Our Vatican Recognition
Couples for Christ (CFC) has been given recognition by the Pontifical Council of Laity in
the Vatican as a Private International Association of the Faithful. CFC
was one of the 50 international movements which were invited by the
Vatican to the World Congress on Ecclesial Movements in May 1998 in
Rome. On March 11, 2000 Couples for Christ has been granted recognition as a Private International Association of the Faithful approving their statute ad experimentum for five years.
On the 25th of April 2005, on the feast of St. Mark, the Vatican through its Pontifical Council for the Laity granted definitive approval of the statutes of Couples for Christ thereby confirming permanent recognition of CFC as a Private International Association of the Faithful, with juridical personality, according to Canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law.
The Roots of CFC
COUPLES FOR CHRIST(CFC) is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. As such, CFC is a servant and lay arm of the Church in the work of renewal, fully recognized by and operating under the authority of the local bishop of the area.
CFC began in 1981 in Manila, Philippines when a local Christian community tried a new approach in evangelizing married couples. The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to a renewal of the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social setting.
Soon, CFC became a Christian Family Life Renewal Program made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wish to live their Christian life in an active, supportive relationship with one another.
Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of Christian family life and also of the Church. The Norcal USA Mission started in 1992 and Tracy, Lathrop and Stockton started in 2001.
As of now, Couples for Christ is 31 years old, present in over 161 countries worldwide, and continues to grow in faith and in numbers.
The Tracy Unit of Couples for Christ serves the Northern California communities of Tracy and nearby areas which serves as a parish based lay-arm of the Catholic Church in the area where its members are very diversified not only filipinos but hispanics, caucasians and other asean decents. It is a full ministry, from Kids, Youth, Singles, Couples, Handmaids of the Lord and Servants of the Lord.