For the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic of 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Support Group for First Responders and Medical Professionals Access the Consent Form
There are widespread reports of increased stress, burnout, and other mental health concerns for first responders and medical professionals. Don't suffer alone! There is help and hope! Beginning May 5th, our counselors Cindy Renaudo, LPC and student counselor Dorothy Godines will offer a free confidential and private support group for first responders and medical professionals on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 3pm-4:30pm. Email or call the office to provide your contact information for the video Teleconference (no medical records will be kept). Please share this information. Here is a flyer.
COVID-19 Support Group for Clergy and Counselors Access the Consent Form
In addition to first responders and medical professionals, clergy and mental health counselors have been working hard behind the scenes to provide spiritual and emotional support for many people suffering during the pandemic. Often the caregivers are not receiving care themselves, and become wounded through secondary or vicarious trauma. Self-care is important! Beginning May 10th, our counselors Cindy Renaudo, LPC and student counselor Dorothy Godines will offer a free confidential and private support group for clergy and mental health professionals on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 3pm-4:30pm. Email or call the office to provide your contact information for the video Teleconference (no medical records will be kept). Please share this information. Here is a flyer.
Feel free to download and share: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Handout
Rights to medical care of persons with disabilities during COVID-19: Handout from NCPD
At Home Retreats from our friends at Adore Ministries:
- Gather and Grow for Families with Young Children
- Gather and Grow for Married Couples
- Gather and Grow for Roommates
- Gather and Grow Virtual Friends
Becoming a Better You Women's Group
Need a mental health break? Would you like to learn healthy coping skills? Join Sr. Megan Grewing, CDP, LPC-S and Dorothy Godines, MS for discussion and support. Starting virtually Thursday, October 6th at 6pm. Call the Gratia Plena main office to register.
For Teenage Girls
St. Joan's Girls Group
Our annual summer program for Catholic middle and high school girls addresses self-esteem, relationships, self-care, and healthy coping. The program is six sessions. Scholarships are available so that all can participate. Here is the 2020 flyer for the St. Joan's Girls Group that was held virtually due to COVID-19. We will announce and post a new flyer for Summer 2021, which you are welcome to share with youth programs and schools.
For General Recovery
Subscribe to Dr. Ken's Gratia Plena YouTube channel where you will find weekly videos on general recovery issues (recovery from addictions, mental illness, spiritual distress, unhealthy relationships, and other afflictions). These videos have a different topic for your prayerful reflection each week, integrating the psychological and spiritual. This series is not a substitute for professional counseling or 12-step work, but designed to be a supplement or a place to start. The audio-only portion of these videos is available on podcasts (see below).
Subscribe to "Encounter with Dr. Ken" recovery series which is available on several different platforms:
A new podcast is released each week having to do with general recovery issues, integrating spiritual and psychological aspects of recovery. This series is not a substitute for professional counseling or 12-step work, but designed to be a supplement or a place to start. These podcasts are audio-only portions of video presentations available on our YouTube channel (see above).
For Growth in Chastity
King David's Men Group (confidential, professionally facilitated support group for men to address sexual integrity issues of various types; there is a small fee for each group meeting. This group is led by Armando Tovar, LPC and meets at the Aquinas Office on Richmond near Buffalo Speedway, near the university. Resumes Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm. Call to the Gratia Plena main office to register.
This booklet has been printed for priests to use in the confessional. You can order more copies directly from the printer.
Articles (view or download free):
5 Reasons You Need the Victory App by Matt Fradd for LifeTeen
Blessed are the Pure in Heart by Bishop Finn
Bought with a Price by Bishop Loverde
Chastity, Purity, Affection, and Marital Love by My Catholic Life!
Coming Clean by Luke Gilkerson via Covenant Eyes
Create in Me a Clean Heart by USCCB
Growing in Chastity by Good Confession
Strive 21-Day Challenge by Cardinal Studios
What is Chastity and How Can I Be Chaste? by the Catholic Education Resource Center
Don't Call It Love by Patrick Carnes (good information, but keep on your Catholic filter)
Muscle Memory by Joe McClane
Out of the Shadows by Patrick Carnes (good information, but keep on your Catholic filter)
The Big Book by Sex Addicts Anonymous (good information, but keep on your Catholic filter)
The Big Book by Sexaholics Anonymous
Anti-Pornography (from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia)
Clean Heart Online by Covenant Eyes
Fight the New Drug (nonreligious; has three excellent, brief videos)
Twelve Step Program Websites:
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) can be very helpful, but keep on your Catholic filter
Protecting the Family and Securing Technology
OpenDNS (from Cisco)
For Partners of Sex Addicts:
Infidelity Survivors Anonymous (ISA) 12-step program, keep on your Catholic filter
Mending a Shattered Heart book by Stefanie Carnes
Shattered Vows book by Debra Laaser
For Marriages in Crisis:
For marriage or couples counseling, call our Gratia Plena main office at 832-532-0129 to make an appointment.
Retrouvaille for marriages in serious crisis.
The Alexander House (San Antonio)