Dignity for All Mass-for our LGBTQ+ community on March 22 at 6 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church
We extend this invitation to welcome our LGBTQ+ brothers, sisters, siblings, and families, parents of LGBTQ+ children, and friends who want to model love and compassion, just as Christ has shown us. Everyone deserves an opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ, and we hope, through this celebration of the Eucharist, the wounds and torn relationships within your life and family may heal and bring you to a deeper meaning of love this Lenten season. For info, email Jorge.
OUTreach-LGBTQ Spirituality Ministry April 25-26
We invite all LGBTQ+ Persons, Families, and Allies to join with us for a time of retreat. With the leadership of JR Zerkowski of Fortunate Families*, we will explore how the practice of our faith and the shared desire for welcome and inclusion in our Catholic Church can be better actualized in our lives. We will spend time reflecting on our lived experiences as Catholics who happen to be LGBTQ+ and upon the variety of experiences we have encountered as we seek to practice our faith within faith communities that are not always or everywhere welcoming or inclusive of us.
- Saturday from 8 am - 4:45 pm - retreate will end in time for us to join the 5:00 pm Parish Community Mass, for those who wish to attend.
- Sunday from 12- 5 pm - we will spend a half-day of Discernment and Visioning with all those seeking to develop or grow LGBTQ+ Ministry within their faith communities.
What is the Church saying?
During October, 2018 the synod of bishops focused on young adults met. Young adult delegates have largely urged church leaders to be more welcoming to LGBT people and their families. Cardinal Blase Cupich from the archdiocese of Chicago, handpicked by Pope Francis to attend the synod responded “We have to make sure that we don’t put obstacles in the face of God’s grace. We take people where they are, walking with them, moving forward,” Click here to read the full article.
Click here to read Deacon Chris's Clergy Corner article related to ministering to LGBT individuals.
What is happening in the local community?
Our LGBT Ministry here at St. B's is part of a diocesan wide effort to support both men, women and their families in their journey. We prayerfully accompany, support and pray for those we serve, and connect them with resources in the community. LGBT Parent Group meets periodically. Call Deacon Jim at 858-774-9917 for more information.
For other LGBT inquiries email us at [email protected]