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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL)?

Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL) is an ecclesial movement, or canonically, a private lay association that aims to build the “church of the home” by bringing families to a living relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. It began in 1981 when 16 couples tried a new approach in living out their Christian life in an active and supportive relationship with one another. Eventually, CFC became a Christian renewal program available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to renew the power of the Holy Spirit among them through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting. The movement is now in 161 countries worldwide.

Why is such a ministry necessary?

It is God's plan that the family be the basic unit of society, such that the condition of families determine the condition of society. However, there are many forces in the world today that would, wittingly or unwittingly, destroy the very foundation of the family. CFCFFL wants to bring God's strength and God's light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.

How does Couples for Christ intend to work for Catholic Christian family renewal?

CFC carries out its mission focused on three objectives: A. Individual renewal.  Before one can even consider the whole family, the husband and wife first need to renew their commitment to God.  CFCFFL takes the basic message of Christianity and proclaims it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to God in a way which will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. B. Family renewal. As couples renew their commitment to God, they also renew their commitment to one another and to their Christian family life. Gradually, the new life that they find in the Lord filters down to all their family relationships. C. Church renewal.  As individual families are renewed, they form a network of equally committed Christian families who not only support one another but also strengthen the Church of which they are members.

Who can become members of CFCFFL?

Any validly married Christian couple can become members of Couples for Christ. CFCFFL observes Catholic doctrines, but is open to membership to all Christians of other denominations. Those who are not couples are also welcome to join and are grouped under the CFCFFL family ministries. How does a couple or anyone interested in joining become members of CFCFFL? Those who want to become members of Couples for Christ go through a course that is called a Christian Life Seminar (CLS) a series of nine talks dealing with Christian catechesis, divided into 3 modules of 3 talks each. Most sessions consist of a talk, a group discussion, and some time for fellowship

What happens after the Christian Life Seminar?

After the CLS, those  who finish are invited to join Couples for Christ. When they do, they are then made part of small cell group called a Household, composed of about 6 couples who meet regularly for encouragement and  mutual support in the Christian life, under the guidance of a household servant. The household is also the venue in which continuing formation teachings and bible studies are held.

Is Couples for Christ recognized by the Catholic Church? 

Yes. CFCFFL is a servant and lay arm of the Roman Catholic Church in the work of evangelization, family renewal and the promotion and defense of life.  The Pontifical Council of the Laity  has granted Couples for Christ recognition as a PRIVATE ASSOCIATION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL in accordance with Canons 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law. Our founder, Frank Padilla sits together with his wife Gerry, in the Pontifical Council of the Family. CFCFFL is a member of the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Archdiocese of Washington.

What benefits can a parish derive in having Couples for Christ?

Couples are renewed and strengthened in their Christian lives.  Strong couples make for strong families who in turn become available to serve Catholic parishes. CFC members integrate themselves into the parish performing as eucharistic ministers, Knights of Columbus, legionaires of Mary, or for that matter just being available to the parish priest for any volunteer service he may deem important and needed to enhance parish life. CFC also has catechesis programs for different members of the family: CFC Kids for Family and Life - for children of CFC members ages 4-11. CFC Youth for Family and Life - for children of CFC and non-CFC members ages 12-21, CFC Singles for Family and Life - for single men and women ages 22-40. CFC Handmaids for Family and Life - for widow, mature single women, divorced women and single mothers. CFC Servants for Family and Life - for widowers, mature single men, divorced men and single fathers. It may also be called to conduct Pre-Cana and Pro-Life seminars.
Copyright © 2013 Couples For Christ Foundation For Family and Life.

Frequently Asked

Questions

What is Couples for Christ

Foundation for Family and

Life (CFCFFL)?

Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL) is an ecclesial movement, or canonically, a private lay association that aims to build the “church of the home” by bringing families to a living relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. It began in 1981 when 16 couples tried a new approach in living out their Christian life in an active and supportive relationship with one another. Eventually, CFC became a Christian renewal program available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to renew the power of the Holy Spirit among them through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting. The movement is now in 161 countries worldwide.

Why is such a ministry necessary?

It is God's plan that the family be the basic unit of society, such that the condition of families determine the condition of society. However, there are many forces in the world today that would, wittingly or unwittingly, destroy the very foundation of the family. CFCFFL wants to bring God's strength and God's light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.

How does Couples for Christ intend to work

for Catholic Christian family renewal?

CFC carries out its mission focused on three objectives: A. Individual renewal.  Before one can even consider the whole family, the husband and wife first need to renew their commitment to God.  CFCFFL takes the basic message of Christianity and proclaims it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to God in a way which will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. B. Family renewal. As couples renew their commitment to God, they also renew their commitment to one another and to their Christian family life. Gradually, the new life that they find in the Lord filters down to all their family relationships. C. Church renewal.  As individual families are renewed, they form a network of equally committed Christian families who not only support one another but also strengthen the Church of which they are members.

Who can become members of CFCFFL?

Any validly married Christian couple can become members of Couples for Christ. CFCFFL observes Catholic doctrines, but is open to membership to all Christians of other denominations. Those who are not couples are also welcome to join and are grouped under the CFCFFL family ministries. How does a couple or anyone interested in joining become members of CFCFFL? Those who want to become members of Couples for Christ go through a course that is called a Christian Life Seminar (CLS) a series of nine talks dealing with Christian catechesis, divided into 3 modules of 3 talks each. Most sessions consist of a talk, a group discussion, and some time for fellowship

What happens after the Christian Life

Seminar?

After the CLS, those  who finish are invited to join Couples for Christ. When they do, they are then made part of small cell group called a Household, composed of about 6 couples who meet regularly for encouragement and  mutual support in the Christian life, under the guidance of a household servant. The household is also the venue in which continuing formation teachings and bible studies are held.

Is Couples for Christ recognized by the

Catholic Church? 

Yes. CFCFFL is a servant and lay arm of the Roman Catholic Church in the work of evangelization, family renewal and the promotion and defense of life.  The Pontifical Council of the Laity  has granted Couples for Christ recognition as a PRIVATE ASSOCIATION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL in accordance with Canons 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law. Our founder, Frank Padilla sits together with his wife Gerry, in the Pontifical Council of the Family. CFCFFL is a member of the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Archdiocese of Washington.

What benefits can a parish derive in having

Couples for Christ?

Couples are renewed and strengthened in their Christian lives.  Strong couples make for strong families who in turn become available to serve Catholic parishes. CFC members integrate themselves into the parish performing as eucharistic ministers, Knights of Columbus, legionaires of Mary, or for that matter just being available to the parish priest for any volunteer service he may deem important and needed to enhance parish life. CFC also has catechesis programs for different members of the family: CFC Kids for Family and Life - for children of CFC members ages 4-11. CFC Youth for Family and Life - for children of CFC and non-CFC members ages 12-21, CFC Singles for Family and Life - for single men and women ages 22-40. CFC Handmaids for Family and Life - for widow, mature single women, divorced women and single mothers. CFC Servants for Family and Life - for widowers, mature single men, divorced men and single fathers. It may also be called to conduct Pre- Cana and Pro-Life seminars.