San Jose Cursillo Movement
Those who have experienced a Cursillo may wish to share the experience by
sponsoring a candidate for the Cursillo weekend. Sponsorship of persons for
the Cursillo is a matter for serious consideration and prayer. The following
guidelines are provided to be certain that the sponsor is aware of their responsibilities
and to provide guidance to both sponsors and candidates regarding the requirements
and procedures that apply. To avoid confusion and remain consistent with other
Cursillo documentation we will refer to everything beyond the weekend as 4
th day. Weekly reunions are many times referred to as 4 th day but are technically
called Group Reunions or Friendship Groups and the monthly meetings are
I. Selection of Candidates
A) Ideally, both husband and wife should be acceptable candidates for the
Cursillo weekend and should be recruited and accepted together so that both
can share the experience and work together as a unit of Christian Community.
Cursillo could possibly be divisive to a husband/wife relationship if only
B) The sponsor should know the applicant well enough to act responsibly in
recommending Cursillo to them.
C) The sponsor should be sensitive to the candidate's emotional makeup. Because
of the close community life of the three-day experience, someone who is known
to have difficulty in emotional or stressful situations or with interpersonal
relationships might find the weekend too trying an experience. People undergoing
marital separation, a recent loss of a loved one, or severe depression should
be considered at a future time, when they would be less encumbered emotionally.
D) The candidate should be Catholic since this is a Catholic weekend (exceptions
can be made with the approval of the Spiritual Advisor).
E) Candidates should be from the San Jose Diocese. Any exceptions to this
should be referred to the Pre-Cursillo
Chair. Acceptance of candidates
from outside the Diocese will depend on space available.
F) There will be a suggested contribution of $225.00 for the cost of the
weekend which will include a deposit of $50.00 which must accompany the application.
However, anyone is free to contribute as his or her circumstances (blessings)
G) After the application has been completed, it should be mailed to the Pre-Cursillo
Chair with the $50.00 deposit (payments made to: San Jose Cursillo
Secretariat, PO Box 6648, San Jose CA 95150). Applications should be sent
as soon as possible as weekends fill up quickly.
II. Duties of the Sponsor/ Co-Sponsor
Every candidate must have a sponsor! The role of the sponsor is an important
one before the weekend, during the weekend and following the weekend. Team
members can be a co-sponsor with another member of the Cursillo community.
The co-sponsor that is not working the team will have the responsibilities
as outlined below in sections A, B and C. Sponsors should sponsor not more
than two candidates per weekend. Because the sponsor accepts the responsibility
for initiating the candidate into the 4th Day and for guiding the newest of
the community in continuing to live a Christ-centered life, it is recommended
that the sponsor be involved in a Group Reunion or Ultreya. The sponsor should
also have an adequate knowledge of the Cursillo Method and should commit themselves
only to those candidates they can follow up with effectively.
Commit to attendance at the Sponsor's Meeting.
It is absolutely necessary to adequately prepare the candidate.
The sponsor/ co-sponsor should explain the weekend and tell them what to expect (i.e.
the talks, the Masses, etc.), but not about Palanca, Mananitas or Tardecitas,
Agape or Clausura.
The responsibility of the sponsor is to see that each candidate
realizes that they are renewing their Baptismal commitment to Christ by participating
in a movement of the Catholic Church it is a way of life that is strengthened
and encouraged by contact with Christ and other brothers and sisters. This
is sustained in a special way by the weekly Group Reunion which is one valuable
way to live out the renewed commitment to Christ and the Church.
The Consider Cursillo pamphlet has the essential information
for both sponsor and candidate. It should be read and discussed by both the
sponsor and the candidate.
Cursillo Weekend Duties
1. A sponsor/co-sponsor is to provide the candidate with transportation to
and from the weekend and to ensure the candidate has dinner before arrival
on Thursday of the weekend. At the same time, the sponsor is to accompany
the candidate into the weekend facility and help make the candidate feel comfortable.
2. A sponsor/co-sponsor is expected to palanca prayers and to attend the
Clausura. All are encouraged to attend the potluck at the conclusion of Clausura
3. The sponsor/co-sponsor should make an effort to call on or be available
candidate's family during the three days of Cursillo.
The sponsor/co-sponsor will assist the candidate in attending Ultreyas, School
of Leaders Workshops and offer help finding or forming a Group Reunion (4
th Day or Friendship Group). The 4 th Day Group is the key to persevering
and keeping the fire with Christ and the Community alive, which began on the