34TH CATHOLIC MASS MEDIA AWARDS FINALIST

Immediately after Typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas region and parts of Bicol and South Luzon, CFC-FFL, through its Work With The Poor (WWP) ministry, initiated the “A Drop of Love” campaign, to raise funds for relief and restoration efforts. Thanks to the generosity and support of the CFC-FFL Family worldwide and our corporate partners, the worth of goods and cash donations received by the third week reached Php 3,785,746.00. WWP ministry is taking the lead in our restoration efforts for the affected areas. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, plans are underway for the construction and repair of houses and chapels, as well as the provision of sources of livelihood for identified recipients. In order to sustain our rehabilitation plans, we are counting on your generosity. For information on how to send your donations, go to page 2. 

VOL.1/ISSUE 3 | DEC.2013

HOPE IS ON THE WAY

W W W. FAC E B O O K . CO M / C F C F F L : W W W. T W I T T E R . CO M / C F C F F L

TARLAC HOLDS CFC-FFL BE.LI.EV.E WEEKEND

AN OCEAN OF LOVE REACHES TACLOBAN
After the huge devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan last November 8, 2013, some members of our Servant Council went on mission to provide immediate relief to our brethren in some of the affected areas. Pat Oconer, our Social Ministries Director, and Oca Oblefias, our Provincial Mission Director, went to Cebu and Tacloban last November 15 to 17, 2013, while Joseph Tesoro, our Family Ministries Director, went to Palawan to assess the situation of our community members in these areas. Last November 21, a mission team went to Tacloban to distribute five thousand packs of relief goods, which were made possible by the generous donations to our “A Drop of Love” campaign. Our fulltime workers Narcing Eguia, Julius Eguia, RJ Moriones, Tim Tanos and Daryl Aloya spent six days on this Visayas mission. CFC-FFL has wrapped up its relief operations and is now moving on to the second phase of its restoration efforts. 

12TH CFC-FFL LATIN AMERICAN CONFERENCE IN PARAGUAY
CFC-FFL PARTICIPATES IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT
Representatives from FLiQ Media and the CFC FFL Young Ministries participated at the Catholic Social Media Summit Version 2.0 which was held at Colegio de San Juan de Letran last November 23-24, 2013. Youth participants gathered to learn from experts on Social Media and New Evangelization. One of the highlights of the event was the keynote speech given by Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Vatican. He spoke of how we, as evangelizers, should look towards the conversion of people to Christ especially with the new methods and ways of reaching others. 

Around three hundred members gathered at Tarlac Capitol in Tarlac City last November 10 for the BE. LI.EV.E Echo Conference. The speakers who led the three sessions were Brothers Oca Oblefias, Dino Badilla, and Jepoy Meneses. Though this conference had to be rescheduled due to the occurrence of a typhoon, the participants still came and participated with much enthusiasm. Truly, nothing can dampen the faith of the people who believes in a God that can do wonders! 

“POWER UP” IN SFL WESTERN VISAYAS

Matrimonios Para Cristo Fundacion para la Familia y la Vida (MPC-FFV) celebrated its 12th CFC-FFL Latin American Conference last November 8-10, 2013 at Asuncion, Paraguay with the theme: Con Fe Haraz Maravillas (Faith Works Wonders). The event was spearheaded by Ricardo and Carmen Lezcano, our Country Servants for Paraguay. Delegates from Paraguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, U.S.A, and the Philippines attended the conference. Among the conference speakers were Servant General Frank Padilla and our Latin America Coordinators, Edwin and Nila Andrews. 

YOUNG MIN TEAM GOES TO SG
Our Young Ministries Pastoral Workers - JC Sarmiento (CFC-KFL), Gam Guarnes (CFC-YFL) and Joy Aguila (CFC-SFL) went on mission to Singapore last November 15-25, 2013. They conducted echo sessions of the YFL Youthfest and SFL Committed Servants Weekend. Live Pure sessions, assemblies and households were also facilitated by the missionaries. 

FALU RECEIVES SPECIAL CITATION FROM CMMA
Our New Evangelization work in Catholic New Media continues to receive affirmation from the Lord as FLiQ Media’s Family and Life Update (FALU) website, www.familyandlifeupdate.com, received a special citation from the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) last November 15, 2013 at the Teatro GSIS, GSIS Building Financial Center in Pasay City. The citation was being given “for the comprehensive presentation of articles that inspire and inform Filipino Catholics.” The annual CMMA was established in 1978 as a tribute to “those who serve God through the mass media.” Out of more than 737 entries for this year’s CMMA, there were 216 finalists on 57 categories. FALU was was chosen as a CMMA finalist for the Best Website category. With this blessing also comes the inspiration for CFC-FFL to do greater things to defend the cause of family and life. 

