CFC Bangkok celebrates Jesus' birth at the annual Christmas party
Some 300 members from the four Chapters of CFC Bangkok gathered at the AIT Centre Auditorium on 8 December 2018 to celebrate the birth of Christ through the annual Christmas party. Edgar exhorted the group to focus on Jesus in celebrating Christmas and counteract the current Christmas culture based on entertainment, leisure and consumption. He presented a video highlighting the work of evangelization of CFC Thailand in 2018 as gifts we offer to Jesus this Christmas. Each chapter lighten up the party with colorful and lively presentations involving the entire membership about the meaning of Christmas. This was followed by group games organized by the SFCs and involved each ministries, including the children. The final part of the event was a unique gift exchanging mechanics arranged by the South East Bangkok Chapter through their chapter leaders Bal and Joyce Palmos. Each one brought home the joy and peace of Christmas and the task of praying for each other during the Advent session. Click for more photos of the event.
CFC Singapore mission to Laguna, Phuket
A team from CFC Singapore visited Laguna, Phuket to give the six talks of the Christians and His Emotion on 2 December 2018 for members of CFC Laguna, Phuket. The team from Singapore were Boni Soque, Allaine Sotto and Art Cabinian. Some 30 participants from different CFC ministries attended the spirit-filled talks and look forward to having the Singapore team again next year. The Christian and His Emotion is one of the formation programmes available for members of CFC to grow as a mature Christian.
SFC medical mission and annual gift-giving
17 November 2018. Christmas came a little early for more than 100 kids in Ratchaburi. About 35 members from SFC Central Bangkok and North Bangkok accompanied by Fr.Prasit Rujirat, Director of Social Action Center Diocese of Ratchaburi, organized a medical mission and gift-giving at Ratchaburi. The group brought over 100 packs of goodies (disney t-shirts, marvel t-shirts, stuff toys, milk, chocolate, juice, cookies, wafer, gelatin, etc.) and fun games for the kids.
Dr Chat Poonswasad, member of the CFC Thai household in Bangkok, came with the group and provided free medical services and medicines to the villages visited. There are over 20 villages occupied by Karen refugees who have benefited from this regular mission over many years. Father Prasit, a Thai priest from Ratchaburi, has facilitated these missions and provided assistants to the team for translation and logistical support in travelling to the remote villages.
The group traveled for 10 hours from Bangkok to the border and spent two hours with the kids for fun games, gift giving, and medical services. Fr. Prasit said that he is always looking forward of having SFC in Ratchburi because of the joy the group is bringing to the community. He also added that the joy the group is bringing can heal the kids. He requested the CFC-SFC community to continuously pray for the kids and their family in Ratchaburi. This SFC activity of medical mission and gift-giving is being done quarterly at Ratchaburi.
Youth camp at Nonthaburi
Youth For Christ (YFC) celebrated year end 2018 with another set of evangelization activity, a Youth Camp held on 6-7 October 2018 at the Saint Cristina Retreat House in the Our Lady of Mercy Church compound in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi. The two-day event was spearheaded by the San Lorenzo Upatham School (DonBosco) YFC chapter in Nonthaburi headed by the YFC Youth leaders Juan Miguel Marqueses, Yves Magpantay, Leah Busbus - under the guidance of the North Bangkok and Nonthaburi CFC-YFC Couple Coordinators and with the cooperation of the parish priest, Fr. Danielle Maza.
The service team consisted mainly both of YFC members (KC Canasio, Ysa Magpantay, Irish Canasio, Gabe Ocampo, Andrea Marqueses, Martin Marqueses, Zoltan Gutierez, Abram Dolontina, Dan Eric Cabral and the 3 leaders Miguel, Yves, and Leah) and volunteers from the Singles For Christ (SFC) North Bangkok (Dominic Cagadas, Maverick Talaid, Challete Canete, and Jemar Manatad).
The event was filled with activities that are both spiritually uplifting and fun. It was highlighted with inspirational and powerful talks from the speakers and sharers from both YFC and SFC service teams, followed by discussion groups with the participants and fun filled games and activities in between talks. The Camp concluded with 9 new members added to the CFC YFC North Bangkok and Nonthaburi Thailand – eight of which are Filipinos and one (1) Thai local.
Praise God for a fruitful harvest!
