December 25, 2016
Dear CFC USA Family:
As we celebrate the most awaited Christmas season of 2016, we, the members of the CFC USA National Council would like to share with you our personal reflections using our CFC theme for 2016 of REJOICE, PRAY and GIVE THANKS.
REJOICE – After our spiritual and joyful preparations during the Advent season, we continue to REJOICE in the birth of our Savior, Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate with joy and merriment, with gifts and Christmas carols, with parties and get-togethers with family, friends and CFC brethren. However, let us bear in mind that the infant child who is the King of kings and born in poverty in a lowly manger asks us to share our time, talent and treasure to those who are most in need, who are hurting, who have nothing to eat, who are freezing in the cold of night…the lost, least and last.
PRAY – Most of us are excited to open the wrapped gifts from our loved ones underneath the Christmas tree. The 3 wise men gifted Baby Jesus with frankincense, gold and myrrh. May our most precious gift to our Birthday Celebrant be the priceless gift of PRAYER, this season and beyond. Let us commit to spend daily quiet time with God, to be faithful to our Holy Hour, to pray the Rosary as a family, to meditate on Scripture, to listen to His sweet, silent voice.
GIVE THANKS – Finally, in all things, let us have an attitude of gratitude, to have a thankful heart! Let us thank our loving God for His unconditional love for and endless mercy to us. Let us show our gratitude by prayerfully discerning and faithfully obeying His perfect Will in our lives. One BEST way to give thanks is to try our very best to go to Mass every day to receive the free and beautiful gift of His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Remember that Eucharist means Thanksgiving.
This Christmas, let us ask our Lord to answer the prayers He will never refuse to say ‘Yes’ to – to love Him more dearly and to give us the strong desire to be a Saint!
We, the members of the CFC USA National Council would like to say “Thank You” to all of you for your continued support of our CFC mission and vision, and to greet you and your family a most blessed Christmas and a 2017 full of hope!
Your CFC USA National Council
Eric Villanueva, Toffee Jeturian, Rod Bustos, Ding De Guzman, Jojo Reandelar, Tat Reyes, Roger Santos
Prayer After An Election
U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops
God of all nations, Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America.
We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the world.
We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.
Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States of America, pray for us.
Brothers and Sisters from CFC TN,
A beautiful and blessed Sunday everyone!
We are in awe thanking God for the Nat. HOLD conference that we just had and the traces of God’s mighty hands imprinted not only in each of the activities done but in the faces of the people who came to participate in this conference.
We first thank God for CFC TN for the blessing to host, for giving us the resources, the gifts and talents that each contributed to make this a success. We cannot thank you enough for all the efforts, the hard work, the sleepless nights and the openness to continue to serve no matter what. We had struggles, we were tested by fire but we turned out to be stronger and shinier. You know who you are and we salute you for a job well done.
We cannot count how many sisters approached us to say how inspiring the conference was, how beautiful things were put together, how organized, and how your smiles made them comfortable in their stay.
In the end, it is not about us but about our God who deserves all the glory, honor and praises.
On behalf of CFCUSA NC and HOLD NCG again we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Please forward this to those whom i missed in this email.
In Christ thru Mama Mary,
t2Tat with tita Ellen
CFCUSA Events Overseer
How is it possible to feel so exhausted and yet so refreshed? I fell into bed asking myself this question after our family served and attended the first-ever CFC Kids Family Conference at Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center in Crestline, California, July 22-24. I thought about it: in about 48 hours, around 65 families had unpacked, sweated, shared, laughed, played, prayed, chanted, clapped, celebrated, honored, worshiped, rejoiced, listened, learned, praised, danced, dreamed, given thanks, packed and slept maybe 40 winks. After all that, why did I feel like hopping out of bed, grabbing my husband and kids, and doing that silly disco dance routine they taught us in the opening salvo? My answer came in a flash of inspiration, making me smile—with God, all things are possible—even disco dancing, which for me is a miracle. From the planning of this wonderful retreat all the way through to the final spirit-rousing chant on the last day, I saw how God shows forth his glory when we all come together, each bringing our own gifts, to praise and worship him.
We got involved with helping the service team for CFC Kids Family Conference after we had agreed to coordinate CFC Kids ministry in our unit. In the month before the event, there were several gatherings to prepare and practice: the ROCK team came and trained the youth who would be serving, the planning team set up computers and printers and worked on registration and finalizing details, speakers gave inspiring talks, everybody brought food enough to feed an army. More than anything, I was impressed with everyone’s tireless energy and zeal—especially the youth service team, and the adults who drove great distances to get them to the gatherings.
When the first day of the conference finally arrived, the service team set to work in triple digit heat—members from each area doing their assigned part. It all went together so well. As I worked on my own assigned task, pushing my cart of supplies for Mass and items for the prayer table in the little chapel, I saw families working together, setting up the photo and prayer board, assembling the “I Love My Family” sign, setting up registration. Youths did the heavy lifting and carrying, setting up the stage area with astonishing speed. Throughout the entire weekend, I truly felt the Holy Spirit at work, blessing and multiplying our individual offerings and making one great big, beautiful love offering to God.
As participants also, we experienced four wonderfully inspiring sessions, each directed at the children with simple language and engaging activities, not to mention a rotation of faith-enriching games and crafts and an afternoon of archery, swimming, zip-lining and rock wall climbing. While the kids were enjoying their outdoor activities, parents heard three talks aimed at parenting concerns. I loved the opportunity to spend time getting to know new friends from other areas and watching our kids play and pray together. If more families had the opportunity to get away for a few days, gather together with other families, rejoice together, pray together and give thanks together, think of the impact it could make in this upside down world. If anything, I came away with a desire to spread the word to all the families in my household, unit and chapter: CFC Kids Family Conference is a worthwhile investment in time and money. Instead of thinking about all the reasons why you can’t go next year, hear the words of the final chant on the last day: Together with Jesus, together we can!
See you all next year in Northern California!
A sharing by:
David and Terri Denton
CFC Kids Couple Coordinators
South Riverside, CA