In the last 15 stagings of the ANCOP Walk, the province of Alberta has shown the biggest number of walk locations with the consistent participation of Calgary, Edmonton, Fort MacMurray and Lethbridge. Last year, Central Alberta was represented by Red Deer and this year, Camrose and Lloydminster will be walking for the first time. Both areas had their ANCOP Walk 2018 launch this month. Bro Greg Parillas, ANCOP Area Coordinator for Edmonton and who missions to both Central Alberta and Lloydminster, documented both successful events:
Lloydminster, June 2, 2018
A unit-size CFC community in Lloydminster, Alberta conducted the 2018 ANCOP Walk kick-off launching on June 2, 2018 at the St. Anthony Parish Hall from 6 to 9 pm. Immediately after the 5 PM Mass, members of Couples for Christ and their invited guests rushed to the Parish Hall to listen to the ANCOP Walk presentation of Greg Parillas, CFC ANCOP Area Coordinator for Edmonton and mission areas. Invited guests and families with young children together with their Caucasian friends were served with delicious Filipino food before the presentation.
The program started at 7 pm with an opening prayer and blessings of Rev. Fr. Christopher Selvaraj, Associate Pastor of St. Anthony Church. It was followed by a welcome address and introduction about ANCOP and its programs by Greg Parillas. He explained in a powerpoint presentation the ANCOP organization in Canada, the Vision, Missions, Core Values and the 3 major programs. He also presented the realities of the world situation in a video that shows the lives of poor families in different countries. After all the powerpoint and video presentations, Greg Parillas called on Arnold and Riza Hernandez, CFC Area Leaders of Lloydminster, and Jesse and Evelyn Leodones, ANCOP Coordinators, to officially announce the launching of the first-ever ANCOP Walk in Lloydminster which will be held on August 11, 2018, Saturday, from 1 to 4 PM at the Bud Miller Park. The very upbeat video of “Let’s Walk” caught the attention of the children and youth as well as the parents as they tap the table accompanying the beat of the music. It was indeed a joyful ending after the presentation which reflects the excitement of the people who attended the event.
A retired Caucasian guest who had worked in a retail store in Lloydminster for more than 30 years expressed his appreciation for all the works that CFC-ANCOP is doing in the community especially in helping those poor children to go to school in the Philippines. He registered himself for the ANCOP Walk together with ten adults and 3 youth who filled up the manual registration forms during the fellowship.
A “Q & A” portion followed after the presentation then John Braun, North Chapter ANCOP Coordinator from Edmonton, led the closing prayer.
Part 2 is here.