CFC Nonthaburi welcomes new members
CFC Nonthaburi chapter completed a strategic household-level CLP on 13 May 2018 and welcomed 3 new members (1 CFC, 1 HOLD who joined her husband to make them 1 CFC also), as well as a 3-weekend strategic CLP held in Don Bosco school located at the compound of Our Lady of Mercy church and welcomed 14 new members (2 CFCs, 3 HOLDs, and 7 SFCs) at the dedication ceremony held on 7 October 2018. Thus, 17 new members were welcomed this year. The programmes were both facilitated by couple household leaders Juan and Magie Magpantay together with the rest of the CFC Nonthaburi chapter members. The 3-weekend strategic CLP received generous support from North Bangkok chapter (Art/Laarni Roa), Family Ministries (Sonny/Tess Montalbo, Louie/Pinky Lepiten, Jhozine), and selected leaders (Arnold Itao, Jimmy Lozare and Edgar), as well as from OLM church through the parish priest Fr. Daniel with visiting priests Fr. Alessios and Fr. Edgar.
CFC Central Bangkok welcomes new members
CFC Central Bangkok chapter resumed its post in Holy Redeemer Church and completed its 2nd annual 7 weekend Christian Life Program on 16 September 2018 capping the last talk - Transformation in Christ with a chapter general assembly and a Lord’s Day celebration. The CLP had a good harvest of 2 couples, 20 singles, and 6 handmaids. It was lead by 3 households: team head: Gary/Anna Hufana, asst. team head: Vorachat/Fang Thongpiyapoom and servant head: Patrick/Anne Lozare. It was also supported by the remaining chapter households, singles, handmaids and servants.
The CLP is truly God driven and its dynamics does not only nourish the participants but the service team as well. One participant after having been in Thailand for so many years testified that she felt home again during the CLP. A household head discovered that he can serve in front of many people.A couple with a weekend schedule regularly filled with their children’s activities found they can squeeze in time to fully serve for the whole 7 Sundays. A young family with barely enough finances were able to tithe regularly to support the CLP. A couple after 20 years in CFC service finally became a household head. Another found herself regularly attending the CLP despite her initial conviction to lie low in service.
The CLP not only paved the way for a renewal of relationship with Christ, Jesus but also strengthening of faith and conviction to serve. The whole community grows not just in numbers but in the Spirit of the Lord.
CFC North Bangkok Chapter Culminates CLP
12 August 2018 - The CFC North Bangkok chapter culminated its 7-weekend CLP with a Dedication Ceremony on August 12, 2018 (Mother’s Day in Thailand) at Our Lady Mother of God Church in Rangsit, Pathumtani.
A total of 26 participants completed the programme, including 6 CFC’s, 4 HOLD, 2 SOLD and 14 SFC’s. While most of the participants were Filipinos, there were also other nationalities consisting of 4 Vietnamese, 2 Filipino-Thais, 1 Sri Lankan and 1 Fijian. We praise God for His faithfulness and allowing the CLP team to reap an abundant harvest.
The CLP was led by two CFC North Bangkok household groups (Corly/Era HH and Alvin/Kristine HH) and supported by the HOLD and SFC HH’s. As part of the service team, a CLP Music ministry was also organized composed of new instrument players. With constant practice, commitment and grace from God, the newly formed music ministry group quickly developed as an alternative CFC band which can be tapped in future CFC activities. In fact, the newly formed music ministry group is already booked to serve the upcoming CFC Women’s Conference on August 19, 2018. Praise God for the new talents in the community!
CFC/SFC Korat Outreach Activity
13 August 2018 - About 20 members of CFC/SFC Korat accompanied by their Chaplain, Fr. Popoy (Fr. Ferdinand Aporillo, MSP), organized an outreach program for the elderly at the Home for the Aged Ratchasima on August 13, 2018. The group brought some snacks, fruits, gifts, boxes of juice and food for lunch and prepared a lively program to entertain the elderly and some staff in the facility.
The program started at 8:00 am with the facility staff assisted by the group taking the elderly in their wheel chairs to the hall venue. Before the program proper, the CFC/SFC group was introduced to the audience by the head of the facility. After the introduction, Fr. Popoy read out the Gospel and gave everyone a blessing. An SFC leader, Dann Marie Del Mundo, also gave a brief exhortation.
The activity was very heart-warming to all and some CFC/SFC members became emotional as they interacted and chatted with the elderly housed in the facility. The elderly people also became very emotional and sincerely thanked the group for visiting and entertaining them. Some of them kept smiling while listening to the songs while others tried moving their hands and attempted joining the group in dancing and singing.
