Dear CFC USA Family:
Allow me to be one of the first to greet you all a Happy Easter!
On April 12, 2015, the Sunday after Easter, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. The ROH PF materials for this month will focus on the Divine Mercy message and devotion…to enable us to Love More.
The message of Divine Mercy is that God loves all of us, and he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others, so all will come to share His joy. Among all of the elements of devotion to The Divine Mercy requested by our Lord through St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, the Feast of Mercy takes top priority. The Lord's will with regard to its establishment was already made known in His first revelation to the saint, as recorded in her Diary. In all, there were 14 revelations concerning the desired feast. Our Lord's explicit desire is that this feast be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, now called Divine Mercy Sunday.
To fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy, we should:
1. Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter;
2. Sincerely repent of all our sins;
3. Place our complete trust in Jesus;
4. Go to confession, preferably before that Sunday;
5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;
6. Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy;
7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.
On a different note, there is NO UCFC Teaching of the Month for April 2015 to enable CFC USA areas to conduct the Leaders’ Training (HH, Unit, Chapter) as well as the Quick Journey to the Bible Timeline.
Finally, I wish to reiterate that the ROH monthly PF materials are meant for all leaders and members of CFC USA for their spiritual development. Kindly disseminate the information to the members ASAP. Also, the materials are available at the CFC USA website at http://www.couplesforchristusa.org/index.php/resources2/reflections-of-the-heart
Here’s wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter and a truly Divine Mercy Sunday!
In Christ through Mary,
Bro. Toffee Jeturian
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
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.