C1Vol. 17 No. 19September 16 - 29, 2013
The News Supplement ofCouples for Christ
ANCOP Global Walk 2013A day of miracles!
Snapshots of the ANCOP Global Walk 2013: at left, different groups like Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community, Far Eastern University and the Philippine Airforce one with CFC ANCOP; middle photos shows the dawn Mass crowd, the CFC International Council with Bishop Ongtioko, Msgr. Allen Aganon, Fr. Sonny de Claro, and Fr. Paul Uwemedimo; at right, some photos from the international CFC community.
CFC Urged to Engage in BCOP
By Alma AlvarezDuring the MCg last September 1, 2013 at the Ateneo High School, CFC Chairman and BCOP Director ricky Cuenca rallied the members of the Mission Core to engage in the programs under BCOP, or Building the Church of the Poor. According to Cuenca, as leaders of Couples for Christ, the Mission Core should live out the communitys two-pronged mission statementto build the Church of the Home and build the Church of the Poor. During the Mass, Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, Military Ordinariate of the Philippines exhorted the MCg to embrace Jesus in the poor and those who need help.
A video titled Buhay CFC (The CFC Life) kicked off Cuencas talk. in his discourse, the BCOP Director showcased each program
under BCOP, namely AnCOP Education, AnCOP Shelter, Health, Livelihood, Environ-ment, Migrants Program, Prison (isaiah 61:1), Men in uniform, good governance (STMA), and the Cooperatives, and how each person can actually be a stakeholder in any of the BCOP programs.
Testimonies from those who are actually im-mersed in the BCOP Programs followed, each one inspiring fellow leaders to find fulfillment in living out the mission of Couples for Christ.
Each BCOP Program set up their own booths where the members of the MCg can explore how they can get involved in the various BCOP offerings.
Before the BCOP Program Heads were called in front for the prayer for empower-ment, some AnCOP scholars encouraged CFC to Jump in via an upbeat dance number.
By the UGNAYAN Docu TeamSEvErAL provinces in Luzon, and some parts of the visayas and Mind-anao experienced heavy rains the night of August 24, 2013. in Metro Manila, the logistics team had to stop three times during set up because of the heavy downpour. When Bishop Honesto Ongtioko of the Diocese of Cubao started the celebration of the Mass, he was literally competing with the sound of rain pouring over the
Luneta crowd. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, the sun was slowly shining. And before the Mass in Luneta was over, the rains had let up. And before 6:00 AM, everyone was just rearing to walk.
Aside from Metro Manila, walkers gathered in 80 other points among the 65 Philippine provinces, with only one battle cry: i will walk for a scholar, walk with me! The same global walk was likewise held si-multaneously in the uSA, Canada,
Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Singapore.
The third year of the AnCOP global Walk may have brought in more walkers, more partner institu-tions, and more who share in Couples for Christs advocacy to build the church of the poor. But more than the numbers, it is the miracle of bringing people from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world together, to share in the call to answer the cry of the poor.
C2 Vol. 17 No. 19September 16 - 29, 2013
THE iC Discernment Weekend last September 6-8 was a deeply moving personal encounter for me with our god who has faithfully provided CFC with the guiding spirit that inspired all our themes that moved CFC forward according to His will and plan. The last day of the weekend fell on September 8, the Birthday of our Blessed virgin Mary, our Mother. Together with all the iC members and our respective spouses, we felt that the Lord gave her to us once more as a gift. She is the Lords gift to us, but He also wants us to be a gift to His Mother.
For the past 2 years, the Holy Spirit gave our Blessed Mother to lead us closer to her Son, Jesus Christ. We were called to Proclaim the greatness of the Lord by embracing On FirE Missions in 2012. it was a call to proclaim. Then in 2013, it was a call to discipleship when CFC was challenged to Obey and Witness inspired by Marys prompting to do whatever He tells you.
This coming year, 2014, Jesus is entrusting us to His mother. inspired by John 19:26-27, When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, Woman, behold, your son. Then He said to the disciple, Son, behold, your Mother. From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. CFC is being called to a deeper relationship with Jesus and Mary.
