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CFC USA Annual Conferences: Give me 5! - An Exhortation Letter and Urgent Appeal

Dear CFC USA Family:

It’s Conference Season once again for CFC!

The SOLD Men’s Conference “Turning Point” in Las Vegas started the ball rolling in May. SFC followed suit with its “Journey Beyond” in Chicago in June.  Not to be outdone is the “Revival” Conference of our CFC Youth in Portland in July. Next in line are the “Beloved Weekend” CFC Conferences in July 25-27 in Tacoma, WA and in August 8-10 in St. Paul MN., the various Kids’ Village events in August (one KV Village was in June), and “God’s Beloved” HOLD Conference in September in Framingham, MA.

Being God’s Beloved that we all are in Community, we should not only be grateful for His generous gifts, plentiful provisions and bountiful blessings, but we should also reciprocate His love by doing the work that he has entrusted to us – to be Families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the Earth.  However, we cannot accomplish this on our own steam. We need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of our Blessed Mother to enable us to Journey Beyond our own strengths and overcome our doubts and weaknesses. Amidst our hectic schedules at home, work, parish and in our CFC service, we need a Revival of our bodies and spirits, our minds and our hearts, to be inspired, encouraged and emboldened, to be able to fight the good fight for our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is why we gather together as a family every year for the CFC USA Conferences!However this year, sad to say, we have seen a dramatic drop in conference registration and attendance in all conferences, across the board.  We question and wonder.

For those who have attended and registered for this year’s conferences, praise God and thank you! Your sacrifice of your time, talent and treasure will bear great fruit for you, your family and our community…guaranteed! For those who have not registered, there is still time. We strongly encourage you to register and attend this year’s conferences. We know it will cost you. But that is the beauty of love, giving up self for the love of our God. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and ALL these things-your family, your job, your career, your health, your finances, your service, etc. – will be added unto you.  You can never outdo the generosity of our benevolent God!

TRUST HIM!

TOP 5 Reasons Why I Should Register and Attend This Years’ USA Conferences:
1-    Glimpse of Heaven
Revelation 5:11-13 “I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.”
Imagine hundreds of our CFC family members united as one Body in Christ, like the Angels and Saints in heaven, praising and worshiping God in music and song.  You will sing and dance to songs that will bless your soul, refresh your mind and re-energize your whole being.

2-    Word of God
Matthew 4:4 “It is written: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”
This is one opportunity to let God speak to us as a captive body minus the worldly distractions, through powerful talks and teachings, inspired Scripture readings and prophecies, moving exhortations and touching personal sharings. Through these words from the Lord, we receive guidance, encouragement and strength as a body.

3-    Call to Holiness
Hebrews 12:14 “Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
Living a holy life, as defined by the Catholic Church, has little to do with perfection. Rather, it is a lifelong process of seeking God himself, through the person of Jesus Christ. Through our obedience and faithfulness and through the fruits of these conferences in our lives and in our service, we enhance our personal spiritual growth and quest for sanctification.


4-    One Body in Christ
Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.”
CFC is more than your household, or unit, or chapter…..These annual conferences allow us to fellowship and meet our CFC brethren from other areas and regions, and thus to develop and strengthen relationships, to renew old friendships and make new friends. These conferences also help us be attuned to and appreciate what God is doing in and through CFC, thus sharpening our vision and sense of mission.


5-    Covenant with God through CFC
CFC Covenant # 4: I shall study and seek to grow as a Christian person and in understanding and fulfillment of my marriage vocation: Attend all courses, retreats, workshops and conferences of Couples for Christ.
Covenant = Solemn Agreement between 2 parties – us and God. Enough said. May our Lord Jesus Christ help us to live the covenant of the Couples for Christ for His greater honor and glory.

