34TH CATHOLIC MASS MEDIA AWARDS FINALIST
Vol. 2, Issue 2 Feb. 2014
“This is what it’s all about.” Fr. Shenan Boquet reminded the attendees of the Empowered Weekend on why CFC-FFL exists: renewing the family and defending life.
SAINTS, MARTYRS AND WARRIORS
CALLED TO BE
CALLED TO EVANGELIZE
We, in CFC-FFL, exist to evangelize. This is our mandate and this was the strong reminder of our Country Servant for the Philippines, Bro. Lachie Agana, as he stressed the major directions of the community at the CFC-FFL Leaders’ Meeting last January 12, 2014 at the Layforce Chapel in San Carlos Seminary. For 2014, our community has three main thrusts: Evangelization, Family Ministries and Community. We are to do a two-fold evangelization through: 1) rapid and massive evangelization through Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) and 2) strategic evangelization in CFC-FFL. Realizing that the Holy Spirit is directing us to share our gifts and charism to the Church, CFCFFL will be the backbone of LCSC. The four pillars of LCSC are the No One in Need Movement, Live Pure, Life Live and Liturgical Bible Study. Although LCSC is a separate and distinct movement, our community has given “full embrace to LCSC.” This means that CFC-FFL has full control over its LCSC work, but does not have control or authority over the LCSC Movement. LCSC as a movement has its own Coordinators to help move the work. To further discuss LCSC, our Servant General, Bro. Frank Padilla, laid down the background of the movement, the responsibilities and the relationship between CFC-FFL and LCSC. Handouts were also distributed to understand how to start and grow LCSC. An open forum was likewise conducted for questions from the leaders present. As for strengthening the Family Ministries, the following is our action plan: 1) Train the Family Ministries to do strategic evangelization, 2) Give them basic formation of CFC-FFL (Covenant Orientation, Spiritual Gifts, etc.), 3) Train the Young Ministries in caring for their own household members and 4) Teach them to tithe. Lastly, we shall strengthen the community by taking our covenant and core values to heart, by formation and by financial stewardship. Lastly, our involvement in the Year of the Laity as coordinators of several Jubilee sectors was also highlighted by our Servant General. He encouraged everyone to support “Choose to be Brave,” the campaign created by the Church to empower the Filipino Catholic Laity (www.choosetobebrave.org). We are now called to do more, to no longer be lukewarm in the faith and in our evangelization efforts. We are called to go to the ends of the earth to win more souls for Christ. This is rapid and massive evangelization.
The Launch of the NO ONE IN NEED MOVEMENT
by Frank Padilla
From the Servant General: No One in Need (Part One)
Last January 11, at the Community Conference, the No One in Need (NONe) movement was launched. This is our work of building the Church of the Poor in response to the call to the New Evangelization. This is our Work with the Poor, that has now become an integral part of the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) Movement, intended to do a massive work among the poor. Why is this important? At its most basic, it is important because it is the very mission of Jesus. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). The poor are the materially and socially poor. They are the downtrodden, the oppressed, the afflicted, the forgotten and the neglected. They are on the frinBishop Jesse Mercado, D.D
ges of society, deprived of their share of the world’s goods, stripped of their dignity as children of God, at the mercy of human greed, neglect and selfishness. God poured His Spirit upon Jesus and anointed him, not only bringing salvation to the world, but especially seeking the lost, the least and the last. God created a wonderful world, with enough provision for all. There was no poverty in Eden. Jesus came to restore our relationship with the Father, and to restore what God intended from the very start–that captives would be liberated, that the blind shall see, that the oppressed will go free. Jesus defeated Satan on the cross and overturned darkness and death. Jesus wants the sorry lot of his people to be overturned as well. “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14a). We in CFC-FFL this year are empowered
to witness. Jesus was sent “to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4:19). In this Year of the Laity, we too are sent to proclaim the gospel to God’s beloved poor. Jesus, at the beginning of his public ministry, said to those in the synagogue, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21). From today, at the launch of the No One in Need Movement, may this scripture passage, this mission of Jesus, be fulfilled in the lives of many poor people in our midst. “And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” (Luke 4:22a). May all continue to speak highly of Jesus, as we help bring him into the lives of the poor, and may they be amazed at the wondrous works that come from our hands, the very hands of Jesus himself.
MESSAGES OF AFFIRMATION FROM OUR PASTORS
(Community Conference 2014)
“My dear CFC-FFL, you are called to be at the frontline of this whole movement of the lay. Your programs that I see here are in agreement, in alignment with what the bishops, the Church wants of the whole Church. I want CFC-FFL to be one of those who will truly make the plans of the Church, not of CFC-FFL alone, but of the whole Church, to be there to make the plans of the Church fructify in making the lay truly holy and at the same time ready to be heroic as you give your time, your talent, your treasure for the development of society and of the Church.” -Bishop Jesse Mercado, D.D, CBCP Commission on the Lay Apostolate Chairman “That’s why I am very happy that we have these Live Christ Share Christ Seminars. And I hope you will continue that because you are just doing what really the Church, the whole Church in the Philippines would like to happen.” -Bishop Gabriel Reyes, D.D, CBCP Commission on Family and Life Chairman
Bishop Gabriel Reyes, D.D
DID YOU KNOW that the shape of the bird in the “Empowered to Witness” logo was inspired by the image of the Holy Spirit in one of the stained-glass windows of the St. Peter’s Basilica? The key image is a dove to represent the Spirit who is the source of empowerment. The design was given a Polynesian treatment to incorporate three major symbols: halo, heart and spears. Halo represents the call to holiness for us saints-in-the-making. The heart represents the call to witness and the privilege to be martyrs. The spears represent the call to mission and the bravery of warriors.
LBS @ Café:
Bringing Jesus to Where the Singles Are
Taking on the role of a true evangelizer, CFC Singles for Family and Life (CFC-SFL) started the year by literally bringing the cause of Christ to where the singles are. In January 2014, the ministry took off with several Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) sessions held on weeknights at coffeeshops in Shangri-La Mall, Glorietta, The Fort and even in Medical City. As young professionals come to the coffee shops to unwind and relax after a hard day’s work, SFL gave them the opportunity too to meet Jesus through His Word by studying the Bible. Facilitated by a CFC-SFL leader, single professionals - CFC-SFL members and non-members engaged themselves in conversations as they exchange reflections on the Sunday’s readings through LBS. The positive feedback from those who attended have encouraged SFL to continue holding these LBS sessions as its concrete response to the call to be empowered witnesses in this Year of the Laity. The call to New Evangelization opened up more ways to enrich a person’s faith in his day-to-day life and make it more a part of his whole being. Having that initiative to bring LBS outside the church or community gatherings was truly a courageous move on the part of SFL as they take on the challenge of bringing the cause of Christ to where the singles are as Catholic laity.
The cold never Empowering new bothered the kids
YFL Mission Volunteers
On the first weekend of 2014, the CFC Youth for Family and Life (CFC-YFL) ministry conducted a Mission Volunteers (MV) Orientation for its 15 new MVs. The weekend had different sessions: The roles and responsibilities of an MV, The Gold Standard, and the schedule of activities. A pastoral session was given for MV’s by Rj Moriones, YFL Fulltime Pastoral Worker. He inspired and affirmed the new Mission Volunteers about the life ahead of them and about how precious their calling is. To date, we have thirty eight YFL MVs ready to witness to where God sends them. Let us all pray for them.
Kids were not bothered at all by the cold weather during the CFC-FFL Empowered Weekend held at the CAP Convention Center, Camp John Hay in Baguio City last January 25 to 26, 2014. They were busy playing around and participating in the activities prepared for them at the KFL Kids Corner. More than one hundred kids enjoyed their weekend of games and activities with their Ates and Kuyas (Heart Champs and KFL FTWs). They played “Pass the Message with a Twist” and “Archer-Rabbit-Wall.” The toddlers sang their own version of “Let it Go” while watching “Frozen.” The kids also crafted Valentine’s Day cards and letterholders for their parents. They enjoyed dancing and singing during the Kids Praise. It was truly a fun weekend for the kids. Some even went home with prizes. Most importantly, the kids all went home with new learnings and newfound friends.
Live Pure Chooses to be Brave
Live Pure (LP) Movement is privileged to be chosen as one of the youth programs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines as it rallies the Filipino Catholics to “Choose to be brave!” in this Year of the Laity.
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Live Pure gives a love forum to the Grade 7 & 8 students of Caritas Don Bosco, Sta. Rosa, Laguna last January 8, 2014
The 3rd Year High School students of Assumption CollegeMakati have heard the good news of chastity last January 28, 2014
the time more than ever to speak about the truth without hesitation or delay. Despite the setbacks and challenges, Live Pure chooses to be brave.
Empowered as well with the community’s theme to serve as witnesses, the Live Pure Movement has already engaged almost a thousand students in the first month of this year alone. Truly, the Live Pure Team is grateful for the opportunity to share the good news of chastity to the young people from the following institutions: Caritas Don Bosco School, Escuela de San Dionisio, San Andres Apostol Parish and Assumption San Lorenzo. There is definitely no stopping this movement to continue to educate and inspire young people to live a chaste life. 2014 is the year of ordinary people choosing to be brave for the faith; hence, now is
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Jo-I Villas of Live Pure leads opening worship.
Bishop Appoints First Priest Coordinator for Live Pure
The youth of Lucena in Quezon will be hearing more about the good news of chastity as Bishop Emilio Marquez of Lucena has recently appointed Fr. Warren Puno as Live Pure (LP) Coordinator effective February 4, 2014. Fr. Warren is the first priest to be assigned to take charge of the Live Pure Movement’s activities at the diocesan level. He will closely work with the LP team in Manila. According to Fr. Warren, he plans to bring LP to schools and parishes in his area. Beginning on March 2014, the diocesan radio station under Catholic Media Network will have an LP Show every Monday. He also said that an echo of the LP Conference will also be done this year. “It is my dream that the good news of chastity and purity will reach the youth. They should be informed of this at an early age especially now that anti-life forces are aggressive due to the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law. The RH Law is not the solution,” he said. Fr. Warren is also the Assistant Parish Priest of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Greater things are yet to come for the Live Pure Movement. The excitement goes on!
