Theme/Topic of the Month:
ADVENT: The FAST before the FEAST
Scripture Passage of the Month: Matthew 1:23
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
Teaching of the Month: (Read ROH#16 letter first)
ADVENT: Time to Wake up, Prepare and Respond!
By FR Ed Broom OMV
Discussion Question of the Month:
Share your reflections on the teaching.
Song of the Month:
Mary, did you Know?
Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraphs of the month:
CCC 487- 507
Saint of the Month:
Prayers of the Month:
“Faith without Action is Dead” Application of the Month:
1- Remember the REAL reason for the season and greet everyone you come across this month with a “Merry CHRISTmas”!
2 - For each of the 12 days of Christmas, apply one Corporal Act of Mercy.
Dear CFC Family:
I know it is February, but since this is the first ROH for 2015, your PF Office wishes you all a most blessed and happy New Year! (Well, Chinese New Year is February 19).
As we celebrate World Marriage Day (February 8) and Valentine’s Day (February 14) this month of LOVE, and in line with our CFC 2015 theme of LOVE MORE, it is but fitting to have “LOVE MORE…Your GG (God’s Gift) as the theme/topic of the month.
I am sure that you have heard the popular saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How so UNTRUE!!! The “wounds” that may be inflicted by sticks and stones may eventually heal but hurtful words from loved ones, especially our GG (aka spouse) may at times last a long time, if not forever. The Household Teaching of the Month focuses on MARRIAGE BUILDERS: SIMPLE WORDS CAN SAVE! that will remind us to “tame our tongues” and instead use words of love, humility, forgiveness and encouragement.
I also attached a “sharing” on Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts of Marriage by Kathy Heskin. Un-forgiveness in marriage creates a barrier between you and your spouse. It keeps you in the past. You may think things are okay, but once your spouse veers to the left a little, all of your neatly hidden hurts resurface. Those painful memories cause you to over-react, thinking you are justified in your response. Un-forgiveness in marriage does not allow you or your spouse to move forward past that hurtful moment. With God’s grace, it is time to move forward!
NEW for ROH 2015!!!!
As we embark on this new year, you will notice a couple of enhancements:
1- University of CFC (UCFC) Basic Formation Teaching of the Month – All CFC members after completing its 1st year formation courses, undergo a formation program of 72 basic formation courses. UCFC facilitates the completion of these courses (in 4 years) by assigning a basic formation course each month that should be faithfully offered by each area during its Teaching Night/Day.
For the month of February 2015, the assigned talk is Christian Personal Relationships (CPR) Talk #1: Learning to Love one Another.
Special thanks to the following:
• Sis. Marivie Dalman, CFC USA Mission Worker for the CFC USA Pastoral Formation Office for lovingly preparing all the UCFC materials for February
• Bro. Nonoy Dalman, former CFC International Council member as our Video Feature Presentation speaker.
• Bro. Cesar Acluba for recording and editing the video
• Bros. Rene Creencia and Jax Bernardo for facilitating the video preparation
• Supplemental Videos for the talk:
• Feature Presentation video by an assigned speaker
Each area should assign a speaker to give the CPR Talk 1 (Learning to Love One Another) to its membership during their scheduled Teaching Night/Day. The expanded outline, Powerpoint file and supplemental videos are made available for the speaker’s use. The Video feature presentation is not meant to be a regular alternative to the Teaching Night with a speaker giving the talk, but is meant to be used ONLY for the following reasons:
a. To be watched by members who are not able to attend the Teaching Night/Day for “legitimate” reasons (i.e. sickness, work, etc.)
b. To be watched by the membership if the assigned speaker is not able to give the talk for “legitimate” reasons (i.e. sickness, work, etc.). We need to continue to train new speakers in our respective areas.
In addition, UCFC will also have a Master’s Program (Teachings for CFC servant-leaders), a Doctorate Program (new teachings for the BCOP retreat and GOL retreat, etc.) as well as Electives (Speakers Training, Music Ministry training, etc.).
2- On a lighter note, we added a section Joke of the Month to bring more smiles in your faces and joy to your day.
May our blessed unions continue to glorify God! May you all have romantic Valentine’s dates!
In Christ through Mary,
Bro. Toffee Jeturian
ROH#15: CFC USA January Journey
Dear CFC USA Family:
If you have not decided on your New Years' Resolution for 2015, CFC USA has one for you -
Join the January Journey...the Quick Journey to the Great Adventure Bible Timeline!
Based on the monthly Reflections of the Heart: Letters from your PFO materials, the most hits was the September 2104 teaching: "Prevent Truth Decay: Sink Your Teeth into sacred Scripture". This clearly shows our hunger for the Word of God.
Imagine how our CFC USA Family would change if we all had a profound encounter with God in Scripture, and began relating to him in a personal way. The Bible is at the heart of everything we do and believe as CFC Catholics. A good Bible study can renew Community life, and enrich our faith.
If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then I invite you to join us for A Quick Journey Through the Bible, beginning January 2015. What a great way to start the year. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our Community as we all grow closer to Christ.
A Quick Journey Through the Bible provides the clearest, easiest, and most accessible way to understand Scripture. This study is suitable for both beginners and for those who are experienced at Bible study, because it simplifies the complexity of the Bible through an easy-to-follow narrative approach, and an ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way for you to get the “big picture” of Salvation History from the Catholic perspective, and to see how the Bible reveals God’s loving plan for your life.
The study will include a series of eight, half-hour DVDs presented by Jeff Cavins. Each DVD will be followed by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart as well as a Bible study workbook for a minimal cost. Orders for the required materials will be through ABLAZE USA . This may turn out to be your best minimal investment. Your respective Regional Heads who have been provided with one set of DVDs and Workbooks (Leaders and Students) will make arrangements on and communicate to you how this journey will unfold in your respective areas.
CFC USA will begin A Quick Journey Through the Bible in the month of January 2015.
I encourage you to join us in this truly GREAT Adventure!
In Christ through Mary,
CFC USA PFO