Comunidad 

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

Summer Ecumenical BBQ

Saturday, August 27th, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in Huntington Beach

As happens every summer, members of Comunidad and members of lesbian and gay ministries of other faith traditions gather in Huntington Beach for an “ecumenical” barbeque. A relaxing and fun time is had by all. Please join us! Our hosts provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and margaritas—feel free to bring something other than an entrée to share. Please call or text Steven at (714) 536-5172 to RSVP and get directions.

LGBT Prayer

By Dr. Marie Lynette Aldapa

Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who knows my voice, recognizes me, and calls me by name.

You gather me up, hold me close, and feed me.

You strengthen me when I am weak, heal me when I am sick, and bind up all my wounds.

Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who refreshes my soul, invites me to the table, and welcomes me to dwell in your house.

I am your LGBT child, baptized into your flock, O Lord.

My family and I cry out to you for shepherds here on earth—who, like you, know us, feed us, care for us, and invite us to your table.

Amen.

We Found

By Dr. Marie Lynette Aldapa

Over 30 years ago, we Lesbian and Gay Catholics were considered “Lost Sheep”, because we had been told by the Church, through word and deed, to “get lost”.

But now…we celebrate 30 years of being “found”.

We found that God provides…

We found Cardinal Mahoney and his call for safe and sacred spaces for us within the church…

We found Father Gerry who answered the Cardinal’s call thus creating Comunidad here at St. Matthew...

We found, as Father Peter would remind us, that this is our church by the right and rite of our Baptism…

We found ourselves among the clergy and laity, moms and dads, in a whole and holy community filled with welcoming shepherds and beloved sheep…

We found that there is pastoral care for us all…

We found that we are discerning and we are in touch with the primacy of our conscience through prayer, liturgy, and retreats…

We found that, according to the Catechism, that we did not choose to be homosexual (The Catechism #2358 before 1994)

We found that, the Church is called to accept us “with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”(The Catechism #2358 …1994)

We found that our church is told that, “Every sign of unjust discrimination in (our) their regard should be avoided” (The Catechism #2358…1994)

We found that the Bishops’ pastoral letter Always Our Children tells us that, “In you God’s love is revealed.” (1997)

We found safe and sacred spaces in which to dwell: in the numerous parish-based communities, in the women’s prayer community, and in the many parent groups…

We found ourselves ministered to, and in turn, ministering to others on this journey…

We found our Pope Francis saying, “Who am I to judge?” (2013)

We found our Pope also saying that we “…should be treated with delicacy and not be marginalized.” (2016)

We found parents, and my parents, by our side through this holy journey…

We found a vision of the day when our Catholic church fully welcomes its LGBT children with compassion and pastoral care by “knowing us, feeding us, caring for us, and inviting us to the table.” (Ministry Prayer 1999)

We found ourselves choosing to remain Catholic because God is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love…

Parish Kermes Festival

Sunday, September 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church grounds, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

Kermes Festival at St. Matthrew's Church in Winder, GA - April 2016

As parish communities do all over the world on or near the feast day of their patron, Saint Matthew’s Church hosts our annual festival on the Sunday nearest September 21st, the feast day of Saint Matthew, tax collector turned evangelizer, and the man credited with authorship of the first synoptic gospel.

On festival weekend, St. Matthew’s does not forget those sick either physically or spiritually. On Saturday September 17 at the 5:30 pm Mass, there will be a special Anointing of the Sick. Invoking our patron St. Matthew, the parish community will pray for healing.

This year’s festival begins after the 10:30a Mass on Sunday, the 18th, and continues until 4:00p. This year, as last, Comunidad will be sponsoring/staffing our ever-popular snow cone booth.

Beyond merely attending the festival—which features food, games, and music—you can help in one of two ways. The first is to purchase raffle tickets ($1 per ticket; for sale in the church courtyard after masses or at the Kermes; the drawing takes place at 5:00p on the 18th. The second is to help staff the Comunidad booth. Contact Steven Nadolny at (714) 536-5172 to help with the Snow Cone booth,

Marilyn Pires Honored

By Anna Totta

Acknowledging the excellence of leaders in the San Gabriel Region, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles requests nominees from pastors. Thus Father Chris Ponnet of St. Camillus de Lellis Center for Spiritual Care nominated Marilyn Pires, a member of the Catholic Ministry for Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP)_Committee for special recognition. Thus, on May 9, 2016 Marilyn was among the honorees at a recognition dinner held at the Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello, CA (Continue reading here)

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