CFC-FFL Young Min speaks at Diocesan Youth Leaders’ Summit
Some of our Fulltime Pastoral Workers and servant-leaders from the Young Ministries were privileged to share their gifts and talents at the Shepherds’ Summit of the Commission on Youth (COY) of the Diocese of Paranaque (DOP) last February 8, 2014. More than three hundred youth leaders were present at the event that was held at the Don Carlo Cavina School in Las Pinas City. Several skills-building workshops were led by CFC-FFL Young Ministries in order to train the parish youth officers for the new evangelization efforts of the diocese: 1. Writing Pastoral Formation Talks by Raine Eguico of the Live Pure Movement 2. Events Planning by Joy Aguila of CFC-SFL 3. Worship Workshop by Jo-I Villas of the Live Pure Movement 4. Video Editing by Tim Tanos of FLiQ Media 5. Photography Workshop by Tinay Mamaril of FLiQ Media 6. Liturgical Bible Study by Teny Mardo of CFC-SFL 7. Graphic Design by Hannah Hirang of CFC-YFL 8. Social Media Marketing by Chad Pataueg of CFC-SFL True to our core value of “Being a Servant to the Church,” we are now going beyond our territories to share our gifts in the dioceses and parishes. This is definitely the Holy Spirit at work, empowering us to witness!
“Stills That Move” Photography Workshop
Last January 10, FLiQ Media organized a workshop for members interested in photography with the objective of building up a team of young enthusiasts who will pursue purpose-driven photography. Jason de Guzman of Imagine Nation, Master Photographer, was generous to give expert advice and share his knowledge to our young and excited participants, who at the end of the workshop, have been empowered to witness through “stills that move”.
Revised Metro Manila Monthly Assemblies for 2014
In order to ensure that the theme, “Empowered to Witness” will effectively reach all the members of our community, Bro. Manny Canlas, Metro Manila Mission Director, issued a memo last February 6, 2014, regarding changes in our monthly assemblies. According to the memo, there will no longer be Second Friday Teaching Nights. They will be replaced by District Teaching Nights that will be scheduled by the respective districts. Topics will be focused on the following: Spiritual Gifts, Christian Personal Relationships, and Living as a People of God. Below is the revised schedule of the Metro Manila Sunday assemblies:
Date February 23 March 23 Activity Seniors Assembly Lenten Recollection District Assembly CBCP Asian Conference on the Family & Festival of Families Anniversary Activities Seniors Assembly General Assembly District Assembly Seniors Assembly General Assembly District Family Day
High Five Raffle Draw Winners announced!
Congratulations to the Grand Raffle Draw winners of the High Five Fundraising for Family and Life! The raffle draw was held last January 25, 2014 during the Fellowship Night of the CFC-FFL Empowered Weekend in Baguio. The winning tickets were drawn by Bro. Jun Caramat, the project head of this fundraising campaign. Here are the winners of the some of the major prizes: Five (5) iPad Minis: Ticket no. 12206 – CFC-FFL Saudi Arabia Ticket no. 12207 – CFC-FFL Saudi Arabia Ticket no. 12263 – CFC-FFL Saudi Arabia Ticket no. 8393 – CFC-FFL Seattle (USA) Ticket no. 8494 – CFC-FFL Maryland (USA) Two (2) MacBook Pro: Ticket no. 4602 – Chino Lopez-Tan Ticket no. 13829 – CFC-FFL Qatar One (1) Mitsubishi Mirage: Ticket no. 12231 – CFC-FFL Saudi Arabia Thank you for your support in making this fundraising a success! A High Five to everyone!
Check out the complete list of winners at: http://cfcffl.net/and-the-high-five-raffle-winners-are/
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“Adopt Today” Project in Tacloban
With the aim of helping the education sector in the aftermath of the Typhoon Yolanda, the No One In Need (NONe)Movement,in coordinationwiththeDepartment of Education have initiated the “Adopt Today” Project. The project kicked off with the the distribution of school kits to some 2,000 students in Tacloban City last February 6-7, 2014. The school kits included notebooks, pens, pencils, pad papers, etc. Students from Marasbaras High School, Fishermen’s Village Elementary School, and Manlurip Elementary School received the kits. NONe Fulltime Workers Bonjie Bonjibod and Narcing Eguia were in Tacloban to coordinate the project. CFC-FFL & YFL members in Tacloban, who were themselves typhoon survivors, also helped in the repacking and distribution of the kits. Next in line is the implementation of feeding programs and the construction and repair of the classrooms in the area.
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