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December 28, 2009
Couples for Christ spreads the faith
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
EDMONTON - The Couples for Christ West Unit community ended its second Christian Life Program (CLP) for the year.
Dedication night was held on Nov. 20 at Annunciation Church with parish priest, Father Andrew Bogdanowicz, blessing all 38 graduates and at least 100 other members of the Couples for Christ North Chapter.
Just reeling from the recently concluded CLP of May 2009, the West Unit leaped into a second one, which dovetailed into a record 63 new members at year's end.
This second CLP, true to its role as a gateway to becoming a member of Couples for Christ, produced 10 couples and other members to its outreach ministries.
There were nine graduates for Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD), eight members for Servants of the Lord ( SOLD) and one graduate for Youth for Christ (YFC).
Thanks to the support of the community and the ardent endorsement of Father Andrew, the CLP went on every Friday evening from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20.
Realizing that our main target was migrant workers, it was a pleasant surprise when a non-Filipino couple attended the orientation night and an even greater surprise that they finished the CLP with no absences.
As part of its goals, the CLP will also arrange the marriage ceremony for at least two of the couples.
Participants and CFC members also donated $610 for relief aid for victims of recent typhoons in the Philippines (the local names were Ondoy and Pepeng).
In order to prepare the facilitators, a facilitators training was held Sept 24 and a pray-over workshop was held Nov. 4 with Ernie Anzures as speaker.
After the last talk on Transformation in Christ by Greg Parillas, each ministry head presided over the reading of the covenant card of the new members. Father Andrew blessed the new graduates.
Couples for Christ is now raring to go into its next CLP next year and hopes to invite more couples into a life of spiritual nourishment, family life renewal and community building.
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