MINISTRY OF FAMILY AND LIFE APOSTOLATE
The Ministry of Family and Life Apostolate (FLA) promotes programs that will guide and attract married couples to participate in family-oriented activities in the parish which aim to strengthen Christian Family Life. It aims to provide a deeper appreciation of and enlightenment on the first school of evangelization which is the domestic Church; the sanctity of life; the importance of sacramental marriage, responsible parenthood, enrichment of married/family life; and offers assistance to address special problems of different members of the family. It takes an active role in disseminating the pro-life and family planning directives of the Catholic Church.
FLA supervises activities of organizations pertaining to family life; notably, the Familia Community, Familia Singles, Couples for Christ, CFC Foundation for Family and Life, and Singles for Christ.
Familia derives its inspiration, vision and mission from Pope John Paul II’s exhortation in Familiaris consortio on the role of the Christian Family in the modern world. It likens the family to the Church, wherefrom the gospel is transmitted and radiates. Family members evangelize and are evangelized; the parents not only communicate the gospel to their children but the children also evangelize their parents through witness and proclamation. This family then becomes an evangelizer of other families. Familia periodically conducts Empowered Christian Living Seminars which revitalize the basic cell of society that is the family, providing formation and spiritual nourishment. Unmarried Familia members belong to the Familia Singles branch.
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. Couples go through what is called a Christian Life Program, where they commit themselves to the Lord and to each other, so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising families under the Lordship of Jesus and for the service of the Kingdom of God. CFC defends against the forces that aim to destroy the very foundations of family, and brings strength and light to those who struggle to be truly Christian families. Non-couples have also bonded themselves into Singles for Christ.
CFC Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) is an evangelistic and missionary community of concerned CFC brethren looking to restoration, preservation and strengthening of the authentic Couples for Christ charism and family life renewal. Their core values are: Christ-centeredness; evangelistic and missionary work; focus on the family; community; living a preferential option for the poor; exercising servant leadership; and service to the Church especially in the areas of family and life.