Palanca is intercessory prayer, sacrifice, or works of mercy. Palanca is basically the prayers and sacrifices we make for someone or something. Prayer and self-denial are palanca. The word “palanca” is Spanish for a lever or crowbar. In the sense in which it is used in Cursillo, it means Eucharist, Rosaries, fasting, prayers, and personal sacrifices which are offered on behalf of the Cursillistas or Pilgrims.
Personal Palanca Letters
The single most important thing anyone can do is PRAY! The Holy Spirit changes hearts and your prayers invoke the Holy Spirit to act! There is a list of Pilgrims and Team in the DeColores Newsletter, as well as on the web site. Please use the list to pray for the Team and Pilgrims by name.Please write personal palanca to the Pilgrims and to the Team.
- A short, hand-written note means so much more than the most clever computer letter. God touches the Pilgrims’ hearts with your messages of love. Please make sure your notes are no larger than 5″ by 7″. After you write your notes, please alphabetize them (separating out the Pilgrim and Team Palanca), so as to make the sorting easier. Reminder: No gifts (books, mugs, Bibles, T-shirts, or things of that nature.) If you wish to give your Pilgrim a gift, save it until you greet them after the Weekend.
Please make your Parish poster on white freezer paper (not poster board) and decorate it with your creative design, leaving lots of space for all the Cursillistas in your parish to sign. You may mail it to Bette (allowing a week for it to get there), or you may deliver it to the “Fr. P” box at DaySpring when you bring your Pilgrim to the Weekend.
There is always a need for Green Palanca to support the Weekend. A Weekend costs around $12,000. While Team and Pilgrim fees cover much of the cost, it is not enough. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to “Cursillo of Southwest Florida” and write “Green Palanca and enter the weekend # you are supporting, in the memo blank on the check.
Send it to:
John Genter Treasurer
559 Ladrone Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606