The Couples for Christ Trinidad and Tobago Ministry (CFC) marked its 20th anniversary on Sunday, January 21 at the Holy Name Convent auditorium. Gissell Cadogan and Rosetta Forde submitted short reports on the day’s activities.
My CFC experience was one beyond my preconceived notions. I anticipated that the Holy Spirit would be present during the event manifesting His power. This did not disappoint since, apart from the Mass which was wonderful with Archbishop Gordon being chief celebrant, the highlight of the occasion for me was the presentation by the Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD).
This was powerful and highly charged with deep emotions. I was moved to tears during their journey through this enactment. Of significance was the continuous faith and trust in God and the outpouring of love and support for those affected and for each other. I am indeed happy that I attended and look forward to other CFC events. – Rosetta Forde, HOLD, Tobago
The intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary was sought, as the days proceedings commenced with the praying of the Holy Rosary from 8 a.m. This was later followed by a praise and worship session which set the tone for a true celebration as members raised hearts and minds in thanksgiving to God.
The highlight of the event was the celebration of Holy Mass, officiated by our recently installed Archbishop Jason Gordon and concelebrated by CFC’s very beloved Bishop Malcolm Galt.
His Grace delivered quite a heart-stirring homily as he challenged everyone in the congregation to embrace the mission to ‘Follow Jesus’ as expounded in the weekend’s gospel. Individuals were called upon to live the vocation they were called to within the various units of CFC. These are Kids for Christ, Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ, Servants of the Lord, Handmaids of the Lord and Couples for Christ.
It was truly an honour to have the shepherd of the Church present at this anniversary celebration, giving such poignant advice as the ministry seeks to embark upon another 20 years of service and fellowship in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands.
There can be no CFC gathering without a sharing and some good old fun. As such, a most appetising breakfast was served following Mass as members mingled with brothers and sisters from other units.
In true CFC style, the real family entertainment began just after the mid-morning meal. The stage was set as members beginning from the youngest to the eldest represented their ministries in song, dance, skit and heartfelt testimonies.
The ‘original and spicy’ KFC, Kids for Christ, enlightened the audience with an energising song and dance performance. This display by our youngest members gave much credence that CFC is indeed in good hands.
The day culminated with a most fitting and powerful rendition of ‘Imela’ followed by ‘He Did it Again’ which were performed by ten-year-old Angeline Leanna Romain. The hall was alight with pure bliss as everyone abandoned their chairs and took to the floor dancing and singing in praise.
We must say God’s blessings and ‘hats-off’ to the co-ordinating committee of CFC Trinidad and Tobago, for a truly memorable 20th anniversary celebration. – Gissell Cadogan, HOLD, Trinidad