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

Our May Meeting: Cinco de Mayo Fun—Potluck and Lotería!

Tuesday, May 1st, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

Come join us for our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration! Once again, generous patrocinadores (patrons) will be supplying wonderful platos principales (main course) and bebidas (drinks). If you’re able, please bring a acompañamiento or guarnición (side dish) or postre (dessert) to share with fellow partygoers (enough to serve, say, 4 or 6 people). If not, don’t keep that from holding you back from attending.

Our handsome and decked-out bastonero extraordianorio (extraordinary Master of Ceremonies), Ray Ramirez, will entertain, first with the parade of the flags, and then, after dinner, as gamemaster for the main event, a lotería game.

To help put you in the mood, take a look at these loteria decks!

Our Annual Appeal is Underway—Can You Give of Your Time, Talent, or Send a Financial Contribution?

Please consider Comunidad in your charitable donation plans for 2018

This year Comunidad has, wherever possible, trimmed budgets, but your financial contribution and the influx of talent and participation brought by new and old members alike is greatly appreciated. Every donation, no matter the amount, helps.

Know that St Matthew Catholic Church—Comunidad is a registered 501(c)3 charity organization, so your donation is tax-deductible

If you have a postal address on file with us, you’ve probably received our appeals letter in the mail from which you can respond. If you have not received Comunidad’s appeals letter, it’s likely that we do not have your current postal address on file. In this case, please consider making a donation by downloading our appeals letter and mailing it in along with your check or money-order to Comunidad.

Thank you for your donation.

Comunidad’s 2018 Long Beach Pride Plans

Pride weekend is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20.

The Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Phd wrote: “LGBT Pride is more than just a celebration of secular values of equality, justice, human rights, and freedom. Pride Month is also a profoundly spiritual celebration of seeing ourselves as beloved children of God. Sometimes we may fall short of the mark, but who doesn't? In the end, we are made in the image and likeness of a God who loves us for who we are. Period. And that is truly a cause for celebration!”

God created us in the womb, and declared us acceptable. No one has the right to deny us our full inheritance as children of God, or to make our membership provisional. For 30 years this has been the constant message of Comunidad.

Every year at the Long Beach Pride festival Comunidad sponsors the "Welcome Home, Catholics" booth. Comunidad proclaims our message and our life in the Church. If you attend the festival, drop by our booth and say "Hello" to Comunidad members-at-large David Kennedy or Steven Nadolny. If you would like to spread the Comunidad message, join David and Steven and help staff the booth, please contact David Kennedy at our May meeting or by email at

We’ve got other upcoming events, too!