Comunidad 

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

Our October Meeting: Remembering Matthew Shepard by screening the video October Mourning - A Song for Matthew Shepard

Tuesday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

October 6, 1998 is a date which still resonates with the Gay community. It was the date that Matthew Shepard, a gay, twenty-one-year college student was savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence and left to die. The account of his torture was oft depicted in the arts, mostly notably in the play The Laramie Project . For our October meeting, Comunidad will pay tribute to Matthew by presenting the video October Mourning-A Song for Matthew Shepard. October Morning was initially performed on October 17, 2012 at the First Congregational Church Long Beach. The book and lyrics was written by Lesléa Newman and the music was composed by Curtis Heard. A brief excerpt of this moving performance can be found by Clicking Here. Please join us.

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.

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