During lunch, the CFC/SFC group helped feed the elderly with the food that they brought. After lunch, the group also helped in taking the elderly back to their respective rooms. It was indeed a special day. The program ended with another send-off blessing from Fr. Popoy.
On Fiery Wings
The Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium at AIT was once again alive with colors, music and fellowship on 19 August 2018 at the 2018 Women’s Conference. Speakers Bel Liboro and Betty Talosig from Philippines
facilitated five (5) sessions bringing HOLD, CFC women and SFC’s to a day of prayers, praise & worship and a deep reflection.
The sessions touched on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, how to rekindle it, how to fulfill our solemn charge and be instruments on proclaiming God’s word, the need for an undaunting spirit even though the task is daunting, and for us to fulfill the work of an evangelist. The event ended with a high note of praise songs as the congregation spread their fiery wings.
Household Leaders Training for Singles for Christ
The Family Ministry organized a Household Leaders Training at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus from 6 to 8 July 2018 for SFCs from North Bangkok, Korat and Phitsanulok. The training was given by SFC household and unit leaders and the couple coordinators for SFC North Bangkok Louie and Pinky Lepiten. The venue at AIT was the house of Edgar and Moonyeen Dante. The participants were potential household leaders, household heads and assistant household heads.
Kids Camp in Rangsit
Kids for Christ Thailand organized a junior and senior Kids Day Camp at the Our Lady Mother of God Rangsit Parish on 8 July 2018. Some 33 active KFCs joined the event from 3 different chapters. The KFC campers experienced the love and friendship of their YFC brothers and sisters who actively joined and served as members of the service team.
The Junior- Senior Kids Camp includes kids ages from 4 to 12 years old. This camp allowed kids to enjoy their moment in playing games, singing and dancing praise and worship songs, making artistic crafts, listening to bible stories, shared and heard experiences from one another and proclaimed the wonderful things on how God showed His love for them. They were also exposed to serve God and most of all use God’s given talent.
The objectives of this camp was to introduce Jesus and made them realized that God had a special place for them in His heart, to enable the kids to respond to God’s love through prayers, songs and activities and gave them a sense of identity as a member of Kids for Christ where they can always share and expect Christian love, unity and support for one another.
The camp was concluded with a parent orientation and awarding of certificates and ID’s to formally welcome the participants as official members of CFC-Kids for Christ Thailand.
First CFC Greater Mekong Area Echo Conference
On 9 June 2018, CFC Thailand hosted the first CFC Greater Mekong Area (GMA) Echo Conference with the theme "Solemn Charge". The Conference was held at the AIT Centre Auditorium, Pathumthani, Bangkok and brought together 250 participants from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos PDR, Viet Nam and the Philippines. The conference theme was based on St. Paul's 2nd letter of Timothy exhorting steadfastness and firmness in faith and mission despite adverse circumstances from those who are serving God and the rekindling of the gifts of God received during our first encounter with him. Bishop Joseph Prathan, CBCT vice-president and Bishop of Surat Thani Diocese and Father John Tamayo, Spiritual Director of CFC Thailand celebrated the Sacrament of the Eucharist to open the conference. The conference comprised five sessions as follows:
Pastoral visit to Tharae
On 11 June 2018, Jimmy Lozare, Fulltime Pastoral Worker, brought the new couple Country Coordinator for CFC Thailand Raffy and Aimee Ballesteros to visit a CFC community in the village of Chanpen in the Northeast of Thailand under Archdiocese of Thaare Nongsaeng. Chanphen was one of the first villages in the Archdiocese to have CFC 21 years ago led by Acharn Arom, Bro. Prakal and the late Boni Manikham from CFC-Bangkok Thai.
About 30 members, mostly Handmaids, were joined by members from
CFC-Tharae and CFC-Nong Bua Thong for a total of 43 members
participating in the Genera Assembly. After a brief Praise and Worship Bro. Raffy presented a Teaching on “Growing in the Faith” with Sis. Aimee sharing the “Before and After” experiences of community life in CFC. FTPW Jimmy had introduced them before the Session and the people were very happy that leaders from as far as Manila, not only from Bangkok, are interested and concerned about their community life. A lot of sharing from the villagers followed.
The pastoral visit edified the participants in a Spirit-filled day and
the people expressed their gratitude for the event. There was a brief discussion with the leaders and members to celebrate the 21st anniversary of CFC in the archdiocese sometime in September,
to coincide with a CLP “Baptism in the Spirit” from CFC-Ubon
Ratchathani as a combined weekend celebration. The GA ended with lunch and fellowship.
