By Roydon D’Souza – Team Mangalorean
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Mangalore 20, September 2009: Couples for Christ (CFC), India celebrated the 6th Family Day today at Family Life Centre, Shanthi Kiran, Bajjodi Mangalore.
The program started with the Praise Parade. It marks the start of the family day. One by one each delegation entered the conference venue. They then proceeded to the stage where they showcased their performance as per their given theme. As delegation entered the venue one after the other, there was no real time gap between the entries of the delegates and hence the parade was continuous. The Praise Parade was filled with exhilaration and happiness because that was the time when the Lord comes and takes His place in our midst.
Later the Praise and Worship was conducted by CFC members followed by Action Hymns lead by the YFC (Youth For Christ) Music Ministry followed by a screen presentation ‘4 aspects of YFC’ presented by Kenneth and Biron D’Souza.
“We have to change our lives, and not try to change others” said Mr. Savio Kenny, CFCI District Servant for the Diocese of Goa & Daman. He also said that we have to strengthen our relationships with others. “God has given us this message – Behold the Glory of God, let’s work on it” he added. The Cultural program from various chapters followed.
Later, SFC (Singles For Christ), KFC (Kids For Christ) And YFC (Youth For Christ) staged many Cultural Programs followed by the Holy Mass.
Fr. Stany Goveas, Vicar General, City Varado was the main celebrant of the Eucharistic Mass. Fr. Victor D’Mello, Parish Priest, Urwa Church/ Spiritual Director CFC-Mangalore and Fr. Santhosh Rodrigues, Director Family Life Services, Mangalore were also present. A floral welcome was given to the priests after the mass. The Holy Mass was followed by lunch.
Later a Konkani play “Bokro Baba Bokro” directed by Mr. Simon Pinto was staged by the CFC members.
Everyone joined in for the Praise Fest, praising the Lord by singing and dancing. The YFC Music Ministry lead the Praise Fest and the Dance Ministry was joined by SFC, KFC and CFC members. An informal vote of thanks concludes the day’s program.
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfil their primary vocation of raising up 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, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation 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, Philippines when a local Christian community tried 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 in the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social environment.
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 ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of the Christian family life and also of the church.
Official YFC Mangalore Social Network: http://yfcmangalore.ning.com