The CFCI National Singles Conference on the theme – “I Believe” was held on from 7 Sept 2013 to 9 Sept 2013 at Porvorim, Goa.
Blossom Rodrigues, declared the Conference open and explained the theme of the conference saying “Believe in the one whom he has sent” as given to us in the bible.
Tito A.V. Jose who welcomed the gathering of singles, told them that they would become different people as they leave the place. He urged them to ask the Lord to open their eyes, so they may see wonder and heart so they may invite Jesus to dwell there and lead their life.
Praise and worship in the morning was lead by Basil Rodrigues who shared that as he saw the excitement of the singles there, he was excited as well.
The first teaching given by Jerson James began with an exercise where the singles were asked to write down their experiences in listening to God and listening to their friends. When most of them found that they had difficulty in listening to God, he spoke about three main reasons for this – We have rejected God, We are indifferent to him and we have chosen to act in ways, which “hide his face from us”.
Myvilia Dias shared her testimony on how difficult it was for her to forgive people in her life and how she struggled to do this, despite the challenge.
Day one had an eventful afternoon where the teams were asked to perform various tasks. Each task was assigned to one CFCI Single who saw to it that the task was done by every team member. On the completion of one task the groups were given the next.
The groups were seen singing hymns, doing action songs, singing and solving puzzles among other things.
Dolrich lead the singles into worship for the second half followed by the next session on the Heart of God, given by Levin Gomes.
Levin while speaking about the Love of God stressed that no matter what; God has not stopped loving his people. He said ‘God is who he is. It has nothing to do with what happens to us’. Therefore hurt is a result of the choices made by man and not God’s choices.
Brian shared his testimony on how he had made bad choices in his life. He said that despite the bad choices he made, God still loved him and tried to bring good out of those situations.
The next session was conducted by Joshua Cordeiro, who spoke about God’s will. He stated that God does not have a definite blueprint for each person. He spoke about certain misconceptions such as God having a definite plan for marriage, career, family and death. He stressed that the will of God is only to know him, love him and serve him and everything else should fall in doing this will.
The final attraction for the day was Wear your Pun, where each delegation had to come forward and present their puns through actions and costumes.
The award for the best puns went to the Mangalore delegation.
The second day started with rosary, followed by mass celebrated by Fr. Justin and led by the Bangalore delegation.
After breakfast the singles gathered for praise and worship, led by Elvis Dias.
The next session was the Open Forum, conducted by Fr Justin, Jerson James, Joshua Cordeiro, Levin Gomes, Blossom Noronha, Tita Suzette de Sousa and Ehrlson de Sousa. They cleared certain questions that the singles had on the sessions that were given earlier about God’s will in people’s lives. Fr Justen, speaking at the forum, urged the people not to read random verses from the bible that are out of context and try to apply it in life.
It was followed by a session conducted by Tita Suzette, was an examination of the conscience, an inspection of the areas in life that were not aligned to God. With the Blessed Sacrament being exposed on the altar, Suzette asked the singles to open their heart and go through the examination of conscience. She requested them to have a confession, if they felt the need to do so.
The next session on seeking the will of God, given by Ehrlson de Sousa, spoke on how not to seek God and how to seek God. He stressed that God’s will cannot be determined through séances, counselors, randomly opening the bible and relying on signs and human reasoning. He spoke about the ways in which to discern God’s will which includes God’s word, Godly counsel, Personal Bent/Desires, Divine Inspiration, Circumstances of our life and Signs. He said that we need to weigh the pros and cons of the situation we are in and make a decision. He said a decision making process should have a clear goal, knowledge, experience, consultation and time taken to think.
The last part of the day was the red and black party which started with a game where each of the teams were asked to come forward and show the maximum use of a prop they were given.
This was followed by dance and ended with a praise fest.
Day three started with rosary, followed by mass celebrated by Fr Justin.
The singles then gathered for praise and worship, which was led by Chernoll Mendonca.
The final session of the conference was given by Prajwal Pinto who spoke on the Road to Transformation. He spoke of trying versus training to align our lives to God, i.e. trying is not sufficient, but training is required to achieve a goal. He explained how one can achieve the fruit of the Spirit by training for it through various ways such as the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, fasting among others. Deidre shared her testimony on how the Sacrament of Reconciliation helped her in her efforts to overcome lust. Marissa Andrews also spoke about her life and testified that the Holy Eucharist had helped her in her struggle to love.
The singles were asked to do an action plan wherein, they were asked to find three problem areas in their life, the desired fruit based on these areas and the corresponding discipline. The singles were encouraged to work on this action plan to help them attain the fruit of the spirit.
After this, the pray over session was conducted wherein the Blessed Sacrament was placed before the singles and the formators prayed over each of their singles.
This was concluded with Praise Fest.
Elton and Vanessa Andrade were the compere for the conference guiding us through the course of the conference.
Faith Band, led by Glen Rodrigues, along with Jessica, Vanessa, Gavin, Errol and Jerry were the music ministry for the whole conference who led us into all praise and worship’s and adoration, helping us come more and more closer to God, by singing and dancing in praise to our creator.
Tito Jose addressed the Singles at the end of the conference encouraging them to come forward to serve God. He shared the conditions in which the youth of North India were serving God. He encouraged them to be open to serve God and to have hundreds of spiritual children.
Levin Gomes, National Singles Coordinator concluded the conference thanking God for his abundant blessings he had showered on us all these years, and interceding for every singles they might “believe” and practice this belief as they go their way.
Report by Petula Dias along with Official Conference Photographer Ian de Noronha
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