WHAT IS COUPLES FOR CHRIST?

Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Catholic family renewal program being made available to parishes of the Diocese of Raleigh for married couples who wish to live out their Christian life in an active and supportive relationship with one another.

Have a renewed understanding and respond to God’s call as Christian couples…

CFC began when a Christian Community tried a new approach in evangelizing married couples.  The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home.  There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to a renewal of the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting.

Take the basic message and proclaim it anew…

It is God’s plan that the family be the basic unit of society, such that the conditions 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.  CFC wants to rise in defense of the family which is God’s work.  Couples for Christ wants to bring God’s strength and God’s light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.

Program Topics

Dedicated to bringing married couples to a renewed commitment to Catholic family life, the seminars include basic messages such as “God’s love”, “Who Is Jesus Christ”, “What it Means to be a Christian”, “Repentance and Faith”, “The Christian Ideal: Loving God”, “Loving Your Neighbor”, “The Christian Family”, “Life in the Holy Spirit”, “Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit”, and “Growing in the Spirit”.  Witness and understand the life and mission of Couples for Christ and be transformed in Christ.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does a couple become a member of Couples for Christ?

Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of Couples for Christ by going through a seminar.

Where?  And how long?

Seminars will be held in your parish.  The seminar is held in the afternoons or evenings and usually last about two and one-half hours per session.

How much?

There are no fees or monetary expenses required of participants to attend.  The only investment required from them is their time and their openness.

What happens at the sessions?

Most sessions consist of a talk by presenters, a group discussion, and some time for fellowship.

Who will present?

Current members of the Couples for Christ ministry will present the talks and facilitate group discussion.  They will ensure a prayerful, confidential and supportive environment.

What happens after the Couples for Christ program?

After the seminar, those who finish are invited to join “Couples for Christ”.  They are made part of a small cell group called a “household”.  The household is composed of about four to six couples who meet weekly for encouragement and mutual support in the Catholic life, under the direction of a household leader.

How does this aid in our Catholic formation?

Finishing the seminar is just the beginning of a long process of growth and transformation in Christ.  Couples for Christ provides a continuing program of formation, which includes Catholic teachings, recollections and retreats.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COUPLES FOR CHRIST (CFC), visit the official page at https://couplesforchristusa.org/.

 

TO CHECK-OUT CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM (CLP) EVENTS happening in your area, visit the events page at http://ilovemycfchh.celemen.com/event.

 

Vatican Recognition

Couples For Christ (CFC) has been given recognition by the Pontifical Council of Laity in the Vatican as a Private International Association of the Faithful. CFC was one of the 50 international movements which were invited by the Vatican to the World Congress on Ecclesial Movements in May 1998 in Rome.  On the 25th of April 2005, on the feast of St. Mark, the Vatican through its Pontifical Council for the Laity granted definitive approval of the statutes of Couples for Christ thereby confirming permanent recognition of CFC as a Private International Association of the Faithful, with juridical personality, according to Canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law.