Update from the South (Nakhon and Tungyai)
On 5-6 May 2018, Bobet and Cris Pelias, CFC SEB mission team visited CFC south for 2 days. Together with our local leader, Oliver and Jasmin Ople, they facilitated two households prayer meetings, the first was on the 5 May in Thungyai with CFC Krabi led by sis Ruby Agno and the following day was in Muang Nakhon Srithammarat. All were inspired by the zeal and enthusiasm manifested by our brother and sister for their missionary work which is to evangelize and bring the good news to others amidst trials and challenges.
Sharing Christ with Thai students in Chiang Rai
CFC-Singles for Christ conducted Christian Life Programme (CLP) in Chiang Rai on 18 and 25 March 2018. Nine (9) members of the community from Central Bangkok volunteered as service team. The service team were warmly welcomed by Fr. Matthew Ekachai of the Camillian fathers, pastor of St. Camillus parish and villagers.
The CLP started in the morning with the orientation at the Church after the Eucharistic celebration with some dynamics in between the talks. For the second day, the remaining talks were continued with the same approach. Brother Jimmy Lozare formally closed the CLP with a blessing and pray-over of all participants. The CLP produced 20 Thai nationals, English speaking campus- based from Mae Fah Luang University.
Both service team and newly graduate participants were enthusiastic with the talks and dynamics. All were very much excited to join the upcoming activities not only in Chiang Rai but also in Bangkok especially the Regional Conference in September 2018. Lastly, in addition to the CLP, the service team spent time with kids and youth for some educational activities.
The fire of the Holy Spirit is once again set ablaze in SFC Thailand!
Some 86 SFCs from different areas and provinces in Thailand gathered to celebrate 25 years of God's faithfulness to and through the CFC Singles for Christ Ministry during the International Conference (ICON) Echo held last 11 March 2018 at The Connecion Seminar Centre, Ladphrao, Bangkok, Thailand. The conference theme was 'Relentless', inspired by 2 Timothy 1:6, “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands.”
The echo conference was officially opened by Sonny Montalbo, CFC Family Ministries Coordinator who drew inspiration from the story of Timothy. JM Junio led the group in a vibrant Opening Worship to start the event. Rev. Gerry Gamaliel S. Delos Reyes, OMI Thai-Lao Delegation Superior, was also present as the Mass presider.
The talks were given under four topics: Rekindle (by Andy Co), Regoice (by Inah Bancoro), Relentless (by Challette Canete) and Fulfill Your Ministry (by Rowena Elemento). The conference ended with a powerful praisefest, led by Bro. Philip Talantor, bringing the conviction of every SFC delegate to an even higher level. The message resounds that all are called to follow the Lord through ministry and mission each and everyday.
The event was prepared and coordinated by a team of 12 SFC leaders and members who attended the 25th Singles for Christ International Conference (ICON) held last 16-18 February 2018 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Makati City, Philippines. The event was also supported by the SFC Couple Coordinators of Central Bangkok Chapter, Jason and Binay Domingo, as well as Louie and Pinky Lepiten of North Bangkok Chapter.
Youth for Christ - Covenant Orientation
A covenant orientation for Youth for Christ members graduated last year was delivered on 17 February 2018 at the Don Bosco Filipino School, Nonthaburi. Sixteen YFCs participated in the event, excluding the service team. There were 4 talks given by YFC and SFC leaders. The event was headed by JC Saga from Central Bangkok with members of the service team coming from Central Bangkok, North and Nonthaburi Chapters, namely Kent Dante assigned as opening prayer, Miguel Marqueses as our worship leader in the morning session, Jr Mission as the worship leader in the afternoon session. The music ministry was headed by Yves Magpantay. SFC household head Siegrid Tejeno and members also joined in to help in giving talks and assisting the activity. YFC couple coordinators from Central Bangkok and North Bangkok Chapter were present to oversee the event together with the Family Ministry Coordinator couple Sonny and Tess Montalbo.
