Announcement: Marriage Enrichment Retreat, 7-8 March 2020, AIT Conference Centre
CFC Bangkok is inviting couple members to attend the annual Marriage Enrichment Retreats (I and II) to be held at the AIT Conference Centre from 7 to 8 March 2020. Guest speakers from CFC Manila will deliver the talks. For further details, including registration, please visit this link.
Mission to the South
John Balgoa and Edgar went to Krabi and Phuket for their first mission to the South this year during 8-9 February in the midst of the corona virus crisis. John and his wife Princess were newly assigned mission area coordinators for the South. They received heartwarming welcome and hospitality from the brothers and sisters from various areas in the South and shared with them an inspiring message taken from the CFC theme for 2020 "Called to Holiness". As the first meeting of the year, they also led the consecration of CFC members to God through the tradition called "First Fruits". In Krabi, they organized two meetings, one a general prayer assembly with members from outside Krabi and another one a household prayer meeting with members from Krabi, mostly SFCs. In Phuket, they attended the Sunday mass at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Laguna and continued at the same venue for the assembly with members. KyleDante joined them to lead the household for the YFCs. It was a well spent weekend for the mission team.
CFC Bangkok dedicates new leaders
At a joint prayer assembly, over 200 members gathered at the Korea House in the AIT campus on Sunday, 2 February 2020 and dedicated members who accepted a higher level of service. These include:
The assembly also heard a talk on the CFC theme for 2020 "Called to Holiness" delivered by Edgar and an introduction to the CFC tradition of "First Fruits" by Art. All members in attendance consecrated themselves to God in accordance with the First Fruits tradition. It was an inspiring and solemn event that kick starts the work of CFC Thailand for 2020.
ANCOP walk at AIT
The first ANCOP-Thailand Global Walk 2019 was held at the AIT campus ground on 5 December 2019 starting at 6:30 AM. ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) walk is a fund raising activity of CFC to support education of poor students and was launched in CFC Thailand in 2019 during the visit of Ricky Cuenca to Bangkok. All Bangkok chapters were well represented by 87 individuals joining the fun walk of about 3 kms. It started with a morning prayer, body stretching, and dancing through the AGW 2019 official theme song "Light Up Lives". It ended with a fellowship breakfast and closing prayer, thanking God for its success and looking forward for a more enjoyable ANCOP activities in 2020.
CFC Central Bangkok greets new members
CFC Central Bangkok Chapter concluded its annual 7-weekend Christian Life Program (CLP) held at the Holy Redeemer church on 15 September 2019. The CLP graduates were 22 in total, comprising 4 couples (CFC), 9 singles (SFC) and 5 handmaids (HOLD). Mac/Gigi Velayo and Gary/Anna Hufana led the programme with support from all members, including the chapter leaders John/Princess Balgoa.
CFC Nonthaburi welcomes new members
CFC Nonthaburi Chapter welcomed 18 individuals (2 couples, 2 SOLDs, 6 HOLDs and 6 SFCs) to the CFC community following their completion of the 3-weekend CLP held in Nonthaburi on 6 October 2019. CFC Nonthaburi is the youngest CFC chapter in Bangkok that started in 2015 at the Don Bosco Filipino School. The chapter is led by Jojoy and Emelyn Mission.
2020 calendar of activities
What is Couples for Christ?
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Catholic-based community intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It brings families together to pray and grow in their marriage vocation, enhance their family relationships and raise their children in accordance with Christian faith, values and teaching. CFC welcomes other family groups through its Family Ministries comprising Singles for Christ (SFC), Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD), Servants of the Lord (SOLD), Youth for Christ (YFC) and Kids for Christ (KFC). For further information about CFC Thailand and if you wish to join its programmes, please contact the CFC office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Ms. Tess Montalbo +66853421243.
CFC Thailand participates in the CFC International Leaders Conference January 2020 (Manila)
Edgar and Moonyeen represented CFC Thailand at the CFC International Leaders Conference (ILC) and Global Leaders Summit held in Manila on 11-12 January 2020. An important annual event of CFC, the ILC gathered over 15,000 members from the Philippines and the rest of the world to begin a year-long reflection on the theme for the year "Called to Holiness". The event inspired and enlightened many dedicated couples who have been serving in the CFC community for many years about the universal call for holiness in spite of one's own sinfulness. The truth is that a sinner can turn into a saint by God's grace. The theme talk was delivered by Brod Reggie Ragojos, CFC President, and followed by a directional talk by Bong Arjonillio. They appreciated the support and hospitality of the country coordinators, Raffy and Amie, for facilitating their participation and introducing them to many brothers and sisters in the community.
CFC Thailand Light in the Lord Theme Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration
The much anticipated annual event lived up to all expectations with inspiring and enriching talks and testimonies. The CFC Thailand Theme Conference and 30th anniversary celebration held at the AIT Conference Centre on 8 June 2019 brought together about 300 committed members of the CFC Thailand family.
The central theme of the Conference presents Jesus as the one true source of light in our lives and we are all instruments to bring the Lord's light to illuminate the world beginning with our own home. It reinforced the important truth that the home is a domestic church but also is a battlefield in spiritual life. Families seeking for light also experience darkness that needs to be overcome. As Pope Francis said that perfect families do not exist but this must not discourage us.
The Conference was structured in four sessions: Darkness in the Home; Live as Children of Light; Radiate Christ's Fragrance and Aroma and Be the Light. The speakers and sharers from Manila were James and Petty Dio; Raffy and Amie Ballesteros; James Solano and Nelson Corneja and Reggie and Janet Ragojos.
Following the Conference, the community gathered in an evening ball to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of CFC Thailand. Edgar, CFC Thailand, opening the event with a recall of the foundation of CFC Thailand. Rowena and Philip facilitated a lively show of talents and gifts from the various chapters and areas and ended the evening with a community dance. (Click for more photos of the conference).