A Christmas message from our CFC Australia National Council Director - bro Denis Reyes.
We welcome the new set of CFC National Council members who have been anointed to lead our community in the next two years.
The Catholic Bishops of Australia have written a pastoral letter to all Australians as the debate on same-sex “marriage" gains momentum.
The Bishops want to highlight not only the meaning of marriage but the implications in redefining marriage
We wish by this pastoral letter to engage with this debate, present the Church's teaching to the faithful, and explain the position of the Catholic faithful to the wider community.
The booklet, “Don’t Mess With Marriage”, was distributed in recent months through Catholic schools across Australia. Aside from defending natural marriage, the booklet also highlighted the important roles played by mums and dads – and it raised the concern of pro-marriage advocates eventually falling foul of the law and being ostracised.
For the full "Don't Mess with Marriage" Pastoral Letter click here
The pastoral letter was further explained by the Catholic Archbishop of Tasmania, Julian Porteous, in a series of videos published in the social media. Unfortunately, an anti-discrimination complaint has been raised by some sectors of the Australian society regarding its publication. A website has been set-up by concerned Catholics in petition to support Archbishop Porteous in his position on this issue.
If you would like to include yourself in the petition, please click the link below.
23 October, 2016 | Sydney, Australia
Although the world is pressuring the faithful to be quiet, Australia saw hundreds of Catholics being families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth by living loud on October 23rd 2016. For the first time ever Australians were inspired and encouraged to witness the amazing praise and worship concert from the Phillipines come to its shores. Hosting both community and non-community members, Liveloud Australia 2016 saw a rich diversity of cultures, ages and vocations come together to praise and worship the Lord through our God-given voices.
All Family Ministries of Couples for Christ were geared throughout the whole process from start to finish in order for Liveloud to be an open community event. Whether it be in selling food, marketing the event or even security, it emphasizes that Liveloud was more than just an event about praising and worshiping the Lord but as well an opportunity to strengthen our unity and community between the family ministries. Being sponsored by businesses such as TFC, Subway and others, it represented the great providence from God in the support needed to host such a huge event.
Personally I felt that Liveloud was a much needed Jesus moment for many of the community members. Worshipping amongst everyone, I felt the great impression that Christ was here ready to live loud in our hearts and often at times we needed that alarm as a wake up call back to a stronger relationship with our Father. Having been the Marketing Head of Liveloud Australia presented many challenges yet more fruit from the event weighted far greater than any obstacle. It was better to see how the effort, blood, sweat and tears transformed to the joy, laughter and faith moments that everyone shared that night. Experiencing this Liveloud as my first, I came with the expectation that it would be shocking and it was. From the quality of the music ministry to how the production elements invited us to worship God that much harder was a consolidating moment. Never did I think I would be worshiping with my dearest friends and family for hours and still wanting more afterwards!
Overall, Liveloud Australia 2016 I am sure is a memory that will be etched into the hearts of community and non-community members no matter what age. It brought great tears to my eyes to see how God had powerfully inspirited each participant with the much needed realisation of His love and mercy. It reminded me that to live loud is not just in the two hours of praising and worshipping him but a constant necessity in every second of our life beyond our comforts.
YFC Cluster Head / SFC member
Shared video from our CFC Global website on the issue of Same-Sex union.