Chiang Rai Mission
Jimmy Lozare together with SFCs Rowena and Inah visited Srivichien Village, Chiang Rai on 3-4 February 2018 to introduce SFC ministry among Catholic college students of Mae Fah Luang and Rajabhat Universities. The meeting with Thai students was held at the Seminary and conducted in English. After the introduction and teaching of SFC songs, the students expressed interest in SFC activities and agreed to invite other students to attend a Christian Life Programme to be organized on 18 and 25 March 2018. They aimed at inviting 20 to 25 students from each University. The mission was facilitated by Fr. Ekachai and Fr. Joachim, and was part of the follow up activities to a request made by Bishop Francis Xavier Vira of Chiangmai Diocese who earlier requested Jimmy to revive the CFC Thai group in Chiangmai province. Before meeting the students, the mission team met with Bishop Vira and attended a mass celebrated by the Bishop and 20 priests from northern provinces on the occasion of the St Camillus Parish feast. CFC was well recognized and received at the assembly.
Joint Prayer Assembly - First Fruits
On Sunday, 4 February 2018, CFC members from North Bangkok, Central Bangkok and Nonthaburi chapters gathered for the first prayer assembly of the year at the Korea House, Asian Institute of Technology. At the assembly, each member was consecrated to God following the tradition of First Fruits. It was a solemn and sacred occasion when each member presented to an altar, prayed for consecration and offered a symbolic amount of money. Edgar introduced the background of the tradition and reminded members of vision of CFC "Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of Earth". Through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that each member receives during the CLP, the renewal of individuals and the community begins. Members were inspired to see full attendance and to meet members who have rejoined participation in community activities. Special thanks to the chapter leaders and family ministry coordinators for encouraging their members to participate in the assembly.
Joint GA of North and Central Bangkok SFCs
On 14 January 2018, Over 50 Singles for Christ from North and Central Bangkok participated in the organized Re-echo of Eimai Katolikos held at the Korea House AIT. The assembly was in reference to the SEA-BET Regional conference held in Kota Kinabalu, October 28-29, 2017. The 2-day conference, themed Eimai Katholikos (I am Catholic) consisted of three sessions about the Catholic faith and Live Catholic activities wherein 13 SFCs represented Thailand as listed below:
Lastly, Bro. Jason and Sis. Rubina Domingo were announced as the new SFC couple coordinator of Central Bangkok and the couple coordinator of North Bangkok Bro. Louie and Sis. Pinky Lepiten together with the Family Ministry head Bro. Sonny and Sis. Marites Montalbo.
CFC Bangkok celebrates the birth of Christ
Over 250 members of CFC Bangkok community gathered at the AIT Centre Auditorium to celebrate the birth of Jesus on 9 December 2017. The celebration activities were centered around the theme taken from John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth". On behalf of the Council. Sim Caluyong gave the opening prayer and welcome remarks. This was followed by an inspiration Christmas video to set the tone of the celebration and presentations from the various chapters and ministries. Also featured in the event was a special event from the "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam - Our Lady Mother of God Church choir led by Pats and Carla Gonzales. The family ministries organized group dynamic and games to add further excitement and the chapter from South and West Bangkok facilitated a Christmas sharing of gifts.
CFC Kids for Christ Christmas Gift Giving
On 17 December 2017, members of the CFC Family Ministry handed over the donations and proceeds from the Fun Run event as well as gave special Christmas gifts to children ages 4 to 17 years old at St. Joachim Catholic Center for Migrants in Samut Sakhon. Kids for Christ and the Family Ministry shared their talents by giving special dance numbers to the children. The children enjoyed exciting games and prizes led by CFC KFC. The children expressed their joys and happiness by offering their talents in dancing their native dances. Snacks, lunch packs and ice cream were served to all of them. The Gift-Giving event was followed by a Eucharistic Mass Celebration given by Reverent Father Albert. For the organizing team, the experience demonstrated that “giving becomes a blessing for the giver and receiver.”
Year-end leaders retreat and planning workshop
About 100 CFC leaders in Bangkok and upcountry areas gathered at the AIT Centre on 25 November 2017 to reflect on the mission of CFC and plan for next year's activities. The reflection part was facilitated by the Manila team led by Bombee and Beth Tiongson, Country Coordinators for CFC Thailand. It focused on the structure of a CFC chapter, the roles and responsibilities of CFC leaders and the challenges faced by them in carrying out the mission. A time was spent by each chapter and ministry to identify activities and practices that need to be stopped and those that need to be further strengthened. The second part comprised a series of presentations from the national coordinator, mission worker, chapter heads and family ministry highlighting the key events of the year and the plan for next year.
Medical Mission & Gift Giving at Ratchburi
On 18 November 2017, members of the CFC Singles for Christ together with the team of Fr. Prasit organized a medical mission at Ratchburi, Christmas gift-giving (sweater, toiletries, milk, chocolate, juices, ice cream, cookies, etc.) and games for fun. More than 100 children together with their parents received gifts and medical attention. People from Ratchaburi became a family of SFCs and expressed gratefulness and happiness whenever the group visit them. This activity is being organized on a quarterly basis. SFCs are inviting any member to join and experience this service by contacting Aliw and Rowena.
