Joyful gathering of the faithful
By Wendy Shaw
With a friendly smile and a warm welcome for newcomers, Couples for Christ members recently gathered for one of their regular meetings at the Parish Pastoral Centre, next to the Church of the Apostles in Launceston.
Michael and Elisabeth Ryan, of Stanley, travelled from Circular Head for the get-together, while Heidi and Tony Portugal came from Ulverstone, joining others from across the North and North West coast.
They met for faith-sharing, fun, friendship and food, Christina Fletcher explained.
Christina, of Invermay, is part of Launceston Catholic Parish and is a household leader with Couples for Christ. The group meets nearly every week, if schedules permit, for prayer, in support of parish or archdiocesan events (such as the recent Evangelium Conference in Launceston) or for special national occasions.
“We gather for prayers, faith sharing, praying and singing and praising, and supporting each other,” Christina said.
“Some, like Heidi and Tony and Lis and Mike, have been with couples for Christ for much longer than others. We have quite a few newbies too, and we encourage more people to come along.
“We say prayers for each other and the world. Sometimes we have arts and crafts and games. We share a meal.
“It is all centred around our faith. Anyone is welcome to come and drop in and see what it is about.”
Couples for Christ is dedicated to the renewal and strengthening of Catholic family life and evangelisation. It also supports members in their faith lives through a range of free formation programs ranging from training on spiritual gifts to weekend marriage enrichment retreats, regular prayer, praise and workshop meetings, quarterly gatherings and annual national conferences. Members are also encouraged to serve in and support the various ministries in their parishes.
Couples For Christ in Australia was established in 1988 in Sydney and is part of Couples for Christ Global Mission Incorporated based in the Philippines which is recognised as a Private Association of Christian Faithful with Pontifical right, according to the Couples for Christ Australia website.
For more information about Couples for Christ groups in Tasmania, please contact: Rosa Cameron 0437 815 325; Christina Fletcher 0400 183 341; Tony Portugal 0424 636 315; or Michael Ryan 0419 120 789.