LCSC Q&A

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Q&A

 

Q: What is the relationship between CFC-FFL and LCSC?

A: LCSC is a product of the life and mission of CFC-FFL, an expression of its drawing deeper into the heart of the Catholic Church. LCSC makes use of the 31 years of experience and pastoral wisdom of CFC-FFL. The growth of LCSC will be backed by CFC-FFL members in their respective parishes, acting as parishioners.

But LCSC is neither a ministry nor an outreach of CFC-FFL. LCSC is an independent movement raised by the Holy Spirit as a response to the call to the New Evangelization. It has no organizational or structural ties with CFC-FFL.

 

Q: Why can’t CFC-FFL just do what LCSC proposes to do?

A: The reality is that CFC-FFL currently is unable to do rapid and massive evangelization as God intends. It is still growing and doing a lot of good, but we look to the rapidity and massiveness required by the New Evangelization and the Jubilee of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

A: Being parish-based and “owned,” LCSC starts with the approval and support of the parish priest, and then starts with a CLS for top parish leaders, including PPC and ministry heads. If CFC-FFL were to offer the same CLS to the parish, it could get approval, but not the same support and enthusiasm from the parish priests, and certainly not the general participation of parish leaders and top workers.

 

Q: Why will parish priests be more favorable to LCSC than CFC-FFL or other religious groups or movements?

A: It has to do with the old difficulties we had encountered through all these years. Many parish priests, while appreciating the work of religious groups and ecclesial movements, see these as taking their leaders, draining their money, prioritizing community over parish activities, and being submitted to their lay leaders rather than to the priests or bishops. Now, with LCSC, they can have all the benefits of a vibrant lay ministry without the perceived shortcomings.

 

Q: Will LCSC create competition with CFC-FFL in terms of evangelization?

A: There may be a little overlap, but overall, no.

First, LCSC will be able to do what CFC-FFL cannot do, that is, get enthusiastic support from the parish priest and the involvement of parish leaders. If CFC-FFL asked to bring its CLS to the parish, it might be approved, or it might not be. If approved, it would then have to do its own efforts, because it would just be one of the many other groups or ministries in the parish. With LCSC however, it is the parish’s own work, with the parish priest himself pushing for it.

Second, CFC-FFL usually would not be able to bring in parish leaders who are already involved in groups or ministries (charismatic, PREX, ME, Cursillo, Mother Butler, Knights of Colombus, etc.). With LCSC however, they would be asked by the parish priest to participate. Oftentimes they would find that the CLS has much to offer them for their own spirituality.

Third, ultimately LCSC wants to focus on the grassroots, the poor people out there who have inadequate time and resource to be active in spiritual groups or activities. These people are those who would find it difficult to be members of CFC-FFL, because they have no homes nor money nor time for household meetings.

Fourth, in parishes abroad, LCSC, being a parish group and not just a Filipino group, can more successfully bring in non-Filipinos.[1]

Finally, LCSC will be able to accomplish rapid and massive evangelization, which CFC-FFL is no longer able to do.

 

Q: So what will remain of CFC-FFL’s work of evangelization?

A: There is plenty of work to be done. There are all those lapsed or nominal Catholics throughout the world who remain to be reached.

CFC-FFL will have to return to our basic way of evangelization, which is strategic personal one-to-one invitation. This had been neglected through the years. But this was and is our basic gift.

Then there is the deeper formation in CFC-FFL, which will not be in LCSC. If LCSC’s basic work is for Catholics to meet Christ, CFC-FFL’s is for Catholics to live Christ. Both of course share Christ.

 

Q: Won’t parish priests simply take over LCSC?

A: Well, first of all, LCSC is their work, owned by the parish, under the overall authority of the parish priest. We in fact would like to see that at some point, LCSC would be handled by parishioners who do not have to be connected with or members of other organizations. However, the reality is that parish priests are very busy, and they look to capable lay parishioners for the work of the parish.

 

Q: Why does LCSC mount a week-end CLS? Is it not more effective to have the 9-week format?