LIVE PURE TAMBAYAN STATUS: SINGLE
Over 160 young professionals attended the first ever Live Pure Tambayan: ‘Status Single’ at the Top Shelf, Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street. The acoustic event, organized by the Live Pure Movement (LPM), was conducted in line with its vision to enjoin the socalled “yuppies” segment to the cause of purity and chastity. Combining wit, charisma and a whole lot of inspiration, Joseph Tesoro, LPM International Coordinator, gave the most awaited session on how to be joyfully single, much to the excitement of the attendees. OPM artist Ney Dimaculangan (former lead vocalist of 6cyclemind) ended the night with an acoustic performance. Sprinto, a major sponsor of the event, treated the audience with free sunglasses as prizes in one of the night’s activities. Taters, Sober Club and Pink Plate Food Company provided the evening’s refreshments together with Purefoods, Cornetto and Olice Bakeshop. 

CFC Singles for Family and Life (SFL) Power Up Committed Servants Weekend for Western Visayas took place last November 23 to 24, 2013 at Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Seventy SFL Household Servants from Iloilo, Antique, Bacolod, Kabankalan and Binalbagan gathered together to be nourished and empowered to respond to God’s call and to bring the cause of Christ to where the singles are. In one of the sessions, each district shared their dream that, in five years time, the ministry would have presence in all parishes, shall be brought to the corporate world through the Crossworks Program and there would be young couples serving in SFL. Alongside this retreat, Crossworks was also established in Intellicare Bacolod with the first session held entitled One Friend Request. CFC-SFL will continue to serve in this company and is excited to bring the program to more companies. Truly, with the power of the Holy Spirit, even our SFL ministry in Western Visayas is powered up to do more for God. 

YCG ASSEMBLY: MADE FOR EACH OTHER
The Young Couples Group (YCG) held their assembly last November 9, 2013 at Christ The King Parish, White Plains, Quezon City. The assembly was entitled: Made for Each Other. The topics covered during the assembly were sexual fulfillment and affection; conversation and recreational companionship; attractive spouse and admiration; financial and domestic support; and honesty - all very important in young families and relationships of husbands and wives. 

WIN TWO IPAD MINIS ON DECEMBER 14!

Have you bought a High Five raffle ticket yet? When you buy a ticket, you support our work of evangelization while at the same time, you also get the chance to win exciting prizes! Two iPad Minis will be given away at the Minor Raffle Draw on December 14, 2013. Tickets are priced at Php 500.00 each. For inquiries, contact your District Servant or call our CFCFFL Home Office at +632 718-2213. 

SERVING THE YOUNG IN HK
“It still felt like the first time.” Those were my words when I went on mission to Hong Kong for the third time. Last October 18, I left Manila with the faith that I would meet Christ there through the CFC-FFL Community, especially through the kids. And it truly happened! We had a Kids Camp last October 26 to 27 at Pak Sha Wan Scout Centre, Sai Kung, and a total of 56 participants came! The kids, the Couple Coordinators, the YFL members and CFC Parents all had a great time. After the footstep and step-up KFLs (8-12 years old), it was time for the kids-at-play and first-step KFLs (3-7 years old) to know more about Jesus. We had a Kids Day last November 3 and praise God for 40 participants! Alongside these activities, I also had the chance to join the YFL Household, the SFL Household and the Band of Brothers. God was unde-

niably present in all of these activities because everybody celebrated life in Him. - Jermer Cruz, CFC-KFL Fulltime Worker 

Good News to the ends of the earth. Such is the privilege of the call that was received by our missionaries from CFC India: Tony and Maria Correia, and Stephanie D’Souza, who will set off soon for a mission adventure in Malawi, Africa. Tony and Maria joined CFC in 1987, while Steph joined our youth ministry in 2005. Tony served as the National Director of CFC India from 2004 to 2007, and its Country Servant from 2008 to 2011. In 2012, Tony and Maria served as Unit Servants of SFL in their parish. Prior to becoming missionaries, Tony was a banker, Maria was a High School teacher and Stephanie was a Social Worker. Tony believes that missionaries are ‘sent’. They focus on the people to whom they have been sent and they do not focus on coming back! They are committed to serve in Malawi until the Lord gives them a new call.

EMPOWERED TO WITNESS BINHI SCHOLARS IN MALAWI

MEET SPONSORS IN CHRISTMAS GATHERING

As a community, we offer our prayers for Tony, Maria and As we continually respond to our calling to be a mis- Steph who are scheduled to leave for Malawi by the second sionary and evangelistic community, we thank God for half of January 2014. May the Spirit empower them to be inspiring men and women to say “Yes!” to bring the powerful witnesses of the Gospel. 

