Christian Family Movement
is a national network of parish/neighborhood small groups of Catholics and their families. Parents meet regularly in one another's homes or at the parish. Through the use of programming and the dynamics of group interaction, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in action to others. Read more...
By CFM USA Executive Director, Rosemary Piraino.
Many CFM families attended the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia. My husband and I brought our five kids and met up with extended family and CFM couples in downtown Philadelphia. It was a wonderful gathering of Spirit-filled Catholics from throughout the world. So many people made long journeys with hopes of catching a glimpse of Papa. "We love you, Papa!" the people around me cried out as he passed by.
Pope Francis inspires all of us to Act with love and compassion. During his Sunday homily, he talked about life within the family. We have so many opportunities to choose to show love in the "little gestures" and daily actions. He mentioned actions like "the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work" and "blessings before we go to bed". He encourages us to choose to Act in loving ways instead of ways that contribute to the brokenness in the world. Our Papa loves each one of us and has great confidence in our ability to love each other.
Here is a link to his homily.
CFM in Rome-January 2015 Lauri and John Przybysz, CFM-USA board members, participated in an international conference of lay organizations and movements for the Pontifical Council for the Family, January 22-24, 2015 in Rome. They represented the Christian Family Movements in USA and Canada, which have more than 8,000 Hispanic and English families. Przybyszs shared the input of the CFM movement on the preparatory document for the Synod on the Family, and responded to the questions of how to help families come closer to Christ and to each other. The upcoming Oct. 4-25, 2015 Synod will be a gathering of bishops and many clergy and lay delegates from around the world to discuss the theme: "The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world." The Synod is an extensive listening and discussion process for the Church, so that everyone will have a better idea of how to share the teaching of Jesus in an effective and compassionate way. To learn more about a Hispanic CFM movement in the USA and Canada, visit www.mfccusa.net.
CFM Summer 2015 Board Meeting Members of the CFM-USA board of directors met in Maryland for the Summer Board Meeting on June 24-26, 2015. The CFM Board welcomed seven new members on Saturday, June 26 at the Summer Board Meeting in Millersville, MD. 23 members from across the country came together for the bi-annual in-person meeting...
AVAILABLE NOW as a benefit of your 2015-2016 membership in the Christian Family Movement! Be A Light to the World includes 8 meetings for adults, optional activities to use if children attend, and discussion questions to share with the whole family at home. Seeking to help Christian families live in the world without succumbing to its values, this program guides Christian families, as they serve as disciples, bringing Jesus’s message of love and light to a society that often seems lost in the dark. Groups will explore topics such as evangelization, addiction, forgiveness and the contemporary definitions of family. PLEASE NOTE: This book is recommended for established groups. Consider For Happier Families if you are just getting started in CFM.
To obtain a copy of this program guide or any of our other guides, click here to join CFM or renew an existing membership. As a benefit of your membership in CFM, you will receive a copy of a program guide and the bi-monthly ACT e-newsletter. On the membership form, members may also sign up to receive Marriage Moments and/or Parenting Pointers, short weekly emails providing messages of support and encouragement for married couples and/or parents, respectively.
The Grand Adventure: A New Call to Grandparenting is a six-Meeting Grandparenting Program written by Deacon
Gary and Kay Aitchison, past Executive Directors and current International CFM
Presidents. The Grand Adventure was created in response to an observed need in today's
society to make better use of the grandparenting connection in family life...
CFM promotes Catholic teaching on marriage and family life, social justice and ecumenism. The Catholic Bishops of the United States recommend CFM in their documents, “Follow the Way of Love” and “Called and Gifted for the Third Millenium.” CFM is an active member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM).
The CFM USA Office offers our leaders support in forming groups, training leaders and leading meetings.
A new Area Ambassador program will begin in 2016. Area Ambassadors will help connect regional CFM groups. Do you feel called to serve as an Ambassador? Click here for more details. Contact Mary Ann and Brian Thelen at
for more information.