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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.

December 1, 2017

The Name of God is Mercy -- Chapter 3: Looking for the Smallest Opening

Prayer intentions

  • Bridget Maloni-Tarr
  • Trish Pennington
  • Marvin Kopetsky
  • Faculty & students of St. Gregory University (closing)


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.


Christmas Treasure

For our meeting please plan on bringing a gift bag no bigger that 5X5 inches.  Inside place something that represents what you value in your spouse or a family member.  This can be something made, drawn or purchased but remember the size of the bag. At the meeting, find a quiet corner with your spouse to share your gift.


  • Thanksgiving Reception – thank you to all who helped set up and serve!
  • A big thank you to Bob and Karen Ferraro for organizing this year’s Gift of Love
  • Couples Retreat – working with Fr. Canary to put on a couples’ retreat in early 2018


Scripture reading

Psalm 51:3-6

Discussions questions:

  • What does mercy mean to you?


Discussion questions on The Name of God is Mercy

  • When do you encounter Jesus' mercy?
  • Is it difficult to see ourselves as sinners and then seek forgiveness?
  • What is God waiting for from you?


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:

  • Let go of grudges
  • Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  • Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet


This month's acts:

Admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes. Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ.

  • Replect on your own actions and respond to the following quote: "In humility we must strive to create a culture that does not accept sin, while realizing that we all fall at times."
  • Read and reflect on Matthew 7:1-2. Don't judge, but guide others towards the path of salvation.
  • Look for ways to help others journey to a deeper understanding of our shared faith
  • Read and reflect on Matthew 7:5 "Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye."


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 Lelmstetter
  • 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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