Catalog of Topics in CFM Program Books
General Meeting Directions - How to Lead Your CFM Group
CFM’s meeting materials are referred to as program books, and these books are the "heart" of CFM. Through the use of these books, our members' meetings are guided through the Observe, Judge and Act process. CFM offers a variety of materials to meet the needs of our members. Many are available as hardcopy booklets, while others are available digitally for download. We hope to provide flexibility for our members to meet the unique interests and needs of their local group. Below is a listing of the materials currently available. Your CFM group can choose to use any hardcopy and/or digital program book for your membership year. Your choice of membership materials (program books) is a benefit of your annual membership in CFM. Members who would like additional copies of the printed program books may purchase them at $10 each.
Every publication, hardcopy or digital, is copyrighted material owned by the Christian Family Movement-USA. Unauthorized duplication is not permitted.
TOGETHER FOR GOOD - Available July 2019
This CFM program explores some of the challenges modern families must meet in order to live intentionally as Christ’s disciples in today’s fast-paced and distracting world. Together for Good presents plans for eight small-group meetings that invite CFM members to live their faith in all their relationships -- marriage, extended family, and in society at large -- and work together to bring good into the world. Leader Guide also available.
Order the Print book from CFM with your membership renewal.
CFM Four-Part Series for Discipleship Formation
The Christian Family Movement is a discipleship program for parents and children, preparing families to be agents of evangelization. CFM has a 4-step Formation Series to help you and your parish grow as missionary disciples. After receiving an Introduction to CFM in For Happier Families, groups then move on to Meeting Jesus Changes Everything, followed by Loving the Family God Gives Us and Embracing the Mission (above). Groups may use the Formation Series books in any order or in combination with any other CFM printed or digital programs. It is up to your group. See program book descriptions, below.
FOR HAPPIER FAMILIES
For Happier Families is the introductory book of the Christian Family Movement, a network of local action groups united in becoming missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of their ordinary family lives. Participants consider, pray, discuss, and plan to take concrete action on ways that couples, families, and individuals can participate in bringing the light of faith to their families, parishes, and communities. For Happier Families includes 8 meetings for adults, optional activities to use if children attend, and discussion questions to share with the whole family at home. Click here for the Table of Contents.
MEETING JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
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 members opportunities for prayer, reflection on the Scriptures, and discussion on family topics that lead to action in the mission of Jesus Christ. See the Table of Contents here.
Download the Leader Guide for Meeting Jesus Changes Everything here.
LOVING THE FAMILY GOD GIVES US
God has allowed the human family to be an image of the Trinity, and in that reality, is a great gift and a great responsibility. We must protect and nurture the human portrayal of God himself.
Loving the Family God Gives Us serves as a guide for reflection on the commonality of many kinds of family relationships: being created by God, being the child of a father, being the child of a mother, complementarity, loving our brothers, loving our sisters, having the opportunity to experience intimacy, the blessings of generations and extended family, and also the universal experience of being a child, something even Jesus himself experienced. See the Table of Contents here.
Bonus chapter! A Child's Perfect Love
EMBRACING THE MISSION
This CFM inquiry book strives to help form members into intentional disciples, by offering ways they can bring the Good News of the Christian message to their immediate communities of parish, neighborhood, schools, and society. Families find that the Social Inquiry process of Observe, Judge, Act, ultimately becomes part of who they are. They are strengthened, as individuals and together, to interpret the signs of the times and act to bring about the Kingdom of God. Each meeting in this book includes suggestions for actions related to the meeting topic. For all the meeting topics, see the Table of Contents here.
Embracing the Mission LEADER GUIDE with additional background resources Click here.
Bonus: Embracing the Mission includes three "Family and Community Meeting" plans, ideal for inviting more families to experience CFM.
WALKING TOGETHER: BROTHERS AND SISTERS RESPONDING TO RACISM
This three-meeting series is aimed at employing CFM’s method of social inquiry to help families observe, judge, and act in response to racism in their own hearts, in their relationships with family and friends, and in their parishes and communities. By journeying together through this difficult topic as a CFM group, we pray that we will grow in discipleship and enter more fully into our shared mission. The dignity of all human beings, created and loved by God in God’s image, demands that brothers and sisters of all races walk together in response to racism.
WORKS OF MERCY: ACTS OF LOVE
The book invites families to grow in faith by putting Christian love into action as mercy-workers using the Observe-Judge-Act method. Each chapter addresses one or more of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy through prayer, Scripture reflection and social inquiry. In the course of the social inquiry, families observe their experiences and the experiences of their neighbors, far and near. Then, judge these experiences in light of Christ’s teaching. Actions are suggested which put our faith to work transforming homes, parishes, and communities through love, service, education, and example. This book will challenge and support families striving to live the Gospel every day responding with Works of Mercy, Acts of Love. Click here for the Table of Contents.
Click here for Chapter 1, "Instruct the Ignorant, Counsel the Doubtful".
Click here for a Chapter 10, "Admonish the Sinner".
The CFM Program Committee revised the following chapters in 2016. They have updated Social Inquiries.
BE A LIGHT TO THE WORLD: CHRISTIAN FAMILIES ENGAGE THE CULTURE
Challenging topics recommended for established groups
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. 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. Click here for the Table of Contents.
Order the Print book from CFM. Download a digital copy here.
