Dear CFCUSA Brethren,
Br. Cholo Labog, CFCUSA Country Coordinator, has given me the honor of announcing to all of you that CFCUSA is blessed to have a new set of National Council with a new National Director that will serve from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018 (see attached official memo). It is my prayer and request that you afford them the same support and prayers you have afforded me and the current National Council. We will still be here until the end of the year, and after that, you can count on your current NC to continue the same level of passion in serving the Lord through all of you. Again, with great joy and excitement let us welcome the new set of CFCUSA-National Council and offer them our prayers. Thank you once again for all your love and support through the years. May God be praised!
Your brother in Christ,
National Director, Couples for Christ USA
Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Indeed God is FAITHFUL! Last October 22-23, 2016 was an unforgettable and blessed weekend for 5 couple-members of Couples for Christ (CFC) Hawaii. Love conquered them as they renewed their love in a back-to-back Marriage Enrichment Retreats (MER) I and II held at the Saint Anthony Retreat Center in Honolulu. The service team members who spent long hours of planning were all inspired as well. We were also blessed with dedicated leaders and speakers from CFC Southern and Northern California.
The MERs have various elements that work together in order to provide the couple‑participants with an overall environment that is conducive to learning about and living out God’s plan and call to them. These elements are PRAYER, TEACHINGS, COUPLE DISCUSSIONS AND ACTION PLANNING.
The couple participants were also given time to share their experiences, insights and learning from the retreat.
The summit of the retreat was when the couples proceeded to the Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus to attend a Mass and be given a special blessing and renewal of marriage vows by Rev. Father Gregorio Honorio.
The back-to-back MERs were truly life-giving experiences to reaffirm God’s love and mercy to every FAMILY. The MERs inspired so much hope and brought about healing each couples’ marriage.
If you want to know more about Couples for Christ, e-mail Rico and Vinya Manianglung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In line with the 2016 CFC theme of Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks, we start this month of October the last of the trilogy with GIVE THANKS for the Right to Vote.
“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”
– POPE FRANCIS, 9/16/13
Couples for Christ (CFC) welcomed six couple members on Sunday, October 2, 2016. The new members consisted of one Singles for Christ transition couple and five couples who completed a 7-week long Christian Life Program (CLP) held Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa.
Every couple participant looked forward to the Christ-centered program and fun fellowship Saturdays with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
In this photo are: Rico & Vinya Manianglung, CFC Hawaii Area Leaders, James and Donna Lyn Baguio, Mark and Maricel Sebastian, Nolan and Ester Chang, Rev. Father Nick Brown (CFC Hawaii’s Spiritual Adviser), Orlando and Edna Ragudos, Joel and Cheryl Juan, and Jed & Jennibeth Seson.
The Christian Life Program is an integrated course intended to lead program participants into a renewed understanding of and response to God’s call to them as Christian couples. The CLP is intended to achieve the following:
- Bring the participant to repentance and a renewed faith in Jesus.
- Empower the participant in the Christian life through baptism in the Holy Spirit.
- Integrate the participant into a strong environment of support and ongoing formation.
CFC would like to thank Rev. Father Nick Brown and the Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa community for all their prayers, help and support with the CLP as well as the whole CFC community.
What is Couples for Christ?
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It is an association of Christian couples who have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another, so that they may grow into maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up their families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Why is such a ministry necessary?
It is God’s plan that the family is the basic unit of society, such that the families determine the condition of society. However, there are many forces in the world today that would, wittingly or unwittingly, destroy the very foundations of the family. CFC wants to rise up in defense of the family which is God’s work. CFC wants to bring God’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.
If you would like to know more about Couples for Christ, send an e-mail to Rico & Vinya Manianglung at
email@example.com or visit couplesforchristusa.org. (http://catholichawaii.org)