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  • Grand Prize winner : Jericho Balde (iPad)
  • 2nd prize winner : Karl Malicdem (iPod touch)
  • 3rd prize winner : Lucy Somosa (iPod nano)


Thank You Volunteers

The CFCFFL WDC Chapter of the Capitol Area participated in a fundraising project to raise funds for the Work with the Poor (WWP) and the Evangelization Mission Fund (EMF). Both are significant programs of CFCFFL. Click here to read more


MD-CFC-YFL Raffle

Here are our winners of the MD-CFC-YFL Raffle:

  • 1st prize: VicPaul Guevara--VA
  • 2nd prize: Ma. Laarni Abergos--Landover, Md
  • 3rd prize: Theresa Jannina de Leon--Cheverly, Md


CFC-FFL Young Couple to Represent the Philippines in Rome

Mr. and Mrs. Xavier and Dester Padilla of Couples for Christ - Foundation for Family and Life will represent the Philippines in the 10th International Youth Forum that will be held on 24-28 March 2010 at the Mondo Migliore Center in Rocca di Papa, Rome, Italy. The theme for the Forum will be, "Learning to Love". [More]



CFCFFL was at the March for Life last Jan 22, 2010.

2010 marks the first time in the 37 years history of March for Life that the Archdiocese of Washington offered an Adult Mass and Rally.

The event was at the St. John the Evangelist Church at 10103 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20902, starting with 8:00 am songs and rosary.

The rally featured David Bereit, a powerful guest speaker, and the founder and national director of 40 Days for Life, with sharers about the abortion issue. Music was provided by Accion Divina and Janice Clark of Canada for the program. Bishop Francisco Gonzales, S.F. presided over the mass, with the Neocatechumenal Way leading the choir. [View pictures here]


CFC-USA Statement of Opposition to the Phillipines’ pending
Reproductive Health Bill of 2008, HB5043


Pope Benedict XVI re-appoints Frank and Gerry Padilla as members of the Pontifical Council for the Family

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has re-appointed our Servant General Frank Padilla and his wife Gerry as members of the Pontifical Council for the Family, effective September 10, 2009, for another term of five years. [More]


CBCP GIVES RECOGNITION TO CFC FFL

MANILA, October 26, 2009 - The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has given formal recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) as a National Private Association of the Lay Faithful. [More]


ALL HALLOWS EVE MASS OCTOBER 31 AT THE CRYPT:

Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Gonzalez SF will be celebrating Mass in the Crypt of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2009, for the Vigil of All Saints Day and all are welcome. The Mass is being sponsored by the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Children are encouraged to dress up as saints and after the Mass cookies and punch will be served outside the Crypt in Assembly Hall. There will also be tables displaying information about each Catholic movement or community where candy may be distributed to each child who announces and gives a “Truth for a Treat.” For more details contact Margi Palinawan (571-332-0362). Click here to read an article about the 2008 All Saints Day Mass with Archbishop Wuerl.


Beads for Peace, Family and Life launched!

Our local CFCFFL area has decided to extend its third year of Beads for Peace (rosary chain) from May and October 2009, continuing through November and December and onto 2010. This will now become a daily rosary chain interceding for family and life.   Hence now, Beads for Peace, Family and Life.  

Click here to read more and/or sign up.


40 Days for Life launched!

September 23, 2009 marks the first day of 40 Days for Life as our area joins tens of thousands of pro-lifers across America and the world in the popular semi-annual marathon of prayer, fasting, abortion clinic vigil, and community activism to help save unborn lives.

(Read today's prayer, reflections, intentions, and scripture readings.)


It’s all about life! It’s all about family!

Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of best seller book Grace Before Meals, guested on September 5 at the regular Area Breakfast Club of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life at the McCarrick Center.

Fr. Leo expounded on the relevance of food and feasting to our Judeo-Christian traditions, four days before launching his nationwide TV show on The Food Network. CFCFFL has invited Fr. Leo to highlight his Theology on Food following the recent five liturgical Sundays' discourse on the Bread of Life. (View pictures here.)



At the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Couples for Christ USA
July 3-5, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland
. (Watch the video here.)

  • Pro-Life Summit
  • CFCFFL National Conference
  • CFCFFL HOLD Convention
  • CFCFFL World Kids Congress


 

At the Cameroonian Eucharistic Celebration with His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esau, Archbishop of Bamenda, Cameroon.