A: Indeed the 9-week format is the most ideal, as there is more time for the often slow process of conversion. But it is quite challenging to get top parish leaders to commit to 9 weeks. So considering that they are already leaders, the week-end format becomes more of an introduction as to what LCSC is. For parish leaders to promote LCSC in the parish, they need to know what it is and to experience its basic program, the CLS. Further, it starts a transfer of “technology.” But experience has shown that many parish leaders appreciate very much the CLS and claim to have gotten a lot out of it.

 

Q: When are the 3-module and 9-week formats used?

A: Once we are done with most of the parish leaders and workers and there are enough resource persons (we train them to give talks, handle discussion groups, play music, etc.), we can bring the CLS to the different Chapels (purok) and the 3-module CLS can be used. Then once we get to the grassroots, we bring the CLS where they are, and the 9-week format would be ideal.

 

Q: Is there an ideal size for a CLS group?

A: The more the better, as long as the venue can comfortably accommodate the number. Looking at evangelizing all Catholics in the parish, we can reach more with fewer CLSs.

 

Q: How about CLS facilitators?

A: At the very first CLS, we rely on CFC-FFL facilitators. At subsequent CLSs, those who graduated in previous CLSs can act as facilitators, with proper training.

 

Q: Who gives the CLS talks?

A: At the start, the talks are given by CFC-FFL brethren. Later we want to train parishioners who have done the CLS and are active in LCSC to give the talks.

 

Q: Is there any difference between the CFC-FFL CLS and the LCSC CLS?

A: There is basically no difference, aside from all references to CFC-FFL being changed to parish. The CLS is a proven effective way of bringing transformation in Christ. There are however two major changes. One, the baptism in the Spirit is a mass baptism, not an individual praying over. Two, the last talk is different, being changed to “The Live Christ, Share Christ Movement.”

 

Q: Are there any restrictions on LCSC membership, such as serious unrepented wrongdoing?

A: Unlike in a CFC-FFL CLS where serious unrepented wrongdoing is reason for non-acceptance into CFC-FFL, the only requirements for LCSC membership are to finish the CLS and to make the covenant.[2] Of course, if there is serious unrepented wrongdoing, this is cause for LCSC and/or parish leaders, including the parish priest, to engage the sinner and try to bring him/her out of such condition. However, unlike in CFC-FFL, it is not the task of LCSC to actively monitor the ongoing spiritual situation of members or actively pastor each member. If at all, this would need to happen through other parish ministries or lay groups.

Further, while LCSC would encourage its members to be active in LCSC life and service, this is not a requirement for continuing identification as LCSC. In fact, having brought a parishioner back to active life in the parish, LCSC would already have accomplished its purpose. There are many other services that active parishioners can get involved in.

 

Q: What is LCSC’s evangelization program for youth?

A: As we have experienced, the approach with youth (basically teen-agers) is different. So instead of a CLS, we will have the Youth Camp, similar to what YFL offers.

 

Q: Can a CFC-FFL member serve in both CFC-FFL and LCSC?

A: Yes. Generally speaking, service in LCSC does not take much time. It is a movement and is not a community that has a structured life and commitments. There are no households to be handled, no personal pastoral problems to be attended to, no regular planning sessions, and the like. Its main activities are the CLS and the monthly prayer assembly. Thus one who has a regular service in CFC-FFL can easily participate in LCSC activities, such as giving a CLS talk or attending the prayer assembly.

 

Q: In case of conflict in schedule, which one will prevail—CFC-FFL or LCSC?

A: If ever there might be a conflict in schedule, it would affect only a small number of CFC-FFL members, that is, only those who are parishioners of that particular parish. So this is not much of a concern. But to answer the question, the decision on what to attend in case of conflict would depend on the circumstances of both activities, and the proper discernment on what serves the interests of the Lord best.

 

Q: Can a CFC-FFL member decide to just be in LCSC?

A: That is of course up to the individual, to discern where God wants him/her. CFC-FFL members need to see that they will receive much less formation and pastoral support in LCSC than in CFC-FFL. Further, CFC-FFL offers a vibrant environment not just for them but for the rest of the family, through the Family Ministries.

There will however be those CFC-FFL members who for one reason or another feel they cannot fulfill the CFC-FFL covenant. In this case, rather than just dropping out, it would be good for them to continue their involvement with God’s work through LCSC.

 

Q: For CFC-FFL couples, would they have to serve in LCSC also as a couple?

