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CFC-FFL COMMUNITY PRAYER 2019

Almighty Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, may you be glorified as we and our households serve you.

Lord Jesus, you who are not ashamed to call us brothers, help us to do the will of our heavenly Father, so that we would be deserving to be your true family. Keep us secure along the paths of holiness and discipleship, and to be always obedient to you as our Master.

Holy Spirit, you who are the love that binds Father and Son together, empower us to know the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God. Strengthen us as we endure the challenges of the authentic Christian life, and help us to be perfect through suffering.

Triune God, keep us, our households and our community steadfast in our resolve to serve you. Send us forth to be families on mission. Use us in order to witness to your love and to establish your dominion over the whole world.

Mama Mary, comfort us in our afflictions, cover us with your mantle of protection, and keep us in your loving embrace always.

Amen.



Bishop Tells Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion to Repent and Become Pro-Life

INTERNATIONAL MICAIAH BILGER JAN 2, 2019 | 11:01AM DUBLIN, IRELAND

Pro-abortion politicians should repent for promoting the destruction of human life, Irish Catholic Bishop Kevin Doran said Tuesday. Ireland officially legalized abortion Jan. 1, a dark new era for the once strongly pro-life nation. New Year’s Day was a day of mourning for pro-life advocates, but also one of determination as they vowed to continue working to protect unborn babies.



Bro. Frank with Pope Francis


At his meeting with Pope Francis on October 25, 2013, Bro Frank presented his new book to the Pope

Bro. Frank with Pope Benedict XVI


Frank and Gerry Padilla present the books "Servant Leadership" and "Stories from Prison" to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 09, 2010, at the Vatican

CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

O Blessed Virgin Mary, you with your Son Jesus crushed the head of the serpent. In the spiritual war that continues to rage in the heavens and on earth, you have already won the victory. Your holy warriors stand before you, dear Mother Mary. We consecrate ourselves to the cause of your Son Jesus, the Redeemer of the world, and to you as his Co-Redemptrix. We dedicate ourselves to the task of winning souls for the Kingdom. We commit to do battle against all evil forces. Cover us with your mantle of protection as you send us forth under your banner. Amen.

What is Divine Mercy?


Talk on Divine Mercy
by Fr. Manny Cruzlisten



Work with the Poor

WWP Fishing Boats for Displaced Fishermen

Fishing boats constructed of fiberglass built by the No One in Need (NONe) movement in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Palo and Caritas. For distribution to fishermen displaced by typhoon Yolanda.



Serving the Poorest of the Poor

LUMEN FIDEI OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS  

 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 248)

NOT UNDERSTANDING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION


December 11, 2018

Today’s readings:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-13
Matthew 18:12-14


To address the growing challenges to the faith in this third millennium, the Holy Spirit has called for the New Evangelization. Unfortunately, most Catholics have not heard about it, or do not know about it, or do not understand it. Thus our Church is missing a great opportunity for an outpouring of grace and a much-desired revival.


In what ways do we not understand what is the New Evangelization? Or put another way, in what ways has our Church acted, and still act, that shows this lack of understanding?


Not being a missionary Church
The New Evangelization is a call to worldwide mission. The psalmist says, “Tell his glory among the nations, among all peoples, his marvelous deeds” (Ps 96:3). Our Church is a missionary Church. She exists for mission. But rather than continuing to expand her work and reach, she is shrinking.


Our parishes are not focused on evangelization. If there is evangelization, it is but one of the different ministries, rather than having evangelization as the thread that weaves through all the different parish ministries. Further, evangelization is thought of as just some programs, mostly focused on formation.


The ordinary Catholic does not have knowledge of or a mindset about evangelization and mission. But this is what a Christian is supposed to be.


Not searching for the lost sheep
The New Evangelization is a call to search for and bring back the lost sheep, those Catholics that are nominal or lapsed. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?” (Mt 18:12). God does not want anyone to be lost. “It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Mt 18:14). Jesus came to save us. This aspect of faith is of the utmost importance.


Tragically, today it is not one but the 99 that are lost! There is growing apostasy in our Church, and we are losing Catholics by the day. They are being taken by the world, by sects and even by cults.


 

Regular Church attendance is a low single-digit in parts of Europe, and in the teens for most of the rest of the world. Even in places where churches are packed on Sunday, many are still not accounted for, as parishes have no concerted effort to go to the grassroots at the peripheries.


Missing the first step in evangelization
The New Evangelization emphasizes the kerygma, the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. Every Catholic is to become an evangelizer. “A voice says, ‘Proclaim!’” (Is 40:6a). This is the missing first step in the process of evangelization. It is what leads to repentance and faith in Jesus. When the gospel is proclaimed, people hear, believe, call upon the name of the Lord, and are saved. Without this initial first step, then how can anything else follow?


Our Church today focuses on many things (important as they are) such as catechism, sacraments, liturgical feasts, conferences and social justice, but miss out on evangelization.


Absence of rapid and massive evangelization
The New Evangelization is a call to rapid and massive evangelization. The psalmist says, “proclaim his salvation day after day.” (Ps 96:2b). Day after day, each and every day! Since 99 of the 100 sheep are lost, evangelization must be rapid and massive. How else are we going to be able to reach them all?


