BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR (BCOP)
The two fold mission of CFC are Building the Home and Church of the Poor. Work for building the Church of the Poor is integral in our mission. The global mission states that “We shall pursue Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life and work with the poor. We are called to love the poor as exemplified by Christ and we are called to be a caring community with one heart and one mind.”
Building the Church of the poor emanates from the Social Teachings of the Church and will be strengthened by the new formation teachings that will guide our posture towards our work for Total Christian Liberation. The programs are tools and ways for members of CFC to grow in loving the poor as Christ did.
BCOP PROGRAMS IN CFC SINGAPORE
ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor)
Education [Education Sponsorship Program (ESP) and Cornerstone].
Home (for the aged) Visits
SOCDEV SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Migrants (partnering with ACMI)
Prison (still in planning stage)
Cooperatives (still in planning stage)
Bro Rene & Sis Ging de Jesus
R E F L E C T i O N S
Cross, the Language of Love.
“For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.“For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. – John 3: 16-17
14 September 2019, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
THE HEALING and TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE CROSS.As we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we are called to embrace the Cross as the means to salvation. Only by carrying our cross for the love of humanity and of God, can we bring about real transformation in our own lives and in the lives of others. How do we cope with suffering and privation in this journey of life? Have we really reflected on the meaning of the cross in our lives? –Archbishop Goh
Photo: The photo taken at Chapel of Missionaries of Charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during my audit fieldwork for a development project. Contemplating Lord Jesus Christ from the cross gave me strength to my tired weary soul and to carry on to the tasks put on my shoulder. Daily morning before going to my audit fieldwork, I gazed at the Cross and seek refuge and strength at the Eucharist – the Bread of Life- the Body of Christ. Moreover, Lord Jesus revealed to me his love in action; at Missionaries of Charity I have encountered children –some disabled. Despite their situation they were full of joy. Their faces are filled with smile. It is a manifestation that they received love as the Sisters brings Christ to them. Here the children are thirsting for love and care and the disciples of Christ (Sisters of Missionaries of Charity) satiated that thirst.
From the Cross, Lord Jesus Christ said, “I THIRST” (John 19:28). He represents the Cry of the Poor and he is calling us to answer the thirst of the poor. That encounter strengthened me on how to carry on in daily mission- carrying the cross at work, family, study, community service and relationship. Cross is the language of love. Jesus said, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16: 24). Life is a journey carrying the mission of love – the cross of love. At the end of this journey of life, like Jesus Christ from the Cross, we will utter “IT IS FINISHED”(John19:30) and surrender our life to Our Father in Heaven – “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:44)
(Written by: Shirley Paynor)
CFC SocMin Singapore Pillars
Engaged as Befrienders of Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant (ACMI) through AbBA programme for migrants
Working hand in hand outside CFC communities towards the same mission in building the church of the poor. Journey together with other groups/organizations.
Being one with the abandoned and aged sick in our society by sharing in their poverty. Making a difference by our witness of Love woth wholeherated service to them every last saturday of the month between 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Saint Joseph Home 36 Jurong West St 24 Singapore 648141.
A one-on-one love offering by CFC members or a household group to less fortunate but deserving students to send them to school. Watch out for cornerstone programme this 2019.
Working together to bring to respective chapters/ministries the gift of service of ANCOP.
Support services/activities of SocDev & ANCOP coordinators and partners towards Answering the cry of the poor.
Testimonials, Appreciations and Events
We’re hosting a fashion parade this month, and celebrating Grandparents’ day the next! ✨ What’s happening? The creative heart and mind behind these monthly themed events is Couples for Christ, our regular volunteer group.
Our residents so look forward to meeting our CFC friends. ❤️ CFC would not only bring games and performances, they’d also spruce up the place with themed decorations. Last year, they brought in DIY-ed photo booths 📸, vibrant worship sessions 🎹 and organised a ladies’ nail spa. 💅
They never fail to surprise us with their love and teamwork!
Over time, the families from CFC have grown to become friends with our staff and residents. In this trying time, they have also created videos and messages to #sharehope to the rest of our STJH family.
Join us in giving them a clap of thanks. 👏 We can’t wait to have them back!
- Saint Joseph Home, Catholic Welfare Services Sg
I would like to say thank you for giving us your time during the 1st session and hoping there’s no end of sessions instead more sessions are coming up!I am very very grateful that I’ve met u in my life and all the brothers and sisters in ABBA prog. My heart is burning from all the word’s of god that I’ve heard from all of you!You completely bought me back with god and i am thankful for God.I knew that god sent u to look for me! I would love to serve god to thank him for all that i had in the bio back my tears to thank GOD and all of you.I knew God uses youbto deliver his words and it really touches my heart!I knew this is just the beginning of getting to know you all! I felt like i was in heaven yesterday and i forgot all the hardships I’m going through!NEW HOPE AND NEW BEGINNING! It is a good feelings to be around with god fearing people! God sent me to this prog.and “HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS”!As i said on the first day of session,”EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON”Hope to see u again! Thank you!God bless us!??-Mary Jane - AbBA 2018 Participant
Monthly Home Visit
Home Visit @ SJH
Feel the love and fill your heart. Your presence is the greatest present we can gift to SJH residence. See you!