Pastoral Resources

Pastoral Resources Helpful for Ministry

The following links lead to resources that provide additional support for pastoral ministry and outreach to Catholic persons with a homosexual orientation and to their families.  These resources include suggestions for developing parish ministries and responding to challenges ministries might encounter.

Setting the Table: Preparing Catholic Parishes to Welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families

This wonderful book by Father Jim Schexnayder, one of our key founders and for many years our resource director, is a clear and practical guide for developing parish ministries.  The book came out in 2011.  Click on the image of the book to order your copy today!


Homosexuality and the Catholic High School

This is a compilation of articles put together in September 2001 by the Ontario Catholic Family Life Education Network in Canada.

Statements supporting ministry to GLBT persons:  pastoral statements by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Catholic Conference,  the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic Catechism, and other Catholic Church leaders on ministry to GLBT persons.  These are helpful when promoting or initiating local church ministries.

Ministerial Response to Children of Same-Sex Couples:  What insights does Canon Law provide in the current debates about responding to the spiritual needs of the baptized children of same-sex couples?  

Pastoral resources for parents of persons who are gay or lesbian:
Contact Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata at or visit the Fortunate Families Website:  For a brochure with information about the Listening Parents Network, click here

Pastoral Resources for Ministry in the Latino/a Community:

Click here for the Latino/a Roundtable website of the CLGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion).  Go to the bottom of the page for some resources in Spanish. 

Aquí tienen la conexión para la página web de la Mesa Resonda Latina (del CLGS). Hacia el final de la página están las conexiones para nuestros primeros “recursos” en español. Por favor, usen los recursos y dennos sus comentarios y evaluación de los mismos.  

Pastoral resources for parish ministries
Contact Ann McDonald at

Pastoral resources for Transsexual persons
Contact Sr. Luisa DeRouen, O.P. at

"Let’s Talk About Homosexuality"

This series, originally created as an adult education program and carried for 14 weeks  on the website of a Midwest Catholic parish, is intended for anyone interested in learning more about homosexuality and the pastoral challenges it raises for Catholics.

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) Special Report - Summer 2004

This CARA Report, "In Search of Best Practices in Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics," presents a portrait of experiences and best practices among successful ministries to gay and lesbian Catholics that other parishes and dioceses may use as a guide.

NACDLGM's Guidelines for Implementing Always Our Children in parishes. - June 2003 Follow this link for practical guidelines developed by this organization under its old name (the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries) for putting Always Our Children into practice at the local level.

"What Does Gay Mean?" - National Mental Health Association


Additional resources may be available by contacting the CALGM Resource Director ( Please email us with information on how we can better support your ministry. We may also be available to travel for 1-on-1 consultation on how to start or improve your ministry at your church or in your diocese.