‘Updating the Faithful’ on marriage ministries

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Guam CFC participants of the MER II held on July 15-17 gather with their spouses at Mongmong parish. L-R: John and Femy Wesolowski; Joe and Marge Leon Guerrero; Roland and Jolene Manglona; Jun and Alma Dimla; Nap and Connie Nazareno; Richard and Arianne Nartia; Zaldy and Chit Cortez; and Bing and Hilda Cruz. (Photo courtesy of Paul Capistrano)

By Umatuna Si Yu’os Staff

Representatives from three marriage ministries spoke at this month’s “Updating the Faithful” held at the St. John Paul the Great Center for Evangelization on August 2, 2017.

Couples for Christ–Guam (CFC-Guam), as described by Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Frances Calvo as “one with the Catholic Church,” is an international “Christian community for the renewal and strengthening of family life.”

The community consists of five family ministries that are also tailored for unmarried individuals, as well as the youth, not just for married couples.

Originating in the Philippines, CFC started their first mission on Guam in April 1995 at the Santa Barbara Parish in Dededo and have since branched out holding CLPs at several different parishes throughout the island.

The Christian Life Program (CLP), which runs for a total of 12 separate sessions that are held once a week at a designated parish, is intended to lead Christians to a renewed understanding of their vocations or what God is calling them to do.

Other than CLPs, the CFC community provides various trainings for evangelization and conducts community outreach programs, as well as marriage enrichment retreats which are offered to couples who are not members of the CFC community.

If you are interested in joining the Couples for Christ community, they will be starting Christian Life Programs at the St. Anthony & St. Victor Parish in Tamuning, every Thursday starting August 10 at 7 p.m., as well as at the Santa Barbara Parish in Dededo, every Saturday, starting August 5 at 7 p.m. Catholics and non-Catholics are welcome.

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Community of Guam is represented by Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Winnie Taijito and is the “largest pro-marriage organization in the world” that holds weekend retreats for couples who want to “make their good marriages even better.”

The WWME program is a series of presentations by three couples and a priest and is designed to help couples learn how to communicate more intimately with one another and strengthen and deepen their relationship, not only with each other, but also with God.

During the weekend retreat, “an atmosphere is created where the couple can concentrate exclusively on each other, with each other in a private, confidential environment.”

If you and your spouse are interested in experiencing this weekend encounter, an application can be found online at www.guamwwme.org or “Like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/wwmeguam and apply from there. The community is holding its second encounter of the year from October 27 to 29.

The Sponsor Couple Program, represented by Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Christine Rosario, is a program where a sponsor couple and a priest meet with an engaged couple in a series of at least five sessions.

The couples use Fr. Rob Ruhnke’s book “For Better and For Ever” as a resource to help the engaged couple not only prepare for marriage, but also learn about family of origins, parenting, financial planning as well as learning “how to deepen one’s marriage within the Christian context.”

To learn more about this program, you may contact Richard and Christine at richardjrosario@yahoo.com or chrissydesofros@icloud.com

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