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!
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:
Session 1: The Gift Within Us (Speaker: Kirby Llaban)
Session 2: Called and Chosen (Speaker: NIc Escalona)
Session 3: Proclaim the Word (Speaker: Rene Bello)
Session 4: Put Up with Hardships (Speaker: Bong Arjonillo)
Session 5: Fulfill Your Ministry (Speaker: Rommel Ancheta)
Some 14 members of the Myanmar made a special cultural dance presentation during the conference which was well appreciated by all participants. Further information about the conference announcement is available through this link.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
CFC Chiang Mai Outreach Activity
On 8 July 2017, the CFC/SFC/HOLD Chiang Mai organized an outreach activity in a Karen village in Mae Wang district with 40 Karen families under the Diocese of Chiang Mai and pastored by Fr. Vinai. The 13-member group traveled 2 hours from Chiang Mai in 3 vehicles through very rough and narrow forest road. The 3rd vehicle was not able to reach the village and got stuck along the road, needing some 10 people to dislodge it and return back to lowland. The group arrived at around 11.00am and met 20-30 children waiting. The SFCs organized fun games and then activities moved to a classroom because of rain. The rain dragged on to damp the place and made the return to Chiangmai difficult. Some village Karen mothers came and observed the activities. The group had lunch together with the some children’s mom. After lunch, they continued the activities in the classroom with games and dance presentation. They distributed goodies for children and gave donated things to the teachers. A used computer was donated and installed in the school. After taking group pictures with the children and villagers, the group started to return back to Chiangmai through another longer route but was immediately got stuck. The villagers came to help pull the vehicles out. With prayers and travel for 2 ½hours, they arrived Chiang Mai at 5:30pm.
Youth for Christ International Conference 2017
Yet again, another Conference for YFC was conducted in the Philippines. This time, it was held from 7 to 8 April 2017 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The event was joined by more than 7,000-strong YFC members from all over the Philippines and around the world. In addition, the event was a momentous occasion as it was the first time that more than 200 foreign delegates joined the event. It was considered the largest, so far.
Thailand was blessed to have the opportunity to join the said event this year. The YFC Thailand delegation consisted of 8 YFC members from North, Central, and South-East Bangkok chapters - escorted by their 4 couple-coordinators.
The Mariano Marcos Stadium overflowed as the event filled the air with music and praising songs lead by the powerful worship leaders, Music Ministries (graced by the appearance of the LiveLoud band), and from the uplifting and inspiring testimonials from our fellow brothers and sisters from YFC, SFC, HOLD, SOLD, and CFC couples as they share their lives in the service for God.
Day 2 sent the delegations to the different parishes where they immersed in the culture and historic edifices of the city. The visits also gave them the opportunity form house holds and fellowships to they learn more about each other. The 3 day event ended with Palm-Sunday mass lead by the Bishops of Ilocos and a series of talks and closing presentations from the service teams. It is truly a energy and spirit filled event and the Thailand delegations is looking forward to the next YFC ICon that is planned to be held in Manila, Philippines. God Bless and Stand Firm on Solid Ground! (Contributed by Vince Marqueses)
CFC Ubon Ratchatani 23th Anniversary Celebration
Some 120 Thai members of CFC Ubon Ratchatani gathered at the Fatima Church in Ubon on 13 May 2017 to celebrate 23 years of the local community. The event started with a community worship and a mini-talk from Ajarm Arom followed by the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Bishop Banchong together with 8 local priests. A 6-course Chinese laureat lunch and fellowship was organized in a nearby resort hotel for fund-raising to support CFC-Ubon activities. Six members from CFC Bangkok joined the celebration: Ajarm Arom, Prakan and Prasri Oudomugsorn, Jimmy Lozare, Sim Caluyong and EDante. After the celebration, the group visited the cemetery where late Fr. Bernard Guilleman was laid to rest. Fr. Guilleman, MEP, was the former spiritual director of CFC Ubon for ten years (1995-2004). They also visited the newly built Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ubon before heading back to the airport to return to Bangkok. Click to view more photos of the celebration.
CLP in Vientiane (Lao)
CFC Vientiane launched the first weekend of two-weekend CLP programme on 6-7 May 2017 at the city's Catholic church compound. Both participants and members of the community listened to six CLP talks and testimonies. Edgar and Moonyeen joined the local service team to give the orientation, Who is Jesus Christ, Repentance and Faith and Loving thy neighbor talks. They traveled to Vientiane via Udon Thani and crossed the border by bus.
Fr. John Tamayo, SDB, national spiritual director of CFC-Thailand, has been assigned to be new parish priest for St. Theresa Church in Hua Hin starting in May 2017, from being assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi.
