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Eimai Katholikos: The SFC Metro Manila Conference
Monday, September 25, 2017

What does it really mean to be Catholic? This question was posed before thousands of Singles for Christ Metro Manila members who attended the SFC Metro Manila Conference at the University of Nueva Caceres, Naga, Camarines Sur last August 25-27, 2017. The conference was anchored on the verse from Romans 5:1-2:“Therefore,since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.”

The conference highlighted the beauty of the Catholic faith and its profound awareness of God’s goodness. Commencing with the Live Catholic activities, the participants went to different churches in Naga not only to know about the churches’ history but also to help in clean-ing up the church premises. The delegates celebrated the Holy Eucharist with priest-presider Fr. Arnel Haber, Director of the Archdiocese of Caceres Youth Ministry. In his homily, Fr. Haber reminded the participants of how Jesus summarizes all the laws in the law of love. 


"In the twilight of our lives, we will be judged according to love expressed through our love for God and for our neighbors," he concluded.


Ernie Abringe, fulltime pastoral work trainee for SFC, led the opening worship in the evening, sharing that his prayer is for the Lord to teach everyone to love Him more through the Catholic faith.

The first session (Splendor of Our Faith) was delivered by Noli Manuel, SFC International Coordinator. Speaking about the pillars of Catholicism, he shared, “To be Catholic is to discover more of Jesus and that God's goodness is giving us the privilege to share His love no matter who and what we are."


He added, “The more we discover the beauty of the Catholic faith, all the more we fall in love with the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is a gift from our Father and we are blessed because we are part of it.”

Msgr. Noe Badiola, parish priest of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, talked about basic apologetic teachings. He challenged everyone to learn to explain their faith clearly, defend it charitably, and share it confidently. A doable way by which one can do this is by highlighting passages, writing down notes and memorizing verses, when reading the Bible. Msgr. Badiola underlined that even a simple practice such as this will allow the faithful to understand and live the faith.Jerel Superable, SFC fulltime pastoral worker for SFC South A and SFC ANCOP Program Coordinator, gave the second session titled “Life of Virtue.” He spoke of the cardinal virtues and how every Catholic can apply them in his life. He reminded that there are so many things to celebrate and be grateful for and that each one must live his or her life each day in a manner worthy of the Lord. 

The sharers affirmed his talk by sharing how they practice the cardinal virtues in their lives. Kenn Lebrero of SFC West B shared his experience as a Molave Youth Home volunteer, ministering to children in conflict with the law. On the other hand, Karen Obnamia of SFC West B shared her struggles while serving the community and her determination to press on after realizing that service is not about her, but God.


The last day of the conference was ushered in with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Eric P. Bobis, Secretary to the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Caceres. In his homily, he reminded the participants of a big word—Commitment: commitment to the Ultimate Soulmate who is Jesus knocking at the door of each person’s heart saying, “Mahal kita. Kaya mo ba akong mahalin?”

Jeremy Quimpang, SFC Metro Manila Coor-dinator, gave Session 3 titled “Taking a Stand.” Quimpang made everyone recall their commitment to the vision and mission of SFC, and more than anything, to their being Catholics.In her testimony, Jona Ramas shared about how she struggled to fight for her faith within her own family and how it is her Catholic faith that allows her to love her family even more, the same faith that will allow her to deepen her call-ing and mission. Ed Ledesma, SFC East B Cluster Couple Coordinator, shared that through CFC, he and his family are able to go through life's challenges with hope in their hearts that the Lord will always guide them.

The praise fest leader, Ace Lu, SFC fulltime pastoral worker, invited the participants to never forget to live out their Catholic faith in whatever circumstances they are in. “Our baptism reminds us that we are all children of God, therefore, we should live according to this call,” he exhorted. The conference left this message inthe hearts of the participants to never forget to arm themselves with the three things that the Lord has given them: faith, hope and love, and all together declare proudly their being Catholics. (Yvonne Dolorosa)


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