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JoySingles for Christ: Jesus is the Icon!
Posted by Joy Katigbak on 2/27/2009 12:10:49 AM

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Seven thousand single men and women converged in Cebu last February 20-22, 2009 for the 16th Singles for Christ International Conference (ICon).   Themed “Icon,” the conference saw delegates from all over the Philippines and the world assembled together to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Icon of Singles for Christ, and that the way to move forward was only IN CHRIST.   Set in the parking lot of SM City Cebu, the event was a wonderful opportunity to evangelize and show the world what it means to love Christ, as mall shoppers were made privy to the worship and teachings of the Singles for Christ community courtesy of wide-screens set in strategic areas in the venue.  Thousands of singles were seen around the mall as well during conference breaks, all donned in their conviction shirts bearing Jesus as their Icon.

The whole weekend was opened by a joyful High Mass that set the celebratory mood of the first night on Friday, with Rev. Msgr. Rommel Kintanar, CFC Cebu Spiritual Director, as the main celebrant.  This was followed by the first session, “In Christ…This is the Life!” given by Fulltime Missionary Joemar Salumbides, once a Singles for Christ member himself in the early years of the ministry, and later became part of the SFC Council.  This session recalled important milestones in the SFC ministry’s last 15 years and how our life in Christ has been a life of revelations, conversion, healing and forgiveness, and promises fulfilled.   The session posed the challenge for every Singles for Christ member to continue to become like Christ, and to be Christ to others so that, as St. Paul exhorts us, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

The second day was full of activity, as delegates attended workshops centering on the sacraments, missionary work, and continuous transformation and growth.  Others participated in creative and sports competitions, many of which were done in SM City Cebu’s activity center where mall shoppers where witness to the talents of SFCs and the joy of being in this community.  All these were followed by the launch of the SFC Bayani, a group of 12 SFCs chosen for their love and service for the poor, who will serve as Gawad Kalinga Ambassadors.  GK 1MB Head Mari Oquinena talked about how our love for God is concretely expressed in serving the poor and in holding on to the hope of “a new heavens and a new earth” that He has prepared for us.

The evening session, entitled “Forgetting What Lies Behind,” recalled the pains of the past and reminded us how Jesus our Icon, like us, went through the same hurts of being tempted, betrayed, scourged, and forsaken.  Speaker Michael Ariola, member of the SFC Council and Fulltime Missionary, underscored the lessons to learn from what Jesus did during these painful experiences and how we are called to strain toward our goal which is Jesus Himself.   The highlight of the conference was a Benediction and High Mass, a most solemn experience that emphasized our perfect union with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.  Concelebrated by Rev. Bishop Crispin Varquez, bishop of the Diocese of Borongan, Samar as main celebrant, together with Rev. Msgr. Cris Garcia as homilist, Fr. Edwin Visda and Fr. Ronald Bardon of Diocese of Daet, Fr. Ace Ecarna from Agusan del Sur, Fr. Anthony Layog of Pangasinan, and Fr. Paul Uwemedimo of Couples for Christ, the Eucharistic Celebration was truly Christ’s real and loving presence affirming to all that “"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”  (John 6:56)

Finally, in the last session of the conference, “Forward in Christ,” SFC International Coordinator Aldy Katigbak unveiled the restated vision of the Singles for Christ ministry:  “Every single man and woman all over the world experiencing Christ.”   The rally call to all SFCs is to simply be CHRIST:  Catholic, Humble, Radical, Intercessors, Sacrificing, and Together.  Only then could the SFC vision be lived out and find its fulfillment. 

The conference was capped by a powerful praisefest and the celebration of the Holy Mass amidst cloudy skies, refreshing light showers, and then gentle sunshine that affirmed everyone of God’s close watch and joyful embrace.  It was indeed a weekend of experiencing Christ in many different ways in many different instances, each of them personal, each of them transforming. 

