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Christian Family Movement (CFM)

Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a group of families young and old that get together on a monthly basis to discuss how families can live the Christian faith in everyday life, and how families can improve society through actions of love, service, education, and example.


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


The Joy of Love

This year, CFM is studying Pope Francis' The Joy of Love. You can follow along with weekly questions printed in the Bulletin. Here are the final questions.

WEEK #34, The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family, May 7, 2017

Charity takes on different hues, depending on the state of life to which we have been called.” (The Joy of Love, Chapter 9, paragraph 313). Pope Francis writes, "The Lord's presence dwells in real and concrete families," adding that "the spirituality of family love is made of up thousands of small but real gestures." (The Joy of Love, Chapter 9, paragraph 315)

  • How is the Lord present in your daily lives -- in your struggles, hopes, and joys?


WEEK #35, The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family, May 14, 2017

Family membership changes over time: beginning as a child and maturing into adulthood and possibly into becoming a parent of grandparent. Pope Francis tells us "family prayer is a special way of expressing and strengthening this paschal faith.” (The Joy of Love, Chapter 9, paragraph 318)

  • How has your changing family impacted your spirituality?
  • Does your family have any special prayer rituals ?
WEEK #36, The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family, May 21, 2017

"There comes a point where a couple's love attains the height of its freedome and becomes the basis of a healthy autonomy. This happens when each spouse realizes that the other is not his or her own, but has a much more important master, the one Lord.” (The Joy of Love, Chapter 9, paragraph 320)

  • How does reflecting on the fact that God is our center impact relationships in our marriage, family, and everywhere?
WEEK #37, The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family, May 28, 2017

"Lead by the Spirit, the family circle is not only open to life by generating it within itself, but also by going forth and spreading life by caring for others and seeking their happiness.” (The Joy of Love, Chapter 9, paragraph 324)

  • How have your struggles created unity in your family?
  • How does the unity in your family become a catalyst to reach outside your family to transform the world?

Want to Join?

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

Already a Member?

Do you have information about an upcoming CFM activity/event, or do you have any pictures from a recent CFM event?

Contact Brett Kopetsky - Email