Brethren, if this piece has touched you and there is something tugging in your heart at this very moment, maybe God is calling you to give up something material or of this world to gain something priceless. By registering now at http://cfcusaconferences.org/ and attending the CFC USA Conferences, think not of the sacrifice it will take on your part, but more so on what Jesus has in store for you as you put Him first. Wouldn’t it be worth it if He ushered you into a journey that would be life-changing. This could very well be a Turning Point in your life. Let us all join together in prayer and action, and make a last strong push (yes, we do need a strong push) to make the succeeding weekends truly Beloved Weekends.
For us in the CFC USA National Council, despite the possibility of lean attendance in and hotel penalties from the conferences, we now cease to question and wonder. Instead, we turn to our Lord Jesus and our Blessed Mother and choose to BEHOLD and PONDER.

May God bless us all!In Christ through Mary,

Bro. Toffee Jeturian
CFC USA PFO Coordinator

 

June 2014: Holy Eucharist: The Real Deal

 

June 1, 2014

Subject: 2014 CFCUSA – Holy Eucharist: The Real Deal (ROH#8)

Dear CFC Family:

As we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) on June 22, the Pastoral Formation materials this month will hopefully give us a better understanding and appreciation of the ineffable, sublime, ineffable, inexpressible, awesome, fathomless…I think you get the point… although all these expressions do not even do justice to the greatness of the “Gift of Gifts”, the greatest of all Sacraments – “The Most Holy Eucharist.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist the “source and summit of our Christian life”. Nothing is more important.  Sad to say, a lot of Catholics just don’t get it. If parishes decide to give out $1 million dollars to every parishioner who attends Mass, do you think the churches will be full to the brim? I don’t doubt it! So why is it that only a meager 24% of U.S. adult Catholics attend Mass at least once a week considering that the $1 million is nothing, nada, zero compared to receiving the God of the Universe!!!!!

My prayer is that the Lord opens our eyes and continues to reveal Himself to us, like the men in the road to Emmaus, in the breaking of the Bread.

My challenge to you dear CFC brethren is to try your very, very best, at least this month of June to attend DAILY Mass (the assumption here is that we as CFC never fail to miss Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation) to partake of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ!  Be ready though to be surprised by God and amazed at the transformation, consolation and joy you will experience as you receive daily the Eucharist…the Real Presence…the Real Deal!

In Christ through Mary,

Bro. Toffee Jeturian


Pastoral Formation Materials:  June 2014

 

Theme/Topic of the Month:  
Holy Eucharist: The Real Deal

Scripture Passage of the Month: John 6:53
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.”

Teaching of the Month
You are What You Eat: The Eucharist (See attachment)

Song of the Month:
Bread of Life (Special thanks to Mike Serapio, CFC USA Full time worker who composed this beautiful song in time for the release of these PF materials)
(See attachment)

Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraphs of the Month:
The Sacrament of the Eucharist CCC Article 3 Paragraphs 1322-1381
 (See attachment)

Saint of the Month:  
St. Tarcisius, Martyr of the Eucharist (See attachment)

Prayer of the Month:
Anima Christi (See attachment)

Media (TV/CD/Book/Movie/Website) of the Month:  
http://www.audiosancto.org/search.php
Sermons in plain English on Catholic dogma, doctrine and devotion
Click on  http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20061105-The-Sacraments-Holy-Eucharist.html for a homily on the Holy Eucharist
(Special thanks to Bro Mike de Joya, CFC SoCal PFO Chapter B2)

iPhone/Smartphone App of the month:
The Catholic Directory.com (See attachment)

The Catholic Directory App will help you quickly find the nearest churches (closest to your home, work, etc.), Mass Times, Web sites, Maps, Directions, Staff, Bulletins, and other important information.

“Faith without Action is Dead” Application of the month:
Attend daily Mass this month of June…and see what happens. Get ready to be amazed!!!!

Special thanks to Sis. Shirley Cabrera, CFC SoCal for PF Materials design

Attachments:
Download this file (PFO_June2014_eHandout.pdf)PFO June 2014 Handout[ ]

April 2014 - Lent: The Most ACTION-packed Time of the Year Aka Operation Easter Blessings

Dear CFC Family:

From the most PONDER-full to the most ACTION-packed time of the year!
This for us is Lent, the CFC way! Our Mission: Operation Easter Blessings (more on this later)!

