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From the (new) Lay Director
My name is Frank Jakob, I made the Men's 57th CumChristo and I sat at the roundtable of "Corban" (see Mark 7:11).
My family attends St. Michael Church in Worthington. My wife, Martina, and I have a music ministry at the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturdays (come and sing with us sometime), and with the Sunday preschool program, "Joyful Noise". Martina teaches in the Parish School of Religion, and we participate in the Sunday Morning "Family Program", religious education for children and adults.
After making my weekend in 1979 I became active in the movement, especially with regard to music and the blessings of community singing in a Christian environment. I also met my wife, Martina at CumChristo. We remained active until we began attending to our children and family responsibilities. Our children are now old enough to take care of themselves, and we are looking forward to greater and more regular participation in Ultreya, Serenade, Closings, and other activities.
I am humbled by the honor of serving as Lay Director. While struggling with the call I prayed, consulted with my wife, my current group, past group mates, my sponsor, and various members of the movement. I am grateful to God for the affirmation I received. Enough affirmation to almost overcome the self-doubts that plague me as demons. At Mass the morning that I promised my decision the psalm response was "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." That tipped the scales and I said yes. Now I am excited about the challenge of continuing the tradition of keeping CumChristo grounded in its Cursillo roots while providing for active participation of Christians of all denominations in this Roman Catholic movement.
The mission of CumChristo has always captured my attention and inspired me: "Christianize your environments." That is quite a challenge. I think it is far easier to volunteer at Faith Mission and work in that environment than it is to go to work and Christianize that environment. The first may only be good action. The second is apostolic action.
I begin my tenure with a challenge to the community. I challenge you to challenge the movement by sponsoring candidates. Sponsor enough candidates to fill weekends. Sponsor enough candidates to build a backlog of burgeoning babechicks. Candidates who are ripe and right for CumChristo. That is, natural leaders who -- with the tools of piety, study and action shared in group reunion -- will assist you in Christianizing your environments: home, family, neighborhood, church, and work. If at a loss, start with your pastor and your parish council, then make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to the same close loving relationship with Christ that you have found.
About the "new" Coordinator
What is new about the Coordinator is that he is no longer the Lay Director. Terry Walsh will continue in the Office Coordinator position that he has been so effectively administering, There are a lot of detailed tasks that the Coordinator is responsible for that keep CumChristo running.
The Lay Director role and the Coordinator role were merged during Terry's tenure. It is now time to divide the roles along spiritual and worldly lines with the Lay Director taking the former and the Coordinator taking the latter.
Speaking for the movement, praise God for the meticulous attention that Terry so willingly gives to that Coordinator role. Speaking as the Lay Director, thank you Jesus for Terry's willingness to remain active and to advise this babechick Lay Director. Speaking as a musician, the Holy Spirit is present in the music when Terry plays along.
Call the office number to contact the Coordinator regarding applications, schedules, and the like.
About the (new) Web Site
Communication is the backbone of a vibrant movement. We have the bulletin boards, white board, and calendar down at the center. We have the office voice mail system with messaging, faxing, and current news notices. We have the Quiri newsletter. Now we have a trial website: http://members.aol.com/cumchristo. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local public library and have the librarian show you how.
Phil Turner, Men's 107th has accepted the webmaster position. He will guide our transition to a more stable service provider, more interesting web pages, and more current content. For the time being: explore the site; visit the "related movements" and "shopping" links; and send feedback to CumChristo@cheerful.com.
Feel free to tell your candidates about the "Background" page that is based on our brochure as a means for educating candidates about the movement.
If anyone in the Community knows the whereabouts of our altar linens, please call the office and let us know. The new linen cloth which was donated to the Center in the name of Darleen Eberly was last seen on the Women's weekend in May. The older ruffled altar cloth is also missing.
Leaders' School Weekend Orientation Program
by Tom Dlusky
The Annual Leaders' School will be held November 13 & 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening the 13th and ending early Saturday afternoon the 14th. Staying overnight is optional but is recommended.
Attending Leaders' School is a great opportunity for old and new members of the Community to learn more about the Movement. The team is experienced and prepared to present a very informative and spiritual session that is likely to be enjoyed by all.
Another reason to attend the Leaders' School this November is that you must attend in order to participate in any leadership roles in the Community. This includes participating on a weekend team.
We hope you can attend Leaders' School and become more informed about how and why the weekend works. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing our experience with you.
Please call the office to register: 268-8141.
In addition to this announcement of Leaders' School, we would also like to express our appreciation to Terry Walsh for his years of service to the Community as Lay Director and we are grateful that as Office Coordinator he will continue to serve. We welcome Frank Jakob as the new Lay Director and look forward to assisting him in his new role.
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