Burtonsville, Maryland, July 17, 2009




At the 15th Anniversary Celebration of
Couples for Christ USA
July 3-5, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Pro-Life Summit
  • CFCFFL National Conference
  • CFCFFL HOLD Convention
  • CFCFFL World Kids Congress




15th Anniversary Celebration of
Couples for Christ USA
July 3-5, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Pro-Life Summit
  • CFCFFL National Conference
  • CFCFFL HOLD Convention
  • CFCFFL World Kids Congress


CFCUSA 15th Anniversary Celebration

 

 


HeadsUp! Monthly Bulletin Launched

A new CFCUSA monthly bulletin has been launched this month. Click here to download or read the publication .


May 31 is the Feast of the Pentecost, the birthday of the Catholic Church.

To commemorate the event, CFCFFL members are encouraged to pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit which starts TODAY, May 22, 2009. Click here for the Novena Prayer.


Maryland CFC FFL Will Work at NASCAR 2009 Events for WWP

This year for 2009, CFC FFL Maryland will focus its fund raising project for the Work With the Poor (WWP) to help restore the dignity, hope and faith of the poor families in the Philippines. The scope of WWP consists of work in restoration of poor communities. Click here to read more.


CFCFFL affiliates with St. Edward Church in Bowie

Great news indeed to start the New Year! We have recently established affiliation and partnership with the St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Bowie. Click here to read more.


Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl celebrated a special All Saints Day Mass at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to honor the work of the Holy Spirit in Ecclesial Movements, New Communities and Third Orders in the Archdiocese of Washington. Click here or the picture to the left to read more.


Bro. Ado Paglinawan, national council member and regional coordinator for the mid-atlantic and southeast regions of Couples for Christ USA affiliated with CFC for Family and Life, succeeds Rick McKinney of the Mother of God Community for a two-year term as chairman of the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities (and Third Orders) in the Archdiocese of Washington. Click here or the picture to the right to read more.


MD-VA-DC members celebrate 1st Anniversary!

Last September 13, 2008, CFCFFL members from Maryland, Virginia and DC celebrated their 1st anniversary at St. Philip's Church, Camp Springs, Maryland. The event was higlighted with a keynote address by Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Ado Paglinawan.
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CFCFI-Habitat for Humanity Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Last August 8, 2008, the Couples for Christ Foundation, Inc. (CFCFI) and Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HfHP) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation at the BPI Executive Lounge in Makati. The MOC formailzes a partnership in furtherance of the two group's respective pro-poor programs. HfHP is a Christian group which aims to provide decent homes to the marginalized while CFCFI has its own Work with the Poor (WWP) ministry that is focused on community development and evangelization. Read More...


Maryland runs for Work With the Poor!

Last August 31, 2008, CFCFFL MD runners ran at the Virginia Beach Rock "n" Roll Half-Marathon to raise funds for the Work With the Poor (WWP) restoration villages program.
Click here for more information.


Xavy Padilla comes to the Mid-Atlantic Region!

Last August 1, 2008, Xavy Padilla gave a talk to CFCFFL Mid-Atlantic region members. He talked about CFCFFL's young ministry vision, mission & organizational structure, core values, pastoral formation for members and other related topics, i.e. improving relations with dioceses via
young ministries.


Jim and Tess Taylor receive plaque for being the first couple to register in the conference:

Next CFCUSA Conference - Maryland!

Delegates Jun and Lourdes Basilio (Maryland), Jim and Tess Taylor (WDC), Ado and Margie Paglinawan (VA), Noel and Shonnie Montoro (VA), and Dars and Mely de Leon (VA) joyfully accept the cross, symbolic of officially designating Maryland as venue of the next conference in July 2009. Also in the photo are Frank and Gerry Padilla who received a long, standing ovation from the attendees recognizing Frank as an able leader and a modern day prophet who will lead us in our journey to restoration.


Joy in Christ! A Covenant of Holy Witness

This talk was delivered on the last day of the 14th CFCUSA National Conference held at Houston Texas from July 4 to 6, 2008, by Ado Paglinawan, national council member and CFC missionary to Cameroon and West Africa, with this footnote "I dedicate this presentation to Joe and Suzie Tigtig, one of my first recruits in Couples for Christ, a modicum of humility and holiness and my foster parents whenever I am in Chicago. Since 1989, they have never wavered from the beginning and have kept themselves focused on the true mission and vision of Couples for Christ. I love you Joe and Susie, and I honor you." Read more...


A joyful celebration planned and prepared by God

There can be nothing so compelling than to get to a destination for an occasion that has been planned months ahead. Now this was this year's Sunday anniversary celebrations at Marikina. But mother earth would not cooperate and all roads to the venue has been flooded out. So what better do our brothers and sisters from St. Joseph in Paranaque decide on? Continue the celebrations 20 miles away in some gas station! The flood won't allow them but nothing can extinguish their Joy in Christ! Here is their story.


