Lay Formation and Family Ministries
Oficina de Formacion de Laicos y Ministerios para la Familia

In light of the circumstances of COVID-19 we are putting together some resources for everyone. May we all pray for each other, and turn to Christ for his guidance.


March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Holy Father’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). On that same day, Pope Francis will inaugurate the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family,” which will concluded at the World Meeting of Families in Rome on June 26, 2022.

Read Celebrating the Year of Amoris Laetitia Family and learn about ways you can engage your parish families.

Click here to learn more!


Celebrate National Marriage Week 2021! 
The observances of National Marriage Week is February 7-14 and World Marriage Day is on Sunday, February 14.  Celebrating National Marriage Week is an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. 
The theme suggested this year by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is "To Have, To Hold, To Hold." Please visit the USCCB website to access all the resources available for the National Marriage Week,  including more information about an AT-HOME Marriage Retreat for Couples!


“And that is what marriage is! Setting out and walking together, hand in hand, putting yourselves in the Lord’s powerful hands.”

– Pope Francis 



Domestic Violence Webpage




City of Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce 

  CITY OF DALLAS - Coronavirus (COVID-19): ResourcesThe City of Dallas launched a COVID-19 resource and information hotline. The automated hotline offers information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The number is 214-670-INFO (4636) and provides Dallas residents with important and useful information, in English and Spanish.


ABS-Beyond-Trauma-Catholic-2020-07.pdf  The American Bible Society Catholic Guide to Spiritual aid


 Guia-Mas-alla-del-trauma-Guía para el moderador.pdf



Livestream of Masses: 


Online Learning:

  The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation at the University of Dayton continues to offer online webinars and courses: VLCFF 




  Carey Nieuwhof offers tools and resources for church leadership in response to COVID and how to lead while dealing with stress and anxiety. He also has great tips in leading through crisis.


 Again Carey Nieuwhof offers some practical tips of leading your team to reach their goals, and the team mission as well. Here is the steps laid out in pdf and a brief video as well. 


Author of Change Your Questions Change Your Life, Marilee Adams presents in this short video how our mindset can affect our view of situations and people, but the good news is we can coach our own mindset. She also has included 12 questions for Success 12questions_bw.pdf


  The Ignatian Spirituality Institute is offering an online program Jesus of Nazareth, Our Companion: the Human Experience of the Redeemer. This program explores how Master Ignatius has woven the human experience of Jesus of Nazareth into the Spiritual Exercises. We will look at what the life of Jesus tells us about our own lives. In the first series, we ask what it means to us that Christ is the one foundation that we are built on, and what that means in our experience. Each of the four series will follow after that, as we learn to appreciate Jesus' human experience.

Family Life: 

  The new Directory for Catechesis presents fundamental theological-pastoral principles for the ministry of catechesis while responding to current social conditions and cultural forces that shape the church’s communication of the Faith.


Walking with Moms in Need is a USCCB initiative that seeks to equip parishes to  walk with Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. Here is a youtube video of the Introductory webinar


  During these last few months we all have been talking about how we can better walk with and accompany the families that we serve, and one way of doing this is through developing and fostering the growth of a family spirituality. This spirituality does not have to be anything monumental, but rather intentional with the everyday things we do. Here are some suggestions. New tips for cultivating family spirituality.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                               

The team at Teaching the Way of Love wants to help reduce your anxieties about the coming school year. They have created a strategy that creates a peaceful and calm home-front that can withstand nearly every challenge that you might encounter.  It is called the circle of virtue plan. To understand what this is, let’s look at the meaning of the word virtue. 


Parent offers activities for families that emphasize how kids and parenting adults can learn, grow, and enjoy time together. In this Family meal time pdf16633161-0-Family-Dinners-Kit-A.pdf They give suggestions on making dinner more meaningful. This would be a good opportunity to make the liturgy of family connections intentional. 


 Dr. John Rinaldo explains from how we can put parents at the center through the influential Gallup book, Growing an Engaged Church (2004) discovered one very important fact: “belonging leads to believing.” People come to believe in God because of the relationships they build in the Church community,


  "We have it within us to rise to this challenge -- we're parents, for goodness sake! We've already see our social lives decimated. We've weathered sleep deprivation and blown-out diapers. We've endured public humiliation with tantrums in grocery stores. What's a little social distancing?" See Family life during a Pandemic for the complete article. 


  Strong Catholic Family Faith offers tips, prayers, and apps that can help build family prayer and the relationship between them.



 Even though your child wants more independence during these years, it is your obligation to keep him firmly rooted in the norms and expectations of the family, see the article for more.



  "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. In a Society that is fueled by efficiency tactics, best practices, and mission objectives, Covey knows how to reach his audience. Covey gives families hope of building a beautiful family culture."



  The U.S. Catholic magazine has an article on ways we can handle staying at home.



