My Family Book, to be launched for CFSM’s 50th anniversary celebrations, highlights the movement’s growth.Christian Family and Social Movement’s book to highlight forms of inter-generational address

The Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM), Singapore is set to launch a reference-cum-activity book this December to commemorate its golden jubilee.

Fifteen thousand copies of My Family Book will be made available through parishes, according to CFSM.

In addition to highlighting the growth of the group over the decades, the book also gives readers the proper forms of inter-generational address among relatives in Chinese, romanised Chinese (pinyin), and in Tamil together with transliteration.

Space is provided for family photographs and for the recording of names of family members and other relatives as well.

The book gives the Chinese and Tamil forms of address for various relatives.The book also explains the Christian view of marriage and family.

According to book editor Mark Tan, My Family Book aims to help families identify and cultivate relationships of love.

The book can be used as a project for family members to discover their genealogy and appreciate their relationships, he added.

Proceeds from the book will also help raise funds for the ministry’s future projects such as youth development, said CFSM president Donald Sng.

In addition to the book launch, CFSM is also celebrating its anniversary during the Nov 24 Sunset Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church followed by a buffet dinner.

CFSM, which provides ongoing formation for families, began here in 1962 after the late Archbishop Michael Olcomendy hired a fulltime worker to start the movement.

Family and neighbourhood groups were then formed in the Tanglin Halt/Queenstown area.

The movement had begun overseas as part of lay apostolate movements to witness the Gospel values in daily lives. It drew originally from the Young Christian Workers movement started by the late Cardinal Joseph Cardijn. Other parallel movements included the Young Christian Students.

CFSM Singapore later launched a series of services for families.

Today, the movement has about 14 groups of five to six families each who meet once a month for ongoing formation on Christian values and family life. Members also go on outings and trips.

The ministry also produces a monthly newsletter.

According to Mr Sng, the movement encourages members to be active in other church ministries and to live out their Christian values in their various situations.

CFSM is inviting current and past members to join its 50th anniversary celebrations. These include a Sunset Mass on Nov 24 at Blessed Sacrament Church followed by a buffet dinner at $25 per person. For details, contact

By Darren Boon