Pastoral Practice

Resources on:



  • Resources on Bullying – a collection of resource links created by Saint Mary’s Press on bullying.
  • KnowBullying App
    – a mobile application that empowers parents, caregivers, and educators
    with the tools they need to start the conversation with their children
    about bullying by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
  • – Teaches kids and parents how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.
  • Commonsense Media– offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts.
  • Prevent Bullying – a webpage by the CDC that offers a glance at preventing bullying including further resources to read and research.
  • Teenagers and Cyberbullying – Infograhic on cyberbullying.
  • Stop Cyber Bullying – the Beacon


  • Technology Guidelines for Pastoral Work with Youth
    This NFCYM produced document provides guidance to pastoral ministers on
    the use of various technologies, and as an aid to pastoral ministers
    and diocesan, parish, and/or school personnel in determining appropriate
    boundaries in their use of technology within their professional
    relationships with others.
  • Faith and Safety
    – A resource guide brought to you by a collaboration between The United
    States Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Greek Orthodox
    Archdiocese of America
  • NS Teens
    – A program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    that has interactive games and videos on a variety of Internet safety
  • Common Sense Media
    – A comprehensive and frequently updated site that is packed with
    resources for improving the lives of kids and families by providing
    information and education to help them thrive in a world of media and
  • Family Online Safety Institute
    – A resource to make the online world safer for kids and their families
    through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good
    digital parenting.
  • Wired Safety – An online safety, education, and help group that provides helpful resources for children, parents, and caretakers.
  • Child Net
    – A network geared toward improving the lives of children and families
    by coordinating and providing services that strengthen and support
    families now and in the future
    A center that enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities
    for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their
    families so each person can reach his or her highest potential.
  • iKeepSafe – Resources for parents, educators, kids and parishes on navigating mobile and social media technologies.
  • Enough is Enough
    – EIE is dedicated to continuing to raise public awareness about online
    dangers, specifically the dangers of Internet pornography and sexual
  • Helping you Talk to your Kids about – One-stop
    site for advice from several child safety organizations on sexually
    explicit and violent material, meeting strangers online, sharing too
    much personal information, cyber-bullying, exposure to vulgar language,
    sites promoting inappropriate behavior, and malware.
  • Internet Matters
    – A resource site that provides practical suggestions about how to take
    preventative measures, advice about specific issues such as
  • Platform for Good
    – A nonprofit organization which enables teens, parents and educators
    to connect, teaching digital citizenship skills so that kids make safe,
    smart choices online.
  • Connect Safely
    – A resource for parents, teens, educators, advocates, policy makers
    who are engaged in and interested in the impact of the social web.
  • Screenagers – An award-winning film that brings to light the technological culture that impacts our children today.
  • 4 Easy Tips ot Keep your Kids Safe Online – An article by verizon that provides tips that parents can use to keep their kids safe while they’re using the internet.
  • Social Media Safety Guide for Parents – An article by Maryville University that gives a comprehensive guide to online safety for kids.


  • At-Risk Youth Programs – A comprehensive online resource for anything you need to know about at-risk youth.
  • Redcliff Ascent – A therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teens ages 13–17.
  • National Hopeline Netowrk – A 24/7 crisis calling hotline for teens in crisis (877-968-8454 / for Spanish speaking call 800-784-2432).
  • Covenant House Nine-line – A free and confidential hotline to talk about anything with a counselor. Call 800-999-9999
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    – AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a
    drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial,
    apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or
    education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do
    something about his or her drinking problem.
  • Crisis Prevention Institute – A resource for organizations that serve society’s most vulnerable.




  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network
    CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in
    partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal
    immigration programs.
  • Immigration and Refugee Services
    – A Catholic Charities website that affirms the inherent dignity
    bestowed by God on every human person, including immigrants and
    refugees, no matter the circumstances that compel a person to begin a
    new life in our community.
  • Discover Your Neighbor
    – This website by Maryknoll provides material to engage youth with a
    culture of Missionary Discipleship. Four free Educator Guides are
    published each year, following the liturgical calendar with themes from
    Pope Francis. Each guide uses the See-Judge-Act methadology and has four
    step-by-step sub-sections to help guide you.


Ascension Presents Videos





  • National Alliance to End Homelessness – A nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States
  • National Coalition for the Homeless – A basic fact sheet on homelessness developed by the National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Covenant House – An organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.
  • National Runaway Safeline – A national runaway and homeless 24/7 youth crisis hotline and online service in the United States. 1-800-RUNAWAY (txt: 66008)
  • Boys Town
    An organization dedicated to changing the way America cares for
    children, families, and communities by providing and promoting an
    Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to
    strengthen body, mind, and spirit. 24/7 hotline 800-448-3000
  • Catholic Charities USA
    – An organization that provides service to people in need, to advocate
    for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and
    people of good will to do the same


  • Human Trafficking USCCB – A helpful page by the USCCB that includes facts, resources, and information
  • Polaris Project – An organization in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery with the hotline 1 (888) 373-7888
  • Rescue and Restore Campaign from the Office on Trafficking Persons
    A campaign to increase the identification of trafficking victims in the
    United States and to help those victims receive the benefits and
    services they need to restore their lives
  • The Alabaster Gift
    An organization committed to nurturing women who are currently and/or
    who have previously been involved in sexual and labor exploitation
  • Combating Human Trafficking
    (Salvation Army) – A section of the Salvation Army that serves to
    identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual