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Department for Pastoral Ministries

Below you will find a growing collection of answers, resources, and general information for conducting ministry during these difficult times.

Haga clic aquí para encontrará una selección de respuestas, recursos e información general que será constantemente actualizada que le para ayudarán a seguir sirviendo en el ministerio en este tiempo de nuevos retos.

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Everyone around the world is adapting to a rapidly changing situation that has disrupted the usual ways we all go about our lives, including the Church and how we conduct our ministry.

We are actively reaching out to all pastors with the purpose of letting them know that we are open and ready to serve them and their parishes; learn more about their most pressing questions and needs at this challenging time; document the different actions they are taking to remain in contact with their parishioners, caring for their spiritual, sacramental, and basic needs.

Below you will find a growing collection of answers, resources, and general information for conducting ministry during these difficult times.

General Recommendations for Parishes

A significant number of parishes have already implemented some creative and resourceful pastoral strategies during the COVID-19 crisis. If guidance on some basic recommendations is needed, the items offered below could be of help in formulating an action plan:

1. Utilize digital tools that will allow you to conduct virtual leadership meetings, share information with your community, and provide spiritual and formation resources to your parishioners: Facebook, FlockNote, and Zoom are a few such resources. For an important security announcement regarding Zoom, see the full General Recommendations for Parishes (PDF).

2. Open personal channels of communication with as many members of your parish as you can. You will need a team of people working with you on this. If you are short on staff, ask for the assistance of your ministry leaders and parish volunteers.

3. Call everyone in your parish community, letting them know that they are not alone, asking If they or someone they know needs any help at this time.

4. Create and maintain a list of contact information of those who are most vulnerable (the poor, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, the homebound, etc.) to aid your team in checking-in periodically with these groups of individuals.

5. Share with your community information on how can they follow the Mass online, share spiritual, educational, and formation resources.

6. Consider building a phone tree that will allow you to reach many people very quickly via phone with the help of your community.

7. Make sure your parishioners know how to continue providing the parish with gifts and donations.

8. Provide all Sacramental outreach to your parishioners. See the Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation as of 5/19/2020 on the Sacramental Resources page.

9. Follow the suggestions for gatherings outside of Mass and other liturgies. See the Recommendations for Parish Activities (Outside of Mass & other Liturgies) as of 05/19/2020 on the Sacramental Resources page.

Need help with any of the above-mentioned recommendations? Reach out to your Parish Life Liaison or send an email to the Department for Pastoral Ministries and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary instructions and tutorials.

Let people in need know that they can reach out to Catholic Charities. A complete list of their services can be found here. People who are in need can call 210-226-6178 to be screened to receive basic needs.

Download a printable, full-length version of the General Recommendations for Parishes (PDF)

Virtual Meetings

Parish Leadership Meetings


The Department for Pastoral Ministries is hosting regular virtual meetings with Parish leadership. During these meetings, we discuss best ministry practices that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed to us in this Archdiocese. If you would like to participate in the next meeting, email Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

Watch the Parish Leadership Meeting videos  here.

Coffee and Ministry

Coffee and Ministry

Coffee and Ministry, dialogue hosted by Peter J. Ductrám from Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Service, are virtual meetings for dialogue relevant to our faith as we navigate through these challenging times. Come, let’s talk about faith!

Learn more and register for upcoming meetings here.

Ministry-Based Gatherings


The Department for Pastoral Ministries is hosting virtual meetings to further discuss best ministry practices and to follow up with discussion from our previous meeting. Thank you to all who have participated in our various meetings so far!

Watch videos from past gatherings here.

Sacramental, Spiritual, Basic, and Educational Resources

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Resources for Specific Ministries

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Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA)

A great resource for our local church is CTSA Catholic Television of San Antonio. This platform being used by Archbishop Gustavo and the Pastoral Center for announcements, online mass, prayers, etc. All CTSA programming is available through the following options: Spectrum Channel 15, RokuAmazon Fire, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.

Catholic Charities Needs Donations Now

Invite people to give, donate, volunteer with Catholic Charities. Help is urgently required. Food donations can be dropped off at the headquarters at 202 West French Place Monday through Friday during their business hours of 8 AM to 5 PM. Can’t drop off food? Invite your parishioners to donate online.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio has compiled this list of resources, prayers, webinars, lists of online masses and live streams provided by partners and Catholic organizations that are meant to assist pastoral ministers, parents, and all Catholics. By clicking on the links, you will be leaving the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s website. Links are provided solely for the user’s convenience. Archdiocese of San Antonio assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations.

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