Mental Illness

In this section is content related to Mental Illness. It includes a theological framework, catechetical resources, a listing of other resources, eventslinks and foundational documents and concepts in disability ministry.



Awareness Commemorations
May is Mental Health Month -
October 1-7 is Awareness Week
October 3, 2017 is Day of Prayer



Annual Mass Planning Resources

 Annual Mass How-to and Checklist  Word  2015 Annual Mass Announcement   Word  2015 Annual Mass Flyer   PDF


 See below for more resources.


 Welcomed and Valued: Mental Illness Resource Manual and DVD

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness. Click here to purchase from Amazon.




The DVD features in depth looks at people with mental illness and how they participate in parish life.
(27 minute open captioned DVD)
Discussion guide included. Click here to purchase from Amazon.





(PART 1)

(PART 2)


 Welcomed and Valued DVD Discussion Starters    Word  PDF  Psychiatric Advance Directive  Link     Welcome and AppreciateWeb PageWordPDFShort Bulletin ArticlesWeb PageWordPDFSix Week Bulletin SeriesWeb PageWordPDFPrayer and Prayer ServicesWeb PageWordPDFSample Mass PetitionsWeb PageWordPDFHomily PrepWeb PageWordPDFMental Illness and ReconciliationWeb PageWordPDFPeer SupportWeb PageWordPDFSuicideWeb PageWordPDFSt. DymphnaWeb PageWordPDF


Mental Illness Council

   Theological FrameworkWeb PageWordPDFNCPD Board ResolutionWeb Page  Council MembersWeb Page  



     Chicago Achdiocese Mental Illness Ministries  Link      Mental Health Ministries Link   NAMI Faithnet Link   Pathways to Promise Link  



Catechetical Resources

Access and Inclusion Models   Word PDFSacramental Guidelines (USCCB - 1995)
LinkWordPDFContinuum of Models for Religious Education   WordPDFIndividual Religious Education Plan   WordPDF

Ministry Tools

Papal Message on World Day of the SickLink    Pastoral Statement (USCCB - 1978)
Link    Pastoral Statement - Large Print   WordPDFWelcome and Justice (USCCB -1998)
Link    Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish GuideLink    Quotes from Documents   WordPDFEvolving Definition of Disability
Web page     Bibliography   WordPDFNational Directory for CatechesisLink    

Foundational Documents for Disability Ministry

Mental Illness-Specific Resources


‘For I Am Lonely and Afflicted’ 
Toward a just response to the needs of mentally ill persons 
A Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New York State 

The NCPD Council on Mental Illness has released a statement on the shooting in Tucson. To read the full statement click here.



AttachmentSize MI Resource Binder.pdf1.31 MB Welcomed and Valued - Spanish pt 1 RD.pdf6.53 MB Welcomed and Valued - Spanish pt 2 RD.pdf6.26 MB
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