Family Life Department 
Departamento de Vida Familiar

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.

Please see below for resources







During these days of isolation, we are reaching out to the faithful of the Diocese of Dallas in ways that respect the government orders of “distancing“ so that together we can minimize the damage caused by the Coronavirus.


As your Shepherd, I am working with the priests, deacons and ministers in the Diocese of Dallas, to keep you spiritually nourished and your faith strong.  I invite you to visit our website at to find numerous resources for prayer, Scripture, reflections and liturgy.  I encourage you to gather your family together to use specific time for prayer - the rosary, scripture reading, etc. As you try to bring a routine to this time of isolation, do not forget your spiritual growth and deepening your relationship with the Lord which will bring His peace during these days.


With the good work of our managerial team at the Diocese, we are addressing the hardships that are being faced by our parishes. With the dedication of our Catholic Schools office, the program of e-learning for our students is well in place. And with the commitment of our catechetical and communications team, we have put together some programs for you and your family. Please participate in these online and televised liturgies offered this weekend.


While this is not our preferred way of celebrating our sacred liturgies with you, we are grateful that we still have a way to join together in worship and continue to support each other as members of the Body of Christ.  


We invite everyone to join us in these online and televised liturgies. This is a time for us to pray for all who are suffering at this time and ask God for mercy, wisdom and comfort. We pray that God will help strengthen and protect all our first responders and medical personnel.


Thank you for taking these moments to read this letter. Be assured of my prayers for you and your loved ones. May our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, intercede for us.


Sincerely in Christ,



Bishop Edward J. Burns
Diocese of Dallas

Livestream of masses available at: 


Holy Week and Easter:

Holy Week at Home_Palm Sunday.pdf  (Used with permission from Diocese of Madison)





  Lent and Easter at home




Online Learning

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




  Communicating about Developmental Relationship: The Search Institute is offering a two part webinar on how to communicate effectively with developmental relationships.




   Virtual Catholic Conference for Men & Women

The Virtual Catholic Conference is the largest gathering of Catholics happening online right now world-wide; this is THE place to be as we gather as the Universal Church to put our eyes on Jesus!



 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..."



 The Search Institute has provided insights from young people on how to nurture relationships through social media nurtinging online relationship.pdf






  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 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.

An article on how to deal with anxiety through devotions, prayer, and the saints.


Resources for Older adults: 

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

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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


Contacts/ Contactos:


Alicia Saucedo
Family Life Ministry

Spanish Coordinator of Marriage Ministry
(214) 379-2881


Michael Stratman
Family Life Ministry

Associate Director of Family Life
(214) 379- 2880