Such massive work is not in the mindset of many parishes and dioceses. Much energy is spent in doing many works, but evangelization happens just every now and then, if at all.


Being a Church of maintenance
The New Evangelization is a call to mission, searching for the lost sheep, and not just tending to the flock that remains. “And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.” (Mt 18:13).


The Church does a good job of caring for the flock that is active and engaged. There are very many good parish programs, ministries and support groups. Unfortunately, most Catholics are not there to partake of the feast that is on the table. They need to be searched for and brought back to God and back to the Church.


It is ironic that our Church focuses on maintenance, but is unable to maintain our Catholics. We are losing them by the day.


Lack of focus on Christ
The New Evangelization brings us back to a focus on Jesus the Savior. We are to meet Christ, live Christ, and share Christ. He is King and Lord. So we “declare among the nations: The Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a).


Not focused on holiness
The New Evangelization is a call to holiness and Christian perfection. We are to be like God. We are to “bow down to the Lord, splendid in holiness.” (Ps 96:9a). Holiness is hardly spoken of today. The ordinary Catholic does not even know what holiness means. Thus we have many Catholics who go to Mass and receive Communion, but the rest of the week are indulging in works of the flesh.


Lack of empowerment by the Spirit for spiritual warfare
The New Evangelization is a call to engage in spiritual warfare against a powerful enemy, but with the assurance of victory by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the agent of evangelization. “Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong arm” (Is 40:10a).


We cannot prevail against the evil one just on our own strength. We need divine power to do divine work. But many today do not know the Holy Spirit. Many do not even know that when they evangelize, they are automatically engaged in spiritual warfare. That makes dependence upon God and His power even more crucial. Indeed, the call is to be holy warriors.


Not giving all to the work
The New Evangelization is a call to give our all in the proclamation of the gospel. “Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!” (Is 40:9b). We are to devote the fullness of our time, gifts and resources to the work.


Jesus says that the harvest is rich but the laborers are few. Many more need to step up and step forward. And those who do so need to see this mission work as of critical importance, worthy of giving their all.


Lack of pastoral care and formation
The New Evangelization is a call to care for and protect the sheep who are already in the sheepfold, as they are under attack by ravenous wolves, both without and within. “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.” (Is 40:11). There has to be constant and ongoing formation and pastoral care.


Unfortunately, even our pastors might be going astray. Many are buying into the culture of death (such as acceptance of contraception and LGBT). Many dissent from the Church Magisterium. Many have become liberal or progressive and even modernist. Many are into political correctness, accompanying and accepting the sinner but not speaking of his sin. The scandal of homosexual sin among clerics has caused many lay Catholics to leave the Church.


Not preparing for the second coming
The New Evangelization is a preparation for the second coming of Jesus. “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord!” (Is 40:3a). Jesus will come again, “the Lord who comes, who comes to govern the earth, to govern the world with justice, and the peoples with faithfulness.” (Ps 96:13). Jesus will bring justice and judgment, and will extend eternal reward to the holy and faithful remnant.


Since we are already in the end times, the work is of the utmost urgency. But many Catholics are engaged in the goings-on of the secular world, hardly prepared for the day of judgment.



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What's Happening?


Canada Kids Congress (CKC)

July 13, 2019
8:00 AM
Sen O'Connor College School
60 Rowena Drive
North York, ON


EFI Program Presentation (East)

July 19, 2019
7:00 PM
Bl. Pier Giorgio Farassati CS
8 Seasons Drive
Scarborough, ON


Chosen, Broken & Given

July 20, 2019
10:00 AM
Sir John MacDonald Collegiate
2300 Pharmacy Ave.,
Scarborough, ON


EFI Program Presentation (West)

July 21, 2019
2:00 PM
Guardian Angels Parish Hall
10630 Creditview Drive,
Brampton, ON


Canada Handmaids Congress

July 27-28, 2019
8:00 AM
Centennial College
937 Progress Ave.
Scarborough, ON


WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO

Through all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that we are an evangelistic and missionary community. This has been true from the very beginning and has never changed. We do our work within the context of family renewal. That is one distinct factor that distinguishes us from other renewal movements.
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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is the greatest gift God gives to His people. The Eucharist is our path to holiness and Christian perfection. The Eucharist is crucial to our work of the New Evangelization. We must have greater understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, so that we can go forth and truly be effective witnesses to salvation in Jesus.

Servant leadership is crucial to our work of building up community and of doing a massive work of evangelization. Unfortunately, many who are leaders in our Church today may not have the heart of a servant. But Jesus, our Lord and Master, came not to be served but to serve. He is our main model.



CBCP Gives Recognition to CFC- FFL

The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the  Philippines (CBCP) has given formal recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) as a National Private Association of the Lay Faithful. 

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CFC FFL Gets Ecclesiastical Recognition

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has given Ecclesiastical Recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life on November 17, 2009.  Click on the image below to view the Ecclesiastical Recognition document.


CFC-FFL Servant General Re-Appointed to the Pontifical Council of Family

After having been re-appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Padillas admitted that they are facing truckload of works to do with the Council given the numerous attacks being directed against the Church's doctrines on family and life. 

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  • Address: 2250 Midland Avenue, Unit 7 Scarborough, Ontario M1P 4R9
  • phone: 416.335.3358
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  • email: cfcffl@cfcfflcanada.org

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