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					Cursillo Newsletter                                 TIME MARCHES ON…
February, 2010
429 East Grandview Boulevard
P.O. Box 10397
Erie, PA 16514-0397
Phone: 814-824-1118
Web site:                       HAPPY NEW YEAR
Men’s Cursillo #210 will begin on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM at Our Lady of
Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, in Harborcreek, PA. Msgr. Max Karg, Fr. John Fischer and
Deacon Ken Reisenweber will join Rector Art Lynch and his assistant, Dan Ford, and their team:
Chief Warden Dan Sexauer, Wardens John Ptaskiewicz, Jerry Allgeier, Brian Aleksandrowicz,
Warden/Troubadour Jon Sedelmyer and Auxiliaries Fred Williams, Ron Bonominio, Steve Urash
and Steve Viera. The Closing will begin at 4:30 PM on Sunday, February 21, 2010.
The Holy Hour to support this Cursillo will happen on Saturday, February 20, 2010, 9:00 p.m. at
Our Lady of Mercy Church with Fr. Johnathan Schmolt presiding. Other Holy Hours are
scheduled throughout the diocese. Please check your area newsletters or contact your area
Palanca must be dropped off by Friday, February 19, 2010 at the following sites: 1) The
Teacher’s Apple Basket, 9 West Main Street, North East, PA 16428, Mon., 10 AM – 5 PM,
Tues. – Thurs., 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 PM. St. Mark Church, 695 Smithson Ave. in Lawrence Park,
Mon. – Thurs. 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday before 10:00 AM, 2) Al’s Awning Shop, 1721 West 26th
St. in Erie, Mon. – Thurs. only between 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 3) Kelly’s Sewing Corner, 3330 West
26th St. in Erie, Village West, Mon. – Thurs. only between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 4) For Art’s Sake,
7547 West Ridge Rd., Rt. 20, Fairview, Tues. – Thurs. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Fridays 8:30 AM –
10:00 AM, 5) Hofmann’s Church and Religious Goods, 420 East 26th St. in Erie, between 9:00
AM – 5:30 PM, Mon. – Thurs., Fri. before 10:00 AM, 6) The Cursillo Office, 429 East Grandview
Boulevard in Erie, Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. After 10:00 AM on Friday, Palanca
should be taken directly to the Cursillo site.
The set up will be Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM. The Thursday Night Snack is
the responsibility of the assigned committee. The Friday Morning Breakfast (be there at 7:00
AM) is the responsibility of St. Mark, Mt. Calvary & St. James Parishes. Friday Luncheon (be
there at 12:30 PM) is the responsibility of St. Gregory (North East), St. Boniface, Holy Rosary, St.
John the Baptist and St. Patrick Parishes. Friday Supper (be there at 6:15 PM) is the
responsibility of Our Lady of Mercy, St. George, St. Paul, St. Julia Parishes. Saturday Morning
(be there at 7:00 AM) is the responsibility of St. Joseph, St. Peter, Mt. Carmel, Sacred Heart, and
Holy Trinity parishes. Saturday Luncheon (be there at 12:45 PM) is the responsibility of Blessed
Sacrament, Our Lady of the Lake, All Saints and St. Jude parishes. Saturday Supper (be there at
6:45 PM) is the responsibility of Holy Cross, Our Lady of Peace, St. Andrew, St. John (Girard) and
St. Lawrence (Albion) Parishes. Sunday meals (be there at 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM) are the
responsibility of Erie County.

The parishes assigned to the Closing Luncheon this month will be Corry Catholic
Community (St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas), Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Mount
Carmel.    Parish Coordinators are reminded of their responsibility to inform their
parishioners of this duty. You are asked to bring these casseroles or desserts in disposable
containers right to the kitchen. Thank You!
For directions, times, and general information concerning this weekend, call Denise
McCaleb Brown at 814-454-5801, the Cursillo office at 814-824-1118 or check the web site
(bulletin board), which is updated regularly.
The emergency phone number at this Cursillo is 814-898-3306.
