Report on Actions of
Secretariat for the Cursillo Movement in
The Diocese of Texas
19 May 2001
The Secretariat meeting was held at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in
Because the Lay Director was doing humanitarian relief in Puerto Rico
following flooding there, the meeting was run by the Assistant Lay Director,
Actions of the Secretariat that may be of interest to members of the Austin
Steering Committee and others in our Convocation are listed below.
1) The Secretariat reaffirmed that no alcoholic beverages shall be served at
any weekend function other than sacramental wine at Eucharist. This had been
passed unanimously at the March meeting of the Secretariat but the Lay
Director apparently wanted it revisited. The decision was again unanimous.
2) As of May 19, 2001, the money raised as a result of the mailing put out by
Bishop Alard and Marvin Garza, was $5,458. This is toward a goal of $8,000.
Donations can still be sent to Randy Patterson, the new Treasurer for the
Diocesan Cursillo Movement.
3) The Diocesan Spiritual Advisor wishes to go to several Ultreyas around the
Diocese. He asks that he be sent the schedule with place of assembly. John
Graham's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
4) The Secretariat expressed concern that various Stations of the Cross being
used on the weekend, other than the one in the Rector's kit, may be violating
the copyright and we need to abide by the copyright laws. If a service other
than what is in the Rector's kit is contemplated, copyright permission, in
writing, needs to be secured. The Rev. John Graham will check about the
service Camp Allen has.
5) Weekend teams are asked not to use candles during the Stations of the
Cross because of the problem of wax drip in All Saints Chapel.
6) The Secretariat has asked that all Personal palanca, which is addressed to
only one participant, be written for delivery at Maņanitas only. There are
several reasons for this, not the least of which is that personal palanca
during the weekend is an intrusion, however loving, of the outside community
into the haven of the weekend and breaks the flow of the ideas of the talks
and the time for reflection on the talks and what is happening in the life of
the participant. The cooperation of all is greatly appreciated. As always,
written palanca is all that will be delivered on the Maņanitas trays.
The Secretariat reviewed a report from the committee on revision of the
Rector's Manual, chaired by Carol Youens. Several questions were brought
from the committee and were addressed by the Secretariat. The full report
will probably be forwarded to the Secretariat for its consideration and
possible adoption in September. The intent is to have the manual on a CD
that can stay with each Rectors kit.
Job Descriptions for Parish Contact, Convocational Contact and Convocational
Representative were reviewed and several comments made. Kyla Smith has been
heading a group working on these.