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Beloved Summit

Labor Day weekend (August 30-31, 2014) for CFC Florida was truly a weekend devoted to the celebration of labor,especially to the labor of God’s Love through all of the CFC ministries. On Saturday, new and old members of the CFC ministries from all over Florida gathered at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, FL for their “Beloved Summit” State Assembly. The “Beloved Summit” was the first time that all Florida CFC ministries came together since a state conference that was held about 10 years ago.

The day started with the rosary and festivities were officially opened with worship. All were then welcomed by Florida Area/Cluster Head, Orly Fajardo, and CFCUSA National Director, Eric Villanueva (CA). A history lesson about CFC Florida’s early stages and mission areas was given by CFC Leader and Region Head of the Caribbean Islands, Joe Duran.After welcoming ceremonies, each ministry held their own activity throughout Nativity’s campus.

 In the gymnasium, CFC, Handmaids, and the Servants gathered as some of Florida’s CFC leaders and Southeast-A Region Head, Art Fausto (SC), shared talks from this year’s CFC “Beloved” conference. In the adjacent Youth Center, the Florida R.O.C.K. team gathered all the kids and echoed the fun that they had at this year's Southeast Kids Village that was held in North Carolina. CFC-Youth was also having their own fun in Nativity’s Social Hall. The younger youth (ages 13-17) underwent a Speaker’s Training, while the older youth (ages 18+) took the step toward transitioning into SFC through the newly developed program called R.O.P.E.(Rites of Passage Experience). CFC-Youth activities were bothfacilitated by former youth who are now active in the Singles ministry. In a neighboring room, the rest of SFC received talks echoing this year’s SFC conference. In the afternoon, R.O.P.E. participants and SFC united together to officially welcome their newly transitioned brothers and sisters.

Before dinner, families reconvened in Nativity’s gymnasium for a special consecration of families, which was then followed by the celebration of Holy Mass. Holy Mass was celebrated by two local Filipino priests. After dinner, thefestivities ended with each area showcasing their God-given gifts in a night of fun and creativity. Presentations varied from creative dances to original song compositions. On early Sundaymorning, the fun continued in a statewide Sportsfest, whereFlorida split into four respective regions and engaged in healthy competitions. Competitions ranged from sports to relay races and outdoor picnic games.

Pope St. John Paul II once said, "A joyful family requires much from the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become in a special way, the servant of the others."Florida’s “Beloved Summit” was truly a testament to the beauty of serving alongside your loved ones to honor and glorify our Lord and Savior. CFC Florida would like to thank all those who made this “Beloved Summit” possible: the service team for their labor of love to make all facets of this weekend possible, all the families and participants whose presence added to the success of the event, Nativity Catholic Church, our prayer warriors, the special participation of our CFCUSA National Director, Eric Villanueva and Southeast-A Region Head, Art Fausto, and of course, last but not least, our Heavenly Father who continues to inspire us all with the fire of His Love.

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