As we continue our Lenten journey with fervent prayer through quiet meditation, Scripture readings, the Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and daily Mass; as well as through acts of penance or fasting - of the eyes, tongue, palate and most importantly turning away from sin, now is the time to put into concrete action the fruit of these Lenten observances- ALMSGIVING.

This Lent, God is giving us the opportunity to do something beautiful for Him….through CFC, through ANCOP…by Building the Church of the Poor.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was able to accomplish her calling of serving the poor because she knew her identity. She stated: “By blood and origin, I am Albanian. My citizenship is Indian. I am a Catholic Nun. As to my calling, I belong to the whole world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

She added, “Your vocation is not to work for the poor. Your vocation is to belong to Jesus. The work for the poor is only your love for Christ in action … That is the completion of your vocation, of your belonging to Christ.”

Why ANCOP? There are lots of “the Poor”, the poor of Haiti, the poor of Ethiopia, the poor supported by the various Catholic groups like Food for the Poor or Gawad Kalinga. But right now, God has gifted us with our beautiful community of CFC and He has given us our own poor to love, our own children to educate, our own homeless to provide shelter, our own sick to heal….God gave us ANCOP.

How have we (CFC USA) responded last year (2013) as a community of believers in giving life opportunity to the poor through education with our Child Sponsorship Program (CSP)? God gave us a goal of 1,600 students in need. We responded with 543 students. That’s 34% of the goal. That’s less than 10% of our CFC USA members who availed of this wonderful opportunity to give back to God. God deserves much, much more from us.

What is our plan to achieve or even surpass our 2014 goal of 2,450 (from 1,600) CSP students and 200 Community Development Program (CDP) homes?
Operation Easter Blessings!

Let us all pray that each CFC couple, each Handmaid of the Lord, each Servant of the Lord and each Single for Christ adopt and sponsor (or pledge to adopt/sponsor) at least one child for the ANCOP Child Sponsorship program by the end of the Easter season culminating in the birthday of our Church – Pentecost Sunday (June 8, 2014)!

Let us all pray that each CFC-Y youth and KFC kid will share his/her allowance and savings so that each CFCY and KFC Chapter can adopt/sponsor at least one child each by the end of the Easter season culminating in the birthday of our Church – Pentecost Sunday (June 8, 2014)!
In addition, let us pray that each CFC, SFC, HOLD, SOLD, CFCY, KFC Chapter enthusiastically and prayerfully discern, plan and implement at least one major activity to raise awareness and funds for the ANCOP Community Development Program (CDP) by the end of 2014.

In addition, please have this as a theme of your assemblies, teachings and household meetings this month of April. Let us all create awareness and ensure that ALL our CFC brethren are given this wonderful opportunity to give back to God.

The key to the success of Operation Easter Blessings is instant obedience to God. Right after the assembly, teaching or household meeting, fill out that pledge form. Do NOT delay as by the time you leave the venue, the evil one will put doubts into your mind (Are you sure you can afford it?), the world will distract you (Think of your work deadline first) and the flesh will deceive you (What about the Benz you have been dreaming about?). It may hurt for some but God is asking- Do you TRUST me? I urge you brothers and sisters to TRUST GOD act on it NOW by clicking on or typing this website link: http://www.ancopusa.org/sponsor


By the end of the Easter season, we can all be a great blessing to thousands of poor children and hundreds of in-need families, and knowing how we can never outdo the generosity of God, I am positive that God will shower us with a deluge of blessings in this life and for all eternity! May Our Blessed Mother’s “Yes” be our “Yes!”

In Christ through Mary,
Bro. Toffee Jeturian
CFC National PFO Coordinator

Attachments:
Download this file (PFO_April2014_eHandout.pdf)PFO_April2014_eHandout.pdf[ ]