Diocese of Sacramento Recognition 

Letter of recognition from the Diocese of Sacramento

Vatican Recognition 

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, were invited by the Vatican to the World Congress on Ecclesial Movements in May 1998 in Rome.


On 25 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 CFC Family Ministries

Families In The Holy Spirit Renewing The Face Of The Earth 


(CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God.  Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit. It grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes.



CFC Kids is a global ministry of faithful, loving and enthusiastic children of God guided by the holy spirit in preparing Christ-like leaders who will be instruments of hope and healing to families that will bless the world.

CFC Kids is a Family Ministry of Couples for Christ (CFC). It is a means of supporting the mission of bringing families back to God by providing an environment that would assist parents in fulfilling this mission.
CFC Kids provides a Christian Support Environment for Kids
There are two age groups of Kids so that the activities provided are age appropriate.
  • Junior Kids- age 4-8
  • Senior Kids- age 9-12
CFC Kids fulfills it’s mission with 3 types of programs
  • Kids Evangelization
  • Family Enrichment
  • Social Renewal

Kids Evangelization Kids Evangelization programs make Jesus the most exciting person in the lives of the kids. We do this through fun activities, singing songs and making friends during mini retreats called “Kids Camps” and monthly activities called “Kids Assemblies”. The kids are lead by members of CFC-Youth (age 13-21) called the R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out Christ to Kids) team. The kids look up to and learn from these older brothers and sisters in Christ.

Family Enrichment CFC Kids realizes how important family is in the lives of kids. We provide opportunities for families to grow closer to each other and closer to God. We conduct family activities such as picnics, family camping, mother/daughter activities and father/son activities. We also encourage parents to get involved with the CFC Kids Ministry.

Social Renewal CFC Kids aims to build an environment where kids can make an impact on renewing society. Social Renewal programs focus on helping the kids become Heroes in their everyday life. Some Social Renewal programs include:

  • Enviro Kids – Helping the kids learn to protect the environment
  • Media Kids – Teaching the kids appropriate ways to use media and technology
  • Kidsness– Raising Money to help the poor
  • Fit Kids – Teaching the kids the importance of exercise and eating well     100% Pure Kids – Teaching the kids about purity and respect for life


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  CFC Youth stands for Couples for Christ Youth. It is a Catholic youth ministry of Couples for Christ.  CFC Youth is a place where youth can learn about God and their faith, meet other young people like themselves, and be in a safe, energetic, fun environment. We in CFC Youth believe in the 4 F’s of Faith, Fun, Freedom, and Friendship. We believe that youth can learn about God in a new, refreshing, and exciting way.

Who can become a member of CFC Youth?

CFC Youth is open for anyone and everyone from 12 years old to their early 20s. CFC Youth is open to all backgrounds, cultures, and races.
CFC Singles for Christ (CFC SFC) is one of the family ministries of Couples for Christ (CFC). It is a Catholic Christian Young Adult Ministry aimed to provide a community for those who want to know Christ and discover one’s vocation (Marriage, Religious or Single Blessedness Life). CFC SFC also organizes many different activities and events aimed to help enrich one’s faith and grow to be more Christ-like.
Who can join and become a member of CFC Singles for Christ?
  •   Single Christian men and women from 18 years old to 40 years old have to go through a Christian Life Program (CLP) to become a member.
CFC Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) was established by Couples for Christ (CFC), a Vatican-recognized lay association for the faithful, in response to God’s call for a holistic family ministry.  It is a work of Christ that raises up Christian women with Mary as their model, thus winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is a Christian renewal and support ministry for mature women such as single parents, widows, separated or divorced women, single mature women, married women whose husbands are based in another state or country, or are, for some reason, not able to participate in the CFC and religious affiliation.  The CFC Handmaids of the Lord is a creation of God distinctly called to the mission of personal transformation, evangelization to bring her family and others, especially women, to a  renewed life in the Lord, and wholehearted service to bring glad tidings to the poor. 
Women in the Holy Spirit, joyfully proclaiming the greatness and glory of God as Mary did by living out her fiat:  “I am the Handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word,” in selfless love and discipleship.
CFC Servants of the Lord (SOLD) aims to provide a Christian support environment for single mature men. It is a parallel ministry of the CFC HOLD but directed towards the mature men.
Entry point to the CFC Servants of the Lord program is through a Christian Life Program (CLP). Pastoral formation is being given after the CLP through household meetings, assemblies, teachings and trainings, international conferences, Enrichment Retreats and many more teachings directed towards the needs of mature men of Christ.


Who can join Couples for Christ?

  • Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. Although a Catholic movement/organization, CFC remains open to having non-Catholic Christians as members.

 How do I become a member of CFC?

  • Those who want to join CFC will have to go through a Christian Life Program (CLP).

 What is Christian Life Program?

  • The Christian Life Program or CLP is an integrated course intended to lead the couple into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Christians. It runs for a total of 13 separate sessions, held once a week. At the end of the seminar, couple-participants are invited to dedicate themselves to the Lord as CFC members and to commit to participate actively in the life of the community and of the Church through regular prayer meetings, attendance in community assemblies and teachings, participation in parish life.
  • CLP graduates are then grouped into cell groups called “households”, consisting of at least 4 and up to 7 couples under the pastoral care supervision of a household head.
  • The households are an essential feature of community life for the adults. They meet once a week, to discuss the Gospel, share testimonies about their own struggles to live according to Christ’s example, and to support one another in their spiritual journey.
  • CFC members are expected to work actively for the renewal of their own families, on the premise that the family is the basic unit of society.


What should I do if I am interested to attend the Christian Life Program (CLP)?

  • If you are interested on joining a CLP and later CFC, you may ask any CFC member that you know or you may check from list of CLP schedules and get in touch with the contact person in your parish.


Do I have to pay anything?

  • There are no fees or any monetary expenses required from participants. The only investment required is time and openness.



The CLP is also the point of entry for those who wish to join CFC’s Family Ministries:

  • Singles for Christ, for unmarried young professionals
  • Handmaids of the Lord and Servants of the Lord, for women and men who are widowed, single parents or those whose spouses choose not to join
  • Youth for Christ (for teenagers)
  • Kids for Christ (for pre-teens) through attendance in a weekend camp