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Transcript of TALK 11
What is Couples for Christ?
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Christian community for the renewal and strengthening of family life and making the love of God felt among the poor.
It started in June 1981 in Manila, Philippines, with 16 couples.
It is a highly evangelistic community that continues to grow.
2014, there are about 700,000 active adult members and 300,000 kids and young adults in 105 countries throughout the world.
Ongoing teaching and formation
Other regular activities of the community
Purpose of the Household
• share life experiences of God’s love.
• help to overcome obstacles in the Christian life
• develop real friendships and true brotherhood/sisterhood
THE LIFE AND MISSION OF COUPLES FOR CHRIST
Alongside its work of personal and family renewal:
What we are called?
The family as the basic unit of society is God’s plan. “The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” (Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio).
How do We Support One Another in CFC?
CFC is one with the Catholic Church. It is officially recognized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of the Laity as a private international association of pontifical right.
Through its formation programs,CFC aims for its members to grow in holiness.
CFC has ministries for family members other than couples. Since 1993, CFC has established Kids for Christ (KFC), Youth for Christ (YFC), Singles for Christ (SFC), Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD), and Servants of the Lord (SOLD). CFC has what is termed “womb-to-tomb” ministry.
Read and understand:
CFC Statement of Vision and Mission
CFC Statement of Philosophy
FAMILIES IN THE HOLY SPIRIT RENEWING THE FACE OF THE EARTH
BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE HOME, BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR
Couples for Christ adheres to a set of beliefs and ideals, from which flow its Christian values, attitudes and behavior, as well as its teachings, programs and approaches to Christian renewal within the context of family relationships.
WE BELIEVE in marriage as an indissoluble institution as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mt.19:6); and that God created marriage primarily for love between man and woman, and for the procreation and proper rearing of children.
WE BELIEVE that God created man and wife with equal personal worth and dignity; and that God ordained order in the family by giving the man the role as head of the family and the woman as his helpmate and support, which roles best express their complementarity.
WE BELIEVE in the inalienable and irreplaceable right and responsibility of parents to educate their children; and that children need to be educated in essential human and Christian values for them to become responsible and mature members of society.
WE BELIEVE that the family, in practicing the gospel message, shares in the life and mission of the Church—through prayers, evangelization and service to others, especially to the poor.
WE BELIEVE that Christian family renewal can best be achieved by inviting Jesus to be the Lord of our homes, by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to lead our family lives, and through the full use of all spiritual gifts at our disposal.
WE BELIEVE in the maternal mediation and intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary in bringing us all closer to her Son Jesus. Devotion to Mary leads us to devotion to Jesus that will lead to our sanctification.
CFC has been raised by God to defend his work. Our task is to strengthen family life. This is our reason for being. We accomplish this by working for the renewal of individuals, families and the Church on a global basis and by providing a strong support environment for our members.
In CFC, we make a commitment to grow together in holiness as Christian couples, and to encourage and support one another in living a Spirit-filled Christian life.
We have a 5-point commitment – The Covenant of Couples for Christ – which is embodied in a small white card that we carry with us all the time. Read “The Covenant of Couples for Christ” and explain briefly.
4 to 7 couples and is headed by a leader-couple, and is set up immediately after the CLP
The household meets once a week, on the same day of the week as mutually agreed by its members.
The household meetings are held in the homes of the group members, on rotation basis from week to week.
3 ingredients in a typical household meeting: an extended period of prayer and worship, a time for sharing or discussion, and some time for fellowship.
Values of holding
in our homes
Worshipping the Lord in our home makes the truth that the home is a domestic church a concrete reality. And God’s blessings will surely descend upon the home where God’s people can be found, worshipping him together and growing in faith together.
The people living with us – our children, perhaps our parents, household help, the people who are closest to us – will be aware of what we are involved in and what we do every week. To them we will become people who are living their Christian faith openly and powerfully.
What we do in our home may be used by the Lord as an effective tool for evangelization, especially to our relatives, neighbours and friends.
...how do we support one another in CFC?
1st year teaching program:
• Covenant Orientation (3 months after CLP)
• Marriage Enrichment Retreat I (6 months after CLP)
• Financial Stewardship (1 month after MER I)
• Evangelization Training (12 months after CLP)
Beyond the first year, there are many other courses (e.g. Living as a People of God, Christian Personal Relationships, etc.) and various training modules for those who will undertake services in CFC.
Various teachings will also be given through prayer
assemblies, conferences, other occasions, and through
the CFC website (www.couplesforchristglobal.org).
We also have books and other materials on evangelization, marriage, working with the poor, etc.
...other regular activities of our community.
Annual leaders’ conference and annual theme weekend retreat.
Monthly prayer assemblies (in lieu of the household meeting).
Lord’s Day celebrations, anniversaries, family days, evangelization rallies, leaders’ conferences, social activities, etc.
Participation in Church-led activities and advocacies.
1. We are living in exciting times. As we see the deterioration of Christian values and family life all around us in all parts of the world, we are also seeing God’s loving and protective hand in trying to restore the Christian family back to his original plan.
a) We need to see this spiritual drama with the eyes of faith.
b) We are called to be part of God’s work and we should gladly respond to his divine efforts of restoring families back to his kingdom.
c) We are inviting you to be a part of God’s
work by being a part of us in CFC.
2. Think and pray about “The Covenant of CFC”.
a) Look at the covenant as an ideal, not yet fully
in place, but as what God calls us to.
b) What is important for you to be able to make the covenant is that:
• You understand it.
• You accept it as helpful and even necessary for Christian family living.
• You will try to live it out.
c) We precisely need one another in CFC
in order to support each other in living out
If you decide that CFC is for you, come back next week, ready to make the covenant.