Christian Life Programme in Chiangmai
Sonny & Tess Montalbo with CFC/SFC/HOLD/SOLD Chiang Mai, Rowena, May, Angel and Lawrence, Lulu, and Bill conducted a strategic Christian Life Programme (CLP) at the farm orchard of Sis. Linda in Huisom, Sanpatong on 18 and 19 November 2017. The CLP started in the morning with the orientation with some dynamics between the talks, and ended late with Talk 9 and praying over. For the following day the remaining talks were continued after the Eucharistic celebration as everyone was serving the Sacred Heart Church as a choir. The CLP produced 6 graduates (4 SFCs and 2 HOLDs). Everyone was inspired and looking forward to join next year's activities.
CFC Board of Elders Chair Jun Uriarte exhorts CFC Bangkok to raise a holy family
Jun and Jean Uriarte met with members of CFC Bangkok at the Holy Redeemer Church on Sunday, 5 November 2017 and gave a teaching on Raising a Holy Family. They emphasized the core mission of Couples for Christ to be true images of Christ in the world, servant to one another, servant to their children and servant to others. They shared the example of the New testament couple characters Aquila and Priscilla as a model CFC serving God as a pastoral team. They pointed to the CFC Family Ministries, especially the Kids for Christ, Youth for Christ and Singles for Christ, as God's gift for CFC to bring about conversion and renewal among the young generation. These Ministries are founded on four basic principles of Fun, Friendship, Faith and Freedom. Finally, they exhorted members to rededicated themselves to raising families in Christ and become true witnesses to the ends of the earth.
YFC and KFC Camps in Chiang Rai
Family Ministry couple coordinators for YFC and KFC and SFC and HOLD
volunteers from Central, North and West (Nonthaburi) Bangkok chapters conducted their first-ever Youth and Kids' Camps in Thai language for hill tribe children in Srivichien Village, Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai province, Diocese of Chiangmai, last Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13th-14th. Led by Sonny and Tess Montalbo, Family Ministries national couple coordinator and members of the Thai national governance team (national council) the Service Teams were warmly welcomed by Fr. Matthew Ekachai of the Camillian fathers, pastor of St. Camillus parish, and villagers, mainly from Akha and Tai Yai tribes from Myanmar, south China and Laos. Twenty children (8 boys and 12 girls) completed the YFC Camp with twelve children for the KFC Camp.
Christian Life Programme in Chiang Rai
17 couples and more than 20 Handmaids, mainly from Akha tribe, attended the first Thai CLP in Srivichien Village, Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai province, Diocese of Chiangmai, last weekend, Oct. 14th-15th. The Bangkok Service Team was led by national council elders Amb. Precha and Khun Sirikul Pitisant, and assisted by Acharn Arom Poolpokpol, Bro. Prakal Oudougsorn and FTPW Jimmy Lozare.
They completed Module I of Thai CLP, with Module II scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22nd, and Module II for Dec. 10th. Fr. Ekachai requested that the CLP be given gradually for the teachings to "sink in". Most understand the Thai language, especially the Tai Yai tribe participants.
Nonthaburi chapter welcomes 18 new members
Nonthaburi chapter completed a strategic CLP held in St. Christina Retreat House on 23-24 September and welcomed 18 new members (2 CFC, 1 SOLD, 6 HOLD and 7 SFC) at the dedication ceremony held a week after on 1 October 2017. Six more new members (1 CFC, 2 HOLD and 2 SFC) were expected to join later. The programme was facilitated by the chapter leaders Jojoy and Emelyn Mission together with Tony and Emily Dalisay (North Bangkok household leaders) and the rest of the members of the Nonthaburi chapter. North Bangkok chapter provided full support by sending speakers, music ministry and discussion leaders. The CLP also received generous support from the Our Lady of Mercy church through PIME priests Fr. Daniel, Fr Paolo and Fr Raju as well as from OFM priest Fr. Francis.
Youth camp at Don Bosco school
CFC Family Ministry successfully concluded a youth camp held at the Don Bosco school in Pakkred on 30 September to 1 October 2017. Some 15 youths participated in the event. It was organized and facilitated by youth members led by Miguel Marqueses with support from YFC North Bangkok Couple Coordinators Vince and Karen Marqueses.
