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Christian Family Movement (CFM)

CFM offers friendship and support for today's busy family! Families, faith, and fun—that’s what the Christian Family Movement (CFM) is all about! Through prayer, discussion, and action, families grow in their faith as spouses, parents, and families to provide support and friendship to one another. We OBSERVE the world around us, JUDGE in light of Christ’s teachings, and ACT according to what the Gospel calls us to do. Families learn to live their faith in their everyday lives at home, in our communities, and in the market place. If you want to learn more, please contact us.

April 13, 2018

The Name of God is Mercy -- Chapter 7: Sinners Yes, Corrupt No

Prayer intentions

  • Bridget Maloni-Tarr
  • Dan Stachnik
  • Fr. Dario - transition to our parish


Opening Prayer

Holy Trinity, you are a family.

We believe you wish our families to reflect your heavenly community.

Jesus has called us to family ministry, and asked his heavenly Father not to take us from the world, but to deliver us from evil. And so we pray for the Christian Family Movement, that present members may grow in grace and that new families may join us.

Through good example and prayer, may our homes become that which you desire them to be: true domestic churches, temples of your glory, and schools of humanity, ushering in the reign of God.



  • Wine Tasting at Warren Dunes - June 16th
  • After Dark Easter Egg Hunt for Adults - 2019
  • Helping with SECT dinner - date TBD
  • Looking for one or two couples to lead our groups next year


Scripture reading

Luke 19:1-10

Discussions questions:

  • Does mercy also have a public value?
  • How can mercy be taught to children?


Discussion questions on The Name of God is Mercy

  • How do our actions in the  workplace permit us to be authentic and accountable to our coworkers?
  • In the light of our current political arena how do we show mercy and compassion to those elected officials who continue to abuse their power?
  • When have your found/felt Jesus pulling you out of the abyss?
  • What raw materials in your life are present for God to bring out the good in you?
  • How can I bring this to my personal life?


ACT: The Corporal / Spiritual Works of Mercy

This year will we choose actions to carry forth from our meetings that are centered around the corporal & spiritual works of Mercy.

Report on last month's acts:

Counseling the Sorrowful

Be open to listening and comforting those who are dealing with grief. Even if we aren't sure of the right words to say, our presence can make a big difference.

  • Lend a listening ear to those going through a tough time
  • Make a home cooked meal for a friend who is facing a difficult time
  • Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering
  • A few moments of your day may make a lifetime of difference to someone who is going through a difficult time


Visit the Prisoners

People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ.

  • See if your parish, or a nearby parish, has a prison ministry and if so, get involved
  • Volunteer to help out or donate to charities that give Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison

This month's acts:

Praying for the Dead

Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can support others.  Joining together in prayer for the living and the dead entrusts us all into God's care.

  • Request a mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  • Request a mass intention for a friend or family member who has passed away
  • Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  • Ask a friend or family member if there is anything you can pray for them about
  • Through prayer, entrust your cares and concerns for those around you to God


Shelter the Homeless

There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home.  Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.

  • See if your parish or diocese is involved with a local homeless shelter and volunteer some time.
  • Donate time or money to organizations that build homes for those who need shelter.
  • Many homeless shelters need warm blankets for their beds. If you can knit or sew that would be an extra loving gift.
  • There are millions of children and families who are on the move, fleeing from war, illness, hunger and impossible living conditions, and searching for peace and safety. Engage parish groups of children, youth, young adults, and families in doing some research on the causes and challenges that these families face to survive. Contact Catholic Social Services, or diocesan offices of peace and justice for help with your research. Seek ways to provide shelter for the homeless locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.


Closing Prayer

Just and merciful God,
you take pity even on sinners
and you continue with them
a dialogue of grace and hope.

Help us to never condemn, never give up on people,
but be patient, understanding, and forgiving,
together with you and Jesus your Son,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.


2017-2018 Groups

Jan & Bob O'Brien
  • Steve & Mary Anglieu
  • Jim & Rosemarie Fagan
  • Bob & Karen Ferraro
  • Joe & Shirley Havel
  • Tom & Angie Helmstetter
  • Jim & Elizabeth Jensen
  • Tim & Sue Perek
  • Randy & Denise Swanson
  • John & Marge Wenzel


Carl & Chrisine Krzystofczyk
  • Fred & Marilynn Broviak
  • Noe & Mary Jo Cobian
  • Joe & Chris Corbett
  • Michael & Katherine Jehring
  • Brett & Emily Kopetsky
  • Mike & Mary Lou Maloni
  • Bob & Joan Passaglia
  • Dan & Yolanda Starchnik
  • Mary Jo Stepek
  • Bruce & Gloria Vosburgh


What is Christian Family Movement?

The Mission of the Christian Family Movement (CFM) is to promote Christ-centered marriage and family life; to help individuals and their families to live the Christian faith in everyday life; and to improve society through actions of love, service, education, and example. CFM is a heterogeneous group made up of all different types of families from many different walks of life with a common bond:

• Creating a Christ-centered marriage and family life
• Helping to live our faith in our daily life
• Helping to improve society through actions of love, service and education by our example.

CFM adult members get together in small groups (about five to seven couples each) to discuss topics that are related to better living faith, becoming better parents and becoming better spouses.

CFM monthly meetings are supplemented with occasions of recreation, fun and prayer that include the whole family.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Does CFM Meet?

Generally speaking, CFM meetings take place on the second Friday of the month beginning with a kick-off meeting in September and continuing through May. Discussion begins at 8 p.m. and usually lasts until 10 p.m. with social time and refreshments served afterwards.

Where does CFM Meet?

CFM meetings are gatherings that take place in a CFM member’s home or in a St. Edna’s meeting room. Each couple is asked to help host a meeting by making reminder calls to the group and providing light refreshments.

Who is CFM?

CFM has no age limitations, no participation requirements, no minimum or maximum family member requirements. You could be married one year or 50, a single parent or divorced. CFM welcomes everyone. 

What does CFM do?

Many of the meetings center around small group discussion.  For the 2016-2017 season, we will be using Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation The Joy Of Love.  It can be downloaded from the Vatican's website or a copy can be purchased at a bookstore.  No specific printing is required.

For further information, please contact Jan & Bob O'Brien at 847.398.3362



Want to Join?

Contact Jan & Bob O'Brien - Email 
Or call 847.398.3362

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