The FCCW, Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women meets twice a month (on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) from September through May. The topic this year is “Angels in Scripture”.
The Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women (FCCW), founded in Riverside, CA on January 29, 1996, by Patricia A. Scileppi (1945-2009), exists to bring women together in the Spirit, and to deepen each one’s personal relationship with God while fostering a faith-based community centered on Christ Jesus. Fellowships form in parishes to help women grow in faith and spiritual commitment by prayerful study and sharing on Catholic/Scriptural topics. Prior studies have included: Our Blessed Mother, Mother Teresa, The Fruit of the Spirit, Women of the Bible, Spiritual Gifts, Prayer, The Gospel of John, and The Eucharist.
FCCW supports existing fellowships, while inspiring and encouraging the start of new ones, through sponsoring formation and leadership workshops, retreats, and Women’s Day events.
Perhaps the most important opportunity for members of the Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women is that it offers women a chance to experience the value of community. Our vision includes our desire to grow as members of the Body of Christ, despite the persistence of secular values which stress the importance of individualism over the value of community.
Thomas Merton said it this way, “There is no truly free society (or community) except in heaven. But that heavenly society is to be reflected as much as possible on earth. It is the responsibility of the Christian person to seek to bring this about. It needs to be reflected on earth by a society that is united by self-sacrifice and love, mercy and compassion, selflessness and a participation in the divine Pity.”
The value of community is at the heart of the philosophy of FCCW.
Evangelization means bringing the GOOD NEWS to all persons. It means sharing our experience of living the Gospel and walking with others in their efforts to do the same. Evangelization may be a call to ongoing spiritual growth and renewed conversion, or a call for reconciliation. It is the call to help others know Christ and thus experience a new life. FCCW is committed to the evangelization of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which Pope John Paul II proclaimed the “model of evangelization” for the Americas in a prayer at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in January, 1979. The spiritual life is a continuous process (journey) that begins at the time of our baptism. It is nurtured as we experience our everyday lives in union with Christ. When we gather together in community with others of faith, we fulfill Jesus’ promise that “where two or more are gathered in my Name, there am I in their midst.” (Matt 18:20) At the “Wisdom of Women” Conference following the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Alexandria, Virginia in 1991, they noted, “WOMEN will have a vastly more important role in shaping SPIRITUALITY.”
The Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women seeks to help women grow in their faith and relationship with God. The task of evangelization does not rest just with the leadership of FCCW; reaching out to others in a spirit of love and spiritual connection is each one’s responsibility. Please consider how you might evangelize the GOOD NEWS through joining or beginning a Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women in your own parish.