Heavenly Father, you are the Creator and we are all your children. Make us truly one. Protect us from the division in families, in communities, in the Church and in the world.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Savior who died for us and saved us. Now as your disciples, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in you throughout the world. May we be worthy witnesses. Show us the way to self-denial, embrace of the cross, and following you. Raise among us true servant leaders who have a passion for souls.
Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization who sends us to engage in spiritual warfare. Equip us with the armor of God and weapons of righteousness. Help us to preserve unity in the Spirit through the bond of peace. May we stand together as your holy warriors.
Triune God, you are three Persons in one God. In you we have one baptism, one faith, one hope. We are one body. Help us to truly become united in mind and heart, in vision and mission, to be one with the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.
Mama Mary, you are our beloved Mother. We are your offspring who strive to keep God's commands, bear witness to Jesus, and wage war in the Spirit against the enemy. Cover us with your mantle of protection, keeping us in your loving embrace always.
We as the people of God live by the Spirit and not by the flesh. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.” (v.24). We are to avoid the works of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.” (v.19-21a).
December 12, 2016 (C-Fam) – With his job still on the line, the newly appointed UN independent expert for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights laid out a provocative agenda for his 3-year term a couple weeks ago. “This mandate will cover every country under the sun and under the moon,” Thai Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn is reported to have said, further antagonizing countries that have already promised not to cooperate with him.
WHO IS THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY & LIFE (CFCFFL) CANADA?
The Couples For Christ Foundation for Family & Life (CFCFFL) is a gathering of Christian believers having evangelization and family life renewal as its main focus. CFCFFL is a missionary body, and the families that make up this association are to be families that will be instruments of the Holy Spirit in renewing the face of the earth. Although it is based in the Philippines, the membership is also spread throughout the world having members in all continents. It was formed in Manila, Philippines on July 30, 2007 by Frank Padilla, whom many Bishops regard as the founder (charism bearer) of Couples For Christ, a private lay organization duly recognized by the Vatican for which he has been recognized as its Director.
On August 1, 2007 Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Chairman, Commission for the Laity, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), issued a Decree of Recognition to CFCFFL, a first step towards securing a national recognition from the Catholic Church in his capacity as Bishop in the Archdiocese of Antipolo, Philippines.
In a joint statement on August 15, 2007, the new National Council of Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation Inc. (CFCGMFI), together with former council members Frank Padilla, Lachie Agana and Tony Meloto, have mutually agreed to separate ways. However, both parties are not closing the door on remaining as one united CFC. The formal separation between the two conflicting groups of the Couples for Christ, CFCFFL (Bro. Frank's group) and CFCGMFI (Bro. Joe Tale's group), was made on August 28, 2007 in the presence of the Bishops who comprise the Commission for the Laity of the CBCP. At the end of the meeting, the Bishops acknowledged the existence of two Couples For Christ groups within the Church. Bishop Reyes, in his clarification statement of September 6, 2007 that "The group of Bro. Frank Padilla will form the Couples for Christ Foundation For Family and Life. In order to get official recognition from the Church, the new Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life should start as a diocesan association, and then later can apply for recognition as a national association if it branches in other dioceses and even later as an international association. As a diocesan association, it can go to other dioceses provided the bishop of the place permits."
The restoration movement spread all over the world wherever the CFC is present. In Canada, the restoration movement phenomenally grew rapidly as soon as CFC members became aware of the issues and facts surrounding the Manila events. In late July, 9 concerned leaders in Toronto formed the core of the restoration movement in Canada along with other CFC leaders in Alberta, Winnipeg and British Columbia. The first Restoration Assembly in Canada was held at the Transfiguration Church in Etobicoke, Ontario on August 11, 2007 with Nonong Contreras of the restoration movement in Manila as the guest speaker.
When Couples for Christ, Ontario Inc. (CFCOI) implemented CFCGMFI's "deemed to have separated" policy on those CFC members who joined the restoration group, CFCFFL was immediately imported in Ontario. The interim Board of Directors was formed out of the nine (9) key restoration leaders and formally announced its official birth on August 28, 2007.
CFCFFL founder, Frank Padilla returned to Toronto and spoke at the first CFCFFL assemblies held on September 16 and 17 in The Transfiguration Church and St. Thomas More Church respectively for the West and East audiences. Also on September 17, 2007, CFCFFL's registration as a charitable organization was approved by the Government of Ontario. In early part of November, CFCFFL received a letter from Auxiliary Bishop Richard Grecco of the Archdiocese of Toronto appointing Fr. Sherwin Holandez as its Spiritual Advisor.
CFCFFL reaffirms that the movement is Global, Holistic and Catholic. Being global means CFCFFL is an evangelizing and missionary community, serving the universal church. Holistic refer to CFCFFL being a family life renewal movement, with womb-to-tomb support environment. Catholic means CFCFFL is an integral part of the life and mission of and a servant within the Roman Catholic Church.
As of this writing, CFCFFL (Canada) is present in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa.
Last updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017