He takes over from Fr. Dheparat Pitisant, SDB, who becomes Provincial Head of Salesians Thailand. Fr. Dheparat moves to the Salesian Mission House behind MHoC church in Krungthep Kreeta, off Srinakarind Road. It is expected that Fr. Tamayo will moved to Hua Hin next week on May 5th.
Similarly, the OMI congregation has designated Fr. Doroteo Reyes, OMI, to be the new parish priest for the St. Michael the Archangel parish church in Saphan Mai (Paholyothin Soi 69/4, opposite Big C) in the Archdiocese of Bangkok starting in May next month. He replaces Fr. Dominico, OMI, who becomes the parish priest of the Holy Family parish church in Baan Man Khao, Amphur Dan Chai, in the cool north mountainous region of Loei province,
diocese of Chiangmai.
CFC Nonthaburi Chapter - Financial stewardship
Edgar, with support from Moonyeen, gave a talk on “Financial Stewardship” to the CFC-Nonthaburi Chapter during its regular weekly meeting on 2 April 2017 at the Our Lady of Mercy Church campus. Members of the chapter expressed their commitment to support the evangelization work of CFC-Thailand through their regular tithe contribution. Father Daniel participated in the meeting and provided further teaching on the subject matter.
SFC All Out for Christ 2017
Marlou Badiola, SFC Bangkok, represented Thailand to the SFC International Conference held at the Western Visayas State University, Iloilo, the Philippines from 17 to 19 February 2017. More than 5,000 SFCs from the Philippines and 23 countries participated in the annual gathering of SFCs. Workshops were held from 8-4pm on Saturday, 18 February 2017 in 5 different locations around Iloilo City. The anchor verse for the conference was taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love.”
The conference called SFCs to be vigilant and watchful for anything, both from within and from outside, that could threaten their relationship with Jesus from flourishing. It reminded the delegates to deepen their “appreciation” (knowledge and understanding) of being Catholic and to exercise faithfulness in the ordinary, and emphasized the importance of having the light of Christ’s love in our life to illuminate the shadows still present in our lives.
The conference concluded by encouraging and challenging the SFCs to respond to the call for purity which is much more than moral behavior. Purity is first and foremost a matter of the heart. To be pure is to be single-minded for the Lord. Every SFC is called to holiness and this calling involves honoring what is true, good and beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
CFC Theme Conference "Strong and Faithful", Grand Lord Hotel, Bangkok, 27 May 2017
CFC Thailand was exhorted to mature in the work of evangelization and become powerful witness of God's love by standing firm in the faith, being courageous and strong and acting everything out of love. This was the key message of this year's CFC theme conference held at Grand Lord Hotel in Srinakarin Road (http://www.grandlordhotel.com) on Saturday, 27 May 2017. Over 200 members of CFC Thailand listened and reflected on the five talks of the conference given by a mission team from CFC Manila comprising: Bombee/Beth Tiongson, Jun/Marla Rances, Junel/Cecile Ama, Farley/Ariola, Raymond/Arlene Azul and Norman/Gemma Robles. The conference was well attended by members from all chapters in Bangkok (North Bangkok, Central Bangkok, South and East Bangkok and Nonthaburi). A good number of participants came from communities in Phuket, Krabi and Korat. The event culminated with the Sacrament of the Eucharist celebrated by H.E. Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri, Prelate of Chantaburi Diocese and CBCT chairman for the Apostolate Commission for the Laity, Family and Youth. H.E. Bishop stayed on to join a special dinner hosted by the CFC Council together with the mission team from CFC Manila. The owner of Grand Lord Hotel, an active parishioner of Mary Help of Christian Church, Ms. Panadda Nilkumhaeng, participated in the mass and dinner.
Medical mission for refugees in Ratchaburi
SFC members conducted its second medical mission of the year at the Thailand-Myanmar border in Ratchaburi on Saturday, 20 May 2017, together with Dr. Chat/Mary Anne from the Thai household and Edgar/Moonyeen from the Council. The mission team brought goodies for about 50 children and offered medical services to the sick. Children were also given ice cream whom they cherished with gusto. An SFC singing dou entertained the children with modern and Christian songs and led them to sing along with actions. The team from Bangkok arrived in the village at about 10:30 am and provided medical services until 1:30 pm to over 30 patients. Medicines and vitamins were also given free of charge. CFC has provided financial support to the mission to purchase the goodies and medical supplies. The SFC team has been conducting this mission in the border regularly once every three months for several years. There are over 20 villages occupied by Karen refugees who have benefited from this mission. 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. He encouraged CFC to do more mission work as long as they are done with sincerity and love. Click to view more photos of the mission.
