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Teaching Night Faith Series Begins

Couples for Christ’s Pastoral Formation Directorate, in response to the call to stand firm in the faith, has developed the Faith Series for the Mission Core Teaching Night.

The Faith Series centers on the basics of the Catholic faith, and will be given as a five-part teaching during the Mission Core Teaching Night.Michael Ariola, CFC President, emphasized during the introduction of the Faith Series last July 18, 2017, that the role of the mission core is no longer as mere ‘members’ of the CFC Community, but as elders, according to the CFC bylaws and statutes. 

“When we speak of eldership, it doesn’t mean giving a talk once in a while. It speaks of twothings: first, it speaks of shepherding— you are called to shepherd. Second, all of us are called to teach,” he said.

He also explained the objectives of this series and why the Mission Core members need to go through this. Anchored mainly on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series aims to:

1.  re-ignite among the CFC Mission Core leadership a deepening desire to know the Catholic faith;

2.  provide an overview on the basic teachings of the Catholic faith, particularly on the four pillars, through a series of catechesis; and

3.  encourage the Mission Core to apply this knowledge in living out a richer and more animated faith life.

The teachings focus on the four pillars of the Catholic faith namely, The Creed, The Sacraments, The Commandments and the Our Father Prayer.

During his talk, Ariola shared an overview and explanation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) where he expounded on the role of God in the lives of the faithful, and their roles as missionaries and leaders of the community.

“We exhort you to learn more, to grow deeper and to climb higher,” Ariola exhorted.He emphasized that for everyone, but especially for the Mission Core, to fully understand the teachings of the church, they need to have faith.“We also need to anchor what we believe in the truth. We can also stand firm in our faith if we know the truth,” he added.

“The truth is something that is unshakeable. Something that we can rely on, a foundation that we can stand on,” Ariola expressed.

Ariola ended with a “Faith in action challenge”: Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church Part 1- Section 1 and identify at least 3 key insights. With these realizations, what are your action items? Share these in your next household.

The challenge, he believes, will help the Mission Core understand the Catholic faith more.“Everything is rooted in love. God does not force himself on us, but He continues to initiate his friendship. It is for us to receive this special gift and to know that all these actions and initiatives of the Lord are borne out of His great love for man,” he ended.The Creed. To say the credo with faith is to enter in communion with the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the whole Church.

The Creed

This was the gist of the first session of the Faith Series given by Arnel Santos,member of the International Council, last August 15, 2017.Santos reiterated the definition of “credo”, which means “I Believe”, which is also called the symbol of one’s faith.

The three parts of the Creed— The first divine person (God the Father) and the wonderful work of creation; the second divine person (Jesus Christ) and the mystery of his redemption of men; the third divine person (Holy Spirit), the origin and source of our sanctification - are the three chapters of our baptismal seal, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Santos explained that the first part, “I Believe in God”, focuses on the faith of a human person in God the Father, leading Christians to realize that “to believe is to pledge to what they believe”.

He described “I Believe in Jesus Christ” as the implication and integration of coming to know God’s majesty, living in thanksgiving, knowing the unity and dignity of all men, and speaking Good News of God’s creation.

“The heart of every catechist is Jesus Christ,” Santos emphasized.

“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”, the third part of the Creed, means “from the beginning to the end of time, whenever God sends His son, he always sends His Spirit: their mission is conjoined and inseparable.” (CCC 743)

Santos also explained the role of the Catholic Church and the meaning of “being a Catholic.” He said that ‘catholic’ (with small ‘c’) means universal or open for everyone; ‘Catholic’ (with a big ‘C’) are Christians who strive to live out the Eucharist and its teachings. 

Thus, ‘Catholic’ is believed to be “the call” and ‘Catholic’ is the response of Christians. “Christianity is divided today, but the Catholic Church remains as one,” Santos expressed.He ended his session by challenging the Mission Core to pray the Apostle’s Creed sincerely and with all their heart daily for the next 21 days.

Since the Mission Core Teaching Nights are now sectoral, the big sectors of Metro Manila held their teaching nights in different venues, with a member of the International Council as speaker. Ariola and Santos were speakers at the Big West Sector’s Teaching Night, held at the QC City Hall Lobby. (Andrelene Veloso)

Added on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


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