On 17th April 2015, SFC-Oman graced the Friday weekend with Christ. It started with a Tagalog thanksgiving mass at 10:00am at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church, Ruwi. The CFC Singles for Christ Oman family shared in the mass offering. After mass, at around 1:00pm, SFC gathered at Zamora’s residence SFC-HQ for the general chapter assembly. Lunch was served. SFC leaders and members, who were present in the assembly, did acknowledge and thanked the sponsors: CFC-SFC coordinator, Tita Mil Zamora and Unit Leader, Sis Lilybeth Rodriguez, for the delicious and healthy steamed fish and pineapple chicken for lunch. And also Bro. Cyrus Garay and company for the yummy strawberry ice cream dessert! After lunch, SFCs together with couple coordinators gathered for the opening prayer, praise and worship. Our prayers, praises, and worships were spearheaded by Tito Chong Zamora, our CFC-SFC coordinator. A prayer was also offered for the speaker of the day, Sis Mary Jo Martinez.
A total of 10 SFCs were present during the said chapter assembly. Majority of the SFC attendees were brothers, there were 7 of them whereas there were only 3 sisters. Though there were limited numbers of SFCs present for that day’s assembly, it was successfully accomplished!
That day’s talk was about The Creed, shared and delivered by sis Mary Jo. It started with a short video to reflect on. It was then reinforced in the talk. It started with the fact that there are 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith: a) Creed, b) Sacraments, c) Commandments, and d) Lord’s Prayer. Jesus, our Savior, taught all of these pillars of faith to us, Catholics. By the meaning of His name Jesus, which means “God saves” supports and sustains our Catholic Faith to become a better Christian. A call for self-examination of faith and conscience when this question is raised and asked: How do you believe when you cannot share it? It is quite challenging for each one. It is very difficult to become a good Christian and individual while keeping the Catholic faith in God unwavering whereas it is quite easy to falter.
The Creed is a formal statement of Christian and Catholic beliefs and faith. It has two sets:
- The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
- Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate. He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
At present, the Catholic faith recites the Apostle’s Creed in every Eucharistic Celebration. We believe in one God unified in the Trinity, the belief that God exists as a unique union of the Creator (The Father), Redeemer and Savior (The Son, Jesus Christ), and the Sanctifier (The Holy Spirit).
The Creed constructs the Catholic faith, guides the actions of each Catholic, and serves as a preparation for worship. It serves to transition between the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist during the mass celebration.
In conclusion, either Apostle’s Creed or Nicene Creed that is being recited, all ends up with the word AMEN or “so be it”. Amen as a declaration of affirmation of faith used at the conclusion of prayers.
The General Chapter Assembly ended up with a short recap of NATCON preparation and upcoming SFC’s activity in Sohar. Tito Chong Zamora led the closing prayer. The assembly did not end without the groupie photos! J The evidence based that the SFC brothers overpower the SFC sisters in today’s assembly attendance.
Article By: M Grace Sombero Demegillo