The next Erie Ultreya is set for February 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish,
2401 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16506. The regular program of the Celebration of Eucharist,
our sharing program and our closing social period will be observed. Babysitting will be
available at this site. Check the dates and times of other Ultreyas in the diocese in your area
              Prayers Department: (If you know of someone who has passed away or is ill,
              please be sure to notify the office.) Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to
              the loved ones and friends of Jean Keck, Jeannine Turner, Mary Brown, Jim Kuhn
              (Mary Skladanowski’s father), Stan Giewont, Andrew James Morandini, Ron Litke,
              Harris Publicover, III, Adelaide Lippert, Sue Berdis’s mother, Ellen Ford’s mother,
              Bill Pilewski’s father, Matt and Molly Johnson’s son, Eileen Landefeld’s brother,
              Denise Schoenfeldt’s aunt, as well as all those of whom we are unaware. On our
sick and recovering from sickness list we find Fr. Ted Marconi’s mother, Fr. John Fischer’s
brother, Deacon Dave Pratt, Eileen Gunter, Joe Gula, Betty Popovich, Ron Trapp, Ray Shingler,
Laura Drapcho, Dorothy Slomski, Joe Presto, Barb Cross’s mother, Sue Berdis’s father, Kathy
Maruca’s brother and sister, Tim Gunter’s brother, Deacon Tim Wren’s son, Wendell and Kathy
Thorton’s son, Mark and Mo Totleben’s granddaughter, Garold & Connie Molli’s niece, along
with all those of whom we are unaware. Also, please remember Debbie Wisinski who lost her
home in the flood the end of last June.
Congratulations to Josh and Allison Gordon on the birth of their son, Brayden Joshua.
As always keep our seminarians, women and men religious candidates, as well as our deacon
candidates and their wives in your prayers.
For the Good of the Movement: 1) Our next Men’s Cursillo Choir performance will be on
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at St. St. Francis Xavier, 8880 West Main Street, McKean, PA,
16426 at their 5:00 p.m. Mass. Rehearsal is at 4:00 p.m. and we will be directed to a room to
rehearse once we arrive. Immediately following mass, a fellowship gathering/dinner will be held
and provided by St. Francis parishioners. They do ask everyone to please bring a dessert. 2)
The Cursillo Past Presidents' KISS Dance will be held on Valentine's Day Eve, Saturday,
February 13, 2010, with a NEW START TIME OF 7:00 p.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m. The fun
will last until 11:00PM (used to run 8pm-12am). The dance will remain at Holy Rosary Parish's
Hastings Hall at East 28th & East Avenue in Erie, with parking in the rear on the East 27th Street
side of the building. DJ Dean always plays "something for everyone" and will once again
facilitate some of our fun dance traditions. Also new this year: we've decided to "go green" and
print no tickets. Admission at the door will remain $7.00 per person. This is a BYOB event,
with munchies, pop, and draft beer being provided. Feel free to bring other snacks for your
enjoyment. Our 50-50 cash drawing will also be featured again. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE
WORD! This has always been a "word of mouth" event, hence there were never many tickets
sold in advance. Proceeds from the 2010 dance will benefit My Father's House of Erie, PA,
which is a transitional home for women and children, providing a safe and homelike environment
and community services and support. Visit for more information. 3) Someone
found a Men's Devotional Bible in the parking ramp at Hamot recently. We are trying to locate
the owner. It is in a beautiful case. If you believe it is yours or you know who it might belong to,
please contact Eileen at the office, 814-824-1118. 4) Please remember that all banners and
palanca must be picked up after each Cursillo. The office cannot be responsible for keeping or
holding on to these things. 5) If you know of someone not receiving the Erie County Cursillo
Newsletter, they are not in our new computer system. If you have a change of address,
phone number, change parishes, have a new e-mail address or change your e-mail
address, please contact the office and give us your new information. We are still trying to
convert all of our information to a data base and need all of this information. Even if you have
no changes, if you did not fill out the census form, you are not in the system, so be sure to send
it in to the office ASAP! 6) For those of you who are actively recruiting candidates for next year,
here, again, are the dates and locations of the 2010 Cursillos: Men’s #210, February 18-21,
2010, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek, PA; Women’s #216, March 11-14, 2010, Our Lady of
Mercy, Harborcreek, PA; Men’s #211, April 15-18, 2010, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek, PA;
Women’s #217, May 20-23, 2010, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek, PA; Men’s #212, June 24-
27, 2010, Our Lady of Lourdes, Cochranton, PA; Women’s #218, July 22-25, 2010, Kennedy
Catholic High School, Hermitage, PA; Men’s #213, August 12-15, 2010 , Woodland Elementary
School, Emporium, PA; Women’s #219, October 14-17, 2010, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek,
PA; Men’s #214, November 18-21, 2010, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek, PA.
