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SFC celebrates 25th year with many activities

2018 is CFC Singles for Christ’s 25th year, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness, SFC members and leaders from the four corners of the globe converged in Manila to celebrate this milestone. 


The celebrations, spread over ten days, kicked off on February 10, 2018 with a career fair, wedding expo, activity booths and an open mic stage at the Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City. The whole day activity had the singles mingling, meeting old friends and making new ones, exploring opportunities at the jobs fair, and honing their talents through the activity booths. 


Engaged couples even got the chance to take home loot bags and get discounts from the exhibitors at the wedding expo. The afternoon open mic performances showcased talents in singing, dancing and the spoken word. Gracenote, a Filipino pop rock band, sang their latest songs, much to the delight of the young crowd.Highlighting the kick off, and signaling the beginning of the ten-day celebrations, was the unveiling of the “SFC at 25” logo.

 

Fr. Ro Atillano, SJ, who used to be a member of SFC and who is now Chaplain of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, celebrated the Holy Eucharist. In his homily, Fr. Atillano reminded the congregation, “If it is the work of the Lord, He will sustain it. If it were simply by our own efforts, we could not have reached this far.” The day ended on a high note with Overflow, a praise concert featuring talents from SFC.

 

On February 12, for its third activity, SFC gathered at the San Ildefonso Parish, Makati City to honor the efforts and service of the Singles for Christ Mission Volunteers (MVs). It was an evening of thanking the Lord for His assurance that the missionaries are never alone in their work despite the many trials and tribulations, because not only is He with them, but fellow “trailblazers,” their co-missionaries, are journeying with them, and sharing in their mission.

 

At the end of the fellowship activity, Noli Manuel, SFC International Coordinator, honored the MVs, calling them ‘Motivated Victors’ because of their effort of bringing Christ to different places.

 

SFC Pre-ICon activities

 

On February 13 to 15, the SFC Pre-delegates from the Philippine and International Missions were challenged to ENCOUNTER Manila through an encounter with people on the streets, those in need, and God. 

 

On Day 1, the delegates were divided into groups and assigned to different venues for their immersion, including the DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Bicutan, Grace to be Born (Home for Abandoned Children) in Pasig, Sagip Batampalengke, also in Pasig, the Metro Manila District Jail, and the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and Other Special Cases (GRACES). 

 

Each team prepared activities and gave gifts to the residents in the assigned institutions.Their second day itinerary was filled with activities such as cleaning the streets of Pasig. Later in the afternoon, everyone learned about the Filipino spirit of bayanihan through the Parish Encounter as they helped in cleaning the church premises. 

 

In the evening, the Pre-IConers joined the “old-timers” at the SFC Grand Reunion, which was held at the Metro Tent in Pasig City.On the third day, the delegates heard Mass at the Saint Francis Church of Assisi Parish, Mandaluyong, after which they were given a tour of the RAVE (Rainforest Adventure Experience) in Pasig. They ended the Pre-ICon activities with a fun party at Jollibee. 


Hours before the ICON proper, delegates from 28 countries from International Missions of Singles for Christ gathered to discuss the updates and directions for 2018 at the Makati Sports Club on February 16, 2018.

 

Ace Lu, SFC fulltime pastoral worker, gave updates and the SFC State of the Mission. Manuel also presented the 2018 SFC thrusts and priorities.Finally, a day after the International Conference, the Global Leaders’ Summit (GLS) served as an opportunity for SFC leaders from different countries to reconnect with one another. 

 

For this year’s GLS, discussions were held to see what other measures the ministry can do and improve in the next 25 years, including the new areas that SFC will handle (the Campuses, BPOs and Corporate evangelization, and the peripheries). The leaders also discussed how best to accompany SFCs facing various realities. 


In the next 25 years, SFC would like to embrace and journey with mature unmarried members, young widows or widowers, single parents, singles with same-sex attraction, and young couples who have had their marriages annulled. “With these new directions, we now high-light the need for couple coordinators to be their (the SFC’s) pastors,” Noli Manuel said in his closing exhortation. “It would be more challenging, more meaningful and more Spirit filled because we really need the Holy Spirit to do all of these,” he added.

 

Lawrence Quintero, CFC Family Ministries Director, asked the leaders this question: ‘What do you do when people who are dear to you are the ones who are among the lost?’

 

His answer was: “First, we go to them just like Jesus did to his friend Lazarus. Second, we go back to them so we would be able to bring them back to the fold. Third, we search for them just as the woman did in the Parable of the Lost Coin. And lastly, we welcome them, eagerly wait for them and run to them just like the father did to his prodigal son.” (Yvonne Dolorosa)

Added on Monday, March 12, 2018


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