ACT Newsletter - April 2017
Lent at Home - Easy Suggestions for Family Faith
Still looking for something meaningful to do for Lent? Consider:
1. Giving away at least one thing a day
2. Eating on a Food Stamp budget
3. Creating less waste
4. Cleaning out a drawer a day
5. Buying nothing new
6. Decreasing paper clutter
Click here for details on how to do these and more.
CFM Founder's Work Bore Good Fruits
Training for CFM Leaders: Free Workshops by Video Call, March 2, 9, 216, 2017
CFM Blog Debuts
New for 2016-17: MEETING JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Available as a benefit of your membership. The Gospels tell many stories of people whose lives were changed because they met Jesus. To be Jesus’ disciples, we must meet him for ourselves and come closer to him. Jesus wants us to encounter him in our own lives and in our families. Christian Family Movement members aim to make Jesus our role model for encountering and helping others.
Meeting Jesus Changes Everything, a CFM program guide, invites us to enter into eight Gospel stories and meet Jesus in new and deeper ways. Each chapter offers CFM Action Group participants opportunities for prayer, reflection on the Scripture, and discussion on family topics that lead to action for participating in the mission of Jesus Christ. See the Table of Contents here.
To become a member, please complete the Join/Renew form. After you complete the Join/Renew form, you will be asked to donate and select your program book. Suggested annual donation is $40.
ICCFM Assembly July 15-17, 2016
CFM-USA will join with the International CFM community in San Antonio, TX this Summer. CFM-USA encourages our members to join the Assembly which will include:
More details about the conference are here.
Winter Board Meeting 2016
The Board of Directors met January 29 – 31, 2016 at Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center (Chicago, IL) for the Winter Board Meeting. In addition to CFM-USA board members, Fr. Don Conroy participated in the weekend’s meetings and prayers. Fr. Conroy is the North American Chaplain for the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements. Friday evening’s discussion included a review of the mid-year Annual Office Report, the President’s Report and planning for the upcoming International CFM Assembly in San Antonio in July 2016. CFM-USA wants to send delegates from as many parishes as possible. Members are encouraged to view the website http://www.cfm.org/iccfm_2016 for more information about the conference. Please let the office know if you are interested in attending or register on-line.
CFM Blessed by Pope Francis Visit
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.
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.
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...
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CFM is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM), which provides resources for marriage and family life ministry...