Comunidad 

Lesbian and Gay Ministry at St. Matthew’s Church, Long Beach, CA

Our February Meeting - Dr. Aaron Bianco: ‘Hate isn't Holy’

A basket of flowers hangs from the fence where Matthew Shepard was left tied and beaten Photograph: Steve Liss/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

Tuesday, February 5 2019, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

The troglodytes don’t like us, well not only us but everyone who is different from them. Threats and harassment are their weapons. After two years of persistent harassment and threats, Vermont’s only black female state representative Kiah Morris resigned her post to protect her family. Comunidad has not been immune to hate mail. In my St. Matthew’s mail slot, I received a copy of a letter addressed to Archdiocese José Gomez. The author of the letter writes: “People have no moral right engaging with the same sex, just as they have no right engaging in rape.”

With those introductory remarks, I would like to introduce our speaker for our February meeting. He is Dr. Aaron Bianco. Dr. Bianco was a pastoral associate at St. John the Evangelist Parish located in the gay–friendly Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. Aaron said he had “endured physical and emotional violence from groups like Church Militant and LifeSite News for the past year and a half.” On Oct 14-15 the parish rectory was broken into and ‘no fags’ spray-painted on the conference room wall. On Oct. 17 posted on the internet were pictures of his family, including a picture of his deceased mother and his address. Aaron had no choice but to resign. The information for this was taken from an article in the National Catholic Reporter. Read complete article.

Please join us to hear Dr. Bianco speak on the powerful forces of hate extant in our society. Light refreshment will be served.

The Religious Education Congress 2019

The Religious Education Congress is being held March 22 (Youth Day) & March 23–24 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Congress offers workshops in evangelization, liturgy, theology, Scripture, spirituality, morality, parish leadership, detention ministry, peace and justice. The theme of the Congress is ‘Thirst for Justice.’ Fr. Chris Bazyourous, director of the Congress, challenges us: “Our theme, ‘Thirsting for Justice,’ not only describes a condition of the heart but it also is meant to begin a conversation. Thirsting for justice, what am I willing to do to help build the kingdom of God? How will you respond?”

The following workshops discuss LGBT issues:

Workshop Date/Time Presenter(s)
Building Bridges with Catholics Who Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning Saturday, March 23 - 3:00-4:30 pm Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD Fr. Chris Ponnet
Combatting Stigma: HIV/AIDS, the Latinx Community and the Catholic Church Sunday, March 24 - 1:00-2:30 pm Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!