Couples for Christ returning to CNMI

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The Couples for Christ Movement (CFC) are coming back to Saipan! On September 1 & 2, Couples for Christ invites everyone to a spiritual journey through the Christian Life Program (CLP) which will be held at San Roque Parish.

A team of CFC volunteers from Manila and Guam are coming this week to lead this spiritual weekend activity in an effort to rekindle the presence of Couples for Christ in the CNMI. The very first ClP held in Saipan was on July on 1997 at St. Jude Parish. and the last one was held in year 2000. The movement dwindled over time when most of the Filipino OFW returned home and/or migrated elsewhere. Several members of CFC Saipan still remained until today though inactive but through their prayers, God has now opened another possibility to revive the Couples for Christ in Saipan for the bene t of the families here as well as the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

What is Couples for Christ?

Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It is an association of Christian couples who have committed themselves to the lord and to one another, so that they may grow into maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up their families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. It grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes.

CFC began in 1981 in Manila when a local Christian community tried out a new approach in evangelizing married couples. The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to renewal of the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting.

Soon, CFC became a Christian family life renewal program made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life in an active supportive relationship with one another. Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide minis- try, becoming a major force for the renewal of Christian family life and also of the church. As of December 2009, it has been established in at least 161 countries.

Any married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social, racial, national and other distinctions.

For those interested to attend the CLP in San Roque please contact Lucy M. Reyes at 783-1126; Gemma Pamintuan at 484-4022.

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