Mission to Vientiane, 13-14 May
Pats and Carla Gonzales from CFC North Bangkok volunteered to serve in CFC Laos on the 2nd week of their 2-weekend Strategic CLP on 13-14 May 2017. Pats gave CLP Talk No. 9 Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit on 13 May afternoon. Pray-over was done on the same day and the mini-talk on vocal praising was held thereafter. After the Sunday Mass on 14 May, Carla gave Talk No. 10 Growing in the Spirit. Four participants from Cameroon and the Philippines graduated on the same day. They were welcomed to the community after Talks 11 and 12 given by Bro. Manny Panagsagan, CFC Vientiane Country Coordinator. Pats and Carla praise God for the opportunity to be in Vientiane and serve CFC Laos again after many years!
Mission to Laguna, Phuket
Members of CFC Laguna and Phuket Town assembled at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Cherntalay for its monthly general assembly on Sunday, 14 May 2017. The assembly was held following two English masses at St Joseph where CFC members and their families have been serving in the choir. The assembly began with an exhortation from Ariel Campos and followed with a community worship. Edgar from CFC Bangkok gave a talk on "How to get closer to God?" The talk emphasized that God wants intimacy with us and that our desire to seek and know God is a response to God's love. After the talk, some members gave a very inspiring sharing about the difficulties and challenges in living a Christian life and the call to be united with God.
Thai Mission to Huahin
A Thai Team from CFC Bangkok composed of Ambassador Precha and Kung, Prakan and Praisri, Jimmy, Gail and Roel (SOLD-CB) met with members of CFC Hua hin community on 29-30 April. They also met with parish priest Fr. Dheparat who was scheduled to move to the Salesian Mission House on Krungthep Kreeta to take up his new position as Chapter Provincial (country head) of Salesians in Thailand. Fourteen CFC members and participants in previous activities plus four guests from the parish Legion of Mary group, attended the Thai General Assembly.
Mission to Vientiane
Twelve members (2 couples, 8 SFCs) participated in the CLP Training held at the Sacred Heart Church in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 8 April 2017. The mission team from CFC Thailand were composed of Bro. Mac and Sis Gigi Velayo, CFC GMA Missions Coordinator and Sis. Marlou Badiola, SFC Unit Head (SFC NBKK). The activity was held from 12 noon and concluded by 6pm. A simple fellowship dinner was held at the residence of Sis. Nova Ramos where the mission team got a taste of excellent CFC Laos hospitality. The CLP is planned to be conducted in two weekends on 6-7 and 13-14 May 2017 respectively. The Community in Laos is counting on the support from CFC Thailand through a team of speakers and sharers for the CLP.
Annual CFC Thailand leaders retreat and planning workshop
Over 60 leaders of CFC Thailand gathered on 3-4 December 2016 at the Camillian Pastoral Care Center, Lat Krabang, Bangkok for their spiritual retreat and planning workshop. The annual event revitalized and united in mind and spirit the leaders to grow in their love and service for God. They went through a process of listening to the challenges and concerns of the members and discerning God's will for the community. Father Daniel Mazza, PIME led the group into a reflection of the challenges of family and community life and the teaching of the church based on Pope Francis exhortation's the Joy of Love in the Family. Members were urged to always start with love and live with love as the guide for all actions and service. The retreat discerned that the focus for the coming year is to further strengthen the spiritual formation of its members through formation programmes, upcountry and foreign mission work and charitable activities. The meeting was blessed by the presence of Bro. Bombee and Beth Tiongson, Country Coordinator for Thailand and leaders from Phuket and Krabi.
Together with JESUS, Together we CAN!
We give thanks and glory to the Lord for continuously blessing the KFC Ministry and for the successful Global Day of service on 2 October 2016. KFC Thailand was able to witness God’s love and generosity when KFC kids and their families joined hand in hand in serving the children at the orphanage in “Our Lady of Mercy - Home for Hope” in Pakkret Nonthaburi. The KFC kids interacted, played games, did art works with the children. KFC kids made the children happy when they performed, sang and danced for them. The KFC kids served food, ate ice cream and mingled with them the whole day. After the program, KFC Thailand also visited the Angel of Hope where they visited the children who are cerebral palsy. KFC Thailand donated some goods and money. Truly, God is so good to us for He gave us time and opportunity to give back all His greatness to our little brothers and sisters in ‘Home for Hope’ and ‘Angel of Hope.’
CFC Thailand country coordinator visits Chiangmai
Bombee Tiongson, Manila-based CFC Thailand Country Coordinator, with his wife Beth, visited the CFC community in Chiang Mai on 11 September 2016. It was their first pastoral visit to the area. Bombee gave a talk on “Taming the Tongue”. They also attended the CFC Thailand Council Fraternal household meeting the following day after a 9-hr bus trip back to Bangkok. Their next pastoral visit is scheduled for 3-4 December 2016 to participate in the CFC Thailand Leaders' Retreat and Planning Workshop.