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Mental Health Ministry

We are offering the Sanctuary Course for Catholics Monday evenings from April 17- June 12 (no meeting May 29) from 7:30-9:00 via Zoom. This serves as an introduction to Mental Health Ministry from a Catholic perspective.

From there, we will start exploring parishes within the Archdiocese that would like to begin Mental Health ministries. However, we wanted to start with a common foundation for understanding of Mental Health. To register, click this link.

The text for the course can be found herePlease read the session outline in the text before each session.

We will also include the Powerpoint for each session below. If you wish to view the videos beforehand or see more material for the course you can register for free at: Available Subscriptions - Sanctuary Ministries (

PDFs for the entire Sanctuary Course

Session 8: Next Steps Session 7: Self-Care Session 6: Companionship Session 5: Recovery
Session 4: Stigma Session 3: Mental Illness Session 2: Mental Health Session 1: Introduction

Additional Resources- Mental Illness with Grace- A five-part series:  Awareness- Acceptance-Accompaniment

Creating a safe place where people will feel comfortable in sharing their story and be supported in their spiritual journey. This course was offered during September and October for those interested in forming Parish Mental Health Ministry Teams.

Session 4: Spirituality and Mental Illness Session 2: Spend an Evening With A Mental Health Professional
Session 3: Ministry to People With Mental Illness and Their Families Session 1: Impact of Mental Illness on Individuals and Families

The Sanctuary Course- notes


Session 4: Stigma


Session 3: Mental Illness


Session 2: Mental Health


Session 1: Introduction

Click here for the Powerpoint presentaion for Session 1: /sites/default/files/files/Sanctuary%20Course%20for%20Catholics%20session%201.pptx


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