  In 1994, the US Catholic Bishops wrote a pastoral message to families citing them as domestic church and are the future of humanity, but more importantly " It urges families to seek the healing, strength, and meaning that Christ offers through his Church. It pledges the support of the Church so that families might recognize their resources and carry out their responsibilities in a changing world."


  In this podcast from Integrity Restorded, "The Lord is inviting us to a very deep and intimate relationship with Him, but we need to invite Him in – regardless of where we or our family is struggling. In this episode, Jim and Emily discuss Divine Mercy, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and bringing Him into every area of our home and families, even the dark, messy spots."


  Our Sunday Visitor is hosting several webcasts surrounding,"The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated or made impossible many things for us all, including the special time spent with grandchildren. How can grandparents continue to truly make a difference in their grandchildren’s lives?" 


 The McGrath Institute For Church Life at the University of Notre Dame is hosting a series of virtual seminars throughout summer 2020 aimed at empowering pastoral leaders and scholars for the work of renewing the Church, especially in light of present challenges. This series builds upon the “Called & Co-Responsible” conference convened in March 2020, which explored and promoted the shared responsibility of all the baptized for the evangelizing mission of the Church.


Quarantine: A New Chance to be a Father: "...So as husband and father, my confidence and conviction can be a life-giving cornerstone. I can keep informed, and exercise careful foresight in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, and aiding those in need, all the while assiduously avoiding fear-mongering and woe-is-me. I must remember that fear and discouragement can be more contagious than germs, since they can be projected by inner feelings and by words..."


  The Play and Pray Challenge is a way for us to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ into every home in a fun, interactive way. We have learned that if you are going to PRAY with your family, you need to PLAY with them!






  How to Practice Self-SoothingThe most effective way to counteract stonewalling in your relationship is a healthy alternative called physiological self-soothing. But first, you both need to stop the discussion using the “time out” signal that you’ve determined works for both of you. If you keep going, you’ll find yourself exploding at your partner, or imploding and stonewalling, neither of which will get you anywhere.


  Praying for Patience: What I learned from God's Time vs. My Own: "...Mother Angelica said that “patience is adjusting our time to God’s time,” and that’s a problem for those of us who have grown so dependent on an instant-gratification culture filled with Amazon Prime, good wifi, and remote voice commands..."


  Institute for Family Studies: is dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life, and advancing the well-being of children through research and public education. Addressing family life is what we do, and we invite you to learn more about ways to strengthen families in America and around the world


  The Search Institute gives us tips on how we can continue to cheer parents on. Parenting during a pandemic is hard—really, really hard. It helps to be able to talk to someone else who’s going through it, too. One way youth workers, parent educators, teachers, and other family-serving professionals can facilitate these kinds of connections is offering a virtual space where parenting adults can connect from time to time, share their highs and lows, and talk a bit about what they need to talk about.


  Faith and Grief: This is an online resource based here in Dallas, that has been offering support for those who have been experiencing loss of loved ones.



 Catholic in Recovery is a nonprofit organization that seeks to serve those suffering from addictions and unhealthy attachments (including alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography addiction, sex and relationship addiction, compulsive overeating and food addictions, gambling addiction, codependency and the impact on family, and general fear, control, and anxiety).  The organization was started by the passion of Scott Weeman as he found healing and new life through the help of twelve-step recovery and the sacramental love and mercy provided by the Catholic Church.


 Redbird Ministries is a non-profit Catholic grief support ministry with online support




  In addition to the retreats, Dawn of Mercy offers a follow-on support group for further understanding and healing of the total emotional and spiritual trauma caused by sexual assault.



  Is COVID-19 Setting the Stage for a Miracle? (Article)We are living in unprecedented times. In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has managed to usurp the rhythm of our daily lives, throwing us into a chaotic, fearful, and challenging existence…click the link for more of the article.


 Newlyweds in the Time of the Coronavirus: "Now we have every waking and sleeping moment together for what looks like at least a month; it’s a perfect opportunity to grow together as a couple..."




  Embrace the opportunity to connect and create This is an article with ideas and steps for families to create routine and structure for while we have the shelter in place.

 Ascension Presents is an online resource that provides articles, videos, and podcasts related to a variety of topics including culture, seasons of the church, faith, and more. Some of the presenters are Matt Fradd and Fr. Mike Schmitz Strong Catholic Family Faith to empower and equip Catholic leaders to accompany and form faith-filled Catholic families.




Marriage Resources:


 The marriage minute from the Gottman Institute, lays out some tips for active listening: Tune into what the other is saying  · Make understanding the Goal· Confirm what you heard·Repair if you interrupt, get distracted or defensive· Ask clarifying questions· Be aware of how much time you spend talking in the conversation. This website is an initiative started by the USCCB that offers articles and other resources for couples dating, engaged, and married. This website also provides articles related to family life and parenting
 Busted Halo is a unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.



  Parenting during crisis of COVID-19: The goal is to encourage parents and get husbands and wives to talk to each other and to be intentional about their parenting.



