What Catholics Need to Know and Can Do Regarding Mental Illness
Feel free to download and share: 10 Things for Parishes to Know and Do (from the NCPD)
Feel free to download and share: Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders (from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention)
Feel free to download and share: Information for Catholic Survivors of Death from Suicide (from Gratia Plena)
For General Recovery (Mental Illness and Addictions)
Subscribe to Dr. Ken's Gratia Plena YouTube channel where you will find 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:
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).
Forgiving from the Heart by Fr. Francis Frankovich, CC
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Bishop Desmond Tutu
Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past by Everett Worthington Jr.
Feel free to download and share: The Gift of Fatherhood: What Every Man Should Know by Fr. Griffin
Documentary film by Joe McClane The Other Side of Fear: Facing the Father Wound
For the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic of 2019 (COVID-19)
Feel free to download and share: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Handout
Accompanying People in Psychological Distress in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Members of One Body Loved by One Love Document from the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
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
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 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)