Holy Cross Parish hosted a Grand Ultreya to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Ottawa Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast celebrated Mass for the approximately 300 parishioners and visitors in attendance on June, 8, 2016.
In his homily, Archbishop Prendergast paid tribute to the Cursillo Movement: “The spirituality of the Cursillo is whatever it is that the Lord moves in you. Each one has a unique way of being a disciple of Christ. Cursillo and Challenge are vehicles for awakening in us the great gift that God has already given to us in our Baptism.”
After Mass, Joy Hudson spoke about her involvement with Cursillo, which began at the 8th Ottawa Women's Cursillo in October, 1972. In explaining why she has undertaken so many activities for the church over the years, she said: "I have to do my part to build the Kingdom of God on earth. It's about journeying with others in my community with the support of my brothers and sisters who share the same ideal that I do."
The Ottawa Cursillo movement has a large, active community with an ongoing schedule of Cursillo weekends at Maison Notre-Dame-de-la-Providence, Central Ultreyas at Our Lady of Fatima Church hall, and monthly parish/regional ultreyas at St Elizabeth, St John the Apostle, Annunciation of the Lord, and Holy Cross Parishes in Ottawa, and St Mary's Parish in Carleton Place. Challenge participation in ultreyas, workshops and social events plays a vital role in the life of the movement.
Cursillo is a short course in Christianity and is of value to anyone who has the desire to learn more about Christianity and to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. The weekend is an introduction to a method of living our faith in the world around us and offers several means to live this out daily. The Ottawa Cursillo website contains further information and contact details for people wishing to learn more or make contact with the movement.