Heard at the Last Closing:
    I came here and I had no parish. [Everyone stands.] Wow – that’s awesome. Seriously, I
      might just turn into a Catholic now!
    My husband did all these things – housework, cooking, etc. – so I could come here this
      weekend. Sometimes we need to be relieved of our responsibilities so we can realize
      what our real responsibilities are!
    This is really the first time I felt that God loved me.
    I have gained so many tools to go out and be the best Christian I can be!
Fr. Bill’s Comments: As I sit here writing to you all, I am looking out the window and watching
it snow. Here in Edinboro, that’s the norm for this time of the year. Now, I’m not a big snow
guy. I don’t ski, snowboard, snowmobile or Ice fish. In my younger days, at this time of year, I
would be scuba diving somewhere in the Caribbean.
A good number of years ago now, one of those trips was to the Dominican Republic. This
nation shares an island with the nation of Haiti. They have beautiful weather and they are
suffering terribly! The recent earthquakes in Haiti remind us of just how blessed we really are,
even in the winter. There are an estimated 200,000 people dead in Haiti. That’s 71% of the
population of the city of Erie; all in just one day with another 250,000 injured and 1,500,000
homeless. It’s a tragedy most of us can’t even begin to comprehend.
These are our brothers and sisters. If you are not praying for those who have died, those who
mourn the dead, those who are injured, those who are homeless and those who have arrived to
try to help; please do so. If you have not sacrificed by giving generously to organizations such
as Catholic Charities; please do so. If you have not thanked God for the cold and the snow we
often whine about and the safety we often take for granted; please do so. Ideals, Laymen (or
Laywomen) in the Church, Piety, Study, Action, Leadership in our Environment, Christian
Community in Action, Fourth Day; every single talk speaks to the needs of our brothers and
sisters in Haiti and our need to respond.
                                                                                    De Colores!

Candidates for Men's Cursillo #210:
  1. Rev. William “Fr. Bill” Barrow, Our Lady of Peace – Erie (John Gromacki)
  2. Frank “Larry” Benek, St. James – Erie (Mike Cross)
  3. Everett “Ev” Crowley, Maria House Project – Erie (Joe Tarquinio)
  4. Michael Duda, Church of the Beloved Disciple – Grove City (Dennis Palaski)
  5. Theodore Denny, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  6. Edward Fry, St. Michael – Greenville (Lou Christiansen)
  7. Jay Gibbons, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  8. Matthew Gromacki, St. George – Erie (John Gromacki)
  9. Tim Haschalk, Our Lady of the Lake – Edinboro (Paul Groszkiewicz)
  10. John Hauck, No Parish Affiliation – Erie (Mike Monroe)
  11. Tom Kuberry, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  12. George Lander, Our Lady of the Lake – Edinboro (Rob Shinsky)
  13. Peter “Pete” Major, St. Peter Cathedral – Erie (Linda Major)
  14. Stephen Moreton, St. Michael – Greenville (Joe and Cheryl Presto)
  15. Peter “Pete” Naud, Our Lady of Peace – Erie (Paul Groszkiewicz)
  16. Jeffrey Nelson, Our Lady of the Lake – Edinboro (Paul Groszkiewicz)
  17. Larry New, St. Jude the Apostle – Erie (Eileen Jeffreys)
  18. Mark “Mule” Nowatny, No Parish Affiliation – Erie (John Ptaskiewicz)
  19. Joseph O’Brien, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  20. Jeffrey “Jeff” O’Hara, St. Peter Cathedral – Erie (Charles “Skip” Glover)
  21. Lawrence “Larry” Schneider, St. Paul – Erie (Jeannette DeleCurti)
  22. Thomas “Tom” Shearon, St. Mary – New Kensington (Fr. Steve Anderson)
  23. Lauren Shreve, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  24. Jeff Sopich, Maria House Project – Spartansburg (Joe Tarquinio)
  25. Patrick “Zappy” Zapolski, St. Joseph/Bread of Life – Erie (Brian Kelly)