Women's conference in Phuket
The Women’s Conference “My Heart in Your Hands” was brought to the sisters and brothers in South Thailand and held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Laguna, Phuket on 27 August 2017. Some 30 participants from Phuket Laguna, Phuket Town and Krabi attended. Participants were mostly CFC wives, HOLD and SFC members. Two speakers from Manila, Sis Edythe Avendano, HOLD International Coordinator and Sis Nina Caunga, HOLD Sector Coordinator together with Sis Tess Montalbo facilitated the conference leading the participants to reflect on their coming and journey of faith, standing firm in the faith, resolving to be courageous and strong, and how to express acts of love. Sis Donna Campos, CFC-Phuket Coordinator with Sis Jhozine Damaso, CFC-HOLD Coordinator, led the organization of the conference with support from Bro Sonny and Sis Tess Montalbo. Other CFC Phuket members also provided active support in organizing and facilitating the successful event.
CFC Laguna Phuket concludes home-based CLP
CFC Laguna Phuket welcomed three new SFC members and one additional participant at the culmination of its home-based Christian Life Programme held at the residence of Ariel and Dhonna Campos in Cheong Thale on Sunday, 24 September. Edgar joined the session to welcome the new members and gave the final talk on Transformation in Christ. Members of CFC Laguna and CFC Phuket Town came to join the activity, which culminated with testimonies from both new and old members. New members testified that the sacrifices and love shared by members as well as the various CLP talks inspired and transform them. It was also a good opportunity to recall the first CLP in Phuket Laguna that was held in 2009 since some of the pioneers were present at the session. Old members encouraged newly graduates to be actively involved and support the activities of the community.
CFC Central Bangkok welcomes 32 new members
CFC Central Bangkok chapter conducted a Christian Life Program at the Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok for six Sundays starting from 6 August to 10 September 2017. A total of 32 new members graduated and welcomed (5 CFC couples, 12 SFCs, 8 HOLD, 2 SOLD) to the community at our Lord’s Day General Assembly on Sunday, 17 September 2017. The service team members were from the households of Patrick and Anne Lozare, Joseph and Christina Gonzales and Gary and Ana Hufana. During the CLP graduation, the graduates witnessed how their lives were changed and how God used the speakers, sharers and their discussion groups to the renewal of the Christian life. This was indeed another successful harvest and opportunity for spiritual growth for the service team members as well.
CFC North Bangkok welcomes 23 new members
The entire CFC North Bangkok chapter assembled at the Church of Our Lady Mother of God in Rangsit on Sunday, 3 September 2017 to welcome 23 new members (1 CFC couple, 16 SFCs, 2 HOLD, 3 SOLD) to the community at the Christian Life Programme (CLP) dedication ceremony. The service team composed members of the households of Francis/Espie, Vic/Em and Alvin/Kristine and conducted the CLP for 8 Sundays since 16 July. Jimmy Lozare, Fulltime Worker, gave the concluding talk on Transformation in Christ and prayed over the new graduates. Representatives from the graduating group gave powerful testimonies about their personal experiences leading to their attendance to the CLP and how the Lord has touched and called them to renew their faith and life Christians through the programme. CFC North Bangkok conducts annual CLP at the Church in Rangsit.
Women's Conference - My Heart in Your Hands
Some 100 women members from the Handmaid of the Lord (HOLD), Couples for Christ (CFC) and Singles for Christ (SFC) in Bangkok gathered at the Aimphan Education Center, Nonthaburi on 20 August 2017 to rediscover and grow in faith through the annual CFC Women Conference. Sis. Edythe Avendano, HOLD International Coordinator and Sis. Nina Caunga HOLD Sector Coordination from Manila facilitated five sessions leading participants to reflect on their coming to and journey of faith, their struggles and challenges, standing firm in the firm, resolve to be courageous and strong and acts of love. Some local members enriched the reflection with the sharing of real life experiences. As in any other CFC events, the conference opened with the celebration of the Eurachist by Father Mauro from the Franciscan retreat center in Lamlukha. Sis Jhozine Damaso, CFC-HOLD Coordination, CFC Thailand led the organization with support from the Family Ministry Coordinators Sonny and Marites Montalbo. Other HOLD and CFC members also provided active support in organizing and facilitating the successful event.