CBCP Commission on the Laity Ad clarifying Vatican sanction on Gawad Kalinga

After resigning as Spiritual Director of CFC Global Mission Foundation Inc. (CFC-GK), the Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes, D.D., Chairman of the Commission for the Laity, Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines came out with an advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer explaining and defending the directives of Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko, President of Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity, regarding Gawad Kalinga. Bishop Reyes remains spiritual director of CFC Foundation for Family and Life. Read more...


Theme for May: Ave Maria!

May is the time when graduations come and vacations start. But in Christendom, May is the month of Mary.

So this month, we return to our devotion to the Most Holy Rosary by repeating the Beads for Peace rosary chain that we had last October led by at least one CFCFFL family per day. But the many manifestations of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives indeed enable us to properly position her as the Star of Evangelization.

We celebrate our Mother of Perpetual Help on the first week featuring Our Work with the Poor. The second week is all about Mary the first Christian, the Pentecost and Mother's Day. Our Lady of Guadalupe leads us on the third week as we hold the Pro-Life Forum with Camille Pauley. The fourth week is enabling our children to honor Our Lady of the Fatima with an array of the flowers of May. A busy month ends with the community picnic, a fitting celebration of Our Lady Mediatrix of Grace.

Ave Maria!


In Defense of the Church

On February 6, 2008 Archbishop Angel Lagdameo issued a circular putting to rest the reality of two CFC civil entities under the one "Couples for Christ " charism and lay association, namely Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life and Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation. In the same document, the archbishop, who is also the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, firmly stated: "any declaration prohibiting any one of the two groups from using the common identity of CFC is contrary to tradition that has been respected and approved by the Church." [Read more]


The Papal Visit


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Picture 1. Tess Taylor and Margi Paglinawan proudly displaying CFCFFL streamer along Pennsylvania Ave., a block from World Bank leading to the White House.
Picture 2. Tess Taylor being interviewed by USA TODAY Photographer Darr Beiser and Jen Ilustre of Manila US Mail as streamer caught their attention.
Picture 3. Tess Taylor and Margi Paglinawan posing with seminarians from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, who were informed of our ministry in their countries.
Picture 4. Our pro-life USA President Bush with Pope Benedict XVI.
Picture 5. Pope Mobile in front of White House.

Papal Visit

Benedict XVI challenges United Nation on Life Issues
by Rev. Jerome Magat, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Crystal City, South Arlington VA

It's been just over a week since the Holy Father's historic visit to U.S. and his marvelous speech given at the UN. It was a pleasure and high honor to meet him. You could tell right away that he is a man of profound wisdom, spiritual insight and knowledge. Moreover, he is a keen student of human nature and the various philosophies that have captured the hearts and minds of the human person worldwide. More...



Heads-Up For the Papal Visit

Read Pope Benedict XVI's message to the American people.

Read the Pope's address on Life Issues at the United Nations.

Pope Benedict XVI


Frank and Gerry Padilla present book to Pope Benedict XVI

Frank and Gerry Padilla present Frank's book, 40 Days with Mary, to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI last April 5, 2008. The Padilla couple were in the Vatican to attend the annual meetings of the Pontifical Council of the Laity and the Pontifical Council of the Family, to which they have been appointed by the late Pope John Paul II representing Couples for Christ.


Theme for April: Bridging the Generations

We at CFCUSA Mid-Atlantic Region take our womb-to-tomb family ministries to task in achieving our core value of being servants of the Catholic Church. The month starts with Revive, a regional conference extolling a Journey of Hope, organized jointly with the Northeast Region for the benefit of our Young Ministries.

Our participation and solidarity with the papal visit of Benedict XVI to Washington DC and New York thematic of Christ our Hope also affirms the preeminence of the Holy Father in our work of evangelization and the promotion of family and life. Significantly through the Pope, our youngest to oldest members are connected to Jesus Christ himself for 2,000 years of Petrine succession.


The new CFCUSA website is now online! Check it out...


The first Sunday after Easter Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday (March 30).  The Joy in Christ Bandwagon takes even a higher speed as the holy remnants, a people humble and lowly, are spared through the Lord's mercy (Zephaniah 3:12). Preparation for this year's Feast of Mercy (March 30), starts on Good Friday with the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena. Check the HouseHoldLeader supplement for the complete text of the novena and click here or the picture to the left to learn how to recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.


Theme for March: Fortifying our Walls

Having concluded the past months immersed in revisiting our covenant and relishing the Joy of Our Communion, we now go to fortifying our walls in the context of individual, family and community conversion to start the next four months in the "Joy Bandwagon". Lent and the Holy Week allow us to accomplish this in the very meaningful way.