Our BINHI scholars, their parents & siblings, our dear BINHI sponsors, the EFI Staff, and BATA teachers gathered together to celebrate the season of joy and hope last November 30, 2013 at our CFC-FFL Home Office. It was a rare opportunity for our BINHI scholars to be in fellowship with their sponsors. The afternoon was filled with exciting games, fun activities and a Christmas presentation by the Binhi Scholars. The celebration was simple but the happiness and enthusiasm of the scholars was felt by all of us. 

NORTH AND SOUTH LUZON GOES “LIMITLESS”
Around 1,400 youths from all over South Luzon gathered at the Batangas State University to experience our Limitless God last November 16, 2013 at the annual Youthfest of CFC Youth for Family and Life (CFC YFL). Speakers were RJ Moriones, CFC YFL Fulltime Pastoral Worker, and DR Arellano, CFC YFL Mission Volunteer. On the other hand, the North and Central Luzon Limitless Youthfest was held last December 1, 2013 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Tarlac City, where about 600 participants came. 

“I BELIEVE” YOUTH CONFERENCE OF CFC INDIA
The CFC India (CFCI) National Youth Conference 2013 was held from November 8 to 10, 2013 at St. Anthony School Monte de Guirim. CFCI Youth from Mumbai, Gujarat, Orissa, Jharkhand, Mangalore, West Bengal, Delhi, and Goa travelled from far and wide to be a part of this conference. The three-day conference consisted of faith sessions, Eucharistic Adorations, Holy Masses, Praisefests, various competitions and fellowship. 

LIFE IN CHRIST SEMINARS IN DAVAO
Live Christ Share Christ (LCSC) continues with its thrust of massive evangelization as five Life in Christ Seminars (LCS) were held at Camp Maryhill in, Toril, Davao last November 2013. Bro. Roy Maturan, CFCFFL Mindanao Mission Coordinator, led the conduct of the LCS. These LCS sessions gained a harvest of more than six hundred graduates. The participants were members of the Gagmayíng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) from the Santo Rosario Parish. The LCS was made possible through the initiative of Dr. Manet Pilay, CFC-FFL Area Servant, who presented the LCSC to Fr. Roy Mejias, Parish Priest of Santo Rosario Parish. It was truly a spirit-filled experience for both the participants and the service team. The graduates of this LCS who have met Christ are now ready to live and share Christ. 

SFL AND HAPPILY ENGAGED
KFL CELEBRATES ST. RITA AT CSA
CFC Kids for Family and Life led the Kids Praise for the Grade Four students of Colegio de San Agustin (CSA) as they celebrated the Feast Day of their Patron Saint, St. Rita of Cascia, last November 12, 2013. There were about 400 pupils who actively participated during the session. Gam Guarnes of CFC-YFL led the opening Kids Praise. To inspire the students to become more like their patron saint, Jermer Cruz of CFC- KFL gave a brief talk about perseverance in prayer, faith, and mercy. The activity was filled with dancing, singing, and learning! It was indeed a funfilled day of praising God in celebration of the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia!  Engaged members of CFC SFL spent quality time with their fiancées at the Singles Engagement Retreat (SER) held last November 30 to December 1 at the Ochoa Farm in Binangonan, Rizal. The participants were blessed to learn about their future roles as husband and wife, how to build a Christian family, tips to better communication, and keys to a successful marriage. Speakers from the Young Couples Group gave meaningful insights coming from their own experiences. To conclude the retreat, the soon-to-be couples exchanged engagement vows with one another in preparation for their future marriage vocation. The participants will then be part of an Engaged Couples Household with focused formation on marriage preparation. This SER, which is the first step in the Singles Engagement Journey, is a joint effort of CFC Singles for Family and Life, the Young Couples Group and the Work for Life Ministry. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
“FULLY LOADED: EMPOWERED TO WITNESS”
CFC-FFL COMMUNITY CONFERENCE
January 11, 2014, 1PM-6PM Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City For all members of CFC-FFL and its Family Ministries, Social Ministries and Work for Life

CFC-FFL LEADERS CONFERENCE
January 12, 2014, 1PM-5PM Multi-Purpose Hall, Lay Formation, San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati City
For all Metro Manila (MM) Unit Servants, MM Chapter Servants, MM Cluster Servants, MM District Servants, Provincial Area Coordinators, Provincial District Servants, Provincial Area Servants and Provincial Core Members only.

EMPOWERED WEEKEND
For all Household Servants, Unit Servants, Chapter Servants, District Servants and Ministry Coordinators. * Registration is also open to all CFC-FFL members.

January 25-26, 2014 CAP Convention Center, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

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