Almighty Father, you are our Creator and God. We acknowledge your dominion over us, that we belong to you, that you hold our very lives in your hands. We come before you in worship and praise.
Lord Jesus, you are our Savior and Master. You call us into your body on earth, making us brethren to one another. Bind us together as one, united in your heart and mind, able to live and serve as your holy instruments.
Holy Spirit, fill us and continue to empower us to witness. Guide us and equip us in the work of evangelization. Give us the boldness to proclaim Christ, wherever we are, until this work reaches the very ends of the earth.
Triune God, you have given us the privilege of being stewards of your grace and mercy. Help us to be faithful, to claim nothing as our own, to give without counting the cost, to endure and joyfully embrace the cross. Favor us, Lord, so that by our common work the needs of all will be met.
Mama Mary, we look to your quiet strength and fullness of grace. Accord us great favor as you intercede for our needs and for our work. May your Son Jesus be glorified in all we do.Amen.
Our theme is taken from 2 Timothy 1:7-8. "For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God."
Our theme verse for 2015 is from Acts 4:34a: "There was no needy person among them." It will basically be about the thrust of building the Church of the Poor. The larger context which will direct our formation for 2015 will be Acts 4:31-35, which has many elements that will support the basic thrust for the year. This year we are "empowered to witness." Next year we build on this. "With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all." (Acts 4:33). Our basic thrust is evangelization, centered on the proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus, accomplished by his death on the cross and his resurrection. The more specific focus of this evangelization will be the poor, both as objects and subjects of evangelization.
October 30, 2014
The divide between progressive and traditionalist bishops at the Synod was basically on how to treat people on the wrong side of sexuality, that is, those who are into cohabitation, the divorced and remarried, and same-sex unions. The progressives would like to be nice, caring, accepting, welcoming, non-judgmental, merciful, compassionate and even bend “the rules” backward a bit to accommodate those in such situations. On the other hand, the traditionalists insist on Christian morality, truth, Church teaching, renunciation of sin, repentance for wrongdoing, and healing the wound rather than just putting balm on it.
CFC-FFL joins thousands of marchers that gather in front of the Parliament building in Ottawa every year to stand up for the unborn. This year more than 25,000 gathered coming from different cities in Ontario. Scores of speakers composed of MPs, senators and members of clergy including Cardinal Tom Collins spoke in support of the cause.
October 23, 2014
The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops happened from October 5 to 18, 2014, at Vatican City. The assembly was called by Pope Francis to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There were 186 Synod Fathers (61 cardinals, 67 archbishops, 47 bishops, others), 8 fraternal delegates (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Coptic Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist), 16 experts and 38 auditors, for a total of 248 participants, coming from all continents of the world. The auditors were the lay participants. The language of the synod was in Italian, French, Spanish, English and German.
CFC-FFL conducts Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) as its biblical apostolate. 166 members from the GTA Central and East clusters attended the first LBS seminar held at St. Thomas More Parish Hall on March 17, 2012. Similar seminars were also conducted in Brampton, Mississauga and Hamilton chapters as wells as in Ottawa and Sarnia. The LBS team is lead by Jose Lee with members, Aladin Matinong, Nell Gallardo and Florie Lee.
Retreat I & II
November 15 - 16, 2014
Saturday (8 AM - 10 PM) and Sunday (8 AM - 1 PM)
Hotel Indigo Toronto Airport
135 Carlingview Drive Toronto
New Evangelization Rally
Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School
3200 Kennedy Road, Toronto
January 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Eastern Region Conference
Global Kingdom Ministries
1250 Markham Rd, Scarborough
May 8-9, 2015
Last updated: Monday, November 10, 2014