It may have been cold outside but inside the Anapilis Christian Centre, Couples for Christ was on fire!
Burning with desire to hear the word of God, Couples for Christ and its family ministries came, gathered, sang, danced, cheered, chanted, praised and proclaimed the greatness of the Lord during the community’s annual Evangelization Rally on February 12, 2012 in Mississauga, Ontario. The participants came from across the GTA, Hamilton and Windsor.
Dynamic emcees, Vina Aligaen and Bernie Quiros, led the crowd of approximately 900 in chanting “CFC on Fire!” throughout the day. Ferdie Velasco kicked off the celebration with a lively praise and worship encouraging all in attendance to lean on the cross as a symbol of our dependence and reliance on Christ’s mercy and dominion over CFC.
Talent and creativity were evident as each group made their way to the stage and started their interpretative song, dance and rallying chants using the acronym, “CFC ON FIRE.”
Couples for Christ’s new National Director for Canada, Greg Parillas, enlightened the members by giving a clear interpretation of what being “ON FIRE for the Lord” meant. Inspiring sharers brought life to the meaning of ON FIRE by sharing their own experiences of triumph and victory with Christ amidst difficulties and challenges The keynote speaker, Father Ben Ebcas, expounded on the meaning of this year’s theme, Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord (Luke 1:4) and challenged CFC members with thought-provoking questions relevant to this year’s theme. According to him, “our world may have changed but we still proclaim the same message because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
The rally would not be complete without the Eucharistic celebration. His Excellency Bishop John Boissonneau celebrated the Holy Mass and, in his homily, reminded the community that Jesus wants to touch and heal us. He reiterated that Christ is eager to strengthen all of us.
Full-time pastoral worker, Gelo Saludo, led the audience in a spirit-filled praise fest the end of the day. Gelo gave the members a clear message that if Christ is at the centre of our lives and we work together hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder; the burden, the challenges will be lighter