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 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.
Our God is the great and awesome Creator. "He numbers the stars, and gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, vast in power" (Ps 147:4-5a). But this awesome Creator-God is concerned with His creatures. They have strayed from Him, and they have oppressed their own kind, especially the poor. So what is God about? "The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, and gathers the dispersed of Israel, healing the brokenhearted, and binding up their wounds." (Ps 147:2-3). How can the 99 lost sheep be brought back to the sheepfold; how can the marginalized and deprived be restored? They need to meet Christ, and start to live Christ. This happens as we do the work of evangelization. We need to share Christ. "Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mt 10:6).
Here is the final document of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. This will be discussed throughout the Church for a year, leading up to the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. The theme then will be "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Modern World."
The anti-life, anti-family, homosexalist forces continue to viciously assault faith, family and life. Our mission in CFC-FFL is to renew the family and to defend life. At its core, this involves massive worldwide evangelization. In the ensuing year, we need to pray for the preservation and strengthening of the family, but we also need to vigorously defend it. We must get involved in the discernment process of our Church, and this document is the working paper. Please read it, discuss it, and give your inputs as you are given the opportunity to participate in the Church's discernment process.
Finally, we must also continue to work at the strengthening of our own individual families, as well as evangelize many other families.
November 29, 2014
This Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities was held by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome on November 20-22, 2014. The theme of the congress was “The Joy of the Gospel: a Missionary Joy.”
The congress was participated in by 300 people from 100 movements from 40 countries in all continents, with many founders and general moderators. There were also clerics, including 3 cardinals and 7 (arch)bishops. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, presided.
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.
The 2014 CCCB Forum with National Movements and Associations was held on September 12-14, 2014 under the auspices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), at Auberge de Basilique in St. Anne de Beaupre', Quebec. This was attended by 33 participating national movements and associations headed by lay person, nuns, priests, and bishops. CFC-FFL is represented by Bro Kit Galema (Second from right second row in the picture).
The Episcopal Standing Committee for Relations with Catholic Movements and Associations organizes such forum for assuring dialogue and links between the CCCB and the national Catholic movements and associations of Canada. The bishops of Canada have convened this forum with movements and associations from across the country in order; to enable personal contacts and sharing of faith and ideas amongst organizations, and to learn about the topic for this year's forum - "The Door to Missionary Evangelization" with a special emphasis being given to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
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.
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: Sunday, December 14, 2014