"L'Étincelle" (a French name meaning "spark") is a Catholic movement for teens between the ages of 14 and 18. This movement is usually in conjunction with "La Flambée" ("blaze"), its counterpart for young adults, ages 19-30.
It was founded in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, in the spring of 1981, by a cursillista, Roger Poudrier, a Franciscan Friar, who organized the first meeting with 15 boys and 15 girls, at "Le Buisson Ardent" A few years later, it was implanted in Montreal, QC, under the impulse of two other Franciscan cursillistas: Eugène Bilodeau, ofm & Réjeanne Gagné, pfm. It spread gradually to the other French-speaking dioceses, in the eastern part of Canada.
The weekend provides an opportunity for the young to reflect on 4 aspects of his life:
As in the Cursillo, this reflection is brought about through different experiences and in a "de colores" atmosphere. And, as in the Cursillo Movement, there is a follow-up to the weekend through weekly or bi-monthly meetings.
For more information (in French), see L'Étincelle websites