Mary received her new mission at the foot of Cross to be the Mother of the Church. From that moment on, she became our own Mother, validating our identity as sons and daughters of god. And for us to embrace our true identity, we are to follow Mary from Cana to the foot of the cross.
Significantly, 2014 is CFCs 33rd year, the same number of years of Jesus earthly life to fulfill His mission of salvation. It is the same number of years from the Annunciation, when Mary became the Mother of god, up to His death on the cross when Mary became the Mother of the Church.
in the past 10 years, we have seen a big shift and great advances in communications. Today, we have a combination of smart phones, internet sites, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Face Time, etc that bring us up to the minute news.
But do we realize how these devices are changing HOW we communicate?
One of the more interesting questions being asked by the Catholic Church and our leaders in Couples for Christ is, What does the new Evangelization look like in this world of modern communications?
To answer the question, we can break down the answer into two areas in the context of CFC:
1. Sharing our activities/events throughout our global CFC Community; and
2. Building a culture of innovation with digital communications.
Sharing our activities/events throughout our global CFC Community
We in CFC make it a point to share what is happening in our neck of the woods so to speak in order to spread awareness about our CFC Community across the world. We do this by identifying three content areas that answer different audience needs: a) CFC On Fire, b) Spreading gods Word, and c) uplifting The Poor.
Since we are in a 24/7 nonstop news cycle, we cannot afford to allow critically precious hours or days to slip by without sharing our events/ actions. This also requires us to increase our ef-forts in social media, as increasingly people no longer look to traditional information gatekeep-ers as they did in the past, considering the access that everyone has via the worldwide web.
CFC uSA together with Europe, Middle East and Manila through the ugnayan are forming an alliance to deploy monthly newsletters, and up to the minute Facebook and Twitter inte-gration that will allow us to share information among ourselves and with the rest of the world.
Also, we are taking up the call of the new Evangelization with a renewed focus on re-sources that offer both solid teachings and tender encouragement that focus on marriage and family life.
Building a culture of innovation with digital communications
Who knew that our CFC community will adapt to iPads and other gadgets, as well as Facebook, Twitter, instagram and other social network platforms? Therefore, we cannot just be like sitting ducks, waiting for everyone to adapt to technology. Therefore, we need to think out of the box and embrace a CFC culture of innovation and experimentation in communications.
Matthew 28:19 says, go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But how do we make disciples of all nations? The evangelization strategy used
33 years for Couples for Christ Where is CFC? We are called to reflect in silence. We need to ponder on all the things that have transpired for the past 33 years in our beloved community.
Luke 2:19, 51 And Mary kept all these things in her heart pondered them in her heart. it is the 3rd year of our journey with Mary and this time, she is leading us to contemplate where the heart of CFC is at this point.
in order for us to determine where CFC is we need to examine our spirituality with Christ as our example:
CFC as Christ the Beloved Son 2014 is the Year of the Laity. god is calling all of us, His faithful, lay people, to reclaim our identity as His sons and daughters. i am another Christ, the son of the Father. Col.1:15-16, with Mary as our Mother.
CFC as Christ the Loving Spouse 33rd year as a community and our 3rd year journey with Mary. Christ as the Bride-groom, is the ultimate proof of self-giving love as reflected in the mystery of the crucifixion, while Marys fiat teaches us of spousal love between Christ and the Church.
CFC as Jesus the Son Sent by the Father it is the era of new Evangelization. Put into the deep our relationship with god, with our spouse, and with our family. Furthermore, it is responding to the chal-lenge of building the future of CFC.
And so with much awe to our Lord and grati-tude to our Mother, we embrace our theme for 2014 BEHOLD and POnDEr.
May it bring us to POnDEr our identity, establish a deeper relationship with Christ, a fearlessness to go out into the deep, and to BEHOLD the wonder of gods plan for CFC!
by the two apostles Paul and Barnabas tells it all: first, address the local Jewish community. Overseas Jewish communities were scattered all over the roman Empire. They visited and wrote letters to the believers, and taught them as well. And then, they s