2019 calendar of activities
Letter of Certification of the Catholic Commission for Laity under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand concerning the work of Couples for Christ in the Catholic church of Thailand
This is to certify that the Private Association of Lay Faithful by the name of "Couples for Christ" is now present and working in the Catholic Church in Thailand. The movement is staffed by men and women committed to the Catholic Church's apostate of promoting spiritual life within families. With this official document I assure that the very existence and works of this movement are genuinely beneficial to Christian Family Life in the Catholic Church in Thailand.
Given on May 24, 2016 by Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri, Chairman of the Catholic Commission for Laity, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand
CFC International Online Resources
Joe and Mila Yamamoto, members of the CFC International Council, visited Bangkok on 28-30 September 2018 and spent time to meet with Edgar/Moonyeen and Jimmy/Naty. The couple were here to attend an ASEAN cardio conference.
Jun and Tina Ymson from CFC Paranaque met with Edgar and Moonyeen on 21 September 2018. They were actively involved in organizing the senior programme of CFC in the Philippines. They were in Bangkok for family purpose and took time to connect with CFC Thailand.
CFC Thailand participates in the June 2018 CFC anniversary events in Manila
Fr Michael Tidkham Jailertrit, SCJ, of the Chiangmai Diocese, is all smiles after concelebrating Mass with 12 bishops and more than 200 priests from 20 countries, Manila and provinces, attended by more than 50 religious and about 600 CFC lay leaders at the CFC Clergy-Laity Congress, held at the SMX Hall of the Mall of Asia Complex last June 21st.
Fr. Michael Tidkham (second from left), Chiangmai Diocese priest in-charge of the Family Apostolate, at the Family Ministries Congress and Workshop held at the SMX Hall of the Mall of Asia Complex last June 22nd, with (from right) – Raffy Ballesteros, member of the CFC Elders Assembly and new country coordinator for Thailand; Manny Panagsagan, new Central A Sector Head and country coordinator for Laos, and FTPW Jimmy Lozare.
With CFC top leaders from the Global Mission Center (GMC Home Office, from left – Jimmy and Lorna Ylagan of the Elders Assembly; Rouquel and Nina Ponte; International Council elders and in-charge of the Pastoral Formation Office (PFO) and the CFC Family Institute; Nolet Ladrido, STMA head and country coordinator for Europe; Fr. Michael Tidkham and FTPW Jimmy Lozare; and new couple country coordinator for Thaialnd Amie and Raffy Ballesteros; at the Mission Core Gathering (MCG) of the combined Central A, B and C Sectors, held at the St. Francis School in Santa Ana, Paco, Manila last July 1st.
Vatican establishes the new Chiang Rai Diocese
CBCT President Francis Xavier Cardinal Kriengsak Kovitvanit,
Archbishop of Bangkok, announced yesterday that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Joseph Wuthilert, vicar-general of the Bangkok archdiocese, as the first bishop of the newly-created Diocese of Chiang Rai (formerly a part of the Diocese of Chiangmai).
The Vatican announcement was received by Cardinal Kriengsak through the Apostolic Nuncio.
Bishop-designate Joseph Wuthilert also served for many years before as diocese vicar-general and pastor of the Sacred Heart cathedral in Chiangmai.
CFC-Thailand congratulates Bishop-designate Joseph Wuthilert in his promotion. He has been very supportive of our small CFC-Chiangmai group over the years. CFC is present and active in Chiang Rai since October 2017
CFC Thailand joins the Mission Core Weekend
Over 2,500 leaders of CFC climb to the mountain resort of Baguio each year for the mission core weekend retreat. On 19-21 January 2018, Edgar and Moonyeen attended the retreat for the first time representing CFC Thailand. Called Solemn Charge, the retreat reflected on the 2018 theme of CFC based on the second letter to Timothy by Paul. It expounded Paul's final exhortation to younger Timothy as Paul knew his ministry was coming to an end and emphasized on the importance of proclaiming the Gospel even in difficult circumstances with courage and sacrifices as exemplified by Paul's missionary life. Paul's story was depicted through talks, celebration of the Eucharist, testimonies from members and drama presentations. It was a great opportunity to meet with CFC elders, particularly those who supported CFC Thailand during its formative years, including Brod. Roquel and Sis Nina Ponte. The conference also offered a time to bond with the country coordinators Brod Bombee and Sis Beth Tiongsion who kindly facilitated the participation of Edgar and Moonyeen and allowed them to meet with other leaders who had previous engagements with CFC Thailand. The retreat will be echoed in Bangkok sometime in May or June 2018.
CBCT declares Oct. 22nd of every year as the