CFM groups are active in their parish communities.
Statue Given to Church
St. Lawrence Martyr CFM leaders in Redondo Beach, CA
On the Feast of the Holy Family, CFM members presented their parish a statue of the Holy Family. The gift was made possible by the Holy Family Ministry after the St. Lawrence Martyr community purchased 100 of the miniature versions of the same statue. During the presentation, leaders spoke of family values and shared with the parish the current 3-point mission of the Christian Family Movement.
Support Various Parish Events
Queen of Apostles parish in San Jose, CA
CFM activities were highlighted in the bulletin for Holy Family Sunday. "We support, what we lovingly call "Donut Duty" each Sunday after the 9 am mass. We are active in support of the parish dance, picnic, the Lenten soup supper and, of course, the parish Easter Egg Hunt every Easter Sunday."
Starts Teen Group
St. Joan of Arc parish in San Ramon, CA
She has started a teen group in her parish in response to reading an article in ACT Newsletter. The group used the book, In Search of Jesus.
Parents Night Out
Immaculate Conception parish in Fulton, IL
Sponsors a parents' night out. Adults and teens baby-sit the children of couples in the parish so that they can enjoy some time alone.
Staffed Vacation Bible School
Holy Trinity in Bloomington, IL
Group provided most of the staff of the parish vacation Bible school this summer.
Various Parish Activities
St. Edna parish in Hawthorne Woods, IL
Group sponsored a reception after Thanksgiving Day Mass last year. They also had a hayride in the fall and a Seder meal in the spring.
Sponsor Parish Sunday Coffees
Our Lady of Wayside in Arlington Heights, IL, hosts a monthly coffee for their parish. In November, they celebrated Mass and collected over $2400 to pay for turkeys distributed at an inner city parish.
Hosted Volleyball Tournament
St. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt, IN
Group joined with the Health Care Committee at nearby St. James Parish to host a volleyball tournament for charity. Fourteen teams registered. Members enlisted the assistance of the youth group to referee, keep score and provide child care. The event raised $600 through team fees, concessions and raffles. In addition, several participants inquired about joining CFM.
Various Parish Activities
Corpus Christi Parish in Evansville, IN
Group leads the parish in a Family Way of the Cross one of the weeks of Lent. They also host a parish family games night in mid-winter. The group enjoys camping and attending a local amusement park as summer activities.
Sponsor Family Retreat
St. Anthony, Menomonee Falls, WI
"We are planning a family Spring retreat. The theme is 'Peace in the Puzzle'. Friday night will be an evening for couples only. We are exploring the ideas of peace and forgiveness in the sacrament of marriage. Saturday will be a family day exploring similar ideas in a family context."
Holds Town Meeting on Pedophilia
St. Pius X Parish in Granger, IN
Group led in organizing a town hall meeting on pedophilia that was attended by 200 people last summer. The meeting provided a forum for the sharing on varying concerns. "It was a powerful evening, and has led to subsequent townhall meeting on other topics, including our recently concluded parish survey."
Creates Talent List
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Redondo Beach, CA
Created a Talent Bank Book offering services to other families, such as babysitting, tutoring and sewing. Spring events included the Eldorado Nature hike in Long Beach; an Easter egg hunt and BBQ at Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach; Malaga Cove tide pool hike in Rancho Palos Verdes and camping trips are planned for the summer months in Ojai and Malibu.
Help Family with Sick Child
St. Joan of Arc in Danville, CA
When members learned that their baby had a disease that would likely take his life before he was two, their CFM group stepped in to help. The couple had just joined CFM, but their group at St. Joan of Arc in Danville, CA, rallied around them. In addition to meals and other forms of physical support, they organized the first of many prayer vigils to help the couple through this experience. Mary recounts she "came to a sense of peace" as a result of the first vigil. "I knew it was going to be okay. It was like a huge boulder came off our shoulders."
Thanks to good medical care, and the prayer and support of a caring CFM community, Danny is about to celebrate his third birthday, confounding the medical experts who said it would not happen. His mom, says, "Danny's been a miracle since day one."