Ultreya is a Spanish word for "Keep on going!" or "Onward!"
Ultreyas are opportunities for people to gather, pray, and share personal stories about living a life in God's Grace. It is a weekly or a monthly follow-up, open to the community, by people who have made a conscious commitment to grow closer to Jesus Christ in accordance with their personal vocation.
Click here to view and download a document from the National Cursillo Center describing Ultreya and it's Importance to the Person.
Click here to view and download a document from the National Cursillo Center describing Ultreya as a Reunion of Group Reunions.
More Information Regarding Ultreya
Ultreyas Near You!
Here is the list of Lafayette Ultreyas for 2019
Jan 26, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, 7:00 pm, lower level
February 23, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, 7:00 pm, lower level
March 23, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, upper level (This is our Soup Supper) 6:00 pm,
April 27, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, lower level, 7:00 pm
May 18, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, lower level, 7:00 pm
June 2018: No Ultreya (Possible Cursillo Family Picnic, No Date as yet)
July 2018: No Ultreya
August 2018: No Ultreya
September 28, 2019: (Tentative Date, not confirmed)
October 26, 2019: St Lawrence parish hall, lower level, 7:00 pm
November 16, 2019: (Thanksgiving Dinner, 6:00 pm, upper level. Tentative Date, not confirmed)
December: No Ultreya
Directions to St. Lawrence Parish in Lafayette, click here.
- Brief invocation by the spiritual advisor who starts the Ultreya on time (2 Minutes)
- Call to form small groups, of not more than four persons, using the “ultreya” format (20 Minutes)
- Short song while chairs are rearranged is encouraged, but not essential (5 Minutes)
- Lay witness (15 Minutes)
- The Echo (Affirmation) (10 Minutes)
- Spiritual advisor’s summation (5 Minutes)
- Closing song and closing prayer (before the blessed Sacrament if possible) followed by social time for those who wish to participate. (10 Mintes)
Why a Witness Talk?
To give witness to Christ in our own lives, to share our life with Him and unite all in a Spirit of Love. To help others grow, to make Christ better known by showing how we live our daily lives as a witness to Him.
The witness talk should be a personal sharing of any one of a person’s:
- Growing union with God; a moment closest to Christ, Christ who is real, sharing our life in Christ so others are encouraged.
- Growing knowledge of Christ; it should be real, personal and concrete.
- Bringing others to know Christ or the changing of an environment in a particular area, sincere & natural
The witness talk should not be:
- An emotional high (shouldn’t be all feelings); An outpouring of personal troubles that calls for help.
- A tale of an extraordinary event (people relate to the ordinary circumstances of life)
- Irrelevant to life (down to earth)
- A message for one’s personal cause; it is not an instruction
The talk should not be longer than 15 minutes and is a witness, not an instructional or a teaching. The talk should encourage others, by example, to go and do the same.
The witness speaker normally consults with the Spiritual Advisor before the Ultreya.
The echo is spontaneous. These are comments from Cursillistas that provide additional support to the witness that has been presented. These should help awaken a desire among the other participants to go forth and do likewise.
The leader of the Ultreya should take care not to exceed to the time allotted for this part.
Spiritual Advisor Summation
This is the time for putting the witness and the commentaries in proper perspective with the Gospel, the Church, and/or other elements of the Church (i.e., other biblical passages, encyclicals, Vatican information, etc.). This is the point where the Spiritual Advisor attempts to unite the evangelistic growth with the spiritual growth. The Spiritual Advisor should focus the comments' contents of the witness talk and the echoes. The summation should further encourage the participants - forth and evangelize with a Gospel spirit.
Whenever possible, the Ultreya should conclude with a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Having a closing prayer to conclude the Ultreya is essential, even if it is not possible to visit the Blessed Sacrament.