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RAYMOND
RAYMOND
panu po ba sumali
Posted 5/25/2010 10:17:37 PM
 
Michael
Michael
sama `kong davao!
Posted 11/21/2009 9:42:49 AM
 
Jun-Jun
Jun-Jun
YES BRO CONGRATZ SA PAGSASAMA NG GK AT SFC BRO. GODN BLESS U .BRO
Posted 8/28/2009 12:11:59 PM
 
louella joy
louella joy
kinsa taga cebu na member?apila kos nu HH beh...i came from butuan and im here in cebu and in need of the community.hehehe...
Posted 5/12/2009 1:23:44 AM
 
louella joy
louella joy
indeed it was an event to remember...see you brod and sis sa Davao.God Bless us always!
Posted 5/12/2009 1:21:21 AM
 
Micah
Micah
Witnessing the SFC Logo in the cloud formation at the ICon main venue was an affirmation of how Christ was pleased during the conference. A sight to behold! A sister had even accidentally captured the Philippine flag with the sfc logo beside it. SFC Bacolod was truly blessed to discover this work of nature.
Posted 4/4/2009 12:46:32 AM
 
george viktor
george viktor
Indeed God is great! He never abandoned me in my Travel to CEBU last February. with my erroneous flight bookings for the CEBU pacific flight, i thought that i could no longer attend the ILC...

But true enough God prepared a way for me to booked for an Air Philippines flight from Davao to Cebu same day and was able to catch up with my fellow SFC bros and sis at Mactan International Airport,Lapu Lapu city.

Upon arrival at the Sacred Heart School, I remained calm for the whole afternoon, as I went to the SM Carpark for the testimonial cardboard briefing. I met Sis Madel and talked about my Lifes experience with Christ.

I just prayed to God that He will strengthen me...until the time when it was my turn to climb the stage and go in front, I ran joyfully, bringing with me the cardboard that says 100% PURE MAN for GOD!

GOD Bless SFC! I Thank the Lord for renewing my Life! I honor my PCC Kuya Bong and Ate Malou Ybanez for the Love and guidance. See you all next year sa DAVAO City!

FORWARD IN CHRIST!
Posted 3/21/2009 12:49:36 AM
 
Charlene
Charlene
It was a great experience indeed to be with our Brothers and Sisters in the community. A great experience spending the whole weekend with our SFC family.

Yes I agree with SEVEN The ILC in Clark last year (HOME ILC) is the most memorable. and yes please hope there would be enough rooms for workshops and if you would think that a certain workshop would attract more people to attend hope it has a bigger capacity just like the workshop about prayer (forgot the title). ALso more time to attend both the creative competitions and the workshop...

God Bless
Posted 3/20/2009 1:38:37 AM
 
remwell
remwell
it was my first time to join ilc for sfc, though i had attended several ilcs of yfc, and the experience was really once in a lifetime. i enjoyed every minute of it. i have learned so many things during that icon. and im looking forward for the next ilc in davao...
Posted 3/18/2009 1:21:57 AM
 
seven
seven
It was great to be there but SFC ICON 08 @ Clark was still the best ICon experience to me so far...

Take this as an opportunity for improvement:
1. Consider the weather when choosing a venue.
2. When inviting SFCs to attend Icon make sure we can accommodate all of them.
Like enough rooms for workshops and Icon shirts.
3. Separate FREE shirt booths to selling booths.
4. Plan a good system of distributing foods.

God bless and see u at next Icon!

PS: When can we have our free Icon shirt?
Posted 3/18/2009 1:04:10 AM
 
francis
francis
joining in sfc icon @ cebu is one of the most unforgettable moments in my life. it is my first time to attend the International Conference and i`m so lucky for being part of it..from day 1 up to the last day of icon,i fel the presence and the love of our ICON Jesus Christ...i`ve learned a lot from this conference.. thanks again to our Lord Jesus Christ for giving me a chance to be a part of this event and fixing my schedules. May God be praised!!!!
Posted 3/2/2009 5:08:41 AM
 


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