Catholic Enrichment

Cursillo is a word with Spanish origin that stands for ‘short course in Christianity.’ The Cursillo movement within the church is primarily a lay movement where people spend a weekend listening to various speakers as they share their experiences of a life with Christ. Cursillo is sponsored by the Catholic church, but is open to Christians of all denominations.



Christ Child Society 
The Christ Child Society is a non-profit national organization with a local chapter. The objective of this organization is to serve the needs of “at risk” children by providing a Layette Program which provides impoverished mothers with essentials for their newborn infants.

Contact: Tba


Teens Encounter Christ (T.E.C) 
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Weekend is held at Central Catholic High School four times a year (2 boy’s weekends and 2 girl’s).  This is a great opportunity for teens age 16-20 to explore their faith life and to have lots of fun!

Contact:  Rusty and Jana Schopp, 662-5525



Faith In Action 
Faith In Action is an ecumenical ministry involving volunteers of all ages from many congregations in the Twin Cities. We assist seniors age 60+ with a variety of activities of daily life that help them to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteers provide rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping assistance, friendly in-home visiting and reassurance phone calls, and light home maintenance. Volunteer orientations are held monthly and volunteers can choose when and how they want to serve. To be a care receiver, an individual must be 60 or older and live in Bloomington –Normal. Before services can be initiated, a home visit is completed by a Faith in Action Parish nurse. There are no charges for our services, but donations are gratefully welcomed.

Contact:  Linda Bollivar, 309-827-7780. 


UnCoupled Catholics 
Uncoupled Catholics is a faith-based ministry for single, widowed, and divorced Catholics in Bloomington-Normal and surrounding areas. Uncoupled is dedicated to providing opportunities for fellowship through social events, service projects, and educational and spiritual forums that will offer encouragement and support to enable all to grow in their faith with others who are experiencing similar life challenges.

Contact: Kathy Brady, 454-5094


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