Online Natural Family Planning:

   The NFP Office of the USCCB discusses the challenge of helping NFP couples who have various struggles (e.g., medical and marital). In addition, they also discuss methods for addressing inter-personal NFP staff issues.


Introduction to Natural Family Planning 

 Billings Method-Full course 

 Couple to Couple League


 What leaders should know about Infertility webinar Monday, May 12th 

Older Adult Resources: 

The mission of the Catholic Grandparent Association is To help Grandparents pass on the faith and keep prayer in the heart of family life

 older adult seniors wishing to share and explore their Catholic faith. That includes everything from faith blogs to travel, health and wellness tips to movie reviews and more. 



Family Life Department

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Who we are

The Family Life Department of the Diocese of Dallas serves as a resource to parishes, deaneries and other institutions within the Diocese on the pastoral care of the family. Our goal is to assist the parish leaders in the development of comprehensive programs for families adapted to the needs of each individual parish community.

The Diocese of Dallas Family Life Department exists to encourage and empower parishes to minister to the diversity of families that are present today in our communities by offering education, resources and support to families in all aspects of their life.

We can also provide information and referral on family services such as counseling in different areas and situations that affect our families today.


What we do

  • Marriage Enrichment Programs
  • Parenting Programs
  • Ministries for Women and Men
  • Ministry for Single Adults
  • Grief Ministry: Support for healing from loss, divorce, miscarriage, separation, etc.
  • Addictions Ministry: Support for people dealing with drugs, alcohol, pornography and other substance abuse.
  • Older Adult Ministry (Seniors)


Departamento de Vida Familiar

¡Celebra la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio 2021! 
Las celebraciones de la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio es del 7 al 14 de febrero y el Día Mundial del Matrimonio es el domingo 14 de febrero.  Celebrar la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio es una oportunidad para enfocarse en  construir una cultura de vida y amor que comience por apoyar y promover el matrimonio y la familia.

El tema sugerido este año por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos es "Tener, sostener, sostener". Por favor visite el sitio web de la USCCB para acceder a todos los recursos disponibles para la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio, incluyendo más información sobre un Retiro de Matrimonio AT-HOME para Parejas!

"Y eso es lo que es el matrimonio! Salir y caminar juntos, de la mano, poniéndose en las poderosas manos del Señor".        

– Pope Francis 


Tambien vea:

Quiénes somos

El Departamento de Vida Familiar de la Diócesis de Dallas sirve como recurso para las parroquias y los decanatos y otras instituciones dentro de la Diócesis en lo referente a la atención pastoral de la familia. Nuestro objetivo es asistir a los líderes parroquiales en el desarrollo de programas con y para la familia y que se adapten a las necesidades de cada comunidad parroquial.

El Departamento de Vida Familiar de la Diócesis de Dallas existe para animar a las parroquias a que sirvan a los diferentes tipos de familias que están presentes hoy en nuestra comunidad. Esto lo hacemos ofreciendo educación, recursos y apoyo a las familias en todos los aspectos de la vida.

También podemos ofrecer información y recursos en materias tales como consejería en diferentes áreas y situaciones que afectan a nuestras familias hoy.


Qué Hacemos

  • Programas de Enriquecimiento Matrimonial
  • Programas para Padres de Familia
  • Ministerios para Mujeres y Hombres
  • Ministerio para Adultos Solteros
  • Ministerio de Apoyo en el Dolor: Apoyo para la sanación después de la pérdida de un ser querido, perdida de un embarazo, programas para divorciados, separados, etc.
  • Ministerio de Adiciones: Apoyo para aquellas personas que han desarrollado una adición a las drogas, alcohol, pornografía y otras substancias.
  • Ministerio para Adultos Mayores

RECURSOS:  |  1-800-214-6028

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Conoce tu fertilidad y Entrenamiento para facilitadores

Paulus Media – Pasión por el Evangelio

Creemos que el camino a la verdadera felicidad radica en la opción intencional y determinada de seguir a Jesús, por lo que, estar con él, aprender y emular su vida con aquellos a nuestro alrededor es nuestro cometido para desde ahí, invitar a otros a hacer lo mismo.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recursos

La ciudad de Dallas lanzó una línea directa de recursos e información COVID-19. La línea directa automatizada ofrece información las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana.
El número es 214-670-INFO (4636) y brinda a los residentes de Dallas información importante y útil, en inglés y español.


The Guadalupe Radio Network

Radio para us alma. Estamos aquí para servir a la Iglesia a través del poderoso medio de radio




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Contacts/ Contactos:


Kevin Prevou
Lay Formation and Family Ministries

Director of Lay Formation and Family Ministries
(214) 379-2848


Alicia Saucedo
Family Life Ministry

Marriage Ministry Coordinator
(214) 379-2881


Marie Zavala, MTS
Lay Formation and Family Ministries

Associate Director, Lay Formation and Family Ministries
(214) 379-2878