A: Not necessarily. They can serve just as individuals. In fact, it can happen that one will serve in CFC-FFL while his/her spouse serves in LCSC.

 

Q: How is LCSC able to participate in building the Church of the Poor?

A: Our ultimate target is the grassroots, the people out there, many of them poor, who do not participate actively and regularly in the parish. We will seek them out. LCSC will go right where they are, and do door-to-door evangelization.

Further, one of our offerings is the building of Restoration Villages and Mission Villages. These will all be parish-based and parish-supported.

Finally, we have special targets, such as the househelp (kasambahay) in rich subdivisions, the auxiliary workers in schools and universities, the needy migrant families, etc.

 

Q: How does LCSC intersect with BEC?

A: LCSC CLS graduates are encouraged to join the parish BECs, for their continuing neighborhood pastoral support group.

 

Q: How does LCSC intersect with well-known parish programs such as PREX, ME and the like?

A: LCSC does not replace any parish ministry, program or group, which are all needed to provide continuing formation for parishioners to live Christ. These groups and programs are recommended as follow-up formation for CLS graduates.

Note that before one can participate in parish formation programs, one must first be brought back to the parish. Thus basic evangelization is primary. This is kerygma prior to didache. This is what LCSC accomplishes.

 

Q: How does LCSC intersect with CFC-FFL in a parish?

A: LCSC is the parish’s own movement for evangelization. CFC-FFL is one of the many different religious groups working in the parish. The two are different and separate works. CFC-FFL brethren who serve in LCSC temporarily shed their CFC-FFL identity and function as LCSC.

Both CFC-FFL and LCSC can mount their CLSs. LCSC would eventually focus on grassroots evangelization, while CFC-FFL can be more strategic. There is more than enough work in the parish for all.

 

Q: Can LCSC also be offered outside the parish setting?

A: Yes, in special circumstances. For example, LCSC could be mounted for people in schools[3] and office buildings. In case the CLS graduates of these also live within the territory of the parish, then can then be integrated with the parish-based LCSC group.

 

Q: Should corporate evangelization then be passed on to LCSC?

A: Not necessarily. CFC-FFL can continue this work. However, if there is a difficulty integrating corporate evangelization CLS graduates in the different CFC-FFL Family Ministries, whether in the workplace or in their respective parishes, then we could consider using LCSC instead, where there is no distinction as to family status.

 

Q: Can women be overall parish coordinators for LCSC?

A: Yes. There are many of them who are very capable. Unlike a community such as CFC-FFL which is considered a family (a family of families), where the headship of the man is important, LCSC is a movement that can be led by any capable and committed parishioner.

 

Q: Won’t LCSC use up CFC-FFL resources of money and manpower?

A: No. LCSC has its own funding, notably Gideon 300. After the initial use of CFC-FFL brethren, parishioners should take on more and more of the LCSC work.

 

Q: Who will spend for the expenses for a parish CLS?

A: Being a parish work, any attendant expenses for the LCSC CLS and subsequent activities should be paid for by the parish. However, on a case-to-case basis and depending on the need, LCSC is willing to help out as it is able.

 

Q: With LCSC, is there a further need for CFC-FFL?

A: Very much so. CFC-FFL provides what LCSC does not, and that is, a deeper formation and intensive community support life. LCSC’s basic goal is to bring Catholics back to Christ and to the Church. Then the support structures of the parish come into play. CFC-FFL is among those that can provide further deepening in Christ.

 

Q: Will CFC-FFL members be considered LCSC members?

A: Those CFC-FFL members who serve in LCSC and/or participate as parishioners in the LCSC monthly prayer assemblies are considered LCSC members. They are issued LCSC I.D.s.[4] Thus they have dual identity as both CFC-FFL and LCSC.

 


[1] This means that while the primary impetus for LCSC is the Philippine situation, especially with the coming jubilee of 500 years, it can also be used outside the Philippines, and also for non-Filipinos.

[2] This means they agree to what the covenant contains and will try to live it out.

[3] We can start with the school workers (cleaners, servers, gardeners, security, etc.), then move to teachers and administrative staff, then finally move on to parents of students.

[4] CFC-FFL members serving in LCSC do not carry their CFC-FFL identity, but are there only as LCSC.