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CFC-SFL World Singles Congress 2010: An Event for the Almighty!
Bluroze Farms, Lipa City
February 19-21, 2010

"The Almighty!"

That was the theme of the World Singles Congress held last weekend at Bluroze Farms in Lipa City, Batangas. More than 900 delegates came from around the world to attend the annual Congress of the members of CFC Singles for Family and Life (SFL).

The Friday started with the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Martin of Argentina. Fr. Martin was introduced to SFL by our Argentinean Missionary - Teny Mardo. He is inspiring as he is in Payatas serving us, while we are in Argentina serving his Parish base. Dylan Reyes, CFC Youth for Family and Life (YFL) full time Missionary worker, led the opening Praise and Worship, followed by a talk on"The Almighty" by the SFL International Coordinator, Patrick Oconer. Capped off by a Praisefest led by EJ Aguila, YFL Missionary.

The night, though cold with temperatures comparable to Baguio City, ended with everyone on fire for the rest of the weekend!

"Jampacked Saturday"

Saturday started with the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Daks of Batangas. He even serenaded the participants with a song during his homily, which reminded everyone of the reason why we are all serving the Lord. It was followed by Praise and Worship by Ronald Repolona of the Diocese of Paranaque; and a series of workshops designed to equip and empower the delegates. There was "E-vangelize" by Monsignor Pepe Quitorio of the CBCP Media Office and Kris Bayos of YouthPinoy. "Faithbook" by Fr. Arlo Yap. "Witnessing in the Workplace" by Reena Murga. "Vocation" by Fr. Reggie of SVD.

And all that was in the morning! By the afternoon, all the men and women separated for a talk exclusively made for them about romance and sex. No holds barred discussion. It was facilitated by the husband and wife tandem of Joseph and Mariel Tesoro. Joseph is the International Coordinator of YFL.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where the delegates had the chance to confess, based on their realizations from the weekend so far.

The evening presented 2 sessions, after a rousing Praise and Worship by Policeman Atoy of Naval, Biliran. A talk on "Living a Righteous Life" by the International Family Ministries Coordinator Bob Murga spoke on the example of Job and how we can be more like him in living out our lives. Marie Relucio shared on personal struggles (she is a SFL Missionary); and Xavier and Des Padilla shared on a relationship that can be righteous even with the unrighteousness around them (Xavy is the International Coordinator of CFC Kids for Family and Life).

This was followed by the talk on "The Redemptive Power of Suffering" by Fr. Arlo Yap, SVD. Fr. Arlo is the Spiritual Advisor of SFL, and is leading the worldwide partnership of SVD and the CFC FFL community. Rommel Gerodias of the Diocese of San Pablo and Ina Gasgonia of the Diocese of Pasig shared about their own redemptive suffering in their lives. The session ended with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an almighty experience of Jesus physically present with all the delegates. Even at 1:00AM, it seemed that everyone just wanted to spend more time with Jesus. And so, JC Sarmiento, SFL Missionary, capped the evening with a Praisefest.


"The Call to Faithfulness"

The last day was full of promise. It started with the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Arlo Yap. And the Praise and Worship by Jay of the Diocese of Tarlac again reminded us of the reason why there is a SFL ministry. Session 4 was given by Dave Balino, SFL Missionary, who spoke on what we still needed to do to remain faithful to God, in spite and despite everything that happens around us. The delegates were also challenged by the sharing of Blanche Halili to be pro-life and to speak up against those who want to attack life.

The weekend ended with everyone focused on the Almighty and how to focus on Him everyday of their lives!

The next WSC will be in the Diocese of Tarlac!

Contributed by:

Xavy Padilla

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