
Place: St. Elias Centre ~ 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Time: 8:00 am Practice and then into the Room for 8:30 am :) 

The theme of Synod this year is: Anglican Ministry in a Complex World
Our song is: Come On And Celebrate

And It Would Be A Delight If You Did Just That!

The Christian Journey is Best undertaken in the Company of Friends. 


Believe ~ 1 Peter 1:8 & Trust ~ Proverbs 3:5

De Colores, Diane

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A Message from Ruth, Palanca Co-ordinator  

Every Sunday morning, I receive an email with a listing of 25-35 upcoming Cursillo weekends that are happening all around the world – in places like Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Canada.  Cursillo is definitely alive & well in God’s world.

Do you remember the wonder and awe that you felt when members of the team from your weekend read out the messages on those posters?  They came in from far and wide and it was one of the most inspirational parts of the weekend for me.  As the Palanca Co-ordinator for the Ottawa Anglican Cursillo Movement, I am honoured to receive these weekly emails and to respond by sending out Palanca messages around the world, offering prayers of encouragement & support for the candidates and teams on these weekends on behalf of our Cursillo movement.

A suggestion was made by a friend that we could create a “Palanca group” as there might be others who would like to be involved in creating and sending Palanca nationally and internationally throughout the year.  If you are interested in this idea, please send an email to and I’ll be in touch to set up a meeting and discuss ideas on how all this could play out.

As the Men’s & Women’s teams complete their preparations for the upcoming weekends in November, I would ask that you take time to remember them in your prayers.  I would also ask you to consider who in your midst you might approach to be a candidate on a weekend.  Perhaps you’ve had someone in mind for a long time, maybe its someone you asked before and they weren’t able to attend, maybe this year God’s timing will be right.

May I ask that you listen earnestly for the still, small voice of God and you consider taking on the honour & privilege of Cursillo sponsorship.  I offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for my sponsors, that God brought them into my life at just the right time and for their continuing Christian influence and presence in my life.

Ruth Speer
Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

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A Message from our Lay Director, Jim Wilson

What a privilege to serve our movement as lay director this year. I have been blessed to have had a wonderful support group. I realize I shouldn’t name them all but I will.

Diane has been a wonderful mentor as Lay Director Advisor and she will be missed next year. Our movement will be in great hands with Wendy taking over my position and I will become advisor.

Harry has just completed his fourth year as treasurer and his talents will be missed. Thanks to him we are now renting space at City View United and we are saving a ton of money in storage costs.

Reverend Anne has always been there for us as Spiritual Director and will be staying on and be joined by Rev Ryan Boivin in the coming year.

Richard and Gloria are entering their fourth year as Weekend Coordinator and Fourth Day respectively.

Andrew and Colleen have agreed to remain as Pre-Cursillo and Leaders and I am thankful that they have agreed to stay on for another two-year term.

Our three “newbie’s” have been outstanding with Ruth leading us in Palanca, Nicole in Communications and Graham with music.

We are blessed to have Bev as CACs rep and I know she will lead a wonderful team for the Ladies 127th this fall and will follow Keith and the Men’s 126th who will be leading the charge with our shortened weekend format.

We have decided to go with a two and a half day format instead of reducing the weekend from three to two days and I look forward to this new initiative which will save time and money for those on weekends.

At our September meeting, some of us on Secretariat have decided to take the challenge and donate monthly on our website through Canada Helps.

  • A ten dollar monthly donation would pay for half of a team member or candidate’s cost for the new shortened weekend.
  • A twenty dollar monthly donation would cover the expense for one person

About thirty years ago members of our community felt the need to pay it forward and were able to raise enough money to pay for a weekend in advance thereby permitting us to take advantage of a tax donation because enough money was in the bank to cover a weekend.

I am now asking the community at large to continue this practice and step up to the plate and donate through Canada Helps to pay for future team members and candidates. I did it the other day by going to our website and at the bottom of the main page, I clicked on the “please give now button” It was easy to go through the steps and I am proud to say that I will now be sponsoring someone for half of their cost of a Cursillo weekend.

Our movement is in good shape because we have wonderful people in it who continue to do God’s work through Cursillo.  Saint Paul says to greet each other with a holy kiss but I think a holy hug is just as good.

Jim Wilson, OACM Lay Director

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The CACS Report

CACS Report. October

1. Last months meeting was very busy and energy filled. There were five new members on the secretariat and we met the new Bishop-elect for CACS, Bishop Robert Hardwick from the Qu’Appelle Diocese.

2. We reviewed the feedback from the triennial and will be using the Input to help us focus on what our goals will be for the next three years.

3. Carol Summers had written a letter to Bishop, Mark MacDonald, the first indigenous Bishop in Canada asking if we could be of any support to him in the Aboriginal community. He said yes, Carol asked Rob Hutchison an indigenous member on CACS  if he would like to be a part of this process. He said yes. He lives on Vancouver Island and would like to get the approval and permission of  First Nations there to meet with them.

There were a number of indigenous priests who were recommended as the contact to discuss how to start the process and for wise counsel.

 4.   During our meeting, the question, "when was the first Cursillo Weekend held in your Diocese?" was asked. We were asked to ask our diocese for this information. We would like to put his information on the Web site.

5. The next CACS meeting is planned for Ottawa, March13th-15th 2109. CACS would like to know if you would like to hold a CLW workshop.

There was considerable interest in the Youth workshop “You want me to do what ? " being considered for the spring. They would like to know more about this workshop.  

6. Carol Summers has spoken the webmaster for the CAC website and he would be willing to speak with us about a program for data and mailing lists. Carol will help us where possible. Rev, Yvonne Thistle from NL has approached the person handling their mailing list and he will contact me with the program they are using.

7. CACS  would like to know if there are any topics or subjects you would like to discuss with us while they are here in March.

De Colores  Bev Hatt
Canadian Anglican Cursillo Secretariat, Ontario Representative 

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 Remember the Gift of Love

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Ottawa Anglican Cursillo Movement.  For your convenience, we now have many ways for you to make Gifts of Love to the Cursillo Movement. 

1. Donations can be dropped off in the Gift of Love box or plate found at Ultreyas/Prayer and Praise Gatherings

2. You can make your donation on-line with a credit card, or set up monthly donations if that is more convenient.  Just go to  and click on the “Please Give Now” button.  There is a service charge on these donations; however, it saves us time and expense in preparing and mailing receipts.
3)   A second on-line option is to use Interac e-Transfers.  Simply email your donation to .  There is no service charge on these donations and receipts are sent out at year end.  

4)   And of course, we still accept cheques mailed to one of the below addresses:
      OACM Treasurer,
      571 Devonwood Circle,
      Ottawa K1T 4E6, 

      OACM, c/o Anglican Diocesan Office
      71 Bronson Ave.
      Ottawa K1R 6G6.

Whichever way you choose to give, your Gift of Love will continue to make a difference in the life and work of the OACM. 

Harry Bender

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