Couples For Christ
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Catholic movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. CFC couples have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising families grounded in Christian values, in the service and love of God.
WHERE AND HOW DID CFC BEGIN?
Couples for Christ (CFC) began in 1981 when a Christian Community tried a new approach in evangelizing married couples. The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to a renewal of the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting. Soon, CFC became a Christian family life renewal program made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life an active and a supportive relationship with one another. Through the succeeding years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of Christian family life and also of the Church.
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Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of the Christian family life and also of the church.
RELATED ARTICLE: CFC Historical Timeline
Why is such a ministry necessary?
It is God’s plan that the family be the basic unit of society, such that the condition of families determines the condition of society. However, there are many forces in the world today that would, wittingly or unwittingly, destroy the very foundation of the family. CFC wants to rise in defense of the family, which is God’s work. CFC wants to bring God’s strength and God’s light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world. How does Couples for Christ intend to work for Catholic Christian family renewal? Couple for Christ intends to carry out its work and its mission by focusing on 3 specific objectives:
A. Individual renewal. Before one can even consider the whole family, the husband and wife first need to renew their commitment to God. CFC takes the basic message of Christianity and proclaims it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to God in a way which will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
B. Family renewal. As couples renew their commitment to God, they also renew their commitment to one another and to their Christian family life. Gradually, the new life that they find in the Lord filters down to all their family relationships.
C. Church renewal. As individual families are renewed, they form a network of equally committed Christian families who not only support one another but also strengthen the Church of which they are members.
WHO CAN BECOME MEMBERS OF CFC?
Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. Although a Catholic movement/organization, CFC remains open to having non-Catholic Christians as members. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social and other distinctions.
In 1996, CFC was approved by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines as a national private association of lay faithful. In 2000, CFC was recognized by the Holy See (Vatican) as a private international association of the lay faithful of pontifical right. PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY: Directory of Associations
CFC Tri-Cities WA - Weekly Gatherings
1st Friday of the Month 7:30PM Mass St. Joseph's (Old Church)
1st Saturday 5:30PM Mass St. Joseph's (Main Church)
2nd Friday of the Month 6:30 PM - General Assembly St. Joseph's Annex (Music Room)
3rd Fridays of the Month 6:30PM - Individual Household TBD by HH Leader
Last Friday of the Month 6:30PM - General Assembly Christ the King Parish
Willy and Miriam Zaragoza – Richland Household Leaders (509) 460-8601, (509) 460-0115
Ernie and Helen Tatunay – Kennewick Household Leaders (509) 619-1873
BJ and Tess Pulido – Pasco Household Leaders (517) 402-3504, (517) 802-8180
Rongie and Winnie Magdangal – Youth for Christ Head (626) 290-9985, (714) 785-4545
Mariefel Olarte – Singles for Christ Head (404) 917-6145