OUR MARRIAGE...A WORK IN PROGRESS
This is a four meeting marriage enrichment mini-series which includes prayer, scripture, discussion and reflection on some of the areas of marriage that need ongoing time and effort. Couples will explore ways to Make Conversation a Priority, Take Time for Your Marriage, Evaluate Your Money Management, and Energize Your Relationship. Click here for the Table of Contents.
OUR MARRIAGE...A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
Our Marriage...A Spiritual Journey is a four-meeting miniseries which focuses on the spiritual journey of the couple from making vows and understanding the concept of covenant, to couple spirituality, to extending your spirituality to your children, to sharing the love you have to others outside the immediate family. Click here for the Table of Contents.
WE HOLD THESE TREASURES: CHRISTIAN FAMILIES SHARING OUR GIFTS
In this book, participants in small groups prayerfully explore their response to our loving God, the source of every blessing. Couples, families and individuals put their faith into action as they answer the dual call to be disciples of Christ and stewards of God's gifts. We Hold These Treasures is an eight-meeting printed program guide. Click here for the Table of Contents.
Updated for 2019: Caring for Creation
Order the Print book from CFM. Download a copy here.
WISDOM & GRACE FOR MARRIAGE & PARENTING
This miniseries consists of 5 meetings designed for married couples that also address their vocation as parents. The five meetings are based on Catholic teaching on marriage and research in marriage and parenting skills. Each meeting focuses on a distinct topic aimed at engaging the couples in the life of faith rooted in baptism and expressed in action. Couples learn how their skills as parents can also help their marriages—and their skills at marriage will help their parenting.
- Virtues for Happier Families
- Love and Communication
- Respecting Differences
- Sacramental Foundations
- Prayer in the Home
CALLED TO JUSTICE
This 6-meeting program guides small groups to observe life at work, at home, in the political sphere, then decide how to follow Jesus in practical action as citizens of today’s society, guided by the US Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Reflection, Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice.
- Family and Work Pressures
- Fairness in the Workplace
- Consumerism and Materialism
- Family as Church in the World
- Politics and the Christian Family
- In Thanksgiving, A Call to Stewardship
CONNECTED CHRISTIAN LIVING
This 3-meeting miniseries focuses on how to place our technological tools in their proper place. Meetings examine the effects of new technologies (including mobile devices) on our prayer life and important relationships; how to integrate social media into our lives while protecting our intimacy, privacy, and our marriages; and how to guide our children through the challenges they face because of their hyper-connectedness.
- Finding Solitude & Giving Our Full Attention in a Networked World
- Privacy & Intimacy: Your Marriage & Social Media
- Connectivity & Our Children
ACTING ON FAITH: THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES AND TODAY'S CHRISTIAN FAMILIES
The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament tells the story of how the first Christians practiced discipleship. We who follow Jesus today are also called to be his witnesses "not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth." What "Book of Acts" will we Christian families write today? How will we participate in the mission of Jesus? Acting on Faith is a CFM inquiry on the Acts of the Apostles that features eight regular CFM meeting plans, plus a special children's program on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Click here for the Table of Contents.
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SAINTS: FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY
Through baptism, we have become part of the "Communion of Saints," the unity of believers who form the body of Christ. We believe that those who have gone before us in the light of faith continue to care about us and pray for us, as they stand now in the presence of our loving God. In this 10-meeting Christian Family Movement inquiry program, you will get to know some of these "friends of the family. By following their examples of prayer and self-sacrifice, may you discern your gifts and use them for God in your everyday life, thus taking your place in the body of Christ. Click here for the Table of Contents.
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THE GRAND ADVENTURE
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. The program was inspired by and modeled from the many dynamic and committed grandparents who share their time, talent, gifts and charisms with their grandchildren. Use with your CFM group or host a new group as a parish action.
CALLED TO WISDOM
A new series of meeting chapters are now being written for groups in the second half of family life. "Called to Wisdom" facilitates Observing, Judging, and Acting for mature CFM groups. These special meetings are a benefit of membership in CFM-USA.
- The Empty Nest: Where Have All the Children Gone?
- For Better or Worse, but not for Lunch: If Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, What about Presence?
- Opportunities for Service: Closed Doors and Open Windows
- In Sickness and in Health: Restructuring Dreams
- For everything there is a Season: Facing our Diminished Selves Together
- For Richer, For Poorer: Starting from Now
- Under One Roof: All Grown Up and Living Together
MARRIAGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Healthy marriages are good for children, families, and society as a whole, but marriage as an institution is struggling. At stake is more than the happiness of any particular couple. The Church, the government, professional counselors and educators have launched initiatives and programs to improve marriage, but everyday Christians also have a responsibility to act. Anyone—married, single, or single again—can Observe, Judge and Act for the future of marriage and family life. Marriage Makes a Difference will guide groups to promote healthy and holy marriage for the good of this generation and those to come. This book will look at marriage in contemporary American society, help us reflect on what makes marriage healthy and holy, and discover ways to encourage anyone who has made a commitment to live this vocation.
Click here for the Table of Contents. Click here to view Chapter 3.
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COMING OF AGE
These five meetings deal with the issues of relationship that challenge us in the second half of life: our identity as we move beyond parenting, our relationship with each other as couples, with our parents as they age, with our children's children, and with all the issues that come as we transition out of the workforce. Click here for a preview of Chapter 1.
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