1.0 Nature and Purpose
1.1 COUPLES FOR CHRIST FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY AND LIFE (CFCFFL) is a private association of faithful committed to the work of evangelization and family life renewal.
1.2 CFCFFL is a missionary body, and the families that make up this association are to be families that will be instruments of the Holy Spirit in renewing the face of the earth.
2.0 Vision and Mission
2.1 CFCFFL is called to rise in defense of the family which is God’s work. It is called to bring families back to the plan of God. It is called to bring the Lord’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.
2.2 CFCFFL works for Christian family renewal at various levels--the individual, the family, the larger community.
2.2.1 Individual renewal. CFCFFL takes the basic message of Christianity and proclaims it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to God in a way that will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
2.2.2 Family renewal. As couples renew their commitment to God, they also renew their commitment to one another and to their Christian family life. Gradually, the new life that they find in the Lord filters down to all their family relationships.
2.2.3 Church renewal. As individual families are renewed, they form a network of committed Christian families that not only support one another but also strengthen the Church of which they are members.
22.214.171.124 CFCFFL is committed to work for Catholic re-evangelization first and foremost, but looks to the ideal of Christian unity and will also serve the other Christian Churches whenever possible, in full respect and in conformity with the Catholic identity of the association.
126.96.36.199 CFCFFL is committed to building up vibrant Christian communities in the parishes, dioceses and localities where its members congregate.
2.2.4 Societal renewal. CFCFFL, in raising holy Christian men and women, likewise raises responsible members of society.
2.3 CFCFFL carries out its mission of renewal by focusing on three basic areas—evangelization and Church renewal, family life renewal, and total Christian liberation and development.
2.3.1 Evangelization and Church renewal. CFCFFL exists to evangelize. Every CFCFFL member is to be and evangelizer and is to live an evangelistic lifestyle.
2.3.2 Family life renewal. CFCFFL’s work of evangelization, formation and support is situated in the context of Christian family living.
188.8.131.52 CFCFFL is committed to the defense and strengthening of families and of Christian family values.
2.33 Total Christian liberation. CFCFFL is committed to work for the liberation of the human person, through its three thrusts of work with the poor, work for justice, and work for life.
3.1 Membership in CFCFFL is open to any validly married Catholic couple, and to other individuals through its Family and Special Ministries.
3.11 Though a Catholic community, CFCFFL is open to membership by non-Catholic Christians, who can join as associate members. Associate members can participate fully in the non-sacramental life and mission of CFCFFL, and must recognize and defer to the Catholic nature of the community. Non-Catholic associates, though remaining faithful to their Church, have to accept, respect, and defer to the principles and teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage, human sexuality and the family.
3.2 Those who want to join CFCFFL go through a seminar called a Christian Life Program (CLP) for adults, or a Youth Camp for young adults. The CLP and Youth Camp are integrated courses leading into a renewed understanding of God’s call to Christians, to a personal response of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, and to receiving a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on their lives.
3.21 After the CLP or Youth Camp, those who finish are invited to join CFCFFL or its Family or Special Ministries by making their commitment by way of a covenant, and are then integrated into the body.
3.3 Membership may be terminated by the leadership for any of the following reasons:
3.31 Any member may voluntarily leave CFCFFL at any time and for any reason.
4.0 Corporate Life and Formation
4.1 Those who join CFCFFL are made part of a small cell group called a household. The household members meet regularly for mutual support and encouragement in the Christian life.
4.11 The household meetings, normally held in the homes of the group members on rotation basis, would normally involve some time for prayers, a time for sharing or discussion, and finally some time for fellowship.
4.2 All members undergo continuing formation both in the Christian life and also in the life and mission of CFCFFL.
4.3 Members of CFCFFL are related to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. As such, their relationship is not to be functional but should reflect the intimacy of Christian love, caring and sharing.
5.1 The household is the basic cell grouping in CFCFFL. It is in the household where members share their lives more intimately and support one another in their spiritual growth.
5.2 Different households form a larger grouping, and such larger groupings form an even larger grouping, forming a pyramidal structure up the line.
5.3 CFCFFL may establish itself as a foundation or corporation or formal association, in accordance with local and/or national laws, for purposes of conducting transactions as a juridical entity. Such juridical personality however does not supercede the more basic reality that CFCFFL is a Christian community with its own organization, government and patterns of life.
6.0 Leadership and Government
6.1 There are many levels of leadership in CFCFFL. Whatever the level, it is to be a servant leadership, in the example of Jesus.
6.11 Leaders are appointed by those over them, done through prayerful discernment.
6.12 Leaders are chosen on the basis of capability, pastoral experience and growth in holiness and discipleship. Leaders are not chosen merely on the basis of seniority in CFCFFL membership, experience or leadership in other religious organizations, or leadership in secular organizations.
6.13 Leaders may be removed if it becomes obvious that they are no longer able to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
7.1 The work of CFCFFL is generally financed through the voluntary contributions of its members.
7.2 CFCFFL members are encouraged to also contribute generously to the material and financial needs of their parish.
8.0 CFCFFL as a servant within the Catholic Church
8.1 CFCFFL seeks to be a servant to and lay arm of the Catholic Church in the work of evangelization, family life renewal and total Christian liberation.
8.11 In particular, CFCFFL can serve the parishes in the following ways:
Pursuance of its basic mission of re-evangelization and family life renewal.
Promotion of its family ministries to reach non-couples within the parish.
Building communities among the poor within the territory of the parish.
Offering of special programs/courses for parishioners, such as the Marriage Preparation Program or its program for Natural Family Planning.
Undertaking specific services, such as sponsorship of a weekly Mass.
Support for parishioners in irregular unions, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
General support of parish life and activities.
8.2 CFCFFL will live out its life and mission in communion with the bishops.
8.21 CFCFFL recognizes, defers to and actively submits to the authority of the bishop as shepherd of his particular diocese.
8.22 CFCFFL looks to having a Spiritual Adviser appointed by the bishop for the CFCFFL group within his diocese. Such Spiritual Adviser may be the bishop himself, or at his option, a priest or religious appointed by him.
8.23 CFCFFL is to ask the bishops, in their role as shepherds, to provide spiritual formation for its members.
Retreats and recollections for leaders and members.
Instruction on Catholic and theological doctrines.
Updates on the Church stand on various important issues.
Consultation on moral and theological issues that come up.
8.3 CFCFFL is committed to the renewal and strengthening of the Catholic Church.
8.31 CFCFFL is committed to rise in defense of the Catholic Church against the forces that seek to destroy or weaken it.
8.32 CFCFFL will conform to and support official and orthodox Church teachings and stands on issues.
8.33 CFCFFL is committed to the communication of the Catholic faith in all its integrity to its Catholic members.
8.4 CFCFFL will be open to and will pursue ecumenical relationships in accordance with the posture of the local Church hierarchy. CFCFFL will also be open to inter-religious dialogue, again under the guidance of the Church hierarchy.
9.1 Amendments may be adopted upon the affirmative vote of the members of the CFCFFL board of trustees.