Responding to this theme, we will unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in us to conduct more Christian Life Seminars, train more and more household leaders and institutionalize our adult ministries Handmaids of the Lord and Servants of the Lord. Our children integrate into the theme through the Easter Egg Hunt. Finally, our Catholicism will also be strengthened through our participation in the Pro-Life Conference in Seattle and through our devotions to the Divine Mercy, truly our added weapons for the spiritual warfare we are engaged in the promotion of family life.


Read and download the circular of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Archbishop of Jaro and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) regarding CFC-FFL and CFC-GMFI dated February 6, 2008.


Theme for February: The Church of the Poor

Who are the “poor in the biblical context? The best commentaries are from John W.
Ritenbaugh and Matthew Henry. Ritenbaugh says: “The word ‘poor’ does not necessarily mean that a person is in absolute, abject poverty. It can mean only that the person is weak or powerless. Jesus says He is going to free them from poverty or weakness. If we look at this in a spiritual sense, it applies to every one of us. We all have been spiritually powerless.”

Henry adds: “those that were poor in the world whom the Jewish doctors disdained to undertake the teaching of and spoke of with contempt; to those that were poor in spirit, to the meek and humble, and to those that were truly sorrowful for sin - to them the gospel and the grace of it will be welcome, and they shall have it."


Read and download the documents on the True Status of Couples For Christ USA


Theme for January: The Church for Others

If you may, you can also call the theme for this month “The Church for Evangelization” or "The Church for Service”. We are men and women for others. Serve the Lord of the service, rather the service to the Lord. Know how you are part and parcel of CFC’s global, massive and rapid evangelization.

What do we do best in January? The answer is the Evangelization Rally.


Read and download two enlightenments from the Vatican:

  1. An unabridged letter from Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family - on the issue of receiving donations from pharmaceutical companies producing contraceptive or abortifacient pills.
  2. Frank Padilla’s layman’s summary of the "Doctrinal Note on Evangelization" issued last December 14 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


Our theme for the month of December was The Church in Fellowship and December 2 marked the first week when we light the first candle in our Advent Wreaths. Click here or the picture to the left to view or download The Advent Wreath Prayer.


CFC-FFL members from Maryland, Virginia and DC celebrated the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ with its Christmas party last December 14 in Virginia and the Simbang Gabi on December 19, 20 and 23 in the Virginia and DC areas.

A must-read article: For most of us December is chaotic and filled with busy preparations for Christmas. We run breathlessly through crowded shopping malls...[Read more]


Our theme for the month of November was The Church of the Home and we called for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our homes. Click here or the picture to the right to view or download The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Ceremony.


While our first CFCFFL CLP in Maryland was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beltsville, Maryland last Nov. 2-3, 2007, the first of our series of CLP's for our Cameroonian brothers and sisters in Maryland is currently going on and is being held at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville. The first batch is scheduled to finish the program on December 8.


Prompted by the Holy Spirit to prioritize on the proper use of the Scriptures, thirty-nine CFCFFL top leaders retreated to Fort Story in Virginia Beach last October 26-28 to learn about the Word of God. They spent October’s final weekend in a workshop of Joy of Discovery course in Bible Study.

Truly it was Joy in Christ in action!


The CFC Youth Foundation for Family and Life (CFCY-FFL) of the Metropolitan DC (MD, DC and VA) was officially launched on October 6, 2007, the month of the most Holy Rosary... [Read More]


October is the month of our Blessed Mother and this year, CFCFFL participated in the Beads for Peace Worldwide Rosary Chain for the entire month. Each CFCFFL family recited the Holy Rosary in their respective homes at 9:00 pm, everyday for 31 days starting October 1.

To ensure that the prayer chain was not broken, one family led the Rosary for each day of the month. The prayer intention for each day was the prayer intentions of the family leading the rosary that day.

We would like to thank those who took part in this prayer chain one way or another.


The Good News and Joy of Our Way Forward by Bro. Ado Paglinawan, 9/28/07, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Columbia, Maryland.


Read the Dying to Oneself Series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


View Frank Padilla's talk at Our Lady of Mercy, Jersey City, 09/07, with Gerry Padilla and a Q&A no-holds-barred open forum: Part 1 (52 minutes), Part 2 (1 hour), Part 3 (7 minutes)


One Man's View
By Nonoy Mendoza

A Chat With Frank Padilla Founder of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 8 - I just had dinner with Frank Padilla of
Manila, one of the most interesting and renowned Filipino positive image
builder of our generation. We had a chat at the residence of Jim and
Tess Taylor of South Arlington, Virginia. [More]


Bishop Gabriel Reyes' clarification regarding the dialogue between members of the Commission for the Laity of the CBCP and the two conflicting groups of the Couples for Christ on August 28, 2007