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% % Page 20--THE PROGRESS Friday, April 1'6, 1965 You And The Christ Is your block, community or town a friendly place to raise i,, your family? If not, consider fhe CFM. The Christian Family Movement seeks to promote happy family life. All couples of good will share this objective. All are invited to join CFM. C.FM is interested in ways to promote family happiness in the home itself, in the neighborhood, and in the parish. Nor does CFM ignore the farm, cit, state, and nation. Family life is affected in all these areas. If even one family is op- pressed by circumstances--moral, econo- mic or social--which make Christian living difficult, then Christians must be concerned. You are asked to consider whether your block,.your communRy, town or rural area is a friendly and a pleasant place to live and raise a family, and whether you and your neighbors are alert to unchristian influences. The Method Is Practical CFM is a practical way for couples to become aware of the community. All the members bring to a meeting information based on personal observations. Then by discussion they judge the situation in the light of Christian teaching, The last step of the method is for the group to decide on some practical and attainable action which the members may take to improve the situation they have been obs erring, The working out of this method may be illus- trated by considering what is good family environmentb Often the priest may suggest couples, Before starting one should see if there - are other CFM groups in your diocese. They may be able to help you start, (The CFM office - Room 2010, 100 W. Monroe Street, Chicago 3, Illinois - has a list of groups. Suggestions for the First Meeting Thesesuggestions are for the couple who are going to lead the first meeting. If there are groups existing in yourdiocese, a couple from one of these may assistyou in leading the first few meetings and wni then keep in touch with the new group and its chaplain. 1. It is important that CFM meetings be conducted on a friendly casual, informal basis. Be sure everyone feels that he can take his coat off and enjoy a pleasant evening, 2. Both the husband and wife of the leader couple must severely re- strict their contribution* Their role is to see that the others talk. After asking a question both members of leader couple should maintain sil- ence, A pause or a silence is the best way to convince the group that the members are gJng tobe allowed discussion. Experience shows that it is 91ways bad if the leader talks too muc 3, The first meeting should be holdin the home of one of the couples. 4. The couple who are the hosts for the first meeting and the couple who lead it should try to know the first names of all present. Sometimes after they are seated, it is a good idea to have each person give his name, 5. The meeting should start with a BRIEF. simple explanationofCFM. 6. The Meeting Itself To start the discussion have some- one read the Scripture selection, The leader should then askthefirst question of the group. Explain that we want everyone's ideas ex- pressed for the benefit of the group, Tell them they ,vill not be called on by name. This is not school. 7. Discuss the Liturgy, The Liturgy is the Mystical Body worshipping God and offering sac- rifice to Him, This i" done first in its highest form, theMass, arid then in the Sacraments, the Divine Of- flce,ad.,.,.the Sacramentals, We PARTICIPATING IN A SERIOUS DISCUSSION (above) are members' of St. Michael's Christian Family Movement. They are, from left, seated: Rene Herrera, Marita Herrera, Mary App, Harry App, Phil Roberts, Mike': Lee, and Jan Rigert. standing. A meeting of Lacey's Sacred Heart CFM unit, at right, 'has as their guest Father Ansgar Hhllen OSB. The group inc}udes, from left, Eugene Dziedzic. Marge Walker, Monty Walker, Father Ansgar and Dgvid Wild. must think of Christ asthe Liturgist as ourselves as liturgists, and of our action with Him as the liturgy. 8. Take up the questions in the Social Inquiry part of the meeting. Discuss whether or not it is good to be friendly. Spend more time on this than on the Obs erveo Be sure every- one has his say, It is best to end at the height of interest after they have decided on an action. Tell them they will not be required to do anything in CFM except what they decide to do in the group, Action should be worthwhile and practical. If a couple does not like a proposal, they should speak up and offer their suggestion. In that way they may save the group from moving in the wrong direction, 9. Keep the meeting alive and going, but cut off under one and a half hours. Ask the chaplain to say a few words. Explain to the group that because the chaplain is an ex- pert in many of the things dis- cussed, all questions would be directed to him if he spoke DUR- ING the meeting. The chaplain should be present ht the section meeting but not (except on rare occasions) take part until the end of the meeting. If he were to taJk during the meeting or even to aI1- swer questions, everyone would defer to him as an expert and this would discourage the members from thinking for themselves. 10. Accentuate the good points of the meeting - point out how every- body took part. Tell them we are not looking for book-learning in CFM but practical ideas which come from everyday experience, 11. Set the time and place for the next meeting. READ THE OB- SERVE QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT MEETING. ! + % --.r ,i The symbol for the Christian Family Movement is m cient's signs for man, woman, and child, with the C ful harmony to form a single unit, indicating the most Christ--superimposed upon t bol for Christ, the Chi Rho, place in the family unit. Man--shown with arms lifte as a tower of great strength, e as head of the family. Woman--reaching toward tl demonstrating her likeness to tility--the place she holds in creation, fulfilled in the fami 0 Child--the circle, as a sig the child, showing .the close man and ,woman to God's supr